Being on camera can be a scary thing! I'm going to share helpful 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 created amazing vlogs for her own YouTube channel and editing my videos because I have very poor video editing skills.
When we travel, Shayla will shoot videos all day on her phone and edit them 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 throughout the day. Shayla thinks in video.
Learning to be better on camera through these helpful 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 conventional 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 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 allow you 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 a script and outline for your video. This will help with the ummms and fumbling.
- Use the rule of thirds for being in the frame. You shouldn't be centered.
Frequently Asked Questions About Making Videos
What equipment do I need to start making videos?
You don't need fancy equipment to start. A smartphone with a good camera and basic editing software can get you going.
How do I get over my fear of being on camera?
Start by practicing in a low-stakes environment. Record yourself in private, review the footage, and adjust as needed. The more you practice, the more comfortable you'll become.
What's the best length for a video?
There's no one-size-fits-all answer, but shorter videos (around 2-5 minutes) are generally more engaging. However, the length should be dictated by the content and what you're trying to achieve.
How important is editing?
Editing is crucial. It helps you remove mistakes, add effects, and make your video more engaging. If you're new to editing, there are plenty of tutorials online to help you get started.
Can I make good videos with just my phone?
Absolutely! Many YouTubers and content creators started with just their phones. What matters most is the content and how you present it.
How do I get more views and subscribers?
Consistency is key. The more quality content you produce, the more likely you are to attract a following. Also, don't forget to promote your videos on social media and engage with your audience.
I hope this inspires you to try shooting some videos or gives you some ideas for improving your videos. Just give it a try!Write an outline for your video script. @shaylalarose #videotips Click To Tweet