Starting a vlog? Read this

September 23, 2019 |
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If you are looking at starting a vlog, then this one is for you.

As I’m sure you are well aware, I’m very big on vlogging, since starting it not too long ago in 2018. Now 42 weeks in, I’m already seeing the benefits to my business, my businesses brand, and my own personal brand. It’s actually one of the driving factors that spun off this website!

I say this, as my expectations were much lower. Vlogging isn’t something you do today, to bring in customers next week. It’s a long game.

I didn’t think that anything would happen for a year, perhaps 2 years or more – but at 42 weeks in there is already a tangible ‘thing’ which I can say is down to vlogging on a regular basis.

What do you need

For those of you wanting to start your own vlog, here is a simple summary of what you will need to get started in producing one of similar quality to mine.

Shooting on your iPhone or mobile device? Great – it’s a good place to start, to get footage whilst you’re out an about, and you can even get tripods and microphones that will improve the quality of your video.

What I will be talking about below is a more ‘prosumer’ range of equipment, and it’s a great place to start if you want to be putting out professional video content for your business.

The Damage

This list comes to around £1,500 to £2,000 all together, but please use it as a starting guide for those wanting to really commit to creating professional video content. You’ll find that if done right, you’ll get your investment back (and more!) in the not too distant future.

I’ve added in some options for those wanting to spend a little more to get that slightly better quality and features, so decide what fits in to your budget.

Shopping list for Equipment

Camera

Sony A7III Mirrorless Camera (I use this) https://amzn.to/2TfOMc2

Sony A6400 Mirrorless Camera https://amzn.to/2T3lihl

Lens

Sony 35mm F1.8 Prime Lens https://amzn.to/2YGkFiS

Tamron 28-75 https://amzn.to/2MOTgoJ

Sigma 30mm F1.4 Prime Lens https://amzn.to/2M9baD4

Light

Godox SL-60W Video Light https://amzn.to/2MGZcjN

Stand for Godox light https://amzn.to/2SWRjYv

Softbox for Godox light https://amzn.to/2ytjPHB

Audio

Microphone https://amzn.to/2YBdbxE

Mic Stand https://amzn.to/2YCUsxM

Adapter screw to mount Rode mic to stand https://amzn.to/33p3Ybu

Misc

Tripod https://amzn.to/2GGP9XM

Extension lead for Mic https://amzn.to/2ywvrcS

SD Card for Camera https://amzn.to/33lNjW4

Power the Sony A6400 from mains power https://amzn.to/33pcVkQ

Sunglasses for your camera (If you shoot outdoor video) https://amzn.to/2Ma09RU

7″ Monitor https://amzn.to/33lWAxt

Batteries for 7″ Monitor https://amzn.to/2MSc46y

Magic Arm (To mount the monitor and hold my phone) https://amzn.to/2KDjx6G

Relocate the Mic hotshoe so you can see the screen https://amzn.to/2MRaK3G