How To Be Comfortable On Camera In 5 Easy Steps

Perhaps the most nerve-wracking part of being a YouTuber is the fact that you’ll have to be on camera. Many people are uncomfortable with the sound of their voice on tape or the way they look in a recording. However, there’s no need to fear! Here’s how you can be comfortable on camera in five easy steps.

1. Talk to yourself.

Unless you have someone else holding the camera, then your video-making feels a lot like talking to yourself. To get used to chatting with your unseen viewers, talk to yourself throughout the day. Go over your schedule out loud in the car. List your groceries on the way to the store. Look in the mirror and remind yourself how amazing you are.

Follow the tips in this video to learn to be engaging on camera, no matter how introverted or shy you may be in front of the lens.

2. Film in a room you’re comfortable in.

If your bedroom is where you hang out watching Netflix and playing with your cat eighty percent of the time, then criss-crossed on your bed is probably a good place to start filming! Forget the “studio” feel. When you film somewhere that you’re already comfortable in, then you’ll be able to concentrate on what you’re trying to say.

For example, in this video, Jenna Marbles filmed in her living room. Without studio lights and a crisp background, she was comfortable enough to whisper and even eat on camera!

3. Find your light and your best angles.

Any good selfie taker knows that the key to looking good is to find your light. This means that you should film in a place that highlights your face naturally. When you find your light, you’ll always look bright and in-focus. Finding your best angles is all about how you position the camera. What tilt makes you look your best?

Follow Michelle Phan’s guide on how to take the perfect selfie to get tips on finding your light and your best angles.

4. Stand up to get your energy flowing.

Though sitting down may feel more comfortable, you’ll have better enthusiasm with the freedom of movement standing up gives. You’ll think more clearly and have more energy if you film your videos while standing up.

Watch how energetic and engaging twin YouTubers Brooklyn and Bailey are when they’re standing up. Because they’re able to move freely, they seem more natural on camera.

5. Wear what makes you feel confident.

Maybe your favorite shoes make you feel powerful. Maybe it’s your gym shorts that make you feel like you could conquer the world. Whatever it is, the outfit that you chose for your video should be something that makes you feel confident. Just be sure that it’s comfortable as well!

Raw Alignment’s Alyse Brautigam can almost always be seen wearing a tank top, which is perfect for a girl in Hawaii!

In front of the camera isn’t somewhere that you should be nervous. Getting comfortable on camera is all about doing what makes you comfortable. As long as you’re confident, you’ll shine!

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Kristen Harris enjoys listening to a wide range of music, from Taylor Swift to, on occasion, Celtic instrumental. She also spends her time writing, reading, and baking.

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