For many aspiring vloggers, there’s simply no budget to go out and spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, on a full studio full of equipment.
In some cases, you may just want to sample the art of vlogging before going ahead and investing in all the equipment.
If you don’t like it or feel like it’s not for you, at least you won’t have a tonne of microphones and cameras to deal with! Maybe you’re trying to improve your inventory, and you’re looking for new and exciting ways to vlog what you’re most passionate about?
Whichever category best describes you, you’re in luck. Over the last decade, smartphones, especially iPhones, have come an extremely long way in terms of development. In fact, it’s now completely possible to create superior-quality, highly engaging and complete vlogs, directly from your device. It’s just like having a mini recording studio in your pocket. Crazy right?
Today, we’re going to explore the ins and outs of creating a vlog with your smartphone, along with everything else you need to have the best vlogging experience.
- 1 Why Use an iPhone For Vlogging?
- 2 How to Create a Vlog on Your iPhone
- 3 Essential Tools, Apps, and Accessories
- 4 Lenses
- 5 Tripods
- 6 Lighting
- 7 Sound/Microphones
Why Use an iPhone For Vlogging?
Making vlogs on your iPhone may seem like quite a far-fetched idea to some but, in fact, it’s extremely do-able. In some cases, it may actually be more convenient than using proper vlogging equipment!
First and foremost, the camera quality on the iPhone is insane. If you’ve recently purchased an iPhone after 2015, so the iPhone 6 or above, you can even record in full 1080p and 4K. As you’ll already be fully aware, recording your vlogs in high quality is a must when it comes to gaining and securing those all-important subscribers!
However, there is a collection of apps that can use to further enhance your video quality by ‘unlocking’ hidden setting menus (details below).
What’s more, with the upcoming release of the iPhone X, you’ll be able to enjoy the added benefits of the new dual-camera revolution. This is an outstanding feature that creates outstanding and truly impressive footage, unlike anything many people will have seen before!
One of the greatest features you’ll benefit from using an iPhone is the autofocus feature. This is a continuous setting that will constantly keep your shot in focus. So, whether you’re sitting at home or running around your local park, you can be sure that your images and videos will always be in crystal-clear quality.
The software of iPhone filmmaking equipment also gives you a complete range of hardware and software options that can really help to drive forward your vlogs and give you full control over your vlogging experience.
For example, as with most smartphones nowadays, you’ll have the ability to use the front-facing camera. Although this typically records in a lower quality, you’ll still be able to enjoy outstanding results while seeing exactly what you’re recording. In most cases, you would have needed a DLSR camera with a flip screen but not anymore!
One of my all-time favorite features of the iPhone is the Time-Lapse feature. This is usually a post-production, however; the iPhone gives you this option as standard. There’s also a variety of apps you can download to give you, even more, settings when it comes to creating incredible time-lapse videos.
As with any smartphone, an iPhone can easily fit into your pocket which makes it one of the most highly portable camera/microphone devices in the world, especially when you consider the quality of the content you can produce.
This means it truly doesn’t matter where you are; you can still record content in an outstanding quality, all from a device you can find comfortably into your hand. You can use it on a plane, in public, at home, or wherever you think you can capture some fantastic vlogging footage.
How to Create a Vlog on Your iPhone
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There is a tonne of articles online which will briefly describe how to create vlogs on your iPhone. However, not all of them will go into detail about how you actually create a vlog that’s ready to go live.
Today, I’m going to share with you a complete step-by-step guide on how to actually create fully-featured, fully-edited vlogs, all from your iPhone device. For this tutorial, we’re going to imagine that you already have your idea for what you want to vlog about and you have already created a YouTube account to upload to.
Step One – Setting Up Your iPhone
So, let’s imagine that you’re already on location. This could be in your bedroom, your studio, a friend’s house or outside. Open up your iPhone and open your Camera. The first thing I would do is hit the Record button and take a video of the environment where you want to shoot.
