Photographer Video-Blogging Makeup Expert: Michelle Phan
Specialty: Helping Girls Look F-I-N-E
Favored Makeup Brand: Lancome
Okay, so I get an email from a girl named K***** asking me what camera Michelle Phan uses. I’ve never heard of Michelle Phan, but some quick research indicated that is one of the top makeup video bloggers on the web.
FStoppers has 7,000 YouTube subcribers. Chase Jarvis has about 25,000.
Michelle? She has 1.6 million.
So even though Michelle’s not a photographer, in order to spread goodwill throughout the interwebz, I tried to figure out what she’s using to produce her videos.
Here’s one of Michelle’s tutorials so we know what we’re looking at:
First things first – Michelle’s videos exhibit pretty decent quality. Some of the footage was shot in low light, but there is little noise. Also, there is some use of shallow depth-of-field (note the out-of-focus backgrounds), which would indicate a camera using a fast lens and/or large image sensor. Therefore, Michelle probably uses a DSLR to produce her videos.
In addition, Michelle’s videos exhibit high-quality voiceovers, so she is DEFINITELY using an external microphone. No question about it.
Now, I can’t find Michelle’s exact equipment, so I’m proposing two different setups for aspiring video bloggers:
My recommendation for a highly-affordable video-blogging setup is the sub-$75 Logitech WebCam Pro C910. It has a few things going for it that make it a great setup for web videos:
- 1080p HD resolution
- built-in noise-canceling microphone
- high-quality Zeiss lens
- Mac compatible
- also takes 5-megapixel photos
- 1-click uploading to Facebook and YouTube