Top 5 Vlogger Essentials for Your Next Video!
Capture the moment and create perfect memories with these accessories
People today are more connected to technology than ever before, and now, everyone has an amazing camera built into their smartphone! Gone are the days when you needed a fancy DSLR to shoot and a desktop computer at home to edit and upload your content. We’ve put together a list of vlogging equipment you can pair up with your smartphone or even your mirrorless camera to take your videos to the next level!
Vlogging Equipment you must have in your setup
- Get a Grip!
Have you ever found yourself hanging off the back of a motorcycle, jeepney, or the edge of a bangka and thought “this would be a great time to whip out my phone and start vlogging, but I’m afraid it will fall and break into a million pieces!”. Well, the first vlogging equipment for your next vlog starts with getting a grip, literally!
There are phone holders that double as tripod mounts and handheld grips, and the good ones have mounts which you can use to attach hot-shoe accessories like external microphones and LED lights. My favorite phone vlogging holder is the Ulanzi Iron Man II, which comes with a hot-shoe mount on top and a grip adapter on the bottom. Paired with a knurled grip and a heavy-duty wrist strap, you’ll be sure that your phone won’t fall out of your hands even during your most adventurous moments.
- Look Ma, No Hands!
Perhaps you like to film videos without getting up close and personal to your face, or maybe you just want to show off your #OOTD and your #SOTD. That will be pretty difficult with the handheld grip you just read about above, right? In cases like this, you could use a tripod to keep your phone standing free. However, I recommend you get a flexible tripod like the Joby Gorillapod. It has adjustable legs that you can use to grip onto almost anything – trees, chairs, or even other tripods! I wouldn’t skimp out here either- your smartphone is quite expensive, and it’s one strong gust of wind away from falling and suffering from a cracked screen!
- Let There Be Light!
Have you ever heard your foodie vlogger friend say “oh the lighting is bad” while looking sad after he or she attempted to take a thousand photos of your now ice cold dinner? Luckily, the solution to this is super simple. Good lighting is the key to making sure your viewers can see not only you, but whatever subject you are talking about in your vlog too!
We recommend picking up a battery-powered LED light which you can attach to the phone grip mentioned up above. If you need a good multi-purpose light that’s compact but bright, the 49-LED model from Andoer is small enough to fit in your pocket but provides enough light for nighttime shooting. If you often vlog in low light situations, stepping up to the 96-LED model Andoer offers will pack a bigger punch, and also comes with two interchangeable filters for warm and cool light. Both are dimmable, so you can fine tune the output based on your preferences.
- Can You Hear Me Now?
Nowadays, almost everyone is obsessed with video quality. 4K this, HD that, etc. But what is often overlooked is good quality sound. I have always been part of the camp that thinks audio quality is just as important as video quality. With the newest iPhone models able to record at 4K and 60FPS, it’s important not to let that quality go to waste with subpar audio recording. A microphone like the Rode Videomicro is perfect to capture audio, and it’s super versatile too. You can use this vlogging equipment to capture the background noise from the busy streets of Divisoria Market all the way to your favorite DJ’s set at the next summer festival. It plugs right into your smartphone for quick and easy setup. Top tip: don’t forget your Lightning to 3.5mm adapter if you’re filming with an iPhone!
- Power Up!
Let’s face it. We’ve all been there. You’re out and about in a city you’ve never been to before. You’re having the greatest time of your life, and while you roam around, you find something or someone like a street performer or the perfect night market shop you want to vlog about. And then it happens. You take out your phone and you get the dreaded pop up “10% Battery Remaining”. The horror! You know that you won’t be able to capture this perfect moment since recording in 4K or even 1080p absolutely eats battery life. Which brings us to the last, but certainly not least, essential vlogging equipment or accessory: the power bank and charging cable.
While you might already have one of these in your arsenal, I always like to give my charging setup an update every year to make sure my power bank battery is fresh and my charging cable can be relied on in the field. My favorite power banks and cables come from Anker – their power banks are super slim and pack enough power to charge the latest iPhones and other accessories too. Not to mention, their Powerline cables do not fray and short out easily like the OEM Apple cables that come with your iPhone. My go-to setup is a Anker Powercore Lite 10,000 mAh paired up with a Powerline+ II Braided cable. I’ve been using this combination for years, and it’s never failed me!
So there you have it! 5 vlogging equipment which will take your next vlog to the next level. Pretty cool, right? Now it’s time for the hardest part about capturing content – finding the next great adventure to film and share with the world! Happy vlogging, fam!
Written By: Eric Go – A New York Native currently searching for his own Thrilla in Manila. Catch his adventures on Instagram @ohnoitsericgo.