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Lights, Camera, Action: Must Have Gear for a Kick Butt Home Studio

February 22, 2018

People often ask me about how I create my content, so today I’m pulling back the curtain to share the gear I use. Every piece of equipment and the software is vital for the work I do, but if you’re building out your own home studio using this as a resource, you could likely just start with a basic camera, tripod and lighting system. I’ll note which items I’d start with as we go through the list.

CAMERAS

I use two cameras. My main camera for home studio work is the Canon 70D with an 18-55 mm lens. It’s a mid level Canon and standard lens that produces gorgeous images and video. The flip screen is especially helpful considering most of what I do consists of taping myself. Flip screens allow you to see what you’re doing. You can check your hair, your makeup and your light to make sure nothing is looking crazy.

My second camera is the Canon M100. Small, mirrorless, and highly effective. For such a small camera, the quality is extremely impressive. I use it as a second camera for video work too. It’s great in interviews for an alternate point of view. This was the method I used when I shot the interview with Garrett Graveson, Author of 10 Seconds of Insane Courage.


LIGHTS

Lights are important. SO VERY IMPORTANT! Good light takes your photos and videos from sub par to stellar with. Typically I work with a 3 point lighting system. My particular aesthetic is very bright and airy. This means I have to incorporate a lot of light to pull off the look that I prefer.  My main lights are the Neewer Dimmable Bi Color lights. This set of 3 can operate with the traditional plug or you can go cordless with a few batteries. That’s one of my favorite options about this light kit. Working with them is really convenient. They travel well and can be used anywhere. *Note: When you purchase the batteries, you’ll need one set per light plus a USB cube for each battery set to plug them in.*

My other light option is a Neewer Ring Light. This one is great for doing beauty tutorials. I also use it as a back light to knock the shadows off the wall when I’m taping auditions for my agents or creating any videos that require a solid background. Shadows can be distracting, so always work to get rid of them with light. 

 

 

 


MICROPHONES

When working with video, the sound matters. Both of the cameras I mentioned above have decent microphones built in, but if you want to eliminate most of the background noise, you’ll want to incorporate a microphone with a little more oomph. I use a Rode Boom Microphone for pretty much all of my videos. I also have a Sennheiser Lavalier Mic for when I really need to clean up the audio and eliminate as many ambient sounds as possible. 


TRIPODS

I use a Manfrotto Compact Tripod with a 3 way head for my main setup, and I have a Targus tripod for my secondary setup.


 

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

You’ll also need a couple of SD cards to go along with your cameras, a 9 Volt battery for the Rode Mic and AA batteries for the lavalier mic.

You can always incorporate backgrounds or create a set if you like. Be creative and do what makes you feel great about the content you’re producing.

Ok loves! I hope this helps you with setting up your own home video studio.

XOXO, Lesa

 

 

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