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The Best Cheap Vlogging Camera With Flip Up Screen

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One day I was scrolling through YouTube and discovered a creative YouTuber named Casey Neistat. After watching about 10 of his videos, I was hooked on the idea of vlogging. I researched the best cheap vlogging camera for the next few months and bought one that I’ve since used all around the world.

In this post I will review my favorite cheap vlogging camera with flip up screen and other vlogging tips, resources, and ideas.

Best Cheap Vlogging Camera With Flip Up Screen

The Sony A5100 Mirrorless 

If you look at camera shootouts on YouTube, the sony line of mirrorless cameras stands apart from the rest in terms of image quality, heft, dimensions, lens options, and price.

I started out thinking I was going to buy the Sony A6000 but at the last minute, I changed my mind to get the 5100 because of the flip screen. This is absolutely crucial if you want to vlog.

The image quality of the 5100 vs the 6000 is exactly the same, the only differences are in functionality. Here are the key differences of the 5100 vs the 6000 that I found.

  • 5100 Has flip up screen for selfie style video and photo
  • 5100 does not have viewfinder
  • 5100 does not have shoe mount
  • Neither cameras have external audio input jack

Besides those few things, the cameras are extremely similar. I have since purchased a 6000 for my wife and she loves having the viewfinder. Between these two cameras, we’ve vlogged and photographed all of our travels around the world.

We also earn a large portion of our income through photography and video with these two cameras.

The only real downfall that I miss on these cameras is the external audio jack. But, if you watch our videos below, you’ll hear the audio quality and how for basic vlogging, it doesn’t matter that much.

Not having a cumbersome microphone attached to your flexible tripod also keeps your setup discrete and allows you to look a little “less professional” when videoing and photoing in certain situations. (sometimes people ask you not to film if they think you’re a super pro).

Some of  our sample vlogs:

 

 

Sony E Mount Lenses

For discreteness and ease of use, the Sony 16-55 kit lens, that comes with these cameras, is actually quite good for vlogging. You don’t have to worry about breaking an expensive lens, it has a quick zoom, decent autofocus, and is super thin.

We used the kit lens for every vlog as we traveled, and only later increased our lens collection.

After getting back from our year around the world, we wanted to do photography and better video for money, so we purchased the 2 following lenses:

Sony 50mm Prime

Sony 35mm Prime

 

Both of these lenses are incredible and give a very high depth of field (blurry background that looks all pro). If you can only purchase one, I would choose the 35mm unless you are doing mainly food photography, product photography etc.

Vlogging Tripod

We researched this quite a bit as well, and this is what we purchased and used the entire trip:

Joby GorillaPod

This unit has a ball head which I found to be super helpful and crucial for getting balanced and level shots. Highly recommend. It’s also the brand that Neistat uses.

If you have any questions about our setup please feel free to send me a message or leave a comment below.

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Online Course Development – How To Earn Money With Your Skills

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Right before Carly and I left to travel, we developed her online course 12-Days To Sexy on her website and it has helped buy us plane tickets, AirBNBs, and food around the world.

Since then we’ve created multiple other courses and have found great success in creating online courses and schools.

In this post, I’ll share why you should create an online course, how to create one, and the best online course platforms to choose from.

Why To Create An Online Course

Chances are, you’re really good at something that other people aren’t. No matter how big or small that skill is, someone on the world wide web will likely pay you to teach them how you do it.

After you develop a school and produce some curriculum, you’ll have a tangible product that will live on forever and the best part is, you don’t have to manufacture it more than once.

After posting it online and doing some marketing, it is possible to receive passive income from your courses for the rest of your life.

What You Will Need To Create An Online Course

There’s multiple ways to succeed in this realm but after lots of trial and error, I’ve discovered a few things that are crucial to success.

  1. A platform that you can easily create, update, and market
  2. An affiliate program
  3. A small understanding of video production (iPhone will work fine)

That’s about it.

Best Online Course Platforms

I started out by building Carly’s entire course on her WordPress blog. I made new pages for each day of the cleanse and password protected the directory page. After someone purchased, we’d send them an automated email with the password and that was about it.

It worked alright but it was cumbersome to design and use, and most importantly, it didn’t have an affiliate program!

After a few months, we came to realize how crucial an affiliate program is to the success of any school so I started searching for platforms that had an affiliate program built in.

This led us to 2 main contenders:

  1. Teachable

    This is my number one choice. I have built about 5 different schools on this platform and it offers:

    • a built-in affiliate program
    • beautiful and easily editable design
    •  high functioning video player
    • convenient payouts
    • many course payment options
    • and the list goes on.You can’t really go wrong with this option and I recommend it to all my friends.
  2. Zippy Courses

    When we discovered this app for WordPress, it was brand new. Carly was one of the first people to purchase it and it seemed to be a promising platform.

    After a few weeks of struggling to make it work, I ended up abandoning it and the investment we made into it.

    That being said, it looks like it’s come a long way and may be a good option for some but I can’t speak to it.

Marketing An Online Course

The beauty of an affiliate program is that it kind of markets itself. Here’s how I do it in it’s most basic form:

  1. Publish your course and school
  2. Send it out to your audience on social media, email and word of mouth for an introductory price, in exchange for feedback and a review
  3. Publish the reviews on your sales page
  4. Make the initial course participants affiliates in your course and give them a healthy commission (set up in the teachable backend)
  5. Message them all and tell them what they could earn by sending out their link to their friends.
  6. Repeat a few times
  7. Increase the price slowly over time to make the most sales.

Online Course Development

All that being said, I highly recommend you make a course if you’re considering it. Teachable has a free tier that you can get started with and then you can level up as you get going.

Click here to get started with Teachable

If you run into any troubles you can always message me and I’d love to help. I do this work for clients and I can build you a school of your dreams! 😍😍

happy hustling!

Email me here: rossobrown@gmail.com

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