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Charisma on the Cam: How to Look Like a Natural in Front of the Video Camera

teacher avatar Gigi Rodgers, Artist | Video Editor | Super Squirrel

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10 Lessons (39m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Your Mindset

    • 3. The Teleprompter

    • 4. The Script

    • 5. The Performance

    • 6. Your Location & Lighting

    • 7. The Backdrop

    • 8. The Audio

    • 9. The Mobile Setup

    • 10. Outro

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About This Class

You finally get in front of the camera to record yourself, but when you play it back - it’s a disaster.

You’re looking everywhere, EXCEPT at the camera.
You’re talking so fast, that even YOU can barely understand what you’re saying.
You have these long awkward pauses - saying “um…” and “uh…” and “whatever” - as filler words between any mumbling.

And those talking points you had worked out in your head?
Yeah, they fell into some abyss - never to be seen again - as soon as the recording light went on.

Overall - this did NOT go like you planned. was an epic fail.

You gotta turn this around, but you have so many questions!

How do I talk into the camera without looking like I’m being interrogated?
How do I light myself so I don’t look like Gollum?
Should I create a backdrop? If so, how?
Do I need better gear?
Do I HAVE to memorize a script?

And THE REAL determining factor - how can I do all this without putting my bank account on life support?

So - how are you going to pull this off?

That’s what you’re going to learn, in this video course, Charisma on the Cam.


  • The Not-So-Secret Tool to Looking Like a Natural in Front of the Camera
    This gear was once thought to be  so expensive it was out of reach unless you worked in a production studio. Not anymore.
  • Lighting, and Audio, and Backdrops, Oh My!
    You might be surprised by a lot of DIY methods used in these sections.
    And you're audience will never know the difference.

  • A List of Gear to Use to Record Your Videos
    These items will NOT break your bank. And you won't need a degree to set it up.
    No one's got time for that!


  • The most important practice before hitting record
  • DSLR + Mobile phone setups
  • Your mindset when it comes to ALLLLLL of this!

You could do what I did, and spend hours stalking every person’s YouTube channel talking about video production.

Though I wouldn’t recommend it.

Save your hours.
Save your money.
Save the guess work.

I’ve been doing this for years - honestly, on a frugal budget.
But my audience (nor yours) will be able to tell the difference with this setup. 

You’ll be getting the behind-the-scenes view of how I approach recording video, comfortably, in the corner of my room.

Seriously, I don’t take up a lot of space…

And with this foundational knowledge under your belt, you’ll be able to put your personality in your videos (with confidence) - and pump them out - in no time.

Meet Your Teacher

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Gigi Rodgers

Artist | Video Editor | Super Squirrel


Gigi Rodgers is an Artist, Creative Director, & Video Editor who can get a bit "sweary" at times.
She's also the Founder & Director of Doodling at Puck'n Khaos and The Chop Shop Chief at The Puck'n Studio.

Want a beginner sneaker kit to test out this sneaker painting thing?
She's made one - PERFECT for beginners!
Learn more about it HERE.

Want to learn about looking like a natural in front of the video camera?
She's got you there as well. 
Check out her Skillshare course, Charisma on the Cam: How to Look Like a Natural in Front of the Camera

