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Create a Dedicated Filming Space (for Filming YouTube Videos, SkillShare Courses, Zoom, etc. )

teacher avatar Chris Brooker, Filmmaker & YouTuber

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction

      1:28

    • 2.

      What are the Benefits of having a Filming Space?

      1:59

    • 3.

      Positioning

      5:07

    • 4.

      Background

      7:43

    • 5.

      Lighting Yourself

      4:57

    • 6.

      Sound and Audio Quality

      4:41

    • 7.

      Tip: Make It Easy!

      2:54

    • 8.

      Save Space

      2:29

    • 9.

      Outro

      0:47

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In the current world that we live in, video is important! So important, in fact, that over half of us would prefer to watch a video than read an article, so it’s no wonder that everyone wants a slice of that action. More and more people are now uploading to YouTube, producing content for Instagram, TikTok, etc. and making online courses, but most people are not streamlining this process, and this creates friction which can result in a lack of productivity and, therefore, a lack of videos produced. And statistics prove that videos posted on a consistent basis, following a regular schedule, perform better. So, rather than every time you want to film a new video you have to set the camera up, position the lights and adjust the background, wouldn’t it be easier if it was always set up and ready to go? 

That is what I’m talking about in this course! In this course, I will walk you through everything you need to know to create a dedicated filming space. Whether that’s converting a spare bedroom, tucking it away in the corner of your living room or positioning it in the office. I will share what you need to look out for when positioning your equipment, what the background can do for your videos, lighting, sound and a few tips to make the process easier for you. 

So, if you’re creating videos on a regular basis and would like to streamline the process and create a consistent look in your videos, then this is for you. Let’s get into it!

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Chris Brooker

Filmmaker & YouTuber

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I’m a filmmaker and photographer from England. I graduated from London South Bank University with a first-class honors degree in 2015 and have since created hundreds of music videos, corporate films, and commercials with many established companies, record labels, and artists. 

In 2018, I turned the camera on myself and launched the Brooker Films YouTube channel. With 900 uploads and 95,000+ subscribers, I focus on sharing educational content to help others create compelling video content. I wanted to take that a step further though, so here we are.

 

