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How to Prepare to Record a Vlog (Video Blog)

By Amy Lupold Bair, Susannah Gardner

One of the great things about vlogging (or video blogging) is how quickly you can hit the ground running. Most cameras include a video function, computers typically include a webcam that records video, and free vlogging platforms provide anyone in the world with a location to upload content.

However, you shouldn’t necessarily just grab your old digital camera and begin recording and uploading content willy-nilly. As with any other form of blogging, putting in a bit of time and care provides you with incredible benefits. Want to present a polished, finished product? You need to begin by setting your vlogging stage.

How to choose the right vlogging equipment

Any vlogger will tell you that your final product is only as good as your video equipment. If your audience can’t see or hear you, it doesn’t make much difference what content you’re sharing. The good news is that you may already have the equipment you need, and if not, it’s now less expensive than ever to obtain quality video equipment.

If you plan to film all your vlogging content within reach of your computer, you may want to get started by using your computer’s internal webcam. For better quality, consider investing in an external webcam that provides you with more flexibility.

You may want to film on the go, on-site at events, or in locations that prevent filming with a webcam from being a viable option. Investing in the following can take your video quality to the next level:

  • External lighting

  • External microphone

  • Tripod

Does one room in your home have incredible natural light? Consider making this your vlogging location. Natural light provides for high-quality videos. Indoor natural light cuts down on the background noises that you may encounter if you film outdoors.

How to create a vlogging space

You know those moments in reality television shows when the stars answer questions or provide additional commentary? The background is always the same: the furniture comfy but perfect; the decorations trendy yet not distracting. The secret is that those areas aren’t just a quiet corner in the homes of the reality TV stars. They are actually staged sets created specifically for the purpose of shooting that footage.

Now, that’s not to say that you do away with your children’s playroom so that you have space to create a vlogging set, but it’s a good idea to designate one area of your home or office where you typically film your videos. Take the time to look at the following before you decide to film:

  • Lighting: Are you in good, natural light? If not, can you bring in additional light without too much hassle?

  • Sound: Life doesn’t stop while you vlog. Be sure not to choose a location too close to noisemakers such as the dishwasher or laundry room.

  • Decor: Before clicking Record, look behind you and to the sides to see what your viewers will also see. Although it’s nice to think that they’ll be looking only at you as they hang on your every word, the truth is that they may be zooming in to figure out where you are in that family vacation photo over your right shoulder.