This only needs to be a 5-second video max. Then, play back your video in landscape mode so you can see exactly what it’s going to look like. From here, you’ll be able to decide whether you need to add the flash to your shot or you may need to zoom in or out.
You’ll also be able to play with the settings. For this, open your devices Settings menu and head down to Photos & Camera. Some of the key features I would highly recommend turning the grid lines of your device on.
This will help you to determine whether your shot is straight and taken from the right angles. In this menu, you’ll also be able to adjust the quality settings to your personal preference. Now you’re ready to start vlogging!
Step Two – Capturing Your Vlog
Now it’s time for you to have some fun! Whether you’ve decided to use the front or back camera, hit the Record button and film away till your heart’s content!
Talk to your followers, engage in an activity or simply record whatever it is that you’re trying to capture. You may want to record the same thing several times, so you know you’ve got multiple attempts to play with!
Remember to smile and remember your doing some you’re passionate about so make sure you’re enjoying yourself during this step!
Step Three – Post-Editing & Uploading
Once you have finished recording, head over to your iPhone’s Gallery. You can also achieve this by clicking the three circles or photo preview in the bottom right of your camera screen. Look through your footage and delete any rubbish shots that you don’t want to keep.
This is now the step where you’ll edit your videos using some of the apps I’ll share below. If you’re happy with your vlog, head over to the YouTube app that usually comes preinstalled on your device. Sign in if you’re not already, and click Upload.
Now, select the video you want to upload to your account. During the upload process, you’ll be able to edit all your videos description and titles to whatever you want. Once completed, your video will be online for the world to see and you’ll have successfully have created a vlog using your iPhone filmmaking equipment! Congratulations!
Essential Tools, Apps, and Accessories
It’s fully possible to create vlogs directly from your iPhone. However, there’s a range of tools and accessories out there that can help you create truly exceptional vlogs that your followers and subscribers are going to love!
To give you a helping hand, I’ve chosen some of my favorite examples that can help you produce vlogs that are the highest quality!
Although the iPhone quality is outstanding, there are so many ways you can improve, enhance and introduce a new layer of control and customisation to your shots. One of the best ways to do this is using a lens. Here, I’ll list up three of my favorite lenses that will help you to take control of the way that you shoot your vlogs.
If you’re looking for the ultimate lens kit, these are ideal. This professional and super affordable cell phone lens kit is suitable and compatible with all kinds of smartphone, including the iPhone series. There’s a full collection of clips and lenses to choose from, ensuring you can get the exact shot that you’re after.
There’s all the lenses you could ask for, including an ultrawide 0.36x lens, a 15x macro lens, essential for those closeup shots and a 180° Fish Eye lens. It even has a 30-day money-back guarantee and a free 12-month replacement service.
- Large collection of clips and lenses
- Easy to use
- Soft rubber to protect iPhone
- Compatible with a range of devices
- Great for beginners and professionals
- Few reports that it doesn’t fit phone, such as the Galaxy S8
- Some complaints of poor quality such as blurry image
I personally love this kit. It’s basic and simple, yet it has everything you could need to capture some truly amazing shots. In short, you could have this kit and not even need a professional camera for your first few months while still producing high-quality vlog.Click Here To Read More
This is just one of many cases that come alongside a lens. This is an award-winning lens that comes combined with a highly-durable protective case, making it ideal for vloggers who are out and about in the field.
With this macro lens, you’ll be able to capture even the smallest objects or subjects in the highest detail, giving you full control over your footage and still imagery. Every lens comes with an incredible 12-month warranty so you can be safe in the knowledge that you’re buying quality.
- Lens and a protective case for your device
- No need for clips or risk of lens falling off
- Included wrist strap for easy access to device
- Cinema-Quality glass lens
- Outstanding focal length
- Limited to model and device
I really do love using this setup. The fact that the case and the lens are made for each other gives you a truly unique experience where there’s no risk of something not working. The case is a hardy and durable rubber so even when you drop your device, which is bound to happen when you’re vlogging, you don’t have to worry about damage. This is one serious iPhone attachment!View Price And More Reviews
This is one of the most popular and most award-winning phone lens kit available. The innovative clip-on feature means you can easily pop the lens over the top of your phone for both front and rear-facing cameras. In fact, this lens has been featured countless times by the likes of National Geographic, Mashable, Wired and more!
