6 wardrobe tips for the camera to get ready for the camera

6 wardrobe tips for the camera to get ready for the camera

As a videographer, I often take photos or videos of people who don’t spend much (if any) time in front of the camera. Being on camera can be stressful! For many, the biggest concern is… “What on earth am I wearing!?” Folks, I’m here to help… well, sort of.


If you want to talk about a style or color that looks best with your skin tone, I’m not your man. But I am here with some hard facts about color and pattern that will ensure you look good, while leaving the details to you.

Stay away from deep black and light white clothes

I know I know. Black is slim, and white is clean and pure. But dark black and bright white are some of the worst colors to wear on camera. That’s because when we reveal the shot, we’re adjusting to make your face look right, not your clothes. (Keep in mind that this rule becomes looser if your black or white shirt is partially covered by a jacket or jacket.)

The deepest black fabrics do one thing really well; They absorb light. Camera sensors are not as good as human eyes at detecting slight differences in levels of dark shade and color, so it’s best to stay away from black. This causes what we call “cutting,” which means that multiple areas of your shirt may be so dark that we only see a void of blackness. As an alternative, consider wearing dark gray or charcoal.


At the other end of the spectrum (pun intended), we have a bright, clean and highly reflective white. As you can imagine, since black absorbs light, white reflects it. Much. Just as with black, the normal camera sensor may not be able to tell the difference between bright white levels, resulting in the “cut” I mentioned earlier. White is very reflective, in fact, it can reflect other colors in the vicinity on your face. For example, if you are sitting next to a large plant, green leaves may reflect off your shirt, casting a slight green shade on your skin. If you are next to a bright blue wall, you may end up with shades of blue on your face. If white is your favorite color for clothing, consider using a cream or beige color for your camera.

Be sexy!

There are black and white side effects that I haven’t mentioned yet. They are boring! We want you to look great on camera. Biologically, humans love colour. If you’ve never seen the Planet Earth clip covering the courtship dances of the Birds of Paradise, you need to do yourself a favor and check it out.

The colors you choose will depend on personal preference, skin tone, eyes, hair color, and things like that. So, I can’t tell you exactly what colors to wear, but just know that bold fun colors like teal, cobalt, purple, and coral will look great in the video and in the photographs. Again, this is all personal preference. If you are a fun person, please wear a fun design! This is simply my point of view. The colors are good and above all visually interesting! Your preferred style may vary!

This does not mean that neutral clothes do not look good. Neutral is a clean, classic and timeless look. It’s easy if you don’t want to think too much about your wardrobe, and it’s really easy and effective to wear neutral outfits with stylish accessories. So wear greys, creams, and tans, and bring the action to your liking, instead of a blue jacket!

color science

I will try very hard not to get into this weed. You remember the color wheel from elementary school, right? The color wheel taught us that opposite colors are free. So blue compliments orange, red compliments green, purple, yellow, etc. You get the idea. In this case, the harmony of colors has more to do with your surroundings. If you are going to appear in front of the camera in front of a certain color, we will definitely let you know.


But you can also apply this rule specifically to your overall wardrobe. If you wear multiple layers, such as a shirt, jacket, tie, jewelry, or other accessories, keep the color wheel in mind. (In addition to the free colors, there are plenty of resources online that can tell you what the different “meaning” colors mean, if that kind of thing is important to you.)


This is the Moire effect

I won’t go into the science of what the Moire effect is, just know that small narrow patterns can be visually confusing for a camera sensor. Just as cameras are not as sensitive to light as our human eyes, the same can be said about their sensitivity to detail. When you wear clothes that have a lot of fine detail in their fabric (things like tweed, knitwear, little zigzag designs, etc.), the camera basically gets blurry and does a really bad job showing off the texture and details of the fabric. It is usually best to avoid such fabrics altogether. Not everything you wear has to be one solid color, but this is the safest way to go. So, feel free to dress up in your fun outfits with stripes and designs, whatever you like! But keep these details in mind when choosing your wardrobe. Check out the example above of how the camera interprets your tightly patterned clothes. This may be something you have noticed in the past. Well, now you know what it is!



Don’t be a billboard (for the wrong people)

If you are using the camera on behalf of your company, employer, or other organization, by all means dress with a logo or message that fits the goals of the video. However, try not to serve as a billboard for clothing companies, corporations, pop culture icons, political candidates, or any other licensed logos or works unrelated to the video. This may result in the need to obfuscate information or even cause legal problems depending on the subject of the video. It’s complicated, so try to avoid free ads for unrelated organizations.

Whatever you’re wearing, wear it with pride!

The most important thing you should wear while on screen? Your trust! A solid wardrobe is a great start to feeling more comfortable in front of the camera. Now don’t be afraid to support your awesome and unique self!

Want to see some of this in action? Check out our video file.

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