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Talking head with books on the background?

Hi, all.

What do you guys think of this talking head framing? Here's a link to the image: https://www.dropbox.com/s/q2jalz0sxzs8bbf/talkingHeadTest1.jpg?dl=0

Feel free to comment.

 

Kind Regards.

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Re: Talking head with books on the background?

Hi, @DanielEvans . Thanks for your feedback. I've reposted the image as an URL. Hope you can see this one: https://www.dropbox.com/s/q2jalz0sxzs8bbf/talkingHeadTest1.jpg?dl=0

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I think it is OK, but I would reduce the distracting elements like the little smurf guy to the left of you. The simpler the better. 

 

Lawrence M. Miller
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Re: Talking head with books on the background?

Thanks, @LawrenceMMiller. Totally agree with you.

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Re: Talking head with books on the background?

There's no contrast between you and the background, which makes it look flat. Actually, the background is better lit than yourself. Besides, the entire scene is way too colorful/distracting. 

 

Hints:

  • Sit next to a window. Natural light can do wonders (and it's free)
  • Alternatively, you could invest in some lights. Look up "three-point lighting" on Google

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” - Albert Einstein
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Re: Talking head with books on the background?

Thanks a lot, @KarolyNyisztor !

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Hi Joao,

It all depends on what you mean by Talking Head. In technical term, the Talking Head is a tiny camera take of the speaker placed on a corner of the main content (usually lower right corner). If that is what you are referring to, then it doesn't matter, as long as is reasonably visible. Its function is not to show your face, but only to improve the connection between you and your public. It's a psychological improvement, but your students' real focus is always on the main content, never on the Talking Head.

 

If on the other hand, you are referring to yourself as the main content, full screen or so, then things are quite different. In that case, you want to use a Chroma Key approach, draping a green or blue backdrop (depending on what you are wearing), then replacing that in post-production. A good standard replacement is a gradient or a blurred and desaturated panorama, so to enhance the speaker. Using Chroma Key when the speaker is the main content also helps to add callouts and other visual elements to improve communication.

 

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Re: Talking head with books on the background?

Thanks for the reply, @Pino ! I'll think about the Chroma key.

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I feel there should be some more distance, you are too near the camera.

Also I noticed your screen or some rectangular object near your chest, do away with that.

Lighting looks ok.

 

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Re: Talking head with books on the background?

Thanks, @BharatK ! That makes sense. I'll do some modifications an repost it.

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