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Luis will share his journey from a camera enthusiast to a YouTube creator, offering invaluable tips for folks just starting and looking to make a mark in video content creation. We’ll dive into the essentials of camera gear, avoiding common pitfalls and leveraging tools for impactful storytelling.

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Camera Tips for Beginners


In our current digital landscape, the intersection of technology and storytelling opens up boundless opportunities for content creators. Luis Vega, a seasoned expert in the field, shares his wealth of knowledge, guiding both novice and experienced creators through the intricacies of video content creation. From leveraging smartphones to navigating the complex world of camera gear and editing software, Luis Vega offers insights that promise to enrich the content creation journey.

Mastering Content Creation with Your Smartphone

How to Start Creating Video Content?

Starting your journey in video content creation can be as simple as grabbing your smartphone. Luis Vega emphasizes the power of beginning with what you already have, highlighting that today’s smartphones are equipped with cameras capable of producing high-quality videos. This approach not only saves initial costs but also encourages creators to focus on storytelling and authenticity. Your smartphone is a powerful content creation tool, capable of producing high-quality, authentic videos that resonate with audiences.

Enhancing Your Videos with Smartphone Apps

Beyond just the convenience and quality, smartphones offer a suite of apps designed to enhance video production, from editing tools to special effects. This makes it possible for creators to produce polished content right from their phones. Luis suggests experimenting with different apps to find the ones that best suit your creative style and needs. This hands-on exploration not only improves your skills but also helps in discovering unique ways to present your stories, making your content stand out in the crowded digital space.

Key Takeaway: Got a smartphone? Then you’ve got everything you need to start making awesome videos for your biz. Seriously, no excuses – it’s time to share your story and connect with your audience.

Elevating Your Video Content with the Right Gear

As your skills and passion grow, so will your desire to upgrade your equipment. Luis advocates for a mindful approach to this journey, recommending the exploration of used gear and the benefits of renting lenses. This strategy not only saves money but also allows you to experiment with various equipment pieces to find what truly suits your style and needs. Moreover, investing in a good microphone is essential, as clear audio significantly enhances the viewer’s experience.Β 

What Equipment Do I Need for Video Production?

For creators looking to get past the smartphone camera, Luis recommends the Sony ZV-1F as an entry-level camera, highlighting its features and affordability. He notes the importance of also considering the purchase of a video capture card for higher quality live streaming, advising on the balance between cost and quality to achieve the desired visual fidelity. Understanding the technical requirements and available equipment options can significantly enhance your production quality.

The Critical Role of Audio in Video Production

Luis Vega emphasizes that superior audio quality is paramount, even more so than video quality. A video with poor sound quality is likely to deter viewers, making a reliable microphone a crucial investment for content creators. Invest in good audio equipment to keep your audience engaged, as poor sound can significantly detract from the viewing experience.

Choosing Editing Software That Grows with You

Highlighting the importance of selecting adaptable editing software, Luis recommends DaVinci Resolve and Final Cut Pro for their comprehensive features suitable for both beginners and advanced users. Opt for editing software that accommodates your growing skill set, streamlining your creative process.

Overcoming Perfectionism in Content Creation

Luis identifies perfectionism as a major obstacle for creators. He advocates for producing content consistently, even if it’s not flawless, stressing that authenticity and regular posting resonate more with audiences than perfection. Focus on consistent content production and embrace imperfections, as these elements foster a stronger connection with your audience.

Discovering Your Unique Voice and Style

In a world saturated with content, finding and honing your unique voice and style is indispensable. Luis reassures creators that this distinctiveness naturally emerges through consistent practice and genuine storytelling. By staying true to oneself and prioritizing authentic expression, creators can carve out their niche in the vast digital landscape.

The Future of Storytelling with Emerging Technologies

Luis is optimistic about the role of VR and AR in content creation, predicting these technologies will offer immersive experiences that deepen audience engagement. Stay open to emerging technologies like VR and AR, as they hold the potential to revolutionize storytelling and create captivating, immersive narratives.

Final ThoughtsΒ 

Reflecting on Luis Vega’s guidance, it’s clear that the essence of impactful content creation lies in the blend of authenticity, storytelling, and technological innovation. His advice offers a roadmap for creators to navigate the complex yet rewarding landscape of digital media.


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[00:00:00] Jeff Sieh: Hello, folks. Welcome to Social Media News Live. I’m Jeff Sieh, and you’re not. And

[00:00:04] Conor Brown: I’m Connor Brown. And this is the show that keeps you up to date on what’s happening in the world of social media and more.

[00:00:11] Jeff Sieh: Are you ready to dive into the world of video content creation, but not sure where to start? Maybe you’re wondering about the right camera gear to kick off your journey or maybe even how you can create engaging videos that truly resonate with your audience. If those questions on your mind, well, hey, you’re in the right place because today we’re excited to welcome Luis Vega to our show. Luis is gonna share his tips on how to up level your video and camera gear game. So sit back, clear your schedule, clear your mind, and get ready for this week’s episode of social media news live.

[00:00:43] Luis, how are you doing today, my friend? I’m doing

[00:00:46] Luis Vega: good. How are you guys doing?

[00:00:47] Jeff Sieh: It’s gonna be so much fun. This is gonna I’m so excited that you’re here.

[00:00:51] So if you don’t know who Luis Vega is, you should.

[00:00:53] He is a multifaceted digital media enthusiast with expertise in photography, videography, editing, and content creation. Luis is a prominent figure in the digital media landscape, producing the Flow podcast for Ecamm alongside personalities like Doc Rock and Katie Fox. He is known for creating and editing content various, uh, across various YouTube channels including his very own. He is an amazing guy, super smart. Luis, thank you for being on the show today. I’m

[00:01:21] such an amazing introduction? I’ve never had that. I might clip it out and use it in other videos just to let you know. Okay.

[00:01:27] Luis Vega: That’d

[00:01:28] Jeff Sieh: be great. Yeah. Help me feel better about myself for jumping over that. And by the way, and we mentioned that Luis is takes care of the the Flow podcast. We could not do the show without our amazing sponsors, Ecamm.

[00:01:38] You can find out more about them at ecamm dot com forward slash jeff. That goes to a special landing page and if you use the code Jeff 15, you save 15 percent off your first purchase. Go check them out. Amazing community. That’s where I I got to hang out with Luis and get to know him better.