Despite only having two lenses on each side, you’ll be able to enjoy an array of functions. These include 180° Fish Eye field-of-view, a super-wide 120° which is ideal for landscapes and there’s even a super-15x macro lens, perfect for those close-up shots.
- Insane lens quality, regardless of what feature you’re using
- Minimal image and video distortion
- Capable of recording 360° VR-Ready shots
- Awesome zoom capabilities
- Screen-Protector friendly
- Some reports of clip scratching phone screen
- Some lack of attention to the details of lenses, such as the build of the Fish-Eye lens
This is my go-to phone camera lens. The clip is a professional clip, so if you don’t have a screen protector, especially on newer iPhone models with sensitive screens, you could end up scratching it.
However, a good protector isn’t expensive. In terms of quality, these lenses are outstanding. The macro lens is particularly helpful since the zoom quality is so crisp.Click For More Info
You’re not always going to want to vlog with your iPhone in your hand. Sometimes, you’re going to want a nice steady shot where your hands are free to complete a task or whatever you’re planning to do in your videos.
When this is what you want, this is where a tripod comes in. However, you can’t simply use a DSLR tripod since the connections won’t match. Instead, you’ll be looking for an iPhone-ready tripod.
Let’s start with the short and sweet.
The Daisen iPhone Tripod is designed to be easy to use and highly portable, making it ideal for vloggers on the go. This tripod is extremely flexible and can be set up on any surface, regardless of whether it’s straight/flat or not.
The clip on the top of the tripod can connect to your phone easily and is also compatible with digital and compact cameras.
- Universal connection
- Ultra-flexible (full 360° rotation)
- Included Bluetooth Remote Shutter
- Put up anywhere
- Extremely affordable
- Some reports that it can be break easily if treated roughly
- Some reports of tripod not fitting certain models of phone or GoPro
This highly portable tripod is a must for any budding vlogger. Thanks to the flexible three-legged design, it’s easy to set up the camera in the most awkward places, including uneven walls or the corner of the room. This opens up a whole new world of opportunities when it comes to securing that perfect shot for your upcoming vlogs.Find More Info Here
A gimbal is more like a handheld tripod, but it’s packed with technology that will award you with truly amazing shots and footage. How it works is you connect your smartphone to the gimbal itself using the universal connector.
On the handle of the gimbal, you’ll find a selection of buttons that control the play/stop/record functions of your iPhone. The gimbal works by stabilizing your images so they’re free from shake and you can hold your hand at any angle, and your camera will remain at the same orientation. So, whether you’re snowboarding, walking or cycling, you can be sure your shot is steady and crystal-clear.
- Built-in 8-12-hour battery life
- Extremely lightweight
- 360° Panoramic
- A full range of capture options
- High-precision Stabilising Algorithm
- Also works as a portable charger!
- Limited options on the Android App (such as lack of features)
There’s next to no bad reviews on this cool gimbal. I took mine on a snowboarding trip with friends, and the footage we got back was amazing.
The image was clear, crisp and high-quality with no noticeable shake, even though we were traveling at high speeds. If you’re looking for a gimbal, put this near the top of your list. Oh and just to top it off, you can also charge your phone with it so you are not having to carrying around a portable charger as well!Click Here To Find Out More
This mid-range tripod is specially designed for smartphone users and aims to be as quick and as easy as possible to use. The mount is suitable for all kinds of smartphone devices, including all models of the iPhone. There’s a quick-release plate for ease of use, and there’s even an included 1-year warranty for your peace of mind.
