You filmed yourself on video, the script was good and the sound was great. But, there is something just not quite right. You ponder and ponder, and Bingo! You were looking a little bit off-camera.
Now, this happens more often than you would think. Having a sign saying “Look Here!” with an indication to where to look does not help either. In fact, you might just end up focusing on the sign instead. Trust me, I’ve been there.
So what are some of the things you should take note of when self-filming?
Tip #1: Look directly at the camera lens.
You may have a camera with a viewer turned towards you. And it’s only natural to want to see how you look. But looking away from the camera lens would just cause you to disconnect from your viewers. Afterall, you were not looking at them in the first place.
Tip #2: Try documentary-style videos
In documentaries, the subject of the video is often talking to the interviewer off the side of the camera. This is a good tactic if you are nervous about talking to the camera. No one needs to know that there is no one there. Just mark an X on the wall with tape, or focus on a plant, whenever you are talking. This way, you will always be looking at the “interviewer” throughout the video.
Tip #3: Centre yourself in the middle of the frame
Centering yourself in the frame and placing your eyes in the top third of the frame will draw the viewer’s attention towards you. This helps in building a connection with your audience.
Tip #4: Watch your presence on camera
When filming yourself, try to minimise your movements. Sit up straight and keep your hands gently folded in front of you with your shoulders relaxed. Do not cross your arms, as that is an indication that you are not interested in communicating.
Most important tip of all – remember to smile and have fun! Your smile is your best asset, so make the most of it!
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