A livestream should be interesting both in content and through its visual language. Anyone can turn their computer on and start a livestream, but will it be something worth watching? When presenting good information, it deserves to be presented in the best way possible. In this article, we are going to cover all the factors you should consider if you want to look like a pro on your next livestream.
Don’t use a webcam
Don’t give in to the temptation to use the camera built into your computer. Instead, use an external camera. This allows for proper positioning for the best composition. Make sure to angle the shot so that your audience needs to look up at you slightly. This will make you appear more friendly to your audience. Also, try to use AC power or large batteries, as live streams can be lengthy.
Choose the right camera
Use a camera that can achieve a shallow depth of field (DOF). A shallow DOF is achieved with a wide aperture. F/4 is a great place to start, as most shots don’t need a wider aperture than this. Make sure you have sharp focus on the subject and if you are able, use autofocus.
Get the best image
A shallow depth of field will make your background more dynamic and focus the viewer on the subject instead of the background. Not all cameras can be connected to your computer natively. With the LUMIX webcam software (Beta), you can connect to a long list of LUMIX cameras from the Micro Four Thirds G100 and BGH1 to the Full Frame S5 and S1H via USB.
Change up your field of view
Using interchangeable lens cameras allow for any field of view. This allows you to change up the framing depending on what the needs are for the shot. Not all lenses have the same feel and having the choice of a lens for its aesthetic allows for the shot to stand out. This makes creating an interesting background easier, as most things are harder to identify as substandard when defocused.
Don’t forget good lighting
The lighting of your subject will give them more depth, with the ability to convey a mood to the shot. Start with three-point lighting and adjust the intensity of lights until you obtain the feel you desire.
Three-point lighting consists of the key, fill and backlight. The key light is the main light. Start at 45 degrees of the subject. The fill light sets the contrast and is meant to soften the shadows of the key light. It is on the other side of the subject, opposite the key light, and is also at 45 degrees. The backlight will give your subject a rim of light on their shoulders and head. This light shouldn’t cast on to the face of the subject, to keep away unwanted shadows.
Make sure you are heard
If no one can hear you, then no one will watch you. Try to use a microphone as close to the sound source as possible. Camera top-mounted mics are fine if the subject is close to the camera. Seeing a microphone during a live stream is normal, so pick what mic works best for you. You will need to check the audio level within the streaming software before going live.
These things will make you look like a pro in your next live stream
Getting past the webcam will go far on your next live stream. Choose the right camera, get the best image out of it and vary your field of view. Make sure your lighting is flattering and that you sound great to your viewers.
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