5 Tips For Using DSLR Video For Beginners

5 Tips For Using DSLR Video For Beginners

If you are interested in shooting HD video a DSLR camera is one of the most effective ways to capture professional HD video for a reasonable price. For even just a few hundred dollars you can pick up a DSLR camera and start shooting HD video projects. What many people find however, is that their first projects come out looking somewhat unprofessional.

5 Tips For Using DSLR Video For Beginners

Just because you have a camera that shoots in HD it may not mean that you get the same high quality video that you would see in a movie or TV program. Getting this type of style requires work as well as some time with a video editing software. There are however some good DSLR tips that you can follow in order to make your video projects look more professional.

  • Learn more about how to set up your camera: your video settings might not be perfect right out of the box so it’s important to learn more your aperture settings, shutter speed, white balance, and frame rate. By adjusting these settings you can work to create a better depth of field within your video shots, better night shots and also better color within each one of your individual video frames. Adjusting the frame rate will help you if you are interested in doing slow motion  video is a regular frame rate of 25 frames per second may not allow you to slow down footage without making it seem choppy.
  • Consider your story and plan out your videos: in many cases beginners will simply shoot a ton of footage and then edit it into a project later. Creating a set plan of shots that you need for your video, and an outline for your video, will help it does seem much more composed and professional when you put it together in post production.
  • Prepare the area that you are shooting: make sure that you have enough space and that the lighting in the room that you are using works with your current camera settings. Anything that might get in the way as you are shooting your video should be removed is extremely important to prepare the space to prevent mistakes.
  • Sound: many D SLR cameras are not equipped with the best microphones that you could be using for your project. You may want to consider using extra microphones and other audio capturing devices that will help you capture more of the sound in your environment. You can always dub over the video using sound that you have captured with other devices if they are better quality than the DSLR microphone sound.
  • Learn your editing software: even some free video editing software will have features that can help to clean up your videos as well as allow you to cut and paste parts of your videos to make them more professional. Learning more about video editing software and the types of editing that you can use to make your video appear more professional will only help your videos to look better.

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