When I first started vlogging, I have to admit, I was ill prepared, no film skills, no editing skills, nada! I totally cringe at my first youtube videos, I think I edited them in windows movie maker aka an updated version of powerpoint! LOL However I knew that I had to keep going, and with each video I’ve gotten a little bit better! I’m no Scorsese or anything like that but here are FIVE tips that helped my vlogging skills evolve!
Breathe - seems like common knowledge, but unless you’re a person born for television, the moment the camera turns on, you’ll turn into mush mouth!! So breathe! Vlogging is partially about the experience and partially your point of view and mistakes as well! SO breathe, have fun, and don’t take yourself so seriously!!
The best equipment to vlog with, is whatever you already have! My first attempt at vlogging, I used a basic point and shoot camera, video quality SUCKED, sound was pretty much non existent but those were some of my most watched youtube videos before I deleted them! My 2nd attempt at vlogging, I decided since I couldn’t afford a nice DSLR, my best bet was the nicest iPhone I could afford which was the Iphone 7. I started vlogging, but honestly never got comfortable holding my phone in the air all the time, but I kept at it. Quality definitely matters, however consistency plays a huge role in getting better too! *Currently I shoot with my Iphone 7 and my Canon Rebel sL2
Learn how to edit! Teach yourself the basic skills of editing from the multitude of youtube videos, trial and error, or purchase a design course from a reputable source. Even if you outsource your editing needs, learning the basic functions and know-hows so you can communicate your needs to a video editor better. *Currently I use Adobe Premier programs
Two of the most forgotten or unknown vlogging elements are lighting and sound!! I’m still learning how to better operate my studio lights, however I never travel without lighting! I can’t tell you how many times I filmed something, just to begin editing and I couldn’t hear a thing due to background noise or too dark lighting!!
* I purchased a phone case that acts as a backup light for vlogging when I’m shooting with the Iphone 7.
* For sound, I use a my Apple headphones that come standard with the device and for the canon, I purchased an attachable Rode mic.
5. Aside from breathing, the best tip I can give you, is have confidence! Regardless of what story you're telling the world, people continue to view your stories based on how well you tell them! You're vlogging for a reason right?? You believe in that reason, NOW MAKE ME BELIEVE IT TOO!!
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