Moving vs. stationary

Another question that you may want to answer is the type of movement you want to have in your vlog, if any. Do you hold the camera in front of you and walk around, or maybe just set it up on a tripod and talk to a stationary camera?

One of the biggest benefits in defining your vlogging style is that you can literally choose anything you want. You know what you’re comfortable with and what sort of content you want to deliver.

You could even do a combination of both, depending on the sort of videos you want to create. The sky is the limit.

Understanding your context can define the movement

Knowing the context of your content will help you figure out where to put the camera.

For example, if you want to record your life as it happens and show different parts of your day, it may help to move the camera will you as you go.

Conversely, if your content is more about teaching or communicating a particular message, a stationary shot may be best for that.

These aren’t hard and fast rules. Play around with different styles, try out what it may look like to set the camera up and when to carry it.

I like to mix it up. Probably 70-80% of my vlogs are moving, held by hand out in front of me, and the remainder might be set up on a tripod on my desk or elsewhere.

This fits my own particular style and I’ve been able to dial it in consistently over time.

Consider how your favorite movies handle movement

I like to draw inspiration from movies I really like. I enjoy a variety of movies, ranging from action, sci-fi, comedy, and drama.

Every movie has their own styles depending in the director and crew. The people who make the movie dictate how the camera moves, the fluidity of the edit, and the feel of the overall film.

Think about your favorite movies (and maybe even go watch one or two). How does the camera move? When is it stationary? Is there a significant amount of movement versus still shots, or vice versa? Why?

Motion or lack thereof are parts of storytelling, enhancing or detracting from the message or story you want to deliver.

Knowing the difference comes with practice.

Start with what you’re comfortable with

Many people don’t like the idea of walking around with a camera and it feels more comfortable to set the camera on a tripod and talk to it. Others feel like it’s too formal to have a stationary camera and find more freedom walking around.

Getting comfortable around the camera also means spending a good amount of time in the comfort zone and slowly pushing outward.

Find the place that feels right for you and start there. You can always change it up later.