October 6, 2021

My Favorite Instagram Reels Gear

Ever wondered exactly what you need in order to create Instagram Reels? 

The latest iPhone? Expensive editing software? A studio rental?

The only piece of equipment that is actually essential is a camera — and the one on your phone is just fine! But, if you want to start taking Reels more seriously & invest in some gadgets & gear that can help make content creation a little easier for you, I’ve rounded up my favorite tools that I like to use when I’m recording & editing Instagram Reels.

#1 A Tripod

If you’ve ever been filming Reels & wanted to use both hands to point or gesture, it might be a good idea to pick up a tripod. But, not all tripods are created equal! I spent time looking for one that would stay upright when I’m filming horizontally and in portrait mode. Some tripods come with a remote, which makes it even easier to film Instagram Reels, especially if you’re filming solo. And others are adaptable for both phones and larger cameras. There are lots of great tripod options, and it’s one tool that I reach for all the time! 

#2 Lighting

While I absolutely love to film Reels using natural lighting, it’s not always possible! When it’s a cloudy day or I have to film in the evening, I can’t find a bright spot near my window to use as my backdrop. In those situations, I use lighting to help me make sure my content is bright and beautiful. You can pick up a ring light if you’re often filming close-up selfie shots, box lights if you want more subtle lighting that can cover larger ground, or both so you can figure out the perfect combo. While ring lights, diffusers, and alternative sources of lighting aren’t necessary to making Reels, they definitely make it easier to squeeze in film time whenever you have a few spare minutes!

#3 Earbuds

If you need to film somewhere & you don’t want to keep playing your Reels audio out loud, wireless earbuds come in handy! They’re also great if you need to record voiceovers or add your own audio to your Reels. Plus, they are easy to cover up with your hair, so you don’t have to worry about them showing up in your videos. 

#4 Microphone

Another audio tool that can come in handy is a microphone — especially if you frequently create content using voiceovers. Sure, you can record audio on your phone using the speaker on any old headphones, but if you want to boost the quality of your audio, it’s a good idea to pick up a microphone. There are tons of different kinds you can choose from, so it’s a good idea to do a little research before you decide which one will be the best for your Instagram Reels recording setup! 

#5 Backdrop

You can use different areas around your home as the backdrop for your IG Reels videos. Or, if you have the time & effort to invest in some new settings, consider picking up backdrops, accessories & other home decor items that will help you create different ‘sets’ for your videos. You can mix & match decor items that are on display to make it look like you’re filming from different areas when you’re actually in the same space. And you can swap out backgrounds to make your Reels look completely new & unique! 

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Tell me more, Sarah!

xx, Sarah


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