10 Camera Accessories under $50! FilmMaker & Photographer Essentials


– What’s up? You already read the title of this video, so let’s just jump right in. Number one is something that you may not have put much thought into
beforehand, which is makeup. But hold up, before you go,
“I’m not a makeup artist “and I bench 250 pounds,” hear me out. A lot of times, we’re
hired to film other people and our job is to make sure that they look the best they can. And once you start throwing a
bunch of lighting at people, one thing that really comes
across is sweat or shine. And sure, that could look cool
if you’re filming athletes or someone working out, but let’s say you’re doing an interview
with a CEO of a company. A lot of times, you have to turn off the air conditioning for sound, and then you have to blast
a lot of light on them, and they may not be super
comfortable in front of a camera, so all these things, oftentimes, they just get a little tense and sweaty, and sweat can make someone
look unconfident or nervous, so that’s when these things
really come into play. And I’m not talking about going all fancy with contouring, and eyelash
stuff, and nose brushes. I don’t know any of this. Let me get some help. Okay, so I found myself a female to help. Easiest thing is probably a
pack of something like this, oil blotting tissues, and I
think this was like six bucks. The goal is to get some of that moist oil off someone’s face, right? Do you rub it or just, like? – Blot, they’re blotting
papers, so you blot. – You just smack. Come here! Super cheap and small, so just keep a set in your camera bag, boom! If you’re in a jam and you
don’t have blotting paper, there’s one way to get around it. You can just grab one of these, and these are supposed to work decently well as well. Just make sure it’s not used, ’cause that’d be disgusting. All right, so this is if you wanna take it one step further, make sure
your talent stays drier for a longer period of time. – So, to find something like this, you just wanna look up
either finishing powder or like a matte powder. Well, I’m buffing on the
powder in a circular motion. – Circular motion. – And you don’t wanna press hard, you just wanna keep it light. – I’ve never put on makeup before. This is actually kind of nice. On a set, all the makeup artists, they will touch up the women and men. And the key here, especially when you’re doing makeup on males is to keep it very simple and light. A lot of times, you don’t really want them to look like they’re wearing makeup. So, you’re just keeping it subtle, right? Just a little touch? – Yeah, yeah. – Okay, good, I don’t wanna
look like I’m wearing makeup. Okay, I’m not Johnny Depp. You’re not putting on lipstick, are you? – No, chapstick, your lips are dry. – Okay, cool. Look at me! (screaming) What happened to subtle? What is this?
– That is subtle! – I look like a frog with makeup. – There’s always that one aunt that wears way too much makeup. – What’s that saying, you
can’t put lipstick on a pig? I look like I have a SnapChat filter on. Oh, look at this! (laughing) I don’t look that cute as a girl. – Yes you do, I’d be your friend. – How come you look the same? Now that I look absolutely stunning, let’s talk about number two, which is lighting for this beautiful face. First of all, if you are
a still photographer, you are lucky because you get
to use flashes or strobes. I found this one on Amazon
for, like, 31 bucks. It’s by Neewer, and it works. Additionally, I got this little
soft box thing for 12 bucks. The amount of light that this thing kicks out during that flash is insane. I mean, you could even
use it during the day when the sun’s out. To have something equivalent in constant lighting or for video, you would need a light like this huge! These are cool to have ’cause you get to experiment a little bit. You could try angling it up. If you point it straight out, it’s gonna look kinda
like an onboard flash, which tends to make your photos look like you’re paparazzi. Is it true you spent the night at Justin Timberlake’s house? – [Kari] Please, sir! – [Potato Jet] What’s Justin
Bieber gonna think about this? Are you and Potato Jet still dating? – No, he was talking to
some girl Ari in his sleep. I’m breaking it off. – [Potato Jet] Who gets
custody of the dogs? – He gets no rights, ’cause he’s not their biological father. – You could also dial it way down so it’s not as noticeable. You could turn it to the side and bounce it off something so it looks like the light’s coming in from the side. You could also eventually
get a hot shoe extension so you could hold it out here
while taking the picture, or go fully wireless. But this one specifically runs off AAs, and it uses a lot of power
to make this much light, so I do recommend getting
some high capacity AA rechargeable batteries. Now, for video, we need constant lighting, and these lights are great, but they’re also pretty expensive, so something like this
can get you started. This is an Amaran M9 by Aputure, and they make pretty good stuff, and this thing’s battery-powered, and for the size, it actually kicks out a decent amount of light. It also comes with some filters so you can warm it up or cool it down. It’s pretty inexpensive and small, so it’s one of those things that it’s just always nice
