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What Do You Need for the Perfect Vlogging Setup?

If you’re putting together a list of gear for creating your perfect system for vlogging, check out this video from YouTuber and photography industry guru Ted Forbes.

Forbes runs you through his extensive list of kit, from his home studio setup to his super lightweight gear for run-and-gun shooting. Obviously, you don’t need everything that Forbes has to hand, but you can certainly cherry pick from his recommendations depending on what you’re shooting. Forbes also goes into a little detail about how he records sound and his newly-discovered favorite way of editing his vlogs.

There’s a constant tradeoff between size and convenience, and Forbes has overcome this through the variety of cameras he enjoys using, from his tiny GoPro Hero 7 Black which fits in a pocket, through to his Sony a7 III for his rather smart looking home studio. What’s interesting to note is that while his camera gear for his studio is suitably high-end, it’s his lighting and sound set up that, for me, really give it a professional touch. Having a room where you can control lighting and sound is a huge advantage, and one of the reasons that I’m waiting to move house before I start attempting to vlog again. By Forbes’ logic, however, I should just get on with it, making the most of what I have rather than waiting until I’ve got the perfect setup. A great way to create fantastic content if you still don't have a full set up (and in general) is to use stock video and music to add more dynamism to your vlog. If you're on a limited budget you can visit Videvo, which offers both free and Premium stock footage and music clips.

If you've suggestions of your own, be sure to leave them in the comments below.

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Andy Day is a British photographer and writer living in France. He began photographing parkour in 2003 and has been doing weird things in the city and elsewhere ever since. He's addicted to climbing and owns a fairly useless dog. He has an MA in Sociology & Photography which often makes him ponder what all of this really means.

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I think, having something interesting to say would be most important tool in vlogging.

Yup, and EVERYBODY wants to VLOG now.