Lookbooks are so much fun to watch and to film. It can be frustrating however when you want to make one and there is nobody to help you out.
How can you get good, interesting shots of yourself when you don't have someone to hold the camera for you? First, let's be honest - it isn't impossible but it is difficult. It takes more time. It takes patience. You will take a lot of bad shots, you will get tired when your first attempt goes wrong, but it IS do-able and it IS possible to make a snappy, beautiful lookbook on your own, without anyone helping you frame or focus.
1. Get A Variety of Shots
Set up your tripod, frame your shot for a wide and pose in your first outfit
Do the same pose again but this time frame to a medium shot
Do it again but this time as a close up
Do this in different locations for every outfit you want to show. It gives you a lot of variety to cut together.
2. Get Close Ups Of Accessories and Fabric Detail
Close ups are easier to shoot by yourself. For this shot, I just pointed the camera down on my skirt and zoomed in. I could see the viewfinder because it was so close to me. You can also shoot these type of details shots in the mirror (at the right angle) or set the camera down on the floor for shoes.
3. Use Window Light
Shooting next to a window can look really beautiful. The light is soft and gives some gorgeous shadows. Always choose to shoot near natural light if you don't have any lights.
4. Find A Focus Point
When you set up your composition for you to be in, find a point on the floor or the wall to focus on, like a patch of dirt or a nail. Focus on that spot and then stand directly parallel to that point. You are the same distance from the camera as it so you will be in focus.
5. Put Your Camera On An Office Chair
Any kind of moving shot makes your work look that bit more cinematic and professional. Sit your camera on an office swivel chair, frame it and focus on a point where you will be (this shot only tends to work on close-ups) then give your chair a little push. It should create a lovely smooth glide.
6. Get LOTS AND LOTS OF SHOTS!
Each clip in an advert or music video on TV is about 1-4 seconds. Watch one yourself and count. That means, if you want your video to continually catch the interest of the viewer and not get boring, you need to have 4 second clips to fill up 2 minutes. That is 120 seconds in 2 minutes divided by 4 seconds which = 30.
30 different shots should give you enough variety for 2 minutes. It's much easier to work how much footage you'll need before you film and then you can tick each shot/scene off. It means you won't have to stretch out footage when editing and potentially create a boring video.
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Hi, I'm Jay, a writer and filmmaker and I make videos on The Director's Logbook on YouTube.