Facing the camera for the first time? Can’t figure out how to put your best face forward? Worried if you’ll look tired in the video?
There is absolutely nothing to worry about.
All you need to do is prepare for a video shoot beforehand to control the process and remain calm.
From your posture to your dress, everything matters when you are in front of the camera, and sometimes even the little things can make a big difference.
Here are a few tips that you can follow to nail your next professional video shoot:
1. Read And Rehearse The Script Beforehand
A video shoot, especially one requiring you to talk, is like public speaking. The first rule is to read the script beforehand. Rehearse it enough times to get comfortable with it and read it in front of family and friends to sound at ease on the day.
However, keep in mind that the lines don’t seem forced, or you don’t give the impression of reading something word by word. Even the most charismatic people freeze up when they are in front of the camera, so it is always a good idea to practice.
This is a useful strategy to avoid the constant “uhs” and “ums” and seem flustered. At the same time, try not to rote learn the script if you want to sound unrehearsed and passionate about a topic you love.
2. Work On Your Posture
Are you talking about a project you really love on camera or acting out a script? Either way, posture is the key to look confident and convince people. Practice a pose that makes you look taller and more in control of a situation.
Whether you stand or sit, ensure that your back is straight and your shoulders aren’t slouched. Be conscious of your movements because unnecessary and constant gestures indicate nervous energy. On the other hand, if you are giving an interview, using emphatic hand gestures will show purpose and passion about what you are saying.
3. Bring Several Dress Options
One of the first things anyone notices in a person’s appearance in a video is their dressing.
When you dress up, it makes you feel confident and comfortable to avoid getting conscious on camera or later regret the unprepared look you came in with.
It is smart to bring multiple changes of clothes and backups in case of wardrobe malfunction. Get in touch with the videographer to guide you better about the type of dress or color scheme you can follow that matches the nature of the video.
Generally, solid colors work well. It is better to avoid small line patterns that may look distorted on the camera.
4. Look Rested
A video camera exposes everything on your face. Of course, makeup and editing can cover them up. We also recommend getting a good night’s sleep and rest before your video shoot to avoid eye bags that can make a person look sleepy.
Wear moisturizer under your eyes or treat them with soaked, cold cotton pads to reduce puffiness. Also, wear a lip balm to cure your chapped lips because a close-up shot will catch that!
5. Talk Slow And Avoid Fillers
The best way to deliver lines effectively when the video shoot demands it is to talk slowly. Most of us tend to rush through our lines when we’re nervous, thinking we’ll get done with the part faster. However, we end up losing clarity and effectiveness in our speech.
As unnerving as it may seem to prolong your video, practice your script with pauses between thoughts to sound more eloquent, in control, and unscripted on the day.
As a camera-shy person, a video company shoot is one of the most daunting experiences. However, you can always conquer your fear if you are well-prepared for it. Follow our tips to calm those nerves down on the big day and exude confidence.