Home Studio Tour and Videography Kit

Several friends have asked, so here’s a tour of my home video studio—which I set up for the second season of the Bible Study Magazine Podcast and for my own YouTube channel:

And this is my current video kit:

Canon M50, body only – This is widely regarded as one of the best entry-level vlogging cameras. I’m thoroughly happy with it. Literally my only wish is that the remote could trigger manual focus.

EF-M 22mm lens – I sold the kit lens and bought this (and a 55–200mm which I quite like but can’t use in the home studio). Nice bokeh. Super happy.

Dummy battery for Canon M50 – What’s so awesome about this is that you can plug the USB into your computer for power or into a powerbank when you’re on the go. (I purchased my powerbank with money given to me by a KJV-Only pastor who gave me an Amazon gift card because of my spirit and tone in Authorized!)

Podcaster teleprompter with remote – I can’t believe I ever lived without one of these. I got it slightly used, and it’s been perfect. (After trying multiple apps, I found I prefer the Parrot Teleprompter app made by the same company.)

Rode Video Micro (or Rode Lav Go with Rode Wireless Go) – Fantastic sound, and you can plug it into a phone if need be. I’m really impressed. I do also use a Shure SM7B from work. And I have a microphone stand for each. This one is perfect for smaller microphones; the SM7B is too big for it.

Video light – Sure I’d love to have the more expensive Aputure 120D every Youtuber raves about, but this is almost as good for a lot less money. I love the remote, and I never hear the fan noise that is this light’s only downside compared to the 120D.

Softbox – Essential for key light.

Stand for diffuser with a five-in-one reflector (I use the diffuser) – also essential.

RGB light for background – Adds a real nice touch, and because I find it hard in my home office to put a “hair light” above and behind me, this is doing double duty as an accent light and hair light.

Light stands – I actually need another one…

Tripod for camera – Had this for years. Simple and inexpensive. Happy with it.

LED light for non-dominant side of face – Cheap and really long-lasting.

LumaFusion for video editing on 3rd gen iPad Pro 12.9 64GB – I absolutely love this app; it’s so much zippier than Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro.

Ecamm Live for recording video and audio directly to hard drive – also used for livestreaming and for turning my camera into a virtual camera for video conferencing on Zoom or Google Meet.

These are almost all affiliate links, but they are all items I purchased with my own money (some of which will be reimbursed by my employer).

Mark Ward

PhD in NT; theological writer for Faithlife; former high school Bible textbook author for BJU Press; husband; father; ultimate frisbee player; member of the body of Christ.

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