Four Steps to a Basic Youtube Filming Setup

MichelleGetting Started with Youtube, Tech Help0 Comments

You don’t need heaps of money to start filming youtube videos. For sure, lots of money helps, just like it does in right about every situation ever, but I can wholeheartedly say it isn’t mandatory.

In this blog post, I want to show you how to create a grass roots youtube filming setup in 4 super simple steps.

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1 – GET YOUR CAMERA SORTED

The only piece of tech you genuinely need for getting started on youtube, is a camera.

If you have a new-ish phone, you’re set.

If you have the newest iphone or samsung, you’re beyond set.


 

2 – FIND THE BEST LIGHTING

Do you have a window with some natural light coming in? There’s your (better) equivalent to expensive kit lighting.

When I started on youtube I seriously thought I needed an expensive lighting kit to get by. So far from true – natural lighting will always be superior to kit lighting, in almost every situation.

Always sit in front of a window where possible. Prop your phone / camera onto a set of books, a table, whatever object you can find and you’ll notice a massive difference in the quality of your videos.

Side tip, this is also what you should do when you take selfies (or any other kind of photo in doors).

Keep in mind, you don’t want to be in direct sunlight – that creates harsh shadows on your face and a contrasty vibe.


3 – DESIGN YOUR BACKDROP

I talk a little about designing your backdrop in my ‘Creating a Channel Style Guide’ post.

The basic gist is to inject a bit of your personality into your backdrop. So if your channel has a more boho vibe to it, chuck a dream catcher / fairy lights / etc in the background. If your vibe is more super bold colours and poster art, roll with that.

If you don’t know what your vibe it, don’t get caught up in it. It’s better to start with a white wall and film than dwell on whether you have the perfect backdrop.


 

4 – GET YOUR AUDIO RIGHT

I wouldn’t think too hard about upgrading audio until you’ve been doing youtube for a while. For the first year or so on youtube, I used the built in microphone, and that worked for me.

In saying that, there are a few things you can do to up the audio quality of your video

  • Stay away from noisy computers, aircon, fans, etc when you film to prevent background noise in your video. Your camera / phone picks up on these noises better than you think.
  • Make sure that you’re standing the right length away from whatever you’re using the record your audio – if you’re too close, it’ll cause audio distortion. If you’re too far, your voice will be super echo-y. You can only suss out the right length from trial and error, as every camera is different.
  • If you’re using a cheaper camera to record your videos, try recording the audio with your iPhone for a better quality sound.
  • Improve your audio in a free program like audacity. There are heaps of tutorials out there on using audacity – google and youtube are your friends.

Genuinely, that’s all you need for a grass roots youtube filming setup. A decent camera, some natural light and some common sense.

Later down the track, there are definitely some investments you could make. But when you’re just getting started – go from the ground up.

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