Tips for being camera ready
When it comes to fashion, what we believe looks fantastic in person doesn't necessarily translate well on film. But one thing is certain: whether you're having your picture taken or being videotaped, you must be 'camera-ready'!
Our video team has compiled a handy list of do's and don'ts so you can be ready when you find yourself in front of the camera.
Avoid wearing Fine Patterns
Fine patterns, such as pinstripes, tiny checks, or polkadots, should be avoided. When filming, these generate strobing challenges.
Be conscious of the textures on all of your clothes. Wool and corduroy are not camera-friendly fabrics.
Corduroy, for example, isn't really fashion-friendly. Just in case you have a date tonight, or are going to the opera, or anything.
Avoid See through clothing
Solution : - Keep it Plain
Pick colours that contrast with your skin tone.
All-black and all-white colours, for example, are quite harsh on the camera and might cause technical issues.
White apparel should be avoided. On camera, they appear to be far too bright.
Large brand logos and labelling should be avoided. It's acceptable to wear something modest and discreet, but you don't want to be mistaken for a Nascar driver.
Solution : Go for bold, dramatic colours, pastels, and earthtone colours that photograph well. Dark red, teal, sapphire blue, emerald green, and coral stand out on the screen and complement all skin tones.
Don't wear the same colour as the background if you're being recorded against it. If you're in front of a green screen, for example, the last thing you want to wear is a gorgeous green shirt... You'll have the appearance of a floating head.
Avoid Elaborate Jewelry
We all want a little sparkle, but jewellery has a bad habit of sparkling in the light, which isn't ideal for viewers.
Any jewellery that shakes is also a no-no — anything that makes distracting noises isn't cool with us, unfortunately.
If at all possible, avoid wearing glasses
They have a nasty habit of reflecting the lights. If you have contact lenses or anti-glare glasses, use them.
Grooming and makeup
Ultra high-definition is a blessing and a curse at the same time. The finest and worst aspects of it are the ability to see everything in minute detail.
It will show up on camera if you have a stray nose hair. Everyone will notice if you have a piece of spinach trapped between your teeth.
You might want to give yourself a light grooming session. Take a moment to double-check that everything is in order: no pet fur on your work suit, no nose full of tall grass, and no dandruff evident.
Women: opt for "professional business person" rather than "regency-era lady of leisure," but you're the one who'll be immortalized eternally on video, so whatever. It's all up to you!
Men : a small dusting of powder to eliminate any shine may be required. Don't be concerned. We'll make you look like a geisha: lovely, elegant, and poised.
You're now ready to be a star