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TIPS FOR RECORDING YOUR POETRY MARATHON VIDEO

1. Clean your lens. Carefully clean it with a microfiber cloth.

2. Optimize Video Quality: Use the best video quality possible on your device. 

3. Horizontal Orientation: Be sure to orient your phone or tablet horizontally. 

4. Avoid Back Lighting: Have the light source more to the side of you or in front you.

6. Stabilize Your Device: If you can, use a tripod or mount the camera on a hard, stable surface. Alternatively, set the phone or tablet on a table between a few books to stabilize the camera.

7. Lock Focus and Exposure: Tapping on your phone’s LCD (on the point you want to focus on) will lock focus on Google Android devices, or hold your finger in place to lock focus on the Apple iPhone.

8. Focus on the Camera: Look into the camera lens rather than at yourself on the screen.

9. Get a Good Angle: Angle your camera straight at you or from above rather than from below.

10. Record clearer audio: If you have a Bluetooth microphone, that can make the audio in your video projects sound clearer.

11. Don't forget your options: In addition to using a phone or tablet, you could also use a computer, most of which come with some kind of video recording application, or you could use a third-party application on your computer like Zoom.

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We further acknowledge the grave evil colonialism introduced to these lands ​through genocide as well as slavery, and also via racist and xenophobic ​beliefs, laws​, and practices that continue to inflict harm upon Black, Brown, and Indigenous lives. We honor those who have lived—and do live, now—at these intersections of identity and experience, and are committed to the active dismantling of white supremacy.

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