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What is your Facebook Live set up?
So, recently I posted a picture of my set up 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. 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.
So, 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!)
My laptop stand!
I LOVE this stand. It gets my MacBook off my desk, at a good height. There is space underneath that 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 track Pag, and this fits it so nicely!
These clamps come in a set of 2, and I purchased 2 packages – they open to about 2″ to clamp onto just about anything.
They have a pre-built in swivel, so I can manipulate where the light is pointed, or where the camera is! The clamps have little rubber feet. I have lost one, so then I went and glued the others on. It just helps them be more sturdy.
The support for my phone
This was hard to find. I wanted to 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. Opens up fairly wide.
Then the LIGHTS!
Being a past professional photographer, I know that your lighting is everything, so I wanted something that had a good option 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 get 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 are. They come with some filters, but honestly, I am not sure where they are! 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 the 1 light on the lowest setting. If you were further away, just crank it up a bit!
Small Portable (and flexible) tripod
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. As a family, we take it all over – because I am a geek, a lot of time, I will throw one of those lights in, so I can get better pictures when I am traveling. It means that I can attach a phone or light, in a lot of places.
So there you have it – my big advanced facebook live kit! Investing in a few key pieces can really help the quality of what you do.