Easy and Creative Tips for Filming Yourself

Whether you don't have anyone to help you on a shoot, or you're filming a vlog, sometimes you need to be on the other side of the camera. Here are some tips on how to make that footage the best it can be.

Self-portraits and the filming of yourself are — for most people — not desirable. I have always enjoyed my role behind the camera rather than in front of it. In fact, for a long time, I would avoid being in front of the camera where possible. However, over the years, this has had to change in some areas and been a useful, self-inflicted change in others.

Firstly, to practice photography or videography, unless you're very lucky with people around you that can help regularly, you will need to straddle both worlds simultaneously. For years, my dogs and cats were test subjects, but there comes a point where that just doesn't cut the mustard. So, practicing techniques on yourself is the way to go.

There is in the other aspect that has been particularly prevalent in the past 15 years: vlogging. Most content creators will want to feature in their own videos for the engagement benefits if nothing else. This video is a great look at how an excellent videographer films themself and how adding a little creativity can really improve the results.

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Robert K Baggs is a professional portrait and commercial photographer, educator, and consultant from England. Robert has a First-Class degree in Philosophy and a Master's by Research. In 2015 Robert's work on plagiarism in photography was published as part of several universities' photography degree syllabuses.

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