Camgirl Lighting Tips – 3 Best Lights for Camming

In addition to having a great webcam, you need to remember that lighting is a REALLY important factor in looking your best on cam (and making that cash!). If you ever see a girl who’s ‘glowing’ and looking beautiful and clear, it’s likely that she is using special studio lightsNo worries, they are not that complicated and can be bought on Amazon! So, what are the best lights to use while camming? This diagram shows that you ideally need 3 lights to light yourself with, also called the “3 Point Lighting Setup”.

 

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I would say that 2 specialty umbrella lights (“key” light and “fill” light) and your room’s overheard light or sunlight from a window (“back” light) will be enough and will give you a GREAT advantage over someone without extra equipment. Don’t overthink it too much, just make sure you’ve got a few umbrella lights illuminating you.

Here is my Number 1 suggestion for lights to use on cam:

 

LimoStudio-Photography Photo Portrait Studio 600W Day Light Umbrella Continuous Lighting Kit

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As I mentioned, the difference will be amazing! These umbrella lights showcase your features, and all the shadows that make you look old, dull and not as attractive will disappear! It’s the investment that will give you the most return for the money.

This kit includes everything seen in the photo above:

  • 2 Tall stands with bulbs & umbrellas
  • 1 Short stand with bulb
  • Umbrella carrying case
  • Bulb carrying case

 

To try something different and to give yourself a warm, sunny glow, you need a GOLD umbrella. I recommend using this one:

CowboyStudio 43in Black & Gold Photo Studio Umbrella

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This umbrella can be interchanged with the white ones from the lighting kit and you can create your perfect lighting, either with using one white and one gold umbrella or even with 2 gold ones!

 

Another good option is to get this kit, which includes two white umbrellas and a gold one, so you can try out different options to see what works for you. It’s definitely the most versatile!

CowboyStudio Photo Studio Soft Reflective Umbrella Continuous Triple Lighting Kits, 600 Watt Output Kit

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A very popular choice for camgirls are softboxes! They create beautifully diffused light and are used by professional photographers, so you know they’ll be great for cam.

My recommendation is this set by Limo Studio:

LimoStudio 700W Photography Softbox Light Lighting Kit Photo Equipment Soft Studio Light Softbox 24″X24

 

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Play around with them and you will not regret this purchase. Along with a good webcam, lighting will make or break your camming, and good lighting will help you get started on the right foot! Good luck!

 

Camming Lighting and Tools: Advanced Stuff!

So, you’ve got yourself the best webcam  and lighting kit, but feel like you want to up your camgirl game? Here are some advanced tools to get you there!

You’ve heard of umbrella lights, but if you want impeccable lighting, it might be worth looking into SOFTBOXES. They are used by professional photographers and while they are bulkier and harder to store, they do give off amazing diffused light that will give you that perfect glowy look on cam and hide any shadows and imperfections. There are quite a few girls using them and the difference is noticeable.

Here is the softbox kit I recommend:

LimoStudio 700W Photography Softbox Lighting Kit Photo Equipment Soft Studio Light Softbox 24″X24″

 

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In terms of audio equipment, most webcams are well-equipped to project good audio, but if you want your viewers to have a superior listening experience, I definitely recommend splurging on an EXTERNAL MIC. My #1 recommendation is the Blue Yeti USB microphone, which can be seen being used by a variety of podcasters and streamers alike. I’ve seen camgirls use the Yeti and the sound quality is incredible. You feel like the girl is sitting right next to you and talking straight to you. Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s worth the investment to get an improved camming experience and, with that, MORE tips!

 

Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone – Silver

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Features:

  • Tri-capsule array – 3 condenser capsules can record almost any situation
  • Multiple pattern selection – cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional & stereo
  • Gain control, mute button, zero-latency headphone output
  • Perfect for vocals, musical instruments, podcasting, voiceovers, interviews, field recordings, conference calls
  • Plug ‘n play – Mac OS X (10.4.11 or higher) and PC (Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP). Bit Rate: 16bit

 

Another interesting tool to have on the advanced side of things is a GREEN SCREEN! Just like the screens used for special effects for movies and tv, you can create some really fun shows with a green screen and a webcam software, like Manycams, to edit the background with whatever video or images you want. I’ve even seen this done to create a “realistic” library scene, when camming from actual libraries were banned! You can get as creative as you want!

 

5 x 10FT Photography Studio Non-woven Backdrop / Background Screen

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Check out my previous posts on the top webcams and top lighting kits to use for camming!

