When filming yourself, you probably already make sure that your hair looks good, you don’t have any food in your teeth, that your audio is ok, and the camera is at a flattering angle, but what about your background?
You can improve the look and quality of your pre recorded videos, live streams, and zoom calls by making a few quick and easy adjustments to your background setup.
Here are a few tips to make your filming background more visually appealing, interesting, and inviting.
1. Separate Yourself from the Background
The eye is naturally drawn to the brightest, most in focus object – you want to make sure that you are that object. Don’t let your background overpower you. Depending on the size of the space in which you are filming, and the type of camera you’re using, putting a bit of space between yourself and the background will help separate you and enhance the depth of field in your shot.
Plain, flat walls aren’t the most interesting to look at, but If that’s all you have to work with, make sure to sit far enough away to avoid casting a shadow. A few feet should do the trick.
Try not to blend into your background. Wear a solid, contrasting color that will help you stand out and if possible use a small accent light or two to create even more separation. Avoid anything too large or bright.
2. Consider Your Angles
Placing yourself in front of a corner adds depth to your shot, makes the room appear larger, and directs the viewer’s eye to you.
3. Be Mindful of Light Sources
Keep your light sources in front of you, not behind you. Avoid sitting with your back to a window or bright light, which will cause you to appear too dark. Sit facing the window and use the flattering natural light to your advantage.
Beware of any framed photos or artwork behind you whose glass may reflect your lighting source.
4. Clear the Clutter and Minimize Distractions
Having too much stuff behind and around you in the frame can be very distracting. Take a moment to tidy up and remove any unnecessary clutter from view.
Movement in the background can be very distracting. A curtain blowing in the breeze from an open window, people walking by, or pets/children playing around can cost you the attention of your viewers.
Don’t clump everything together in one spot. Place décor at the edges of the frame instead of directly behind your head.
Consider decorating your background with a few items that represent your brand or organization – posters, signs, merchandise, etc. Just remember to keep it subtle.
Don’t be afraid to include items that display your personality – your favorite books, movies, artwork, memorabilia from your alma-mater, or photos of loved ones.
Spruce up a dull background by adding in a plant for a nice touch of greenery.
Bookshelves are often a popular choice – but keep it neat and be careful not to over-do it. Sometimes less is more; avoid anything too busy that might be distracting – remember, you are the focus! A few small details go a long way.
Keep checking back as we will have more tips for Virtual, Hybrid and In-Person Events for 2022.