Vlogging? How does it work?

Vlogging? How does it work?

Vlogging is an interesting and popular topic these days. People are vlogging more than ever! But it’s not easy: there are a lot of things to keep in mind, especially when you’re just starting out. I’ve listed all those points below. We’ll start with some tips & tricks, then we’ll move on to the step-by-step plan and I’ll explain how you can put together a perfect vlog.

Let’s get started!

1. Make sure you have good lighting

  • No backlight (don’t stand by a window)
  • Try not to stand in bright sunlight, this will affect your image
  • You can adjust the light on the camera yourself, so make the picture a bit darker or lighter
  • At Ictoria you have good light (you can ask Herbert)

2. Make sure the light is good

  • Select a suitable background that is relevant to your subject
  • If you want to show something, for example a building, stand to the right or left so that there is enough space for what you want to show.
  • If you want to show your subject later, stand in the middle and make sure that the viewer doesn’t see much of the subject initially to keep the tension up.

3. Image

  • Make sure you ALWAYS film horizontally.
  • You have a grid that you can set on the screen. Stay on the top line for the
  • Special effect. If you are talking on camera and your background is empty, zoom in more in the picture
  • Create close-ups that you can share while you are talking about the topic
  • If you have a small space, take many shots so that you can make the space optically large
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“I can’t talk in front of a camera”

If you can’t talk to the camera, talk to an imaginary audience! This also takes time, it is a question of practising and doing. You will see that you will get better at it. Now that we have covered a number of tips and tricks, let’s move on to the step-by-step plan. The step-by-step plan consists of four parts that you have to comply with when you are vlogging.

Step 1
The intro: How do you present the subject to the viewer?

  • What is the problem?
  • What is the subject?
  • Why are we here?
  • What is there to experience?

It is important to introduce the subject immediately: the viewer will then know what the vlog will be about.

Step 2
Make sure you interview people who have something to say about the subject and who also want to tell you about their problems. Of course, it can also be a subject that they are very positive about. It all depends on what the video is about.

Step 3
Create many close-ups and many shots that you can use during the interview. Suppose the subject is ‘fruit and vegetables’ and the person being interviewed talks about tomatoes. Then show a close-up of a tomato plant. This keeps the viewer’s attention.

Step 4
The outro: Show that the problem has been solved or what you have done. If the problem is still there, show it.

Editing the vlog

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Of course, you can use very expensive programs such as Adobe Premiere Pro, but if you want to start making vlogs, you don’t have to buy such an expensive program right away. If you have an IPad, IPhone or IMac, you can just use it to edit your vlog. iMovie is a good example; you have many kinds of options to choose from and your vlog will look great. With this app, you can easily edit your videos with good results. You can make transitions, insert titles, cut and you have many options in terms of imaging and effects.

Using iMovie is completely free and easy to learn. As I just said, you have so many options to easily make a vlog.

If you are thinking about making a vlog, don’t hesitate and use these tips. In the beginning it can be difficult to edit your video and make sure you get the right shots with your subject. This takes time and you will see that it gets easier and easier.

I hope this information about vlogging has helped you. Now you can get started yourself. Good luck!

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