How to be a Tech Reviewer - Part 1

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phonedog have answered all your questions about how to be a tech reviewer and uploaded this tutorial video. Watch it, then try your hand at reviewing any shiny new gadget you or your friends receive this holiday season. The phonedog team will select three promising new reviewers to feature on the YouTube homepage during the Consumer Electronics Show next month.

Here's a cheat sheet of the tips mentioned in the video:

Production Tips
- Make videos first! Worry about gear later
- Before you buy lights, search for help on YouTube
- Editing is your friend; subtitles are great because they can contain specs (like pricing info) and can reinforce other important information
- Overusing video effects is distracting
- Don't be afraid to shoot lots of video and edit down

Reviewing a Product
- Focus on what people use the device for, but definitely show the new and innovative features about it
- Take notes while testing a gadget
- Know your specs!
- Music can make your videos more lively
- Focus on the gadget, remove the clutter
- Try shooting in different locations
- Be yourself...but be as entertaining as you!
- Keep it under 7 minutes if you can

Finding Your Style
- Try out different ideas and styles and see what works
- Try unboxings, reviews and comparisons (aka "dog fights")
- Some ideas work, some don't -- keep experimenting!

Mia Quagliarello, Community Manager, recently watched "Tech Reviewing: Video Tips."

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