5 tips for filming great videos from home
As more and more businesses introduce remote and flexible working options for their employees, the more people are taking advantage from working from home and running their work commitments alongside their personal lives in a more organic way. For many self employed people working from their home office or living room is completely normal.
However when it comes to making short videos, there’s a lot of stigma around filming in a home environment, some people think it makes them look unprofessional or small. The truth is, home working is becoming really normal and actually people want to hear what you have to say, and so much of the video content we see on YouTube and across social media is presented in all kinds of weird and wonderful settings. So just because you work from home, you shouldn’t let it stop you from filming short videos on your phone to share with you audience.
To help you get started, we’ve put together some tips on how you can ensure your home videos are something you can be really proud of.
OWN THE FACT YOU’RE AT HOME
The background to your video is important, but you shouldn’t try to hide the fact you’re at home; it’ll stress you out and stop you from taking action. Choose as background that isn’t too distracting, you don’t want people looking at the wall instead of you, and make sure their is nothing sensitive that people viewers could see or read – this might be photographs of your kids, client data – you get the picture.
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A QUIET PLACE TO FILM
If you have kid, pets, housemates or partners in the house with you when you’re working, make sure you film your videos in a room that you can make private for a few minutes. If you can close the door and set some rules as to when you can and can’t be interrupted then you’re setting yourself up for success. People will forgive some background noise: cars driving by, birds in the background, rain pattering on the roof, but nothing is more distracting than your kids screaming, dog barking or husband doing the hoovering.
FACE TOWARDS A LIGHT SOURCE WITH THE CAMERA POINTING AWAY FROM IT
You don’t need to use professional lights but it’s important people can see you. Mobile phone cameras can only do so much when it comes to brightening up an image. When you’re filming, make sure that your face is looking towards a light source: a window, a lamp etc, then make sure that the camera is facing away from the light source.
PLACE THE CAMERA AT EYE LEVEL
Depending on what style you’re going for you’re likely either going to have your mobile phone in your hand, on a tripod or on a table. Whatever you choose, make sure the camera is at your eye level. There’s nothing glamorous about looking up someone’s nose, or looking down on someone’s bald spot. These might be raw, very authentic videos, but professional video makers put their camera’s at eye level, unless they are going for a certain effect.
If you’re struggling to get the camera in the right position, invest in a table top tripod like this one or a full size tripod like this one.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT
When you’re filming videos on a mobile phone the style lends itself to imperfections – people know that these are not professionally made videos, they know you’re not in a studio or in front of a high end camera, so don’t be afraid of making a few minor mistakes. If you completely fluff what you’re trying to say or your mind goes blank then you might want to start again, but if you catch yourself some um or erm, or stumbling over a couple of words then don’t worry, it’s natural, we all make mini mistakes whilst we’re talking. Lean into these little imperfections, they are after all what makes us, us.