posted by Liam Dryden

Here’s how to make the most out of the camera you always have in your pocket!

So far, our video-making how-to series Vlogging 101 has touched on a lot of elements that cover the use of cameras. But of course, it’s fair to say that not everyone can really invest in the same gear so easily. However, did you know you’ve already got the tools for a semi-professional vlog in your pocket? That’s right, it’s time to talk about the phone vlog.

In a new Vlogging 101 video, we cover the basics of using your phone as a successful video camera alternative. And to top it all off, the whole thing was filmed on an iPhone 6. y’know, just to make the point.

Watch our advice on filming a killer phone vlog below.

And if you need it, here it is in writing:

DON’T FILM IN PORTRAIT. Vertical videos might be acceptable on platforms like Snapchat, but YouTube is still a site where videos are optimised for 16:9 landscape. You can fit more in a landscape video and it just looks better on your channel. Save your portrait videos for your insta story and turn your phone!

Colour correction is handy. Phone cameras do film in good quality, but their colour has a tendency to look a little bit flat. It takes a bit of practice in whatever editing software you use, but we’ll cover that another day.

Your phone is really, really upgradeable. There are so many accessories and equipment you can add to improve what your filming with your phone. There are mountable lenses for phones that can change the filming perspective – like the Olloclip used in the video above.

You can also find some microphones that can be plugged into your phone’s headphone jack to improve the sound quality a bit. Like all good gear, this stuff will cost, so it’s up to you whether you want to break the bank on extra gear or invest in a more advanced camera.

You already know that there’s loads you can do with your phone. And if you can say you used it to kickstart your YouTube career, then that will just earn you even more credit in the future!


For more advice on nailing your first YouTube videos, check out the other videos in the Vlogging 101 playlist below.