Vlogging daily was something that I discussed with my husband, Paul, at length before we started our channel up again. Having others look into our daily lives can feel like such an invasion of privacy, but we decided to give it another go.
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If you would like to start a daily vlog for your family, I would be happy to share why we chose to do so and how to get started.
Decide Ahead of Time What you Want to Show
For us, this was a no-brainer. We wanted to show the happy moments from our life and have them documented to watch Erin grow. Obviously, maybe show some of our biggest struggles along the way to see what we overcame in our lives, but you get the jist.
Do you want just the happy moments? Or do you want to show it all? These are things you need to discuss and think about with your family. Remember that by posting these online, you are literally showing the world everything, so yes. It’s not always easy to pick what to show, but makes it much easier to edit if decided ahead of time.
Decide How You Want to Record Your Videos
There are several different methods of recording daily vlogs. Some walk around with their camera and show what they are doing when they are doing. Others choose to share these moments interview style. There are are pros and cons to both.
Walking around with your camera gives the audience a chance to see what you are seeing and react with you. However, it can cause some funny looks when you do it in public. (I don’t let those looks get to me. In fact, I plan on handing out business cards with my channel name on them once I get them printed up.)
Interview style allows you to sit in the comfort of your own space and share your day like a diary. There is nothing wrong with this. You can set up the area to have great lighting and get to tell your story where you want to tell it at.
Decide What Camera You Want To Use
This is a question that definitely changes over time as technology evolves. This can also depend on what type of recording you plan on doing. Let me share the most recent recommendations I have been seeing from vloggers.
For a camera to carry around, I have been seeing great reviews for the Canon PowerShot S120 and the Canon PowerShot G7X. Both are a little pricey, but have a great wide angle to be able to catch everything you want to show in your shot. Plus, they are both so portable, they can be tucked in your pocket.
Now if you want to sit in front of your camera and do it interview style, you may want to get a bigger camera. A popular camera for video on a tripod right now is the Canon Rebel T5i.
Keep in mind, you definitely do not need these cameras to get started. They are simply recommendations that I have been seeing lately from other vloggers. I am currently using one I have had for several years and I have been making out just fine with it.
If you have any questions, I would be happy to help you out in getting started or by looking into any of the questions you have regarding daily vlogs. It is a great way to document your family and even your own aspirations.