Tech Talk – What I Use to Film and Shoot

Becoming a blogger or YouTuber definitely means a little investment if you’re serious about what you do. I started off my YouTube channel using a small spotlight (like a bright reading light) and my iPhone 6S Plus. However, I quickly realized that if I wanted others to take me seriously and if I wanted to produce quality content, I would need to invest a little money into getting the right equipment.

You might be asking yourself the following questions, but do not fear! In this post I’ll show you exactly what I’m using and what you’ll need to get started.

Where do I start? What equipment do I need? How much should I be paying?

CAMERA

Listen up, you can get decent quality video footage on an iPhone, but what you’re really going to want in the long run is a camera! I saved up for the camera I had always wanted (because it was very pricey) but there are many less expensive ones available out there. Check out the two very popular cameras below! The first one, Olympus E-Pl8 is the one I have and the second is a vlogging camera that MANY YouTubers use!

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Olympus E-PL8 White Camera with 14-42mm IIR lens

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Canon EOS M3 18-55 Black Mirrorless Camera Kit with EF-M 18-55mm Image Stabilization (IS) STM Lens, Wi-Fi Enabled

LIGHTING

A reading spotlight will not cut it! Nor will daylight, especially if you’re busy during the day and can only film at night. I found an inexpensive yet good quality lighting set on Amazon and I absolutely love it! It’s easy to set up, very lightweight and portable, and really contributes to a great quality video.

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Neewer® Photography Studio Day Light Umbrella Lighting Kit, Kit includes: (2)75″/1.9m Tall Photography Studio Light Stands + (1)20″/50cm Table Top Light Stand + (3)Single Head Light Holder + (2)White Translucent Umbrella + (3)110V 45W Day-Light Studio Light Bulbs + (1)Convenient Carrying Case

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BACKDROPS

I always wondered how YouTubers had such perfect backgrounds in their videos, and now I know how. They use backdrops! They’re simply a bar with a sheet of fabric or a paper roll extended from ceiling to floor. There’s also the option of pinning up a bedsheet but realistically it won’t even look half as good as a proper backdrop. The equipment below is affordable and very handy when filming!

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 Studio-98 Photography 10′ Wide x 7′ FT High Background Stand with Bag for Backdrop Muslin Paper with Two Stands, Metal Crossbar in 4 Sections for Photo Video

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A plain white background is great for tutorials and challenges and everything in between.

Neewer 6 x 9FT / 1.8 x 2.8M PRO Photo Studio 100% Pure Muslin Collapsible Backdrop Background for Photography,Video and Television (Background Only) – White

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The famous sequin wall that you ALWAYS see YouTubers using!

6FTx6FT Rose Gold Sparkly Photo Booth Backdrop Sequin, Choose Your Size Rose Gold Sequin Fabric Photo Booth,Sequin Curtains

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These clips come in handy to keep things in place when you put your backdrop roll on the stand!

Foto&Tech Heavy Duty Muslin Clamps 6-pack Set of 4.5 inch for Photography Photo Studio Backdrops/backgrounds/Photo Paper/ Light Reflector (6 Pack)


Let me know in the comments below if you’d like to see more equipment options!

xoxo,

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