[00:01:54] It’s just it’s just a fabulous place. So e k m dot com forward slash jeff. Alright. Let’s go back to the my question that I had. Thank you, Connor, for keeping the show on the rails.

[00:02:04] That’s what he’s here for. What is the first piece of camera gear that you recommend for beginners getting started in content

[00:02:10] Luis Vega: creation? Well, the first piece of camera gear, they already own. So, uh, everyone’s talking about it, and 1 of the things is that probably the best camera that most people have, especially for video, is already in their pocket. Right?

[00:02:26] Today’s day and age, the smartphone has come leaps and bounds comparative to what we would consider a traditional camera not too long ago, and I’m saying just about 5 years ago. The the amount of, um, ground that digital cameras on phones have made up or come up to what we consider traditional cameras today. If you’re just starting out, believe it or not, the video quality that you have on your phone is more than adequate.

[00:02:56] Jeff Sieh: So does do you recommend an iPhone or Android, or does it really matter? Well,

[00:03:00] Luis Vega: it really doesn’t matter.

[00:03:02] There’s a lot of people who are saying that, you know, like, they prefer some picture quality over the other. I say that the picture quality on both is, how would I say, GE quality? Good enough. Right? Right.

[00:03:15] Because there’s a certain a certain aspect that you get or a certain look that you get from the phone that kind of already instills or implants genuine uh, genuinity, so to speak, or authenticity into the video because they don’t think that it’s a high production and it’s somebody or something that’s being created by someone in their own home. So the look that you get from phone video is kind of already, like, intuitively built into people when they’re watching it. Oh, that’s a

[00:03:48] Jeff Sieh: great point. I know that makes some, uh, difference on, like, certain platforms like TikTok and even some, you know, Amazon videos. I know there’s been some tests, uh, that way as well.

[00:03:55] Yeah. So that’s a great point.

[00:03:57] Conor Brown: That makes sense. I love that. And I think, you know, at some point, people do once they start using their phone and they’re getting comfortable with it, they do still wanna make that that next purchase.

[00:04:07] Right? They want to invest in themselves and go from there. But this is a great question from from Jim we have. He says that 1 question he gets asked all the time is how does a beginner get started by making their first purchase on a tight budget without wasting their money? I think that’s the big thing, without wasting their money.

[00:04:25] And he says, is it just buy used or older tech and and hope it works? What what would you say to

[00:04:31] Luis Vega: that, Luis? Well, that’s a really good question because I am a adamant believer in buying used gear if you know what you’re looking for. Right? And that’s the whole thing.

[00:04:41] It’s kind of I I equate it to people who are in the, like, vintage car niche where, like, you can find a good, you know, old school, you know, like, what they would say, a barn find. Right? Mhmm. But you have to know what you’re looking for because not everything that’s kind of decaying in a barn is worth fixing up.

[00:05:00] So equating it to that, I said that it’s a really good idea if you know what you’re looking for. If you don’t, like, the question states that you’re just hoping for the best, I would highly recommend getting anything a lot newer because there’s gonna be a lot of, um, I would say, quality of life, you know, like, um, advancements that are gonna be built into these systems that are gonna make it a lot easier than the learning curve you’re going to have with a piece of kit that’s just a bit older.

[00:05:29] Jeff Sieh: is there a like, you mentioned used gear and a lot of you know, we get a little nervous, I know, parting with our our hard earned cash when when we don’t know where it’s coming from. Do you have sites or places that you trust that you could kinda let us know about that we know we’re not gonna get ripped off?

[00:05:45] They’re a reputable company, um, because I think other than eBay, a lot of people don’t know where they can get, used stuff, and eBay isn’t even sometimes the best place to find things.

[00:05:54] Luis Vega: Well, yeah. Now there’s so many different, establishments and locations for used gear. some that I’ve used is Gear Focus, KEH, MBP dot com. These are all websites that are literally dedicated to the photography and videography niche where they you can buy and sell your own equipment and actually pick up, good gear and good quality at a really good price.

[00:06:20] I picked up a Rokinon 12 millimeter lens. My Sony cameras, that usually goes for about 400 dollars for about 200 dollars just because I have it without all the extra accessories, like Right. The the instruction booklet and the box that it originally came in. And when it shipped to my house, the thing looked immaculate, and I used it.

[00:06:44] And I still use it till today. So it’s a very good option, like I said, if you know what you’re looking for.

[00:06:49] Jeff Sieh: Here’s another question I want to ask is, do you find value in renting lenses? Let’s say you did get a good DSLR at a a discount rate and you you may have a standard lens that you might be doing your your video production with or your live streaming with, you go for a shoot or you get a client who maybe wants you to do something, you know, some more portrait type stuff. Do you recommend rent renting lenses?

[00:07:11] Like, I know that there’s a there’s a couple good, lens rentals out there. Have you ever done that? Yeah.

[00:07:16] Luis Vega: That’s actually a really good way to see if you want to invest in a piece of gear or not. Now I do have some reserves on just renting gear for your own sake because a lot of times, you could actually end up saving money by just purchasing it outright.

[00:07:33] That’s a whole different conversation. But if you’re being paid by a client to do a photo shoot, then I would recommend to put the rental fee already into your price. So that that way you can rent the item that you want. Have it I would say, in in all sincerity, rent it for a week before you actually have to have the photo shoot.

[00:07:56] Rent it for a little bit longer because you’re also going to need to learn how to use it with your equipment, and you don’t want to waste time learning how to set that up when you’re on site doing the actual production of the photo shoot. So that would be my recommendation to you, but that would be a good way to test out lenses. And if for whatever reason you’re not liking the results that you’re getting from the rental, you usually still have your main, you know, lens that you can use as your, like, go to as your backup. And then if you really liked the final product of what you got from renting that lens, then you know already that that could be something that you can add to your Arsham.

[00:08:39] Jeff Sieh: That’s a great point.

[00:08:40] So, for example, my son got engaged last month, and my daughter is a is a great photographer. She’s been coming with me on Congratulations. Yeah. And so thank you. And so, um, the lens that she wanted was a 2000 dollar, like, portrait lens.

