How to Not Hate Being on Video
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How to Not Hate Being on Video

From Camera-shy to Center Stage in 20 Basic Tips
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What Will I Learn?
  • Feel confident appearing on camera
  • Start doing on-camera work for your business or organization
  • Pat your head and rub your belly at the same time
  • See yourself on video without cringing
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  • You should be able to watch video from your phone or computer.
  • You should have access to and know the basics of using a digital video camera.

This course gives you simple, yet expert, advice on all the tips and tricks you need to actually *like* how you look and present on camera. 

These quick 2-3 minute lessons are made to be easily digestible and easy to practice. All you need is a simple digital camera -- your phone is fine -- and you can watch these lessons and start practicing and improving right away.

The course covers a variety of common issues that are relatively easy to resolve, such as how to start and end a video, what to do with your hands, how to best prepare for looking good on video, whether to sit or stand, how long a video should be, whether you should have a script or speak off the top of your head, and more. 

It also contains neat hacks that you might never have discovered, but Greg has developed to help his video clients present at their best.

The whole course is designed to be very easy to understand and try out. Previous students have found a lot of value in these lessons and found more ease on camera because they now know the best little things to adjust that make a world of difference.

Your instructor Greg has been behind the camera directing and producing for over 14 years, but he always avoiding being on screen. He went through his OWN journey of hating to mildly enjoying being on camera so that he could share with you the wisdom he usually gives professional videography clients. 

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to feel more natural and relaxed on video.
  • Anyone who plans to start a talking-head video series.
  • Anyone who plans on being on camera to promote their business or project.
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Getting started
20 Lectures 36:16

These tips were recorded over a period of six months while I, an experienced videographer who happens to HATE being on camera, got more and more comfortable with presenting. 

I start by sharing this because your journey may mirror mine. I invite you to watch my own transformation through this series and take inspiration from it. Your own presence will improve in a similar way if you just commit to getting yourself on video and practicing these tips over time.

TIP #1 

There's no great magical solution here to becoming more comfortable on camera. You have to just GET ON CAMERA and practice. You are 100% likely to hate your first take. And maybe your second and third ones, too. But every person starting any new skill sucks in the beginning. 

My advice? Get over it and start anyway.

I did. And now I can share my expertise and experience with you!

Preview 01:12

TIP #2

You'll usually only learn this after a lot of trial and error, but you need to know how to enter the video and leave the video BEFORE you start filming. 
Watch to learn more.

Preview 01:43

TIP #3

This tip is about making a smooth exit, content-wise, so you don't wreck an excellent take by ending with a "duh" moment. 

Preview 00:56

Tip #4

How do you best "park" your body to ensure it looks right throughout the video? This tip explains the best practice.

Preview 02:11

Tip #5

How to not look like a fish in the beginning of your video. Trust me. Just watch.

Preview 01:26

Tip #6

What do you do when you forget what you're about to say while filming? And then you keep getting stuck in the same spot? Watch and find out what I recommend.

When You Hit a Snag

Tip # 7

Ever notice an amateur video that gets duller as it goes on? You don't want to be that guy. Here's what to do to avoid that.

How Can I Keep My Energy Up? Why Is That Important?

Tip #8

Pretty self-explanatory. This is generally what you want to think about in terms of length and audience interest.

How Long Should My Video Be?

Tip #9

Those hands can be confusing, but you'll find out why it's not as big an issue as you believe.

Preview 01:20

Tip #10

How to set your mental focus while talking on camera.

How Can I Keep My Audience's Attention?

Tip #11

Let's talk, briefly and well-paced, about the speed of your words.

How Fast Should I Talk (or Not)?

Tip #12

Here are a few ways to get inspired for specific content for your videos.

What Kinds of Things Should I Be Talking About?

Tip #13

Reflecting on your good work and noticing where you've come from.

Check In On Your Progress

Tip #14

Where to place that gaze? Watch and find out.

Preview 01:51

Tip #15

Yes, some cameras can add the perception of weight, but here's what to do instead of trying to photoshop your videos.

Does This Video Make Me Look Fat?

Tip #16

It's all about the chin. Yes, really. Watch to learn more.

How Do I *Look* More Comfortable?

Tip #17

People like watching people who look welcoming. But when you're on camera, you may not smile as much as you'd want to see. Here's what to do about that.

Why Is It So Hard to Smile on Camera? What Do I Do About That?

Tip #18

Here I share some basic ways to boost your good-looks for the screen. You can be as appealing on camera as you are in person with a few tweaks and some preparation.

What If I Just Don't Like The Way I Look on Camera?

Tip #19

Some women have an extra issue to think about that you may not notice until you read the comments section on YouTube. Here's some best practices for dealing with your assets.

For Women: How To Deal with Cleavage Inside the Frame

Tip #20

You've come a long way. Let's talk about long-term habits.

Overview and Pulling It Together
About the Instructor
Greg Sommers-Herivel
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Video Producer and Director

Your instructor Greg Sommers-Herivel started his award-winning production company, Flying Gecko Productions, in 2003. Greg produces and directs videos for small-business and solopreneurs, as well as helming large-scale independent film productions.

In his 14 years as a video producer, he has shot and edited over 200 video projects. He knows the ins and outs of what it takes to come across well on camera. This course is built from his experience coaching his clients into successful, natural video appearances over the last decade.

His current passion project is the award-winning series, Divine Shadow--a mysterious story about a young Asian woman who develops super powers while protecting her younger sister from her abusive father.