If you have the advantage of a camera operator to follow you around, then you will have a lot more flexibility with how much you can move on camera and still stay in the shot. The general rule of thumb is: instead moving around and grabbing the things, using inserts to show what you are talking about is a better way to go about displaying details. Also, picking up the camera and moving it while you are talking to it is almost always a bad idea for a number of reasons (not the least of which is if you are using an on-camera mic, you will most likely wreck your audio.) Staying in one place and being relaxed, not stiff, or looking confined has many benefits.
Not only will it be more solid as far as the focus of the camera lens (you can set it and forget it or in the case of an auto focus lens, there will be much less “breathing” of the image), your viewer will be more likely to stay focused on you because of your consistent position on camera. Moving around unnecessarily can be distracting and detract from a well-delivered message, unless it is relevant motion (like pointing to something in the frame or moving aside to reveal a hidden object behind you.)
When a shot is set up, the subject and background are positioned to produce a balanced image on the screen, this balance can be thrown off by changing your position. Even with a camera operator present to adjust the shot, there will be some compensation to the framing that will have to be made. That can introduce obvious instability and move the viewers’ attention off of the main ideas that you are working to share.
A solid delivery with a grounded speaker is often the best way to get the story told and makes it easy to be absorbed by the viewer. If your intention is to rattle their cage, convey instability or otherwise knock them off their guard, then go ahead and move, pick up the camera and throw it, whatever you need to do to make your point, just do it (short of injuring anyone) on purpose. I’m simply describing what the basics are for making simple videos that work.
You may find that you have a lot of success with wild and unexpected movement; that might even be your trademark style. If that’s your thing, and it fits your personality, how about you try setting that up with a solid stable shot and then go into your crazy movements? The contrast might make your impact even greater.
Whatever you do, make it your own. The two things that are going to get your messages delivered most effectively are honesty and persistence. If you try one way and you don’t get the results you want, consider doing it another way or just stick with it until what you are doing works.
Some strategies can take longer to develop momentum than others and sometimes the ones that took more time to develop are the ones that last the longest and have the deepest impact. It is important to remember that camera operators are not mind readers. It is a good idea to let them know what you are planning on doing, especially if it involves moving around suddenly or frequently. They can be your best friend when it comes to getting the shots that work.
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