Vlogging is one of the most attractive career options in today’s day and age. It not only allows you to tell your version of every story but also provides you financial freedom. Running your vlogging channel means working for yourself and getting better at it one video at a time. With the number of people who consume video content rising exponentially over the past few years, it is one such career option where the chances of success are really high due to such a huge and diverse market.
Now, one can list hundreds of reasons on Why to start a vlogging channel. But we will focus more on the ‘How’ part. At the center of a video is a story that needs to be told. What you are telling and how you tell it are the two factors that will drive your channel’s growth and attract more viewers to your channel.
If you are still reading this article, I’d like to assume that you have already made up your mind about starting a vlogging channel. You have a story, or rather a lot of stories to share with your audience.
The next part is- ‘How you tell the story.
For effectively telling your story, you need vlogging equipment to make good videos and share them with your audience. Now, what is a good video? A good video means good quality, clear sound, minimum shakiness, and interconnecting frames.
To become a successful vlogger, you need to make good videos. To make good videos, you need to have good vlogging equipment.
A Good Camera:
A camera is the most important equipment that you need to have with you to make appealing videos. The market is flooded with cameras in different price ranges. Be it a DSLR or a mirrorless camera, there are a lot of options to choose from. You will find at least 3-4 options in every price range. You may get a decent vlogging camera for as low as Rs. 30,000. However, the more you pay, the better the quality will be. Most of the vlogging cameras now come with a 4K recording option which is a great addition to make your videos more entertaining. You’ll need to have 2-3 lenses to make good videos and click great pictures.
In a vlog, the audio part is as important as the video part. Suppose the audio is not clear or the audio and video are not in sync. In that case, it will distract the viewers, and the quality of the vlog will be affected severely. While some cameras come with an in-built mic, they are unable to reduce the noise outside. Investing in a good mic is one of the best decisions you can make while running a vlogging channel. The quality of your video will improve drastically with the right audio setup. You can get a decent vlogging mic for as low as Rs. 1,000.
Vlogging requires you to hold the camera for a long time, and most of the cameras don’t come with a separate handle. To get a proper grip and handling, you’ll need to invest in a tripod that will help you record long videos without any discomfort. A tripod also allows you to fix the camera at a certain place and record yourself. This is really helpful when you are the only one who takes care of recording.
Gorilla tripods are one of the best equipment to get as you can fix them anywhere, be it a tree or a railing. If you have problems with handling, you can also go for a gimbal which is a costlier alternative for a tripod. Do not mind spending Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 5,000 while buying a tripod as the cheaper ones are not durable and can break in no time.
Have you seen all those cool videos people make while doing scuba diving or paragliding? Well, it is not the regular camera. You won’t take your DSLR under the sea either, right? Action camera will do the task for you. Action Camera is a small-sized camera that is water-proof and is known for its stability. Suppose you are a moto-vlogger or an adventure junkie. In that case, you must have an action camera and the regular camera to make interesting videos. You can get a decent action camera for 10k, but it’s worth investing a higher amount.
External Hard Disk:
The memory card in your camera has a limited storage capacity, and the videos you’re going to make as a vlogger will cross a few GBs easily. You need an external hard disk to back up your old videos and empty the memory card in the camera to record the new ones. This will ensure that you don’t lose any of your videos. A 4 TB hard disk will cost you somewhere between Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 7,000.
A laptop is not actually a part of the equipment you need to make videos. Still, it certainly is an important part of the equipment you need to make your vlog. You need a laptop to edit your videos, including adding additional effects, trimming unwanted parts, and making the video look presentable. You also need a laptop to upload your vlog and monitor the analytics.