Well, it’s official. I’ve seen enough of you baking sourdough to know that we’re all DIYers now.

Check out our intro to shooting DIY cellphone video.

Whether you’re talking to your family, shooting video for social media, or jumping on your 1000th Zoom call of the day, you’ll look a little bit more professional if you have great attention to detail. In this video, we outline what we look for when setting up a shot.

And, if you have questions, or if you’re looking for budget-conscious ways to step up your marketing, let’s talk!


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Hey everyone, I’m Dave from Oak & Rumble. We’ve talked about tips and tricks, but I wanted to talk a little bit more about attention to detail: what things are typically overlooked with filming your own DIY videos.

Today, I did change up my set up a little bit, going with board games and puzzles. I can probably get away with about seven or eight puzzles and board games, as opposed to 30 books. So, it made my life a little bit easier.

Ok, so the first thing I want to talk about is distractions. Obviously you’re shooting in a home, so you’re going to have things that are going to bother you, or the viewer.

You want to focus on the background — what things do you have in the background that can be distracting? Last week I had a mirror that I didn’t like in the video, so what I did this week was pivot my camera and frame it out.

I also removed a wreath from the background and a smoothie. So ask yourself, what’s in your shot? I set my camera up, and then walk around the room to make sure there’s nothing out of place.

When people think about video, they think about putting themselves against a wall. “I need to be on a white background.” “I need to be on a solid background.” But having some visual interest in the background can also be nice. So I’m actually pulled off the wall, about 15 feet. Maybe more, actually probably 20 feet.

It just creates some visual interest and symmetry in the shot. So it’s not always necessary that you’re on a solid background and right up against a wall.

Another detail to consider is the time of day you’re filming. In the last video, I filmed a little bit later in the day. And the windows behind me actually get quite a bit of sun in the mid to late afternoon. So what I’ll do now is shoot either late morning or right after lunch, because I’m going to get better lighting. If I had harsh sun coming through behind me, it’s not going to look very good.

While we’re talking about lighting, another thing to focus on is mixing lighting temperatures. Try to stick to one lighting source: either the sun (natural light) and turn off all the lights in your house, or turn on the lights in your house and block out the sun. The lighting temperatures in your house are actually warmer colours, yellow and orange. And the lighting from outside is more of a blue tint. So if you’re mixing those together, it can actually give your video a very weird colour.

Another thing that’s super important, and often overlooked, is the chair you’re sitting in. Always sit in a chair that’s going to give you good posture. Avoid a swivel chair as well, because if you’re swivelling, you’re going to be moving back and forth and it’s not going to look very good. Something where you’re going to sit still and sit up right? That’s going to look the best.

Next, consider framing. Typically, centre-frame works really well. But right or left aligning yourself looks great when you have a purpose. So what you could do is right align yourself, and put graphics on the left.

When we do interviews, we typically align somebody on the right or left side of frame, and they’ll be looking off-camera.

Last piece of advice, and it seems kind of silly, but don’t forget to turn your notifications off on your phone. You don’t know how many times you’re going to be in the perfect take, and you’re going to get a phone call or someone’s going to text you, and it’s just going to throw your game right off.

So thanks so much for tuning in. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m more than happy to help. I think, you know, any of these tests or video solutions are going to be helpful when shooting webinars, zoom calls… I’m shooting video obviously for more social media use, but yeah, reach out if you have any questions!

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