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!
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!
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.
The first step in talking to camera is figuring out what is that you're speaking about!
You need to figure out:
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:
Your ideal video length can depend on the type of video you're making. I run through some examples here...
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!
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!
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.
Speaking to camera is a weird combo of:
Practice practice practice!
Sleep makes a lot of difference!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Going into more detail about some of the ideas in this section.
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.
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.
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.
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).
The 3 most important things to do in order to captivate your audience.
The first part of my behind-the-scenes tour of my own routine. This is a tour of my filming room.
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...
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.
Congratulations on making it all the way through!
Nobody's perfect, and here's a quick glimpse of some of the shots that didn't make it into the final product :)
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.
Hello :) My name is Ricky, and I run a creative and educational technology studio in Australia.
I have been working professionally in online learning design and digital media production for just over 16 years, for small businesses, the Federal Government, museums, and one of the world's top 20 universities. I have also led education and media production teams, and have mentored many early career designers and online learning developers.
I have been teaching these skills to others for years, and am proud to have the chance to teach and work with you through Udemy.
My courses here are aimed at normal people who want to do awesome things. I present them with expert knowledge and experience, and in a very understated and casual professional way that respects you as a real person and learner, rather than shouting lectures at you or waffling on and on.
Hope to see you in one of my courses some time soon :)