Cheap Gear to Start a YouTube Channel

There's no need to break the bank when it comes to creating a YouTube equipment list. It may seem like you need to invest a ton of money on filming equipment for YouTube but the truth is that you can create amazing video content on a budget and I'm going to show you how.

Today, we're digging into how you can create professional looking YouTube videos using equipment you might already have and we're also going to dig into some purchases to uplevel your content while sticking to a $100 budget.

The Camera

This might not be as important as you think. No doubt you've thought that you need an amazing (or expensive!) camera to get great video results but in reality, lighting and audio are far more important.

This means you can start with what you have! If you're using a smartphone, like an iPhone, chances are your rear facing camera will do the trick. Set it up on a tripod or prop up in a window and you're good to go!

The Lighting

Lighting will make or break your video quality. It doesn't matter how amazing your camera is if you have terrible lighting, it will totally detract from your video.

On that note, natural lighting is absolutely the best lighting you'll get. So if you can make use of that, you'll be golden. But don't worry, there are options to really help you make the most of the lighting situation you have.

Softbox lighting is a great option and there are so many types you can get for under $100. In fact, this is where I'd be most inclined to invest my money since we already established that lighting will make or break your videos.

The Tripod

This isn't a total necessity but is so nice to have! A tripod will help you create a steady shot and you won't have to worry about holding the camera while you film. I prefer the Gorilla style tripods as they really allow the ability to get a variety of shots.

However, you can totally get away with propping your camera up on a stack of books. We've all done it!

The Microphone

Audio is so important because your viewers need to be able to hear you and they need to be able to hear you well! I use a Blue Yeti and while this microphone sometimes gets a bad rep, it's simply because many don't understand the proper settings. Remember, the closer you are to the microphone, the better the audio will be.

On the cheaper side, you can try a Blue Snowball, which people love.

Maybe you're not ready to invest in that yet. It's totally worth it but you can also use the mic on your earbuds.

So what do you think? Are you ready to tackle the equipment?


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