What Not To Wear On Camera

By Patrick Campbell

At Stone’s Throw Media there are some questions that we get asked more than others. Here are some examples:

• “Where did the name come from?” (It comes from something Matt said once)
• “How long should my video be?” (As short as possible without compromising its pace or visual flow)
• “What kind of animal was Rikki-Tikki-Tavi?” (A mongoose)
• “When is Mike going to put the guitar down and do some work?” (We honestly don’t know but hopefully soon)

There are some others, too, a notable one of which we’re going to tackle in this very blog post – “what should/shouldn’t I wear on camera?”

We’re a thoroughly sartorial bunch here at Stone’s Throw, but even we’re not confident enough to tell you what you should be wearing on camera.

What we can do, however, is use our expertise in the world of video production to give you some pointers as to what not to wear on camera. Which is why we’re about to do exactly that…

Elaborate jewellery

We’re all for a bit of bling, but jewellery has a nasty habit of sparkling in the light, which sadly isn’t ideal for a viewer.

Any jewellery that rattles tends to be a no-no as well – anything that provides distracting noises ain’t too cool with us, sadly.

Green clothing

There’s a reason why you’ve never seen your favourite weathergirl* wearing green clothes.

Wearing green in front of a green screen means that when the background is digitally removed, the body parts covered in the green clothing will be removed as well. Which isn’t great.

See-through clothing

You can probably work out for yourselves why this isn’t ideal.

Stripy clothing/clothing with intricate patterns on

It may look great, but your stripy jumper or patterned dress could A) Be distracting to viewers B) Can strobe on camera.

Try to remember this line – “keep it sane, keep it plain” – a mantra we invented roughly 30 seconds ago.

Bright white clothing

There’s nothing wrong with being vivid, but you don’t want to be too vivid! Wearing bright white clothes (particularly on an outdoors shoot on a summer’s day) could lead you ending up looking like the dead one from ‘Randall and Hopkirk Deceased’**

We know that being on camera (particularly for the very first time) can be a daunting enough experience as it is, without having to fret over what you should or shouldn’t wear, so hopefully our guide will ease that headache for you!

* Ours is Shefali from BBC Midlands Today, if you’re wondering
** Yes, all of our TV references really are 50 years old

 

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