How to Create YouTube Videos – Equipment & Tips!

Today I am going to be sharing all of the equipment that I use for filming my YouTube videos. I have been filming YouTube videos for the past four years now and have learned a lot about equipment through trial and error, research and experimenting. I get questions almost daily about the equipment I do use so I figured this would be the easiest way to share everything.

I also plan on sharing the equipment I use to create my Instagram content(including IGTV’s, product shots, makeup shots, etc.). Some of the equipment is the same but I will cover all of that soon in another blog post. For now lets dive into ALL of the equipment I use to create my YouTube videos!

Camera and Lens  

The main camera I use to shoot with is my Canon 80D. This was an investment however I am obsessed with it. I have had it for 2 years and see myself having it for a very long time. I specifically use this camera for all of my YouTube videos and some of my Instagram content. I never use my iPhone because the quality of the camera vs. iPhone is unbeatable. I use this camera for my thumbnails as well. I would highly recommend investing in a DSLR camera if you are a blogger or content creator. Worth every single penny and you will not regret it!

When I bought the Canon 80D I did not buy the stock lens, I did upgrade. I use the Canon 17-40mm lens and reason why is because I wanted it to work for both videography, photography and I also wanted a wide angle lens.

Tripod & Backdrops

My tripod is probably the cheapest one on the planet but I never felt the need to invest in one since all of my content is mostly taken indoors and in the same spot. Plus, if I ever want to shoot outside, I frame my schedule so that I have people to help me if needed. Therefore, investing in a tripod just never made much sense to me. TIP! Invest in what you feel YOU need, not what is “popular.”

When I was using more of a professional style backdrops in my YouTube videos, I used this kit. It’s from Amazon and extremely affordable! Buyer be warned, it is NOT the best quality. I bought this because I was preparing for a move and selling furniture and I figured backdrops would be better than a blank wall so I bought it. It is extremely flimsy and can be hard to work with when hanging up fabric so I would recommend putting sand bags on top of the stand legs. This is a situation where you totally get what you pay for but if you are in a pinch like I was, it does work. 

I think in general, backdrops look amazing in YouTube videos, especially beauty videos. I would highly recommend them because it adds a less cluttered, more professional feel to the videos. If I had the space, I would still be using them. Example below.

I use to get all of my backdrop fabric from Joann’s Fabric Store – download their app so you can save money with coupons! You want to make sure the fabric has some stretch to it so it can wrap around the backdrop. The kit above also comes with the clamps so you can attach the fabric to the stand – you can also buy more here. If you want, you can also purchase legitimate paper backdrops however fabric works just as well, is a fraction of the price and is easier to store! 

Lights

So if you have been watching my YouTube content recently, I no longer use artificial lighting simply because there is not enough room in my apartment so I do rely on natural lighting now. However, I used artificial lighting for years and these are the lights I use.

  1. Ring Light: This would be in the center, directly in-front of my face. My camera also attached to the top of the stand.
  2. Soft Boxes(set of 2): I would angle these facing me so one on the left and one on the right – picture below.
  3. Ladybug Light (would recommend this for backdrops – it gives a nice halo effect behind you and is very flattering. Also adds dimension to the fabric backdrop)

Editing Software

When it comes to my YouTube videos, I use Final Cut Pro. This is about $300 and if you are serious about editing I would recommend it. I had to buy this while I was in college because I was a Film and Digital Media student however, unless you are looking to do some crazy advance editing, you don’t need this. Even for the content I produce today, I could easily get away with using iMovie. It comes free with the Apple Computers and that would be my recommendation for creating content like mine. FCP isn’t a need. 

Other Random Equipment I Use

Microphone: I only use this for YouTube videos and I would highly recommend investing in a mic. It truly does make a world of difference. Although the reviews on this one are all over the place, I’ve had mine for three years and have had no issue with it. 

Microphone #2: This one is for voiceovers. I use to use it more back in the day when tutorials were more popular, but figured I would share it anyways. I actually really like this and it is very easy to use. 

Reflector: This disc reflector actually works like a charm for studio lighting or outside. This helps even out the light especially under your chin. A secret little addition that makes the overall image look better and for $12, it’s worth it. 

iPhone: I do have the iPhone 7 Plus – I refuse to let go of my home button. APPLE BRING IT BACK. I will most likely be upgrading to the 11 PRO here shortly due to how incredible the camera features are.

Computer: MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014) – This is my model. I bought it while I was in college and it has lasted me 5 years now. This computer is my baby. For editing videos, I really would suggest looking into MacBooks. Yes, they are expensive but they are so worth it. I recommend 15 inch screen as well for editing.

Memory Card: Buy 1000 of these, so you always have backs ups and can always find at least one. You will thank me later lol

External Hard Drive: This is important to have if you are doing blogging/content creation full time. I have had so many situations come up where a brand wants a photo I took weeks ago but no longer have it. Now I save every single piece of content I create to my external drives. It also pays off if you ever need to build a portfolio or you are applying for a new job position. Save your work. You will thank me later. 

That is all of the equipment I currently use and have used in the past for my YouTube videos. If you are doing YouTube full time, I do recommend investing in your equipment. It makes a world of difference and will pay off in the future! If you are starting out, I would recommend investing in a camera first, everything else can come later. Anyways, I hope this was helpful and if you have any further questions leave them in the comments below! xoxo 

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and I am not being paid to mention any brand(s) and/or product(s). Also, the codes mentioned are affiliate code and some of these links are affiliate links! 

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