Vlog is a form of journalistic approach to document the events in our daily lives through their personal interest. If you are familiar with the YouTube’s digital environment, then you know the names that were the early vloggers and now are referred as the elite vlogging channels.
Since the inception of YouTube and Blip, video blogging has generated more views than television broadcasters ever wished for their daily soaps.
You can create your video blog even if you are traveling in your car, cooking food, taking your pet for a walk or doing just nothing. But there is a checklist that you need to follow when creating a video blog.
This list will help you to make a good quality vlogs where you can do everything by yourself without hiring expensive production equipments.
Just like how a carpenter utilizes his tools, you need to find yours too.
To shoot a video, you need to have proper audio and video functions. You can create a video using your smartphone, but you need to have the stability to use it without the shakes and breaks.
So, these are some of the equipment’s preferred by many vloggers around the world.
- Canon PowerShot ELPH 130
- Canon EOS Rebel T3i
- Canon EOS 70D
- Sony Alpha a7S
- Panasonic Lumix GH4 Mirrorless Camera
- Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
- Canon C100 Mark II Cinema Camera (You need to be a pro when you reach this level)
- Go Pro
For lighting and audio purposes, you can use
If you are thinking not to use any of these, then you can use your cell phones instead. But as already mentioned above; you will not get the audio/video quality you wanted for your vlogs.
Also, the tripod is a must to support your camera to avoid unnecessary shakes and moments. In case you do use cameras with the inbuilt microphone, then be ready to do some post production magic.
This is probably the most important aspect of your video production. You need to have the best lighting equipment depending on your environment. You can use natural light to give a subtle look at the screen (remember what Georges Méliès did by building a glass studio in the movie – Hugo 2011).
Let’s check out some of the basic terminologies,
- Ambient Light – It’s the light already present in a frame (Before any additional lighting is added)
- Incident Light – Light directly from a light source (Flash from phone, lamp, sun, etc.).
- Back Light – A light placed at the rear of a subject to light from behind.
- Fill Light – A light placed to the side of the subject to fill out shadows and balance the key light
- Key light- It’s the main light used in your video.
Now, you need to decide what kind of lights you need. Since you are making Vlogs, you need to have steady lighting. Remember, the below-mentioned equipment’s are costly, so choose wisely and carefully.
- Flashpoint Cool Light 4
- Creative Light 33″ Silver Umbrella
- Gaffers tape
- Seamless paper background
- Flashpoint Cool Light
- Westcott 750 Photo Basics 7.5-Foot Light Stand
- Creative Light 33″ Translucent Umbrella
- 3 moonlights, at least 150 watt-seconds each
If you are not interested in spending $80 to 150 $, you can use aluminum foil’s reflection on your face just in case of emergency. (Must be sunny outside though)
Post production plays a vital part of your video. You can’t just upload a video without any editing or sound optimization. If you are amused that all those vlogs of famous YouTube vloggers use editing professionals, then you are wrong.
Use your laptop and edit and produce top quality videos for your platform. Some of the basic software’s are,
If you talk about a platform where you can upload your videos, YouTube comes before you can think of searching for one on Google. But there are many other online video sharing platforms where you can upload for free and try to gain some attention. Some these are,
You can check one of our blogs to understand how much AD revenue you will get through these platforms. But for the starters, YouTube is the most convenient way to spread your love towards Vlogging. Also, have a glance at 20 Pre-Production tips to create successful video content.
Conceptualization is metaphorically the most important tip to make a video blog. You need to have a concept that stays coherent to its subject. Consider any game vlogger like PewDiePie, Fred’s Channel, Ray William Johnson or JennaMarbles; all these vloggers have something in common in their videos.
They follow a particular pattern for their videos. It can be gaming, lifestyle, daily life’s, satirical takes, or pranks.
Finally, to be frank, you need to start small and expand as you feel. Remember, don’t think of success. You need to be yourself, show what you want to show.
Authenticity and consistency is the key. When you start going through the process every day, you will learn step by step.
Being an artist, movie buff and a media enthusiast, content writing is my career train. I am a proud alumni of Symbiosis Institute of Media Communication (Pune) and currently working for Vidooly.