Using any of our five gadgets to start with travel vlogging, you'll learn how to start a vlog while keeping your hard earned money in your bank. Many people think that to enter the world of YouTube or start with your cinematic career, one needs to have high-end camera models. They not only cost tons of money to start with but, the investment could also turn out to be risky. Why, you ask? Well, what if after purchasing these high-end gadgets, you actually realize that this field is really not your cup of tea?
The world of vlogging is mostly run by a person’s personality and how creative the videos are. I know, for a fact, that most of the vloggers who started with their careers on YouTube started with their phone cameras and then upgraded their tools steadily.
Below, you will find Five Gadgets to Start With Travel Vlogging, which are enough as a beginner in the world of travel vlogging.
1. Nikon D 3400
I honestly feel Nikon D 3400 is one of the best entry-level cameras. It has not only allowed me to shoot during the night time but, it was also available in my budget. I have shot night sky, done steel wool photography, captured waterfalls, landscapes, and several other creative things with my meagre camera.
Additionally, the latest models have a Bluetooth connection, which allows you to download the images on your phone through their smart application. I further invested a bit in the zoom lens – 70-300mm, which enables me to capture those perfect shots from the distant, as well as the birds in the sky, which makes everything cinematic and dreamy for the vlogs.
Furthermore, it is lighter and you can shoot at 60 FPS for all those cinematic shots we all love so much.
The most distraught thing while vlogging can be an unclear sound or external disturbances. Although there are many tools that can help you reduce the noise, best would be to buy a mic at a cheaper price online. You can even get a deal with the help of some discount coupons. This will not only help in boosting the quality of your videos but will also help you in engaging with a wider audience through your videos.
The clear sound will help in a better experience for your audience. Just remember, even after buying a mic, make sure it is placed near you so the voice does not seem distant or unclear. Check out all our favorite smartphone audio recorders: Filmmaker Smartphone Audio Recording Devices
3. Macbook Air
This goes without saying. Of course after recording everything, you would need a tool that could compress your videos into a short video series of creativity. The most famous and convenient software used for this, these days are Adobe Premiere Pro and FCP.
To use Adobe, one can easily buy a Windows laptop, however, FCP is best suited for MacBooks. While buying a laptop, just check the functioning and compatibility of these two applications before making a choice. I personally chose Air because it is light to carry around, good for easy video edits and also I wanted to test the capability of vlogging first before investing.
A pro tip would be to buy a second-hand model instead of purchasing a new one at first, learn the settings and how to edit a movie and then upgrade it to a new one later after understanding the tips and tricks and what suits you best.
4. Gorilla Tripod
If you are looking to vlog, the best method for it is to attach the gorilla tripod to your DSLR and hold the camera to record yourself vlogging. This not only provides you with the best quality, but you will also be able to record your shot in a stable manner.
Walking around with your camera, along with your gorilla tripod will make the shots smoother and it will also help to shoot while using your zoom lenses. Also, if you record yourself directly holding the camera, your face will be really close to the lens, however, this is where a gorilla tripod will help you in maintaining a distance between yourself and the lens.
I bought a gorilla tripod online at a discount from a local brand last year and it is working fine till now. Obviously, you can upgrade the model once you have set your footing, but for a start, a local gorilla tripod can do wonders for your vlog.
5. GoPro Session 5
If you are into adventures while travelling, then GoPro will act as your best friend. Not only this tiny gadget is pocket-friendly but is also very strong and rigid. Also, it will help you get underwater shots, as well as time lapses. There are times while travelling, taking out a DSLR from your bag inside a forest or on the mountain becomes a task, GoPro Session 5 has helped me a lot in these cases.
Many times I have kept this gadget in the snow without any worries about it getting damaged by the harsh weather or due to water.
I hope these tips helped you in some way to solve your problems with what all you need to vlog. Honestly, even a device like a phone can do wonders if you know how to play around it. But if you want some serious vlogging coming your way, these should be enough for the beginning.
About the Author
Radhika Sharma is a travel blogger, an avid YouTuber & an IG influencer for the past 2 years, based in New Delhi. She is the co-founder of the blog Nomllers and you can find her work on YouTube and Instagram.
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