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1. Introduction: In this course, I'm going to talk you through the process of how you can convert one of your spare rooms into a dedicated filming space. Now, this could be for your YouTube channel, so maybe you're making regular YouTube videos, maybe you're creating courses like this, or maybe you just want a really fancy dedicated space to make your Zoom calls in private. Well, whatever option you're going for, it's really awesome and really beneficial to have a dedicated filming space. Throughout this course, I'm going to walk you through the benefits of having a dedicated filming space or app studio. Then I'll talk about positioning, background props, lighting, sound, and how you can make it easy for yourself throughout this entire process. But before we get into the course, let me please just first introduce myself. My name is Chris Brooker and I run the Brooker Films YouTube channel, and the channel is currently at around 89,000 subscribers. Having a dedicated filming space has made it easy to produce videos on a regular basis. As well as YouTube though, I also create these courses and I use this filming space for these courses as well as YouTube so I'm doubling this space up and filming all of my content in this one room. I launched my YouTube channel back in 2018, and since then, I've moved addresses a few times so I filmed in different spaces, different rooms, different environments, filmed in different angles, and played with different setups. I've gone through this process many times. Let me share what I know about creating a dedicated filming space for your YouTube videos, courses, or other online video content. Let's get into it. 2. What are the Benefits of having a Filming Space?: Now before we get into the how, how you can make a studio or a filming room, I first just want to talk a little bit about the why, why build a dedicated filming room? What are the benefits? Well, instantly the first major benefit you'll notice is having a dedicated filming room cuts out any excuses and increases your productivity. If you're producing videos on a regular basis, and every time you make a video, you have to set the camera up, you have to put it on the tripod, get the lights source set up, get the angle right, adjust the focus, put the camera settings in. It's a long process and this can take potentially hours every time you film a video. But when you have a dedicated filming space, you can leave everything set up, ready to go. This means all you have to do is plan what you're going to do. Make the notes in your notebook, sit down, turn the cameras on, turn the lights on and you start recording. Instantly, you've got rid of that half an hour, one hour, two hour setup time. This means you're more likely to get into the seat and start filming your videos. Instantly, the first benefit is it increases your productivity. Now the second benefit is all of your videos have a look. Filming in the same space using the same setup with the same colors and the same props, it creates that level of consistency. This means all of your videos and all of your courses will have a similar look. This means without even looking at the title of the video or looking at the owner of the video, you can quickly tell that this video is linked to another video with this same setup. It's creating that brand awareness and that consistency in your look. If you film your videos in different rooms, in different areas, or even if you're filming in the same space, but the camera is moving around a little bit, unfortunately, there's not really much consistency there. Unless you've got a really powerful style in your filmmaking, it can be quite difficult to create that level of consistency. Having a dedicated filming room with your cameras and your lights, everything all set up in place, one is going to increase your productivity, but two, it will give you a consistent look across all of your videos and your courses. 3. Positioning: Now that you've decided to create a filming space, you first just need to figure out where you're going to actually put this filming space. Do you have a spare bedroom that you can convert into a studio? Is there a corner in your bedroom that you could maybe film into? Is there somewhere in your living room potentially that you could angle and convert into a filming space? Ideally, you want to try and find somewhere where you can leave your cameras, your lighting, and all your prop setup in between filming. Obviously, if you've got your cameras and your lights all set up in the middle of your living room, it's going to be very difficult to live, move around all of these equipment. But if you have a spare bedroom that you don't use too much, or if you have a quiet corner of your bedroom which isn't used too frequently, then you can maybe block this off and treat this as your filming space. Now when you're looking to find this space, the first thing that you want to look for are windows. Ideally, you don't want to be next to or in front of a big window, and the reason is because it's very difficult to control the lighting unless you have a blackout blind. If you're filming next to a window or if there is a big bright window behind you and you can't control that, then you're going to get sunlight blaring into your room. This means if you bring in color lighting later on, the sunlight is going to wash that color out and will lose that consistency. As well if you're filming first thing in the morning when it's bright and sunny and you also want to film late at night when it's gone dark, unfortunately, your studio, your setup is going to have two completely different looks, you will have the daytime look and the evening look. Now this can work, but this means you have to be very clever about what you're doing and where you're placing your lights, so you want to try and avoid being next to windows. Now, this setup is a spare bedroom. I live in a two bed-rented flat, and I've converted the second bedroom into the studio. As you can see, there is a very small window just