WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING VIDEOS, I ALWAYS SAY START WITH WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE.
Great videos doesn’t have to be complicated, but I know there are a lot of options out there. So let’s cut through some of the confusion! From video gear, to hosting platforms, to business tools, you can find my absolute favourites here.
Please note there are some affiliate links on this page, but I love each one of these products and wouldn’t recommend something that I don’t personally use in my business.
I use a Westcott uLight 3 Light Kit for my blog videos and clients shoots. It’s durable, high quality and more than enough for most indoor shooting situations. This light kit come with tungsten (indoor) lights which tends to cast a warmer, yellowish tone to your footage. An easy fix is replacing the bulbs with daylight bulbs. They won’t be as bright, but they will create a nice, “daylight blue” color in your videos.
Manfrotto is a sturdy and reliable professional rated tripod that I trust to not fall apart during my shoots. I love the tilt ball head for full flexibility to position my camera from virtually any angle. The quick release plate also snaps out and fits into the tilt head (purchased separately) of my Manfrotto Monopod, making for quick transitions between shots where I don’t need a full tripod, but don’t want shaky footage from holding the camera too long. Here is a more economical alternative if you’re only shooting indoors.
I love this handy-dandy table-top iPhone holder for doing quick videos where you just need to have your phone propped up without a huge hassle. The flexible legs are perfect for attaching the iPhone to your DSLR camera tripod and using it as a teleprompter too! Just make sure you place the iPhone as close to your camera lens as possible, so no one can tell that you’re reading.
Stop messing around with different adapters and get a tripod that’s made specifically with your iPhone or iPad! This version is fully expandable so you can use it full length, or as a table-top tripod.
I love this versatile Teleprompter app that syncs with your Dropbox account! Simply upload your scripts in word format into your Dropbox and you can read them in this app.
This is a great alternative to professional teleprompters that are more than triple the price. The only caveat is that this teleprompter does NOT the professional standard 3/8″ screw size of standard tripods, but rather the smaller 1/4″ screw for lightweight video tripods. This means need a smaller tripod than the Manfrotto pictured above, or a drill to make the hole bigger to fit.
Liveleap is an amazing software that allows your Facebook live stream video to show up on your business page AND your groups, ALL AT ONCE. For those who live stream multiple times in different groups, this easy to use program will get you more traction in less time!
The cloud based software that I use to organize all my invoicing, CRM, projects and bookkeeping. It’s truly one of the most flexible programs that helps to streamline my workflow. I love the templates that you can create for emails, contracts, quotes (anything really!) and put it into a workflow so it’s all automated.