Barry Glassman, CFP

Barry Glassman, CFP®

His vision for starting GWS was to deliver investment strategies and wealth management services typically available at the highest levels of wealth. Today, clients benefit from these sophisticated financial services targeted to meet their unique needs.

I started producing videos to educate people on money matters, taxes, and what’s going on in the economy—complex topics paired down to digestible nuggets. And after uploading them to social media, I kept receiving the same questions: What’s your Zoom setup? How are you doing that? Where’s your microphone? What’s your lighting setup?

After answering these questions one-on-one, I thought, “why not make videos explaining everything from a basic Zoom setup all the way to the ridiculous setup that I have, and everything in between.” So even if you pick up only a couple of nuggets on lighting or sound, hopefully these help you create a setup that works for you. Several links to the equipment I mention are posted below the videos.

Watch first: Step Up Your Zoom Setup

Then watch: The Gadgets That Make Videos Easy (Or Easier)

Glassman’s Video Setup Links


Amazon: Sony Alpha a6400 $900

Amazon: Sony ZV-1 $750


Amazon: Sigma 24mm Lens $720


You’ll likely need a Cam Link to connect camera to computer:

Amazon: Cam Link 4k $100

And constant power for a6400:

Amazon: Power Supply Adaptor $30


Mount camera to desk with an awesome arm and super clamp:

Amazon: Manfrotto Magic Arm (expensive but worth it) $140

Amazon: Manfrotto Super Clamp (to go with magic arm) $30

Amazon: Fomito Magic Arm (ridiculously cheap knockoff with decent reviews) $15


Inexpensive light panels:

Amazon: Neewer LED Softbox Lighting Kit $180

Over-the-top key light plus softbox:

Amazon: Aputure LED Light Ultimate Upgrade $750

Amazon: Aputure Light Dome Mini II (smaller softbox) $140

Amazon: Aputure Light Dome II (larger softbox) $180


You’ll need a hair light:

Amazon: CAME-TV Focusable LED Video Light $300


A microphone: Full Rode set up with boom stand!

Amazon: Rode VideoMic Studio Boom Kit $200

Or Lav mic, and don’t forget the extension cord!

Amazon: Rode SmartLav+ $80

Amazon: Rode Extension Cable $35


Badass Alexa-enabled power adapter: “Alexa, it’s showtime” to turn on all lights and camera:

Amazon: Kasa Smart Alexa Power Strip $27

A cute airpod charger / stand:

Amazon: elago D Stand Charging Station $18

A power hub:

Amazon: CalDigit TS3 Plus Thunderbolt 3 Dock $250

An inexpensive laptop stand:

Amazon: Adjustable Laptop Stand $26

An awesome additional little light for hair, fill, or background:

Amazon: Aputure LED Mini Light on Camera $45

A great stand for iPad or iPhone:

Amazon: Tryone Gooseneck Tablet Stand $22

Amazon: Tryone Gooseneck Phone Holder $15

And how about a Teleprompter? (you’ll need an old iPhone or iPad as a display)

Amazon: Glide Gear Adjustable Teleprompter $200

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