10 DSLR Video Shooting Tips — Canon T7i Tutorial


– Do you wanna take your DSLR
videos to the next level? Awesome, ’cause in this video, we’re gonna be sharing 10 tips and tricks that you can apply today, coming up. (camera flashing) Hey, what’s up, guys? Sean here with Think Media, bringing you the best tips and tools
for building your influence with online video and we’re
out here in Las Vegas. I’m with some Las Vegas
vloggers, Kyle and McKenna Gott, and we’re gonna be shooting
some video clips today and I wanna share some
tips, so we’re actually using a Canon T7I and this video’s actually brought to you by Canon. Super pumped to be partnering
with them for this project, but we’re gonna be sharing all these tips that really you could use with any DSLR to get better footage,
to get cool effects, and so let’s dive into ’em right now. So, tip number one is we’re gonna start by picking our frame rate and actually, we’re shooting on a T7I here, so we can do 30 frames a second, but I
wanna do 60 frames a second, ’cause that’s gonna allow
us to do slow motion later. So, whatever you wanna do,
before you start shooting, if you want that film look, you can shoot in 24 frames a second,
some people like that, but again, for us, slow motion,
so we’re going with 59.94 or 60 frames a second,
so we can do slow-mo. (soft music) Tip number two is getting
your settings right. Now, if you’re just starting
out with DSLR video, you can shoot on auto and
you can get great results, but for us, we’re gonna
be shooting on manual. We’ve clicked the camera
over to video mode and we’re gonna set up our settings so that we get as smooth
a video as possible. Let’s check it out. So, once you’ve set your
camera to manual mode, what you wanna do to get smooth footage is double the frame rate
with your shutter speed. So, if you’re shooting
in 30 frames a second, you’d want your shutter speed to be 60, but because we’re shooting in slow motion, 60 frames a second,
we’re actually gonna want that shutter speed to be at 125, which is as close as we can get to double. Then, our aperture, we’re
gonna go as wide as possible since we’re shooting in the shade here and then for iso, we’re
either gonna set that as low as possible or it’s also great to just put iso on auto
and then the camera can figure out the rest of
the perfect exposure settings so that not only do you
get smooth movement, but you also get direct lighting. (soft music) Okay, so we have our
shutter speed figured out, we’ve got our manual settings set up. Tip number three is just, decide what your white balance is going to be. Now, a lot of times, when we’re
shooting with Canon cameras, we just use auto white balance, ’cause it’s usually really accurate and so we’ll do that
for a lot of this shoot, but there’s also a way to
shoot custom white balance, even with things in your environment. So, let’s set that up really quick, just using a little bit
of the white on this wall. So, in order to set custom white balance, I’m just gonna go to photo mode, I’ll turn on live view so you can see it. I’m gonna take a picture of the wall here and then, we’re gonna go into menu, we can set our custom white
balance according to this image. Then, when we step back into
our camera settings here, we can go over to our custom
white balance setting, and now, it is rending
these colors based off the white balance in this
exact lighting right here. However, again, if you’re
just getting started, auto white balance is great. In fact, that’s what we’re gonna
be shooting with right now. (soft music) Alright, the next tip is
picking your auto focus mode. Now, I love dual pixel auto
focus on Canon cameras, ’cause it’s so good in video mode. It really always gets tack sharp focus. It’s great at motion tracking and a lot of what we’re
shooting with is face tracking, so that we can capture their faces, but right now, we’re gonna
switch it to a flex zone mode, which is gonna allow me
not only to get auto focus on non-faces like inanimate objects, but I’m also gonna use
it to tap the screen to do a shot from McKenna’s
ring to McKenna’s face and because I don’t want it
to be tracking her face only, I’ll have total control, because of the flex zone auto focus. (soft music) The next tip is to use stabilization. Now, there’s a couple
different ways to do this. Number one, even if you
just lock your elbows against your body when shooting video, and add a couple points of contact, you can stabilize the shot a little bit. Now, what’s nice is there
is image stabilization built into this lens, so
that helps a little bit. But if you can add more
stabilization, even better. So, I also love using the strap, because now you’ve essentially
got four points of contact. You’ve got both arms and these two straps on either side that
can really remove shake as you do some movements. And then of course, using a tripod or even a simple monopod
can really help you get a stabler shot, but still
introduce some movement. So, now I’m shooting over Kyle’s shoulder and capturing McKenna, but you can see, I’m just handheld here, pretty smooth, because I’ve got maybe
decently steady arms, but a monopod or some other stabilization could really help me here. So, let’s check out the difference, ’cause this is just handheld. Okay, and now I’m on
the monopod and I’ve got the strap on my neck
as well, so I’m kind of combining some of these
stabilization methods and I am talking here, which
could add a little bit of shake ’cause it’s on my neck, but
you can see how much shake has been removed by using
a little stabilization. That is definitely the goal. You know, one of the
reasons why I love monopods is because if you’re
like shooting a wedding or you’re at an event and
you wanna get some movement, and you need to hustle, maybe
run in front of the couple or run in front of your subjects, you can do that, put your leg
on the ground really quick, and then get smooth footage on the fly. (soft music) Alright, the next tip is
using the rule of thirds. Now, what’s cool is, you
can go into the camera here, into the menu, turn on the
grid display, three by three, and it basically cuts the
screen into three parts. And so, we’re gonna pull
an audio clip right now of McKenna and she could be centered and that can look pretty
good, but rule of thirds kind of puts her off to one side and the goal is to get
the black bar line grid going basically right between her eyes for a cool shot dynamic
juxtaposed against this wall here. So, the next tip is use an
external mic for better audio whenever you’re doing
video with your DSLR. Okay, so first of all,
let’s hear how it sounds with just the on-camera mic. – Right now you’re
hearing the on-camera mic. So, I’d been talking to a recruiter and figured I should learn how
to do some things for myself if I was gonna join the military,
so I searched how to march and I actually came across Kyle’s video. – Alright, so that was the on-camera mic, but we have one of the
Rode video mics right now that comes with the T7I creator kit and let’s see the difference
it makes for the audio. – And now you’re listening to the audio from an external mic. So, believe it or not,
Kyle and I actually met because of YouTube and we got married nine days after meeting
for the first time. – For the next tip here, let’s get that blurry background that
everybody wants, right? Now, with the kit lens in your camera, it can be a little bit challenging, ’cause the aperture is not very fast, but the way you wanna do
it is you wanna zoom in as much as possible on your lens and then go as low as aperture
as possible on your lens. In this case, we zoomed all the way in, we’re at 55 and the aperture is 5.6. Now, that has some pretty good results, however, I recommend if you really wanna get that blurry background to pick up the Canon Nifty 50, a super
good budget affordable lens that has an aperture of 1.8. So, check out some of the
footage from this lens at 1.8 to get that nice
creamy, blurry background. (soft music) Alright, so I hope that
those tips were valuable and actually, if you wanna check out Kyle and McKenna’s vlog channel, we’ll link it up in the description below and also, if you wanna see any of the gear that we used in this
video, we’ll put a list in the YouTube description. Question of the day, what
is one of your biggest tips for shooting better videos with your DSLR? Let me know in the comment section, and remember, some of the
best tips and feedback come from you, the Think
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