If you are looking to invest in a camera. I have a few things you should know before purchasing. I did a clubhouse room with a few of my favorite creators. We were giving information based on our experiences when we started to create content. Of course I’m going to start with saying start with what you have. Once you’ve saved enough money or invested from brand deals , I would say then upgrade. However researching first and comparing camera bodies, lenses and knowing your needs are super important. I have come up with some tips that we all shared in this clubhouse room. This is basically an outline our discussion from that night. I have however, included links and pictures of said camera’s and lenses. I have the tea and will be spilling more as the weeks come into play. Make sure you are subscribed to my email list so you do not missing out on some vital info.
What are some features beginners should look for when choosing a camera?
- ● Interchangeable lenses: Being able to have flexibility of different looks from the same camera body.
- ● Brand name: Sony (everything is cohesive within the series, most settings stay the same and you won’t have to learn the camera all over again when you upgrade)
- ● Warm/Cool cameras: Sony (warm) Canon (true to life) Nikon (cool) Knowing your skin undertones will help you choose the right camera brand.
- ● Strong auto-focus and eye tracking for video content
- ● Viewfinder screen that can rotate so you can see yourself while creating content
- ● WiFi/Bluetooth transfer will make it easier to upload photos/videos from the camera to other devices on the go.
- ● How high of an ISO it has (low light capabilities)
- ● A camera that isn’t heavy for traveling
- ● A camera that’s convenient and user-friendly
- ● Think about your budget because cameras are pricey. Besides just buying a camera, you’ll also have to purchase equipment and lenses.Best Cameras for Video Content?
Head to my amazon store to checkout all the equipment that can be of help on your content creation journey, Tiffany’s Amazon Storefront
- ● Canon M50
- ● Canon Rebel T7i
- ● Sony A6400
- ● Canon G7X Mark II
How to Achieve Blurry Background?
- ● A blurry background has to do with the type of lens you’re using + your settings (aperture, ISO, shutter speed). a fan fave is the 50 mm lens aperture of 1.4, 35mm lens, 30mm lens, 24, 19
- ● The f-stop represents the aperture. The lower the f-stop on your camera = more blur/depth of fieldCamera equipment for beginners to invest in?for example 50mm f 1.4 ( the lower this number is the more of the blur you can achieve in the background)
- ● Extra batteries for camera- because when they die it takes a minute for it to charge. Which in turn can delay the whole process.
- ● Tripod: makes it easier for those who self shoot. I have a 75in, 60 in , and small handheld one. Each of them give me options. The 75 inch is great for when I need the camera higher than me. To shoot an over the shoulder view, unboxing, standing full length videos. 60 inch is great for hair content creators who sit down and create. The small handheld tripods are great for vlogging or showcasing random footage.
- ● Bluetooth remote: makes it easier to get the shot when. self shooting, its easier to hide as well because it’s smaller than your phone.
- ● Ring light : gives you light for your content. However when taking portraits it can leave a ring effect in your eye.
- ● Exteanmemory card: Having these give you room to make your footage there are different sizes and also ones that have better memory storage for video footage.
- ● Filters (UV)**Filters can change the feel + look of your subject. If you’re doing photography and video, you can look into polarizers which will allow you to take images/video in bright areas + bring out the blues.**There are also filters that alter the texture of image such as black pro mist
- Favorite lenses for cameras and best ones for beginners?
- ● Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens – Provides clear pictures + videos with a blurry background. Great for smaller spaces + photography in the house
- ● 50mm “nifty fifty” is cheapest option
- ● 85mm for portraits
- ● 90mm macro lens for food photography
Features to look for when choosing a lens:
- ● Aperture if you want that blurry background
- ● Is it a prime lens or zoom? Prime lenses don’t allow you to zoom in and out, which means you’ll need enough space between you and the camera to make sure you’re in the frame.
- ● What is the crop sensor for your camera? Crop sensors will help you determine the type of lens to invest in. Example: A crop sensor camera with a 50mm lens gives the same eect as an 85mm.**The APS-C sensor size for all Canon cameras is cropped at 1.6. Unless the camera says it’s a full-frame camera, it will be cropped.**You can go on Google to research “cropped factor for (camera name)”. Take the number and multiply it by the mm of the lens to find out what the real mm would be.
● If you don’t have much space in your area, look for a wide angle lens (24mm or lower) The smaller the number = the closer you can be to the camera itself
Most important settings for getting the perfect shot + video?
Important settings to learn are ISO, shutter speed, and aperture (f/stop). Learning how those work will help you get the perfect shot that’s clear and bright.
ISO: This controls the brightness + how much light you let into the camera. Typically leaving this between 100-200 is ideal to prevent grainy images.
Aperture/F-stop: The size of the hole in the lens that lets light through. The bigger the hole, the more light that comes in. The lower the f-stop, the more blurry your background will be.
Shutter speed: The length of time the camera stays open to let in light to capture the image. If you’re trying to capture a photo while you’re in motion, you want to have a higher shutter speed so it doesn’t come out blurry.
When you play around with these settings, you’ll have to increase or decrease each one to make sure your exposure is right in the middle, not too dark (under exposed) or too bright (over exposed).
Manual mode vs Automatic?
Manual mode: You’re in control of all of your settings: shutter speed , ISO, aperture, etc. You have more control over how your image turns out.
Auto mode: The camera automatically adjusts the exposure for your image based on your location, lighting, etc. May not give you the clear, sharp image you’re looking for.
I hope these notes have helped you some. If it does please let me know by tagging me pin any purchases you have made. I definitely want to make content that is valuable and you can include in whatever it is that you are doing in life.