Videography Tips for Starting Your Own Fitness Channel on YouTube.
This pandemic may have cancelled bodybuilding events, like the Arnold Classic Sports and Fitness Festival in Columbus, Ohio, and closed gyms temporarily. But it has also opened up different opportunities that bodybuilders can explore. One of these is the opportunity to start a fitness channel on YouTube, which you can use to impart your bodybuilding knowledge, win over fans, and maybe even earn a profit too!
And in case you’re interested, we’ve compiled some videography tips to get you started. Now, there’s no guarantee that you’ll amass over 900,000 subscribers like Calum von Moger or get millions of views like Bradley Martyn. But at least you will have started your YouTube journey and that’s a good sign. So, check out the tips below.
Invest in the right equipment
To make good content you need good video-making equipment! And while it’s true that high-end phones can shoot great videos, as seen by Steven Soderbergh’s iPhone-shot movie Unsafe, they are still designed for multi-functionality, which means they often lack the key features found in professional video cameras, like an optical zoom (which allows zooming without degrading image quality) and a handgrip for better handling.
You’ll need to do due diligence in finding equipment that works best for you, as well as what you can afford. The good news is that there are plenty to choose from. For example, Adorama’s professional video cameras, lenses, and accessories range in price from a hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. Yet the majority of cameras at every price point are able to shoot in HD and provide a crisp image. High end models such as the Canon XA15, XA11 and Vixia HF G21 are specialized models that will make your content look professionally shot. But if you’re just starting out, compact camcorders would be perfect, as they can shoot videos in 1080p or 4K, and are small enough that they won’t get in your way.
Then, you can also level things up by equipping your video camera with accessories, such as cine lenses for precise video focus and a tripod to mount your camera. With this setup in place your videos will look professional, increasing your chance of gaining an audience base.
Get creative with your shots
If you want your content to be interesting it’s imperative that you produce creative shots. An easy way to do this is to experiment with angles. Shoot at eye level and put yourself in the middle of the action. But also don’t hesitate to shoot from atop (for bench press shots) or from below (to capture the back end of a squat) to better show off the moves and techniques your are demonstrating.
Leverage some look-good shooting tips
You earned the right to look good on your own fitness channel. And Insider’s range of tips on how to look good on Instagram, as outlined by bodybuilder and fitness influencer Connor Murphy are a start. In particular, you’ll need to make sure there’s adequate lighting since it will properly emphasize your muscles and showcase your figure. With aesthetics a very important part of bodybuilding, any channel that doesn’t focus on this will likely lose followers.
Keep things simple
It can be tempting, especially for starters, to go grandiose in the hopes of going viral. The results are videos with needless special effects, unnecessary zooming, confusing camera angles, and gimmicky parts. These serve no use, and will only make it difficult for you to show or explain the important stuff that your audience actually want. Only focus on the kinds of details aspiring bodybuilders want, and the more of them you provide in your videos, the likelier it is that your channel will find an audience.
Following the above-tips will get you ready to shoot your videos and push you closer to setting up that YouTube channel. For more bodybuilding and workout tips do follow our articles on EoB.