How to set up your home video studio like a pro!

How to set up your home video studio like a pro

Adding video to your website or content marketing efforts?

You should consider it.  According to statistics, the video blog is the number 2 most read/watched blog post type.

I don’t know about you but I’ve struggled to get my system down so it is easy to make those videos.

In this post I’m going to show you how easy it is to set up your home video studio like a pro!

And I’ve added in extra resources to this post including a workbook showing you how to set up your home video.

Links to a couple posts to help you quickly create those video posts once you’ve got your home video studio set up and running…

I wrestled with setting up my home video studio myself and thought there has to be a better way!   So I turned to Youtube and got this simple 6 step process form one of the best in the business…James Wedmore.

Once I used his simple step by step process I was able to set up my studio and get rid of the shadows that had been plaguing me….

Annnnd…

To make it even easier for you I’ve put the entire process into a simple step by step tutorial that you can print out, add to your studio kit and have handy every time you set up your studio….

Step 1:  Essential Equipment

You can outfit your entire home video studio with the basics for less than $200 on Amazon.

Here’s a list to get you started:

  • Cowboy Studio Lighting Kit ($73 on Amazon)
  • Cowboy Studio Overhead Light ( $80 on Amazon optional)
  • Cowboy Studio Backdrop ($51.24 on Amazon)
  • 60″ Camera Tripod ($23.49 Amazon Basics
  • Audio Technica Lavalier ($29 on Amazon)
  • Neewer Light Ring  ( $169 optional)

2.  Setting Up Your Backdrop

IY Home Video Studio Backdrop

When setting up your backdrop you want to position it 3 feet behind where you plan to stand when shooting your video.  You want to appear like the polished expert that everyone wants to work with…

Take time to iron your backdrop fabric carefully and carefully inspect it when setting  up.

Wrinkles and stains on your backdrop are  a distraction. 

Step 3:  Setting Up Your Camera

How to Set Up The Camera For Your Home Video

Once you have your backdrop set up, mark 3 feet in front of it with some blue tape or to make it even easier find a volunteer to help you with this part of the set up, it will go much faster if you are manning the lights and camera while your subject is standing where you want to film.

Place the camera 3 feet in front of your subject.  

Adjust your camera height so you’re filming the subject at eye level.  You’ll want to appear in the middle to upper 1/3rd of your camera/iPhone when it is horizontal.

Look at the example image above of how James is positioned… see where he is standing?

It’s what you want to achieve because you’ll have room around to position captions or copy when creating a custom thumbnail for your video when editing.

Step 4:  Lighting Your Background

How to light the background in your home video studio

This is where it got tricky for me and I know this step is going to help you out…

Get your lights as close as possible to your background.

Position them at a 45 degree angle aiming them at your background  – you want it to look super white with no shadows.

One on each side of your subject.

Next step is to light your subject and you may want to come back and play around with these background lights once again to make sure there aren’t any shadows on your backdrop…

Step 5:  Lighting Your Subject

How to light your subject in your home video studio

Lighting your subject is pretty much the same as lighting your backdrop.

You need two lights positioned at 45 degree angles on either side of your subject.

The first light you position is the primary light, just choose one side and light up that side of your face.  

The second light is on the other side of your face also at a 45 degree angle and with this one you will position it to fill in all of the shadows on the face of your subject.

Shadows on your face, on your backdrop  and overall dark lighting are things that you want to avoid on your video

Take time moving this light around until you get it looking white and crystal clear on your video.

Now it’s time to make a test video.

Do this each time to make sure your lighting is set up and your audio is working perfectly.

I’ve saved myself a lot of time, tears and headaches by running a test each time I shot one of my videos.

Watch the entire home video studio tutorial  here:

Home Video Studio Options

I want to go over the optional equipment from the list above so you can decide if is is worth the purchase and know how to use it in your home video studio.

  1.  The third light – use this up high like the screen shot below.  Place it high over your head to highlight and add extra depth to your video shoot.
  2. Light Ring – This is used to add more light on your face plus you can put the colored ring on it to change the tone of your skin.  Totally optional but if you’re serious about looking amazing on camera without having to do a bunch of additional editing this is a great tool to have.
  3. Editing – I would be remiss if I did not mention Screenflow – I use this tool to edit all of my videos…I used to struggle and hate the editing of my videos.  So much so that I would shoot them and put them up unedited…not my best move.  Now I can drag in music screen shots, bumpers and have fun editing my videos!

Over Head Lighting

Over Head Light For Your Home Studio

Light Ring

Light Ring For Studio

ScreenFlow

Screen Flow Editing Tool

Back over to you…Let me know if you found this helpful!

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