She's created a sneaker painting YouTube channel where she paints old, janky sneakers into her pop art style, on a weekly-ish basis. The results, even to her, are prett... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Well, that's up everyone. My name is GG Rogers of the Pugin studio and welcome to charisma on the cam. In this course, I'm going to teach you how to present like a natural in front of the camera. We're going to cover the not so secret tool that will cut out all those, um's in opera pauses from your vocabulary, DIY lighting, audio, backed up, video gear that would keep your BankAccount looking healthy. Script writing and performance tips. Yeah, you're getting fancy and a whole lot more. So if you're looking to double down on video or even just start. And once a youth is amplify your brand or business, whether it's through starting a YouTube channel or creating your own video online course. Then think of Charisma on the cam Azure springboard to getting started. Alright, that's the LDR this course. I'll see you inside. 2. Your Mindset: Before we go full throttle into the course and I start throwing a lot of information at you. I want to talk about your mindset when it comes to shooting video. The number one thing you need to remember, your job is to give your audience of volume, whether that's information and, or entertainment. When people walk away from watching your video, your audiences should be saying, I got exactly what I need it from this. Yes, the comparison game happens when you look at other people's production value. But you have to remember, some of these people have a small team behind them. Some of them have years of special effects training under their belt. They can go and sue Adobe After Effects and look together some animation for their video in under 20 minutes. Some people have the coins to get all the big fancy video equipment and some people don't have much to do, but make videos all day. I'm not telling you to not watch others because I get inspiration from some of the things they do as well. But I want you to focus more on what you do have versus what you don't have, focused on what you can control. Focus on getting the job done if you're new to this, focus on simplifying your workflow, what materials do you have on you or around you that's affordable for you to start, whether the videos coming from your phone or a video camera. How can you fit this into your schedule to make sure that you have consistent output? What do, by the way, consistency is the hardest part. When it comes down to it. Take what you need wherever you are now in your journey and create something. If down the line, you want to upgrade or gear your skill set and so on, you can come back to this course and see my recommendations or finally on social media. But do not think you have to do all the things now. Stop putting pressure on yourself to make an immaculate video and get the job done with what she got. Alright, now that I've said that, let's jump into the meat of this course. 3. The Teleprompter: If he struggled with getting information out of your head in a coherent and concise manner than a teleprompter will do you. A lot of good. And not only will a teleprompter save you from stressing out about memorizing a script. But you also won't be kicking yourself after the fact because you forgot to touch on a major point. And that can lead to a reshoot, wasted time and unnecessary frustration. A teleprompter, we'll have you come across as poised polish and we'll throw those awkward filler words like, um, and whatever out the window. And they're more affordable than you think. In this video, I'm going to go over my number one teleprompter pick for a DSLR camera, a teleprompter app that's available for iPhone and iPad users. A teleprompter app that's available for Android users. And the DIY teleprompter method I used to use when I first started making YouTube videos. The into number one, my number one teleprompter pick for a DSLR camera as apparent, teleprompter is one of the best investments I've made, especially since I knew I was going to be making talking head videos and tutorials on a regular basis. This Teleprompter setup goes for about $99. I've been aged photo and video. It's an attachment that connects with your DSLR lens and an app on your phone that work together. And even though that's HashMap feels a little bit flimsy, I've used mindful well over two years with no problems or 0 breakage. It's cool, right? Easy to attach. Just follow the directions that come with it. After you've connected the attaching to a camera, you're going to focus on the parent teleprompter app that's on your phone. And I'm using a Samsung Galaxy X9. This is where you upload your pre-written script, which I usually write up and Google Docs and then copy and paste into the app. You do have the option to pull your scripts in the Dropbox as well. If you need to make any edits, the script, you can do it inside the app with a tap of your finger. When you're good with it, tap on the screen to load it on the screen. If you need to make any adjustments to the texts, as in changing the size, the speed in which a text scrolling across screen, turning the mirror mode on and so on. You can do all of that by hitting this gear button, which is the settings. When you satisfied with your settings, go back to the main screen, Azure phone to the bottom attachment on your camera and hit play. Do as many takes as you need to without having to stop recording. Or at least that's what I do. But if you're thinking you can use a phone on its own and that's a negative. It only works in conjunction with the fixture that's attached to the camera. Overall, in this tool, it's incredibly easy, intuitive, and user friendly. The learning process taking maybe 15 minutes or less. And so the number one tool I used to record a video. However, if you don't have the budget for this or you want the option to record on the go Oh, let's go over my top pick teleprompter available for you, iPad and iPhone users. This is a video teleprompter in the iOS App Store. When you first log in that you have the ability to compose a new scripts, copy and paste one or two important document