Take a video of you for social media? Use these tips to make your selfie video appealing to viewers.
If you are active on platforms like TikTok and Instagram, you have seen countless selfie videos already. With the new generation moving away from image-based content and preferring the interactive format of videos, maybe it’s time to get started.
We are going to discuss the reasons why you should consider taking selfie videos and give you some tips on how to shoot them.
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What is a selfie video?
A selfie video is a video you take of yourself (usually with a smartphone) and post on social media platforms such as Instagram, TikTok, or YouTube.
The duration of a selfie video is shorter than a vlog, and can even be as short as a few seconds. The content can vary widely, as can the style of editing, if applicable.
Why do people take selfie videos?
If you’ve been online since the social media explosion, you’ve probably noticed how viral content has changed over the years. Selfie photos and memes images are still popular, but videos now dominate the digital content realm.
Videos are more interactive and engaging for users, much like watching a movie rather than reading a book. And not just any kind of video, but shorthand content. Studies show that younger generations have shorter attention spans, so they are more likely to digest a 15-second video clip than a 20-minute vlog.
How to make a good selfie video
Want to try taking a selfie video? Here are some tips to keep in mind.
1. Describe the content
Selfie videos can be spontaneous, and they are often the funniest. However, if you intend to relay information or talk about something more serious, write down the points you want to make and review them before you start filming.
2. Choose your device
The majority of selfie videos are shot on smartphones, but tablets, cameras, and even computers with webcams can also be used.
When using your phone or tablet, we recommend getting a PopSocket to reduce the risk of it slipping out of your hands. Monopods or tripods are ideal for stabilizing a camera. And if you’re using a computer webcam, keep in mind that you won’t have as much flexibility with movements and angles.
3. Have good lighting
Lighting is always one of the most important elements of a visually appealing photo or video. If you enjoy taking selfies, you are probably familiar with the wonders of the golden hour and its role as a natural filter. Well, it’s the same with selfie videos – try to find a good spot with natural light coming in at a parallel angle.
This does not mean that artificial lighting is inferior. You can use a lampshade, and for more sophisticated selfie videos, a ring light will never let you down.
4. Pay attention to your angles
This tip applies to any portable device; you need to be aware of the angle at which you are holding it. It can make all the difference in how the content translates to your audience. There isn’t just one right way you will have to play with it.
Holding it at a lower angle will make you look more lax, while higher angles tend to work better with comedic content. Do you have an attractive side profile? Show it!
And if you’re not sure which angle is best for you, hold the device further away and parallel to your face. You can consider using a selfie stick for this as it will make things much easier.
5. Choose the right layout
Consider what would be the best layout for the platform you are going to post your video on. For Instagram Stories and TikTok, portrait mode is ideal, while landscape mode might work better for YouTube and Facebook.
Keep in mind which direction to turn the device as you determine your best angles. This will save you from wasting time cropping your video.
6. Don’t forget the context
The relevance of your experience will vary depending on the type of content you create. For example, if you come online to tell a quick joke, no one will expect an aesthetic background. But if you’re showing off an outfit, an eye-catching background will help cement your brand.
7. Be brief
Abbreviated content is only a few minutes long. Anything longer than that is technically still considered a selfie video, but it will most likely fall into the “vlog” category, which has a different set of rules.
Try to be as engaging as possible in the first few seconds to keep people from scrolling. Then be brief and to the point so that they stick for the rest of the video. A good tip to remember is to look at the camera shutter instead of the screen, this will make your audience more present.
8. Audio quality is important
If you intend to speak in the video, be clear and concise in your words and pronunciation. Not many people will want to watch the video again if they’ve missed something. And make sure you don’t block your device’s mic when holding it. Better yet, it might be worth investing in a lavalier microphone.
Also be aware of noises and background noises. Similar to the visual background, the relevance of the background noise will vary depending on the type of content you are producing.
9. Use real-time filters
Most content requires some degree of editing, but you can skip this step with selfie videos. Due to the lightweight nature of most selfie videos, viewers don’t expect flawless quality. However, anything to do with visual aesthetics will require some touching up, like a makeup tutorial.
If you don’t have the patience to do post edits, you can always use a realtime filter. Apps like Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook will give you a selection of filters to choose from if you’re shooting the video in the app. You can also use third-party applications, such as BeautyPlus (for Android and ios ), which offer a wide range of filters and beautifying effects.
10. Take several takes
Don’t put the pressure on yourself to be perfect from the first take. Shoot your video several times while making small adjustments to angles, lighting, your words, expressions, etc. This way, you will have more options to choose from for your final download.
If your video is longer, feel free to cut it into shorter clips. Film yourself at 10 second intervals and edit these clips together later. You are less likely to trip over or forget anything, and you can easily refer to your plan.
Selfie videos are here to stay
The abbreviated selfie videos are meant to summarize a wealth of information and make it easy and quick for viewers to digest. It’s not that bad, just follow these tips and you’ll eventually find your rhythm.