When you see the setups that a lot of the more popular livestreamers and video uploaders have, it can seem pretty daunting. Videogamers have greenscreens in the background. Fashion vloggers seem to have gorgeous rooms to do their beauty routines in. Unboxers have the perfect surface to work on. Well don’t let it intimidate you, friend! We’re here to help you get started!
Determine your background
More often than not, vloggers and livestreamers don’t move the camera around. Their camera remains unmoving for the entirety of their videos. This lets them control what’s seen in the background. When you want to start, determine what you want your audience to see and focus on that rather than worrying about what the whole room looks like.
Best way to do this is to set up your camera, then take a look. If you like the background, but you’re worried about the lighting or décor, that’s no problem! You can adjust those after you’re sure on what you want behind you as you stream.
Set up your lighting
When you’re starting out, investing in lighting stands isn’t practical as, well, you’re just getting started. What you can do for good lighting without the light oversaturating everything and washing out your features is to make your own diffuser. All you need to do is get some plain white paper (personally, I prefer card stock as it’s stiff and tear resistant) and then set them up where you want your light source.
Then, you can set up your lamps or light to then face the paper or card stock, which will let the light bounce off the surface, diffusing it so that you have good lighting without the full glare of the lights directly on you.
Determine your theme
Decide on a cohesive look you want for your videos. If you want a pop-culture focused show, setting up surfaces behind you to house your collectibles will set the theme. If you have a fashion vlog, using muted colors in the back will ensure that the colors don’t clash with or distract from the colors of your makeup.
Never feel like you have to purchase new things just to create your theme setup. Using your existing collections is often better as it will end a more authentic feel. Your viewers will also get to see your collection grow over time, which helps build a connection with them!
What setup do you have at home? What DIY tips would you like to share with your fellow readers? Let us know!