Remember selfie-sticks? Those were all about enabling camera position. The objective is to raise the camera to just above eye level. Aim to position the camera at arms-length — if you get too close, you may see distortion; too far and your audience will have a tough time seeing you, especially if they are on a smaller device.
Figure out where your camera is on your device and use the reverse tool to display what you want your audience to see. The reverse tool flips the view from the back of the device (like a standard camera) to the front of the device. Often on phones and tablets, you want to use the screen-side camera.
If you hold your iPhone or iPad upright with the screen facing you, the camera is on the upper right. If you look at the screen during your video, it will appear as if you are looking off to the side in the actual photo/video. Instead, try looking directly at the camera.
How to find your camera location:
Look for the lens on the back of the device, for placement. You can usually find the lens and a flash. On a computer, you can usually see a small pin light near the camera. Regardless of the device, the key is knowing where the camera lens is, and looking in that direction when you are ‘live’.
Think about positioning and placement. If you are setting up at a table, you can use common household items like a small step stool, or a file box — something to elevate your camera 12”. One thing I’ve found that has worked well is my son’s ‘debate table’ with adjustable legs. Alternately, I’ve found that you can stack monitor mounts or add books to a monitor mount. For phones, a lot of bloggers use tripods, which you can find online for about $20.