[00:08:52] Like, it was, like, really nice. And I’m like, you know what? Um, Um, let’s rent it. And so we did. The pictures were fabulous and now and now we know that like this is something, it’ll be an investment later, but, didn’t I didn’t wanna drop 2000 dollars on a lens that, like, uh, she says is great.

[00:09:09] I don’t know about it. And so it was a great compromise for us. And to come to find out, it’s it’s an it’s it’s worth its weight, that kind of lens. Yeah. So, it’s worth that investment, but I still haven’t gotten it yet.

[00:09:20] I’m gonna hold off on that 1. But, it was it was a great way to do that, and it was so seamless how to do it. You know, you you just go to the site, tell them what lens you need, and they ship it to you, and we had it for, I think, it was an entire week, and then we sent it back, and it was I think it was only, like, a hundred and close to 200 dollars maybe, but instead of 2000, that was a big deal. was a great way to test it

[00:09:39] Luis Vega: out. Exactly.

[00:09:40] Yeah. Yeah. Because the worst thing that will happen is that you spend 2000 dollars on a lens like that, and you’re not happy with the results. Right. Right?

[00:09:48] It’s a good way to, like, test it out. It’s kind of like, once again, a test drive before you

[00:09:53] Jeff Sieh: buy. Right. That’s a great analogy. That’s a great analogy.

[00:09:56] Conor Brown: So let’s say, you know, we’re beyond the the iPhone camera, the Android camera. What is it? Luis, what do you have any good just budget friendly camera setups? So kind of the what you need for it that that makes it versatile enough to shoot across multiple types of social media content.

[00:10:15] I feel like a lot of people are are nervous because they think, oh, I’m gonna get this, but it’s only gonna work well for video streaming or it’s not gonna work well for, you know, posting the Instagram or or wherever it is. So any budget friendly options that can be, you know, create content to post across the social media landscape.

[00:10:34] Luis Vega: Now there’s a variety of different brands out there. I tend to lean towards Sony because they’re, in my eyes, the number 1 when it comes to video content, and that has to do a lot with their autofocus features.

[00:10:50] So if you’re a solo content creator and you’re looking to start out, I would recommend my budget friendly camera is a Sony z v 1 f. It is their entry level camera. It is their most inexpensive camera. Usually starts around 500 dollars, but regularly is on sale for 20 percent off at around 400 dollars. So at 400 dollars, the c v 1 f to me is kind of a no brainer beginner camera for anyone starting to do content creation.

[00:11:22] It is video centric, so it doesn’t have a view finder in it. It’s it can take photos, but it’s not designed for photography. The ZV line is Sony’s Zen vlogger series. So that vlog style camera is designed for video.

[00:11:39] It has a front facing camera. It has a 3 capsule microphone, so the audio is actually really good on such a small device. It has a 20 millimeter fixed lens that is wide enough for vlogging, but still gives you a bit of capability if you wanna zoom in and tighten up the shot. And last of all, it is very easy to use for beginner, content creators. And if you want to also utilize it as a webcam, it’s as simple as plug and play 1 USB c cable, and then the camera itself will ask you to put it into, like, webcam mode, and it automatically becomes accessible to all of your webcam associated programs, including the audio right from it, all from 1 cable.

[00:12:30] So for my recommendation, if you’re starting out and you’re looking to get past your smartphone camera, the z Sony z v 1 f is my recommendation.

[00:12:40] Jeff Sieh: Awesome. Love it. Yeah. So we have, uh, Katie Simpson here, and she was the 1 who was really excited that we were having you on, uh, Luis because she was like I I need some help but she she has a couple questions and I wanted to bring them up.

[00:12:51] She goes, I brought my ZV E 10 secondhand but it didn’t come with leads so as a complete beginner it took me a year to get the confidence and knowledge to use it for live streaming, still learning. And then she asked, do you need a capture card for, live streaming with a camera? Can I get away with a cheap 1? And why do we need 1? That’s a great question, Katie.

[00:13:11] So Luis, what would you tell

[00:13:12] Luis Vega: Katie? Well, it depends on the type of quality that you want to get. Now the camera that I just mentioned, including the 1 that she owns, the ZV e 10. Right? The ZV line has that feature where you can just plug and play a USB c cable Mhmm.

[00:13:27] And put the camera into webcam mode. Now Okay. That webcam mode is going to, ask the USB c cable to transmit video, audio, and also keep the camera powered on. So to do all of those things, it kind of limits the quality of image that’s gonna be coming out of that USB c cable to 7 20 p as your highest resolution.

[00:13:52] Now if you want to get higher resolutions that the camera is capable of doing, this being on this or a variety of different cameras, you will then need to connect a video capture card with an HDMI cable. Now once you have that set up, preference that not all capture cards are created equal. I used the Elgato Cam Link 4 k because not only does it receive a 4 k image, but it lets me transmit a 4 k image. Now you can get away with the less expensive Amazon options, But just be aware that even though they say 4 k, that means that they can receive a 4 k signal, but then they would only transmit a 10 80 signal out to your computer, and that is the drawback to the less expensive units.

[00:14:42] But you will still need a capture card to increase your visual fidelity in the resolution when it comes to these cameras.

[00:14:51] Jeff Sieh: That’s a great thing. And so, Katie, um, 1 of I love Elgato products. So I don’t need a capture card with mine because of this the way my system is, but I have all their lights. I’m using their prompter.

[00:15:02] I mean, everything that I that Elgato has is is usually pretty high end, and so I’m a big fan of the company. So I would recommend exactly what Luis said there. on that note Luis, is there something that when people are starting to create content or maybe, very very beginner level that that they always kind of forget or misconceptions and things that they should be aware of. You know, they got some money, they’ve saved up, they’re ready to create content, what because you help people put together this stuff all the time. What is something that a lot of people tend to forget?

[00:15:33] Luis Vega: Well, I have a saying. I’m not gonna drop it here, but it’s, um, glass before Yeah. Everything else, so to speak, which is, um, the optics of your lens is actually more important than the camera body. And that’s what most people really don’t understand. So then they’re thinking that they’re buying a camera for, you know, 700, a thousand, 1200 dollars, And some people that are newly into this don’t realize that there would be a added cost of a lens That needs to be added to this budget as well, which will now increase your camera price. So when it comes to that, keep that in mind if you’re beginning that if you’re looking to get into a higher end camera in the interchangeable lens system, then lenses is a completely different cost and something that you have to budget for so that you can get the most out of that equipment. Gotcha.

