The University of Iowa

Am I going to be on camera?

If you are producing pre-recorded lecture content for your students, consider whether you need to be on camera. What is the benefit to the viewer? Are you going to be demonstrating activities or modeling behaviors?


So I'm going to be on camera.

Consider setting, wardrobe and lighting. When we see people on camera we also see their environment. Whether it is an office, a living room or any other setting, we should think about what we are showing to our audience. What you are wearing is also part of what you are showing to the audience. Will you always present yourself in professional attire, or is there a time to be dressed casually. Because of the nature of video technology, some fabric patterns can show a Moiré effect, so try to avoid fine patterns, checks and fine stripes. None of this will matter if we can't see you and seeing your face is the most important part. Make sure you have adequate lighting on your face and avoid situations where you are lit from behind, giving a halo effect.


Do you have any tips for using the lightboard?