Appearing on Camera

Posted by Jim Oppenheimer on June 8, 2016 at 12:23 PM

Appearing on camera – some points to keep in mind


Please try to avoid:

  • Solid black suits and/or outfits
  • Shirts with writing or product logos 
  • Solid white outfits
  • White shirts, especially with no jacket to cover
  • Very bright colors such as bright reds, oranges, Kelly greens, etc.
  • Small patterns such as narrow and close stripes, hounds tooth, herringbone, small polka dots, etc.
  • Large and shiny jewelry/accessories or other light reflecting surfaces       

Preferable attire:

  • Pastel shades like salmon, melon, peach, dusty rose, aqua, pale blue, Celadon green, etc.
  • Neutral shades: taupe, beige, grey, and light browns
  • Off-white or ecru shirts or blouses, especially when covered with a sweater or jacket
  • “Spice-rack” colors, like sage, mustard and cinnamon
  • Medium tones such as Royal blue or sea green, and deep colors such as forest green, cranberry, and ocean blues (aka jewel tones)
  • Brushed or matte metal surfaces

Women: Be aware of your skirt length.  Short skirts ride up when you sit down.  Pants and heels are always a good option.  

Men: Be aware of your socks.  Short socks reveal shin-skin which can disrupt viewers’ attention.  Ties look best when knotted snugly to hide the top button.

Wireless Microphones:

Key participants will most likely be wearing a wireless microphone.   It is best to wear a two-piece outfit with a 100% cotton top or a poly-cotton blend. Wool and silk should be avoided as static electricity from these fabrics can cause problems with audio. Because wireless microphones are battery operated, you will have the battery holder on a band around your waist or clipped to your waistband - wear 2 pieces, i.e. skirt and shirt, pants and shirt - so that this device can be easily put on and taken off.   It is OK for you to wear a jacket or sweater over your shirt.  Microphones clip inside your top, so a buttoned blouse or shirt is better than a pullover.  If you choose to wear a tie please bring a couple of different options so we can decide which one is most camera-friendly.  Turtlenecks should be avoided.

Blog post provided by our video production partner, Oppix Productions a full service video production company.