Being on camera can be a scary thing! I’m going to share useful video tips from a digital native YouTuber, my daughter Shayla. Shayla has been immersed on YouTube for years, not only watching videos but learning what works on camera and what doesn’t. She’s taken these skills and creates amazing vlogs for her own YouTube channel as well as editing my videos because I have very poor video editing skills.
When we travel, Shayla will shoot video all day on her phone and edit it into amazing little videos. She captures things that I wouldn’t have thought of recording. I think in photos since I’m a photographer so I’m taking tons of snaps through the day. Shayla thinks in video.
Learning to be better on camera, through these useful video tips, can give you more confidence to move into traditional video. In this article, I’m focusing on useful video tips for traditional video but some of them will help with live streaming video as well. Being on camera is only one aspect of traditional video but baby steps are good for a new process.
These are notes that Shayla gave to me after I recorded a video and she edited it. My videos are improving by following these notes.
Get ready to roll with Shayla’s useful video tips:
- Whenever you don’t know what to say, take a breath.
- Talk loudly, quickly, and energetically. You aren’t reading a book, you’re trying to engage someone in thirty seconds so they will stick around and watch your video.
- ALWAYS look into the camera! If you find yourself looking away, take a deep breath and start the sentence over again.
- Move around in between sentences. It makes the video more visually intriguing.
- Don’t be afraid to re-do words and sentences. If it isn’t live, you can just edit it out.
- If you replay it and the footage isn’t good, reshoot it.
- Break the video into sections where you change the topics. This is where jump cuts can be edited in for transitions. This can give you a chance to review the footage and see if you need to retake anything or add footage.
- Remember that you’re going to want an end screen. Film this separately. This is where you put your thank you and your call to action to like the video and subscribe to your YouTube channel.
- Check out people who make video content in your area of expertise. What do you like? What don’t you like? Take these things into consideration when you’re filming.
- Write an outline for your video. Being organized will help you create better content.Click To Tweet This will help with the ummms and fumbling.
- Use the rule of thirds for being in the frame. You shouldn’t be centered.
I just passed 500 subscribers on YouTube (which isn’t a lot for people focused on YouTube) but I’m very excited about it.
Here are some YouTube channels that I subscribe to that you might enjoy:
Sue B. Zimmerman – Instagram tips on YouTube!
Amy Schmittauer – Amy is a fantastic vlogger and you can learn tons from her channel.
Sunny Lenarduzzi – Sunny is another great resource for learning the ins and outs of YouTube.
Jeff Sieh – Manly Pinterest Tips and more! Jeff created my YouTube bumper for My Book Club and my personal videos.
I hope this inspires you to try shooting some video or gives you some ideas for making your videos a little better. Just give it a try!