I have sat on this article for several weeks, but with the encouragement of my wife, I’m going to go ahead and publish it.Let me first make a disclaimer.I am not an expert in video production.In fact, I have very little experience doing it.However, as the commercial says, “I have slept in a Holiday Inn” (and if you don’t get the reference, you’ll have to look it up).
While I’m not an expert, I do believe I am able to discern between what is distracting and what is well done.So, since many of us are preaching and teaching online, I want to share four common mistakes we should avoid.I believe that if these mistakes are avoided, it will help us make produce better quality videos.
- Camera Angle.Don’t shoot your video looking up at your face.Most of us are using a laptop camera with which to record.Thus, we find ourselves looking down at our screen.There isn’t a more unflattering view of one’s self.No one wants to look at a camera angle that shoots up our noses!Plus, looking downward forces our chin closer to our chest and highlights our “double-chins.” If you’re seeing your ceiling or ceiling fan in the background, your angle should be adjusted.If you use a laptop camera, place your laptop on a stack of books so that you look directly at the camera, or even slightly up at the camera.It will make a world of difference!
- Backlighting.Don’t shoot your video in front of a window.If you have a bright source of light behind you, it will wash out your image and degrade the quality of your picture.Avoid bright lights behind you.
- Headroom.In these videos we’re shooting, we are the focal point.Therefore, fill the screen.Get your camera close enough so that you’re the focal point and not the room.When you’re no bigger than the props in your background, you’re zoomed out too far.Make it so the top of your head reaches or nearly reaches the top of the screen.You should not see a lot of headroom above your head.Look at how a scene is shot on TV.
- Lighting.Make sure that you have adequate lighting so your image is not dark.如果你像我一样,你没有专业的闲逛hts on a stand, but you can set up lights/lamps just behind your laptop and lighten up your shot.
As I said, I’m not an expert, but as a viewer, I do know the difference between what is distracting and what is well-done.I think if we’ll consider these four points, we can make our videos more appealing and less distracting.
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