Are you using Periscope yet? I know my initial thoughts were, “No way! I am not going to sign up for yet another social media platform. This Handy Girl ain’t got time for that nonsense.” This weekend I was bitten by the ‘scope bug. Granted, this happened after an initial dive into the Periscope world where I dropped in to watch some random guy driving to work. Seconds after his face appeared on my screen, he said, “Welcome, Pretty Handy Girl.” I was so freaked out that I dropped my phone and was afraid to pick it back up for fear that he could see me. Gahhhhhh! Creepy!
But, this past weekend I gave Periscope another try after learning a little more about it at Haven. This time I realized that random strangers can’t see me. They get a little notification when you drop into their video feed. I saw that many of my fellow blogger friends were on Periscope. I could drop in and see them in their homes, on vacation, or whenever they wanted to share with me.
I’ve begun creating helpful video tutorials and sneak peeks behind the scenes in Pretty Handy World on Periscope. This is raw footage and you may just happen to see a stray stuffed animal in your face or me perched on top of a ladder at the top of the stairs. That’s life in our home.
My friend Stacy described Periscope best when she said, “It’s like Vine and SnapChat had a baby.” The videos are short-lived and only last 24 hours on Periscope, but I can save them to share with you later. Plus, I will be saving future Periscope videos on Katch.me! I definitely think this is going to be a powerful new platform. It will allow us to be teleported across the world and be able to view what’s going on in real-time.
5 Tips for Better Looking Videos on Periscope
Tip #1 – Clean Your Lens
Yup, sounds stupidly simple, but before you push that broadcast button you’re going to want to grab a lens cloth and clean both the front and back lens on your phone.
Tip #2 – Turn on the Lights
If you are broadcasting from inside or at night, turn on a few lights. Bounce light off the ceiling or use a directional work lamp (aimed at the ceiling.) Make sure the light source isn’t behind your head. You can also set up near a window and face the window while the camera is on you. Basically, dark videos are grainy and hard to watch. Read to the bottom to see some of the lights I recommend.
Get the Rest of the Tips
Swing by the Pretty Handy Girl website and get the rest of Brittany’s 5 Tips for Better Looking Periscope Videos.
Brittany grew up in Northern Virginia, the oldest of three daughters. Her parents added onto their home three times during her childhood. During renovations, her mom and dad let her swing hammers and “help” them build. They instilled in her a belief that she could do anything a boy could do — if not better.
Her mantra is that if someone can do it, then there is a 95% chance that she can do it too! She refuses to bow to the stereotypes that women aren’t handy. Please join Brittany on her DIY journey as she shows you some of the accomplishments and pitfalls of doing it yourself!