Do you know what a Google+ Live hangout is?? I didn't either, but I'm learning....basically, through your G+ account, you can have a Live Hangout - it's like a videochat broadcast live - isn't that cool?? I've done two now, and I learned a lot from one to the other. You can see my first one HERE and my second one HERE. Compare the difference - you can see that it improved! And I have some tips for you (and I am wondering if YOU want to Hangout with ME...) - here we go:
--Make a space on your desk - - my webcam is on my desktop, so it's not a laptap that I can move to a table. So I'm stuck at my desk - which is super narrow. In the first video I dropped supplies more than once because I knocked them off - classy. The second time I had space cleared for all my supplies
--Background - - in the first one, it's just my room as the background. Which is fine, but to step it up for the second one I set up a backdrop - I think it really took things up a notch. I used my PVC stand and my Bubblebum Backdrop - it's an easy setup. Then I just took some heart garland from another area in my house and taped it up - - easy peasy.
You can kind of see the whole layout of my kitchen here - - computer, background right behind me, mess going on everywhere else but the viewer doesn't see that part....(click to read more and see the layout mess)
--Lighting - - behind my backdrop is a bay of windows and our sliding door - it lets a lot of light in.
It added tons to the quality - see, this image was taken with my webcam - I'm not sitting in the dark!
--Length - I think people don't have time to dedicate to watch long videos, so keep them short and fun - I aim for about 20 minutes max.
Fun, right?! I've only done a couple of Google+ Hangouts On Air, but I'm thinking I should do more - maybe once a month or something? Do you like them, or would you rather read things than watch a video?
I also had the idea to Hangout On Air with a couple of you readers - we could chat, ask each other questions, show projects, whatever - would anyone be interested in that? email me if you have ideas or are interested (mandybeez at gmail)