Any professional will tell you you have to be able to see yourself while filming yourself. If you can’t, then it’s really a different kind of shoot: a crapshoot.

But filming with the Facetime camera or any other phone camera that only gives you 720p video is not a great option anymore either. Those videos are looking pretty soft these days.

For an image-conscious market you need something better. At least full HD, which is 1920 x 1080. But this presents an almost insurmountable challenge when you have to use the main camera of your iPhone because YOU CAN’T SEE YOUR IMAGE.

So here’s a simple solution to eliminate the anxiety of not knowing what you look like on camera, for those times when you’re using the iPhone or any other phone camera.

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    10 replies to "How to See Yourself While Filming Yourself With a Camera Phone"

    • michael

      Another great tip Steven!

      Some follow-up questions:

      1) Can you use a tablet (ipad) vs. your laptop as the monitor?
      2) How do you set/lock your focus on the iphone when it is on a tripod and no one is there to help you?
      3) How do you hit record from a distance?

      Many Thanks my friend!
      michael

      • Steven Washer

        Good questions!

        1. No.
        2. You can set the phone to auto-focus, as shown in the video by the yellow box around my face.
        3. You don’t. That’s what editing is for! 🙂

    • carl marshall

      could not find reflector dwnload on page

    • Hugh Culver

      Great tip Steve! I’m off to get it now.

    • Joanna

      Thank you for this video. What is the best angle to set your laptop at, so it’s not obvious that you are watching yourself? Off to the side seems like my eyes will keep roaming to my laptop taking my attention away from my audience. Thank you.

      • Steven

        Think of the laptop as a framing device. Once your composition is set, there’s no need to constantly re-check it. I often turn mine off when it’s time to shoot.

    • Patrick Coffin

      Steve, come come. The Reflector original, 2 and now 3) app is the WORST rated thing I have ever seen. Small sample: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.squirrels.reflector Got any alternatives that don’t ruin everything? Thanks!

      • Steven Washer

        Well, I did use it right in the video with absolutely no ill effects. If you have a problem with it, though, I would like to know about it so we can fix it.

        • Steven Washer

          Having said that, it does appear that there’s a significant difference between the PC and Mac version. I used the Mac version with no problems. But a lot Windows-based folks didn’t seem to like it much. Will have to research this further…

          In the meantime, if you find a better alternative for the PC, do let us know!

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