<aside> 📹 Hi, I'm Marie Poulin, a frequent Zoomer and avid YouTuber!

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While I am not an audio/visual professional, I have learned a lot over the years as I have slowly upgraded my tech + equipment, and I know how long it has taken to figure it all out! This is a summary of some of my learnings and recommendations as you get comfortable with your audio/visual/computer setup.



Video / Camera


Use your smart phone!

Download EpocCam from Kinoni for $10 to use your phone as a webcam or video input for livestreams or zoom calls. This is a great option if you already have an iphone and don't want to invest in a new camera.


<aside> 💰 UPGRADE 1: Using a dSLR as a webcam

Joel's guide to using a dSLR as a webcam is an awesome resource:

Using a dSLR as a Webcam for Live Streaming

I essentially followed Joel's advice and purchased most of the equipment he recommended, starting with the lower-end recommendations. I figured most of the equipment listed is already a huge level up from what I've been using, so no need to invest in top of the line equipment before I know what I'm doing!

How it looks

How it looks

The trickiest part for me was learning the ideal camera settings for using the camera as a webcam. I don't have much photography experience, so I didn't fully understand all of the different settings.

I followed the settings in this video and they make the picture excellent.

<aside> 💰 UPGRADE 2: Lens

I eventually splurged on a nice 16mm lens, which can give your video backgrounds a beautiful blurry effect.

Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens for Sony E

Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens for Sony E (402965)


After I added some shelving + lighting

After I added some shelving + lighting


<aside> 💰 UPGRADE 3

Sony released a new model of camera that was designed for streaming (Sony ZV-e10), and requires a little less technical know-how, as you can now plug your camera right into your USB port without needing a capture card. The quality may not be as high as a capture card in some cases, but unless you’re a pro YouTuber, most people won’t notice the difference here, and it’s a super convenient option!

This is the camera I’m currently using today.

Sony Alpha ZV-E10 - APS-C Interchangeable Lens Mirrorless Vlog Camera Kit - Black

Sony ZV-e10 with some moodier, asymmetrical background lighting

Sony ZV-e10 with some moodier, asymmetrical background lighting



You generally want to keep your background somewhat neutral. I have a credenza and plants in the background. If you have a messy background you may want to consider getting a greenscreen or use a blurring effect.


Background light

I often get asked about the cube lig

Infinity Cube

Audio / Microphone

I'm using the Blue Yeti Mic, on an external stand.