Have fun & may the tokens rain upon you!

xoxo

3 Best Mics for Camming – Top External Mics Reviewed

As a camgirl, one of the ways to take your camming and video-making to the next level is an external mic. It’s an essential tool for anyone who relies a lot on clear audio for cam shows, which a webcam or a laptop mic just can’t deliver. You’ll see these mics a lot with Twitch streamers, and while a lot of camgirls’ mics are out of view, lots of girls do use them to get the best and clearest audio possible, especially for shooting vids!

Below are the Top 3 Microphones for different price levels, starting with the most popular mic used online – Blue Yeti Mic.

Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone

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Some features of the Yeti:

  • Tri-capsule array – 3 condenser capsules can record almost any situation
  • Multiple pattern selection – cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional & stereo
  • Gain control, mute button, zero-latency headphone output
  • Perfect for vocals, musical instruments, podcasting, voiceovers, interviews, field recordings, conference calls
  • Plug ‘n play – Mac OS X (10.4.11 or higher) and PC (Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP)

A cheaper option for those who don’t want to spend too much on a mic, but still want to get a great microphone, is this Blue Snowball Mic.

Blue Microphones Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone

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  • Custom condenser capsule offers crystal clear audio for Skype, Messages and FaceTime
  • Record vocals, create podcasts, and add narration to your home movies
  • Add crystal clear audio to recordings for YouTube
  • Easy plug and play directly to your Mac or PC – no drivers to install
  • Ships with desktop stand and USB cable

 

 

 

A great budget option for a mic is this Dealpeak Microphone:

DEALPEAK Multipurpose Professional Condenser Microphone

It’s great for beginners who want to test out using a mic before splurging on a Yeti and it does perform well.

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  • Special design for chatting over QQ,MSN,SKYPE and singing on the internet. Perfect for voice recording.
  • 3.5mm stereo plug fits for all kinds of PCs.
  • Plug and play, no extra gear needed.
  • Noise cancellation.
  • Conveniently stand with the help of the mini desktop tripod (Included)

So, there you have it – some great options for a camming mic! Shooting videos with one will change your life forever and you’ll never go without it. Your members will notice the difference and you will too! (=More tips!)

Check out my post on the other essential equipment to get started and also to improve your camming success! –> Webcams LightingLaptops.

 

How to Generate Passive Income by Selling your Videos and Photos Online

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Offering videos and photo sets to your members is one of the easiest ways to increase your camming income while not having to be online. Some days you’re just not in the mood to be entertaining, so shooting videos or photos is a great way to still feel productive and make that extra cash! Best of all, since you can resell them indefinitely, you’ve just created a passive income stream once your videos or photos are done. Win-win!

 

Do I need to have professional shooting equipment for my videos to be successful?

No. Anyone can do it. However, you cannot rely on a cheap webcam to shoot your videos and for them to turn out well. It simply won’t create nice quality videos, and you’ll be shooting yourself in the foot (pun intended) having to work with equipment that won’t give you best results. More on that at the end of the post.

 

Do I need to have any special video editing software for my videos to look good?

Yes and no. While it’s ok to use a free video editing software that you have installed on your laptop, like a Windows Movie Maker, a lot of girls have invested in video editing software to really make their videos stand out and be high quality. Sony Movie Studio and Adobe Premiere are the most popular video editing programs used by both newbies and professional video editors. It takes a little bit to learn, but the results are worth it!

 

Where can I sell the videos and photos I make?

You can sell them on you model profile and offer them for sale when you’re online. A great way to REALLY maximize your profits is to sell your videos and photosets on camgirl video sites. The #1 site right now to do so on is ManyVids! Even though it’s fairly new, it’s grown to have a huge audience and thousands of girls have created their profiles on there already. The bigger the audience or traffic a site gets, the better the odds are of your videos selling. Manyvids is highly recommended by me. You can also sell panties, Skype shows, and Snapchat and other items in your “store”. You get paid twice a month and earn 60% of the revenue from the sales of your videos, which is a great payout percentage.

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Can I sell my videos “full-time”?

Yes! In fact, there are a lot of girls who do just that. How much you make depends on the amount of videos you’re putting out a week, how well they’re shot, and how much promotion you’re doing. It is definitely possible and is a great way to earn an income while not doing live camming. Camming does have its benefits, but it’s not for everyone and some people don’t have the flexibility in their schedule or time for it. ManyVids says that its top earners make between $10,000 and $12,000 a month!

