Lighting and Audio Setup for Videos | Maskcara Artists

It's about time I write this blog post! I get asked ALL the time what I use to light my videos.

This screengrab is both for your viewing pleasure, because it's a spectacular freeze frame, but also so you can see what my lighting generally looks like!

You're welcome! Okay, now let's get on to the good stuff!

So, there are two different options to lighting yourself in the video, which is obviously the most important part. My deciding factor is how much room you have to work with.

If you are working within a smaller space, I like using a ring light because it's a lot more compact, and easy to use. Here's the ring light I have:

Here's the deal... this ring light comes with a tripod, but personally, I like setting it up on a desk or table, so that I have somewhere to spread out my makeup and work with it. If this is what you're planning on doing, then I strongly recommend picking up this stand:

You're also going to need a bracket to hook your phone to if you choose to use a phone with it. It's super simple to set it up, but here's what you'll need that should be universal to fit like any size of phone:

If you have more room to work with, I do personally like the look of a set of softboxes better, because they are less of a flat light, but they definitely take space. I have and use both of these light options in different times, but because of it's ease, I do end up leaning to the ring light.

In either case, here is the set of softbox lights I have:

Lighting is literally the most important aspect of getting good video, followed closely by good audio quality, so don't sacrifice on these two. Surprisingly, people often think that a camera is what makes the video good, but that would be the last thing I'd encourage you to spend money on. And lest I remind you, I'm a former professional photographer... and I'm still telling you... your iPhone 7 (especially if you have the Plus) camera is perfectly suitable to get you started and probably keep you going a good long while.

What I choose for audio depends on what type of video I'm recording - live stream or recorded and edited. With live stream, it can get a little tricky to use separate audio and video sources, and it does require that you have other equipment. Here's my take though...

People watch livestream videos so often now and they tend to be a lot less critical of the audio quality, unless it's totally terrible. So my advice there is to just use whatever is onboard your device - whether it's your phone or laptop webcam. It keeps things simple and as long as you try to have quiet surroundings, it'll be totally fine.

When I'm recording and editing a video - like the screenshot above - I use a separate audio recording device and then I import the audio file produced from that and sync it up with my video, then remove the original audio. This does take some knowledge of editing and some decent video editing software, which I'm not going to go into in this post, but this is the recorder that I use for this type of thing:

This mic is really good and very versatile. Think... podcasts, interviews, etc. I also use a mic adapter and a boom stand so that I can set this right in front of me JUST outside of my video frame when I'm recording and get really good quality sound.

I know I mentioned cameras, and I'm not going to go too deep into them, but because I know if I don't at least mention what camera I use when I'm not using my iPhone 7 Plus...

And there you have it friends! I hope this is helpful for you! Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!