Before you turn the camera on, the perfect set up is essential. When it comes to your “set up,” I am talking about equipment, but I’m also talking about background, lighting and environment, too.
First, you need to think about where you want to film. For a sit down video, your bedroom or office is fine – a neutral background with a nice, clean space (you can keep that pile of clothes behind your camera) is preferable. If you’re making a workout video, though, you need to make sure either you have all the equipment you need at home, or you’re going to be in a gym that allows filming and will give you the space you need to make your video. A tripod will be especially helpful if you’re filming outside because it will ensure you get decent angles that are easy to watch. If you’re just filming at home, though, a pile of books will do the trick
Lighting is important. If you’re lucky enough to have large windows that let in natural sunlight all day, you’ll be fine. But if not, you’ll either have to make sure to film while the sun is out, or invest in a ring light. Professional lighting will severely improve the quality which is a must if you’re hoping to hit the big numbers.
Sound is another massively important factor which is easy to forget about, especially as a viewer. But if you’ve ever been watching a video in which the audio suddenly trails off, only to be replaced by subtitles for a minute or so, you’ll know how annoying it can be. A microphone will be life-changing when it comes to sound quality, and they don’t have to be expensive.
Obviously, if you want to film a YouTube video, you need a camera. You don’t need to go all out and get the fanciest DSLR or mirrorless camera right off the bat, though they will be worth it once you’re ready to upgrade. You essentially need anything that can record content at least 1080p (quality is king remember) but a webcam or phone can do that if you’re trying to cut costs.