The beauty of podcasting is it's so easy to start. But there are still things to know, so here's a quick look at some of the stuff to keep in mind as you plan your first podcast.
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Podcasting is a great way to share your passion for a subject with a potentially huge world-wide audience. The barriers to entry are low, but like anything else there are things you should know going in.
The topic has to come first, as it will determine a lot about how you produce your show. Choose a topic you're passionate about, one that will keep you and your audience interested for years.
You can shoot a good quality podcast on a fairly inexpensive camera like the Kodak Zi8. If you are ready to move up, consider something like the Canon Vixia HFS20. Whatever you choose, make sure it has an external mic jack!
You definitely want to use an external mic. Depending on your topic and style you'll have to choose between wired and wireless mics. If you go wireless, go with a Sennheiser. If your budget is tight, you can make cheap work lights function as studio lights. Shooting outside might be an option for you, too!