over here. Now, on bright sunny days this does actually let in a little bit of light, but I've closed the blind and placed a little bit of cloth behind the blind to try and minimize that light coming in. If the only space that you have is next to a window or has a window in the frame, then maybe just try blocking it off. Close the blinds, close the curtains, place some cloth in front of it, try and control that light if you can. Then of course you want to think about the position of your camera, your lights, and yourself. You definitely do not want to be pushed up against the back wall because you're going to lose your depth. It's really important when you're creating videos to create depth. The depth is essentially just having space between yourself and the back wall. Now if I was pushed up against that back wall and I would basically touch in the back wall, everything would feel very flat and I would really struggle to light this as well. If you can try it and place the person talking, whether that's yourself or somebody else, try and place them around a meter in front of the wall if you can but if you can't quite get a meter, then even just half a meter will make a massive difference. Just try and step away from the back wall. You also want to think about where your cameras are going to go because you don't want these to be in the way, especially if you're using half of a bedroom or half of a living room. You want to try and find a nice corner where you can tuck them into, where they won't be in the way. But you also want to pay close attention to the shots so make sure you're not sacrificing the shot for practicality. There's a give-and-take here. Make sure you get a good shot, but make sure you can also live with the position of the camera because you want to try and keep this setup at all times to reap the full benefits of having a filming space. Now the room that I'm filming in is not a large room at all. If I reach out, I'm not that far off touching both walls on either side, and I'm not the tallest person in the world. If you find yourself in a similar position where you find yourself forced to film in a smaller room or a small corner of a room, there's a few things that you can do. First of all, is your position, so trying to get away from the back wall as much as you can is going to help like we've mentioned, but also shooting on a wide-angle lens is really going to help the room to fill larger. I don't want to get too technical, but I used to film on a 24 millimeter lens so this was quite zoomed in but I swap that for an 18 millimeter lens and instantly opened up the room. Just shooting on a wider lens, it meant I was able to get more of the room into the shot. I could push in closer to the camera to give myself more depth and that has created quite a decent amount of space in camera. This really is quite a small room, I could probably reach out and touch the back wall if I let my chair back and again, I can almost touch these walls. It's not a large room at all but by pushing myself close to the camera and using a wide-angle lens, I've made the space feel slightly larger than it is. You want to do the same thing if you have a smaller space. To sum this all up, you want to try and find a dedicated room or a corner of a room that you can comfortably leave all of your equipment setup ready to go, then you want to try and position yourself away from the wall and place the cameras in a good position. If you've got a smaller space, you can use a wide-angle lens to create depth in the space and you also want to make sure that you're not directly next to any windows and if you are, try and block those off if you can to avoid any light spilling in. Once you've done all of that, you can now go on to think about the background, what is in the back of the shots 4. Background: When you're filming a video, of course, the person on-screen is the most important part of the frame. They have to look great, they have to sound great, but they have to deliver important information that people appreciate because otherwise there's no point of the video. But if the background is really boring, the back of the shot, there's nothing going on, then you're missing a trick here because you can use colors and props to create a really great looking shot. Of course, you can also tie in your branding just by using specific prompts and colors. In this episode, I'm talking all about the background, what's behind the person, and I'm going to show you how I've created this setup and what you can do to add character and style into your background. When you're filming in a bedroom or your filming and in a living room or a space base in your house, chances are, straight off the bat, it's not going to be the most visually interesting space. It might just be a plain white wall, there might not be any character there, so it's up to you to really think about what you can add into the space. First of all, you want to think about what props or what furniture you can add into the space. If you look at my setup, for example, if you look just behind me, over my left shoulder, you can see I've got this unit here and I've put this in place so that I can add in some props onto the unit. If I didn't have that there, all you would see is just a boring white wall and you would just see that small window that I previously mentioned, so adding this in has allowed me to create this shelf space, and this means I can actually add props into the space. Of course, though, you don't have to go for a unit like this, you can maybe add a sofa into the back of the shot, you could add a desk with a computer, really think about what furniture you can add in. You could also maybe add in a lamp or some small practical light source into the space to add that character, and then once you've added in some furniture, you can then move on and start to think about props. What props can you add into the space to add a story or add character? The Brooker Films YouTube channel and the course pages, that's all about filmmaking, video production, and even a little bit of photography. So