3. Tripod / Gimbal
4. For the Phone
“What kind of equipment do I need to get started?”
This is one of the most common questions I get asked!!
What I tell those people if you're first starting out is WHATEVER YOU HAVE!!
Then I ask them, when can you post your first (and expectedly worst) video? Because THAT is what we need to be talking about!
But really, what matters is that you JUST. START. Theeeen in 6 months when you're still posting start looking on craigslist for some better equipment.
For those of you who have been going at it for a while or those who have money, they want to invest… I do have an answer for this!
But first, let me give you a very real example from one of my videos in the first year where I filmed on my COMPUTER CAMERA!
This example is especially great because the computer is sitting on a bed on a small plastic table which is causing a good wiggle every time I move.
But guess what, I DID IT, and I kept doing it and I kept getting better.
Hi, yeah, please don’t watch too much of it…. haha
I used the program “PhotoBooth” on my computer to film. Then edited it with with a free video editor on my computer called iMovie.
Just start here, if you LOVE it, and stick to it, then start investing!
I'm Ready to Buy Equipment:
First, think about what video style you'll use & what you'll need:
1. Storytelling video in one spot “the talking head”
This is what I do in most of my videos and I would recommend a Gorilla pod (or stacking books) and my game changer 35mm f/1.8 lens (you'll see below).
2. On the go vlogging:
You want to be moving while you film either yourself or stuff around you. Gimbals are great for this to stabilize the shots. This one you don't want to use my game changer lens because it's too zoomed in to be held like a selfie.
3. In a noisy room?:
Is it super noisy where you're going to film? You might want a
shotgun mic to cancel out surrounding noise.
4. In a room with no windows or bad lighting?
You might want to pick yourself up some lighting, something as small as a ring light for your phone to softbox lights for the room.
Get something that you feel comfortable taking EVERYWHERE.
Things to consider are: size and cost.
– Size: I started with a big giant Nikon camera… and then never took it anywhere, ever. It was too big!
Then I switched to a Sony Mirrorless and I take the thing EVERYWHERE.
Even now, I have a big giant expensive camera I use for taking people's photos, and a smaller much cheaper one for vlogs.
I feel comfortable stuffing the smaller one in my jacket and carrying around all the time and rarely use the big one.
– Cost: If you're anything like me, you may get excited about something and then a few months later you might giggle remembering how passionate you seemed!
However, I'm assuming you're pretty into creating a channel if you purchased this course! There are always more things you can buy, stick with the basics and add on as needed!
This comes down to preference so figure out what works for you.
– I started with the Sony a6000 then later upgraded to the Sony a6300 for the 4k video and recent upgraded again to the Sony a7rii which I’ll just use for photography not for video.
Do your research, most vloggers prefer cameras where they can see themselves in a selfie lens that pops up.
BE CAREFUL with this feature so you're not looking at yourself on the screen while filming. This creates weird eye contact thats just slightly off and uncomfortable.
* Each of these links are affiliate links and if you use them I'll make a small amount of money at no cost to you and as much as I want your $2 I want you to get something affordable for you! So what I'd recommend is getting on craigslist! I've gotten a few off of there and have found them sometimes 50% cheaper (but obviously always be careful).
(aka game changer lens)
– The biggest game changer for me was the lens that I purchased. I bought the 35mm f/1.8 fixed lens or the little bit cheaper 50 mm f/1.8 these lenes (specifically the “1.8” part) creates a bohka (or blurred out background or portriat mode) effect on my videos like this one:
3. Tripods / Gimbal
– Gorilla pod because it can be used on a table, wrapped around a chair or railing or whatever.
– You can get a cheap phone holder and now you can use the tripod with your camera or phone.
– Floor tripods are also nice to have the flexibility to stand
4. For the Phone
– The SD to Phone cord (pictured below) IS AMAAAZING to get your high quality photos off your camera’s SD card to your phone, unfortunately you cannot do this for video.
– Lumee phone case is great your on your phone and your lighting isn't stellar. I have not tried the Lumee yet but plan on buying one soon!
Chapter 5: Homework
1. What will I film on?
Camera, phone, computer?
2. What will I edit with
Free iMovie, or free editing apps or buy Final Cut or Adobe Premiere
3. Do I have a good spot for lighting
4. Where will I set my camera?
tripod, a table and books near my window, etc.
5. What will I need first
Make a list of things you need in order or priority, this list can also include editing software (Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere)
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