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Vlogging for Beginners: Essential Gear
Vlogging—or video blogging—is becoming more popular by the day, with seemingly everyone seeking to become the next YouTube sensation or needing to join virtual meetings home amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Whether you're planning for stardom or setting up for to host your next business meeting, you're going to need a few essential pieces of gear to offer views the ultimate experience.
The first thing that you'll need is a camera, but don't worry, you don't need a crazy-expensive camera to create good content.
A lot of video bloggers out there use nothing more than the built-in webcam on their computer or even their smartphone, with the latter often rendering better results these days.
For 'talking head' videos, in which you're just sitting in front of a camera, that might be all you need. Your audience will definitely notice and appreciate higher-quality video, as it will give an aura of professionalism, which will hopefully keep viewers interested and watching.
Popular cameras for vlogging include Canon's PowerShot G7X Mark III, which offers users 4K 30p video recording with no crop, 1080p video at up to 120 fps, a microphone jack and flip-up selfie screen.
A second option is Sony's new ZV-1 Vlogging Camera, which also features 4k Video, soft skin effect with AE face detection and Real-Time Tracking Autofocus.
Microphone and Studio Lightning
With video blogging, your lighting doesn’t need to be fancy; it just needs to be effective. Your main goal is to make yourself (or the talent) the focus of the viewers’ attention, while also avoiding any unsightly shadows on the face. While you could simply use just the ambient lighting in your room or natural light through well-placed windows, for a consistent and professional look throughout your videos.
The Alfoto AF-99 Vloggers Video Kit - Directors Home Studio avaliable at Parramatta Cameras is one of the most popular and affordable kits on the market at the moment, avaliable for $199 AUD.
This kit, or any similar option, gives you two soft light sources that you can position in front of you (one of either side, with one) to provide an even, and pleasing illumination, as well as stellar audio.
A ring light is an ideal light for live video broadcast; it offers a bright and versatile solution, and the warm glow produced and the area that the light covers are ideally suited to YouTube-style video production.
And because it's LED, it is a cooler solution in more ways than one. With the stand provided, you have a number of options at your fingertips in terms of how you position the light relative to your subject. It even allows you to position the light directly above your subject for things like product reviews or to simply add creativity to your shoot.
Other than a great microphone and a light to start the vlog off with a bang, you will find a few useful additions to your studio set up. An ON AIR lightbox adds street cred. But, you will discover so much more including three different types of commonly used Adaptors, mobile holders and ball head and even a cable for the lightbox.
Top three reasons we think you will love this kit:
- Cracking vlogging must-haves all provided in one box.
- Practical audio and lighting solution
- Great range of useful gear to set up an authentic-looking studio
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