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In the past nine months I've finally managed to get the task of filming a YouTube video down to something resembling a vaguely organised process. Back when I started out there were a lot of things I'd forget to do or use and I neglected a lot of things that would help make my life easier.
I now film at least two videos per sitting (always helpful if you botch one of the videos up in terms of lighting or audio) and always prepare the following essentials:
A TRIPOD: Why on earth I used to attempt stacking muji draws and boxes back in the day I'll never know. They don't cost the earth and will make your life so much easier!
A REMOTE: Up until the start of this year I still didn't own a remote for my camera. This is the cause for a lot of the off focus footage and reshooting that used to occur on a weekly basis. You can start recording from a distance with one of these babies - you'll never need anyone to help focus a camera ever again!
A MICROPHONE: Since I got my microphone I haven't had a single person comment saying I sound too quiet. Having a decent microphone allows you to use a fixed point lens that requires you to sit further away without having to shout your way through a tutorial.
64GB MEMORY CARDS! I used to film on a 16 GB card and constantly had to clear it half way through a video due to a full card. 64GB gives me space to film at least four seriously lengthly videos if I want. (I don't, I usually stop at two/three as I get hungry and stop making sense at four!)
A DIY BOUNCE LIGHT: Or a real one, but a DIY bounce can be anything from a big mirror to a large white piece of card. I use these when the lighting situation is a bit desperate. By popping one under my face (either on my lap or on a surface depending on where/how I'm sitting) and positioning it correctly, the light from my window or soft box hits the surface and bounces on to my face. This usually helps to correct any shadow issues I'm experiencing and can work beautifully for tutorials. It can be hit and miss but always a good item to have at hand rather than writing off a day that you planned to film on.
FACE WIPES: These are great for filming makeup tutorials and taking care of the aftermath of sit down videos. I sometimes have to film multiple tutorials in one day, so I use the Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Cleansing Wipes*. They are amazing at removing my makeup quickly, but without being too harsh or drying on my skin. I keep my micellar waters and cotton pads in the bathroom and this saves me going backwards and forwards to correct mistakes or remove makeup. I'd also recommend these for the cut aways of sit down videos - I would frequently forget to remove swatches from the back of my hand and then end up with product accidentally smeared on to things! Oops. After filming my MAC Lipstick Collection I realised they're an absolute god send if you need to swatch a million lipsticks in a row!
TOUCH UP MAKEUP: This is more for chatty videos, but it's so important to keep your lipstick and a powder to hand when filming. Sometimes I take so long to film that my lipstick starts to wear off (always a good look) and during the summer things can get seriously sweaty.
A TOWEL: You might think this is a random one, but I can't count the number of times I'd put a product or brush down on my bed after taking about it, only to realise it has leaked or brushed on to the bed. Keep a towel by your side and keep the products there - it also makes cleaning up after filming a breeze as everything is on one towel ready to be scooped up!
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