to have in your camera kit. You never know when you might
want to accent something with a little bit of extra light, or maybe if you’re filming in a tight place like a car, you can throw it on the dash. But here’s the thing with lighting: a lot of times, if you just take a light and just aim it at someone, it doesn’t always look great, so that brings us to number
three, lighting modifiers. This is a collapsible reflector
disk, which is 19 bucks, and if you don’t have one of
these, you’re missing out. Now, these are typically five in one, so they have your negative
fill to reduce light. You also have a gold side to
add a little bit of punch, or just a standard white bounce, which is something that
I use fairly often. And finally, there’s the diffusion, where you put it between
your subject and the light, and it should make everything
look nice and soft. And this big old thing just
collapses nice and small. Now, this will change the
texture of the lighting, but let’s also talk about
changing the color with gels. These are the ones that
came with that Aputure. But it never hurts to have more, depending on what kind of
lighting fixture you have. The most common ones out
there are CTOs and CTBs, which are corrective,
so they’ll take a light and make it either warmer, or a CTB, a color temperature blue, will make a warm light
bluer to match daylight. And then, if you wanna get more creative, you can get all sorts of different colors and test them out. The thing with gels is that they can be a little bit of a hassle to
clip ’em on and try it on. There are RGB lights, kinda
like this Westcott Flex light. And this is an awesome light
because you can dial in pretty much any color you want, and it’s bright and powerful, but the downside is that
it’s not under 50 bucks, so if you can’t swing
that price point just yet, you can start off with gels. Next is just some haze in a can. You can use it for a
couple different reasons, one, to create atmosphere like this. – Where’s my money? (laughing) – Oh, God, we’re gonna
get pulled over so bad. You can also use it to show light beams, like from a flashlight or a laser. By the way, never, ever
shine a laser into a camera. That can fry a sensor,
I’ve seen it happen. Yes, you can use a fog machine or a hazer, but those are more than 50 bucks and don’t have the convenience of just spraying it in the air like that. Next up is Skillshare, which also happens to be our sponsor for the day. And yep, you know it, if it’s a sponsored video on this channel, there’s gonna be a giveaway, so five people are gonna be
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that link in the description and sign up for free. Next up is audio, which is 50% of video, so very important. This is a Rode VideoMicro, and this is a nice, simple
plug and play system, so as long as your camera
has a mic jack on there, you can throw this up top on the hot shoe and plug it in, and it should
improve your audio quality. This shock mount is gonna help absorb a lot of the handling noise, so if you’re hearing a whole lotta this, then having this will help. And also, wind noise, we
all hate that sound of, (blowing) so throwing this little
guy on there should help. The issue with this is it’s over 50 bucks just by a few dollars, so an option that’s much less than that, this, which is a lavaliere that
goes onto your phone. Now, this lavaliere is dirt cheap. It’s by a company called PowerDeWise, and it just plugs
straight into your phone, and I have an iPhone,
so it just plugs into my little adapter. And I have this app by
Rode, it’s called Reporter, and I actually like this
’cause it’s very simple and it gives you control
over your audio level, so I’ll set it there, I’ll hit record, and this is recording on a
separate audio track than this, so I will have to sync it later. Now you are listening to
sound from this lavaliere, and it is very convenient
that I can walk around and I don’t have to worry about being so close to this microphone. And also, it’s really cheap. The only downside I noticed
about this lavaliere is that, if I scream, it, like, can cut out. It does this weird. (shouting) See how it, like, cut out? That was weird, right? I don’t know why it does that. It might be the lav, it
might be the phone itself. (shouting) Now, speaking of using our phones, there’s a few apps that I
think everyone should have. One is an app to help you find the position of the sun. So, this one is a free one
called Sun Surveyor Lite, but see how I can look around and it’s actually a 3D
map of where the sun is. So, I can tell you right now
that the sun is over there, and then, in a few hours, at 6:00, it should hit right around there, so you can plan your
shots accordingly to that. Also, if you’re right next to a mountain or a bunch of trees,
you can generally know when you’re gonna enter the shade. Another thing you should
have is a viewfinder app, and this one’s called
Magic Canon ViewFinder. They also have a Magic Red
Camera Finder and Ari Finder. This is on the iPhone, so Android might be a little bit different. I think there’s also
