Vlogging 101: How To Set Up Your YouTube Video Equipment For The Perfect Vlog

6 April 2017, 16:50 | Updated: 17 July 2017, 12:25

We the Unicorns

By Liam Dryden

From picking a lens to picking an angle; As always, we've got you covered.

So in our foray into adapting Vlogging 101 into a video series, we thought about some of the things we need, need, need to do every time we set up for a vlog. But then we realised "Hey! Setting up is a thing!" From clearing out memory space to picking the right camera lens; there are some pretty key steps to take with your YouTube video equipment before filming starts.

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So once again we've boiled down years of experience of vlogging into our own bespoke advice video, just for you. From stabilising your camera to picking the right angle to suit your face, there's a few things to get into; but the results always make it worth it.

Watch the Vlogging 101 video on how to set up your YouTube video equipment below.

And here are the notes in written form:


  • Make sure whatever you’re using to film is stable – it can be really annoying if you’re in the middle of a really great train of thought and your camera falls over right in the middle of it.
  • Ideally use a tripod – but if you don’t have it don’t worry! Everyone’s had the ‘book stack’ moment where you’re piling them on top of each other for the camera to sit on.
  • Angles are key – make sure you check you’re happy with it first. You don’t want to shoot for an hour then realise you hate the angle.
  • You want at least your head and shoulders in frame at all times; But unless you’re doing an outfit-based video, you don’t really want to go much lower than the waist. Because then you start filling the video with less of yourself, and more of the space around you.
  • Filming straight on is always a safe bet; but if you want to be a bit stylistic, you can try filming from slightly above your height; or maybe at an angle.
  • But DON’T film from below! It’s an uncomfortable angle and a lot of first time vloggers make this mistake.
  • There’s no wrong answer for what you should use to film; but the best videos these days record with at least 720 quality. Most phones film in 1080 now which is great!
  • If you have money to spend: splurge on a better lense more than the camera itself.
  • Make sure you have enough storage space!

Be sure to check out our latest "Perspectives" video - a chance for some of the biggest names in YouTube to share their advice and talk about the issues that really matter.