6 Tips for Shooting a Talking Head Video

Talking head videos are a great option for simple, cost-effective media content. They can be great for quick corporate messages, interviews, product introductions and anything that requires a personal voice. But talking head videos are really easy to do wrong. Here’s a cheat sheet so you don’t make the same mistakes other have.

1. Don’t use green screen.

Make it as authentic as possible. If you want a clean white background, use a seamless backdrop and light it independently of your subject. Better yet, find somewhere quiet (See #4) that aligns with the subject and goals of your video. By using a real environment, you can add that polished corporate look.

2. Lighting is critical.

Avoid shadows, over exposure, and just plain bad lighting. Learn how to use 3-point lighting. If that’s not available, find a nice soft natural light source like a window.

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