Jennifer C Vigil


I shared various resources for you to create online courses or for coaching/ mentoring artists online. Where appropriate, I noted if something was optional. Even though something may not have “optional” next to it doesn’t mean that you need it to get started. The key is that you begin. Don’t feel like you need to buy everything at once. Please keep it simple and add as you go.


To create my videos, I use a combination of my smartphone (iPhone 12Pro) and Zoom (when using my computer, I use the Logitech webcam). You can use a video camera or your video on a DSLR. It is up to you to decide what works best. I recommend that you get going with just a smartphone and your computer.

Sure, Adobe Creative Cloud has more sophisticated graphic design software options, but I tried to provide quick and easy options. I often use them over InDesign, Illustrator, or Premiere because I can execute what I need quickly in VideoShop and Canva because of the preset templates. And I would rather spend more time in the studio than on my computer. The goal is completion, not perfection.

Once you have your classes done and on your teaching platform, you can always improve them. But Perfection is the enemy of done.

As you begin using different platforms (Zoom, Teachable, Circle, Podia, etc.), don’t feel like you have to stick with the first one you choose. While paying for the annual subscriptions when starting out is cheaper, consider the month-by-month plans until you are sure you like a service. This applies to apps, video hosting, teaching platforms, etc. Yes, there will be sunk costs, but it is better to switch to a platform or service that is easier to use for you (and possibly your students) than to stick with something that isn’t really working for you. That said, don’t complicate life by second-guessing your choices and jumping around a lot. Only change your teaching platform if it doesn’t have the features you need, or your students struggle using it.

Keep me posted on your progress, and reach out if you have any questions. You can email me at



LED Ring Light

Fositan 21″ Ring Light

It has a remote, is dimmable, and switches between white, natural, and warm light settings. Adjustable tripod. Great lighting for videos of you teaching. It has a Bluetooth camera shutter to control your smartphone or tablet cameras remotely.



QIAYA selfie LED circle light ring for cell phone, tablet, or laptop

This is better for short-distance lighting. Some people have noted a hazy glow in the video, and if you experience this, you can add a ring of black electrical tape to the inner edge of the circle light. Fits easily into a purse or bag for shooting on the go where lighting may not be ideal. Rechargeable. Not a necessary accessory but some people find them useful.



MOUNTDOG 1350W Photography Continuous Softbox Lighting kit. 20″ x 28″

Includes (2) 5500K light bulb, (1) Softbox with bulb socket, (1) 80″ stand, and (1) carrying case. You may want two or three of these, depending on your video setup. The brand I have is more expensive and unavailable due to supply disruption. This looks similar and is much cheaper. The diffused light shouldn’t add glare unless you are videoing highly reflective surfaces. Adjust the lighting angle accordingly if you have gleaming surfaces. You can start with one and add more if necessary. ** Update: some found the connector at the top of the tripod stand defective and breaks too easily.


Video Equipment


This is an inexpensive option if you need a smartphone mount and tripod. Otherwise, I like the Vastart smartphone tripod adapter below because it grips phones with cases on and can rotate horizontally and vertically. The tripod is solid, but the smartphone grip isn’t my favorite.



Vastart Universal Smartphone tripod adapter and cell phone holder mount adapter

It fits the iPhone, Samsung, and all phones. Rotates vertically and horizontally. Attaches to tripods (tripods sold separately). I like this mount adapter better than those with other tripods.



Small flexible tripod and mount for smartphones

It includes a smartphone adapter, but I use the Vastart adapter above. It can be wrapped around a shelf side, branch, or placed on uneven surfaces. Great for positioning your smartphone for video recording you outside or in places in the studio where there isn’t room for a tripod, and you want to have your phone anchored to a different surface (bar, shelf, etc.)



CamKix Smartphone camera remote control shutter

Bluetooth wireless connection with your smartphone. It is simple and quick to set up, and the remote allows you to start and stop video or snap a picture on your smartphone. It is great for having a smartphone on a tripod while you are working or shooting video. I like it because when I have the video all set up so that it is focused on me working, I can easily start the video and not move out of the frame.




Professional grade gaffer tape

It isn’t necessary, but it can come in handy when you want to mount your camera to a wall in front of you or a vertical surface. It leaves no tape residue and can give an interesting view of you working on a bench that is up against a wall. Great for when you need a phone mounted to a wall, and there is no room for a tripod. Use the shutter remote (above) to easily start and stop the video or to take stills.




Yoassi tripod mount for iPads and tablets

360° rotation and 30°tilt. It can accommodate tablets and most cases. Anti-wobble. Use a Bluetooth shutter to start and stop the video easily. This is a nice mount adapter if you prefer to use your iPad or tablet for videoing.




Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, Wide screen 1080p video

Built-in dual mics with automatic noise reduction. USB connection. Automatic low light correction. Attaches to tripod mounts or over the edge of LCD monitors or laptop screens. It can be put on a separate tripod to position your camera in a different direction than your computer monitor. The color on my built-in Mac computer camera is much more saturated. The Logitech can look a bit more washed out. My face tends to be red due to my medication, so I prefer the more subdued hues of the Logitech camera.




Blue Yeti USB Mic for recording and streaming on PC or Mac

Multiple audio pattern selections for capturing sound from different directions. Mute button. Perfect for vocals, musical instruments, podcasting, conference calls, voiceovers, and interviews. This is an excellent option if you want to upgrade from your computer’s built-in microphone. I use this for Zoom calls, and people think this sounds better than my computer mic. I also can get it closer to me than my computer’s built-in mic.




Suspending your Yeti microphone off the table/ desk eliminates motion vibration noise (such as typing). I use this with my Yeti. The shock mount is attached to a boom (see below).




RODE PSA 1 Swivel mount studio microphone boom arm

Use it with the Yeti shock mount above to suspend your Yeti mic off your desk/ table surface. The boom attaches to the edge of the desk with a clamp. You can use the Yeti mic with its stand, but if you notice a lot of motion noise in your videos due to typing or working (painting, cutting, moving), the shock mount and boom can help eliminate that. You can also use the boom with the Logitech webcam to position the camera over your work surface.




Anivia Webcam Stand with desk mount

Fits webcam and smartphone clamps. Easily mounts to desks and tables.




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