all of the props and everything you see behind me truly represent what I am and what I'm delivering through Brooker Films. As you can see, instantly behind me, I have a small light just here. This says recording, so this is just a nice little accent light just to add recording, again, a small detail. Above that you can see, I have a drone, just below here I've got a B and an F, that is just a really nice subtle light just to add Brooker Films, to add a layer of branding in. Then of course you can see as it's falling off into soft focus, you can see I've got cameras and I've got a microphone, and then I've also got a gimbal up here as well, and these are just loads of prompts that are showing off that I'm a filmmaker and I produce videos. Then of course, on this side, you can see I've got a photo frame of a camera. I've got a picture of the London Eye. I've got a photo of a London bus, and then I've got the shard down here. This is demonstrating my photography skills. It's showing that I work with cameras, and it's also showing that I'm based in England because they're all photos of London. So they're all there to paint this story of who I am, where I am, and what the context of this channel is. Now, of course, you don't have to go into that much detail. You don't have to try and paint a story through your props, but it is definitely worth thinking about what is in the back of the shots and what that's telling the audience about yourself. Let's step out of my example. Let's step out to the filmmaking example, and let's give you a few other examples. Maybe you have a podcast or maybe a YouTube channel, and you talk all about coffee, or maybe in the back of the shot, you can have a few bags of coffee. You could have a coffee machine, you could have some kettles, you can have some equipment related to coffee, or maybe you could even just use the color of the coffee beans to represent the coffee. You could have a brown so for in the back of the shot, or you can have something brown in the shot to add that brown coffee color. Again, it's reinforcing what you're talking about. Or maybe we're not talking about coffee, maybe you have a YouTube channel dedicated to superhero movies, well, maybe you could have many figurines in the back of the shot, or maybe you could have something that is going to show that story off. I would definitely recommend thinking about who you are, what your personality is like, what you're offering, what you're talking about, and try and find furniture or props to represent that visually in the back of the shot. Then, of course, as well, you can go even further into this and think about colors, because color can actually have a massive effect on the back of the shot. As you can see, if you look back at all of my previous courses and all of my previous YouTube videos, you'll see purple in pretty much everything you look at. There are exceptions when I was experimenting, but most of the work is purple, so having that purple in the back of the shot creates a brand awareness, and it just means that purple is Brooker Films, and of course as well, I've got this red and the white just to create an accent. But this is all simply just done with a strip light behind this unit. I've got two colored lights here, and then I have another light just out of frame, just up here, shining down on the back wall, and that's just adding color into the space. Because if I was to turn all of these colors off, even though I've got all of the props and the unit, and I've got all of these photos in the frame, even though my story and my character is being portrayed through the props in the space, by missing that color, we're missing quite a big part of the scene. That purple is adding a lot into the scene visually and without it, this space feels a little bit empty. Of course, you don't have to go to the full extent that I've gone. Maybe you could just have a few accents. So as you can see, I have not turned on this light that is lighting the back wall and I have not turned on the purple light behind the units. I've only turned on this small accent light, so I've got these two strip lights here. I've got the B, the F, and the recording. This is just adding a little bit of extra something into the space. It feels a bit more visually interesting and there's more going on, and honestly this is quite nice because it's giving us some visual depth. However, you can go all the way and add a splash of color across the entire scene if you wanted to make your colors pop. As you can see, I've got all of those colors back on. I've got the back wall now illuminated, the unit over here, its got its life back on, and this all finishes off the look. But again, you don't have to go this intense, you can just add a few accent colored lights into the back of the shot just to add your character. Now, when you're thinking about colors, you want to think about your branding, so what are the colors of your business, your YouTube channel, your courses page? What is the general color that you're leaning into? Then you also want to think about mood and feelings because different colors have different connotations. So red, for example, can be seen as a very lovely, warm, and intimate color, but it could also be seen as quite an angry color, blue and purple are both seen as very relaxing and calming colors, and then you've also got yellow, which looks like a happy color, and it's really worth thinking about color psychology when you're putting colors into the back of your videos. Of course, you don't have to go this deep, you can just pick a color because it looks nice. But also be aware that using a certain color can have a specific connotation, so when it comes to thinking about the background and what's behind you in your frame, you want to think about the furniture. You want to think about the props, and you want to think about the color. Just paying attention to these three things will make a massive difference in your shot. If you just film against a plain white wall, there'll be no character and there'll be no life to the video. But if you add in some nice furniture, you add some colorant, and you put some props in that, they're telling your story and telling the audience more about yourself, then you are going to create a really visually interesting frame. Now, even though we've touched upon lighting the back of the shots, in the next episode, I'm going to talk about lighting and show you how you can efficiently light yourself when you're filming these type of videos. 