Lights, Camera – Action!
Speaking directly to camera can be a daunting experience. Talking to an inanimate object, seeing a faint reflection of yourself, with no physical clues that it’s taking in what you are saying – well, it’s not natural.
Like all presenting skills, it’s not rocket science, and with a few basic techniques you can look great and sound authoritative. First, actually imagine your audience – or at least one person. If you concentrate on thinking about them when you speak and not the camera, it will make a huge difference. You can watch our Talking Heads showreel for some examples.
The iPhone has an amazing video camera, especially the new iPhone 6
, but just clicking record may not produce a high-quality image. Using a tripod and planning for lighting and audio can make a huge difference. Here are Tallboy’s tips for shooting better-looking video using an iPhone.
Welcome to the Autumn edition of our Online Magazine! This is our “on camera” edition where we are focussing our attention on life in front of the lens!
We explore on camera training, including top tips on how to be your best in front of the camera! We also look at the new iPhone 6 and its capabilities as a video camera, as well as a case study of our latest live filming with international charity, UNICEF.
I sometimes wonder how I managed without my iPhone. It wakes me up, it connects me to all my friends across the globe, it reminds me to have a haircut and it tracks my fitness.
So when the iPhone 6 was launched in October, I fleetingly thought all the talk about how brilliant the new camera was would make it indispensible for work and within a week we’d be shooting videos for clients on it.
The camera is good. It shoots fabulous, high quality HD images – it even has a cool super-slow Mo feature on it. It can do time-lapse video (which these days seems to be essential) – all while still reminding me to get bread and milk on the way home.