7 tips to get better snaps with your Spectacles 👻😎

Karen X. Cheng
Dec 13, 2016 · 5 min read
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I’ve had my Snapchat Spectacles for a few weeks now, and I’m really impressed by the videos you can make with them.

Using these techniques, my latest Spectacles video got over 1 million views. Here’s how you can get better snaps with your Specs:

Tip #1: Keep your hands in the shot 🙌🏼

Showing your hands in the video helps remind people that the video is first person.

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That’s what makes Spectacles special — you’re filming what you see with your own eyes.

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Hands make a big difference. Compare no hands vs. with hands:

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Without hands, it looks like any other camera
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With hands, you can tell it’s shot from your point of view

Do things with your hands. Eat things, open doors, ride bicycles, give people high fives.

Tip #2: Look down👇🏼

It’s a surprisingly interesting angle, because you see your own body:

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Tip #3: For the best lighting, go outside 😎

Spectacles, like most cameras, don’t do well in low light. For best lighting, go outside. If you’re inside, try to shoot near a window.

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Tip #4: Master the 10-second story⌛

Spectacles force you to create 10-second snaps. No more, no less.

On Snapchat, 10 seconds is actually plenty of time — longer than the average snap. Think about how you can make every second count.

Here’s my favorite 10-second story I’ve shot on Spectacles:

A simple way to structure any story is to give it a beginning, middle, and end:

Beginning: Approach monkey, give banana

Middle: Monkey eats banana

End: Monkey gets chased away by bigger monkey

You can apply this structure to just about anything:

Beginning: Serve ping pong ball

Middle: Hit back and forth a few times

End: Miss, lose the point

It’s a quick way to make any snap more interesting.

Tip #5: Play with kids and pets 👶🏻🐶

There’s something really special about a parent’s point of view picking up a toddler:

Cat videos work on Spectacles too 😻

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Tip #6: Make a travel video

Bring your Specs on your next trip, and try editing together a few shorter clips.

I brought mine on a trip to Japan and made a video about my hands:

I used Adobe Premiere to edit that video, but for shorter videos I’ve actually found the best app to use is Instagram. They recently added a feature that lets you edit multiple video clips, and you don’t need any video editing knowledge to use it.

Also, bonus points if your TSA agent lets you wear “sunglasses” through security 😏

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Tip #7: Get creative 💁🏻🎬

Remix Snapchat Filters

Try mixing Spectacles with Snapchat’s other filters. In this one, I’m using the reverse filter

Go Two-Player

If you’ve got a friend with Spectacles, try recording each other at the same time:

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Do a Spectacles Selfie

Record yourself in a mirror. You can get creative here — tilting your head to the side makes the whole world spin:

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The full video of my Spectacles mirror dance:

To get a 30-second video like my dance one, you can press the button 3x in a row, which will let you take 3 consecutive 10-second snaps.

By the way, Spectacles footage looks pretty different inside Snapchat. They don’t appear as circles. Instead they show up full screen and you rotate your phone portrait or landscape while watching. Pretty cool!

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This only works inside Snapchat though. It’s on my story (👻snapkarenx) if you want to try it out!

Add me at 👻snapkarenx

Submit your snap

Try tagging @Spectacles in your tweets! They retweet a lot of people’s snaps.

About me

I make viral videos, which you can check out here.

I live in San Francisco and run Karen X, a creative agency that makes videos for brands and tech startups. The videos I’ve worked on have over 50 million views.

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Suggested Reading

10 tips to make a viral video

If you found these tips useful, please click the heart button below, which will help spread it to more people. Thank you!

Thanks to Von Wong and Peter Simones for helpful feedback on earlier drafts of this post.

This article also appeared on Petapixel

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