Have you given any thought to what appears behind you when you are recording videos or making Skype video calls? These days, you need to be able to go live – and sometimes unexpectectedly. All too often we are so worried about how we look – am I right ladies? – that we forget to think about how the room looks. Some great options are to clean and tidy the space, get a folding screen that you use when making videos or even create a permanent backround/recording area. Just make sure to think about what is behind you before you turn that camera on yourself.
The obvious is to make sure the space behind you within camera range be cleaned up so that you are not embarrassed by what is behind you. Now if your subject matter is model airplanes and all you see behind you is model airplanes that is fine, if they are all piled up in heaps you may want to fix that, but the idea is that your customers will expect an expert in model airplanes to have model airplanes in his office. Personally, I talk about being organized or getting organized all the time and right now my back drop includes a shelf of binder folders. This makes sense for me and my audience, now the bottle of lotion I set down there as I started to write, will be gone when I leave the room too.
Now a nice folding screen can make a great instant backround. If you have a large space you may want to do this even if the space behind you is neat as a pin. You can find these a variety of folding screens at places like Amazon and Pier One Imports. And if you are on a budget, you may be able to find one at a local garage sale or thrift store. You can even use the screen to advertise your business if you want. Make sure that what ever you choose is not too busy, you want a simple pattern or solid colors. Another option is a white board as a screen, you can use it as a prop while talking or just have a message you want to share. Again, the main idea is to be thinking about what is behind you when you are on camera.
Another option may be to have a specific recording “studio” or area that has a plain wall or minimal distractions. We, myself included, often forget how mobile technology allows us to be. We got used to working at the desk in the office and have often transferred that habit to our home based business, now we can change that habit. Do you have a room that has a great place, that would look great on camera? Then why can’t you make your video recordings there? Have fun and get creative, you may have several wonderful spots that can be great for making your videos reflect your message, just remember to watch the light if you are recording near a window.
So, you have a great product to share with your customers, now you will be able to record videos that will look better that all those others that don’t take the time. I know that you will not always be able to have the perfect back drop and you will just have to hit record on the fly sometimes, but the more you think about this, the more of a habit it will become.
So share you best or worst video backround story in the comments below.