[00:16:29] Jeff Sieh: So on that note, uh, I just want to make it clear because I think I don’t know if you said it or I’ve heard some other camera people talk about it, but it was that the cool thing about when you invest in glass or the lenses, a lot of people with short, you know, people call it glass. It’s an investment, but it’s something that you can if you keep in the same camera line, it doesn’t like, the technology doesn’t like go away.

[00:16:50] I mean, you can continue using it. It does devalue. Yeah. Exactly. So can you talk about that just a little bit?

[00:16:55] How important it is? Like, it’s not just something you’re gonna buy buy glass and it’s not gonna work ever again. It tends to, you know, continue.

[00:17:02] Luis Vega: I’m gonna give you the best example, which I have a variety of different lenses and things like that. But because we were just that social media, uh, not social media marketing world.

[00:17:12] I’m getting ready for other things. We were just at Podfest here in Orlando. I kind of grabbed all of my lenses and threw them in the bag. So to set this up, I grabbed 1 of my vintage lenses.

[00:17:24] So right now, I’m using a Quanta Ray 19 to 35 film lens that’s designed for Canon cameras, and I have it adapted with the Metabones adapter to my Sony a 6100, and it’s a manual focus lens. So there’s no electronics to it. But because the glass that’s in front of it is still high quality, I’m still able to utilize it today.

[00:17:52] Jeff Sieh: That’s a great point. That’s a great point.

[00:17:53] And I think that’s when people don’t they they’re so used to, like, okay. My iPhone’s out of date. I gotta, you know, get the new 1. I gotta either send it back or trade it in or whatever. Glass, if you keep in the Canon or Sony or whatever line you’re in, Nikon or whatever, then and even with you, you can add adapters to it.

[00:18:10] It’s not like you’re stuck in this Yeah. That’s

[00:18:12] Luis Vega: that’s today’s new technology with mirrorless cameras that you have that adaptability. But prior to that you were kind of trying to stick to your to And this goes throughout all the manufacturers. Right? Mhmm.

[00:18:30] If you’re a Fuji shooter, right, and they come out with a new camera body with the same mount, that means all the lenses that you’ve invested into that system prior will now attach to the new camera that has the latest feature. It’s kind of like getting a turbocharger to the car that you already have. So, like, you have something that can move you in that direction, but now you’ve got that upgrade, and it still utilizes everything that you’ve already owned.

[00:18:57] Conor Brown: Yeah. It’s a lot like, uh, you know, sometimes when they upgrade the gaming systems, you can still use the previous versions games on the new 1. They’re starting to do that less and less, but that’s kinda why the people, you know, I’m an Xbox man. I’m a PlayStation man.

[00:19:11] It’s the same sort of of knowledge with that, um, although, uh, much less technical. It’s just a CD that you put for those. But you have your equipment. Right? Your your major decision, you’re either mirrorless or this or interchangeable lenses.

[00:19:27] You think you got a grasp on that, but then it comes time to actually use it. And so often, that can be even scarier or people don’t know where to start compared to just buying the camera equipment itself. We’re talking about aperture, manual focus. You just mentioned, Luis. There’s so much nomenclature and and things to learn about actually operating the camera.

[00:19:50] So when it comes to those just starting out, what are the best places for people to go to learn specific camera settings and techniques? Any online courses, experimentation is or any other methods that you have?

[00:20:04] Jeff Sieh: I would have

[00:20:04] Luis Vega: to say the University of YouTube. Right? Like, we’re all on here sharing so much information.

[00:20:12] So it really depends on where you are in your life. Right? Usually, you have an abundance of time or money. And, if you’re short on time and you have the money, then there’s also plenty of camera courses out there that you can buy that take all the information that’s on YouTube and condense it to you so that you can streamline your education process. But if you have more time, then I suggest you really take the time and hit up the University of YouTube because there’s plenty of free information out there.

[00:20:47] a lot of things, including myself, always trying to help out that there’s more than an abundance of people on this platform willing to help absolutely for free. All you have to do is take the time to find

[00:21:00] Jeff Sieh: us. the way, and and I think this is Katie. She is saying, Luis, do you have a YouTube videos about specific cameras or beginner videos? And you do have some there because I I mean, I went and checked your channel.

[00:21:11] So you can find, Luis’s, YouTube channel at mister camera junkie dot com. That kinda gets to a lot of his stuff. But you’re you’re mister camera junkie on YouTube as well. Right? No.

[00:21:20] What on Everything.

[00:21:21] Luis Vega: Okay. Everything. On Twitter, on, you know, TikTok. What’s the other ones?

[00:21:27] Um, Grindr, Nuffling.

[00:21:29] Jeff Sieh: So so, um, um, yeah. So is there any other, like, you know, Doc Rock does a great job with some camera views. Anybody else that you recommend, kind of go when you’re talking about YouTube University that you would uh, recommend people watch?

[00:21:41] Luis Vega: Oh, man.

[00:21:42] If you if you talk about recommendations, I have so many. Uh, it’s actually a feature that I have on my weekly livestream, which I call Cities Ga Mhmm. Which is channels that I think you should go and watch. And that cities go segment is me highlighting a different YouTube channel every week that I think you should take the time and invest and look into their content. So it’s always based around the kind of the subject I’m talking about because I have so many channels that I follow.

[00:22:12] so recommendations, I would really say, honestly, I think YouTube does the best job of recommending the types of channels that you like depending on how you’ve interacted with that platform. Because there’s some content creators that I’ve never heard of. It’s because they don’t really fit the type of content that I watch. And when I find out about them, it’s kind of like uncovering a 3000000 subscriber channel under a rock because the type of content that they create exactly is not sort of catered to me.

[00:22:45] So, of course, I’ve in my own journey, I found, you know, the Peter McKinnon Chelsea and Tony Northrop, you know, so many Jared Polins. Uh, I I could just name I I would need more of a category strength stay. Yeah. You understand?

[00:23:03] To give you a better recommendation because So, like, for Katie, like she’s different people in different sections. Like, Katie,

[00:23:09] Jeff Sieh: she’s bus she’s like she’s kinda like a beginner level. So Peter McKinnon might be like the, you know, he he has his equipment like, oh my god. I just saw his dude studio. I’m like, oh my gosh.

