Pieces to Camera

Okay, let’s talk a bit about PTC or piece to camera stuff. Yeah, this is basically you on camera. This is you teaching the stuff, whether it’s on a webcam, or professional film camera or smartphone, or whatever it might be. Yeah, this is basically where the preponderance or the majority or indeed all of your stuff is basically fullscreen, you teaching to the camera. Now, one thing to understand about this is that there is a limit to how much even if you’re very good, even if you’re entertaining, even if you use all the acting and dramatic devices, under the sun, there is a limit really, to how much this style of teaching can carry an entire online course. The chances are that you will require additional visual elements, you’re going to require some text, you’re going to require some other stuff happening on screen, probably that you drop in later in editing, to really carry the course. You know, I mean, there is stuff where people will will just go on and on and you know, like on a smartphone or what have you. And you know, they’ll allow that to carry the course. But honestly, it doesn’t really work because it doesn’t give the students enough visual cues and enough points of reference on the screen to actually fully absorb the material that you’re trying to put across. So just keep in mind that if you do go for this kind of approach, then you will actually require probably a bit of additional editing or additional stuff dropped in at a later stage to really make it work. basic rules on piece to camera are things like composition, you know, you want to have your eyes about one third of the way down the screen, not too much air above your head, in terms of the framing, a classic sort of TV, TV presenter style framing is fine. Don’t get too hung up on backdrops. I mean, you can see behind me it’s just a very ordinary little country cottage backdrop. I mean really nothing fancy at all. But at the end of the day, it’s not the most important thing. Could I jazz this up with a with a photography backdrop behind me? Yes, it will be a hell of a lot of effort to get it in the head to get it balanced. I have to move furniture around, it’d be really quite disruptive. Did I feel I need to do needed to do it for this course answer No. Yeah, green screens for piece of camera stuff, you know, they can work, okay, but just keep in mind that you normally need to light the green screen separately to you. So you’re normally talking about two different light sources. Getting the chroma keying for the green screen to work well can sometimes be quite tricky. And more often than not, when you’re using the green screen, you tend to start to go into presenter mode, rather than teaching mode. And this is it. This is a theme I keep harping back to again and again and again. You know, it really is very nice to have a situation where you have nothing to hide, nothing to prove, and go through that again, nothing to hide, nothing to prove. You know, what you see is what you get and the value of the experience. is the value of the educational and entertainment experience for students, the course is actually grounded in your own background knowledge and experience and insight in what it is you’re teaching. The other stuff basically is fluff. Yeah. And a lot of the, you know, if you have a kind of mediocre background behind you, or you’re not particularly happy with the setup of the shot, there is you can usually enhance and improve that tremendously through the editing and a fairly minimal amount of editing, as you’ll see in module four, to actually enhance it sufficiently that people will just forget about what’s behind you. And they’ll actually lock into the educational content and message of your course. That’s the whole point. Yeah. And so don’t get too hung up on the fact that, you know, your background may not be perfect or it may not be absolutely beautifully dressed or there might be little, little things in there. You don’t want anything majorly distracting. You don’t want the camera hunting focus because you’ve got solid lines behind you. But basically, you can get away With a big range of sort of backgrounds behind you, without it really without it really being a problem. Yeah. What does matter is audio, and we’re going to touch on that in the next lecture.