Hey guys, for today’s post I’m going to be talking about my favourite vlogging and blogging tips. I thought that I would give you guys a little behind the scenes about what kind of cameras I use and my set up. I have always found these posts very interesting and helpful, especially for someone who would like to start up their very own blog or YouTube channel.
Vlogging can seem scary to some people. Putting yourself out there on the internet for people to watch. It can be a little overwhelming. If you’re someone like me and isn’t used to expressing themselves like that it can be a bit hard. But vlogging can be supper fun.
One tip that I have heard from a lot of other vloggers out there is to Always talk to the camera like you are chatting with your best friend and be yourself! No matter how much effort you put into the video, if your makeup is on point, your hair is looking nice and you’ve edited everything to perfection. No one is going to care if you have zero personality. If you aren’t naturally a “bubbly” person that doesn’t matter. Just always be yourself. People want to get to know the real you not some fake you.
- The most popular choice for filming gear in the YouTube community, especially for beauty gurus, is a DSLR camera. I have the Canon EOS 1200D. Two other popular choices are the Canon EOS 60D and the Canon EOS 70D. They are popular choices because they both have a continual auto focus. The Canon 60D and the Canon 70D are the better choices due to them having a swivel screen. You are able to set the camera on a tripod and slip the screen out to make sure that you are in the frame.
- If you are like me and have a camera that doesn’t have a swivel screen, you can put a mirror behind your camera to make sure you are in focus and in frame. This is what I currently do.
- A tripod is essential for filming. Before I bought myself a tripod I used to sit my camera on top of a pile of books. This was a hassle. You don’t need to buy an expensive tripod. Something like this would work fine.
- Another essential item is a camera remote. Because my camera doesn’t have continual auto focus, I can sit in the frame and be able to focus it with the remote and also start recording. This one was super cheap off of Amazon.
- If you don’t have the money to splurge on a camera at the moment it is completely fine to use your computers webcam or even iPad/phone to vlog.
- Most people use light when they film, this is the set that I use. Lights aren’t necessary.
- Ring lights are another form of lighting that many vloggers and bloggers use with combination of natural lighting. I am currently still on the look out for a good ring light.
SETTING UP YOUR FILMING SPOT
- The most important thing is to make sure that you have plenty of light. If you haven’t got any lighting equipment the best thing for you to do is film in front of windows with the blinds open. Make sure that it is in the middle of the day and no direct sunlight is streaming in.
- Make sure your filming background isn’t too distracting. I sit in front of my vanity, a wall or even outside on some occasions. Sitting in a pretty bedroom can be nice, but don’t film anywhere that’s too cluttered.
- Set your camera up on the tripod a little nit higher than head level and angle it down towards you. This gives a more flattering look.
- If you are using a DSLR camera, you are able to get a nice background blur if you sit closer to the camera and set you F-stop lower.
- For some people it is good to write down an outline of what you’ll be talking about before you film you video. This way if you get off track or forget something you can look at your notes to make sure that you’re not leaving anything out.
- Make sure to introduce yourself and what you will be talking about!
- Always look at the camera lens and not the screen. This can be hard to do and something I tend to do quite often. But looking at the camera lens is the equivalent to making eye contact with the person watching your video.
- Editing is your friend. When I completely mess up I can take a moment to pause and re-start what I was talking about. When you go and edit your video, you can take out the parts where you messed up, and if you rambled a bit too much about something you can easily take that out too.
- After filming, make sure to take a selfie to use as your thumbnail. Sometimes you can hold up the products you are using or even make a weird face.
- Don’t forget to encourage people to like, subscribe and to follow your blog.
- Your editing doesn’t need to be professional. I use Final Cut Pro. As long as you can put in some titles and cut out the unwanted parts of the video then you are all set.
- If you need help with how to edit your videos always go and check out YouTube. There are always tons of how to videos. Watch a couple YouTube videos and you’ll be a pro at editing in no time!
- With the selfie for you thumbnail, add some text over it. I use Photoshop for this, but PicMonkey and Canva are great sites as well for making thumbnails.
- If you post the video to you blog, always use your thumbnail as the featured image on your blog, this way it shows up when shard on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
- Set up you YouTube channel using Google+ account so this way it can be connected to your blog.
- Don’t forget to tell people on your blog to subscribe to you YouTube channel, and make sure you link your blog on you YouTube channel.
- You can use the subscription bar on YouTube to show you subscribers how to follow you on other social media platforms.
- The same can be done with the description bar.
That’s all the tips I have for you. I hope you like the post. I also hoped that it inspires you to make a video or start a blog. Defiantly let me know in the comments if you do and I’ll be sure to come and check it out. If you have any questions or comments, leave them down bellow.