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4 Tips for Shooting Video of Yourself on Your Phone

Category: Creative,Media,Video • June 17, 2022

  1. Setting
    • Choose a space that is well-lit with as little background noise as possible.
    • Avoid spaces where you will be back-lit, such as sitting in front of a window or a lamp, as this could cause you to be silhouetted and difficult to see. Position yourself to keep your main light source in front of you.
    • Also, avoid spaces where there would be distracting clutter in the shot.
  1. Framing your shot
    • Position the camera at your eye level to avoid shooting yourself at high or low angles, and keep yourself centered in the frame.
    • Use a tripod to keep your camera steady. Some selfie sticks come with a built-in tripod. If you don’t have this equipment available, then propping up the phone on a flat surface can work.
  1. Front or back-facing camera

The back-facing camera on your phone will provide higher quality video due to a better lens and higher megapixels. But if you prefer to be able to see yourself as you shoot, then you can use the front-facing camera.

KEEP IN MIND: As you’re shooting, keep eye contact with the lens as if it’s the person you’re talking to.

  1. Hitting the record button
    • Give yourself a couple of seconds after you hit the record button to start talking. This will give the final video editor room to splice in your video and transition between others.
    • Be sure to smile before you start talking and after you finish.
    • Speak clearly and avoid muttering or trailing off as you talk.
  1. Some more helpful tips
    • Keep water on hand (but make sure you can’t see it in the shot) for when your mouth or throat get dry.
    • Avoid wearing jewelry that can make noise, like bangled bracelets.
    • Don’t be too hard on yourself. Most people get nervous being on camera and it can take multiple tries to get it right!