5. Lighting Yourself: When it comes to lighting, you cannot go wrong with a two or a three-point lighting setup. If you know what two-point lighting and three-point lighting is, then you can skip this episode and go on to the next one. But if you don't, let me briefly just talk about what two and three-point lighting is. Now three-point lighting is your generic go-to lighting setup. It gives you a really smooth look on your face and it gives you separation from the background. Three-point lighting consists of three lights. You've got your key, fill and back light. If I was here talking into camera, my first light would be on this side of the camera, and this would be my key light. It's just one light shining at me from this angle. Then you would have your fill light. That's another light on the other side of the camera, that's just over here, and that's just filling in the shadows on this side of the face that the key light has created. As a general rule of thumb, I like to keep the fill lights a little bit dimmer than the key lights. I've got the key lights over here, which is quite bright, and then I've got the fill light, which is a little bit dimmer. We've got two lights setup in front of myself and just to the side of the camera. Then we've got light number three, which is the back light. This is a light which is just outside of the frame, which is giving us our hair light. As you can see in this example, my back light is just giving me this glow on my hair. It's just adding separation from me and the background. That he's three-point lighting, very simple setup. Now, if you wanted two, you could go for two-point lighting and two-point lighting just gets rid of light number two. We get rid of the fill lights and we have a key light and a back light. I've got one light next to the camera and I've got one light behind back here and that's shining back on the hair to give that separation. Whether you go for three-point or two-point, that is completely up to you. Generally, if you've got the light at the side and you go for two-point lighting, two-point is going to give you more shadow. That's going to make it fill a little bit moodier and a little darker, whereas your three-point is going to give you a very soft even look. Three and two-point are your standard lighting setups. Now, because I'm filming in such a small space, I don't have the luxury of having three-point lighting. It would be nice to have three-point lighting, but unfortunately, I haven't quite got the space to put two lights upfront next to the camera because there is a door just next to the cameras. Instead, what I've done is I've mounted a rail between the walls. I've used a Manfrotto autopole and this is just a big poll which stretches out between the walls and that basically acts as a light stand in the air. Rather than having a big light stand on the side of the camera, I've got no room for that here, and instead, I've just put that up in the ceiling. This is mounted between the walls and then I've strapped one light to this auto poll, put a big softbox adapter on this one light and I'm using this one light at a slight angle just to act as my key and my fill. As you can see, this has given me a nice subtle roll off. This light should be rolling off this side. We're getting a little bit of shadow, but nothing as dramatic as two-point lighting would be. Then as you can see, I have a poll just above my head here. This is another auto poll. I've got that going from the top of the unit all the way up to the ceiling. Then I've got to mount so that I've got a light to give me this back light. Because you don't want your back light to be in the frame, you want your back light to be out of the frame. But because I'm in such a small room, there's nowhere to hide a back light, so instead, I just mounted it up out of the frame just up here. In this setup, I'm only actually using two lights to light myself. I've got the key and I've got the back light, but the key is acting as a key and a fill at the same time. Then of course I'm controlling this light spill with this big piece of black cloth. If I was to pull this cloth up, you can see we got a lot of light spilling into the back of the frame, but when I pull that down, you can see that actually does help to control some of that light spill. This right here is just a black bed sheet that I've thrown on top of the auto poll just in front of the lights, just to control that light spill. Those are three different setups that you could try for your studio. You could go for a three-point lighting, you can go for two-point lighting or you could do a bit of both and do what I've done. Mountain the light just above yourself and then have a two-point lighting setup, but control the spill of the light with one of these black cloths. That's everything that you need to know to get started with lighting yourself. I generally would just recommend one softbox in front of yourself, mounted just above an angle and then one back light. But if you can use three-point lighting, then go for that option as well. Then of course, this is why you have to pay close attention to the lights in the background, because these two lights that I've talked about are only lighting myself. You've also got to pay close attention to the lights in the background, but we've already talked about that. Use two-point lighting, a three-point lighting or rigor lies above yourself to get this really soft and natural look. In the next episode, I'm talking all about sound because sound is really important. 