All the equipment you need to record a quality YouTube video

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August 28, 2019
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When I first got into creating videos back in 2016 it was out of necessity for my work. I really wanted to try the concept of creating videos for social media so I had to learn everything from scratch (thanks, YouTube!) Since then I’ve gone from not knowing anything to having a full-on studio in my house and editing my own videos. Below I’ve compiled a list of all my current equipment that I use every time I shoot a new video for my channel. I am not an affiliate and will not be making money from you buying these.


Nikon D750 with 24-120mm Lens

I got this camera as my birthday gift and I absolutely love it! The lens is great for just about anything – portrait, moving objects, landscape, and, of course, video. I do have to warn you, the camera will stop recording after 10 minutes, so if you are to use something like that you need to record in chunks. It doesn’t bother me, but you need to be mindful of this.

Also, I’ve recorded plenty of videos on my cell phone, but the quality will NEVER compete with a professional camera. Also, this particular model is currently heavily discounted so it’s basically a steal!

Get yours at B&H

Nikon D750 DSLR Camera with Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f ...


I use three different types of lights whenever I record a video.

  1. Natural light – always the best!
  2. Ring light
  3. Background light

Ring light: Dracast Halo Bi-Color 180 Ring Led Light

This light is a holy grail of all lights. If you’ve ever used one, you know what I mean. It’s portable, gives your face a nice, bright look and it eliminates shadows like no other light does.

Here’s the one I have, but there are plenty of options to choose from.

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Dracast LED180 Halo Bi-Color Ringlight DRRNG180B B&H Photo ...

Background lights

These lights are not always necessary. I only use them when I don’t get enough natural light. These lights are great at brightening your background, and just making the whole video look more lit.

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LimoStudio-Photography Photo Portrait Studio 600W Day ...


Hotec UHF Wireless Microphone

Finding a decent wireless mic that wouldn’t cost me a fortune was really challenging. In my opinion, you may not have the best camera, but you HAVE to have good enough sound. So I found the one below and I am pretty happy with it. It connects fast and well and keeps my audio pretty clear (after audio stabilization in iMovie). You do have to charge it after you shoot your videos as the battery doesn’t last long.

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Hotec UHF Wireless Headset Microphone/Lavalier Lapel Mic ...


MACTREM M-PT55-Bk PT55 Travel Camera Tripod

Tripod was another piece of the equipment I knew I had to get right. My camera is not cheap and it’s pretty heavy, so naturally, I wanted to find a tripod that would support the weight of it and won’t tip over. I got the one below and I love it! It’s lightweight, not bulky at all, and can be easily moved around.

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MACTREM M-PT55-Bk PT55 Travel Camera Tripod Lightweight ...

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