How to talk to camera with confidence, warmth and look good
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How to talk to camera with confidence, warmth and look good

Speaking, presenting, and talking head filming techniques for recording videos even if you're camera shy or an introvert
4.7 (119 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
1,290 students enrolled
Created by Ricky Vuckovic
Last updated 10/2015
English [Auto-generated]
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • The ability to craft a powerful message that speaks your passions to your audience
  • Find your balance between tightly scripting versus making it up as you go
  • Build confidence infront of the camera, even if you're shy
  • Become comfortable with the camera and be able to speak to it as if it's a person
  • Memorise your lines with a technique specific to recording yourself on camera
  • Learn the special technique for making your voice sound interesting on camera
  • Tips on locations, camera positioning, lights, and microphones
  • Tune your body posture and hand movements to look engaging and professional
  • Absolutely captivate your audience with a strong and warm on-screen presence
  • A behind-the-scenes tour of Ricky's equipment setup, preparation, and filming process
  • A whole load of positive motivation for you to step up and record yourself
  • An instructor dedicated to answering your questions and helping you grow
  • Access to a video camera of some sort (even a basic webcam or your phone)

Would you like to record yourself as a talking head, talking directly to camera for a YouTube video, website intro, Kickstarter promo, or perhaps your own online course?

Are you completely freaked out by the thought of recording yourself? Or perhaps you've got confidence, but are looking to refine your technique and camera presence?

This course is designed to get you up and comfortable in front of camera, and to speak with confidence and warmth.

How does it work?

An engaging camera presence is a mixture of technique, comfort, camera setup, and a well crafted message that you believe in. All of this can be learnt, refined, practiced and achieved.

The great thing about video is that you don't need to get it right the first time - you can try and retry as often as you like, and people only ever see the bits that you decide to release.

I recently launched a course about creating online courses, and every bit of feedback I received included glowing compliments about my engaging camera presence. The thing they didn't see is how many times I forgot my lines, or scratched my nose and decided to re-take.

What they did see was the result of my years of experience in filming and training presenters, helping talented by shy people to step up to camera, and of course my own experience in talking to camera.

In this course, I lead you through the steps that have worked for me and others I have helped to captivate an audience on camera.

These steps start days before you start your "real" filming, by helping you refine your message, get comfortable with the idea of talking to a camera, develop your speaking tone, and a method for practicing that's far better than simply talking to the mirror or a friend.

As you get closer to filming, the course also explores a range of tools and ways you can setup your camera, lights and sound to evoke a particular mood, and even explores how clothes and sleep can affect your videos.

You will get coaching on your body posture, how and when to emphasise your voice, and what to do with your hands.

Each lesson in this course gives you practical skills that can help you improve your camera presence, starting from right now.

Remember that taking this course now gives you access for life, and this is indeed a living course, where I'll be on hand to answer questions, keep you motivated, and create bonus extra lessons based on your feedback.

Hope to see you inside, and let's get started on improving your camera presence!

Who this course is for:
  • Anybody looking to talk to camera in a confident and engaging way
  • People wanting to talk to camera to make a YouTube clip, an online course, a website intro, or a Kickstarter promo
  • People who are camera shy
  • People who can present well in person, but don't feel like their presence comes across well on camera
  • Anybody looking for tips and tricks on a good filming setup (lights, location, camera angle, sound)
  • People who can't understand why all their practicing in front of the mirror doesn't translate to good camera presence
Course content
Expand all 28 lectures 01:26:28
+ Welcome to the course
3 lectures 04:32

Hello and welcome! I look forward to helping you get comfortable, confident and skilled in talking to camera for your own videos, YouTube channel, Kickstarter promo, website welcome, or your own online courses!

Preview 01:19

I have been working for years in filming people, coaching presenters, helping shy but talented people step up to camera, as well as making my own online courses, YouTube videos and video training materials.

Preview 00:50

This course will give you the skills and confidence in speaking to camera. The structure of this course is fairly chronological in order, and it starts days before you're likely to begin filming.

Preview 02:23
+ Develop your ideas and script into a message that you believe in
3 lectures 13:17

The first step in talking to camera is figuring out what is that you're speaking about!

You need to figure out:

  • What is your message?
  • Who are you saying it to? and,
  • Why should they care?

Preview 05:25

Some of you will be comfortable with making it up as you go, whereas others will want to tightly script every single word.

