What Is A Talking Head Shot? – Part 2

Here are additional tips in recording a talking head shot:

Use text and images. Depending on the message of your video, you can utilize some texts and images to break the monotony. No matter how pretty or handsome the talking head is, it can be quite uninteresting when it does nothing but talk. Simultaneous flashing of text and images can provide rhythm to the video and engage the viewers more. Say, if you have a three-minute clip, you can insert something every minute. This will help maintain your audience’s interest.

Empower the voice. Whether the presenter, narrator, or you yourself are talking on the video, it is imperative that you empower the voice. This doesn’t mean that you have to speak loudly though. This only means that no one is supposed to speak in a monotone. The volume, tone, and accent must vary according to the emphasis that is called for in the script. For example, if something important must be said and the goal is for everyone to remember it, the speaker must slow down and talk in a modulated and clear voice.

Use subtitles. OK, so this isn’t exactly a must, but in case you want to make sure that the video would be understood thoroughly, then subtitles can be useful. This will also cater to a portion of your viewers who may not be using English as their mother tongue. Besides, when the speaker’s accent is too thick or the quality of the audio is defective, subtitles can greatly promote understanding.

These are some tips you can follow when shooting a talking head. Try them on your next video and explore something new.


What Is A Talking Head Shot?

There are many ways to take a shot in a web video production but one of the most common (and inarguably important) is known as the “talking head” shot. Now, what is this funny-sounding shot exactly?

“Talking head” pertains to a video shot wherein the presenter, actor, or personality is talking directly in front of the camera. In this shot, only the head or the upper body is visible. Think about the news anchor delivering the headlines. That is the perfect example of a talking head.
In web videos, talking heads are very common because they are not only easier to make but catchier too. Let’s talk about some tips on how to make the most out of it:

First, make sure that your presenter is relaxed and comfortable. Since this shot is focused on the head, any discomfort, nervousness, or uneasiness would be very evident. No one would take pleasure in watching such a face, right?

Second, the presenter must also be active and natural. His or her body language must exude confidence in a non-intimidating way. His or her eyes must move naturally too, not like a cat that just saw a rat.

Third, once the subject is ready, you can move on to other things such as props. Yes, you are only shooting a talking head, but tools and objects can make a huge difference particularly in catching the viewer’s attention.