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Effortless And Simple Vlogging Tips To Vlog Success

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That earth shattering question has arrived… to blog or vlog right ? Well first thing’s first.. let’s chat about what is a vlog. What is vlogging ? Well blogging is not vlogging. Similar yes, but not the same. To blog lessens the necessity of a camera but to vlog ? Well the camera is where it starts. So to be short and sweet about it’s explanation is to say that vlogs are telling your story and communicating what you have to say through the camera.

If there’s one thing that can be appreciated about vlogging is that, it is seemingly more personal than blogging. You see your presenter, you experience the content in a more tangible way and it’s very transparent and with that transparency, the connections are more genuine than just words on a page. Now that might beg the question: Mr. Candid Writer, why don’t you vlog ? And indeed, that is a great question actually.. and my response for that would be that blogging and vlogging are done through two very different mediums. One medium is communication in written form  while the other is through video and talking to your audience.

With that said, as for me, I am very comfortable with the blogging medium in written form. You may be the same way too, thus electing to blog as your preferred medium. On the other hand, there are many people that will look at their options between the two and say that they would much rather vlog than blog. Consider your strengths, interests and what you want to communicate to the world and ask yourself, which medium would you choose or better yet (food for thought) would you combine the two ?

Of course, our focus today though is on vlogging so I’ll assume for the sake of this post that you’re continuing to read because you’d like to learn more about how to vlog, what vlogging is and to learn some vlogging tips as well.

One really nice thing that anyone considering a vlog can appreciate is that you don’t have to learn or familiarize yourself with a content management system (CMS) like Wordpress, Medium, Ghost or Blogger. Whew right ?

I know it’s easy to get overwhelmed knowing that you have to learn these platforms before you even start to write about what you want to tell the world if blogging was your preferred medium. So quite truthfully, as I contribute vlogging tips to this post here is one that is important and noteworthy… vlogging setup is pretty easy even for the most un-tech savvy man or woman (no matter what you’ve heard, you don’t have to be a techie). It all starts with a camera (easily the most important piece of hardware you’ll need) as seen in this post here: Vlogging Camera Picks.

It’s important to note that you could truly start out as simple as your smartphone camera, but it’s not going to cut it you’re going to compete with other vloggers or be seen as a real vlogger by the visitors that will inevitably view your vlog that you hope to keep as subscribers.

With that said, starting a vlog has the potential to provide you with varying levels of success in delivering your personality to your audience. It can be challenging to do that in the blogging medium but on the other hand can come across far more clearly through the vlogging arena. Of course, that varies from blogger to vlogger too. I just think that it’s fair to say that depending on the medium, either has the ability to showcase personalities and depending on the individual, that can be done quite successfully depending on the medium that works best in order to showcase who they are to their audiences.

Vlog And Vlogging Tips Passionate Vlogging

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With respect to more useful vlogging tips, vlog engagement is key in vlogging. Think of how you would have a conversation with someone else in your own life as you think about your vlog. There’s no magic ingredient to vlogging ease and it certainly shouldn’t be seen as an exercise that you do to connect with thousands of people. The reality is that it’s "you" talking about your passion and communicating that to one person that has come to listen. There’s always one person listening to what you have to say and you’re trying to make that connection “one person at a time” through what you enjoy the most. And sure, we can talk about the best vlogging camera to use, or the best youtube microphone and the strategies to get more people to your youtube channel, but none of these things matter if you can’t keep one person at a time engaged in what you have to say. Always think about how you are going to engage your audience.

The content that you are going to vlog about is you talking about what you are passionate about. When someone has come across your vlog, your engagement through all the vlogging tips and strategies you’ve learned and internalized will be so telling in how successful you may become as your vlog and it’s audience grows.

You may even be thinking.. easier said than done. And oh man, I completely understand just how reluctant anyone could be about being in front of the camera, but there are always tricks of the trade to even make that a bit less intimidating. For instance, you could always read what you want to say. Let’s be honest, if the biggest names in television read from teleprompters then what’s stopping the little guys like us from reading a script while we deliver content to viewers that want to hear what we have to say on our vlogs.

Here’s another idea in my emerging box of vlogging tips. Try this on for size: to make things even less intimidating than what I mentioned above, let’s say for example you want to do a product vlog. The camera could always be focused on your products while you simply talk about them in the background, mic’d up of course. With that said, while more traditional vlogs have the camera focused on the presenter, the vlogger or whomever the individual is, the reality is that the camera doesn’t have to be on you. A little thinking outside of the box while still providing video content still represents vlogging and still qualifies you as a vlogger. A vlog doesn’t have to fit into a neat little box of “this is what vlogging always looks like”.

In fact, I would challenge it and you in saying you should add your own spin to the vlog you want to create and see what you come up with. While there aren’t nearly as many vloggers online as compared to bloggers, your uniqueness may truly set you apart from even the most traditionally seasoned vlogs that exist online today.

