We like this short tripod if you’re streaming from a phone. It’s perfect when you don’t have a lot of space. The legs are malleable, so you can have a level image on any surface. You’ll also need an adapter to hold the phone, like this one here.
If your livestream space needs some extra lighting, a ring light is a great addition. You don’t want a light that’s too bright, especially if you’re working with a lot of light-colored ingredients like flour. If your ingredients are getting “blown out” (so bright that you can no longer see the texture or color), try pointing your light at the ceiling or wall instead of directly toward you and your work surface. This will make the light less harsh and provide a more even light throughout your space.
It’s also helpful to make sure your lighting is coming from multiple directions, so you’re evenly lit. If your stream is during the daytime, see if you can use any nearby windows as a light source. Then, have any additional lighting set up from an alternate angle to fill in any shadows.
Do a Test!
Set up everything as if you were going to host a class, and record a video on your phone to make sure that lighting, sound, etc. are to your liking. Move the camera around your kitchen, making sure things aren’t too bright or dark when you go over to the stove, zoom in on your cutting board, or bring the camera in close as you take a bite. Can you hear yourself speaking over the sizzling pan or blender on high? Does the flour on your work surface look bright & blown out? Are there any distracting shadows behind you as you move around?