Vlogging in your room is hard enough when you’re starting out, but vlogging in public can be a terrifying experience. However, it doesn’t have to be, and there are ways to get over the anxiety and get some great videos outside. Here we’re going to talk about getting over the stigma of filming outside, some tips and tricks to make it easier and a few other things that will make this as simple as possible for you.
Getting Over the Anxiety and Stigma
There are two things to get over when vlogging outside: internal anxiety and external stigma. Anxiety tells you that everyone is watching you. Usually that isn’t true. However, the stigma of filming outside means that, more than likely, yes, people are watching you. At least briefly.
It’s easy to understand the stigma. People naturally watch anything that’s out of the ordinary or seems strange. There’s a ton of theories as to why, such as being careful of illness to the panopticon effect. Seeing someone film themselves and talking in public (especially with emotion and fervor) might seem a little strange to people, so some are naturally going to watch. For most, this will be a neutral event. They’ll look and walk on, nothing more and nothing less. Others will find your “antics” annoying and may give you dirty looks or even say something mean.
It’s important to remember that you can’t control people. As long as you aren’t doing anything inappropriate, then do your best to avoid these looks and remember why you’re there: to make a vlog video.
Now, getting over anxiety isn’t easy, especially if you aren’t naturally a social butterfly. For some, tip-toeing is the answer. Start by saying something in public that is innocuous, like ABCs or song lyrics, something that is easy to say. But, do it loud enough so that a camera could pick it up (you don’t have to film this, but you can if you’d like). Slowly work yourself up to saying personal things or topics that you would regularly discuss on your vlog.
Another method is just diving right in. Set a place, start the camera and just talk. Give yourself a few minutes where nothing matters but you, the camera and your video. Say everything you need to, and then feel your anxiety once the camera is off. Just focus on the camera and nothing else, that’s all the really matters.
Tips and Tricks
-Consider lighting. You likely don’t want to setup a massive lighting fixture for your vlog, so it’s best to make videos when the light is ideal. Not too bright, but bright enough so that you can easily be seen.
-Quiet places. Even with the best microphone, noise will be picked up from the wind, people around you and other “noise pollution.” You don’t need somewhere desolate, but somewhere that has a low amount of overall noise is best.
-Choose a background. The outside is a wide-open place, but it’s just a background in your video. Choose backgrounds that are interesting, but not chaotic. This can take away from your video and you’ll be lost in the mix.
-Use an ND filter. ND filters slip over your camera and give you a better depth of field and regulate how much light the camera takes in. This is good for making your outdoor shots look a little more professional.
-Adjust white balance. There is usually a lot of white light outside. Our eyes do a great job of naturally adjusting, but cameras don’t work quite as well. This can cause your video to look oversaturated or have weird colors. Adjust the white balance before shooting. You can do this by taking a photo or video in your area of a white card. Adjust the colors until everything looks natural.
-Do an audio test. People can forgive a lackluster video, but they’ll absolutely hate if they can’t hear you. Do an audio test beforehand to make sure that you can be heard while filming.
How to Travel With a Camera
Traveling with a camera takes some preparation to do it safely, but it isn’t hard. If you’re just using your smartphone, then you can put the device in your pocket and your tripod and microphone in a backpack, problem solved.
If you are using a more advanced camera, then you should get a hard case with sufficient padding around it, just in case you drop it. There are also some good soft cases with compartments in them that could work, but they don’t have the same shock absorption of a hard case.
Keep all of your lenses separate and pack them just like the camera. Bring cleaning supplies so that you can wipe down a lens if it gets dirty. Also be sure to bring an extra battery. You don’t want to cut your time short just because the battery dies on you.
Lastly, try not to bring everything if you truly don’t need it. This equipment gets heavy, so you don’t want to overwhelm yourself when traveling out to do a shoot. Bring a few pieces, but if you don’t reasonably think that a piece of equipment will be used, then you probably don’t need it.
When is it Appropriate to Film?
There are some situations where it’s inappropriate to vlog. If there are a lot of kids around, then parents might get concerned and may even think you’re a predator (not a good start to your vlogging journey). You’d also want to avoid big events that you’re not invited to, like a beach wedding, funeral or corporate function.
Disasters and police events probably aren’t the best time to vlog. Many people record what’s going on and put it online, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But vlogging during these times really just gets in the way, so not good for vlogging, but potentially good for a different type of video.
You may also want to watch your content. Divisive and over-the-top content can be great online, but something too over-the-top might get you screamed at or even punched. If this is your niche, then just be careful of those around you. Try to vlog when there are few people around the minimize problems.
In general, if the people around you seem calm enough and your content isn’t too out there and there’s nothing about the setting that makes you seem like a creep, then you’re probably fine for filming. Just use common sense before turning the camera on and speaking.
Vlogging in public can be very difficult, but also quite rewarding. Not only does it give you some interesting backgrounds, but it can also help you with social anxiety by forcing you to talk out loud around people. Just use some common sense, pack your equipment appropriately and remember to keep calm when filming.