Here are 6 solid tips on shooting DSLR like a professional.
- Custom White Balance – White balance before you shoot. You can get yourself a good white balance card for ten bucks but you want to keep your white balance in check before you shoot. Depends on what camera you have but invest in a good white balance card.
- Shutter Speed – Use shutter speed at twice the frame rate when you are shooting someone that is speaking. If your frame rate is 29.97, the shutter speed should be 60 so that the lips of the person speaking matches the audio.
- Framing – Try to keep who you are shooting within 1/3 of the frame, hence the phrase ‘rule of thirds’ which applies itself here when shooting.
- Neutral Density Filter – This comes in handy for sun rays and also acts as a protector for your lens. An ND Filter helps prevent you from overexposing your image.
- Use Stabilization – A tripod or monopod will work wonders when it comes to getting steady footage shot with your DSLR. The only thing worse than poor audio quality is a shaky camera. If the images are all jumbled, it will be extremely disconcerting for anyone to watch what you caught on camera. Investing in a good tripod is a given for any serious DSLR shooter.
- Audio – You need a good Rode Video Mic or external video recording device to capture clear sound. Sound is vital. If you have beautifully shot footage but lousy audio, your footage will suffer because of the terrible sound.