an app called Artemis. So, first of all, you tell it what kind of camera you have. So, I have a Canon EOS R. It calculates the sensor size and what lens I would need to put on to get a certain type of shot that I want. So, this shot here would
look like this with a 50mm. If I wanted to go to a 35 or a 24, and again, if you shoot with prime lenses, it helps to have this
app because you’re not switching out a bunch of lenses to figure out what shot you need. And finally, there are some apps that will allow you to take more control over your camera on your phone. The popular ones are Filmic Pro, and also Moment makes one that I like, and that gives you access to all the advanced features of a camera. So, you can see here,
there’s audio levels there, you can change your
framerate from 24, 30, 48, and you have access to the
different color profiles. So, definitely worth checking out if you want to maximize the
potential with your phone. Number eight is a leash or camera strap, and more than likely, your
camera already came with one. But this one from Peak Design is awesome, definitely recommend having it ’cause it’s very quick attach and detach. And I consider this a must-have, because camera straps are awesome if you’re trying to just go around town and you don’t wanna hold onto it all day. But at the same time, they get in the way if you’re on a tripod or a gimbal, so being able to take it
off very quickly is awesome. These are the only little
things that stay on the camera when you take it off, and they don’t really get
in the way of a gimbal, so I haven’t had any issues there, so whenever I want a strap, I got it, whenever I wanna take it
off, I could pop it off. Next up, let’s talk about some glass or lenses to put onto your camera. Now, lenses are expensive,
but they don’t have to be. This 50mm F1.8 is an awesome
little prime lens to have. This one specifically is an EF mount, so it fits on my Canon cameras, and this one was 43 bucks, and this can get you started
in the prime lens world so you get comfortable
shooting with prime lenses, and you have that wide-open aperture, so if you want that
shallow depth of field, you can get it with this. If you already have some
decently fast lenses but you don’t have an ND filter, definitely recommend getting one of those. If you don’t know how ND filters work, I made a whole video on that right there, so go check that out. But to put it simply,
it’s going to allow you to open up the aperture in this lens more and get a shallower depth of field, basically giving you that
nice and blurry background. And I do recommend getting
some high quality ND filters, but they can be a bit pricey, but you can get yourself a
decent variable ND filter for, like, 20 bucks. And finally, we have made it to number 10, where I’m gonna do a little bit of self-promotion, are my LUTs. Basically, that stands for Lookup Tables. Think of them as Instagram filters, but more for professional video use. But I have two LUT
packages that I created, the Originate, which is made to stylize your footage a little bit, so you can apply that to
pretty much any camera, and I also designed one
specifically for this EOS R, which I designed to make this
look as close as possible to some cinema cameras. And I’ve also gotten a lot of requests to create a LUT package for
another camera, so I’m down. Let me know, take that poll, which camera you want me to make it for. Anyways, let’s wrap this
up by reading comments from my last video, which
was basically comparing this to the cinema cameras and using my LUTs to see how close I can get
it to the cinema cameras. Top comment: “You can always tell “which one is the Ari because
of the distinct green tint.” Yeah, that is actually true. The cinema cameras have this
unique green tint to it, which is definitely one of
the first things I had to do to get this to match those cinema cameras. But cinema cameras do a really great job making greens look really rich, and also skin tones as well. “Cinema cameras and cheaper cameras “are becoming closer
and closer in quality. “However, nothing can compare yet “to the overall look of
those cinema cameras. “Like you said, dynamic range, color. “Crazy to see camera
technology advancing through. “I love it, great video.” Thank you! And yeah, I can’t agree with you more. These cameras are getting
really, really good. Joshua says, “Why does the
Canon look better to me “than the $50000 camera? “Maybe my eyes are broken.” Yeah, I mean, that’s one
of the interesting things about cameras, right, is that
this is all subjective stuff. Some people might actually prefer the Canon look than that Red. So that just goes to show, these cameras are getting closer, because five years ago, everyone
woulda totally been like, “Oh, that looks so much better “than any DSLR out there.” Pierre from Haiti says,
“I wanna start a show, “a YouTube channel out of a car. “I need your advice about the gear, “I mean budget stuff.” Tucking something like this inside of a car wouldn’t hurt. And if you have a phone, you can plug that lavaliere into that, because getting audio inside of cars can be a little bit rough. Anyways, let’s call it quits here, ’cause I need to go
get this makeup off me, so see you guys later! (soothing electronic music)

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