Vlogging is an exciting art form. It allows you to teach others about a subject you’re knowledgeable on, weigh in on the neverending stream of current events and share your personal life journey with your followers. However, it can be hard to know where to start and what equipment you will need to ensure professional quality.
If you want to get started vlogging, you probably have a few questions:
- What’s the best microphone for vlogging?
- What kind of camera should you use?
- How will you get all your ideas to come together for the final product?
In this blog article, we’ll answer those questions so you can get started in no time. Whether you want to connect with audiences on YouTube, Twitch, Facebook Live, Instagram, Tik Tok or elsewhere, here are five vlogging tips for producing seamless content for your vlog.
USB mics like Yeti X make your voice sound loud and clear.
Make Your Voice Heard With a USB Microphone
When you’re first starting out, it may be tempting to just use your computer’s built-in microphone for vlogging. However, internal mics tend to accentuate a very limited frequency range and pick up a lot of noise. Since your voice will be your main tool for connecting with your audience, you’ll want to make audio quality one of your highest priorities.
In fact, when it comes to vlogging, statistics show that poor audio quality is one of the fastest ways to make viewers close a video.
When trying to improve the audio quality of your videos, the most important component to consider is your microphone. Upgrading to a high-quality vlogging microphone will yield better sound quality, making it easier for people to hear you, and therefore easier for you to connect with fans and share your story.
Perhaps the fastest and most cost-effective way to take your audio quality to the next level is with a USB microphone. One of the biggest benefits of using a USB mic over an internal mic is greatly reduced noise. This is because USB mics like Yeti and Snowball feature a cardioid pattern that focuses on sound in front of the mic and rejects noise coming from the rear. USB mics make it quick and easy to plug directly into your device and start capturing your voice with enhanced clarity and studio-quality sound.
Webcams like the Logitech StreamCam bring your vlog to life in full HD 1080p.
Make Your Video Come to Life With a Webcam
Image quality is the other side of the equation to consider. If a USB microphone is the easiest way to improve your audio quality, then what’s the easiest way to improve your video quality? You guessed it—a USB webcam.
Investing in a vlogging camera is the first thing you can do to add stunning picture quality to your vlogs. USB webcams like Logitech StreamCam make it easy to stream and record true-to-life video in full HD 1080p at 60 fps (frames-per-second), bringing your video to life with smooth motion and crisp details.
Features like auto-focus and exposure keep your face (or another subject) in sharp focus even if you move around on camera. StreamCam also shoots in 9:16 portrait mode, perfect for uploading clips for Facebook or Instagram stories.
Mount a ring light directly behind your webcam for vivid color and dramatic lighting.
Let Yourself Be Seen in the Best Light
After achieving premium video quality with a webcam, the next step to making your video’s visuals jump out of the screen is to implement a lighting setup. Don’t worry, it’s not that complicated—and investing some time into proper video lighting will make your content look more professional.
Perhaps the easiest way to add lighting to your videos is with an LED ring light. Ring lights are perfect for makeup tutorials, close-up shots on your face, or any shot that features your subject in the center of the screen. Ring lights are easy to use, portable, and some options like the Neewer USB LED Ring Light even mount directly to your webcam for hassle-free setup.
If you’re looking for a lighting solution that gives you a little more control of your angles, three-point lighting is your best bet. As its name implies, three-point lighting uses three sources (key light, fill light and back light) to deliver dramatic and balanced light to your videos. The key light sits behind your camera to the left or right and provides the highest intensity. Your fill light should be placed on the opposite side of the key light—still behind the camera—with less intensity.
Finally, the back light is placed behind your subject to provide depth and sense of space. There are starter kits available online, but the budget-conscious can also use a combination of lamps and windows to achieve similar results—don’t be afraid to get creative!
Experiment with multiple light sources to find your own unique lighting setup.
Make a Plan and Follow Through
Now that you’ve learned about the technical tools to improve video quality, we’d be remiss not to mention another important aspect of vlogging—the content itself. Before starting your vlog, we recommend developing a clear goal of what you’re hoping to achieve.
First, make a list of your favorite vloggers and figure out what it is that makes you gravitate towards those creators. Do they make you laugh? Do they take you on an emotional journey? Do you learn something new from them? People watch vlogs for a variety of reasons, with entertainment and education ranking the highest.
With these considerations in mind, write an outline for your vlog. Decide which topics you want to cover and formulate how you can use traditional storytelling techniques to keep your viewer entertained while offering valuable information or insight.
Make the Cut with Video Editing
Okay, now you know how to achieve high quality with sound, video, lighting and writing—all the puzzle pieces needed to create great vlog content. But how you put these pieces together makes a huge impact on the quality of your videos. Unless you want to commit to recording all of your videos in one continuous shot, you’re going to need to add video editing to the equation.
Take your videos to the next level by using video editing software to edit your separate video clips into a coherent and exciting narrative. There are plenty of free, user-friendly options to choose from—like iMovie and VideoPad, which both make it easy to edit your clips, add text and create eye-catching transitions without a huge learning curve.
Video editing is the final step to creating engaging vlog content. Experiment with your editing style and you’ll be publishing and finding an audience in no time!