08 - Your Camera: Keep it Steady, Keep it Shooting, Keep it Centered

Placement of the camera for your interview

So how do you actually conduct the interview now? One thing that's very important is placement of the camera we see interviews where people are looking off like this and they're speaking like this to the subject over there and the camera is facing that direction. I would ask you to just examine that connection that you have with me when I'm looking over in this direction versus when I come back and look directly at the lens like this.

But as we've discussed the challenge is a lot of people have a hard time just looking into the lines and coming up with something cogent to say something that is really connecting from the heart. So how do you do that? Well the reason that people are looking off like this is because, generally they're having a conversation with someone who's over there. And when we have conversations with another individual then we connect with that person. We don't have a problem getting our point across. Coming from the heart being authentic about that. So what do you do? Well it has to do with placing and positioning the camera. What I found to be extremely effective is to position the camera between you and the subject and then to offset yourself from where the camera is? So a lot of times an interviewer will set up the camera and they'll have a dedicated camera operator operating the camera and then they'll have the style of interview like this. That's great. But having this style of interview right now I have someone behind the camera who's looking just slightly off to the side and basically here's the camera like this and I can see one eye. And all you need. And sometimes you can even do it like that but all you need is to connect with one eye. Of the person and they forget that they're talking to the lens because they think they're talking to you and they really are talking to you.

That gives people so much confidence as opposed to just the camera by itself. And that's the biggest one of the biggest tricks and tips is to do just that. Another thing is that having that camera on a tripod between you and the other person creates a little bit of barrier and a little bit of space that helps them to feel safe because you're not invading their personal space. They have that that subconscious barrier of the tripod between you and them and that really does go a long way in terms of putting them at ease as well as sort of it is what is referred to as a pattern interrupt because a lot of times we're not used to speaking to someone looking at just one of their eyes with other eye sort of obscured like that? And so it creates it creates a novel situation for the other person that's not uncomfortable it's not disquieting but it gets them to reveal more than they might have if you were just having a sit down interview with them because it's what I've heard is that it's a combination between talking to the lens and talking to a person but it's kind of a hybrid of the two. So it just kind of sets them at ease and also makes them I think slightly less inhibited as to what they'll say and that's very useful when you're dealing with people who are very buttoned up.


The three most important camera tips for testimonial interviews

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