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Top Essential Accessories For Vloggers

Top Essential Accessories For Vloggers  - Becoming a vlogger? Here are some essential accessories you shouldn't be without.

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Vlogging is something that's taken off recently as it's an easy way to record your thoughts in a visual manner and can also be more user-friendly when talking about a highly visual medium (like photography). 

If you're looking at starting to vlog, you'll first need to get yourself a suitable camera - our article rounding up the best cameras for vloggers will be a good place to start. 

Once you're set up with the camera, have a read of this article which offers essential accessories for vlogging:

 

Tripods

When vlogging from home, whether you choose to sit at a desk or go for a more casual look like sitting on the sofa, you'll need something to support your camera. sitting it on a table in front of you can work, but you won't have the flexibility to change the height or angle as necessary. Investing in a tabletop tripod and a full-sized tripod will give you lots more shooting options. 

Joby GorillaPod

Tabletop tripods

These come in a variety of styles but the main ones are a mini version of the larger counterpart or something with more flexibility like the Gorillapod, which will allow you to wrap the legs around objects for alternative angles or more stability. They come in a few different sizes and can hold a surprisingly large setup without any problems. 

 

fluid head tripod

Full sized tripods

If you're likely to be varying where and how you shoot a lot, a flexible tripod will be useful. A pivoting head will be handy for positioning the camera in restrictive environments. Consider something with a fluid head if you plan on having someone pan for you while you vlog, as this will keep every movement smooth for the video. 

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Support Grip

support grip

To avoid having to hold the camera at a funny angle if you're vlogging whilst walking around, a support grip is a great idea. It screws into the tripod mount and allows you to hold the camera with a firm grip like you would a bike handlebar or similar. It should also help you to keep the shot steady. Whether you want a simple grip or something more complex with built in stabilisation if you have someone holding the camera for you, there are a variety of makes and models on offer. 

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Memory

128GB EVO card

When recording video, especially with today's cameras capable of recording 4K video, you'll need a high capacity memory card to hold all the footage. It will also be worth looking into cards that have fast read and write speeds for a smooth transfer. Samsung's cards have a good reputation for reliability and they come in large sizes up to 128GB

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External microphones

Rode microphone

When recording audio, even though all cameras have some form of built-in microphone they probably won't give you the quality of sound you're after. You can purchase microphones that slide into the hot shoe, and plug into the camera, to give you better audio. The Rode VIDEOMICPRO is a dedicated on-camera microphone.

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Backgrounds

Photo backgrounds

If you're shooting in your home, then you might find there unsightly and distracting objects in the background of your shot - we all have shelves and the like. If you'd prefer not to have a lifestyle background, then you should consider investing in a background. Pop up ones are best for storage and ease, and whether you go for a plain black or white background or opt for something with a pattern, there are lots of different shapes and sizes available. 

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Video editing software

Adobe premier elements 15

When creating video, chances are, you'll need to edit what you shoot in order to make your videos more visually pleasing to your audience. Editing software doesn't have to break the bank, but it is worth investing in something that's easy to use. The most well-known software is probably Adobe Premiere Elements 15, and Magix Movie Edit Pro is also worth investing in if your budget is tighter. 

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Remote release

Wireless trigger

If you need to trigger the camera to start recording after you're in position and you don't have an assistant, then using a remote release can avoid any awkwardness at the start of the video, and save you having the edit the very start.

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Camera bag

camera bag

If you vlog when out and about you'll need a bag to stow your camera and accessories when you're not using them. Depending on what kit you have, you'll likely need a different size bag. ePHOTOzine has a few different bag guides on site but to gauge what size you'll need, have a look at our complete guide to camera bags

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Lighting

on camera video light

Depending on what other accessories you need, you may be able to use an on-camera video light when shooting in a static environment. These lights provide an ideal fill light when shooting under downward lighting, helping to fill out any unwanted shadows.

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