Business may not be exactly “as usual” with the current world situation but companies still need to remain competitive and can even take advantage of a growing digital audience. Increasingly, I am working with people who might need to record a quick video on their phone for marketing purposes but have no experience. These tips will help you to create something easily that is decent quality.
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- Have the light source (light/window) shining towards your face, not behind you.
- Record somewhere quiet and turn off noisy appliances and especially music that might be in the background.
- Get the camera as close as you can to eye height. Looking up your nose is not a flattering shot!
- Wear headphones for interviews/panels – it will reduce interference.
You may also be interested in some basic equipment recommendations for filming yourself; these small investments can greatly improve the quality of your recordings.
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Tips For Filming Yourself On A Phone, iPad or Webcam
What Device Should You Use To Film Yourself?
A phone or tablet with a decent camera is perfectly fine to use and there are some tips for helping you to get the most out of it below. You may be able to do a few or all of these things but please do still send your video if you can’t do everything, it doesn’t need to be perfect!
Top Tips For Filming Yourself.
- Take a deep breath and smile before you start!
- For most purposes, film in landscape rather than portrait on mobile devices – unless you are specifically filming for stories.
- Holding your device out and filming yourself at arms length is an option, however, you will get a more flattering look if you can create a little more distance by using a tripod, selfie stick or friend to hold your camera. It will also be more stable.
- Have the camera at eye level, this is more flattering than filming at an upwards angle. Look into the lens.
- Let the camera run for 5 seconds with silence before you start your action/message and pause for 5 seconds afterwards too – this helps us when we are editing.
- Don’t use the zoom on phones as this tends to create a pixillated image, it’s better to move closer to the subject if you can.
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- Try to record somewhere quiet without much background noise – can you hear a TV or maybe a fridge/heater humming? If you can, turn them off while you are recording. Avoid noisy places, like near traffic.
- Be particularly aware of music in the background as that can be problematic with licensing.
- Use a microphone if you have one, this should increase sound quality greatly.
- If you are not using a plug in microphone you will need to be close to the device for better sound quality.
Best Use Of Lighting.
- Make sure you are well lit so we can see you and anything you are talking about. Choose a light room to film in, maybe near a big window or even outside.
- Where are the lights in the room? Avoid filming with the light source behind you as this will create a silhouette. Preferably, have the light source behind the camera’s side and pointing towards you so you are clear to see.
- A light that shines down from above can cast parts of your face into darkness so stepping away from that will create a more even lighting effect.
And finally... Relax and smile!
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