Lots of great stuff included, but I especially want to share in more detail, the advice from Tony Gnau of T60 Productions.
He gave a list of the biggest mistakes people make when doing their own video.
You’ll recognize these if you’ve been following Hangout On Air tips on G+.
1. The camera lens is too low.
This usually happens when you do an HOA from a laptop. The result: sort of like when you put a flashlight under your chin – scaaary stuff!
“You want the camera lens to be even with your eyes or slightly higher. Think about how you take a selfie!
Prop-up the laptop or camera on some books. Lower your chair a bit.
You will look so much better.
A side note on camera angle… if you can see the crease where the wall meets the ceiling in your shot, your camera is too low!”
2. Bad lighting.
People use existing light in the room – including from the window behind them.
“Position your light source to be right behind the camera lens and slightly above it. If your camera situation is mobile, set it up in front of a window. Natural light is AWESOME to light people on camera.
The worst scenario is when the room is fairly dark and the light from a computer screen is illuminating the person in front of the camera.
Avoid that at all costs.”
3. The wrong chair.
Don’t be too comfortable. Avoid sinking into a big comfy chair or having the back of the chair visible in the camera.
“Look for the most uncomfortable chair in the room (a metal folding chair is great!) and use that.
Why? It forces you to sit with good posture.
Sit-up, smile, and be the star that you are!”
Bonus tip: When using a mobile phone, turn the phone on its side
Do not contribute to vertical video syndrome!
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Ray Hiltz is a Google Plus Specialist and Social Media Strategist helping small businesses establish their brands and build their communities on the social web.
A strong proponent for the power of collaborative communication and "humanized" digital networking, Ray writes about social media, social business and Google Plus.
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