Even if you're able to talk without script, you should still think ahead about the following:

  • A strong intro line
  • A good ending line
  • Figure out what topics you'll talk about in a video, and in what order
  • If you use examples, think about them in advance and make sure they work

Do you need an exact script? Or make it up a you go?

Your ideal video length can depend on the type of video you're making. I run through some examples here...

The ideal length of an online video
+ Skills to get you confident and comfortable with speaking to camera
6 lectures 22:44

One of the things that you'll need to project is confidence. Even if you're camera shy or introverted, you can give yourself a confidence boost by spending time in the previous section of crafting a great message targeted for your audience, and connecting your passion to it.

Also, don't forget that we're working with prerecorded video here - you can film and re-film as often as you like, and nobody ever needs to see the times where it didn't work!

Build confidence: Tap into your passions, and you don't need to be perfect

You need to be able to talk to the camera as if it's a person that you're comfortable with, so you may as well start becoming friends with it!

Befriend your camera

Lots of practice, and a useful technique.

Don't forget that you don't need to have your entire script memorised - just the bits that you're filming next.

Memorising lines, and a cool trick that means you don't need to remember much

Speaking to camera is a weird combo of:

  • Speak in a friendly one-on-one tone
  • Emphasise your key words and pauses
  • Keep it slow, and
  • Still be a normal person.

How to speak in a way that makes you sound interesting, warm and expressive

Practice practice practice!

Practice is vital. Here's what to do, and a story of how I improved heaps

Sleep makes a lot of difference!

Sleep, or lack of sleep, has a big effect on your camera presence
+ Camera craft and practical tips for setting up your filming equipment
6 lectures 18:13

What do you want your audience to focus on? Most of the time, it will be you. This means that you need to choose a background that makes you the important part of the visuals, with no distracting clutter or movement around.

What to look for when choosing a location to film in

Camera angles and where you stand in the frame can make a big difference in tone. We look at some example positions and talk about how the good old rule of thirds composition guideline can be used.

Preview 03:15

Cameras need good light, and lighting is fiddly. We're looking to make sure that you, as the presenter, come out sharp and strong, and that there are no distracting shadows on your background.

We look at the classic three-point lighting system and go through some examples.

How to set up lights, whether you have pro gear or just a bunch of house lamps

Good sound is even more important than your visuals! In this lecture, we go through the secret of good sound, some example microphone types, and my microphone choice might just surprise you!

Good sound is even more important than your visuals!

Going into more detail about some of the ideas in this section.

Extra information on your filming setup

Don't forget to test your equipment and some example presenting to camera to make sure you're getting the look and sound that you're aiming for.

What to look for when testing your video set up, and when to be happy with it
+ Tips for being on camera and looking absolutely captivating
4 lectures 09:20

Solid coloured clothes tend to work better than those with intricate patterns - it's a mix of trying to keep the viewers' focus on your eyes, as well as the nature of online video compression.

What kind of clothes to wear that amplify your presence, and work well online

Posture is important, and can make all the difference between you looking warm and engaging, or looking snobbish or detached. Keep your body language open, and lean forwards slightly.

Posture tips to look warm, open and engaging

It's totally ok to use hands, but try keep them moving around your torso area (chest if it's a close shot, chest and abdomen for wider shots).

What to do with your hands

The 3 most important things to do in order to captivate your audience.

The 3 most important things to do to captivate your audience
+ A behind the scenes tour of my routine : see the concepts in action!
3 lectures 10:18

The first part of my behind-the-scenes tour of my own routine. This is a tour of my filming room.

Behind the scenes: My room setup - pro recording with fairly basic gear!

Welcome to the second part of my behind-the-scenes tour. This video shows you how I get prepared at the start of a filming session: checking my lines, warming up...

Behind the scenes: My preparation and warm up routine before filming

This video is the last part of my behind-the-scenes tour, and it shows you how I deliver my lines and film a shot.

Behind the scenes: Watch me film a shot from start to finish
+ Congratulations! Thank you, and now it's your turn!
2 lectures 02:58

Congratulations on making it all the way through!

Congrats and thank you! The official wrap up, and now it's over to you!

Nobody's perfect, and here's a quick glimpse of some of the shots that didn't make it into the final product :)

Bloopers - because everybody makes mistakes ;)
+ Bonus videos - answers to questions
1 lecture 05:05

The most common question I get asked is about how I keep such a consistent tone between my shots, especially as sometimes over ten minutes passes between them. In this video, I go into detail on my technique for this.

Maintaining an even tone between shots