10 Tips for Being your Best on Camera
10 Tips to being best on the camera
Below is a top ten list of how to be your best on camera to establish a connection and effectively communicate in the intro video.
Speak into Camera
When you are speaking to a real person, you can find your shoulders angled in any direction, and your eyes roaming. It is incredibly noticeable and off-putting on camera. View your camera as the person you are talking to and angle your body in their direction.
Talk to a Real Person
While you should speak into the camera, you should still talk to a real person. There is an actual human being on the other side of the lens whom you are addressing, so do not be afraid to look away from the camera just like you would a real person. When you talk to a real person, you do not lock your eyes without ever breaking contact. Relax, and let your eyes move away to regain your thoughts then look back at the lens as you address your viewer.
Speak at Your Own Pace
No one is ever impressed with someone who can talk quickly. They are impressed by someone who chooses their words with intentionality and speaks deliberately. Find a nice, steady pace and stick to it. The best way to find your pace is to listen back to your recording and adjust accordingly.
Watch What you Wear
Bright colors and tight patterns can be a distraction and wash out your skin. If possible, wear dark solids like navy, maroon, or brown. Also, keep your intended audience in mind. If you are applying for a job that demands formal attire, wear formal attire. If you are applying for something more casual, you should still dress a step or two more formal than their everyday work environment. If people wear t-shirts and jeans in the workplace, you should wear khakis and a collar.
A pause is always better than a stutter or an “um.” Feel free to be silent as you collect your thoughts. Also, a few pauses can help your speaking reach a conversational pace. That is a good thing!
In public speaking, you are encouraged to project to the back of the room but remember there is a microphone only feet away from you. Utilize volume to your favor. Raise the volume (only slightly) when talking about something you are especially proud of and bring it down slightly when discussing matter-of-fact topics.
Keep it Eye-level
No one likes to be talked down to, but you should not have to talk up to anyone either. When you set up your camera or phone, make sure it is at your eye level. This will affect your viewer’s psychological interpretation of you, and they will perceive you as someone “on their level.”
Choose Your Light
If you are standing under florescent or bright overhead lights, you will look washed out. It will also subconsciously communicate that you made little effort to film this video. Here is a trick. Get some Christmas lights out of storage and hang them behind your phone or camera so as not to be seen on screen. They will simply cast some warm light on your face. Also, light your room with lamps and not overheads. This will result in your overall screen image appearing more pleasant than harsh lighting.
If you want to keep it simple, then in a direction where the light falls on you.
Rehearse Out Loud
Speak out loud first. Get used to how the words roll off. Blaze paths in your brain that help you connect thoughts and maintain your train of thought. Do this 2-3 times before hitting record. That may feel like a lot, but it will save you time on takes and make your final product cleaner.
This may sound like a “throwaway” point, but it is the most important. Whoever hits play on this video is doing so because they want to hear from you. Not anyone else. Therefore, allow your personality to talk to you.
So, do you feel ready? Go ahead, get your phone out and make that video today!