Thanks LOADS for being up for filming a VLOG message for headstrong!!
Here are our TEN TOP TIPS for
how to look good on camera!
Find a quiet, well-lit location. You’ll look so much better in good light!
Daylight is much better than artificial lighting. But avoid anything too harsh (eg direct sunlight).
Face yourself towards the main light source (usually a window). Make sure your face isn’t in shadow.
Don’t stand against a wall, but leave some space behind you.
Make sure the background isn’t distracting. Try to eliminate any clutter and any windows from the background.
Mount the camera at head height if you can - try using a tripod, getting someone else to hold it (steady!) or balancing it on a bookcase/similar.
Use the camera in portrait orientation - ie holding it the same way up you would to read stuff on there.
Make sure you are framed nicely in the shot.
Head in top half is nice, like this...
avoid head in middle, like this...
- Look into the camera lens, not your screen/at your own image.
Do a quick test to check the sound quality - can we hear you? Most phones have good enough mics, but if yours isn’t picking up the sound well enough then you can use your headphones as a mic. Be careful of background noise (including wind - surprisingly noisy!) - it can sound a lot louder on a recording than in real life!
- Pause for a few seconds before and after speaking and give us a good smile. It helps with the editing ;)
Hope that helps! If you have any questions shout - drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org