The Head Shot
Let’s begin with the easiest, and yet the least desirable option for some people, the head shot. It is the easiest method because all you have to do is turn on the camera and begin talking or reading. The drawbacks are many. It can be boring to watch someone reading page after page and the reader has to be very careful not to sound like he/she is actually reading. If the material is exciting and it is delivered with excitement, it can work great, however, it can be extremely robotic and uninteresting if the exuberance is missing from the recording.
Also, you have to watch the background. If you don’t have professional backdrops, then a cluttered wall or cabinet or anything else in the background that is out of place can serve as a major distraction to the viewers. You also must be aware of the lighting and the audio quality throughout the process. It’s a good idea to record a short test shot before beginning the actual recording.
An alternative to recording yourself is to outsource the recording. You can go to a site like Fiverr.com and have someone else record it for you for as little as $5, depending on the length of the recording. It obviously won’t be your voice on the recording, but it could be a very nice alternative if you don’t like seeing yourself on camera, or don’t have the proper equipment, but you want a live person to be seen in the video. I personally have recorded many videos using just a head shot. Some have been good while others were not so good. In many cases this is not the best option, but it is an option nevertheless.