I have been asked by a lot of business professionals recently for some advice about video conferencing and recording videos with there smartphones.  I put everything together in this The Ultimate Guide to Smartphone and Webcam Accessories

It starts by using what you have and learning how to look and sound as good as possible.

Smartphone Accessories Guide

My goal with this guide was to choose only the accessories you need on a budget.  There are thousands of options. If you need something different or more advanced, you can set up a coaching call with me.

You can download the complete list

I have broken this guide into two parts. The first is if you are going to record on your smartphone. The second is if you are using a webcam. I have made a video about both topics.

Microphone

 

Tripod

Lights

Bonus

Smartphone Lens

Moment Tele Portrait Lens https://amzn.to/2Qq03q3

Lens case – the lens will not work without a case that is made for the lens. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=moment&tag=millerfarm04-20&ref=as_li_qf_sp_sr_tl

Webcam Accessories Guide

Webcam – (note due to the COVID-19 Crisis webcams have become hard to find and over priced.  I recomend using the camera you already have on your computer or smartphone until prices go back to normal.)

Lighting

 

Microphones

  • Desktop Microphone https://amzn.to/3dfkEHb
  • Lav microphone Audio-Technica ATR-3350IS https://amzn.to/2U1cZ7S (make sure you computer has a headphone and mic jack.  You might also have a combo jack which will work with this micrphone.  Some newer computers may not have the ablity to plug in a microphone this means you will need a USB micrphone like the desktop microphone I recomend.)

 

Headphones

If you need help deciding what to purchase or how to set everything up, you can book a consulting call with me: https://millerfarmmedia.com/service/video-marketing-coaching-and-consulting/

If you want someone to do the strategy, recording, and edit, try our remote directed video services: https://millerfarmmedia.com/service/remote-directed-video-production/

You might be tempted to not use video but there is a powerful connection you build with someone when you can see their face.  Being able to see each other also helps people stay focused.

Don’t get lost in the equipment. Just get started. Simple is better.

Make sure the camera isn’t looking up your nose. Elevation is your friend. Get the camera a little higher than your eye line to make the image look a little more flattering.  Pay attention to your background. Put something behind you besides a blank wall. The little things you do will make you look more professional.  Make sure to look at the camera because it will make people feel like you are looking at them.  Finally, make sure to test everything before you go live.

Bonus video with some tips for how to look good on camera and what to do with your hands: