I've noticed a few things in the short time that I've started vlogging.
I, like many people, am self-conscious when it comes to talking to a camera. It took a few years of doing a podcast to work through my self-consciousness over just my voice being recorded. I started recording videos of me talking to myself while walking in a park in January of this year. I used my previous smartphone and pointed it up while holding it around stomach level. It's not the most flattering shot, but it was enough to get past the "talking when being video-taped" part. By the way, none of those videos will be available online, I'm not sure if they're appropriate for even private viewing.
When I noticed myself getting excited to do it, I purchased a small handheld tripod that would allow me to shoot at eye-level with little difficulty. I was at the point where I could start incorporating shot composition into my process without causing me to go into a panic.
I recently made a purchase to upgrade to a nicer camera, which also has image stabilization. It's definitely not Steadicam-level stable, heck, even consumer-level handheld gimbals give a smoother picture, but it's an improvement over the smartphone. There are other pain points behind making the purchase, but I won't go into the details.
Just in the time that I've been posting these on Vimeo, I've been making less & less cuts. I'm sure there's more than one factor, but I am feeling more & more comfortable in front of the camera, hopefully that comes through on the other end. In the vlog that I recorded last Friday, I continued to talk as people walked by me. In previous videos, I pause & wait for them to pass before resuming.
I think doing the travel vlog on the Denver Light Rail had a lot to do with that. As I went through that process, I noticed how little everyone actually cared. They may have looked at me for a second or two, but then went on with whatever they were doing. I noticed that my thought process as I started felt really familiar; I did the same thing when cosplaying at Denver Comic Con, and I've done that quite a bit. So that taught me that I can work through this as well.
Definitely some exciting chapters up ahead!