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Talking Head: Framing

Talking Head: Framing

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Framing

In general, Skillshare encourages teachers filming themselves to use closer, or “tighter”, shots. If you’re talking to the camera, it’s best to see a face in close-up. However, you’ll need more space if you’re filming a physical, hands-on demonstration. For example, a photography class would need wider shots to show the position of the subject, photographer, the background, etc.

When framing, keep in mind headroom. This is the space between the top of someone’s head and the edge of the frame. It’s often better to limit the amount of headroom.

The image below has unnecessary headroom

Better headroom

The below example is all eye-level

This example is shot from a slightly higher angle

Keep in mind your background. In the examples above, we see relevant backgrounds (Jeff Staple: clothing, Yiyun Lee: books) as well as just a plain white background. Make sure to frame out anything distracting.

Framing with an iPhone

When recording video with your iPhone, make sure that your settings are correct.

  • 1080p @ 30 fps

If you have a small iPhone tripod, we recommend raising it from your desk. This way your iPhone will be closer to eye-level, rather than pointed up at your face.

Many iPhone tripods have bendable legs, which means you can also get creative and try mounting your iPhone to another object like your computer monitor.

Framing with a Webcam

If you're using a built-in webcam on a desktop computer, there aren't many options as far as moving the camera, but if you're using a laptop computer, we recommend raising it higher so the webcam is eye level.

Jimmy Chorng

Ceremony

Apologetically Californian.

Jimmy Chorng

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Apologetically Californian.

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