6. Sound and Audio Quality: When it comes to capturing sound for your videos, it's really important that you're in the right environment. Because you could have the best microphones in the world and they could be positioned perfectly, but if you're in the wrong room or you haven't paid attention to what the room sounds like then you're probably just going to end up capturing bad audio. But before we get onto looking at the room, let me just reel this back a few steps and talk about how you can capture clean sound. Now, when you're capturing your videos it's really important that you have a microphone separate to the camera. Never use the inbuilt camera's microphone. Get a separate microphone and get that as close to the person talking as possible. Now, this microphone sounds incredible when I'm this close, but even just going over here the audio doesn't sound great. Regardless of whether you're using a studio microphone, a boom microphone, a wireless lavalier clip-on microphone, whatever it is, you want to make sure it's nice and close. Then of course as well you just have to make sure that your levels are not peaking or are too low. If all of this is confusing you by the way, if you're not sure how to capture audio, then I do have an audio recording course for you and I would definitely recommend checking that out. Assuming that you know the basics of how to capture clean audio, we now need to look at the room that you want to be filming in. Because you can have a room that is lit beautifully, you could have really awesome and well-thought-out props in the background and it could look visually great. But if you're filming in a room and the air conditioning won't turn off or if you're next to a window and there's a lot of street noise coming in and it's ruining the audio, you're never going to get great audio. It's worth just sitting in the space and carefully listen to what you can hear. You really want to listen to everything because a microphone will pick up everything if you're not careful. If you've got air conditioning, turn the air conditioning off. If there's a fridge in the room, try and turn it off or film in a different space. If you're filming next to a window and you can hear the cars passing by outside, then try and dampen that sound if you can. Or if you're just filming in a room and there are lots of hard surfaces and you have a lot of echo, then you're going to want to try and treat this to remove that echo. That's what I had to do for this room. When I moved into this apartment and converted this second bedroom into a studio, it was just hard surface galore. There's carpet on the floor but every single wall and ceiling was just hard. There was nothing on them whatsoever. When I was recording audio, the audio would just bounce all over the place and I would have a lot of reverb in my audio recording. Essentially, nesting is just grouping footage together into its own sequence. This is why I had to try and soften up that sound and soak up some of that echo. Now because the room that I'm filming in is a dedicated filming room, I took over a second bedroom and converted it into a studio, I was able to mount these foam panels. I bought a pack of 50 of these foam panels, stuck them to the walls, and it has made such a massive difference. My previous YouTube videos were really echoey because the sound was bouncing all over the place. But after putting these on all of the walls that the camera can't see, it has made such a massive difference and my audio is now much clearer. Of course though, if you're setting up your filming space in 1/2 of your bedroom or you're filming this in your living room, you can't exactly mount loads of foam panels to the walls and the ceiling. Instead, you can use blankets, duvets, and any soft furnishings to try and cover those hard surfaces. You can also just get a blanket and pin this up on the wall. Or you could get some poles and mount them up on poles. But you want to try and remove as many hard surfaces as you can. I promise you, if you do this, you will make such a massive difference to your audio and your audio is going to sound much clearer. Have you ever noticed that if you phone somebody when you're in the bathroom, the audio sounds terrible? There's lots of echo and everyone instantly knows you're in the bathroom. The reason why is because there's hard surfaces everywhere. You've got tiled floor, tiled walls, hard ceiling, hard bath, toilet, sink. It's all just hard surfaces and the sound is echoing everywhere. If you can do the opposite of that and film in an environment with lots of soft furnishings rather than hard furnishings, you get rid of that echo and it would sound great. It's really important that you pay very close attention to the room that you're filming in in regards to the sound. Because like I said, any echo, any air con noise, any street noise, any sound that you might typically not notice, it could ruin your audio. It's also worth noting as well that on cold days you might not want the heating on in that room because the radiator could make clicking noises. If you're filming on a hot day, try not to use fans in the filming room because that sound would be picked up in the audio. Really pay close attention to your audio if you want to get beautiful sounding audio in your filming space. 