Getting in front of the camera

One of the hardest things to overcome can be to get in front of a camera and hit the record button. Some people thrive in the “spotlight”, while others have no desire to be front and center.

The idea of vlogging might be cool and you already understand that it will be beneficial to you in the long run, but the actual act of getting in front of the camera is a bit scary.

I’ve seen this so many times even for people not vlogging themselves. They get uncomfortable when they see cameras, they hide their face or run into another room.

Cameras do strange things, and everyone has their own feelings about them.

Unfortunately, there’s no magic cure for getting over the weird feeling of looking into the unblinking eye of a camera lens. There are, however, a few exercises you can practice to get comfortable in front of a camera.

Remember why you’re vlogging

The most powerful way I’ve found to get back in front of a camera is to remember why I’m doing it.

Have you thought about why you want to vlog?

Is it just for fun or is it to speak a message? Is it for you or is it for your family? Is it to get famous or is it to document your life for future generations?

If you’re not clear on why you’re vlogging, the camera part is the least of your problems right now. When you have more clarity with the “why” part of vlogging you give yourself a good reason to pick up the camera and try.

Record it and delete it

This is a technique you can use for practically anything. It’s the idea where whatever you make or record at any given time will then be deleted or archived so nobody else but you will ever see it.

Many people have an anxiety about getting in front of the camera because they don’t like how they look in a video or picture. They aren’t sure how the finished product is going to look, so they hide their face.

Record and delete is a great way to get some of that stuff worked out before actually ever publishing anything. You can watch clips back, do some editing if you want, but it’s all done in the mindset of “I’ll delete this later”.

When you know you’re going to delete it, there’s no pressure! You could get it right, you could mess it up, the image could be out of focus, whatever.

Take the pressure off yourself. Get a bit of it recorded, watch it back (or not), and then delete it.

Carry your camera with you…without recording

I often carry my vlogging camera with me wherever I go, not only because I want to make sure to capture the things I want in my video later on, but also because it creates an interesting type of bond between me and the device.

I’m not saying you need to name your camera and give it a collar and all that. You need to be able to look at your camera and be okay with it.

The more time you spend with your camera, even if you’re not recording, the more it becomes simply a part of your life. You recognize the feel, the weight, the nuances of the metal or plastic.

Whatever you use to vlog is going to be (obviously) a big part of your video creation process, and getting comfortable with the device will help you to get more comfortable with getting in front of the camera.

These are a just a few tips I’ve used personally to get comfortable with the camera lens. Again, there’s no magic pill to make the nervousness or discomfort go away. It really does come with practice.

And then there’s one of my favorite techniques. This is so ridiculous and so silly I had it give it its own page.

I call it the Rubber Duck Technique.