So it was a few months ago when the idea for an online course was born.
My husband works remotely and is often on video calls. He had a big presentation coming up and asked for my feedback on FaceTime (he was out of town, per usual).
I told him I had no idea what he was talking about, but I did give him a few pointers in the camera/lighting department. He took my advice and his bosses were raving over how much better his video looked than all of the other presentations they had seen.
I thought, 'how many other people out there could use this training??'
Turns out the answer is A.LOT. Most of these things seemed second-nature to me, but I quickly realized that they aren't as obvious to most people.
For the past three years, I had been doing media training for local companies -- mostly about how to talk to the media. My husband's company asked me to do some video webinars for more of their employees. That's when I started developing an online course.
Then -- pandemic hit. Everyone is working from home! I kicked my butt into high gear to get this course finished. (Videos proved to be a little difficult with three kids at home!!)
It was more apparent than ever that not everyone understood the principles of good lighting and camera angles -- even some of the professionals! I was shocked to see some professional journalists working from home with horrible lighting and camera angles.
See the difference?! I love ya, Jenna, but move your camera up to eye-level and it will look a lot more professional.
Although I love writing, I have tried blogging in the past to no avail so I'll do my best to keep this blog updated with my observations in this area. What a crazy time!