Top 5 Beginner Tips for Vlogging with a DSLR Camera

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Amy Schmittauer
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Triple S, ep. 155


While attending Vidcon this weekend, I caught up with my friend Austin Evans who is a tech reviewer on YouTube. He helped me with this Savvy Tuesday episode to talk about some of the basic things you need to know if you want to upgrade to a more professional camera for recording videos, specifically a DSLR model.

So learn along with me as Austin shows us how to get started with a DSLR quickly and easily.

1. Preparing Your Manual Settings
The best way to get great footage from your DSLR is to know your manual settings and get them where they need to be. Auto isn’t going to be a good way to get the best result, so avoid that. The three most important settings are aperture, shutter speed and ISO.

Aperture is just how much light is coming in through the lens. You may find you want to open and close this setting but generally speaking you should leave it all the way open. On the camera in the video, this setting is 4.

Shutter speed is how long the camera’s shutter is open; it’s exposure time. It’s easiest to just have this set on 1/60th of a second for optimum footage and the adjust as you like when you learn more about what it will do for your videos.

ISO is essentially a way to brighten up your picture. Once you get too high it’s not going to look very good so usually the lower the ISO the better, but don’t be afraid to push it depending on your atmosphere. ISO 1600 is usually a good setting, but if you can get it lower that’s great too.

2. Learning How To Manual Focus
The lens of your camera is a very important element of how your footage will appear. Like said in the previous section , it’s not ideal to set your camera to auto, so getting your camera in place and moving the dials on the lens to get your subject in just the right focus will just take some testing on your part.

3. Understanding Your Audio Options
With a great camera means having great audio. The built-in mic on DSLR’s are just for the sake of having audio. They aren’t ideal for the best product for your footage. One great go-to mic that we also used in this video is the Rode Video Mic. It picks up sound very clearly, especially hear where we were a couple feet away from the camera.

4. Adjusting Your Lens Options
Your camera does come with a kit lens if you purchase it that way. This is a great starter lens, but usually you’ll want to step up to higher end glass for a more beautiful product. Austin says that the go-to lens you really need in your bag is the 50 mm 1.8. It has a very wide aperture which let’s in a lot of light which makes it great for filming in dark places. It also has great depth of field which is awesome if you like the blown out background look.

5. Getting the Right Lighting
Now that you have a great camera, you want to make sure you have the lighting that will help it be at it’s best when you’re filming. But don’t worry because it doesn’t mean you have to run out and buy even more gear. Natural sunlight, both outside or near a window in your home/office, is a great way to get optimum lighting for your subject. You could even use a place in your home like the kitchen where there are a lot of lights present. Try to avoid orange lamps, like ones we often seen with ceiling fans, because it will make the subject be offset in their natural color. You can also use LED panels like I do to level out my lighting options or even check out Amazon for some lightboxes if you really want to buy the ideal setup.
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  1. Reply
    Reeya Sawhney June 23, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    His face at 4:36. He's just like bleh…. HAHA soooo funny!!

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    Jhaveri Aakash June 23, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    does Austin not age?

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    Ali Khan Vlogs June 23, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    nice video liked it

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    Surviving as Mom June 23, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    This is great! I have a DSLR and have not used it for my youtube videos. I wanted to figure it out.

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    Megabithero June 23, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Go Austin Ekans!!

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    Simon Paquin June 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    funny how i love the light from my laptop when I talk close to it lmao.

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    You Tube June 23, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    give me a thumbs up for no reason… after all i am YouTube itself!

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    Alexxx Dee June 23, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Damn, guys this is SO useful! Awesome! Thank you!

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    Richii Vlogs June 23, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    check out my vlogging channel please.

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    MadMonkey126 June 23, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Don't get the 50mm unless you have a full frame camera. If you have an APS-C size camera it will be zoomed in to much for vlogging but does make a good portrait lens. You need something like a 28mm or 35mm lens to get the same result.

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    soham lohot June 23, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Perfect explanation .Thnx amy for sharing with us :)

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    Diana Ann June 23, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Hello. Can I use auto focus in manual mode for making a videos?

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    Theron the 3rd June 23, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    can someone tell me how some vloggers have auto focus while shooting that is soundless and doesnt jump around like my canon?

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    RoperTv June 24, 2016 at 12:01 am

    Good video! Just got my canon t6i can't wait to start shooting my family vlogs with this! Helpful information

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    Brandon W June 24, 2016 at 12:45 am

    So I'm watching this for the first time, about 3 years after this got uploaded, but I have a question. I bought a Nikon D3300 about 5 months or so ago and I love it! But, I've mostly only used it for photography, as that's why I bought it. Anyways, I used it to record a video to put on my YouTube channel. Now, I got two lenses with my camera at first, a 18-55mm and a 55-200mm lens. Then I also bought a macro lens a bit later that. Now, for the video, I used the 18-55mm one. Now, the footage of me sitting in front of the camera turned out, for the most part, great! But, when I had to move the camera a bit and when trying to show the viewers something that I had in my hand, it got pretty out of focus… So I was wondering if using the 18-55mm lens was my best choice? Also, is there a better lens specifically good for recording blogs where I would be sitting in front if the camera for the most part? Another question, you guys mentioned an LED panel and an external monitor, both of which sounds like something I should get. Do you, or anyone reading this, have any good choices for me to look into? Looking forward to a reply! Great video by the way you two! And anyone else that reads this, I'd you have any advice, please reply as well! Thanks everyone.

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    SLICE n RICE June 24, 2016 at 1:17 am

    I always have to crank the ISO up when I'm indoors =[

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    PC Gaming FTW June 24, 2016 at 2:05 am

    Sigh, why would he use a Nikon, I thought you were better than that austin

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    John Black June 24, 2016 at 2:16 am

    I've actually started vlogging with a Nikon D5200, and while it works well, it's very unwieldy because I'm using the 18-55mm kit lens. When I point it at myself or others, the lens juts out and is very intrusive.  However, it nonetheless captures me fully, as opposed to my 35mm 1.8G, which crops in way too far. Any suggestions as to a lens that is smaller in size but is affordable and doesn't crop in too far? Thanks.

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    thekarmicpress June 24, 2016 at 2:25 am

    Wow guys, thanks for the really SIMPLE and easy to understand tips. This is certainly SUPER helpful and so easy to follow. You rock!

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    Feefye Fofum June 24, 2016 at 2:55 am

    When she raises her eyebrows, she gets this very strange looking lump on her forehead. I like it!

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    Abdul Haseeb June 24, 2016 at 3:41 am

    lens model no and name??

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    Donald Osborne June 24, 2016 at 4:04 am

    How does your A77 do video? I have an A57 and want to upgrade to An A77.

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    Ketchupsandvich June 24, 2016 at 4:47 am

    Can I get that lens separate?

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    Raj More June 24, 2016 at 5:32 am

    will u please tell me the price of this camera 

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    Dominic Ballard June 24, 2016 at 5:54 am

    This camera is an SLT not and SLR. 

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    222bubis June 24, 2016 at 6:31 am


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    Josh Sarwono June 24, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Im getting it in 2 days brah

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    Captain Sunglasses June 24, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Holy shlaa

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    Cininima June 24, 2016 at 7:27 am

    Thanks! It's awesome!

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    Joseph Walker June 24, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Happy for you bro! Im dying to get this camera!!!

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    Rafael Reyes June 24, 2016 at 8:24 am


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    VirtualRelic June 24, 2016 at 9:13 am

    First and nice camera!

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