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