Vlogging starter kit
Vlogging has become extremely popular. It is great fun and can also a good way to make some extra money. If you want to do it right, you will need a few things. Firstly, you will need a basic idea of lighting and vlog camera techniques. It also helps if you have an interesting topic or idea for your vlog.
Editing is also important. The most important thing is to get out there and start practicing and perfecting your vlog. Before you start, it is essential that you have the right gear.
Here are 5 essential items every vlogger will need.
1. The camera
As vlogging is all about video, the main thing you need is a good camera. Don’t worry, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a good one. If you look around, you can find the best vlogging camera under 100 bucks. There are many different options available but that does not mean they have to be expensive. Some of the greatest vlogs have been made on well-priced cameras.
Once you have more experience and want to try different styles of vlogging you might prefer to have a few different cameras. To start with, just get one that will do the job and start vlogging.
This is an important part of vlogging and will help you create the mood that you want. You will also need good lighting to see the finer detail in your vlog. Again, this does not have to be expensive and there are quite a number of different types of lighting available. It is important to understand a bit about the theory of lighting and shadows if you want to do professional work. There are a number of videos or training guides available that will explain all of this.
Soft lighting is ideal for indoor work. Don’t be afraid to experiment a bit to get the right look and mood for your vlog.
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Keeping your vlogging camera still can be tricky so a tripod will come in very handy. A shaky blurred vlog will not look good and will not be very entertaining for the viewer. Even a top of the range camera will look shaky without a tripod unless you have a very steady hand and are dead still. It is a worthwhile investment and they are reasonably priced.
The heavier your camera is, the more important a tripod becomes. The only other options are a camera placed on a table or other surface but then you might miss some of the action. Don’t ruin your efforts by not getting a tripod.
You can get cool flexible tripods that will allow you to mount them anywhere and get some amazing angles.
Poor audio quality will spoil an otherwise excellent vlog so take care to get the sound right. The best way to do this is with a good microphone. The quality sound will make the difference between a good vlog and a great vlog. In fact, really good audio can even make up for less than perfect video as people will listen to the sound and forgive a bit of poor footage.
External microphones are not essential but will make your vlogging easier and more professional. The will produce a clearer, more crisp sound and the volume will also be much better. There are a few different types of external microphone such as a lavalier microphone, a shotgun microphone or a USB microphone.
5. Editing software
Once you have filmed you vlog the last step is to edit it. Don’t skip this as this is where it all comes together and you can make it look really professional and polished. You probably already have basic editing software installed on your computer and there are many free ones you can download. If you start getting serious about it, there are amazing video editing packages that will create brilliant vlogs.
Editing will also take a bit of practice but it lots of fun and will make your vlogs so much better than the raw footage.
These are the 5 most important pieces of equipment you will need to get vlogging and you can always add a few more as you go. Get out there, start vlogging and have fun.