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2.2 Accessories

Accessories can pull a look together and add polish, or be a visual distraction. In this lesson, you’ll learn what works on camera and what doesn’t in terms of jewelry, eyeglasses and other accessories.

2.2 Accessories

I'm Cindy Burgess for Tuts+. Welcome back. In the previous lesson, we looked at what works and what doesn't on camera when it comes to clothing colors, shapes and patterns. In this lesson, you'll learn the dos and don'ts of clothing accessories, things like jewelry, eyeglasses, hats, and scarves. Let's start with jewelry. Avoid necklaces and earrings that are really big and shiny and dangly. They'll reflect light and distract the viewer. You should also avoid jewelry that jingles and jangles, like bangle bracelets. This interferes with capturing clean audio. Here's a short interview clip to illustrate what I'm talking about. The woman is wearing a funky necklace with lots of dangling parts. Listen closely as she speaks. >> That's so varied, so it's always different. It keeps you motivated, it keeps you excited about your job. And I don't really consider it a job because it does, it is so much fun. >> Did you hear the clacking of her necklace? Every time she moved or gestured, her necklace shifted around and the lapel mike right next to it picked up the noise. So keep jewelry low-key and non-reflective. If you wear glasses, remember that they reflect light too. You'll really notice this if you're doing a webcast or Skype call. The computer screen will be reflected in your glasses and people won't be able to see your eyes. If you're planning to do a lot of work on camera, consider getting lenses with an anti-reflective or anti-glare coating. They can make a big difference. Another thing you can try is moving your glasses down a little bit lower on your nose. Sometimes just changing the angle of the lens can reduce reflection. If you're shooting outdoors, skip the sunglasses. I know, crazy talk, right? The problem is they cover your eyes. You've probably heard the saying the eyes are the windows to the soul? We communicate with our eyes, and if you cover them up, you create a barrier between you and your audience. Transition lenses are a no-no too. These darken under bright lights or in sunlight, and again, will hide your eyes. Hats can also be a problem. Take a look at this next interview clip, which was shot on a sunny day. >> The fuel these machines run on is- >> See how the man's ball cap casts a strange shadow on his face? We usually wear hats to shade our face from the sun. If your face is in shadow, it will be hard to see. It might look fine when you're standing there in person. But video cameras have a really hard time dealing with extreme contrasts between light and dark. Ball caps often have logos, as well, which are trademark images. That's another reason to skip them altogether. Scarves are a popular fashion accessory, but have you ever tried to attach a lavalier mic to one of these? Sometimes you can hide the mic in the folds, but you run the risk of all of these folds hitting the mic and creating a rustling noise like this. [SOUND] The bottom line when it comes to clothing and accessories is simplicity. Remember, you want people to focus on you and your message, not what you're wearing. In the next lesson, we'll cover the do's and don'ts of hair and makeup. And yes, gentleman, this applies to you too. I'm Cindy Burgess for Tuts+, thanks for watching.

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