Every good YouTuber has to start somewhere – and before you have enough YouToob Money™ to be able to afford your own mansion with a specially-designed custom YouTubing studio, you’ll have to make do with making videos in whatever size home you’re currently stuck with. But have no fear, cos your ol’ friends here at We The Unicorns are here to help! Using our own experiences with making videos, we’ve whipped up some top tips:
Good light and sound is the foundation of a good video – it really is that simple. It’s the main reason why it takes a crew of 30 people to shoot a movie scene in a movie studio, and only a handful of those people will deal with the actors or the script. The rest are there just to make sure you can actually see and hear what’s going on.
When you’re making a video at home, you’ll need to prioritise filming in a clear brightly lit space. Having a well-lit video will stop the footage looking grainy and unappealing, which is vital when it comes to drawing in new viewers. Lighting is also something that no editing program in the world can really fix, so you’re going to want to have footage that is as clear and bright as possible before you go to edit it.
Here are some quick tips to help you improve your light game:
- Film your video in the day time and try to use windows if possible to maximise natural light. Natural light pretty much always looks good.
- Avoid spotlight ceiling lights and lights that point straight down – they’ll light you weirdly and leave your face in shadow.
- Use additional light sources if you need them. Room not bright enough? Bring a lamp into it from another room.
- Rather than pointing a ton of lights at the thing you’re filming (eg: your face), try to fill the size of the room with light by putting light sources all around it (lamps, for example). This can help to deal with pesky shadows.
The other half of the delicious filmmaking pie is sound. Good sound is vital, simply because if your video sounds crackly and bad, people will turn it off almost immediately. Luckily, technology has a come a long way in recent years and now even smartphones are capable of capturing crystal clear audio.
Here are some quick n’ dirty tips to ensure good (or better) sound:
- Try to film in a quiet room with no open windows. Carpeted is preferable is possible, as soft surfaces absorb sound and prevent echo.
- Just don’t film outside, unless you have nice enough equipment. It will sound like trash.
- If you live under a flight path (like I do, hooray), wait until the plane has fully passed over you before filming. If the planes come regularly, pause filming while they go over and resume when they’re gone. If you can hear the plane go over, the camera or audio recorder will definitely also pick it up and it will sound nasty in your video.
It obviously depends on the kind of video you’re trying to make, but as a general rule, you want to select a background for your video that is pleasant to look at, but isn’t too distracting.
Here are some tips:
- You never go wrong with a nice blank wall.
- Clean up the room you’re in, so that there are less things to draw the viewer’s eye away from what you want them to look at. Also, you don’t want people dragging your messy bedroom on the Internet.
- Don’t stand with your back to a window, the light from behind will leave you in shadow. A window’s place is behind the camera.