As content creators, we must never stop creating content. Stop for a period of time and you will lose your relevance and your readers will forget about you. (Or at least, that’s how I see it.) So when the lockdown started in March, I struggled to create more content because: a.) I am stuck at home, and b.) movie premiers and events were cancelled. How did I cope? I returned to the essence of blogging and created more personal content while posting throwback photos and occasional updates on Instagram. Also, I started something that I have been holding off for the longest time: vlogging. Video editing does not intimidate me. In fact, I studied it in college. It’s just that there’s too much thing to do. That was until I decided to look past it and started vlogging. Now, let me share with you how I started my easy vlogging setup at home.
Get the Basics of Vlogging
Okay, to be honest, it is simple to create a vlog. You must have the following: a concept, a camera to record with, and a YouTube channel. But if you don’t want to settle for less and you are someone who is after the quality of his output, you have to have to right tools. As for me, I invested on some but not exactly shelled out a large amount for my equipment. With that said, let’s now get down to it:
First off, don’t be intimidated by this. This does not mean that you have a professional camera or a DSLR/mirrorless. If you have a phone that can record video, you are off to a good start. As for me, I have two recording options that I use alternatively: my Canon EOS M100 and my Huawei P30. It is up to my mood by the time I record which device I am going to use. Both my mirrorless and my phone take great photos and videos and can render output in HD. After all, it is just a vlog so it does not necessarily have to be in 4K!
- Ring light
When I was just starting, I improvised with a desk lamp and a 7W light bulb. That gave me a nice lighting but it doesn’t look professional as there were still some shadows behind me. That was when I decided to open Lazada and purchase a 26-in ring light. Now, my videos and photos are lit better and my face now has this particular glow.
- Tripod / Gorilla pod
This is really important, especially if you will be taking your videos/photos by yourself. Tripods and gorilla pods will give stability to your recording device, instead of docking it on top of books or at a table.
Every camera and phone has a built-in microphone. They are good for calling but if you are going to record a vlog and stand few inches from the device, then your audio will be bad and mixed with other noise in the background. I now create better sound after purchasing a clip-on microphone from Lazada.
Hit Record and Get Vlogging
See? It’s really simple! You don’t have to shell out huge amount just to have a vlogging setup or studio at home. What really matters is the content that you will create. Make sure that everything you will put out there will matter. Check out my vlog about my setup, Bingers!