Gone are the days when all you needed to become a popular vlogger was a phone with a camera and a few cool ideas. Without ideas, there is still nowhere, but it’s already quite difficult to get by with one smartphone today. But the good news is that you can film your vlog at home. You don’t need a huge space or a separate studio, but there are a few things to keep in mind when working in the tight space of a living space. Today we will tell you how to create a Youtube studio right at home.
We recommend full frame cameras as they have a wider field of view than crop cameras, which can be very important when working in tight spaces. Screw a wide-angle lens (any with a focal length less than 50mm) onto it. For APS‑C and other crop cameras, choose a lens up to 35mm.
In addition to a suitable viewing angle, wide-angle adds depth to the picture, making the background look more distant than it really is. To enhance this effect, sit (or stand) as far away from the background as possible, shooting from the opposite side of the room.
Another tip: learn about the possibilities of the application for remote control of the camera in advance if you are going to shoot yourself. For example, Fujifilm’s camera app doesn’t support 4K video, and the only available frame rate is 29.97p (a big bummer for 24fps movie lovers).
You can also shoot yourself on a camera phone — our rating will help you choose the right one.
From tripods, choose more compact models. You can even take GorillaPod. If the table you are sitting at does not rock, everything will be fine. The more compact the equipment, the more free space you have, which in turn helps to create a feeling of spaciousness.
In case you are on a budget, you can use a regular studio stand of a suitable size instead of a tripod. But keep in mind: the larger the stance, the more sweepingly open her legs.
For video, you need constant light (don’t mix it up and accidentally buy a flash monolight!). In general, the larger the source, the better. But in a small room it is important to find a middle ground. A compact source can be placed closer to the face, which makes the light from it visually “larger” and softer.
If you have room for backlighting, a small LED light is a great option. You can also use any lamps by placing them in the background. We wrote about suitable lighting schemes earlier.
In case you don’t have room for lights at all (or money for them), try shooting near the window, covering it with curtains, tulle. This will help diffuse the bright daylight, making it softer. This method is quite a working scheme, but be prepared for the fact that the light will constantly change, which can look strange when gluing different parts of the video during editing.
If you think the interior of the room is suitable, you can shoot without using special backgrounds. To make the background more interesting, you can use RGB lights and any other light sources — ordinary lamps, garlands, etc. In general, try to include various elements of your home environment in the video — this will save space and add personality to the rollers.
Change the background as you shoot: this will make it feel like you’re working in a larger space while you’re just shooting from different sides of the same room.
If you decide to use a photophone or chroma key, you will need a mounting system — we talked about this in detail here. The photophone can also be beautifully illuminated with RGB lamps, adding additional color contrast.
When choosing a background and type of fastening, take measurements of the available space in advance: it will be extremely unpleasant when suddenly the “gate” for the fabric background simply does not fit into your room. From personal experience: if you have the opportunity to purchase a “gate” with a telescopic crossbar, buy them — it will save you a lot of time and nerves when preparing the shooting location.
Good sound improves our perception of the picture. And vice versa — great video quality with poor sound will automatically sound less cool. Therefore, a good sound when creating a channel is 50% success. Unfortunately, you will not be able to record high-quality sound on the built-in microphone of a camera or smartphone. You can improve the sound with an external microphone. In general, recording equipment is generally quite compact, so most of the available options will be suitable for a home studio. The lavalier microphone will be the most economical in terms of space occupied. If you want to improve the sound from it, you can record not directly to the camera, but through a special audio recorder.
Can you recite large chunks of text from memory without any problems, or do you just improvise well? You can skip this part! But, if you immediately forget everything in the world, just seeing the lens, you may need a teleprompter. This device is designed to be able to read text while looking directly at the camera. It’s definitely not worth buying professional TV models: for a novice YouTuber, this is just a waste of money.
You can make a teleprompter yourself from improvised means (it works, but in the process you will definitely feel all the pain of existence — verified from personal experience) or order a compact model for mobile devices from AliExpress.
- To create your own Youtube channel, you do not need a huge studio: even a small room will suffice.
- It’s good if you shoot with a full-frame camera: it captures a wider angle of view, which is very convenient in a limited space. For the same reason, it is worth using a wide-angle lens (or a wide-angle zoom at one end of its focal lengths). However, you can shoot with a crop camera and a smartphone, but in a limited space it may be less convenient.
- To mount the camera, it is better to choose a compact tripod (but you can even use a studio stand).
- You definitely need one good light source. This could be a studio light with a softbox (bigger is better, but size based on available space), a ring light, or just a window (in which case the light will be unpredictable). In a good way, you should also have additional lighting (in general, there are not enough illuminators), but you can start with a minimum, and already in the process of trials and experiments you will understand which scheme suits you.
- You can use your interior as a background if it suits you (many YouTubers today highlight the background with RGB lamps), or you can purchase a photophone and a mounting system. Then check the dimensions of the room in advance so as not to get into a mess!
- For high-quality sound, you will need an external microphone — in most cases, a lavalier microphone will do.
- If you want to read the text, and not recite by heart (or chat about everything that comes to mind), buy a compact teleprompter or try to make it from improvised means (you will find a lot of tutorials on the same Youtube).
- And the most important tip: start shooting! Start with the equipment you already have and gradually add more as you need.