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Camera Tips and Tricks: Shooting with a DSLR

Camera Tips and Tricks: Shooting with a DSLR

If you are thinking of becoming a Youtube star or maybe you just want to take better videos with your DSLR, then keep reading to find out to adjust the settings on your camera.

Frame rate and shutter speed

The first thing you’ll want to do is adjust the frame rate in your camera’s menu system. A good rule of thumb is to set your frame rate to 24p to get the most natural and pleasing look to your videos.

The shutter speed setting determines how sharp or how blurry your video will be. If you want your video to be sharp, set your shutter speed to 1/50th/Second. Setting the shutter speed too high or too low will look unnatural.

Difference between slow shutter speed on left and fast shutter speed on right

Controlling F-Stop

This is the setting on your camera that controls depth of field. Depth of field refers to the zone of focus in the image. While your subject is the main focus, the depth of field encompasses your subject, in front of and behind her in the frame.

A common F-stop range is 1.4 to F22. The lower the number, the shallower the depth of field around your subject and the more out of focus everything else in the picture will be, resulting in a pleasing, blurry backgrounds. The higher the F-stop the more in focus your entire frame will be.

Difference between low F-stop range on left and high F-stop range on right

ISO

This feature on your camera adjusts the sensitivity of the camera’s sensor to light. The ISO can range from 100 all the way to the tens of thousands depending on your camera. When there is a lot of available light you can keep your ISO at a low number. In low light situations, when you need to increase your sensor’s sensitivity, you can increase the ISO until you achieve a correct exposure.

Difference between low ISO on left and high ISO on right

Additional Tips

Focus: Auto

The easiest mode for focusing is Auto Mode. The focusing technology is very powerful in modern DSLR cameras and can keep you in focus as you move around in the frame in front of the lens. You can also focus on individual items or products as you put them in front of the lens.

Audio: Auto

Setting up your audio on your camera is very easy. In your camera’s menu system, find Sound Recording. Enter and change the setting to auto if it isn’t set already.

The on-camera mic is not going to give you the best sound and will pick up environmental noise as well as noise coming from the camera. The sound of your voice will sound tinny. The best way to overcome this issue is to invest in a shotgun microphone like the Rode Videomic.

DSLR audio settings (click to enlarge)

17th Jul 2017 Daniel Rodriquez

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