Monday, November 19, 2012

My Filming Setup!

Hi friends,

I get many questions on the setup I use for filming, and want to share it here so you can duplicate exactly what I have.

For my camera I use the Canon EOS Rebel T3i.  It is pretty much the top entry level HD DSLR available.  This is the kit I bought with the 18-55mm kit lens.

I also use this entry level lens for most of my filming.  It is the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens.  This is the lens in my videos that gives the blurry softening effect in the background.

This is my current tripod which is a huge upgrade from my previous one.  It's a Manfroddo MKC3-H01.  It's light-weight, super sturdy, and folds down so it can be stored out of sight when I don't need it.

Now for my lighting.  This is a similar umbrella kit to what I have.  Only difference is this comes with much better bulbs than the one I got.  Stick with CFL's.  Halogen are great, but super hot indoors and will rack up your electricity bill.  The 5000K bulbs in this kit will give a very natural light.  I still recommend going with bigger more powerful bulbs.

These are the bigger bulbs that I was talking about.  They are about twice the size of the ones that come with the umbrella kit, and almost 3x's as powerful.  These are the exact ones I am using now.

So there you have it.  This is a great way to go if you are wanting to up the quality of your videos on your own YouTube channel.  As you can see, you can duplicate exactly what I have for under $900.  For an entry level DSLR setup this is a great deal!  Keep in mind I did not buy all of this at once.  Like my makeup kit everything was bought as I went along.  This should at least save you the time in research and trial-and-error that I went through.  I hope this was helpful. 



  1. Thanks for the tips! Xoxo Ana

  2. Is there auto focus when you film?


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