All we really need is coffee and someone to video our rides, right? My fiancé is great about coming out to the barn and is all about helping me out. He’s learned the basics of tacking up and knows how important videoing parts of my lesson are to me. That being said, not all videos are the same. How often have you been excited to see your round only to have the video be shaky, not even include you, or have the sunlight so bright that you can’t even see yourself!

Fear not, there’s hope for your horse hubby yet! These 4 simple tips can turn their videos from mediocre to fantastic in an instant! Bonus, they’re not complicated so anyone can implement these tips without having to go out and buy fancy equipment.

Beat shaky hands by using a fence. Now, my fiancé is actually pretty good at this…me not so much! I have the worst shaky hands and used to be banned from taking videos of people because they were so bad. The key to solving this problem? Find a source of stability. A fence, tree, or even propping your elbows on your stomach or knees can help this, depending on how determined you are. Instead of obsessing about the shakiness try to find extra stability from the objects around you so that you can lay your phone on it and turn and zoom as the round goes on.

Horizontal, not vertical. Vertical videos are great because they show up awesome on your phone…but that’s about all they’re great for! If you want to get the most out of your videos, turn your phone horizontal, this way it can be better viewed on your computer.

Find the light. Most people just find the coolest fence or most practical spot to stand when taking their video. Make sure that this spot is not looking directly into the sunlight, thus dimming and adding shadows to your round. Try to have them take a couple test videos and see what the light is like on the phone. Finding a good spot that balances out with the light is a key part to making sure you can actually see yourself in the video!

Keep the rider in the center of the frame. This will help make it easier so you can add your video to any social media platforms you like without risking it cropping you out during key moments. I like to give myself a little imaginary square in the middle of the video where I try to keep the rider when videoing. You might need to move the camera a bit more, but it’ll make for a nicer video.