 

Ok, how do I begin?!

Sign up for a ManyVids account, upload any videos or photos you may already have. If you don’t have any, here’s what you need to start with:

 

1 ) A High Quality Webcam – Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 (See my post on the Best Webcams to Get)

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OR A DSLR camera – Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR Digital Camera

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OR a Camcorder (Highly recommended) – Canon VIXIA HF R700 Camcorder

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2) A Tripod – AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod

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OR a GorrilaPod – JOBY GorillaPod SLR Zoom Tripod for DSLR

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3) Umbrella Lights – Photography Photo Studio 600W Day Light Umbrella Continuous Lighting Kit

(See my post on the Best Lights to Get)

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4) Some Nice Lingerie and Toys! (Optional)

Wear whatever makes you feel best in front of the camera!

 

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And that’s all there is to it! Once you’ve got the basic equipment, you can make your video AND make your first sale the very same day (Don’t forget Twitter as your best promotion tool)!

Keep an eye out for a full list of passive camming income sources coming in the near future!

3 Best Laptops for Camming – Top Laptops Reviewed

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Having a quality laptop is one of the best tools a camgirl can have. It’s better to invest from the start (or to upgrade a slow and lagging laptop) than having to deal with a constantly breaking or inefficient one. Remember, time is money, and if you have to take your laptop in for repairs, that is wasted time that you’ll never get back.
 

What should you look for in a laptop you’ll use for camming?

 

  • RAM: 8 GB and above. Stands for random-access memory and it’s what will keep your laptop running smoothly when you have lots of tabs open, music streaming, and cam broadcasting at the same time.
  • Hard Drive: 1TB or more. That’s where all your files are stored. A large enough hard drive lets you save thousands of HD photos, videos you make, songs and movies on your laptop. For reference, a 500GB hard drive (half of 1 TB) lets you hold up to 140,000 pictures, 130,000 songs, or 400 movies. So, if you’re planning on storing a lot of cam-related pics and videos (and they tend to be quite big in size!), go for a 1TB hard drive.
  • Size and Weight. This is up to you, but a laptop with a display size of 13″ to 15″ is more portable and easier to move around the house when you cam from different location and also take with you when you travel. Weight is a similar issue, anything under 5 lbs will be more portable.
  • Processor: Intel Core i7  is the way to go. If you ever feel like your current laptop is “too slow”, then you need to upgrade to Intel Core i7 processor.

 

You may have noticed that I haven’t mentioned built-in webcams, and that is because you cannot rely on your laptop’s webcam for camming. The quality will NEVER be as good as an external webcam, such as a Logitech C920, which is, in my opinion, the best webcam for cam models.

So, with all these things in mind, here are my Top 3 laptop picks that look good, are portable AND powerful. Click on the links to check them out on Amazon!

ASUS X555DA-AS11 15 inch Full-HD AMD Quad Core Laptop with Windows 10, Black & Silver

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  • AMD Quad Core A10-7400P 2.5GHz (Turbo up to 3.4GHz) processor
  • 8GB RAM/ 1TB 5400RPM with DL DVD±RW/CD-RW. Windows 10 operation system
  • 15.6 inches LED backlit display, 1366 by 768 resolution, matte finished
  • Feature 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI and VGA ports
  • 1 year International Warranty with 1 year Accidental Damage Protection
  • Ergonomically designed keyboard with IceCool technology keeps the palm rest at a comfort temperature

Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-76YK 15.6-inch Full HD Notebook(Intel Core i7, NVIDIA 940MX,8 GB ,256GB SSD, Windows 10 Home 64-bit Edition),Black

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  • 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6500U Processor (Up to 3.1GHz)
  • 15.6-inch Full HD Display, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 2GB DDR5 VRAM
  • 8GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB SSD; Memory Speed – 2133 MHz
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Up to 12-hours Battery Life

LG gram Ultra-Slim Laptop 15Z960 i5 15” (Gold)

 

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  • Weighs under 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds)
  •  15.6-inch Full HD IPS Display
  • Intel Core i5-6200U 2.8 GHz
  • 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 256 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen

 

So, there you have it, some great choices for a camming laptop. If you ever want to go hardcore and splurge, I would suggest looking for a powerful gaming laptop, because they’re made to handle a lot and will never lag. Alienware, anyone? It’s a beast of a machine. 😉

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Make sure to also check out my posts on the Best Webcams and the Best Lighting Setup to get completely equipped for cam!