How to Start Camming on a Limited Budget

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If you’re looking to try out camming but worried that you don’t having the right tools for the job, do not fear! The reality is, it is much easier to become a camgirl than you may think, and doesn’t require much money (or any at all!).

If you’ve already decided that you’d like to cam, and settled on a camsite or two (See my post about best camming sites here), the fact that you don’t have the latest and greatest technology (webcam, laptop, lights), shouldn’t hold you back from taking the leap. It is better to start sooner rather than later and not let perfectionism and hesitation stand in your way.

 
So, Here Are All The Basics You Need To Start Camming Today!

Webcam 

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Laptops these days have built-in webcams, though the quality is often not the greatest, so I would urge you to spend some money on a webcam before you start. A basic webcam, like this one from Logitech, is only about 20-30 bucks and should be affordable enough. You can also find used ones on Craigslist. After you reach your first payout, webcam should be one of the first things you upgrade, along with lights. A better webcam will equal more views, and more views equal more tips. Though, most of us have started with just a basic webcam.

 

Lights 

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Lights are often neglected by beginner camgirls, because they don’t realize how important good lighting can be. It elevates the quality of your feed and makes your basic webcam produce better video. Before you buy your first umbrella lights, you can use the lights you already have in your house. Just position a few table lamps or floor lamps in front of you to create a great diffused light. If you do want to buy something before you start, I recommend a ring light, which is pretty affordable!

 

Laptop

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Laptop is the least critical of the camming tools, so as long as your internet speeds are okay, you will do fine with whatever laptop you have at the moment. After a few months of camming, you could upgrade your laptop to one with a better processor, more RAM/memory, and better graphics. Here are some great options for when you’re able to buy an improved laptop for camming.

 

Lingerie 

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When starting out, lingerie requires the least upfront investment, because you can start camming in your regular clothes/pjs/underwear. In fact, lots of members love the girl-next-door, “normal” look and are not expecting you to be coming online in fancy lingerie. I think most of us start out this way… and some girls continue with this look for the rest of their camming career! However, if you want to have some outfits before you start, I recommend Pinkcherry or Yandy for affordable lingerie.

 

Toys 

Like lingerie, you definitely do not need any toys to get started, and some girls will *never* use any toys in their shows. It is totally up to you and what your comfort level is. If you’re interested in getting some toys, my recommendation is Lovense tip-activated toys, because not only are they fun, but they also make you money!

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Don’t be intimidated when you see camgirls with perfectly set up camrooms, with the latest and greatest technology or fancy lingerie. Rememeber that they all started the same way and no one is an expert starting out.

Check out my Beginners Guide to get started today! Good luck and let me know if you have any questions.


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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LIGHTING SETUP

 

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

Fun Lighting Ideas for Camming

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Once you’ve figured out what lighting kits to get for your basic cam room lighting, you can move on to some fun lights to set the right mood and atmosphere for the room. Do you want it to be girly & romantic, sultry & mysterious, or totally eye-catching? I put together some options for various moods. The best part is that these lights are movable and customizable, so if you don’t like a particular look, you can easily change it around.

 

Girly & Romantic – Fairy Lights!

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Fairy lights are so soft and girly and give a very sweet look to your room on cam. They’re very popular with girls I see on Myfreecams. They give you that sought after girl-next-door look. There are SO many options for fairy lights on Amazon – from regular white lights to rainbow colored, to different designs like stars and flowers, and even fabric flower lights! You can put them up above your bed, on your headboard, around your windows, tape them up in a design on a wall – just about anything you can come up with! Click on the photos below to get them on Amazon.

 

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Sultry & Mysterious – Backlighting

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Set the stage for some sexy fun with dimmed lights and colored LED light strips around your room – red, purple, blue to add a pop of color and sultriness. They’re easy to install – just cut the strips to the length you need and tape them right to the wall, shelving, or any furniture. I find that the backlighting effect is very eye-catching and alluring and gives off that ultra exclusive club vibe. If you have the personality to pull it off (this is not the look for the shy girls!) definitely go for this option. Your viewers will definitely appreciate this choice. You can buy these LED strips from Amazon at this link.

 

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Disco Cam Night!

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Alright, if none of the looks I’ve listed strike your fancy, why not try a disco ball to liven up the room? There’s no way this won’t improve your mood and get you in a great state of mind to entertain! These are easy to install, in a sense that there’s no need to attach them to the ceiling, as you just put them on the floor or a table. Check out these to get the (disco) ball rolling! I particularly like the lotus flower-shaped one.

 

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Don’t underestimate the power that lighting has on creating a fun and sexy vibe in your room, which will in turn increase your tips, so it’s definitely one of the important camgirl tools to have. Whatever lighting accessories and room decorations you go with, remember to experiment and pick one that suits your personality and gets you in the [clink id=”60″]best mood on cam.[/clink] 🙂 Good luck!