What to wear on camera?

18th January 2017 | Posted in Resources

What should you wear when you appear on camera? In this video Rowan delivers some tips on what to wear on camera. This can impact everything from video and sound quality to whether you appear in the video at all.

Like this video? Check out our video blog on how to appear natural on camera.

Can’t watch the video? Here’s a quick summary.

Firstly, try not to wear tight patterns. This can cause a rather horrible effect within the camera known as moiré. You can see a sample here. It may hurt your eyes a bit too!

Next, try to avoid wearing lots of jangly jewellery. If you move and it causes a sound then it may ruin the interview or presentation you’re giving. Large jewellery may also brush against and interfere with the microphone if the microphone is clipped to your clothing. Unless not wearing jewellery absolutely conflicts with your sense of fashion, our advice is to try and wear something a bit more discrete.

If you need glasses to read, such as to read from an autocue, you may want to consider brining contact lenses instead. The lenses on a pair of glasses can reflect studio lights which can cause problems for the camera. It’s not the end of the world if you want to keep your glasses on (we know that some people don’t feel like themselves without them) but it’s something to consider.

On that note, it’s advised not to wear reflective clothing such as a sequin dress. Again, this sort of clothing can reflect light and interfere with the camera.

Another important thing to consider is wearing clothing with pockets or a belt so that we can attach a microphone transmitter pack to you. Some clothing, like one piece dresses, make this really tricky and can sometimes result in the person on camera having to hold the pack in their hand, which isn’t ideal.

If you have long hair you may also want to consider bringing a hair clip, head band or bobble with you to keep your hair out of your eyes… unless you’re deliberately going for the moody-emo look!

And finally, if you know in advance, try not to wear a colour that blends in with the background behind you. For example, try to wear a white shirt to stand out from a black background, or a black shirt to stand out from a white background. And, most importantly, try not to wear green if you’re going to be filmed in front of a green screen. As amusing as it is, the “floating head” look isn’t too fashionable.

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