[00:23:18] How much money did he put that into that? But do you have like some, I mean, you could go watch, uh, Mr. Camera Junkie on YouTube and it’s gonna suggest people because you watched Mr. Camera Junkie, but do you have any other kind of big like, if somebody’s really starting to, like, don’t even understand what an f stop is or aperture or that kind of stuff, do you have any, like, beginner level people that you could, uh, recommend? I know I’m putting you on the spot, but,

[00:23:39] Luis Vega: Well, I would actually think, honestly, someone that I started with on the platform is probably Chelsea and Tony Northrop.

[00:23:46] Okay. Right? Not only do they have a, you know, a variety or, like, a a wide understanding of photography in itself. But they also have, like, cheap, or inexpensive books that you can buy that also give you access to their community.

[00:24:02] But their Facebook group is particularly based on their, book. So if you buy their book in PDF form for, like, 10 dollars, it gives you access to that community as well. And I think that would be a good entry point for someone starting out when it comes to photography because they give you the basics.

[00:24:22] Jeff Sieh: Awesome. That’s great. Thank you so much for that. I didn’t mean to put you on the spot, but I’ve, I mean, I always love to get, you know, new channels to watch. I know Katie does too.

[00:24:31] Conor Brown: Jeff, I have this question from Jim too. Yeah. As it kinda takes us into our our next section too. It’s it’s kind of the stuff beyond the camera itself. So Jim says, how does the beginner handle transporting a kit bag holding 5000 dollars of, uh, equipment outside the security and the confines of the house or office?

[00:24:50] insurance costs, loss, damage? Like, how how do you wrap your mind around taking your precious little baby out into the

[00:24:57] Jeff Sieh: world? Right? That’s a great point because I’ve seen Luis with his he’s got a whole cart that he he took around a Podfest, and I’m like, oh my gosh. don’t that’s a great question, Jim.

[00:25:06] Thank you for asking that. So what do you do when you travel or when you go outside to first shoot? Because that is like a lot of money you’re putting in a bag or on a cart or something like that.

[00:25:16] Luis Vega: That’s actually very good question, but that’s also 1 of the reasons why I also recommend going used before noon.

[00:25:24] Yeah. Because you have to know that to invest into a camera system is not only buying the camera itself, but just in case you were to drop this camera for whatever reason and it is no good anymore, that you have the means to somehow replace it so that you could continue doing what you wanted to do. So that’s my first recommendation to your budget should be a camera that you can buy twice. Right? And that if you can fit in that ballpark, that’s why I recommend the z v 1 f because it’s a 500 dollar camera that comes with lenses and everything built in.

[00:25:59] But if you’re already to that next level where you have this equipment, my my go to is to try to carry as little of it as possible when necessary. Now the the Odd Fest was an exaggeration because we had basically an entire podcast production. Right. But if I’m doing photography, then I will carry 1 camera with maybe 2 lenses. 1 that’s on and just an extra because I don’t want to carry around a big tech bag that I would have to take off and then have to keep an eye out for.

[00:26:35] Because that’s when things actually end up going bad. Another recommendation is to buy a smaller camera back. This is something that’s worked for me. Because once I had a smaller camera back, it required me to carry less things.

[00:26:52] And it also made it more convenient for me to keep an eye on that much smaller bag than, like, carry keeping an eye on a cart full of full of things.

[00:27:02] Jeff Sieh: Right. Right. Yeah. He he had an incredible setup, at Podfest.

[00:27:06] It was really, really cool. Katie says, Luis is so generous to shout out other creators. Uh, she’s gonna sub to your channel. Look at that.

[00:27:13] Thank you, Katie, for doing that. It’s really nice of you to say um, there’s a couple questions. said, he had no idea that the Sony ZV 1 only transmitted 7 20 p of the USB. He says, I learned something every time from Luis.

[00:27:25] So that’s awesome. That’s what that’s why he’s here. why we have him on the show. and Gary says, I once had to take a big camera box, lights, green screen from LA to Dallas, 700 dollars additional. Uh, yeah.

[00:27:37] So that and also Just the shipping. Yeah. Get if you get insurance. Like, if you have that much money wrapped up in your equipment, get insurance. I’ve had things stolen, uh, I’ve had things, uh, and insurance comes in heavy.

[00:27:51] It’s not fun to pay the, uh, you know, the premium you have to pay for it, but it is in the long run when it’s all gone.

[00:27:58] Luis Vega: So Now I’m not associated with them at all, but I think, uh, Professional Photographers of America Mhmm. Has a, um, a section 4 insurance where it’s pretty inexpensive, and they cover up to 15000 dollars worth of equipment on, you know, like Right. Just in case. So whether that’s theft or just destruction, it’s something that you can look into.

[00:28:22] Jeff Sieh: And we talked about this before. I mean, even those old the old glass that you have is worth money because it’s still it’s still useful. Yeah. You can still use it.

[00:28:31] And so even if you if you’ve been like Lisa and been collecting glass throughout the years, that adds up. And if something were to happen to that, that would be a big hit. And so that’s once again why insurance is super important. As we keep going along about talking about tools and equipment, I wanna know, beyond the camera, we’ve been talking about the camera, how important the camera is, the glass, the it. Um, what are some other essential pieces of equipment that a beginner should have for creating high quality video content?

[00:29:01] Luis Vega: Well, even though it hurts me to say this as a camera junkie, a microphone is actually more essential than the video quality. Uh, that’s why I said that the 3 capsule microphone is actually good on the z v 1 f because a a saying that I I have is bad audio is unwatchable. And if you’re trying to create content and you have a 4 k image, but people can’t hear what you’re saying because you’re breaking in and out, or the synchronization of your lips to the sound is off, people are gonna tune you right out because it just messes with their equilibrium, and it’s not gonna happen yet. You can have a lower quality image, but if you have good audio where people could follow along with what you’re saying and the message that’s being conveyed, that actually will go a lot further than the quality of image that you’re producing.

[00:29:54] Jeff Sieh: It’s a great point. Yeah. We always forget I mean, we get all wrapped up in the camera, and we forget how important the mics are, uh, to put other points across.

[00:30:03] Luis Vega: This is the best example. People have never said walking out of a movie theater, oh my god.

