If you follow me on Instagram or YouTube then you will of seen (hopefully) that last year (well last month 😂) we took part in vlogmas which as we were mainly doing vlog videos, vlogmas quickly turned into daily vlogging which looking back on it now was something we were definitely not prepared for…..
So I thought I would share the tips, tricks and experiences we learnt from our first month of daily vlogging and just creating a YouTube channel in general.
The first thing that we learnt is that you don’t need an expensive camera or a shed full of camera equipment! We were lucky enough to have the choice of either using my phone (Huawei P smart) or between two fairly decent cameras as my partner is into photography.
Seen as we already had a fairly decent camera that is what I first chose to start filming on but I straight away came across a few issues…
1. I couldn’t see myself when filming, our camera doesn’t have a screen that folds out so that you can see yourself when filming which is something I never even noticed because we had always used the camera for photos not filming. This wasn’t a major issue just something that I hadn’t really prepared for and it made both filming and editing more difficult.
2. When filming in public it was alot more noticeable when carrying round a camera (and heavy).
3. Sometimes you would want to catch something on camera to put in the vlog but wouldn’t have it to hand or charged.
4. you have alot more issues with the memery card on a camera than you do on a phone (like alot more).also I had microphone issues with mine.
5. Last but not least the quality of a camera is not that different to phones nowadays, with phones progressing more in the filming and photography features there is not alot of difference between phones and camera’s.
After you finally get to grips with filming, editing and uploading (which takes about a month to get to grips with) you then have other factors to take into account like confidence and content.
This is where things went downhill for us, we had all the equipment but just didn’t have the confidence in front of the camera which was something I thought would get easier over time and it just didn’t if anything I noticed my flaws more and more as I continued to film.
Creating decent none boring content was also a major issue for us. We don’t lead a very exciting life and live in a small town so there just where days of having nothing really to film and when we did go out because our town is small it was starting to get very repetitive. We just didn’t do enough to create a constant stream of new and exciting content.
It also took alot more time than you would think to plan content then film it plus editing and uploading. It would take alot out of your day which are already hectic as it is if you have children.
Overall we were in no way prepared and for us it just didn’t work out we weren’t confident behind the camera and we just didn’t have much to share or the time to edit and upload on a regular basis.
If you are looking into doing a YouTube channel the tips I would give is to plan ahead, read up on possible content, tips for editing and create content a head of when your planning to upload.
Thank you for reading 😊.