DIY Filming Tips

When filming yourself, there are a number of things you can be done to improve the quality of the video. Firstly you should look at the environment for lighting and listen for noise distractions. Shooting towards a window will under expose the subject as natural light is much brighter than internal light as well as changing light conditions on a cloudy day. Reflective surfaces such as mirrors or pictures should be avoided, so that you don’t see the camera or crew in the reflection. Avoid heavy background noise from other people, banging doors, air conditioning vents, etc. Carpeted areas absorb the sound where as tiled or wooden floors will bounce the sound causing poor acoustics.

Use a tripod as a stable shot looks much better than a shaky hand. When adjusting the height the camera should be around the same height, as the chin of the person speaking for a head and shoulder shot. This will vary on the shot lineup, but avoid shooting up or down on to a subject. Framing should also consider what is in the background of a shot to avoid anything undesirable.

In built camera microphones are Omni directional which means they pickup audio from a wide area. Having the camera closer to the subject will increase their volume compared to the surrounding area and I recommend that headphones are worn to clearly hear what the camera is picking up. Professionals will use external microphones such as wireless lapel microphones which only pickup sound in close proximity to the microphone. Lectern, desk mounted and boom microphones are also used for improved sound recording depending on the environment.