I love making videos and I have fancy cameras and lots of gear. But these days I shoot everything on my iphone and I use the four basic tools that I’m sharing with you in this guide. The total budget, (assuming you already have a smartphone), is just $90.91!!
And it all fits easily in my messenger bag so I’m ready to shoot wherever I go.
Here’s my keep-it-simple video gear list to get you shooting awesome video without spending a ton of money:
1. Tripod – Cost: $12.96
This handy little tripod extends up to 50″ high allowing you to raise your camera up to your eye level making a much more flattering angle. It’s light-weight and even comes with a quick release plate making for easy and fast set-up.
2 & 3. Smartphone Video Mount & Microphone – Cost $59.95
This is a must-have if you love making high quality videos. The mini microphone dramatically improves your sound quality. It hears the sound that’s in front of the microphone while rejecting sound from the rear and sides making it especially useful when recording in a location with background noise. It’s really compact letting you carry this rig with you wherever you go. (to conferences and networking events). And the wind screen will allow you to record outdoors on windy days.
4. Wide Angle Lens – Cost $15.99
This wide angle lens is super helpful when you’re shooting in a tight space and you need to show more, or when you’re interviewing a guest and you want to easily get the two of you in the same shot. You just clip the lens right onto your smartphone and it will give you a really wide angle shot.
When you’re doing an interview, the lens gives such a wide view so that you can still be an arms-length from your phone, and hold it selfie-style, but now you’ll have lots of space in the shot for both you and your guest to talk to each other.
If you’re walking around with your phone and you’re wanting to give your viewers a tour of what’s going on around you, the wide angle lens is a great tool for showing everything in your background. It’s particularly good for indoor spaces because it can help show an entire room.
I made a video showing how to use this wide angle lens for doing interviews right here >
And that’s it! Total Budget: $90.91 (*recent prices on Amazon)
With these four tools – plus your smart phone – you’re ready to shoot any time & anywhere – and all for less than $100!