You Oughta Be in Pictures!

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You Oughta Be in Pictures!

  1. 1. Making Digital Presentations Live! Part 1: Recording tips and techniques
  2. 2. Participants will learn basic recording tips and techniques in order to: <ul><li>Start up a simple reader review recording project </li></ul><ul><li>Establish a foundation for springboarding towards other video projects </li></ul><ul><li>Discover how easy the video making process can be </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Lighting </li></ul><ul><li>Location </li></ul><ul><li>Background </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>A digital camera with movie/video recording capability or a digital camcorder </li></ul><ul><li>A tripod or other steady surface </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Choose a well-lit area. </li></ul><ul><li>Fluorescent lighting is fine; try to stay indoors. </li></ul><ul><li>Manually setting white balance is recommended, if possible. </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a simple light next to or behind the camera if necessary; a bright background can result in a subject who’s too dark. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Pick a quiet area that won’t record unnecessary background noise. </li></ul><ul><li>Staff break area or other small room is an adequate choice; light and sound have fewer places to escape in contained areas. </li></ul><ul><li>GET CLOSE!!!! Proximity is important for at least two reasons: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>minimalizes distractions, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>maximizes what the microphone is able to pick up. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Pick or create a background that isn’t too busy or distracting. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure that there is less of it and more of your subject. </li></ul><ul><li>Something other than solid white (or solid black) is recommended. </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Frame for head and torso shots; a full-body shot is too far, head and shoulders too close. </li></ul><ul><li>Have the subject hold the item up (just to the left or right) so that it can be seen. If you don’t have a copy of the item, try a color printout. </li></ul><ul><li>Try to keep each review under two minutes. If assembling reviews together, try to keep the final video somewhere in the neighborhood of 5-6 minutes. </li></ul><ul><li>If they’d prefer to read from a script, position it as close to the camera lens as possible and out of view. </li></ul>

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