If you’re a keen cook and you want to share your cooking with the masses, you probably want to start vlogging.
Creating a video blog (or vlog) can help you promote your business, website, books or products. According to The Guardian, vlogging can now be a route into print publishing or television careers.
But where to start? Here is a very basic guide to food vlogging to get you started.
The right equipment
In today’s highly technological age, you no longer need an expensive video camera in order to create a vlog, although your videos will be better if you use good equipment.
A half decent phone will even do the trick – but you’ll also need to be able to edit your videos once they’re done. There are plenty of easy-to-use programmes available, so search online for the ones that suit you.
Set your camera up in the right place, practice a few times beforehand, and make sure your camera is fully charged and your memory stick empty before you start.
Pick a style
Your vlog should be a reflection of your character and who you are, but you need to decide its style beforehand and then stick to it. It can be like a cookery demonstration, where you talk as you go along, or animated, and a voiceover added afterwards. It’s up to you.
You should choose recipes you’re comfortable and familiar with. Start with simple ones with few ingredients, but try to make it unique to you.
If you’re struggling for ideas, there are plenty of online food recipe videos to look at, such as those on http://food-tales.com/online-food-videos/.
You can weigh the ingredients as you go along, or have them ready. Again, this is a style decision.
How you present is up to you, but the best vloggers come across naturally. This is hard to achieve when alone, so try having a friend filming you. This will also allow you to add interest to your film, with different angles, and so on.
Edit, and edit again
When you’ve finished your film, you need to edit it until it’s perfect. Remove any mistakes, add effects, graphics or captions, as you desire, and a voiceover if necessary.
Then all that remains is to upload it to YouTube and promote it on social media. Congratulations, you’re a vlogger!