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Find Your Light
Good lighting will make the biggest difference in the quality of your videos, but an expensive lighting setup isn't necessary. Find a nice spot near a window that offers a balance of natural light. After you've identified a location with soft, natural light, experiment with framing and positioning so you’re standing beside the window, not in front of it. Standing a few feet from your background can help avoid shadows and create a pleasing depth of field.
If you don’t have access to a space with ample natural light or you’re shooting on a dark day, you can also use artificial lights.
Remove All Distractions
If you’re shooting a talking head video, make sure the space you’re filming in reflects and enhances the quality of your class. Remove or conceal any furniture or clutter that might appear distracting on camera.
Dress Your Set
Set the mood for your class by preparing and stylizing your physical set — whatever will be visible on camera for talking head videos — with props.
Your set should reflect your topic so it’s clear to students what you’re about to teach. Don’t be afraid to use the “tools of your trade” as props and find a way to stylize them so they look good on camera. For example, for a watercolor class, you might include a jar of brushes and your paint palette; for a graphic design class, perhaps you’re positioning your laptop strategically in the frame. Additional props such as examples of your work, plants, books, posters, or other objects add visual interest to your set.
You might also want to think about where and how you place those props in your space in preparation for filming. Be intentional to create a sense of depth in the frame, highlighting the foreground, middle ground, and background.
See a few examples from some of our teachers below: