Our top tips for filming yourself

September 14th, 2020  |  by Amalie Luthra

Here are our top tips for filming yourself:

The quality of affordable camera equipment has increased tenfold in recent years and filming yourself has become very accessible. Interviews are ever-present on platforms like YouTube, Linkedin, and Instagram, allowing most people to pick up a camera and within minutes film a high-quality video of themself.

Self-shot videos are integral to a lot of businesses and filmmakers, whether it’s a short vlog-style shoot to document your day or a tutorial that’s relative to your business – there are plenty of reasons why people are looking to shoot a high-quality, self-shot film.

Filming yourself used to be only possible with a well-versed crew and expensive camera equipment. However, this has now all changed. Most people have access to a smartphone and can set up a self-shot video in a matter of minutes.

It’s changing the way we consume media and a lot of businesses are adopting this as part of their marketing strategy as well as people looking to start a YouTube channel.

In this article, we will delve into the top tips for filming a high-quality video of yourself.

Let’s check them out.

How to film yourself: Our top tips

Our top tips for filming yourself

Ensure your camera is stable

Remember to have your camera fixed or at least stabilised. No one likes a shaky video and it will put your viewers off watching your video.

Find a tripod that works well with a mobile phone or your DSLR as this will up the production value in minutes, or even find a flat surface (like a table or stool) to prop your camera up securely.

This will instantly improve the quality of your footage and make it easier to consume for the audience.

Correctly light the shot

Our top tips for filming yourself

Lighting your video is a must to ensuring it looks crisp and visible. A lot of people make the mistake of incorrectly setting up the lighting for the shot, and it really does show. If you’re shooting outside stay away from direct sunlight, as most cameras cannot deal with the strong contrast.

The same goes for filming inside if you film next to a window it can offset the lighting and create a large silhouette behind you.

Over the two options, filming inside is preferred. You can control the levels of lighting and actually soften or harden the lighting to shoot your video. This will allow you to film smooth and crisp footage that will be both engaging for the viewer and look professional.

Capture quality audio

Capturing audio is very important. Audio is everything, you need to be able to hear the person speak if not, you’ll lose your audience.

To pick up great sound make sure you are in a quiet place, maybe attach a shotgun mic if your phone or camera audio isn’t great.

Then if anything additional, unwanted background audio is picked up – you can remove this in post-production.

Be natural

Be as natural as possible in front of the camera, it’ll do wonders for the overall quality of the video. If it’s your first time, it may be worth doing a few takes just to get you into the flow of things.

Try to take your time and communicate your words correctly, as sometimes you’ll want to get it all done and rush through it, meaning your words may be hard to understand.

You’ll become a natural in no time!

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