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What NOT to Wear on Camera...A Wardrobe Discussion


Dressing for camera can be a delicate dance. Cameras work differently than the human eye and have a tendency to make colors, shapes and sizes look really off or just super weird if the wrong things are worn.


So here’s a list to help you decide what NOT to wear on the day of your big close-up:


colors

  • Pure reds, whites and blacks: such extremes of pure white and black make it difficult for the camera to balance exposure.

  • Intense reds will bleed and make the surrounding objects (ie. your face) appear red.

  • Hot colors, like hot pink, green, yellow, purple, orange etc.: they’ll make you look a little bit like an alien

  • Colors that compete with your complexion (ie. If you have more reds in your skin tone, don’t wear a red tie. If you are very pale, don’t wear white)

  • IF SHOOTING GREEN SCREEN FOOTAGE, PLEASE DO NOT WEAR GREEN. We love green...but if you are shooting in front of a green screen, green clothing is big no-no. If you are wearing any green anywhere in your clothes or accessories, those areas will make you look invisible.

for women

  • Dangly or flashy jewelry: this can be very distracting to the viewer. less is more!

  • Bright or very glossy lip gloss: you’ll have reflective lips.

  • Low-cut or potentially revealing blouses: va-va-va voom, but maybe not appropriate for your video.

  • Heavy makeup: the more neutral the better. Bring powder or foundation to the shoot just in case.

miscellaneous

  • Glasses: unless you’re known for wearing them. Non-reflective coated glasses are preferred.

  • Any tight or complex patterns or stripes: the camera will make it look like there are lines moving all around your outfit (see photo below). Avoid busy patterns.



  • Heavy fabrics: those lights get hot. and you don’t want to be sweaty for your camera debut.

  • Really loose clothing: the camera won’t pick up on depth and can make you look larger than life. literally.

  • Really tight clothing: you know why.




So you’re probably like, “Well what on earth CAN I wear?!”

Glad you asked. We think these work really well:

  • Solid colors

  • Cotton, or light fabrics

  • Subtle jewelry & make-up for women

  • Contrasting colors: ie gray sports coat and cobalt blue shirt

  • Whatever is most appropriate for the story: ie. find out the tone of the video and dress accordingly (professional, down-to-earth, laid back).

  • Bring an extra outfit just in case.



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