7. Tip: Make It Easy!: Now my next tip is to make this process as easy as possible. The whole point of having a dedicated filming space or a filming room is to make it easy. You just want to walk in, turn the camera on, start rolling and create your videos. If there's things that are getting in the way if there are hurdles you have to get over and this thing is tripping you up. You're going to be less likely to film and it defeats the point of having a filming space. Now, this is something that I have suffered with, to be honest, because this is an empty room five days of the week, I only normally film two or three days a week. For the four or five days that I'm not in here, I do have a tendency to turn this into a junk room. I put the shopping in here, I put my clothes in here. I find after a few days, bits and bobs of clutter start to appear. Then every time I film, I have to empty the room. I have to tidy the room again. Unfortunately, that just adds 15-20 minutes of preparation before I can actually sit down and film. I'm getting better at this. I'm trying my very best to keep their unclear and tidy it all times, but it does creep in and it does start to add up that prep time. If you can have a dedicated camera for filming as well, that would be incredible because you could keep the cameras setup in the right settings, all focused up, ready to go at all times. Now this is a luxury. You may not have multiple cameras, but if you are able to use multiple cameras, I would keep one mounted in the room at all times and then have one to go out with. Of course, this may not be possible, but if you do have the means to do it, then I would definitely recommend doing so. Of course, if you get nervous when you're filming around people or if you get self-conscious, then try not to put your filming space in a space that is quite commonly used in the house or the flat. If you live with your partner, you live with children. Don't build this up in the living room or a room that is commonly used because somebody is always going to be in the way and it's going to be difficult to get the piece that you need to film. If you can, try and take this away into a room where you can take yourself off, it will remove any distractions and it will also remove that horrible self-conscious feeling. When I started my YouTube channel, I lived in a one-bedroom flat with my partner, and this meant there was no spare spaces to film, so I had to film in the living room. This meant when she was around, I felt really self-conscious and I would never film and I would wait until she went to work before I film these videos. Now I live in a two bed flat. I've converted the second bedroom into a dedicated filming space. Now she can't see or hear me whilst I'm filming. This means regardless of what time of the day it is, I can just walk in, turn the camera on, and feel comfortable enough to film. That's really important. Make sure you position your filming space in a space where you can film at anytime of the day. Of course as well, there are a few more hurdles that may get in the way and might try and trip you up. But if you could just try and streamline the process to the point where you could just walk in, turn the camera on, and start filming, you'll honestly make this filming process so much easier for yourself. 8. Save Space: My next tip is to really think about how you can save space when you're setting up your room because if you've got tripods and light stands and everything in the way, it can swallow up a lot of floor space. If you have a small room or a very small corner to film in, this is very precious real estate so I would definitely recommend looking at ways of slimming down your equipment. I've mentioned this in the lighting episode but I use something called a Manfrotto Autopole to mount my lights up off the floor. Now, this right here is a very small and compact light stand. Even with this, when it's folded out, is going to take up a lot of real estate. As you can see, it is this wide, and when I mount this down it takes up a lot of space. If you've got three of these for a three-point lighting setup and you've got a tripod, that's going to swallow a lot of floor space. Instead, what I do is I use these Manfrotto Autopoles. Other brands are available, by the way, it's not just Manfrotto that produces these but they are basically big poles that you can mount up to the ceiling, you don't need to screw these or secure these in. These just work with tension so you open it up to the point where each side is touching a wall and then you just pull the handle to tighten it up and then that's going to be nice and secure. It doesn't damage your wall and it safely keeps all your equipment up there. Then you can just mount your lighting. If you've got a lighter camera, so you've got a mirrorless camera or a DSLR camera, you could actually get some source of mount to attach to the pole and you could have the camera mounted to the Autopole in the sky rather than on a tripod. Of course, you could also try and place your camera into a bookshelf, you could place it onto a cupboard or some surface. I have a small table tripod, rather than having a full-length high tripod. It definitely is worth thinking about ways to try and save space because if you can save valuable floor space, the setup is going to get less in the way and you won't be tripping over it and you won't be tempted to take it down or move things out of the way. Then that again is going to help you to just jump in front of camera and start filming. As well as thinking about what the shot looks like, what's in the background, what it sounds like, what everything visually looks like, it's also worth stopping and thinking, can I slim this setup down and save myself some valuable floor space? Of course, you might have the luxury of not having to worry about this. If you have a large spare bedroom, you'll be completely fine using the light stands. But if you're in a small room like myself, having that extra floor space by putting the lights in the sky is really valuable. 9. Outro: There you go. At this moment in time, you should feel pretty comfortable building out your own studio or filming space. If you've built out your own studio or your own filming space, or if you've tried to but you've got some questions or concerns, I would love to see your work and I would love to help you build out the perfect filming space. Please just take a picture or take a video, upload that to the student's project section, and I promise I will check it out and give you my honest feedback and opinions. Thank you ever so much for watching this course. I really do appreciate it. Of course, if you are interested in learning more about video production or YouTube or photography, then please do check out my profile because I have many more courses available for you to watch. Thank you ever so much for watching, and hopefully, I will see you on the next course. See you there.