I think I've finally nailed my video setup.
The biggest problem I've had is getting enough "bang for my buck" with my videos. I know Instagram pushes reels so I've made it my mission to post a reel every single day. It sounds hard, and it's definitely time-consuming, but I use some key equipment that makes this goal a lot easier.
This tripod is small but mighty. I was using a full-size tripod for my overhead shots, but it was so hard to move, store, and set up. I took Foodtography School's suggestion and purchased this lightweight and functional overhead tripod. It's amazing! I can move it anywhere with ONE HAND and it doesn't fall over while holding the weight of my phone.
I don't have marble countertops, but I LOVE the clean look of a marble countertop in food videos. I prefer this real board to a backdrop because it makes a more satisfying sound (ASMR) and the natural light shines off of it. Plus, it's large enough to look like an actual countertop in my videos, and it's a relatively affordable price ($46) for a real marble board.
I noticed that most viral TikTok videos were filmed with natural light. The problem is natural light is so unpredictable. So, I film with artificial light, but it looks like natural light because I take the cover off the softbox. This is convenient for cloudy days. I recommend this for all food photographers because artificial light is great for photos, too. Editing is also way easier when I have consistent light in every photo.
It's all about the angles! I like to use this simple phone tripod to get lots of angled shots. It's easy to use, lightweight, and cheap. And, it works well for videos when you're talking to the camera through the front camera.
I use an empty cashew tin for those really close-up shots in my reels. Think of things like cracking eggs, stirring in chocolate chips, and scooping cookies. Just prop your phone up and adjust the angle. Works like a charm!
Adjusting to reels has been hard, but these five pieces of equipment have made me feel more confident in my reel game. Sound off in the comments...what do you think about IG pushing video? And leave your favorite reel tip!