5 Tips to Feel More Confident on Camera

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 getting confident on camera!

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’m 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.

Be conversational.

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 man 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.

There’s tonnes more and we’re actually in the process of building a course on getting confident on camera, so if you are interested, little shameless plug alert! Click here to get on the Confidence on Camera E-Course waiting list!

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Zoe Winther

Zoe Winther founded Pickford Media after being inspired by her work with The League of Extraordinary Women, the Society for Women in Information Technology, the RMIT Womyn's Room, and Business Chicks. Being surrounded by entrepreneurial women at the League every day, it was only a matter of time before her casual freelance work was to turn to her full time business. Zoe is an RMIT University graduate with a bachelor of communications, and has expanded her study into IT. Zoe has crewed on a number of television shows and film sets, with credits operating the camera, directing, script supervising, art direction and production design, craft services, unit managing and clapping the slate. She has also produced and hosted radio programs on SYN and RRR. Zoe is addicted to podcasts and has a constant backlog of webinars about to expire she endeavours to watch.

26 Comments

  1. Oh yes, the angles do seem the most hard. I am expressive and sometimes make silly faces, I also heard practicing faces in front of the mirror could be helpful too

    • Definitely practice in front of the mirror if it works for you! Just getting used to hearing your voice is a HUGE step and it takes a lot of practice!

  2. This is some good advice. I haven’t managed to get myself on camera yet. I think I will probably try a bit of podcasting first, so that I only need to concentrate on speaking clearly, then consider making videos.

    • Great idea Stephanie! When I studied journalism at uni we spent a whole semester on speaking/radio before moving on to on camera, so it’s a good move!
      Would love to see how you go 😊

  3. Thank you for this useful article Zoe!
    Definitely important to consider these tips before making videos! 🙂

  4. I would love to start a youtube channel for my beauty blog but I hate the way my voice sounds. I had to have a tube put down my throat for surgery probably 13 years ago and ever since it’s like my voice is so raspy. I am camera shy too I need to break out of my shell and go for it.

  5. These are some great tips! I’m planning on starting a YouTube channel in a few months and plan to use these, especially talking out loud 🙂

  6. It has taken me years to know the right lightening that works with me. I feel that using the front camera of my phones works better for me because I can judge how it looks.

  7. Great tips girl !! I feel uncomfortable on camera sometimes and I always end up having to do 7 more takes with recording myself

  8. I agree with you on the angles. Certain angles make me look very bad. These were some pretty good suggestions. I will have to try them out.

  9. These are some great tips. I need to take some new photos for my blog and will use these tips. I just hate being in front of the camera!

  10. These are great tips. I’ve been trying to work up the nerve to do some Facebook live videos, so I think I’m going to have to just go for it.

  11. Really helpful tips! I am the most awkward person in front of the camera, but I’m going to take your advice…especially about angling the camera slightly downwards—GENIUS!

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