from their Google Drive or Dropbox. This app has some robust capabilities. It besides being able to set the exposure, which is a function of a lot of Teleprompter apps don't offer. You can change the size of the text at a countdown after you hit the record button. So you have a few seconds to compose yourself, control the speed of the text, and so on. But the coolest thing about this app is that whether you're in portrait or landscape mode, the texts will stay as close to the camera lens as possible. This is pretty important because our whole point, you'd be having a teleprompter is for you to be able to look like they're talking directly to your audience and not look like you're reading off a script. Well, one thing to point out before you start recording, go into settings by tapping this gear button. Turn off the tap to scroll and turn off the dragging stops scrolling. If you don't, if you have to redo a sexy new fumbled over and tried to scroll back up. The whole video will stop in edX. And when you turn those off, you'll be able to scroll up and down your script, actual leisure there as a light and Premium version of this app available. And I'm just gonna go ahead and cut to the chase. If you're serious about investing in a teleprompter for yourself, get the premium version, which goods for a onetime payment of around 1699. And the App Store that I'll give you all the capabilities to make sure the quality of your videos are MIT. The learning process. Playing around and getting used to this app may take around 30 to 45 minutes. Next, the teleprompter app for Android users is the nano teleprompter that goes for $3.99 and the Google Play Store. No, this app is pretty freakin amazing. Can you upload your scripts from Google Drive? Yes. Can you control the speed and size of your texts? Of course. Can I add a delay after I press record? Check? Though the two coolest features about this app are one, if for whatever reason to my parent teleprompter app starts acting up. You turn on the mirror mode on this guy, press play and go about. Recording is normal. Not only can I make the scripts of bigger or smaller with a pinch of my fingers? But I can also adjust the speed and size of the text on the bottom of the screen all while it's still playing. And number two, which I find to be the most impressive feature on this app, is that it can float in front of other apps while playing your script. Whether you're in portrait or landscape mode, either reposition the script to be as close to the camera lens as possible. So again, it looks as if you are looking into the camera and not reading off a script. And even though I haven't tested it, I hear that it works for live videos as well. So if you're doing it Instagram Live Aid need your talking points or your full-blown script in front of you. This app is a game changer. And lastly, for those of you going for that free 99 version, let me show you how I used to do it when I first started making YouTube videos with my DSLR camera. But this also apply if you're using your phone. Step one, what I did was write out my script on a Google Doc. I then minimize the size of the script to be as small as possible and place it on the left side of my screen. My camera is already set up on my tripod flip screen out. Stat two. I stacked a bunch of books boxes and a laundry basket on top of each other. After that was stable, I placed my laptop on top of the tower and melted it as close to the camera lens as possible in front of the flip screen. Three, I positioned to my minimize Google Doc and about the same place as the flip screen on my camera, making sure the doc is not whiter than the size of the flip screen. If you have a phone, same thing applies. Get it as close to the lens as possible. Texts as small as possible. Step four. From there, I would press record CFU lines on the Google doc, usually a small paragraphs of worth, which is about three to five lines, freeze for two seconds at the end of that paragraph, scroll down the Google doc to the next paragraph and repeat. One key trick if you're going to be using this DIY method is to make sure you don't look at the camera lens or you're recording your dialogue, keep all your focus on your Google doc. If you look at a camera lens from your Google Doc, or is your audience's ease your eyes going back and forth from the lens to the dock and they'll know that your reading. So keep all your focus on the Google Doc. The iPhone is angle is a little bit different, but if you set it up properly, it's not a deal breaker. Alright, too quick tips when it comes to using a teleprompter. Number one, try to make sure the text is as small as possible. This of course, will vary from person to person. But the smaller the text is, the more text you can fit closer to the camera lens. When you're looking at the camera lens, you're connecting better with your audience. Which again, is a whole point of having a teleprompter to do a few test runs before you start recording. I'm gonna say this so many times during this course because it's the most important task that many people skipped over or can't be bothered with. You go to practice your script and make sure you're comfortable with the speed of the scrolling text. Maybe you need to make the text a little bit bigger or you need to get used to being comfortable in front of the camera. I'm gonna touch on how not to look like a robot or how not look like you're being interrogated for something you are guilty of. And more in the upcoming videos. 