[00:30:08] The visuals are so bad that my eyes hurt. Yet if you get audio wrong, you’ll have people, like, holding on to their ears just running out saying, like, I can’t deal with this pain Right. Because it’s a completely different, like, type of, um, sensory experience. And if you get that wrong, then the image pretty much doesn’t matter.

[00:30:29] Conor Brown: Especially when it’s, like, the audio’s off, like, the lips are moving at a different cadence. I can’t Or even

[00:30:35] Jeff Sieh: Or even feedback on a microphone, like, when that does that and people, like, cringing, you know, like, oh, I

[00:30:40] Luis Vega: that has to do with frequency. Yeah.

[00:30:43] Jeff Sieh: Yeah.

[00:30:43] Go ahead.

[00:30:44] Conor Brown: it’s so so true and so important. But let’s say, you know, let’s go back to the smartphone world.

[00:30:50] Right? And because sometimes, you know, maybe we don’t wanna take the big rig out into the world or we’re still not ready to make that investment. I know there are other ways you can get the most out of your smartphone when it comes to, creating video content or photo content, things like that. Is it mics? Is it settings on your phone?

[00:31:10] Is it apps? So if someone’s not ready to make that that step to the big purchase, Luis, what would you say they can do to make the most out of their smartphone for video

[00:31:21] Luis Vega: content? Well, that goes right back to the microphone and the audio. DJI just came out with their latest wireless microphone set, uh, their version 2 of their DJI mics, And that 1 has an automatic either iPhone lightning or USB c connector for the new iPhones or Androids to be connected right to it and have wireless audio transmission right into your phone. That is step number 1.

[00:31:51] Another thing that you can do to take that quality up is download an application that’s dedicated to video and video production. The 1 that I use is the Blackmagic app. That’s the 1 that I’ve been using most lately for my iPhone footage, And it gives you everything that you need, including, like like, all the things that a professional cinematographer would require out of a cinema camera is kind of built into an application that you can use with your iPhone. So it is as easy as you want it to be, but also as complex as you need it to be. And that’s what I would recommend to actually get the most out of your smartphone type cameras, audio, and get a third party app to make the most out of the video.

[00:32:38] Jeff Sieh: That is

[00:32:38] Conor Brown: a wide question around around recommendations when we’re talking about microphones because they see it all the time now on on YouTube, especially with vloggers and stuff. Those small little clip on microphones, there’s a whole host of them out there. They connect to either, I guess, your your your smartphone or your DSLR or your camera. It seems super, super easy to use, and the audio sounds pretty good on them. Do you have any specific recommendations, Luis, for those little kinda clip on microphones?

[00:33:04] Luis Vega: Well, the 1 that I purchased not too long ago and the 1 that I’m using still is the the Rode Wireless Go 2. Got it. Yeah. And, like, 2 weeks after that, they came out with the pro version that had all the bells and whistles. And I was like, no.

[00:33:20] Because I I just bought the 2 version 2, but they’re pretty much all within the same ballpark. So depending on your budget and if you have a preference in brand, right, then that would be it because I’m always speaking with Doc Rock and everything, and he knew that the DJI branded microphones had come out, yet I still decided to buy the Rode Wireless Go twos. And that kind of fell into the fact that I have a somewhat of a Rode ecosystem. So on top of that, it can do all of the same things that it can do for my iPhone, uh, or my DSLR mirrorless camera. It also had additional features that I can use with my RODECaster Pro set up here, meaning I can just turn on the microphone and hit a slider on it, and now it’s directly connected to that audio system, And I can bypass all the other aspects for my in home or, you know, studio production.

[00:34:18] And when I needed to go outdoors and use it completely wireless, it still has all the functionality that I need. So that’s why I went with that device. That’s really So it’s kind of like preference. But if you do a little research, my main thing is, uh, always reverse engineer your needs. So you first write down what it is that you’re trying to get out of your production and then see what items are available that can help you meet those needs.

[00:34:46] Jeff Sieh: Yeah. That’s a great point. Uh, real quick, and I want to pull up this because, Doc and I and you showed me the Blackmagic app on the phone, and I had been a, user of Filmic Pro. Then they went to subscription and hacked me off because I paid for it, and Then they went to the they let you have the classic and then they have the new 1 that you have to get on a subscription which I’m like, so that hacked me off. And so Doc showed me this, or I think you either 1 of you showed me this.

[00:35:11] And it’s really, really cool. And so, I totally agree with what Luis is saying. And, yeah, I think you’re blowing people’s minds because they’re like, Stone’s, woah, the Blackmagic app you get with from the ATM mini. And Gary says, the cool thing about the iPhone app is its cloud storage integration. the yeah.

[00:35:26] The Blackmagic app is the has the 1 with that. So, yeah, it’s very, very cool, very robust. only thing I wish it had was that I could have a remote, the Filmic Pro. I could actually use my iPad as a remote monitor. You can’t do that right now with the Blackmagic app, but it still gives you all the control of the aperture and the white balance and all the cool stuff that you need, like Luis was saying.

[00:35:45] So that’s why you have friends like Luis and Doc Rock is they they point you in the right direction. They tell you when you like, don’t quit using that. Use this. That’s why you have these people around you, folks. 1 of the things I wanna talk about, we’re talking about iPhones and if you can’t afford a back of a camera or glass right now.

[00:36:02] I know Doc’s a big fan, and I think I saw you carrying 1 around, uh, Luis, uh, a cage for your phone. Can you talk about what those are and the ones you recommend, like, where you have the handles on the side and you can put your phone in there and you can have places to mount, like, mics and stuff? Can you talk a little bit about that?

[00:36:18] Luis Vega: Yeah. That’s actually, like, rigging out your equipment.

[00:36:22] Right? So the same way a cinematographer will kind of nerd out in rigging out his big camera with all the extra screens and things like that, you have that ability to do that with your smartphones. It was actually Doc Rock that had the SmallRig branded cage with, like, adjustable handles. So the same type of hardware that you would use on a full cinema camera, which are like those grip handles to allow you to balance it, well, you have now that ability to attach that to your iPhone. And that same cage will give you extra spaces or mounting locations, which we refer to as cold shoes.

[00:37:03] Right? It’s just a location where you can connect a wireless transmitter

[00:37:08] it gives you a variety of different mounting points. Another thing that it does with cages, which is traditional to all cameras, is that it then also gives you a bunch of locations for quarter 20, uh, screws. And the quarter 20 screw is kind of like the universal screw for either a photography or camera mounting.

