Many people aspire to be content creators in some form or fashion. 99% of the time, you guys don’t get started because you don’t have industry grade gear, so you feel ill-equipped and discouraged. Unless you’re a $big baller$, it takes a while to establish a superior repository of gear, years even. Unbeknown to many, you already have access to inexpensive or even FREE ways produce the content you want while you save money for gear. All you need is the cell phone you already have!
Please note that these options have been explored through Apple devices only.
Photo & Video
You’ve paid hundreds of dollars for your iPhone, most of which is going towards that robust little camera inside. Why not use it for what it’s worth? In most models you’re getting at least 1080p HD video, but when you get to the newer models we’re talking 1080p30-60fps and even 4K video at 24-60fps. That’s legit film-making quality video right in the palm of your hands! “But I want to be a vlogger,” you say? Use the phone!
If the stock camera app isn’t already good enough, there’s this amazing app I recently discovered called ProMovie. It gives you all of the manual controls you’d get on an industry grade DSLR or camcorder. The difference is those options are readily available in app as opposed to having to leave the stock camera app to change settings. (You even get a wider range of frame rates)
The app is FREE to use, for $2.99 you can remove their watermark from your videos! iMovie is a comprehensive and FREE video editing app that you can use to edit your vlogs and upload to YouTube directly from the phone. What are you waiting for? Download ProMovie.
If you can spare the money to get these optional accessories to complete a mobile rig for even higher quality vlogging, do that too.
Xseries U-Shot Monochrome Extendable Camera Pole - $19.99 (Target)
JOBY - GripTight Mount PRO Holder for Smartphone - $29.99 (Best Buy)
Shure MV88 Digital Stereo Microphone - $129.00 (Guitar Center)
The same idea goes for Photography. You have a camera that can get you high image quality, the fact is, you’re practicing the craft and cultivating your eye. If you want a dangerously power photo editing program in your pocket, download Facetune 2.
Have you always wanted to be a podcaster or host your own radio show? One word: Anchor. Some of you may have heard about this app when Gary Vaynerchuck plugged it in his Breakfast Club interview last year. It’s a very cool FREE app that gives anybody with an iPhone the power to podcast. You can hold the phone up to your ear and speak as if you’re on a phone call, then instantly broadcast. You can even call another person from the app and the phone conversation is recorded. You can submit your broadcasts as official podcasts on iTunes from Anchor as well. They even give you stock music and interludes to choose from when crafting your show.
Don’t tell me you want to start a blog? You also want to build a community with that blog on social media using graphics with fancy schmancy quotes and shit? Why haven’t you signed up for WordPress.com? Haven’t you heard of Canva? You can have a great, functional web space for your blog using WordPress and its user-friendly interface. Don’t worry about your domain name and all of that jazz if all you want to do is *get started*. Oh, and those graphics? You can create them easily and either from a desktop web browser OR the mobile app on Canva.
I’ll most likely do a video on this topic because nobody has time to read an entire novel, so I think this is enough to make you realize nothing is stopping you from getting started but your mindset. Make due with what you have. The skill, effort and passion you put into a project dictates the quality and reception more than the price of the gear. Get to creating!