4. The Script: When you write out your script, here are five things to keep in mind when structuring it. Thing number one, you should have no more than two sentences together. Spaces are your firm Rennes. You need the spacings that keep you from reading your sentences at a high-speed or like it's a run-on sentence. And as you may know, when you read or synthesis at too high of a speed or like it's a run on sentence, your audience won't be able to fully understand you and they'll eventually just lose interest and checkout. This isn't a book, this is a script and you control the pace. Thing. Number two, you, any words that you need to emphasize in a sentence, right at all in capital letters. When you're reading it from the teleprompter, the capital letters are a signal, if you will, that you need to change up your speech volume or intonation. And by that, I mean, you can get louder. You can add sarcasm and your voice and so on. And those capital letters basically let you know, hey, searcher personality here. Here's an example. So it'll look like this. And then it'll sound like this. If you use Comic Sans font and just know, you'll write a bumper guitar and we will talk about you behind your back for eternity. Thing number three, use punctuations like the comma or the ellipsis. These three dots to help you pause and pace your sentences just like an exam. The last example, I use the comma to signal to me, to pause for a B. And I use the ellipses to signal to me to pause for three beats. Middle school English make an account back. So let me read it again. If you use Comic Sans font, just know you'll run buck purgatory and we will talk about you behind your back for eternity. A rule of thumb to keep in mind. If you find yourself out of breath by the time you get to the end of a sentence, you parabola meet some punctuations and they're being number four. Make sure the script sounds like you. I do this for myself and I told others this as well, right? Like you talk, it really sets up a person that throws and Woody jokes when you speak at it. Do SAT words make you roll your eyes, keep them out. You'll have to sound like it's scholar to get your point across. The main point is to get your point across to as many people as possible. And in my experience, that's about speaking plainly and width precision. Don't ever think it right at the same way you'd say it. Big number five. And this one's pretty important. Practice your script with a teleprompter two to three times before you hit record. This will give you the chance will work out things like your intonation placement, gestures. If you need to change up your wording in a sentence, and more, the more familiar you are with a script, the easier it's going to be for you to read through it without stuttering, messing up, feeling tense or nervous, and so on. A good practice to implement, especially in the beginning, is to record yourself going through the script with your phone. And this is audio only. By hearing yourself out loud. You'll be able to pick out things like that. Sin is that it makes sense. Let me rewrite it or I rushed through that paragraph. Let me slow it down by adding punctuations. One more. Let me break this up into two, and so on. Better the catch all these changes and tweaks both war, you hit the record button. Now let's get into your presentation skills in front of the camera. 5. The Performance: I've seen people look like they've been taken hostage. I've talked with people who said their body movement on Kermode looks a robotic and they weren't correct. I've seen people move him fidget so much in a cheer, avoiding all contact with the camera that you think that they're getting interrogated by the cartel. And finally, I've seen people who don't blink the whole time. That's actually quite impressive. Even if the production of your video is low. Confidence, charisma, and the fact that you satisfied your audience with whatever promise you said as you were going to provide, whether that's information or entertainment will get people to continually returned to watch you. So we're going to cover five tips to help you look comfortable, confident in Charismatic, in front of the camera while presenting. Number one, the local way. The local way is just as it sounds. It's when you turn to I focus anywhere else except the camera. It can be a 1 second Hold on a blink. It can be a glanced off camera for one to two seconds in any direction. This is what assayed tab. This your script. Three towns. Before hitting record. I've told you, you're gonna get sick of me saying this, but it's important. But I have to get familiar with the wording from your script. You'll feel comfortable looking away from the camera or teleprompter from time to time, because you'll already be anticipating the next words that are next in the sentence. In the can look something like this. If you want to paint this sneaker, there are some specific paints I suggest a 1s you absolutely need to avoid. See me doing this and number to make people believe I'm not reading from a script. It feels more like I'm free balling off the top of my head, doesn't it? Number two, by language. As you can tell, by watching me so far, I'm quite animated. And that's because I'm really into what I'm talking about. I'm excited. And it's either a facial expression like this. I'm talking with my hands like I'm doing now. Or I use my whole body and do all of the above. And guess what? You're like this too. When you're running your friends, family, or even talking on the phone. But as soon as that record button on your camera is turned on her. So focus on reading the script and not screwing up, which is 1000% allowed. That sure, as stiff as a stick. And question Would, you should be doing with your hands? You're not a news anchor. You're allowed to let your amazing personality shine through. Or which is why, again, I'm seeing it, you know, it's kind of been, you'd need to practice reading the script at least una three times before hitting record. You want to get as comfortable reading the script as you do tying your shoes. Do you think about timing issues? Tie your shoes while also having a conversation with your friend and making all the facial expressions. So get comfortable with your scripts this way. You know which phrases to mimic a face on or when to bow your whole body into a sentence. And as far as your hand movement, it helps release the NG. So as long as you're not doing this or this, you should be okay. If you don't pay attention to anything else in this course. Body language, the look away, and practice. But let's go the full monty. Nonetheless, with three intonation. Intonation means the rise and fall of your voice when, when you're speaking, a rising intonation can sound like this. I'm thinking about starting a group. Again, televise, finished talking or if I was asking a question, Kenya, a falling intonation Sounds