Vlogging is getting more popular by the day thanks to famous vloggers like Casey Neistat, Ben Brown, FunForLouis, Zoe, Alfie, The Pointless Blog and many others. If you want to start your own vlog but are curious what kind of equipment you need to get up and running, I’ve got you covered. It can be a little intimidating setting out on a new adventure like this, so hopefully this post acts as a bit of a roadmap to help you hit the ground running. If you’ve had questions like, “What is the best camera for vlogging?” or “What computer or editing software is best for vloggers?” then you’re in the right place. And hey, if you’re bored you can always stop by my YouTube channel to see what I’ve been up to lately.
Update: check out my new list of the top 100 YouTube channels you probably haven’t heard of yet!
You can’t vlog without a camera, obviously. But picking the right camera for getting started can seem a bit daunting. But with vlogging, as with most things, the hardest part is just getting started. And the good news is that you can get started with just about any camera you can access — seriously! You can always upgrade as you go (in fact you definitely will if you stick with it). I’ve written a helpful list of the best vlogging cameras (which needs to be updated one of these days) but if you just want my top recommendation I’d say get the Zoom Q8 ($399 right now) — it was designed specifically with YouTuber creators in mind! Disclaimer: my mind/recommendation on the best camera for vlogging changes all the time… but I really like the features of the Q8.
If you’re going to be a vlogger you need to get some lighting. In the world of vlogging there is actually quite a gap between professional and amateur vloggers. The professional vloggers — the ones who make a living in front of the camera — know the tips and tricks of producing the best vlog content. And one of the most obvious things you can control is the lighting in your videos: especially the lighting of you (since you’ll be the main subject of your videos). You can, of course, make the best use of natural lighting as you can (from windows and, for a more ...