Hey guys, hope you're all good.

Next month marks a year of my blog, so with that in mind, I thought it would be a cool idea to share a post (every now and again) about some of the tips & tricks I've picked up along the way. Today I want to talk to you all about my YouTube channel. If you've caught the last couple of my YouTube video's you'll know by now I've changed "bases" as it were. This was something that was well overdue and desperately needed to be done. Why? I hear you ask.

Well, if you're interested in setting up your own channel or want to know about some of the valuable tips I've learnt over the past 11 months, I thought it would be a good idea to share them in a post.

I'll start with "set-up" no matter what you record on at this point, where you film is key. I used to film all my videos in my conservatory, AKA the WORST PLACE I could ever have started. 
This was because things always changed, there was never a constant. An hour or so filming in there depended on the cloud, rain, wind, sun all playing to my favour, not to mention the odd noisy neighbour mowing the lawn. Did he not realise I was trying to film a YouTube video?

There was never a time when everything was perfect. I tried my best but at the end of the day this showed in my videos and that's why the move had to be done. It's a lesson I learnt the hard way, but I can now tell you, whatever you do don't choose to film in a room with constantly changing light or one that is noisy!

You may know I started filming with a Go-Pro, this was okay while I was finding my feet, but I saw such a huge difference as soon as I stepped up and bought myself a proper camera. I could instantly tell the difference in both picture and sound quality, I'm sure you guys could tell too? Yes, the Go-Pro put in a good show but now I only use it to vlog. It's small and compact, easy to carry around, so it's pretty much perfect for that kinda thing. My camera, however, is now my number one. My YouTube and blog photographs wouldn't look the same without it, I can highly recommend getting a camera you can trust to do the job right.

A tripod is next on the list, I've always been lucky enough to have a tripod, so I didn't have to use something in its place (a stack of random objects) or actually go out there and buy one. A tripod is great to give you the perfect angle, height and position to film all your videos or even to get photographs. A must-have item if you're thinking about starting your own channel.

Background, now this is something I always thought mattered, and still do. I think having a cool background to present whatever you may be talking about has to be high on your list. My set-up has been the same since day one, a cool poster, a pair of vintage ladders to display or hang items, my American flag and a chair is centre stage. Plus the odd plant for some much-needed greenery and life. I love my set-up and it works perfectly for me.

Finally, my newest addition, which has made the world of difference - lighting. Finally lighting! The reason I moved in the first place. Now I've sort of took over the dining room, but this is by far the best place in the house. There's enough natural light coming through the doors plus I can now control the light with my two new diffusers. The light now works with me, not against me. My lights were £60 which I bought from eBay.

It's also all in the edit, I use my Mac which I bought especially for my work last year and is so bloody good! I wouldn't know where I'd be without it! I use my Mac every day from editing pictures to writing my posts plus editing my videos on iMovie. It always gives me exactly what I want, as well as being super easy to work with.

I hope I've given you some good tips on how to set up a YouTube of your own, the first video is the hardest believe me, but once you've got that out the way, the only way is up! I plan to make a YouTube video of everything I've spoken about today and more to celebrate my year of blogging in February.

Catch my first YouTube video of the year plus two more below.


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