like this, then it will starting a group. This sentence sounded like a statement. With this in mind, be conscious of how you're freezing their cynicism when spoken out loud. This goes back to the previous video where I talked about recording yourself to your phone audio, only going over your script and listen to see what sounds natural, what's synthesis, how confusing, and what needs to be reworked. A little prep and goes a long way. None before steady energy tried to keep the energy until the end of this sentence. Some people will start office tenants with enthusiasm, but then it seems they'll lose steam on the last two or three words. Here's an example. Now pay attention to the last few words of each sentence. My first thought of painting sneakers, I thought binge watching YouTube videos will provide me with all the information I needed. I soon realized that you'd have got me going, but there was some industry knowledge. I wasn't missing. Yeah, I kind of wanted to if I lost my breath by the time I got to those last two words than that, you want to keep that same energy that you had the beginning of a sentence until the end, but not really just for that sentence before your whole video. Your energy level, does it need to be super Sagan, but you need to have more energy than affects machine. Fungi Middleground, your sweet spot and write it to the end of the video. Number five, the 2 second for ys. This will make your video editing so much easier when you're stitching altogether and post at the end of a sentence or paragraph furries for two seconds. And when I say you furries, I mean your whole body. It'll look like this. When I moved to China, there are a few things I risk I wish I would've known beforehand besides the language. So I'm going to go over the nine things I wish I knew before moving to Shanghai, China. When you do this is to avoid your commentary from coming across as a run-on sentence. And remember, if you're rushing folks and they can't quite understand what you're saying. They'll check out. So pace yourself. Another plus is that it's an indicator to their video editor on where they can cut and start the next scene. Lastly, if you need to cut out i sin as an add-in different wording, it can be a clean cut versus something that comes across as a last minute change. Now, you're learning all of this may feel a bit overwhelming at first, but as like the first time he learns how to dr. Now I don't know about you, but I'd grip the steering wheel so hard you think I was trying to get water out of it. I was terrified of changing lanes. Parallel parking was well, that's still a no-go for me. All the levers and buttons on the dash. But like I was sitting at nasa control and don't get me started on the host moment of merging into the highway for the first time. But after you do all these things a few times, the fear fades away until it's gone, and then all becomes second nature. And lastly, I know this is going to be a thing. A lot of charisma comes from, not dragon who you are through the mud by your baby hairs. I cannot tell you how many people will beat themselves up because they think their voice sounds weird on camera, or that their face and expressions look stupid and so on. In all honesty, I think my voice sounds low, like Ray Romano. Oh, well, this is what I think my voice sounds like. Let's roll with it. Hit record on that camera. I got something to say to my peoples. Whatever it is you have to say whatever it is you want to do, even if it's entertaining your people, it's more important than what ever insecurity you have. And, and some people may find your court cute, funny, cool, or relatable. The things that make you different mq interesting. Remember that? So again, let those insecurities fall by the wayside and hit record. Once you're in front of the camera and you do this a few times, like two or three times, all of those insecurities fade away and you'll be focusing on what you're supposed to be doing, creating great content for your audience. Ok, OK. Let's jump to the next video. 6. Your Location & Lighting: They say this about real estate and I believe the same goes for video production, location, location, location. Let's go over a number of things you need to think about when choosing the location in your house for your video shoot. Number one, lighting. I have four suggestions when it comes to letting yourself when recording and that's where that you're recording during the day or night. Suggestion, number one for you, beginners or those that don't want to get bogged down by having too many supplies you have to purchase. Nothing beats natural sunlight. And the pull of this off final window and set up shop in front of it. In fact, that's how letting myself right now and have been for years. Now at the light that's coming in too bright or harsh across your face, simply grab a white sheet and place it over the window. This is a fuse, the light coming in, which is actually ideal. You'd want a soft light hitting you and your room. Suggestion number two, mobile light. A mobile light like this. Newer works great. When you have a mobile phone setup, it has a dimmer switch and takes four double a batteries. It's pretty right once you turn it on. So if you wanted to fuse the bright light, tried taking a piece of wax paper over it, or my favorite method driven a piece of white Chief over IT. Suggestion number three, square like. This is also a mobile life that is amazing and convenient for all of you that really want. And mobile lighting source for selfies or vlogging. On the go. This is the Botox LED m 32. It clips onto your phone with ease. It has a power button on top. And next to the Power button is the ability to make the light brighter or dimmer. And like I said before, if you want to dim the light after you dimmed down as low as it can go, grab a piece of wax paper and tape it over the light. Suggestion number for a DIY night light. If you're out of luck in doing your recordings during the day time and can only shoot at night. Here's a DIY recipe for a light you can put together for around $56, not including the extra tripod I had laying around. But note, you can purchase a beauty ring and umbrella diffuser