So, you want to be a vlogger? I just finished a vlogging mastermind/course combo and I am PUMPED to grow my YouTube. And maybe you are, too.
I know there are a lot of people interested in becoming YouTubers, or just want to start creating videos for themselves for the memories. That’s why I’m going to start writing about my tips on becoming a vlogger. It’s not like a course or anything like that. If you think you’re far enough along and want a YouTube coach, check out TJ from Cup of TJ.
This is going to be the basics of the basics and I’ll gradually start sharing things that I think get overlooked.
Now that we have that all covered, what are the 3 things every beginner vlogger needs?
Do I hear a collective “duh!”? I hope so!
My point here is that you need A camera, not a specific camera. That means you can use that supercomputer/phone/camera that’s attached to your hand already. They are really good these days and, let’s be honest, you paid enough for it. Make it work for you!
That’s it. That’s as basic as it gets. GET STARTED! You don’t even have to make your videos public. Just get used to filming. My blogger coach, Monica, over at The Travel Hack, took a course that teaches you how to take daily videos of your life and loved it. It’s mainly for yourself, but the skills and habits you need are built through something like this, so that could be a great way to get started.
While I don’t believe you need any extras here, I would suggest a battery pack if you are going to film with your phone since it will lose charge faster. In our house, we use Anker ones and they are great. Here’s the exact one I use (Amazon, US), the Anker PowerCore Essential 20000mAh (Amazon, DE/NL). I have it in white because I have to be different 😉
If you want to get fancy, grab some Moment lenses. They can help you get more from the little lens in your camera, but I don’t use any additional lenses if I use my phone. BUT, I did buy my phone because it does have three different-sized lenses on the back. I have the Samsung Galaxy S10 (Amazon, US), but if you can splurge, get the plus. I love my phone, but I’d also love the plus 🙂
What I do have and recommend is a case. Seriously. I believe every phone should be in a case. We have a rule in our home that a new phone doesn’t leave the house until it’s in a case. Side note: I recently cracked mine on the sidewalk because with my ring holder on the back of the phone, it doesn’t fit in my phone holder on my bike. Lesson learned. Get a holder that will hold it while in the case! I LOVE Spigen cases (Amazon, US) and have been buying them for years. We both use them and I love that mine carries 2 cards in the back, so I always have my transit card with me. The selection isn’t as good on Amazon DE but it’s where I found mine. So, it’s work a look if you’re in DE or NL.
If you go out and buy a camera because that feels right to you, be sure to get an extra battery (name brand is always best here!). It will save you down the line, I promise. Sean has 3 batteries because he’s found he can’t film a whole day with only 2. You’ll have to use your camera before you understand it’s limitations.
Finally, get a good memory card. Really. There are some things you just don’t skimp on. And get two.
Some might say this is not a necessity for an absolute beginner. They may be right, especially if you aren’t making your videos public or just doing it for yourself. However, if you are making them public, good audio goes a long way and it’s not hard to achieve!
Some cameras do a halfway decent job with audio but once you get a mic, you’ll never go back.
For a phone, I use the Rode Mic Me. It’s the handiest thing, ever! They have a version for a headphone jack and one for an iPhone. It’s plug and play.
For a camera, the go-to is the Rode VideoMicro (Amazon, US). You have to watch this video before using it, though. These tips will save you frustration. The mic is also plug and play (assuming your camera has a plug for a mic!). You can buy it here if you’re in DE or NL.
My suggestion is the Rode Wireless GO. It’s changed everything for me. You do have to remember to turn it on, but it makes life so much easier and is less noticeable. Check prices and availability for DE or NL.
I use Adobe Premiere Pro and yes, it was terrifying to start learning. It also has a monthly fee which most people probably aren’t too keen on if you aren’t doing this regularly. If editing on your phone, Adobe Rush is free. It’s a much lighter version of Adobe’s video-editing software. FilmoraGo is also an option for Android users. For iOS users, check out LumaFusion.
You can also Google more options, but those are the first to come to mind.
That should get you started! Let me know if you start a YouTube channel or if you get inspired to create videos.