The Nikon Z50 looks like a pretty neat camera. Positioning itself as an entry-level mirrorless camera sitting somewhere between the capability of the D5x00 and D7x00 series DSLRs. Its design seems to have involved a couple of questionable decisions. The folks at Amateur Photographer got to speak to Rob Rob Harman, Senior Commercial Planning Manager at Nikon UK to find out more about those decisions.
One of the big excuses I hear for people who want to do YouTube but don’t is that they don’t have the room. There’s just not enough space where they live to be able to set up lights and cameras and microphones and everything else. Well, Caleb Pike to the rescue!
In this video, Caleb shows us how we can create a complete recording setup for YouTube which includes the camera, light, microphone and other doohickies on just a single light stand in order to be able to shoot whenever we want, wherever we want, and have it take up as little space as possible.
The Sony A6400 is a camera of choice for many vloggers: it has good video features, a flip screen, and retails at a reasonable price. However, if you want to add an external microphone to it, you either have to rig it on the side of the camera, or it will completely block the screen when you flip it. In this video, Jason Vong will show you a simple and dirt cheap solution that will let you mount a microphone on top of your camera for cleaner sound without blocking the screen.
From the moment it was announced, the DJI Osmo Pocket became an instant hit with vloggers. But with great quality video and a tiny form factor that easily fits into your pocket while housing a full 3-axis gimbal, that eventuality was not much of a surprise.
One big issue for vloggers, though, is audio. Many choose to use external microphones. There haven’t really been any options for the Osmo Pocket to get external audio. There are various Type-C to microphone adapters out there, but none of them actually worked with the Osmo Pocket. Now, though, DJI has their own official adapter.
There are a few brands out there that make small, compact tripods. But SwitchPod is a new product that aims to provide you with everything you need from a mini tripod. It’s small, lightweight, compact and it transforms in a few seconds. And you could find it useful regardless of the camera you use and what you shoot, be it photos videos or vlogs. Well, especially vlogs, I’d say.
I’ve been following The King of Random on YouTube for a few years now. Most of the stuff they do on there is, as the name would suggest, kinda random and often a little bit weird. Every now and again, though, they post something quite useful for photographers and filmmakers – even if it’s just how to do something that would make a cool practical effect.
This video, though, is definitely useful for anybody who has to sit and speak in front of a camera. Here we see how to make a DIY teleprompter using just a sheet of acrylic and a few pieces of black foamcore. The total cost is probably less than $10 – not including your phone.
2018 has been pretty exciting when it comes to photo gear. While many photographers and filmmakers are upgrading or completely switching systems, some prefer using their old gear for years.
Filmmaker Darious Britt has used a Canon 60D for eight years now, even though there are so many better cameras now available in the market. In this video, he discusses why he still chooses to stick with the good, old 60D instead of upgrading his gear.
If you want people to take you seriously, whether it’s in a vlog or a simple video conference with a colleague or client, you need to have good lighting. As photographers or filmmakers we’re supposed to know this stuff. So, having bad lighting on ourselves doesn’t really set a great impression.
In this video, Jay P Morgan at The Slanted Lens takes a look at how to easily light for vlogging, or any other time you might want to point a camera at yourself for a quick video. And it doesn’t even have to cost a lot of money – or any at all.
When it comes to vlogging with just your phone, the first thing you should buy is a microphone. The native audio from the iPhone is not stellar, to say the least. And a good microphone is the fastest way to bump the quality of a phone video. While for work we use RODE’s $289 Videomic Pro Plus, we got to test its little vlogging buddy, the $79 RODE ME-L.
If you are a TL;DR kind of person, here is the short version, the ME-L is a stellar microphone for $80. Heck, it was still a stellar piece if it was costing $100, but hey! Rode decided to leave some money on the table. Good for us! (If you are not an iPhone person, there is a similar mic, the Videomic-ME that connects to a standard Android/TRRS/headphones connector, and it even costs less money!)
Sony has recently announced a fancy compact superzoom camera, the Sony RX100 VI. It looks identical to the RX100 V, but it boasts a 24-200mm equivalent zoom range and comes with a couple of improvements. Kai Wong had a chance to play with the new vlogging camera from Sony, and he brings you his first impressions of this latest piece of gear.