Presenting to Camera Tutorial

Presenting to Camera Video Tutorial

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• [00:13] The first thing you need to know when presenting to camera is to talk to it it like its your best friend!

“It’s so good to see you, it’s been so long! You look great! You haven’t changed - still got just the one eye?!”

• [00:31] Now, it’s time for you to have a go at presenting to camera! In this exercise you will ideally break into groups of 3 or 4.
Someone to operate the camera/ipad, someone to direct…

And of course our presenter. If you have a group of 4, have 2 presenters. One as an interviewer and interviewee or just 2 presenters. You can grow or shrink your group as needed with crew roles. Please ask for our sheet on crew roles on the link below.

• [00:57] This exercise is about practising our presenting to camera skills. The task is simple, our presenter must choose three things around the room that they like or find interesting and then tell us why...

For example, you might like the fan because it cools you down, the chairs because you hate standing up and the teacher because they are so awesome and funny.

• [01:19] Now remember, presenting to camera is different to acting for camera. When acting for camera you are playing a character in a scene and act as though the camera is not there. This is what you see in movies and tv shows.

But when you see presenting like in news and documentaries we want the presenter to look directly into the lense of the camera so they can engage with the audience watching at home.


• [01:42] There are 3 main elements you need to consider when presenting to camera:

Looking directly into the lense. Ummmm maybe not that close. That’s better.

Making sure the presenter is in the middle of the shot. You can use the grid option on the iPad to help guide you on this.

And What to say!  
This exercise will focus on what to say...

• [02:17] A good way to break down a presentation is into 3 parts:

1. The Introduction
2. The Body
3. The outro (or conclusion)

Usually when a presenter engages with an audience like this, they are being themselves, so the first thing you need to do is introduce yourself and  what you are going to be doing. We call this the introduction.


• [02:43] “Hello! My name is _______ and today I’m going to be telling you about the three things I love about this room.”

Nailed it! Once we’ve done our introduction we can get straight into what we are actually there to talk about, we call this part ‘The body’. We’re going to use a very simple  topic. This is about the technique and the format not the subject.


• [03:10] “My first favourite thing is the fan cause it cools us down on boiling days like this. My second favourite thing is the chair because it’s so comfy and helps me rest my legs after playing in the playground. My third favourite thing is my teacher cause she’s so funny and makes me laugh all the time.”

• [03:31] Finally, it’s time for the Outro this is just a wrap up or sign off usually with a thank you and goodbye. It’s always good to remember your manners….and in TV or online you want them to come back for more!


• [03:48] “Thanks for watching! I hope you enjoyed learning more about this room and if you liked this video, be watching for the next one, so don’t forget to like and subscribe now”

Now that our presenter has figured out their piece to camera with an intro, body and outro it’s time to film.

Remember, it’s the person operating the camera’s job to make sure the framing and lighting is correct before they hit record.

Making sure the the main light source is shining on the presenter...

Not coming from behind.

And to ensure they are in the middle of the frame and the angle of the camera is straight on…

not too low making the presenter look too intimidating… “Give me your lunch money!”

Or too high making the presenter look too vulnerable. “Sorry! I meant to say, here take my lunch money”…

• [04:32] Finally, it’s the directors job to count in the presenter… “Action in 3, 2…”
And then to make sure that nothing goes wrong throughout the piece. Keeping keen attention that the presenters eyeline is looking at the lense. If their eyes wander, just give them a little reminder.


Not the best approach. Perhaps just  pointing at the lens will be more effective or you can stick an arrow on the iPad like this.

• [04:57] You’re almost ready to have a go yourself, so to recap you need to get into groups, making sure you at least have someone to present, someone to direct And someone to operate the camera.

• [05:09] The presenter must know what they are going to say before you record, preparing a speech with an Intro, Body and Outro.

The person operating the camera must be sure that the framing is correct and there is plenty of light on our presenter.

And finally, the director must call action and help remind the presenter to look into the lens.

If you remember these simple: rules you’ll be presenting experts in no time! Now get cracking!

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