As someone who used to get my partner to hit record on the camera and leave the room(!) I like to think I have some expertise on how to feel more confident on camera!
Here are five small things you can do to get that much more confident on camera.
I know it’s really hard and that the first time (or the first hundred times) you’re on camera can be really nerve-wracking and awkward. I know, I’ve been there, I am there almost every week I film a video.
So here a few things I’ve learnt along the way that help me out when I’m on camera:
Talk to yourself.
Practice talking out loud: saying what you’re doing, what you’re thinking, or just random words in the form of a song. That’s just me? Whoops…!
Talking out loud to no-one is kind of a weird thing to do, but if you work from home alone, who really cares?
If it’s still too much for you, talk to your dog or your cat or your goldfish. Make some more calls than usual, whip out the FaceTime and Skype. Do a Facebook Live just for yourself!
Just practice having your voice out there.
Talking in front of a camera really is talking to no-one, so getting that practice in, as weird as it may feel, will really help you come across as a lot more natural when the time comes to film.
Pretend you’re having a conversation with a friend and really let your personality shine through.
Whether you want the video to be serious, silly or anything in between, let yourself shine through.
It’s really normal to become stiff and robotic in front of the camera, so the more that you do it, the more natural it will feel and the more your personality will be able to come out as you’re in front of the camera.
Embrace natural light.
I’m often under big lights because I like to procrastinate until night time, but if you can, shoot your video during the day.
Avoid direct and harsh sunlight when you can, but in general the morning or mid afternoon light is a really good time to shoot videos.
It’s also the most flattering on you.
Big harsh lights can bring out any imperfections, but natural lighting is your best friend. I’d really recommend sitting in front of a big window or filming outside if it’s quiet enough.
Try standing up in front of the camera.
I personally like sitting down in my videos, but many people prefer standing up.
It may give you more energy and more enthusiasm while keeping you from getting too relaxed. It keeps you alert and, and on your toes.
And my fifth tip, which will come with time and with practice, is learn your angles.
Learn which angles are most flattering for you.
You always want to have your camera lens where your eye line is, but I have an ever so slight downward tilt, which makes it a lot more flattering for me.
It, you know, hides my double chins a little bit…!
I’ve learnt my angles, and I’ve learnt how far I can go before it starts looking odd. I know what suits me and that makes me feel a lot more comfortable and confident on camera.
So those are a couple of tips to feel more capable and comfortable on camera.
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