How to Film Your Desk: PWM Setup
My main setup is quite simple: coffee table, two light sources plus natural light, and a tripod.
I've been asked a lot how I film my PWM and release videos lately so I figured I should go ahead and share a post with everyone on exactly how I get it done. Most importantly how I get it done on a budget. Since I want to save my money so I have more of it to spend on stickers and stationery, I try to eliminate costs in every other department as much as possible.
For my general setup I use my Sony a6000 camera with the standard lens it came with. I did invest in the camera I must say and I also purchased a higher grade lens for product photography to go with it but I find the lens it came with does the best job at focusing quickly which is perfect for desk videos since there's a whole lot of moving around.
My main setup is quite simple: coffee table, two light sources plus natural light, and a tripod. I set the tripod to it's highest setting then tip it against the coffee table and catch the back leg with the bottom of a bar stool. I have used a rope and pulley system before but I find the bar stool allows for the most sturdy setup and since I don't want my camera to drop down on me during a film session this is definitely ideal.
For my lighting I use these two lights and have replaced the bulbs they came with with white light bulbs. This helps avoid unnecessary white balancing in post production and really just looks more appealing on film. The kit also came with a tent that I've slowly started to incorporate into my shop photography so it's really quite a bang for your buck.
What do you use to film your videos? Do you have a lighting system you can recommend? I'd love to hear about it!