Video interviews would look great if people realize how to avoid simple mistakes when they shoot the videos
There are a few tips which one must try and keep them on head while shooting interviews.
We aren’t talking about the interview questions, etc… we are talking about the setup of the camera, lights, and positioning of both the interviewer and the interviewee.
Following steps would help one to capture good Interview videos.
Tip 1 :
Keep the interviewee away from the background
The frame becomes flat and boring when the interviewee is too close to the background behind them (it could be anything like a wall, bookshelf, background fabric etc).
Simply move the interviewee far from the background depending on the camera you’re using and how much distance you need for the camera. Which adds depth and visual interest to your video frame.
Tip 2 :
Place the key light on the correct side.
When the key light is on the correct side of the face, it makes the face look proportionate. The front of the face is lit, and the side of the face that’s closest to the camera is put in shadow, which means that the lighting can have a slimming effect on their face.
Key light on the wrong side of the face, makes the face look wider. It can sometimes place one of the eyes in shadow. We don’t want to see a one-eyed wide face.
What you light is what you emphasize
In an interview without lights, position everything so a window replaces the key light on the diagram.
Tip 3 :
Don’t keep the framing too close or too wide.
It feels uncomfortable for the viewer if you’re framed too close. Imagine someone standing too close to us while talking to us.
If you’re framed too wide, then we digress and tend to see more surrounding rather than the emotion on the interviewee’s face.
Tip 4 :
Don’t keep the background too busy.
If the background is too busy, people get distracted easily which may take away our attention from the interviewee and damage the effectiveness of the video
One may reposition everything to make the background a little less busy
use shallow depth of field to make the background a little blur
you can bring a background fabric with you.
Avoid blown-out window in the video frame which may be a very distracting background.
In short, many people are unaware of what went wrong with their interview. Instead they’ll just be uncomfortable and not really know why. These tips may help them find some mistakes from their shoot and help them solve the mistakes