Vlogging is a great way to share your point of view in an entertaining and engaging way. It's also a great way to show off your personality, skills, and interests while you build an audience. The best part? You don't need a big budget or special equipment. You can start with just an iPhone (or similar smartphone) and the right accessories. We'll review all the basics plus some tips on the vlogging setup that will make it easier for you to create awesome content every time.
Deciding if Vlogging is Right for You
Before you dive into the world of vlogging, it’s important to think about what type of vlogger you want to be. Do you want to share your life with the world? Do you want to make money from your videos? Or do you just want something fun and creative that will help keep your mind off things for a little while?
The first thing I would recommend doing is watching other people's videos. Check out channels like Casey Neistat and Peter McKinnon as well as other popular YouTubers who are mostly known for their vlogging work. This will give you an idea of what kind of content they post on a regular basis and how their style may or may not mesh with yours.
Choosing A Camera
Regardless of the type of content that you’ll produce, deciding on a camera is a crucial step. Your smartphone may be all you need, but for more cinematic and dynamic footage, a DSLR may be the best option. The best cameras for vlogging should be able to shoot at different angles, record in low light conditions and have a good zoom feature. Some also offer higher resolution shooting options (like 4k) which is ideal if you plan on uploading your videos onto YouTube or other platforms that require high quality footage.
OR…you could just invest in a reliable smartphone gimbal like the DJI OM4, and make your phone your main camera. You’ll always have it with you, and you’ll always be ready to shoot.
Creating An At-Home Studio
The first thing you need to do is decide where you're going to record your videos. If you don't already have an office or spare room, think about what kind of space would work best for a vlogger. You'll want somewhere with lots of light and without any distracting noises or people walking through the background.
Most importantly though: get some curtains! If possible, find a desk that's shielded from the rest of the room so that no one can see what's going on when they walk past. Finally, if at all possible, try to make sure there's enough space around it so that people moving around doesn't cause shadows or reflections from windows onto your screen (or worse—themselves!).
Your at-home vlogging setup can be as minimal or complex as you’d like, whatever it takes to ease the process from ideation, creation, and release.
Key Equipment: Sound, Lighting, Tripods
Here's the good news: You don't need to buy expensive equipment right away. In fact, if you're just starting out and have no budget at all, you can still make do with what you have. As we mentioned previously, even a smartphone can be used as a vlogging camera. Just keep in mind that it won't be the best quality video if it's your only option (though admittedly they’ve come a long way).
However, there are some key pieces of equipment that will help improve your videos once you've started making more money and want to step up your game. Here are some suggestions for how to set up your vlogging setup for beginners:
Sound is important for any kind of content creation—and even more so when recording yourself talking into a camera. Don't rely on just using the built-in microphone on whatever device you're using; instead invest in something like a Rode VideoMic Pro or Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone (you'll find many other options online). These microphones will pick up audio much better than their built-in counterparts—so they'll get rid of all those distracting background noises while preserving the sound of your voice clearly! Plus they're small enough so that they won't take up too much space in your bag or room when traveling around town doing shoots inside people's homes/offices/etc.
Consider Editing Software
In order to create a good vlog, you need to have editing software. You can use free or paid software, but some of the best video editors on the market are paid applications like Final Cut Pro X ($199) and Adobe Premiere Pro CC ($19.99/month). If you're just starting out and don't want to spend money on editing software right away, there are plenty of alternatives available for free with your computer's operating system. iMovie is an excellent choice for Mac users; Windows Movie Maker offers basic editing features for PC users as well.
Vlogging is an exciting and rewarding way to share your story with the world, but it can be a challenging task for beginners. With the right equipment and some planning, you’ll be vlogging in no time!