Are you not a fan of selfies? Are you always clicking pictures of other stuff but never of yourself? Does being in front of a camera make you nervous? Well then, you might be camera shy and in that case, this article is for you.
What is Camera Shyness?
Wikipedia defines camera shyness as the desire to avoid being photographed or filmed. A person who is camera shy would feel uneasy, nervous, and even anxious in front of a camera and hence, would avoid being photo/video graphed.
This shyness can be a result of introversion, social anxiety, low-self esteem, self-consciousness, or having body image issues. Camera shyness is not an uncommon issue and is found in many individuals. (myself included)
But with such growth of the digital world and our dependence upon it, it’s not easy to escape the camera and besides, it could be a necessity at times.
So I searched for ways to deal with camera shyness and here are a few things that worked for me.
Remind yourself that you are not alone.
Like other forms of anxiety, this one can get to your head. It could leave you wondering why other people are so comfortable in front of a camera and you’re not and this might take a toll on your self-confidence.
So, if you ever feel that way, remind yourself that,
1. Camera shyness is found in many people, it’s not that uncommon and you don’t have to be so hard on yourself about it.
2. Even if you think it is holding you back in any way, there are ways to overcome camera shyness, so that’s good news, right?
Accept your imperfections
I am still working on this one. You see, I don’t have a problem with getting my pictures clicked when I am certain that I am looking good. In fact, I insist on it because this only happens once in a blue moon. (Not saying I look good only once in a blue moon, I am just rarely confident about it). At other times I avoid taking pictures because I am almost always sure it wouldn’t be a nice one.
And the only way to overcome this would be to accept that a picture (or a video) doesn’t always have to be the perfect one. And besides, if it doesn’t turn out the way you wanted, you could always take another picture or make another video.
Take silly pictures; stick your tongue out, play with your hair, capture a natural laugh…you get the gist. You don’t have to show these to anyone, it would just help you get comfortable with yourself.
If being video-graphed is a struggle, here’s a trick that worked for me. At the end of each day, make a video of yourself talking about how your day was, like a journal but in video format. Not only would it help you get familiar with the process, but you would also see improvement if you’re consistent.
I have been using these methods for some time now and it seems to be working for me.
On a side note, taking the practice bit a little forward, I decided to make my own Youtube channel. It would be great if you guys could check it out and show some love.
Let me know if any of these methods work for you or if you know other ways to deal with camera shyness.