Video blogging or otherwise known as vlogging has been popular nowadays. Almost everyone already popular or has the guts coupled with a good personality and talent is on the hype of becoming the next YouTube sensation.
Looks could be crucial though. As such, one should gear up and be able to have the right gadgets to make one even more beautiful or more handsome.
Here are the recommended gears you should use in vlogging. Knowing this is your first step towards stardom.
1. A Good Quality Camera
Obviously, one needs a camera in vlogging. The thing is, it should be a good camera. It should be light and handy and the videos it produces are of high-quality.
People who are reading this might not have made it yet in the industry. So, more likely than not, you are still on a tight budget. No worries, great known cameras also come at affordable prices.
In fact, there are a lot of brands and kinds of cameras to choose from. For starters, you may buy an entry-level DSLR (a Canon t6i vlogging) or a mirrorless camera or a GoPro.
When you buy, consider the skill of the person handling the camera. Make sure that they match. Also, study the features of your camera. They should match your needs and the type of videos you’ll be making.
2. A Good Tripod is a Must
A tripod is a good and standard camera support, especially if the camera that you’ll be using is heavy.
You wouldn’t want your camera to be damaged if it fell down, so be sure that it is sturdy enough but lightweight as well, so you could easily bring it during travels.
A mini tripod is best for stationary cameras you’d like to set up in a small room.
When you simply want to put your camera on a desk or table. Make sure that the camera will be steady. Using tapes is one instant way to do the trick.
Lastly, like most vloggers usually bring quite often these days, consider a selfie stick. This is also a perfect pair for your GoPro, quite handy and easily manageable.
3. Every Vlogger Needs Great Lighting
Lighting must be effective in making yourself or your intended subject as your viewer’s primary focus. It’s not usually fancy because as much as possible you’ll be portraying a normal day to day life.
Avoid unwanted shadows in your face. You may want to do some checks to see to it that everything is in proper lighting.
It is true that for most of the time, you’ll be simply using the ambient natural lighting. Even opened well-placed windows will help you have that natural effect.
However, you should always be prepared.
Busy people usually forget the weather forecast. Having a soft-light kit always ready is a good precautionary measure. Plus, a good kit will always provide a pleasing and even illumination. So you could never go wrong with it.
A soft light at about the position of 45 degrees to your sides and a bit higher than your height is an alternative as well. Another light bouncing off a ceiling or wall is a good addition to this one, as it raises the overall lighting of a room.
Plan carefully your lighting if you are using a plain background screen of any kind or color. Try to make the lighting on it as even as possible.
Your subject and the screen should have a considerable distance. This is to minimize the color of your background spilling or reflecting back on the subject of your video.
4. Great Audio Starts with a Good Microphone
Sometimes checking the quality of your recorder is not the only answer to a bad audio, but also checking your microphone.
If you think that built-in microphones are not enough for your videos, then an external wireless microphone is a good option.
Adding a shotgun microphone externally is also not a bad idea. It has a good pick-up in any direction you want to point it except for its rear and sides.
Basically, you should aim at making the microphone physically close to you without sacrificing the quality of the sound produced. Microphones mounted on a camera is a good way of doing it.
Now, a good, compatible and portable audio recorder will complete the set.
5. You Need Good Editing Software
It will be a big embarrassment if your video is not synced with your audio. For sure, it is not all the time perfect. Not until you had them all well edited.
Non-linear editing (NLE) software, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Sony Vegas Pro are some of the good editing software.
It is highly suggested though that if you are new to this editing thing, then start with simpler programs like Apple iMovie and Adobe Premiere Elements. You’ll get better as you go on.
These tech gears will boost the value of your production as a vlogger. Don’t forget that professional sounding and professional looking vlogs have higher risks when done live.
Nevertheless, you are already aware that the gears that you use are so good that they will never fail you. As such, you can proceed to vlog with all the natural confidence inside you.