What Will Show on Camera?
For interview or documentary-style shots, what you wear below the waist isn’t as important, since it won’t get as much time on screen.
Now, if you’re doing action shots, full-body shots, or aerials, you need to pay equal attention to what you wear on top and on bottom. Try out your moves in front of a mirror first. See how the clothing reacts to your movement.
Give Yourself Options
Bring three different tops you like. You definitely want to have easy options in case one of your tops doesn’t work. Choose a variety of colors in case you end up shooting against different backgrounds.
The most important thing for video shoots: avoiding clothing the camera doesn’t like.
What Not to Wear
When considering clothing for a video shoot, there are a few things you want to avoid at all costs.
Patterns to Avoid
- Paisley prints
- Thin stripes
- Ribbed sweaters
All these patterns will create weird vibrating rainbow patters that can’t be fixed in post.
Colors to Avoid
These colors tend to glow or disappear on camera, transforming your figure in strange ways. You’re better off avoiding them.
Other Things to Avoid
Hats. Hats create shadows on your face and eyes. So unless it’s an important prop, don’t bring one.
Shiny fabrics. Unless this is a nightclub shoot, you want to avoid creating your own disco ball effect as the camera picks up shimmer and shine on your clothing.
Intense or bright lighting on a shoot can make anyone sweat. Bring some loose powder to take the shine off.
Check out these tips for video-ready makeup:
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