15 Tips For Recording Yourself On Video Professionally

admin November 3, 2022 - 11:57 am

People are looking for new ways to interact with the audience these days. Recording yourself is an authentic way of connecting with the audience and creating a bond. Achieving a professional look for videos is not about buying expensive equipment but it is about the techniques that you use. This is what shows your videos are indifferent to others.

Here, You will find the answers to the following frequently asked questions and many more below.

  • How to film yourself with a phone.
  • How to film yourself without a tripod.
  • How to shoot professional videos with a smartphone.
  • Video-making tips for beginners.
  • Where should I look when videoing myself?

Tips For Video Recording Yourself

Wherever you are right now, you can make a good video just by pursuing a few key details that anyone can follow efficiently. Here are the tips you can follow to make a video look professional. 

1. Light 


Natural light is a good source of lighting. If you are recording your video outdoors, try to shoot your video in the morning and evening light, when the light is softer.  Midday light is harsher and comes straight from above the head. If you film midday, try to do so on a cloudy day when the light is less harsh. Or find a shady area so the light is softer. 

If you are filming indoors, you can open up a window for natural light. Or you can use two or more lamps to get the type of light you want. Avoid overhead lighting, it causes unflattered shadows on the face. 

If you want your whole face lit up, use dim or soft light. And if you want to cast shadows, use hard light.

Tip: You can use a light diffuser cloth to soften or dim the light for a natural look

Technical Specifications:

  • Resolution: Either select 1080HD or 4k
  • Frame Rate: Videos are shot at standard 30 fps. For a softer shot, you can select 60 fps.
  • If you are not sure where to set the settings. Default settings work just fine. 
  • You can use the above lighting suggestions for better results.

2. Clean Background


Messy or Distracting backgrounds look very unprofessional. Prefer a solid color background so that all focus remains on you. A wall, a bedsheet, or a large piece of backdrop paper are good options. Make sure you stand several feet away from the back wall to prevent shadows.

You can also record yourself in your workplace to make it look more professional. Make sure to avoid windows or reflective surfaces in the back. Having a light source behind you can make you look dark and shadowy. 

Find the perfect spot

  • If you are going to sit, use a chair that does not squeak or swivel.
  • Avoid sitting or standing on spots where there’s an echo.
  • Turn off the fan to minimize noise.

3. A Good Video Editing Program


Choosing any video editor to make a video can turn your raw video into something great. Some professional video editor apps are 

  • Final Cut Pro 
  • Adobe Premiere Pro

You can use other editing apps too. When choosing a video editor, keep in mind the following features

  • It should have the ability to change the aspect ratio.
  • Ability to cut and trim.
  • Ability to add text, filters, and overlays to the video.
  • Ability to add transitional effects
  • It should have a library of stock videos and sounds.

4. Crisp and Clear Audio


People can watch a video that is not HD or in high quality or little giant, but they do not like to hear a video that sounds fuzzy or indistinct. If you are recording a video that needs a sound too, you cannot ignore this point. If you are a blogger or something or make videos quite often, use a microphone for better sound quality. There are different qualities of microphones available in the market depending on your budget. 

It is easy to ignore the sounds of birds, fans, traffic, wind, etc. But is quite obvious in the recording. You have to use the pop filter to extract excessive sounds from your video.

5. Shaky Footage


Shaky videos can make any good video look unprofessional and look alike a home movie. Try not to hold your mobile or camera in your hand to avoid shaky video. Instead, put your mobile/camera on a tripod stand or on a plain surface. 

Do not move the camera/mobile unless you have to. If you want to change the angle of perspective, cut and then take another shot.

If the video still turns out shaky, follow these tips:

  • Use video stabilization software to fix the shaky video afterward.
  • Some cameras have built-in stabilization software.
  • Slow down the video, it can make the video’s shakiness less obvious. 

6. Rule Of Thirds


The rule of thirds is a basic principle of filming a video.

It is a grid of 3 by 3 square boxes. The points where the lines intersect are the strong areas of focus. When you capture something or make your own video, you don’t have to sit between the grid boxes but on the intersecting lines. This way you can have a great focus on yourself or on other elements.

