Self-Filming Basics Basic guidelines for filming yourself


  • What's the best way for you to get your information across to the audience? Is it you speaking to camera? A demonstration? Or talking while someone else demonstrates?
  • Write down what you want to say.
  • Should your information be broken into smaller parts? A video clip should probably be under 3 minutes.
  • Make sure you know which device you're going to be filming on and check that it has plenty of space to store your video.
  • Now that you know what it is you want to film let's look at where you'll film it.

1. Location

  • Make sure you are in a WELL LIT space, with lots of natural light but NO DIRECT SUNLIGHT on the area you are filming.
  • Take a look at the environment, make sure that it is neat and organised and not distracting by being cluttered, untidy, too busy or too colourful.
  • Absolutely blank spaces can feel unnatural.
  • The use of organised space, and some greenery, such as a pot plant, can really help fill the background and create a neutral, comfortable environment for you to film yourself in.
  • Make sure the camera is stable on a flat surface and that it is parallel to the ground not sitting at a tilted angle. If using a phone, you may want to use prestik or a heavy object to keep your phone in place.

2. Sound

  • To record the best sound possible it is preferably to use a lapel mic to record your voice. If this is not possible then remember:
  • Sound cannot be separated out into layers after recording, so make sure you are in a QUIET PLACE.
  • Before you record, close your eyes and listen to what you can hear around you. Make sure you close the windows, switch off the aircon and fridge or any other electronic device making a loud noise.
  • Remember to speak clearly and carefully, articulating in the correct places and do NOT SPEAK TOO FAST.

3. You

  • Make sure you are well presented, fix loose strands of hair and do not wear stripes, dots or any other wild patterns.
  • Position yourself in the frame so that you are in a medium shot - you have a little bit of space above your head and the frame ends on your belly button.
  • Make sure you DO NOT cut off the top of your head.
  • If you use your hands when you speak - make sure you lift them high enough into the frame.
  • Practice! Before you film, practice what you are going to say in the mirror and look at yourself while you are doing it.

4. Test

  • The last step before you film is to test. Set up the camera you are using, check the sound and press record.
  • Important point: Do not test in photo mode, photos and film mode are different on most devices, always test with actual video.
  • Press record and go stand in the frame. Practice by introducing yourself and saying a few sentences, then go and check the video.
  • Reposition yourself and the camera until you have the right framing and lighting.
  • Once you have the right framing and lighting, its time to capture your shot.

5. Filming

  • When you film yourself, make sure that the device is set to its highest possible settings. Ideally you are looking for 4k or 1920x1080 at either 25fps or 30fps (depending on the region).
  • Now that you are ready to film, press record and step into the frame of the camera.
  • Always give the camera time to adjust to you being in the frame, smile and then begin your video.
  • Once you are done, take a few extra seconds before you move away to turn off the camera
  • Do as many takes as you feel you need to get it right, (remember you should have already practised before this)
  • If filming with a phone you may have the option to cut the start and end of your clip off, only leaving the bit you need.
  • Send the best options to whom ever needs or is distributing the video.
Created By
Rafeeqah Galant


Created with images by Dmitriy Tyukov - "untitled image" • Dan Gold - "untitled image"