Youth Climate Report Executive Producer, John Kelly, offers up some camera tips and tricks that could come in handy if you are selected to interview a climate change researcher.

If you attended TUNZA 2011, you might remember these tips from a workshop that John gave at the conference.

  1. Position the camera on a tripod or similar stationary support (like a stack of books).
  2. Frame the shot so the interview subject is seen from the top of his or her head down to the chest.
  3. The interview subject should appear at one side of the frame (left or right). Be sure there is something interesting to look at in the empty space beside them (bookcase, computer, map, art etc.).
  4. Do not place your interview subject in front of a window.
  5. Do not place your interview subject in front of a blank wall.
  6. Place a remote microphone on the lapel or shirt of the interview subject for best sound results.
  7. If you cannot get a remote microphone, get the camera and its mike as close as possible. Remember, preference will be given to those videos with the best production value (and sound quality is more important than picture quality).
  8. Make sure the room and surrounding area is as quiet as possible!
  9. Email us the interview subject’s name, title and affiliation or organization along with your video upload.