Have you ever thought about, what not to wear on camera? It’s probably not the first thing that was on your mind this morning but when you’re making business videos where you’re talking to a camera, it’s a good idea to have a think about what you’re going to wear and what not to wear. So in this blog, we’re going to explore that.
There are a couple of reasons why you don’t want to be wearing jewellery whilst you’re doing a video, and the first reason is it can create quite a distracting effect where the light can be bouncing off of the jewellery, and now the viewer is concentrating on that rather than what you’re actually saying. Secondly, it could also create distracting audio because it can be jangling around creating little noises and the viewer is now concentrating on that rather than what you’re saying again, so if you just take that away, the distractions are gone.
Number two, if you’re using a green screen, then don’t wear green because something like this might happen, and you definitely don’t want that to happen. It may well make your audience laugh and smile, but are they laughing at you or with you?
Number three, see-through clothing. So when we say see-through clothing, we don’t literally mean transparent clothing, although that is an absolute no-go on video (at least it should be for your organisation’s video!). What we mean is clothing where it’s quite thin and you might be able to see what’s underneath, so maybe if you’re wearing a vest, I don’t know who wears vests any more, but if you do that’s totally fine, but you know, we don’t want to see it. Anything we can see through is going to be a distraction. So just make sure that the quality of the material is nice and thick and that you’re not going to be able to see what is underneath.
Number four, don’t wear tops or shirts or anything that’s thin and stripey. So an example like what we’ve included below, they are really bad because you will get this wavy swimming kind of effect, and once again, you’re distracting the viewer. The technical term for this is the moire effect, we aren’t going to go into the moire effect in this blog but by clicking here you can learn more about it!
Number five, simply, bright clothing, so unless you’ve got a particular reason that you’re talking about bright colours or your brand is a bright colour, try to avoid that, because again, it’s another distraction and at Stone’s Throw we’ve got sensitive eyes, so, you know, please leave them alone.
Number six, clothes with branding on it, so try to avoid Adidas, and Nike and anything like that. If you’re making business videos you might want to consider that your clothing has the company brand on or if you’re in doubt, just have plain coloured clothes. You want to avoid anything, again, that’s just distracting and it’s got loads of words on it.
Like the types of tops you see where it says, “Ohio State University 1926” or whatever, that you see people walking around with in the UK. We like what Jason Manford had to say, where he was talking about, he hopes that people in the U.S. are walking around with random places from the UK on their shirts as well, and that’s something that I hope happens – e.g “Bognor Regis 1874”
Make sure that you’ve got everything out of your pocket, so your wallet, your keys, or your phone, because they might create extra noise and that could put you off. Also, if you know that you’re going to be using a clip on mic just make sure you’ve got somewhere you can easily put that. If you’re wearing a dress, maybe you want to put on a cardigan or a jacket so that it’s easier to clip that on as well.
So there you have it, just a few thoughts on what not to wear on camera. Good luck with your videos and if you have any questions about anything we’ve discussed, or video production / animation related questions then get in touch and we’d love to help you and your team.