Vlogging is a lot of fun, but getting started can be a little bit intimidating. If you look at other YouTubers’ videos and wonder how they manage to look so relaxed, you’re not alone.
Believe it or not, many successful YouTubers out there were once just as nervous and awkward in front of the camera.
If you’re looking to get more comfortable with vlogging on YouTube, follow these handy tips and know that the more you do it, the easier it gets.
Practice Makes Perfect When Vlogging
If you want to get more comfortable in front of the camera and making vlogs…practice, practice, practice! The beauty of digital video is that you can start practicing by making video after video of yourself, watching yourself on camera, correcting your mistakes, and then deleting/repeating. Eventually, you will notice that you’re becoming more relaxed and comfortable when vlogging.
If you’re not quite ready to start filming yourself yet, don’t worry. The next strategy is great for beginners.
Practice in Front of a Mirror
At first, many people get uncomfortable seeing videos of themselves. If that’s the case, the process of practicing by making videos upon videos of yourself may sound pretty unappealing for those who are in the really early stages.
To get over this, try practicing in front of the mirror. You can see, in real time, without going back to watch a video, awkward faces you might make, pauses, movements, and other things to correct. If you can get to the point where you’re comfortable practicing in front of the mirror, then you’re probably ready to start filming.
Of course, you also have to get used to looking into the camera lens. You can do this more naturally by setting your camera up and pretending to film a vlog for your YouTube channel. Do everything you would do if the camera were on…and then do it again. Practice making eye contact with the camera lens, and it will begin to come more and more naturally to you.
Use a Video Set-Up That Makes You Comfortable
Don’t be afraid to experiment with your vlogging set-up. Are you sitting at a table with your camera facing you? Are you holding your camera out in front of you as you walk and move around? Could you benefit from changing your set-up to something that makes you feel a little bit more comfortable?
Everyone feels awkward and uncomfortable when they first start vlogging, but you can help yourself out a great deal if you take a moment to create the perfect setting to film your YouTube videos. Experiment with sitting, standing, using a tripod, moving your camera, or having someone else hold the camera and shoot your YouTube video for you. One of these set-ups will feel the best, and that’s most likely the one that will work for you.
Imagine You’re Speaking to Your Best Friend
If you’re still having a bit of difficulty speaking directly to the camera, imagine that it’s a person. In fact, don’t just imagine it’s any person; imagine it’s your best friend. The lens of the camera is your best friend’s face, and you’re speaking directly to them. Try this a few times, and see if you get more comfortable.
Shoot Practice Footage
Once you’re a little bit more comfortable with seeing yourself in action on film, shoot some practice footage. If you aren’t happy with the results, try a different angle. Play with lighting and filters. Try an external microphone. Experiment with every variable until you’re satisfied.
Then practice editing this footage and see if you can put together a video that you like. Once you’ve done this, show it to family or friends for some constructive feedback. They may notice something you didn’t catch that could make your YouTube vlogs much better.
It’s Okay if You Mess Up
And, finally, don’t worry about it if you mess up on a take. Your YouTube video isn’t a live performance, and you don’t have to get everything right in one shot. In fact, if you notice, most YouTube vloggers don’t make single-take videos.
Thanks to editing, you don’t have to stress about vlogging mistakes and bloopers. You can mess up as much as you want. Just do a few more takes, and then edit the good cuts together to make a great vlog for your YouTube channel!
Keep practicing, and vlogging will get easier and easier. Have fun!
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