Whether it may be a vlog, interview or educational video, choosing the correct location will determine how engaging your video will be to the viewers.
Here are some tips you should consider when selecting a background:
- Keep it CLEAN!
The very first mistake that a lot of beginner vloggers tend to make is selecting a dirty or distracting background:
The simplest and easiest way to fix this is selecting a clean and clear background:
It does not have to be perfect; as long as the main subject of the camera is not overthrown by items that do not serve your video, it is a good background.
If in case you do not have a white or clear wall for your background, you can get creative by experimenting on door frames or a book shelf:
TIP: DO NOT SIT/STAND TOO CLOSE TO THE BACKGROUND. YOU WANT TO CREATE A SENSE OF DEPTH IN YOUR VIDEOS.
- Keep it QUIET!
Audio is 50% of filmmaking. You would rather choose better sound quality over video quality when watching any movies or videos.
Unless you have professional gear such as a lavalier microphone or a industry standard recorder, it is very difficult to get clean sound even through a professional film camera.
Try to avoid outdoors. Although the view may be amazing, the sound of the wind or vehicles passing by will really put the viewers off.
- SHOW, don’t tell
The most important aspect of your video is primarily the content you are delivering. It is a good idea to place some items in your background that will hint to the viewers what your video is all about.
In the image above, we can see a classical guitar framed to the right of our subject. This gives a notion that the video may be about music, instrument, guitars, etc.
Selecting what should or should not be in your frame is a great tool to be aware of as it may enhance your video and storytelling. You can experiment with this while you are choosing your background. If you will be making a video about food, you choose the kitchen or even wear an apron!
Show the audience what the topic is and your video will be much more engaging.