- Add some light.
If you shoot from your phone a simple ring light will eliminate some of the shadows and pull your face into focus. Ring lights average about $15-$20 on Amazon. Clip the light over the phone’s camera. Charge the light using the USB charging cable. I prefer ring lights capable of adjusting the warmth and glow of the lights for your most filter free flattering look.
- Dedicate a real camera for recording your videos.
I have used a Canon G7x since 2016. I currently use the G7x Mark II. I chose the Mark II over the newest version for the improved focus capabilities. I’ve used the Sony equivalent and find the Canon point-and-shoot to be the easiest to use while on the go or for a last minute video recording session.
DSLR setups are great for being able to switch out your camera lenses and get the very trendy out of focus background look in chatty videos. I use a Canon DSLR. I prefer the point-and-shoot to give my videos a movement quality to them to keep my viewers engaged. Plus, they are portable and easy to use in your car, at the gym, or wherever inspiration (or a free moment) strikes.
Depending on the video content you are filming, using a point-and-shoot, your iPhone, and a GoPro set to the same video input settings will help keep your viewers watching and give them different points of view.
- Store your video files in a safe and well-organized way on an external hard drive.
Save your money by keeping old files in a secure way and easy to access. I have developed my own filing system that helps me access my archived content quickly. LaCie Rugged USB-C External Hard Drives are my favorite (like many others who edit video).
The rubber edges give you peace of mind incase of an accidental drop or bump. The thunderbolt connection is a game changer for bulk imports. This is helpful for coaches creating hours of recorded content at once.
While you might use a more affordable external hard drive to send to an editor, keep your original files or backups on a LaCie!
- Use convenient and efficient editing tools.
Cut out you reaching for your phone at the end of your video to stop the recording. Simple edits like that add polish and can be done from your phone!
Add Adobe Premier Rush to your phone. It’s free to get started! After you’ve tried out the free capabilities and passed your three free exports you pay $9.99/mo. You can access the program from your phone and on you computer desktop.
- Utilize post templates.
Canva is great for making quick edits to marketing materials and blog posts. The inexpensive and easy to use graphics editor also how dozens of templates available for your industry, marketing platform, and content type to pick from. It’s great for thumbnails too!
The available templates on Canva also include video! It’s a fun way to animate Instagram posts and bring some graphics movement into your videos. It’s free to start with and has a paid for version as well.
- Piling up books in a pinch works great, but having a few tripod options will free you up to record from your best angle.
Keeping on the theme of keeping these tools inexpensive, convenient, and easy to use the JOBY GorillaPods might be your best bet. It’s a great way to pack up your video gear to take with you to your recording location. It also helps you sit down, stand up, or acts as a more comfortable way to record yourself.