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Audio Equipment

You have all the experience and the knowledge, so let’s hear it: loud & clear. The quality of your audio is fundamental to the success of your overall project. 

The good news is that most smartphones have good microphones. Using your built-in mic on your phone is a great option if you plan on sitting right in front of your phone. 

But if you’d like to take the quality of your content to the next level, then you can hook yourself up with high-quality audio. 

The Lav Mic is a small and powerful great for picking up clear audio, not to mention they can cost as low as $13.00.

If you have a newer iPhone, we recommend that you shop for a lav mic that is either dongle compatible (this is a good pick for you if you’d like the flexibility to use the microphone with other devices) or one that connects directly to your iPhone.

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Cameras & Smartphones

If you have a recent model of iPhone, Pixel, or Galaxy, you’ve already got a great camera at your fingertips. 

Most smartphones built after 2017 are capable of capturing great videos. We’ve gound that these are the phones that produce the most reliable and highest quality videos: iPhone 11, Google Pixel 3, and Samsung Galaxy S10. 

If you’re looking for recommendations for a camera, a DSLR is a great option to achieve high-quality videos. Again, this is by no means essential, but it is a fantastic investment if you wish to take your material to the next level.

Some cameras we suggest are the Sony a7 or CanonT7i.

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Lighting

Good light really matters when it comes to filming your videos and shooting content. Whatever device you’re working with, natural light is key. 

We recommend positioning yourself so that the window is to your side and not directly behind you.

Another tip is to bounce the light. This can be done using white poster board, or a white wall opposite to the natural light. This will not only brighten up your filming space, but your clients will get a clearer, sharper, and brighter image of you.

Watch this video for a quick tutorial: 

How to Use Natural Light in Your Video

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Other Equipment

Other Equipment

Luckily for you, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to equip yourself with good equipment. None of this is obligatory, however, if you’re looking to take your production to the next level, here are some useful pieces to add to your repertoire.

A tripod or phone stand: Stabilize your phone or camera with a tripod. The item below has malleable legs so you stabilize it on a variety of surfaces.

 

Photography reflector

If you feel like you don’t have enough natural light, or you want to balance the shadow on the other side of your face, then a photography reflector will do just the trick!

Artificial Lighting or Softboxes

Remember, natural light is the best option when it comes to filming your content. But if you can’t find some, softboxes are a great way to fill a room with soft, diffused light. These HPUSN softboxes come as a pair so you can balance them out.