How Do I Start Vlogging?

Aaron Linson writes:

Chris, I’m thinking about vlogging — how do I start vlogging? What kind of camera would I need to get? How do you even hold the camera to get everything in shot? How long do you spend on editing every day? Thanks!

How is vlogging done? You pick up a camera that records video and record. I’m not being flippant! This is really all you need to do.

It doesn’t matter what camera you have. I use one of these, though your favorite modern-day smartphone should do, as long as you’re aware that the battery will drain quicker — which is largely why I choose to use a designated vlogging camera. You could keep it close to a power source, but that might limit your mobility if you have plans to vlog on the move. If you have a static space from which to vlog with electrical outlet access, this isn’t such a concern.

I spend between one to two hours editing the vlog, and probably the same amount of time recording or staging to record throughout the day. It takes a massive amount of time to do it the way we’ve decided to do it. You might find shortcuts that work for you — or longcuts, depending on how elaborate you want to make your vlog.

Good luck, Aaron, and please keep us aware of your progress! Maybe we’ll see you at VloggerFair? As you can see below, we’ve all got to start somewhere.

One thought on “How Do I Start Vlogging?”

  1. Since starting to watch Chris’ videos in late 2012 I have started vlogging myself and have learned a great deal over the year that I’ve been doing it.

    As Chris says, above, a smartphone will do the job, but I got a dedicated vlogging camera for a few reasons: 1) battery life (as Chris said) 2) I was worried about dropping and breaking a $500 smartphone 3) The field of view on my Galaxy SII was not wide enough so my head was sometimes only half in the frame :/

    I bought a Canon Powershot ELPH 330 (called an IXUS 255HS here in Australia). It is a really good camera and with a 8GB class 10 SD card takes about 30 mins of video.

    I also use a mini tripod to hold the camera in front of me. I find that it gives me more control and makes it less likely that I’ll drop the camera.

    I currently use Windows Movie Maker to edit – DON’T JUDGE ME! ;-) it does the job, but has a couple of limitations if you want to do the real pro-like stuff like video-in-video.

    The most important thing though is keeping it interesting. Scenes need to be short and sweet and have something in them that will keep people watching the video as well as come back to watch future videos. Videos should not be longer than 10 mins until you have a decent sized subscriber base.

    Anyway, that’s MY advice. Good luck and happy vlogging!

    (By the way – check out my channel if you want to see how my videos turn out – )

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