Recently I posted a picture of my setup for my Facebook lives. It is kind of hacked together and inexpensive, but it works (and works well). I run my little mini-empire from a 4×8 foot space in our family living room so my setup can work for anyone!
Here is my equipment list. (Disclaimer – I make NOTHING off of any of the links on this page. I am not currently an Amazon affiliate, so here- enjoy!)
I LOVE this stand. It gets my MacBook off my desk, at a good height. There is even space underneath where I can tuck pens or notebooks. I have to admit, I needed it up about another 1/2 inch, so I stuck a small book under it. I am terrible at not using my mouse, so I still end up using the tracking pad and this fits it so nicely!
These clamps come in a set of 2, and I purchased 2 packages. They open to about 2″ and clamp onto just about anything. They also have a built-in swivel so it’s easy to manipulate where the light is pointed or where the camera is directed! The clamps have little rubber feet that helps them be more sturdy. I have lost one, so then I went and glued the others on.
This was hard to find. I wanted something that would be flexible for my phone, my husband’s phone, and our small point & shoot camera. It is very adjustable but sturdy at the same time. It opens up fairly wide.
I wanted to have natural light during the day, but a lot of what I do, I do in the evenings or on cloudy days (because I live in Eastern Ontario – and there are a lot of cloudy days.) Being a past professional photographer, I know that your lighting is everything. I wanted something that had good options for the amount of light, was lightweight to hold onto the clips, and was BATTERY powered (because I didn’t want extra cords running). This thing runs off of 6 ‘AA’ batteries. I have been using it fairly often for over a year and still haven’t had to replace the batteries. I have 2 and if I am doing a longer video, I will set both up and angle point them at me. They are also a great light for product shots because they are continuous- you can see where any shadows lay. They come with some filters, but honestly, I lost them! The light intensity is adjustable, so you can adapt it depending on how far away you are from the source. I tend to be about 2-3 feet, so I keep it on the lowest setting. If you are further away, just crank it up a bit!
One of the things you didn’t see in the pictures, is my Joby tripod. I love this thing (and this one comes with the same phone clip as I am recommending above. That means that I can attach a phone or light, whatever I need. As a family, we take it all over. Because I am a geek, I will also often bring one of my lights, too, so I can get better pictures when I am traveling.
There you have it – my big fancy Facebook Live kit! Investing in a few key pieces can really help raise the quality of what you do.
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