[00:37:28] So when it comes to, like, articulating arms, you know, attaching lights or any other accessory to your cage, you’re most likely gonna be doing it through that quarter 20, you know, um, insert. And the cage will then allow you to have a plethora of mounting, accessibilities, and functionality right within your digital camera or your smartphone camera the same way that you would with a full on cinema camera.

[00:37:57] Jeff Sieh: what and we use Ecamm is what we’re using. If you guys wanna find out more about it, you can go to ecamm dot com forward slash jeff.

[00:38:02] That’s what we’re using to do live streaming. What Luis does helps with the flow, Doc does. You’ve heard us talk about Doc Rock on the show. He’s been on the show as well. It’s amazing tool for doing live video, streaming it, doing presentations, doing, uh, you know, if you’re having to do, like, software demos.

[00:38:18] If you wanna find out more about them, e cam dot com forward slash jeff. You can actually get 15 percent off if you use the code jeff 15. But on that note, I wanted to talk about okay. We’ve maybe done a live show or we’ve created content. What is a great software for beginners to use to begin to edit that content that they have captured or they’ve gone to a pod fest and they’ve they’ve shot some video with their phone or maybe they’ve actually done a live show.

[00:38:46] What do you recommend for editing that’s that’s easy for people and not too crazy expensive?

[00:38:52] Luis Vega: there’s a lot of free editors, but my question to that would be where is your editing going to be done? Because I’m a PC or computer type editor, so all my footage is going to be inserted into that so that I can use my video editor of choice. But there’s a lot of people out there who are just starting out that are going to be editing on their phones Mhmm.

[00:39:19] Right, or on an iPad, a completely different device. So there’s a lot of free video editors out there. I think Videoleap is 1. I forgot the name of another 1, but we also have the ability to use, black magic as well.

[00:39:33] Jeff Sieh: I have it. Yeah. DaVinci.

[00:39:36] Yeah. DaVinci

[00:39:37] Luis Vega: Resolve. DaVinci Resolve. Yeah. Yeah.

[00:39:39] So, like, if you’re on an iPhone or an iPad, you can use DaVinci Resolve to start your editing. my recommendation is kind of more leaning towards the Doc Rock side, which is I wouldn’t recommend you to start on an application that’s limited so that then when you actually, like, expand your skills, you would then have to relearn a completely different program to expand upon your creative, prowess, so to speak. So in this case, if you have the ability, I would recommend getting into a, like, a DaVinci Resolve that has a beginner mode, but then has all the functionality of a full fledged NLE or, uh, editor so that you can expand into your creativity within the program. I use Final Cut Pro, so I would recommend that if you’re looking into that realm, jump all in. They have a 90 day free trial.

[00:40:35] So give that a go before you purchase, and that will give you a much better understanding of how to use that program because it is pretty intuitive. If you’re in the Apple universe, right, in the Apple world. Then that program works very intuitive to their other applications. So you might find it very easy, and it still has all the functionality to expand with you. So that would be my recommendation.

[00:41:04] But if you’re really into just starting out, there’s plenty of, you know, like, application based type of editors, like I said, the Videoleap or the DaVinci Resolve or Right. IPad or iPhone. That could definitely get you started in the right direction.

[00:41:18] Jeff Sieh: Yeah. Those are great.

[00:41:19] And I think, CapCut, a lot of people are using as well. So I think

[00:41:22] Luis Vega: a lot of people have You see, like, that’s the whole thing. There’s there’s quite a few, like, Videoleap, CapCut, um, DaVinci Resolve. There’s so many out there. Mhmm.

[00:41:33] So, yeah, it’s kind of a personal preference. Yeah.

[00:41:36] Jeff Sieh: real quick, I wonder as we’re man, this has flown by. I’ve this has been such a great show. Luis, thank you for doing this.

[00:41:42] Uh, there’s so many, uh, I had so wanna ask. Uh, so I wanna talk talked about, you know, having the audio, the camera, you know, but what are the like, you have set these up for a lot of different people. What is the biggest mistake that you’ve seen people do? Like, when they first get started, they’re like, they’re all gung ho.

[00:41:58] They’re ready to create video content, and you see them make this mistake. Which what is that?

[00:42:03] Luis Vega: I would think is the biggest mistake, and I would hold myself accountable to this, is, uh, waiting for everything to be perfect before you start. there’s a lot of people who are trying to either acquire all the skills that they think are necessary before they start, or maybe it’s all the equipment so that they can get, like, a perfect show. Because we’re all striving for excellence.

[00:42:27] We’re all striving for the mythical perfection. But the 1 pitfall that I think that whether you’re in it at the beginning or in it for years that you could fall into is that perfection myth, which is there’s no such thing as perfection. So once you understand that there’s no such thing, then that gives you a better understanding. But the way that I came around to it is, let’s say, hypothetically, you were able to get everything perfect. Right?

[00:42:56] And you produce your first podcast, video, interview, livestream, whatever it may be, and it’s perfect, where do you go from perfect? Right. Yeah. There’s no, like so you have to understand that that’s something that’s not realistic and that the best version of whatever it is that you’re trying to create is never at the starting point. It’s literally just so much further ahead that you need to take the first step.

[00:43:25] Conor Brown: know, I think it’s a huge thing that everyone struggles with. Right?

[00:43:29] Like Mhmm. Oh, it’s not it’s not right to post. It’s not right to post. And I think so much of that is our own self doubt that people aren’t going to like what we put out in that world. We just have to get over that that sort of hurdle.

[00:43:41] But we also know that not only is is quality important. Right? It is still to a certain, uh, effect. But also consistency is really, really important when it comes to content creation. So in that realm, Luis, what’s your advice for balancing quality with consistency when you’re creating content and putting it out into the

[00:44:06] Luis Vega: world?

[00:44:07] Well, I would say consistency over quality. Mhmm. Got it. Because it’s the same thing. You have to start somewhere.

[00:44:16] But with the consistent action of doing anything, your mind kind of automatically starts creating its own shortcuts. Right? It’s just the way that we all we all are. Right? We always try to build in efficiencies into everything that we do.

