Vlogs have evolved immensely since they first emerged, and that goes double for their production value. Now more than ever, it’s imperative to make sure you have the right accessories so you can get the shots you need without the struggle. In this article, we’ll discuss how you can take your vlog up a notch, allowing your content to rise above the rest.
Like most lightweight cameras, using a mirrorless camera enables the user to use unconventional tripods for unique and memorable angles. Try to stay away from eye-level shots the angle most people see the world from) and instead attempt an angle that we don’t see everyday. These unique shots are great to use as a cutaway to liven up your content.
There are several additional shots worth trying. The first is from up high, which is meant to portray an image from the “fly on the wall” perspective. Next, naturally, is the view from below. This will give you a larger-than-life perspective to the viewers.
The last shot to try is a steady selfie shot. Although it is the kind of typical angle we warned against earlier, it’s an essential shot in this day and age. Because of that, you’ll want to ensure that you have the perfect grip to guarantee that you look your best. This is when using a small selfie stick will allow you to get yourself in perfect framing while talking to the camera.
Regardless of what angle you choose, make sure the camera you’re shooting with is mounted securely. And, just as importantly, make sure your equipment is up to the task. Take the JOBY GorillaPod 3K PRO Kit, for example. It can handle your mirrorless camera and is both modular and versatile.
Timelapse for cutaways
Transitioning cutaway scenes using a timelapse is a great way to keep interest while changing the location of your story. Once you figure out your interval, you will want to make sure the shot is level. Without that solid support, your timelapse will be doomed before it even begins.
With the GorillaPod 3K PRO Kit, you get both a BallHead and a flexible tripod that supports up to 6.6 pounds or 3 kg for your mirrorless camera and accessories. The flexible tripod is built of professional-grade machined aluminum and is Arca-Swiss™ compatible.
Every vlogger needs to be heard
A video with poor audio, regardless of how great it looks, is not going to be watched – at least not for long. For capturing audio, step one is to use a different mic than the one built into your camera. When you have the option, always use an off-camera mic.
Next, mic placement is key to a good sound recording. Try to make sure you can retain placement flexibility regardless of where the sound is coming from, be it in front of the camera or behind it.
By mounting a mic to one of the arms of the GorillaPod 3K PRO Kit, you can rotate the mic in any direction it needs to be. That way you’re ready to talk in front, or behind the camera. The Joby Wavo, which is designed for content creators on-the-go, would be a good fit here. It’s an on-camera vlogging microphone that is compact and portable. With a super cardioid pickup pattern, it’s ideal for focusing on a vlogger’s voice. And, with shock isolation from its Rycote duo-lyre shock mount, the Wavo can connect directly to your camera or mounted with its 1/4”-20 standard attach point. The Wavo even comes with the essential cables you need to get up and running.
Always have good lighting
Lighting is just controlling the contrast of your subject matter. How much contrast you have in your shot will dictate the mood of your shot. When vlogging, having a light to fill in the shadows is key. This will help keep away unwanted and unflattering shadows.
With the JOBY Beamo, you can attach it directly to your camera’s shoe mount or to the GorillaPod 3K PRO Kit. Having appropriate lighting will allow you to look great, regardless of your shooting location.
Speaking of location, the Beamo is designed for all content creators on-the-go who need a professional look thanks to its compact, portable size. The Bemo is designed to minimize flaws and produce flattering skin tones. Plus, it can be charged wirelessly, it’s waterproof and can even be controlled via bluetooth.
Stable shots, cutaways, good audio and quality lighting
If you can establish a stable shot at a good angle, you will be far more prepared to capture content that fits the story you want to tell. If you can mix in a few other essentials, including being able to cut away to dynamic timelapses, great audio and the right lighting, your next vlog will be ready for prime time. The Joby GorillaPod 3K PRO Kit equipped with the Wavo and Beamo are a great match for any mirrorless vlogger looking to take their vlog to the next level.