One thing I’ve learned as a content creator and YouTuber so far is the importance of set design. How to design the space around you, and how to setup the appropriate equipment to record high quality videos. I feel like I’ve learned a lot so far since first starting out, and in this post I’m going to be going over the most important things to consider if you are looking for ideas on how to design your own set.
Location Is Key
Probably one of the first and most important things to consider when designing your YouTube studio is where you’ll be filming. A few things to keep in mind is that you’ll be using this space over and over and over again. So if possible, it is great to dedicate a specific spot in your home or bedroom to setup your spot.
When I first started out, I recorded my videos in front of my home work desk. There were a few things wrong with this setup. One, as you can see from the photo, it is quite busy. There’s a lot of distracting things in the background and overall it just looks sloppy. The other thing is that it wasn’t practical. Since it was also my work desk, I had to keep moving lights, audio mics, and cameras around when I was working on other things.
A simple and clean look with a few things in the background tends to work out the best. You don’t want to overwhelm the viewer, but at the same time, you don’t want to just be filming up against a white wall. Take the time to consider what is in your frame, but if you are in doubt, just remove it. Simpler is usually always better.
Lighting Is Your Friend
Another thing that can make a dramatic difference is your lighting. A lot of YouTubers when they first start out end up using natural window light. Although this looks like a simple solution, there are quite a few cons when it comes to natural light. The first one is that daylight changes throughout the day. So if you are filming and it becomes cloudy, your image is going to look completely different. This also makes your image look warmer or cooler and will throw off your camera’s white balance.
I highly recommend buying a simple lighting kit. This doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive, but a few lights will make a huge difference in the quality of your YouTube studio. If you are curious on which lights I use, I have a video going over my unboxing and setup of the ones I use. Feel free to watch it below!
If you want to learn more about lighting, I highly recommend the YouTube channel, Fellow Filmmaker. They have a lot of great lighting and gear review videos on their channel. Check out their lighting gear playlist by clicking here.
Great Sound Is Everything
One other thing, and probably the most important thing among all others is quality audio. Now I’ve tried a lot of different setups when it comes to microphones, and the conclusion I’ve came to so far is that the closer the mic is to your mouth, the better. I currently use this condenser mic that I bought on Amazon. But for you, you can also consider getting a lapel mic. Those work good as well.
I went a step further in my sound proofing journey and setup some sound panels in my studio. They made a small difference, and my audio sounds a little better with them. They take out some of the echo and reverb you get. I highly recommend them if you are filming in a very small location. This will prevent the audio from bouncing off the walls. If you are curious to see my sound panel adventure, feel free to check out my video below. 🙂
So those are the main things I’d consider for building a YouTube studio from scratch. If you’d like to see my complete studio, I created a video going over my entire setup. Check it out below! If you are curious on any of the equipment I use, check out the links in the description of the YouTube video below.
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