How To Frame Your Shot For Success!
Frame Your Shot, Look Your Best:
When it’s time to film your remote video, you want to look your best. In this video, Kerry Barrett helps explain how to easily frame your shot for a more professional, polished look.
Kerry is a Producer, Reporter, Emmy Award-winning Anchor, and Founder of Kerry Barrett Consulting, where you can boost your business, brand, and expertise by bringing out your inner rock star to get the performance of your life.
Hi, Kerry. Thank you so much for speaking with us today.
It’s great to sort of see you, Gavin.
Is my set-up okay?
Well, I mean, listen, I think you could do better.
As far as your background goes, walk me around your apartment or your office or wherever it is, and let me see what you have set up. So, I like those windows in the background, and you have shades over them.
One of the things that I always advise clients, while you’re getting set up, is that never sit with the brightest light source in the room directly behind you or directly over you.
Directly over you, and you will look like Skeletor, with all kinds of horrible shadows. Directly behind you, and you’re one digitized voice away from the witness protection program.
Where that is different, though, is, if you are sitting in front of a window that’s bright, and it looks bright, but you do have some shades, similar to me, and you have a light in front of you. And that’s what you have going on.
So you got your ring light in front of you?
I do. Yep.
You look fabulous. Now, the one thing that I would—do you ever wear glasses?
I do. Yeah. I’m wearing contacts right now.
Okay. So, the one thing that I would—and I always get this question, which is why I’m mentioning it, even though you don’t have glasses on right now, is that, “Holy cow, I turn my light on, and I get these big, white circles, and I look like I have alien eyes.”
If you wear glasses, I would always suggest having at least two ring lights and not one. And I would position them up, like slightly above your computer, to either side and then tilted down a little bit.
And the one thing that I also notice, Gavin, and this may be a little bit more difficult to fix, is that it looks like—and I could be wrong—but it looks like your camera, whether it’s on your phone or your computer, might be slightly below eye level. Would that be accurate?
I think you’re right.
I always suggest—and while you’re getting a chance to take a look at that—trying to keep your camera either directly at eye level or slightly above, and for a couple of reasons.
It’s why we all take our selfies like this. It’s a more flattering shot.
But also, it helps make sure that you are centered in the frame, number one; that you are more easily able to connect with your audience, via looking directly into that camera that’s in front of you; and usually, it helps prevent us from, you know, getting like one of these shots.
We’ve all seen these. I’m like, “I’m sure you want to look at my beautiful ceiling.” Maybe not.
It helps just make sure that we are where we need to be when we are in that shot.
So, right now, the only other thing that I would potentially change is that there’s a lot of headroom at the top of your shot.
And I don’t know if that’s possible to fix on the fly based on the set-up you have, but for people who are watching, the one thing that I try and get them to visualize when they’re putting together their shot and their set-up, if you will, is, sort of think about framing yourself the way that you would see a news anchor framed.
They’re generally a pretty tight shot, meaning it’s usually like mid chest or torso and up, and there’s not a lot of headroom. It’s all about allowing that anchor to look into the audience’s eyes, and more importantly, let the audience look into their eyes.
So you want to be close enough that you facilitate that connection. Other than the headroom thing going on right now, Gavin, the rest of your shot—fabulous.
Awesome! Well, thank you so much for those great tips!
You are very welcome!
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