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Since starting my YouTube channel, and amassing close to forty three thousand subscribers, I get asked a lot about what equipment I use to film my videos. Most notably I’m asked about my camera, lenses and my lighting setup.
I started my YouTube channel back in either 2013 or 2014 after I big chopped and started my natural hair journey. It was a way to answer the repeated questions that I received on Instagram about my hair, what products I used and how I took care of it. So whenever I was asked the same question thirteen times a day, I could send them to my YouTube channel to check out the video pertaining to their question.
Since then my channel has branched off to a more lifestyle type of channel, featuring recipe videos, family vlogs, fashion and even some home décor; not just natural hair.
While I do have a good bit of equipment, don’t think I acquired it all at one time. I gathered it all over the years of my YouTube career. So, you don’t have to rush out to buy all of this in order to have a successful channel.
My favorite tidbit of advice when asked about starting a YouTube channel, is to use what you have. I didn’t start out with a great camera, lighting or even a nice laptop. I simply used what I had until I could upgrade. Luckily for me, I have an amazing husband who saw how dedicated I am to my channel and decided to supply me with whatever my little heart desired for my channel. But even still, I didn’t get it all at one time.
So, let’s get to the reason you’re here… the gear that I use.
What I Use to Film for YouTube
1. Canon T5i – This is only the body, I already had lenses.
2. Canon 24mm lens – My favorite all around lens. It is wide angled.
3. Canon 50mm lens – My favorite lens for details or portraits.
4. Fancier Backdrop Stand – It definitely serves its purpose.
5. Grey Muslin Backdrop – I don’t use this often. I mainly use a roll of White Seamless Paper.
6. Camera Remote – Since I’m a one woman show, this is an absolute MUST!
7. LimoStudio Umbrella Lights
8. LimoStudio 105Watt bulbs – The lights that come with the umbrella light setup are small and don’t give off enough light. So, I upgraded to bigger bulbs.
9. Neewer 18” Ring light – I have a smaller ring light as well, but it cost more and doesn’t give off as much light as this one. Beauty vloggers use these to get that pretty ring in their eyes in their pictures.
Like I said earlier, I did not purchase all of this at once, it was over time. Don’t feel pressured to go out and spend all of this money to “look” legit. A good bit of this stuff doesn’t get used on the regular. Also, start off small and give yourself a chance to see if you even want to continue to make videos before making such an investment. This stuff adds up!
The things that I use each and every time I film are the Canon T5i, either the 24mm or 50mm lens, Backdrop stand (on most cases), the White seamless backdrop paper, and the Wireless remote.
I only use the lighting setup when there isn’t much natural light. I always prefer natural light over the artificial lighting that I have. Use of the umbrella lights or ring light is an absolute last resort.
Also, as far as backdrops go, you can also go to a fabric store and buy a few yards to use as a backdrop. Many of the bigger YouTubers do this, and their backgrounds look so beautiful that you’d never know!
Be creative, create quality content and watch your channel grow!