I am my own worst critic!
Yesterday I tweeted that I shot my first YouTube video and I'm kind of addicted. It's a different medium for me, but it's a way to express myself in a way that doesn't necessarily come across in the blog. I'm an Influenster member, and I got my new VoxBox yesterday. Influenster encourages it's members to do an unboxing video. I had my new camera out to take pictures of the box, so I decided to shoot a video.
It was cute and fun, but I wasn't on camera. When I watch people on YT do product reviews or hauls, I like to see the person that's talking. So I decided to shoot another video, this time with me on camera. I probably watched that video 10 times taking notes on what I didn't like and what I can improve upon. I haven't posted the video (and probably won't) because I see that I have a lot to learn about vlogging. Here's what I learned by watching my
- A tripod is a smart investment - Because I didn't have a tripod I had to manipulate boxes on tables just to be able to record.
- Backgrounds matter - I called myself using a blank wall as a backdrop, thinking it would look nice. It actually looks like I was in a vacant home. It irked me.
- Lighting matters - Shadows on your face are not flattering.
- Seating matters - Since I don't have a tripod, I ended up sitting on the floor, and that posture was the worst!
- I now know why the YT makeup artists pile on the make up! I had on regular make up and I might as well had a bare face. Plus HD cameras make your bags really stand out. I'm breaking out the concealer and foundation for the next video.
- Have a script or talking points - I must have said "Um" about 50-leven times during my video. My hubby was extra annoyed by it. I am comfortable speaking in public, but I see I need to dust off the skills I learned in my public speaking class.