Video Content is going to stay popular and relevant for a long time. If you're waiting for a knight in shining armour to magically make you a VIRAL content creator, it's too late. Incorporating videos where you show your face is crucial for establishing a stronger connection with your audience. Moreover, it has been said that this approach can be effective in cracking the Instagram algorithm, leading to increased reach and views.
Does being camera shy prevent you from making content like reels and stories?
Here are the steps I followed to get comfortable making videos!
1. Talk to your Camera
If you want to overcome your discomfort with facing the camera but still really want to do it, you should start practising. Remember, practice makes perfect. Set aside a whole week to practice speaking in front of the camera, even if it's just to yourself. Choose random topics, hit record, and start speaking about them.
Afterwards, watch the recordings and give yourself feedback. This is the first step towards creating vlogs, so it's important to get comfortable with the front camera and see your own face. Take this opportunity to familiarize yourself and gain confidence in front of the camera.
2. Enhance Lighting and Background
When it comes to boosting your confidence on camera, learning about lighting and choosing the right background can make a significant difference. You don't need to invest in a complete renovation, but creating a visually appealing backdrop that aligns with your niche can greatly enhance your videos.
For instance, if you're into movies, display your favourite film posters in the background to add a personal touch and showcase your passion. If gaming is your thing, decorate your backdrop with beloved game characters or play around with different lighting to create an immersive atmosphere.
With a well-thought-out background and proper lighting, you'll not only feel more confident but also create a visually captivating experience for your viewers.
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3. Your Personal Critics; the Best Way to Get Rid of Camera Shyness
When it comes to improving yourself, having trustworthy friends can be a game-changer. Don't hesitate to share your demo videos with your close-knit group and ask for their honest feedback. Consider your friends as your first audience. Send them your demo videos and genuinely inquire about their opinions. Listen to their feedback and be open to making necessary changes based on their suggestions. They have your best interests at heart, so their insights can be invaluable.
Remember, seeking feedback is a way to refine your content and enhance your skills. Your friends are there to help you grow and succeed, so make the most of their valuable input. By striving to please them, you're on the path to creating content that resonates with a wider audience.
4. Learn From The OG’s
Why not take inspiration from your favorite content creators? They have undoubtedly influenced you in some way, so why not learn from the best? Watch their videos, observe their posture, actions, and facial expressions, and see what resonates with you. Experiment with incorporating those elements into your own style and find out what works for you.
Imitating your favorite content creators doesn't mean losing your authenticity. It's about learning from their techniques and adapting them to suit your unique personality and content. Take the time to dive into their stories, read about their experiences, and understand the steps they took to achieve their goals. Their knowledge and lessons can provide you with valuable guidance on your own content creation journey.
If you are wondering where to start, here’s our take on some popular creators and their journey in content creation.
5. Master Your Voice and Impress Your Audience
Did you ever notice that it's not just the content or niche that attracts an audience to creators, but their personality and simplicity? To ensure you don't disappoint your viewers, pay attention to your speaking style. Avoid speaking too quickly, as it can make it difficult for people to understand you. Practice different voice modulations and see what works best for you.
Remember, it's not just about what you say, but how you say it. Your voice and delivery play a crucial role in engaging your audience. Take the time to practice speaking at a comfortable pace and experiment with varying your tone, pitch, and emphasis.
Don't be afraid to let your personality shine through. Be genuine and relatable, and connect with your viewers on a personal level. Show them the real you and let your authenticity be your superpower.
I hope these tips help you overcome your camera shyness. Let me know in the comments what you think, and be sure to check out our Instagram, where I'm taking on crazy challenges to conquer my own camera shyness. Together, let's embrace our true selves and create content that captivates and inspires.