or soft box if you're not up to being this crafty, let's go over the supplies you need to make this in AC, DC power supply adapter, a small rig, super clamp, and 12 Vote LED strip like that emits and daylight, a 14 inch by three inch aluminum around the cake pan and a pillow sheet or thin white sheets. And this is how you assemble this light. As you may realize, this set-up is not mobile. And in fact, I would suggest if you're going to go this route, the insulting you set up in your studio and it stays there. When it comes to lighting, especially if you're doing it at night or in a little bit area. Have you ever watched a YouTube or and saw that they have string lights or neon decorations and the background of the video. The main purpose of these R2 one, show some interests in the background without being overbearing. To, to add a little bit more light or warmth to your roam. And three, to help create a little depth between the subject that's you and your surroundings. So if you don't have a backdrop lag, I do. You'll be shooting a low-light situations and people will be able to see your background or your room, grab at least two of these lights. And yes, you can use a lamp and arrange them in your background. And speaking of backgrounds, we're gonna cover that in the next video. 7. The Backdrop: People always wonder where I get my backdrops from. And I told them I make them. I knew from the beginning that I would want to cover up what the background of my work room really looks like. And to that I would want them vibrant and backgrounds that looked and felt like me and that were interchangeable. So let me show you how our creative minds backdrop for less than $30 for the whole setup. And after that, it'll cost you $2 per background. So they're making them backdrop where the drying time took about 90 minutes. If you don't want to do all of this and just want to clean a particular spot in a room. You know, you'll always be shooting and it'll take about 90 minutes or less as well. For those of us that are in disguise. I hope you found this tutorial helpful. 8. The Audio: There's a saying in video production that people will forgive bad picture, but bad audio. Now that's unforgivable. And, and that's because a bad video is salvageable as long as there's good audio. Now, this may come as a shock to you, especially over everything I just showed you how to do and what I'm still going to cover. But audio is your tippy top priority. So let's cover your bases regarding this. When you first go into the room, you want to record in, stay silent and just listen. What can you hear? Maybe an air conditioner blowing the dog barking in the neighboring yard. Is there an echo? If so, you're going to want to use a shotgun mic or a lab might to make sure the audio catches you crisp and clear. I have a road shock and might for my DSLR camera, which is priced at a run a $149, it works great, but I never use it because I just don't need it. I'm going to go over another shock and Mike suggestion for mobile phones in another video. But for the lab Mike, I would suggest a boy BY m1 that goes for a little under $20 of Amazon or B and H photo and video. Of course, everyone is going to be different. You're going to have a good idea of the kinda Mike you need to invest in for your videos. 9. The Mobile Setup: This one's from my peoples that are using their phone to shoot video. And this is your setup. This guy is from Plonsey. The thing that makes it special is that it has all these ports setups for your phone, audio and lighting. You loosen up the back end and get some nice spring action to fit just about any phone in the market today comfortably. Do Laozi has a thread on the bottom so I could connect with a tripod. So quick release. This microphone is a tack star, S GC 59 eight. It's a mini Chaka Mike. The perfect size and weight for what you're doing. And for those that don't quite know what a Shaka Mike is, it picks up sound from a focus area, usually wherever you're pointing it and it reduces ambient noise from the surrounding area. This might take one double a battery, which I had to pry open the door to the battery cage. So fair warning. You might need a butter knife to get an open. If you have a protective case on your phone, you're going to have to take it off the plug to connect. Side note, if he needs to convert the two ring to a three-ring for it to connect to your phone. I have a TRS to TRS adapter I picked up from mobile. That should do the trick. But for my iPhone 5S wasn't needed. And lastly, I've talked about this before, and here it is again, here's a newer light that has a dimmer switch on it. For double a batteries in it is pretty bright once you turn it on o, and this set-up, not including the phone, batteries or Converter, comes out to a little less than $80 on Amazon. For things I wanted to mention, if you're going to record yourself with your phone being number one, make sure to clean your lens with a microfiber towel. If you have one, if you don't, your t-shirt will do either way. You always want a clean lens before pressing record thing number to lock into AEF on your mobile phone. This can usually be done by pressing on your phone for a period of time until the mode appears. Everyone's phone might be a little different. So how do we best we use a YouTube or Google it? The number three, turn off the flight mode on your phone or turn off notifications altogether. It's the worst when you're recording, and then you get a notification that pauses your recording. So make sure to do either before hitting record. Thing number four. Make sure you have a full battery. That's it. Because living I to say other than that, I hope you mobile phone users found those useful and you're now ready to gear up. Now, onto the next video. 10. Outro: Well, you did it where at the end of this journey and hopefully filling a lot better about how to proceed with being in front of the camera. And remember, this is just the foundation of it all. You can add whatever other tidbits of flavor you like to your videos. So it feels like you. Thank you so much for taking this course. Stupor Squirrels. I appreciate you and good luck, and I'll see you in the next video.