Tips and Resources
Your video will live on after your event or shoot is over - these tips will help you get the best results!
Sound and Lighting
If you're having a live event filmed, take the needs of the live audience and the final video together. What might look bright enough in the room might not be bright enough for the camera. Human eyes will adjust in only a few moments after the lighting is changed. Un-mic'ed speakers won't be audible in the final video, even if the audience of the live event could hear them. If there's an audience Q&A, you'll want to consider how to make sure they're heard in the final piece. Sound and lighting issues can't always be fixed in post, so do what you can on the day.
Cameras and human eyes see light differently. Bright lighting helps your final video look its best.
Being on Camera
If you're on camera, don't wear solid black, white, bright red, or black and white clothes. Detailed and geometric patterns like fine stripes and checks can create a strobing moire effect on camera, so avoid them as well. Shiny jewelry and fabrics can be distracting as well.
Being comfortably and appropriately dressed will boost your on-camera confidence.
Do your best to avoid fidgeting, as it is visually distracting and can cause problems with clip-on microphones.
With stand or handheld mics, the top of the microphone should directly face your mouth and sit 4-5 inches away. If you're using a clip-on mic, avoid placing it near jewelry or in a pocket.
Speak naturally. The audio technicians will ensure you're properly amplified. When not talking, put the microphone on mute. If you can, do a mic check with a tech so you're comfortable with the sound quality and sensitivity of the microphone.
Remember: just because you believe can be heard in the room does not mean you really can be heard by everyone, or that you'll be heard in the final video. If you have a mic, use it!
Microphones are one of the most essential accessibility tools at events with an audience - that's why it's so important to use the mic wherever it's made available to you.
Don't forget to get release forms for everyone appearing on camera - not just your "headliner." It's best to give them the form before a scheduled event so your guests have time to read, understand, and ask any questions before signing.