[00:44:34] That’s why we you know, it sounds simple, but that’s why we have a toilet paper roll holder. It’s because we want to have something as convenient and localized to what it is that we’re doing. So when you understand that, then you’ll understand that when you start creating content, your your wheels you know, your cogs already start turning and your mind the cogs are are already, like, turning in your mind. And as they’re turning in your mind, they’re already kind of problem solving the issues that you have. And that’s what’s crazy because they’re only pertinent to you. The issues that you have are only based on your setup, on your situation. Because the way that I produce my show is completely unique to the way that I run kind of my mind.

[00:45:26] So they match. And to me to try to, like, impose that onto someone else is gonna be very difficult when they don’t know the craziness that lives inside my head.

[00:45:38] Jeff Sieh: That’s great. Um, you mentioned this thing called the toilet paper roll holder.

[00:45:42] Where do you find 1 of those? Because I’m Jeff

[00:45:44] Conor Brown: doesn’t have that in Texas. He actually

[00:45:46] Jeff Sieh: just uses Exactly. We go outside to go to the bathroom. I’m like, we have these special things called outside.

[00:45:52] The latrine? Yeah. Yeah. So, Luis, this has been amazing. Um, 1 of the things that you mentioned things with your own mind and I know 1 of the big hang ups and something that people struggle with is they see people like Louise or Connor or Doc Rock or Katie Katie Fox and they, um, and they say I gotta be like them.

[00:46:15] Right? So do you have any tips on developing your own unique style? I mean, I think it’s great to see those people and and like they’re doing great, you know, I wanna I wanna be like them, but we all have to have our own style. You mentioned, you know, your own mind, the way your show works. can you share some tips on developing that your own unique style that kind of stands out?

[00:46:35] Like, how tell us a little bit about your process maybe and then how others can do something great but be their own person.

[00:46:43] Luis Vega: Okay. This is gonna be awesome because it’s something that I’ve recently just found out Mhmm. Which is anything that you make is going to inherently have your style baked in.

[00:46:58] And I learned this because as a, you know, struggling perfectionist. Right? Right. I’m trying to create content as well, and then I realized that the people who are searching for the information that I’m providing really are more interested in the information that I’m providing than the quality and the form that I’m providing it in. So 1 of the mastermind groups that I’m in, a co content creator, Kathy Hester, she’s amazing, put a challenge onto me to just create shoddy shorts for lack of another word.

[00:47:32] Right? Right. And just said, like, look, don’t try to overproduce them that, like, all the extra thinking that you’re doing and that you actually enjoy because I have fun adding all the bells and whistles. But she just said just get the information out there, and I made a challenge of just creating a short video every single day for a week and just 7 days. And it taught me so much in that aspect that the things that I’m worried about, people who are watching the video do not care.

[00:48:02] Yeah. We’re holding ourselves accountable or to, like, this high degree. Right? Because we are our own worst critics. Right.

[00:48:10] But they care more about the information and the the feedback that I got of, like, oh, I needed that bit of information or so on and so forth. Like, you know, like, um, Chris Stone was saying earlier about the 7 20 p Mhmm. Off of the webcam feature. Right? I didn’t need to create an entire video to get that information out.

[00:48:31] And just him hearing it through this, you know, livestream or this podcast, he was able to get that information now implemented into his, you know, like, into his repertoire, into his workflow. And I didn’t need to make it all fancy Because we are, like I said, once again, our own worst critics. So after I did the 7 days of those shorts, right, and I’m thinking, like, I’m criticizing myself, like, oh, you could hear the AC in the background in this video. You could do this, that.

[00:49:03] Right? I met up with my friend in Orlando after, Podfest, and he came up to me and said, yo. I saw 1 of the videos that you made. And just by me watching it, I knew that it was your video. It made me look twice, and I was like, yo.

[00:49:19] That looks like the videos that my friend, Louis, mister camera junkie, makes. He then watched it, recognized that it was me, and then hit the like and continued. The reason why I bring that up is because I felt that I put no signature of my own in any of those videos. I felt like I did absolutely nothing.

[00:49:41] There was no captions. There was nothing that would say mister camera junkie, and yet the video itself had an inherent style to it that was solely me that the people who do know me were able to recognize that, just like that, even if I didn’t put anything on it. So that is my answer to that question. Make the content because your personality, your style is gonna be baked into it whether you want to or not.

[00:50:16] Jeff Sieh: That is a great point.

[00:50:18] And with that, we this is what are you gonna say, Connor Dice? Sorry. I cut you

[00:50:21] Conor Brown: off. I just said love it. I love it.

[00:50:24] Jeff Sieh: So once again, you have been amazing, uh, Elise. Thank you for for doing this. I wanna give you a chance to tell everybody what you’ve got going on, what you’re up to, where to find you. You’ve got a great merch store at mister camera junkie dot com. Everybody needs to go check that out.

[00:50:39] But, uh, tell people where they can find you and what you’re doing.

[00:50:42] Luis Vega: Well, you said it there. You can basically just go to mister camera junkie, 1 word altogether, dot com. you could just Google mister camera junkie, and you’re gonna find my face and his beard on all the social media sites. So whichever 1 is your preferred site, you most likely find me there creating content in 1 way or another.

[00:51:03] And yeah. But mister camera junkie dot com is my fourth wall site. You can find me there. You can find the merch. You can shoot me a message.

[00:51:11] you could become a member. Right? Because I actually started a membership there for my Camera Junkie crew and the people who are invested in me and want to see me succeed. So if you want to find me or reach out to me, that would

[00:51:27] Jeff Sieh: be the best place. Yeah.

[00:51:27] So mister camera junkie dot com for you guys listening on the podcast. Make sure you go check him out. Mister Connor Brown, where can people find out all about Connor Brown? You

[00:51:37] Conor Brown: can find out more about me at w d w opinion dot com and across the social media landscape at w d w opinion.

[00:51:46] Jeff Sieh: Yes.

[00:51:47] And that’s Connor with 1 n. He constantly tells me 1 n. Yes. So thank you guys so much for watching. Thank you, Gary, for watching.

[00:51:54] Thank you, uh, Chris, everybody who stopped by today. Jim, um, Katie, all you folks who stopped by. So many people watched this and loved it. And thank you, Luis, for your awesome tips. And we will see you guys next week.

[00:52:07] Bye, everybody.

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