5 Quick Tips for Starting a Vlog
So you want to start a Vlog?
What is a vlog exactly? Quite literally, it is a "Video Blog" or "Video Log".
So what is this Vlogging all about? Well, the nature of a vlog varies from individual to individual, but that's what makes Vlogging one of the most popular modern forms of recalling and sharing information/experiences with others. In this short blog, you will learn 5 quick tips to getting your Vlog started.
Tip #1: Find a Camera
Now this seems like a pretty broad topic and that's because it is! You don't need to drop $3,000 on your first video camera to start video logging all of your adventures. In fact it may be better to find a more inexpensive device to record with anyway, especially if you're REALLY adventurous with your content.
So what's the easiest camera to use and is usually always on hand? Your cell phone of course! If you're like a lot of people recently though you may want something even a little more compact than your ultra max deluxe phone with a 10 inch screen. That's where the family of action cameras come in.
Just googling the words "action camera" will bring up hundreds if not thousands of different brands. Of course there are those that are more trusted than others, but technology and manufacturing has advanced quite a bit in the past decade. This means finding an affordable, decent quality, and compact action camera isn't too hard to do these days! Action cameras are also great because they usually come with the capability of mounting them onto places you normally couldn't with a cell phone or DSLR camera.
This brings us to the more popular choice of using a DSLR Camera for normal Vlogging workflow. DSLRs can vary and have a wide range of price options, but it is super easy to find a camera with a kit lens around the $400-$600 range. If those numbers scare you a little bit, it may be a good idea to start out with the action cam setup mentioned above! If not, saving some money up for a nice entry level DSLR can make a world of difference in the quality of your Vlog content, and let's be honest, we're all Vlogging to share with the world right? A quality video setup will bring in quality engagement with your content.
Tip #2: Get a Microphone
Unless your only plan is to make montages with background music and audio done in post, finding a quality on-camera microphone will elevate your Vlogging game to the next level. This can be some form of lav microphone system, or an on camera mounted shotgun microphone like the MXL FR-310.
No matter what you choose as an extra mic to pair with your camera, it will almost ALWAYS be better than the internal microphone already inside of your camera, especially if you have gone with an entry level DSLR camera.
Tip #3: Find a Video Editor
A video editor is going to be essential in the process of getting your trip to Barcelona or your new local coffee shop out to the masses. This means diving into a new high tech software or something as simple as iMovie. As long as it can edit video, you're golden!
Finding a video editor could quite possibly mean finding an actual person to edit your videos for you. This can free you up way more time to focus on the content creation aspect and not so much the back end, which can take hours and hours depending on how much source content you need to go through for the Vlog.
Choosing a platform
After editing your content, or having someone edit for you, it is important to choose the medium in which your Vlogs will be shared. There are plenty of social media and video sharing services out there, and it's not super hard to post to multiple, so you might as well share your content onto any platform you can find to grow a steady list of followers.
Tip #4: Do Something!
Vlogging can be about anything happening, anywhere, any time. So you can choose to vlog once a week, big trips, or your daily routine. All that matters is that you hit record! But this leads us to our 5th and most important tip when it comes to starting your own vlog...
Tip #5: Be Yourself!!
Vlogs without personality are boring, and usually get turned off in the first 30 seconds or so of watching. The most important part of vlogging is showcasing your true character to your audience. Don't do something just for the vlog, vlog because you're doing something! Whether you're walking your dog in a new park or restoring a 200 year old house, make he vlog something that represents your style and mindset. Nobody likes a poser, and this isn't TLC. Genuine representation of yourself is what is going to land you an audience, if that is your main goal anyway.
Vlogging may seem like the latest in media fashion (well because it is), but it is way more than that. These are the stories you will look back on and be glad you captured the moments. You can share them with family, friends, and pass down the adventures again and again. Just remember to be yourself!!!
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Stay well and create often...