Smartphones and Instagram have made many of us into amateur or semi-professional photographers. Of course, one of the reasons is that we can instantly hone our skills by taking photograph after photograph, adding fancy filters, and only choosing to publish the very best ones.
While everyone’s skills might have improved dramatically as photographers and videographers, we thought we would offer a few tips to help you capture the best client photos and video when using Wellpepper. We know that fitting Wellpepper into your practice requires doing some things differently, and we want to help make this as easy as possible. Also, unlike the amateur photographer, you don’t have time to shoot and reshoot video when you’re working with a client. We designed Wellpepper to be as easy as drawing stick figures, and we want to help make recording video as natural to you as picking up a pencil.
A few things to consider to improve your client videos and photos
- Practice first. Try recording yourself or your colleagues. You may also want to use these videos to assign to your clients if you think they best represent how to do the exercise.
- Get the client to practice a few times before recording. In the same way you might have them do an exercise a few times and adjust them, or show them first, you’ll want to do that with video. When they have it perfect, ask them to do it once and capture it.
- Try to keep your video to 30-60 seconds. Longer than that and clients probably won’t watch the whole thing anyway. You can record up to 2 minutes with Wellpepper, but that is usually overkill for one exercise.
- Give verbal instructions while you are filming. You can even instruct on simple corrections, which helps them remember later the right way to do it. Take a look at this video, where the client doesn’t quite have her abdomen tucked in properly for the pelvic tilt. See how effective her correction is when she hears the instructions. Imagine how much this will help when she views it at home.
- Try to hold the iPad horizontally. We know this might not always be possible, given the type of exercise, and space constraints, but wide videos generally look better than tall ones. See what we mean? Because video players are horizontal, the vertical video is smaller than the horizontal one. However, for standing exercises, it’s not always possible to have a horizontal video.
What if your client doesn’t want to be recorded? First, we recommend that you try to convince them. Assure them that the only people who can see this video is them and you. It cannot be shared outside of Wellpepper. It’s not even stored on your iPad or their iPhone. Second, tell them that it will be helpful to their treatment: physical therapists and personal trainers have told us that people remember and understand better when they review videos of themselves doing the exercises. We think there are a few reasons for this: first they have the visual representation of what their body remembers doing, and second, if they have a modified version of a standard exercise due to functional limitations they will see them doing it to their own abilities. This is a lot more motivating than seeing a perfectly fit model demonstrate an exercise.
If you really can’t convince them, or if you’re short on time, we recommend either having pre-recorded video of yourself or your colleagues doing the exercise that you can assign to them, or having the client record you doing the exercise during their session with you. (Yes, it’s easy enough that you can just hand them the iPad.)
Well, what are you waiting for? Download the Wellpepper Clinic app and try it out with up to 2 clients.