- Good, stable tripod
- Sturdy and reliable build
- Highly Flexible
- Good for handheld or setup use
- May find difficulty using iPhone with a large case
- Can have trouble moving legs into the desired position
Overall, this is a fantastic mid-range tripod. It’s highly portable and lightweight which means you can really take it anywhere you want to record or take pictures. The ability to use it in your hands or freestanding is perfect for capturing a whole range of shots from a new perspective, perfect for aspiring vloggers to experiment with.View Price And More Reviews
Although the iPhone comes with a flash and there is a tonne of on-screen editing tricks, such as filters and exposure settings, sometimes it pays to simply invest in a light that can work effortlessly alongside your iPhone while recording your vlogs. This will help your videos to become a lot clearer and a lot crisper.
This is the ideal ring light adding a bit more of an atmosphere to your vlogs. Not only is this awesome 36-light LED perfect for lighting up your shots, but it’s also an extremely powerful 1500mah phone charging battery. This means you’ll be able to vlog till your heart’s content while you’re out and about while capturing the shots you need.
You can easily plug this light onto your phone, have it freestanding or even clip it onto a laptop or other device where you need light. This is ideal for use out and about or for use in your studio. The battery life lasts an incredible 12-hours, giving you all the lighting you need!
- Built-in Phone Charging Battery
- 36-LED high powered LED lights
- 3 brightness settings
- Lightweight and highly portable
- 3 color lights to choose from
- Fits around phone cases
- After a lot of searching, there are minimal complaints about this product, with the exception of some defective products which were replaced
This awesome rechargeable ring light is perfect for use at home or whether you’re out and about in the big wide world. There are three light settings to choose from which make this ideal for vlogging dark environments or more niche vlogs such as makeup tutorials, interviews or topical conversations.
- Lightweight and compact (pocket-sized)
- Unique patented design
- Three light and brightness settings
- Rechargeable batteries included
- Some problems with charging using USB cable
- Sometimes the brightness setting can be blinding
These types of lighting are perfect for vlogs that involve extreme closeups on your face, such as makeup tutorials. They really make it possible to make every little detail on your face stand out. I know many makeup vloggers that swear by these types of lighting, as other forms like umbrella lights are just not powerful enough for the desired effect.Click For More Info
Finally, you’ll need to consider the sound quality of your vlogs. You can’t spend a small fortune on equipment for producing vlogs on your iPhone, only to realize that the sound quality is too poor for the footage to be used. Instead, get yourself a dedicated microphone.
This standard connection, 3.5mm microphone plugs directly into your smartphone, regardless of whether it’s an iPhone, Android or Windows Phone. The microphone works with an Omni Pickup pattern, meaning it will pick up sound in any direction at all times, minimising the need to have to point the microphone.
- Doesn’t need batteries
- Comes with everything you need (Wind Muffs, Clips, Case)
- Compatible with all standard headphone jack devices
- 1-year warranty
- Great value for money
- Some reports of static and feedback
- Poor sound quality
- Settings will need to be changed to stop Siri opening when the mic is plugged in
You can easily clip this microphone onto your clothes and tuck the wires away so you can record your vlog’s audio in crisp HD while remaining professional.View Price And More Reviews
This advanced microphone is one of the best you’ll be able to get for your smartphone. This directional microphone records all your audio in outstanding quality with minimal feedback or static produced. It’s also exceptionally good at blocking out background noise.
The microphone is compatible with all types of smartphone including Android and iPhone and fits into your standard headphone socket.
- 20db-A Ultralightweight recording
- High-quality audio
- 100Hz -20Khz Frequency range
- Boom pole compatible
- 9V battery operated (Not included)
- Sometimes a hissing sound in recording
iPhone filmmaking equipment Conclusion
As you can see from the above, there is a tonne of accessories available and a broad range of resources you can use to create compelling, engaging and, overall fantastic vlogs for your YouTube channel. Read up on the reviews and extra info given on these products to determine which ones suit the nature of your vlog best.
There are countless benefits to using an iPhone and, with the right accessories and equipment’s, the world is your oyster as your unlock infinite possibilities!