Lesson 1, Topic 1
Steps to Follow
Here are our tips for recording a talking head video:
- Set up a scene:
- Keep everything behind you clean, for instance, a non-distracting background. If the background is light, dress dark, and vice versa. Avoid bright colors unless they are intentional.
- If you’re planning a longer format, sit comfortably but straight; we recommend standing when creating a shorter video. You’ll be more dynamic. It’s a good idea to set up the shot so that your hands are visible and you can support what you say with gestures.
- Watch out for your lighting. You should be well lit, preferably directly from the front.
- Ensure good audio quality: Your audience must be able to hear you clearly. Be sure to have a good microphone and test it before starting. If your audience can’t hear you, no matter how well you’ve constructed your story, they won’t be able to focus on it and might click over to something else.
- Start with a smile: The beginning is an essential part of every presentation. It’s the first impression.
- Look into the camera: Forget the technology, and try to imagine that a living person is behind the camera. If you can, look through the lens to the back of the camera. Eye contact will keep your audience engaged.
- Be natural: Authenticity is always the best way to go. Sure, body language, open gestures, and a confident attitude work, but if it doesn’t come naturally to you, you’ll be pretending. People will notice, and that’s worse than making small mistakes.
- Postproduction: Sometimes, talking head videos require video editing on your part. Programs like Soap Box or Adobe Rush will serve you well, and they are user-friendly.