Video Shoots – On Camera Guidelines


Video Shoot Notes

Some notes about the video shoot:

  • Please be on time and ready to go when you are scheduled. If you are going to be late, please call.
  • Stay relaxed. Don’t stress out about being on camera.
  • Take a few, deep breaths beforehand and just have fun with it.
  • Remember to just be yourself.
  • If you are given a script or list of questions beforehand, please look them over and prepare some answers. If you were not given questions, then don’t worry – you’ll get easy questions right before the interview and you can just answer naturally.

Clothing Guidelines for People Appearing on Camera

For any video shoots being done, here are some notes for men and women regarding what to wear on camera, etc.

Men

  • If you’re wearing a dress shirt:
    • Bring a blue, gray, pink, or beige dress shirt if you are going to wear a dress shirt.
    • Avoid stark white or bright yellow shirts that tend to reflect light and be too vivid on camera.
    • Avoid dress shirts with pinstripes close together. Lines close together tend to flutter on camera.
  • If you’re wearing a suit:
    • Bring a medium colored suit, if possible. Best bets are blue/dark blue, gray, and brown.
    • Avoid black suits, which tend to diminish your appearance because they absorb too much light.
    • Avoid white, bright yellow, and red suit handkerchiefs, which tend to reflect light and be too vivid on camera.
  • Ties:
    • Bring two or three neckties that match your suit (to try out on camera). Make sure neckties are non-shiny and loosely patterned.
    • Avoid neckties with bold, tightly designed patterns, including plaids, polka dots and shiny fabrics. They too will flutter on camera.
  • More:
    • Avoid fabrics with complicated patterns such as checks, tight/close stripes, herringbones, tweeds, and loud plaids. Fabrics of this design tend to strobe on camera.
    • Avoid shiny jewelry and metal tie clips, which reflect light back into the lens of the camera.
    • If (due to your target audience’s preference) you do not wear a dress suit, bring solid colored clothes. Best bets are navy blues, purples, dark creams and browns.
    • No clothing with logos (Nike, Polo, sports teams, catch-phrases etc.)
      If possible, bring two shirts and two jackets. It’s always good to have a back-up.

Women

  • If you’re wearing a suit:
    • Avoid stark white, bright yellow and red suits that tend to reflect light and be too vivid on camera.
    • Avoid black suits, which tend to diminish your appearance because they absorb too much light.
    • Avoid wearing a new suit for the very first time. You need to know in advance that everything fits and feels good so that you feel comfortable.
  • Blouses:
    • Avoid white blouses that reflect light into the camera.
    • Avoid highly shiny or glossy fabrics that reflect light back into the camera.
    • Avoid fabrics with complicated patterns such as checks, tight/close stripes, herringbones and tweeds. Fabrics of this design tend to strobe on camera.
  • Jewelry / Accessories:
    • Bring simple jewelry. If you are unsure about certain pieces, bring alternate ones.
    • Avoid large jewelry that may sparkle, shine or dangle in the light (such as long earrings and gold necklaces worn outside).
    • Avoid jewelry that rattles, clicks and clanks such as multiple bracelets or long necklaces. These tend to brush up against your microphone, causing distracting noise.
    • Bring accessories (like scarves) with subtle patterns.
  • Hair / Makeup:
    • Style your hair off your face to avoid shadows.
    • Bring a variety of lipsticks; some will look better on camera than others. The key is to match to your blush and clothes, opting for brown tones rather than bright reds.
    • Too much make-up and people will notice. Appear “real” and “everyday.”
  • More:
    • Avoid wearing sleeveless dresses or tops (even in the summer) that are no accompanied by a matching jacket or ensemble. Short sleeves give an informal look and bare arms may draw the viewer’s eye away from your face. With makeup on your face, your arms will appear much lighter in color on camera.
    • Bring solid colored clothes. Best bets are navy blues, grays, purples, dark creams, browns, and neutral colored suits.
Website Financing Options Available
Find Out More