Welcome back for Part 2 in this month-long
series of tips to help you get started on your own video blog. This week I’m going
to discuss equipment with you. First you want the quality of your video to
be HD, so get a nice quality DSLR camera that can film video or invest in a high quality
web cam if that’s going to work out better for you. Your choice should factor in what
style of blog you are doing and I reviewed those with you in Part 1 last week. Next is lighting. You don’t have to invest
in professional lighting but don’t make these rookie mistakes –
Don’t have a light source above your head and in frame of the shot. You don’t want
to have a big glow above you but have no discernable face due to the major shadows.
You can use existing lighting just consider moving your lights close enough to impact
the camera sensor to lighten the image up. If you choose this option then try swapping
out your bulbs for natural lights or blue-ish bulbs.
Try to avoid creating shadows with your light placement.
DO TEST SHOTS. Play with it until you get it right.
You can also find relatively inexpensive LED lights and light stands online. If you’re
in it for the long haul consider investing up front in this item. Lastly is audio. You need a good microphone.
Don’t rely on your computer microphone or your DSLR camera microphone. They both will
pick up a ton of background sounds and you won’t get clear, easy to understand audio.
If you get a stand-alone mic be sure it has a good condenser to filter out the competing
noises. These can plug in via USB to your computer. Otherwise consider a lapel microphone
you can clip to your tie or shirt. These provide the best directional recording and minimize
the junk you don’t want to hear. If this all sounds like too much for you still
then consider engaging a professional to help you. Let them do all the heavy lifting and
you just worry about content and bringing your personality to the shoot. Next week we’ll round third base with some
tips on video blogging tools you can use to make your life easier.
And we’ll end our month-long focus on the topic of video blogging with an episode addressing
length of videos, screen size and your audience. If you liked this episode “like”, leave
a comment and share. Subscribe to our You tube Channel to check
out other Daley Dose videos by clicking the subscribe button or at you tube dot com forward
slash The Guerilla Media. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter
to connect with us socially and see behind the scenes pictures and clips and to let us
know if there’s a topic you want covered or a question you’d like answered!
Always remember, a picture is worth a thousand words but a minute of video is worth 1.8 million.
Sharing is caring See you next time!