You don’t have to follow the rule of thirds all the time. But at the beginning, this grid helps you get a better understanding of how to capture yourself with good focus. Eventually, you’ll come to know when is the time to follow the rule or break the rule.

7. Landscape Mode


There are a few things you should keep in your mind to use the phone the right way:

  • The front camera is not as good as the back of the phone, so try taking video from the back camera.
  • Record in landscape mode, horizontally, and not vertically.
  • Landscape mode makes your video look like footage. It looks better on larger devices i.e. laptops etc. 
  • If you post videos on platforms that are landscape friendly, your video will have vertical bars on both sides.
  • Exception: If you are going to post your video on TikTok, as a youtube story, or as a story on social media platforms, go with portrait mode.

8. Camera Presence


The way you carry yourself on camera has a great impact on how your content looks. If you seem nervous, uncomfortable, or fidgety, it will distract the viewers from the message you try to give in the video.

  • Use open and calm body language
  • Stand or sit in good posture
  • Speak in a clear voice. Try to speak from your diaphragm and not your throat. 
  • Smile especially at the beginning of your video.
  • If you keep your hands moving, try having any prop in your hand to keep them occupied.
  • Practice and you will become natural on camera.

Practice speaking on camera

  • Turn your camera on, and start recording yourself speaking about a topic you can go with without any preparation.
  • After recording, watch it and give yourself feedback to improve further.
  • Then delete the recording.

9. Variety Of Angles


To add visual interest to your videos, cut from one angle to the other. It makes your videos look professional. If you are making a how-to video, a demo video or a video in which you are doing something rather than just talking, making a video from a variety of angles is a good option. 

Pro Tip: 

Shift the perspective to a 45-degree angle. Smaller shifts in perspectives do not impose an intended effect as required.

10. Clothes


Think about what you’ll wear. Try to follow the following tips:

  • Avoid wearing clothes that blend with the background.
  • Avoid wearing stripe patterns.
  • Avoid wearing shiny clothes.
  • Wear minimum accessories.
  • Your accessories should not interfere with the video.

11. Position Yourself


How do you film yourself without being awkward? Position yourself on the screen. Keep your camera at eye level as if you are talking to someone of your height. Try not to shoot from above or below, it looks extremely unprofessional and gives unflattering facial features.

12. Get Prepared


Plan your video in advance. Before you start making the video, take the time to plan your video thoroughly. Not only focusing on the quality of the video but also the content of the video. 

Start your video by defining the purpose that this is what you want to communicate and want to achieve by making this video.

Write a script of what you are going to discuss in the video. Don’t be afraid to rearrange, rewrite, or delete the points you find unsuitable. Don’t ramble and keep your videos as tight as possible.

13. Edit Your Video


It is not a necessary part. Still, you can remove the unnecessary and unwanted parts of your video by editing it. 

  • You can remove sections where you are rambling or stuttering.
  • You can add texts to give more understanding to the viewer.
  • You can add transitions to aid the graphical view of the video.

14. Promote Your Video


You cannot get views or feedback on your videos if no one knows they exist. Half of the battle is making the video, the next half is promoting it. If you want that people know you as a professional video creator, you need to increase the following. Here are tips to promote your videos:

  • Share your video on social media.
  • Share it with your friends and family.
  • Upload your video by keeping eye on the targetted audience.
  • Use good descriptions and keywords.
  • Interact with the audience in comments etc.
  • Respond to them, answer their questions and thank them.

15. Be Yourself


With practice, as you become more experienced with your on-screen presence. Don’t be afraid to embrace yourself, your quirks, and your manners. The unique point in the whole video is You. You can connect with your followers and viewers by showing your true character. It encourages them to keep coming back for more content.


With the tips given above for filming yourself, you can learn to make high-quality videos that are natural, and engaging. Making professional-looking video take practice and know-how, you cannot get the results instantly. But you can step up your video recording and edit just by following the basic techniques discussed. 

Take note of the tips and in no time you will be able to record great videos that look professional at the same time.

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