Do you like to watch YouTube videos? With so many people loving them, many bloggers have turned to video taping their blog posts sometimes. The term is Vlogging. I’ve been to some really great workshops on the subject and am looking forward to doing a vlog post or two in the near future. I’ve gathered up some of the best Vlogging Tips to share with you today, with the hopes that if I say it enough I will learn.
Vlogging Tips: What Makes a Good Video
Whether you’re just learning how to vlog, or have been at it for a while and are struggling with getting the video views you were aiming for, this article will help you figure it all out!
What makes a good video? Well, that depends on who you ask. I was fortunate enough to get advice from successful vloggers (like Hey Fran Hey and Smart Dog University and MommyNaniBooBoo), and am passing it on to you! While they might not see themselves as experts, they’re definitely successful with their videos, and that’s what matters when it comes to tips like these!
Equipment: The most important part of your video is not the equipment – it’s the content. As long as it’s good, the rest can play second fiddle. However, you’re going to at least need a Smart Phone or webcam to shoot your videos. You can always upgrade to better equipment later, but your viewers won’t mind imperfect video quality as long as you’re amazing.
Grab them: Right away – grab your viewers! Do something funny, interesting, crazy… you get the idea… immediately upon starting the video. You want them to feel like they have to watch the rest! Don’t waste 30 seconds on a boring introduction.
Video length: Most people agree, the “perfect” video length is 3-7 minutes. The internet is full of amazing stuff, and people just don’t have the attention span they used to, to watch anything longer. You have to grab their attention, and keep it – but it’s nearly impossible to do that with a lengthy video. If you’re doing a DIY project, that’s an obvious exception, but I like to aim for 3-5 minutes for most videos.
Angle: If you’re shooting a craft project, obviously the best angle is the one that shows the most detail. However, if you’re just doing an actual vlog and talking to the camera, the best angle is with the camera pointed slightly above your head. You don’t want to be too far away, or too close (unless you’re doing a makeup tutorial). Play with the angles a bit, and see what you come up with. Still stumped? Ask a friend to tell you which angle they like best, and go from there.
Lighting: Use natural light whenever possible, or invest in some umbrella lamps when you have an extra $50 or so.
Transition time: Some people don’t do transitions, but if you do, keep them between .3 and .5 seconds a piece. That seems to be the “sweet” spot.
Focus: Fill the screen with you, not with obnoxious background stuff. If you’re doing a tutorial, the focus needs to be on the subject (whether that’s your eyes for a makeup tutorial, or a needle for a sewing tutorial). Keep your background empty, or strategically place an item or two so you don’t look like you’re in a closet or something – but keep it simple.
Speaking: You might think you should memorize your entire video script, but sometimes winging it is best. If it is something that requires note-taking, just shoot in small sections and then edit it all together. The last thing you want is to look and sound as if you’re reading from a cue card (even if you are).
Your secret weapon is your smile! Smile, smile, smile. If you forget your line, smile. Start talking too fast? Slow down, and smile. Your viewers want to know that you’re human. They need to feel that connection with you. Show them your face – the eyes are the window to the soul.
What’s your best tip when it comes to vlogging? What would you like to see me vlog about?