Hello and welcome to Part 2 of our series on how to feel comfortable in front of a camera! At Ginger Video, we understand that standing in front of a camera isn’t the most natural thing for a lot of people, but we also understand how important it can be for your business to conquer that fear. So in this series, we’re going to be sharing some tips to help you relax and look great in front of the camera.
In Part 1 we talked about:
1.Writing a script (but not really sticking to it)
3.Being aware of your tics
4.Limiting your distractions while filming
If you missed that one, you can catch up here. But for now, let’s dive in!
Use A Mirror
If you know you tend to tense up in front of the camera, this trick could be great for you. When you’re setting up for the session, make sure you place a large mirror a few feet back from the camera, and use it to periodically check your body language. If you see your shoulders hunching up, your hands fidgeting or your body language closing off, you can correct it before it gets too noticeable. However, it is worth pointing out that while some people find this technique very helpful, others might find it a little too distracting, so try it and out see how you feel with it. If it doesn’t work, you can always remove the mirror!
If your video requires you to walk, run, dance or otherwise move around a space, it’s worth placing markers on the floor of the space for each stage. These markers tell you where to stop so that you don’t end up accidentally moving out of frame and ruining an otherwise perfectly good take. They can also be used to help you remember a complex set of movements if you need to film long sequences, so you don’t have to film in bits and ruin the flow of the video.
Dress For Confidence
We all have that outfit that makes us feel like a million dollars. We call it a ‘power outfit’, and they are very deserving of their name. Before it’s time to film, take the time to pick out an outfit that will make you feel confident and powerful, while still feeling comfortable and looking well put together. Make sure it’s clean, wrinkle free and generally presentable. It’s also worth checking that your outfit will conceal sweat stains, in case hot lights cause perspiration, and have tissues on hand to blot your face in-between takes to minimise shine. All of these things together should help boost your confidence and get you feeling camera ready.
Everyone has something they do to help them relax and release pent up nerves. For some it’s exercising, meditating or stretching, for others it’s eating a favourite food, reading a book or singing at the top of your lungs. Whatever your ‘stress-reliever’ is, try to do it immediately before filming (though maybe limit the singing to your car…). This will help you get all of that nervous energy out of your system and leave you feeling calm and collected before you step in front of the camera.
Pick Your Time Of Day
Do you have a time of day where you get your best work done? Are you more productive in the mornings, but slump in the afternoons? Make a note of it. Figuring out your best time of day can help you work out when to schedule filming so that you can perform at your best, and make sure you can speak enthusiastically without it feeling forced. If you aren’t sure what your best time of day is, spend a week noting your mood and productivity, and you’ll soon see a pattern.
That’s all we have time for in Part 2. Stay tuned for Part 3 of our series on how to feel comfortable in front of the camera, and how to give a great performance for your videos.
In the meantime, if you’d like to know more about what we do, or how we work, please get in touch with the team today.