When I started my YouTube channel I didn't really have a lot of gear or a great location for recording. My first episode was shot with my old iPhone 5S using a cheap little bendy phone holder I ordered. I used a fairly bright desk lamp to light it.
At that time we also decided to get a FujiFilm X-T2. We had been eyeing it for a while and the possibility for using it for YouTube videos pushed us over the fence. We already had lenses and an old X-Pro1 but we wanted a newer, faster, and more powerful camera for getting baby photos and videos.
I got some stuff to rig it up over my desk and used that for a while. A month or two later I decided I wanted to record my drawing because I thought it would be more fun to watch. The X-T2 is great for short videos but it has some quirks and a relatively short time limit on recording. It's not ideal for shooting long videos like drawing for hours.
I decided to swing for a second camera, the Sony FDRAX53. It's a Handycam that shoots 4k. It has no problematic time limit and with a large memory card (e.g. 256gb) can shoot for hours and hours. This is aided by the fact that it can be powered easily by DC in. The Handycam is also much lighter than the X-T2 so it feels a lot safer to rig it up over my drawing.
Having two cameras lets me easily get constant footage of my drawing as well as have a second camera to get B-Roll and contextual shots.
At the time that I got the Handycam I also moved from my cramped office out to the garage. My garage was mostly unused and had a crafting table already set up. I ordered some fill lights to help get more light on my drawings because I felt my drawings were showing up a little dim.
In the end I ended up setting up a really bright work light that I'd had around but wasn't using. It's so bright that it removes the need for the extra fill lights. That frees them up for other more creative uses. I also had some lower powered fill lights that I ended up hanging on my wall to get side-lighting when I record dialog to the camera.
I also have some tripods and fixtures. Some of it I've had for a while and some I got along with the cameras to rig it up.
I use a little mini rig to clamp the Handycam to a shelf above my desk. Then for other shots I use a mix of gear. I have an old Gitzo tripod and a Sirui video monopod I've had for a while. I also have a Manfrotto Pixi. I use a few Manfrotto heads because their quick release system makes it easy to move things around.
For sound I started with a couple Zoom H1s but they were annoying me because they chew through batteries. I switched to using a Rode VideoMicro and am super happy with it so far.
I use Adobe Premier Pro to make my videos. I'll go into more depth about my video-making process in the future after I get more experience.
The photos for my progress are usually taken with a Sony Rx100 m2. I'd love to get the mark V as another option when recording but can't justify it right now.
That's pretty much it. Soon, I'll do in depth reviews of a few things that I think deserve more discussion.