So you’ve got your orders – make videos and create eProducts. But let’s add another dimension to your video productions: Getting you in front of the camera!
Easier said than done. I know!
Like many photographers, I’m an introvert — a total wallflower-at-parties introvert.
You wouldn’t suspect that from watching this video though, would you? Well actually if you went back far enough, you’d see me when I first started out.
I was timid, camera shy and not very outgoing.
I’m keeping those videos on my YouTube channel to remind myself how far I’ve come in the last year.
In front of the camera, you need to be extra outgoing. You need to get your inner actor out. You need to find that 5% extroverted part of you.
So how do you get over that?
Being on video is kind of like going to a party where you don’t know anyone. And if you’re an introvert you know what I’m talking about.
You have two choices. Stand against the wall and coddle your wine glass, or move around and meet people.
Here are some tips on how to be engaging in front of the camera
- Before making your first real video, do a screen test of yourself.
- Make a bullet point script if it helps.
- Start simple and tell the camera “Who you are, What you do and Who you do it for” If you’re not sure, make something up. The key here is to see how you “look and sound” on camera.
- Expect to be nervous!
If you’re having problems, pretend you’re hanging out with your best pals and telling them that same stuff. Tell them as if it’s something exciting that’s happened to you.
Remember these tips when facing the camera:
- Act like you’re happy to be there
- Don’t talk too fast
- Don’t talk too slow
- Don’t be boring!
- Talk about something interesting in an interesting way
- Be concise
- Don’t ramble
Review your screen test and ask yourself:
Would you want to watch yourself?
You can cover a lot of sins in editing. You can use photos to cover up your flubs. Just re-shoot the part you messed up, replace that section in your video timeline, and put a photo or graphic over top of the jump cut.
Even if you never intend to get in front of the camera yourself, it’s good to practice these techniques for the next time you go to a party!
Example from one of my colleagues
Here is a video by Suzette Allen one of the Discover Mirrorless Hybrid Heros that is very engaging. Watch it to see why.