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Uncovering The Best Vlog Camera For Vlogs And Vloggers

Good Vlogging Cameras For Vlogs

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So today we’re going to take a look into the lens of the vlogging camera. Blogs like this one are cool (shameless plug), but the vlog conversation is on the rise and the vlog camera just makes sense to talk about since it’s a critical tool for the newbie vlogger just as much as it is for the intermediate or seasoned professional.

With that said, vlogging in the most laymen of terms is blogging through the use of video. What I can truly appreciate about vlogging is that you can easily leverage Youtube’s massive audience by setting up a channel there and showing off your vlogs to the world with a pre-existing audience. A huge advantage over starting out with a blog, but that’s me digressing a bit. Nevertheless, getting back on topic.. just as there are necessary tools needed for the professional blogger the same goes for vlogging and I will discuss what the best tools out there are for those of you that would rather vlog than blog.

Checklist for those that just want to know what to look for as they consider their options:

Always ask yourself:

  • Is the weight of the camera good ? A lighter camera is better “especially” if you’re not going to use a tripod.
  • Go for a wide angle camera especially if you’re going to be shooting with a camera pretty close to you.
  • Stabilization is a clear choice because we’ve all had those shaky camera moments and when you produce your video, the less shaky the final video is the better.
  • Cameras with a microphone on the front are better since the camera for vlogging purposes is going to be facing you.
  • Full HD 1080p or better.. go for the best and nothing less. Anything less than HD is going to turn off your audience that you’re trying to build with your vlog.

So now that you know what to consider in any good vlogging camera, let’s move on without any further delay. Here are the top best vlogging camera contenders to take a look at to add to your vlog toolbox.

Canon Powershot S110

This camera is great for the beginner and is at a price point that won’t break the bank or make your heart drop. This camera will provide multiple levels of customization and is one of those cameras that’s basically a fan favorite. With our focus on vlogging this camera will provide you with full 1080p high definition video with a dedicated movie button. Of course you can expect responsive auto focus and built in on board WIFI so that if you need to transfer directly to social sites, you’re able to do that without having to transition over to your computer to do so. – LINK TO VLOGGING CAMERA -

Canon Vixia HF R700

This is an excellent camera for someone looking for a bit more functionality than the previous camera. If you’re like me, I love a ton of features even if I don’t use them all and with this camera, you’ll find full high definition 1080p video recording capability, steady video stabilizer and the ability to capture moving objects with high quality. This camera also has the ability to automatically choose the best image optimization for your images regardless of your image shooting condition as well. – LINK TO VLOGGING CAMERA –

Canon Powershot G7 X

What I love about this camera is the flip up touchscreen and the built in WIFI. Even moreso is the combination of its dedicated exposure compensation dial and click control around the lens that gives the operator a lot of control of what the camera can do in spite of its compact size. Additionally, this camera has a “great” lens. Not only do you get a great camera in the G7 X but you get excellent video quality from this too for your vlogging purposes. – LINK TO VLOGGING CAMERA –

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

It’s time to get serious with this professional mammoth of a camera. This camera is on a completely different level at 6 frames per second continuous shooting and the most impressive full HD video recording quality that you’re likely to see in a DSLR camera. It is in nearly every way, a significantly much improved camera over its predecessor.  Faster processor, touch screen, silent shutter and 100% viewfinder coverage. It’s hard to find a feature that a professional vlogger wouldn’t have at their disposal in this serious package in the Mark III. – LINK TO VLOGGING CAMERA –

Canon EOS 80D

Potential vloggers, this is a camera that was made to truly compliment Youtube video purposes. Surely, this is equipped with built in WIFI so you can upload videos directly from your camera and an impressive touchscreen focus and amazingly quiet, yet fast and accurate auto focus system. It’s almost fair to say that the video feature set and capabilities outshine what it can do as a standalone camera, but with respect to what it can do for your vlogging purposes, the Canon EOS 80D is truly a standout. – LINK TO VLOGGING CAMERA –

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

This is another very good, get the job done professionally vlog camera that will give you great results. While it may not have the extremely responsive autofocus that you’ll find on models like the 80D, this is a camera with a more reasonable price tag that provides an impressive feature set including built in WIFI with high speed continuous shooting as well. This camera also performs video recording in full 1080p high definition. Additionally, there are a few other hidden gems that haven’t been discussed here that you’ll love about this camera if you choose to select the T6i as your official vlogging camera for your vlog. – LINK TO VLOGGING CAMERA –

This selection of good vlogging camera options is a sample of what is out there amongst the ocean of cameras that one can use for vlogs. However, there are always highs and lows in using camera equipment. Poor equipment yields poor results and high quality equipment will yield more quality results. As in the case of one’s blog, you can either draw more people in to your website or lead them away and so much of that is a balance of your content and the tools that you use to showcase your brand and your business. The same can be said in the case of vlogs, vloggers and vlogging and the equipment that you decide to make the centerpiece of your toolbox that ultimately impacts everything that you do.

With that said, I hope you’ve enjoyed the selection of vlogging tools that I’ve outlined for the curious and potential vlogger in you.

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