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– If you’re shooting videos on your DSLR, or your mirrorless camera, then it can be difficult to nail the framing, and the camera settings, without someone there to help
you out behind the camera. So in this video, we’re
gonna give you five ways that you can shoot awesome videos of yourself, by yourself, including some awesome camera features that you should look out for, and some simple work arounds,
if you don’t have them. (calm electronic music) Hey, it’s Justin Brown
here from Primal Video. We released a ton of content to help you get better results
with your videos faster. If you’re new here,
then make sure you click that big subscribe
button, and all the links to everything we mentioned in this video, you can find linked in
the description below. So let’s jump into it. So these days it’s
getting easier and easier to create awesome looking
videos by yourself. The hardest part though,
is monitoring everything while you’re shooting,
especially if you’re using a DSLR, or a mirrorless camera. Fortunately there are
some awesome features built into a lot of cameras these days, which can help make this
process a lot easier. And don’t worry if you don’t have a camera with any of these features, there are still some simple work arounds that can make the job much easier. In this video, we’re gonna run through my top five ways to get great results, when you’re by yourself and
in front of the camera lens, including the top camera
features to look out for, and some simple hacks that will help you if you don’t have them. And to help you get the
most out of your DSLR, or mirrorless camera, then
make sure you stick around, because I’ll be linking our top resource for understanding your DSLR settings, and how to use them to
get the best results. Okay, so we’re gonna start off
with the ideal options first. So these are features that are built into a lot of cameras these days, that you may already have
that you may not be aware of. So if you’re looking to upgrade soon, you definitely wanna add these to your requirements list for your next camera. So the first feature
that we’re gonna look at, or the first way that you
can record your videos and control everything
yourself, solo, is wifi control. So this is an absolute game changer, and it’s really changed the way that I’ve been able to
create these videos easily, using a DSLR is by remotely monitoring and controlling everything over wifi. So you can see here, I’m
just using a Samsung tablet to control, you can see it’s
actually the same shot there. I can see remotely from
the front of the camera what’s in focus, I can tap to focus, I can make sure that I am recording, I can make any adjustments
to any of the manual settings that I could do on the back of the camera, on top of the camera, I can
do them while I’m sitting in front of it, which
is absolutely amazing. So this was a real game changer for me, and I won’t buy another camera that doesn’t have decent wifi control, because it makes the whole
process so much easier. So the camera that I’m using now, is the Panasonic GH4, I know the GH5 also has really great wifi control, and also the Panasonic G7 as well. So most of the Panasonic cameras will have some sort of built in wifi, and in most cases, are gonna
use the exact same app. So you should have the same features, no matter which Panasonic
camera you’ve got, if it’s got wifi control. Now that’s not just limited
to Panasonic cameras, I know that Sony cameras,
and Canon cameras both also have wifi control, but you wanna look at your particular
model and see what it is that you can actually control with it. I know that with some of the Canons, you’ll get wifi control for taking photos, but it won’t give you
control for taking videos, at least over wifi. And we’ll get to a work
around for that in a minute, but wifi is an absolute game changer for creating your videos, as I said, if I was looking for a
camera right now to buy, that would be probably the
number one pre requisite for me, if I’m gonna be
creating videos like this, would be, to be able to
control it from sitting in front of the camera, and to
have that control over wifi. So number two then, leading on from that, is to have USB control of your camera, if again, your camera supports it. And a lot of them these days do. And it’ll work on both iOS, on Android, and in some cases, PC and Mac as well. So you’ll have to get a
USB cable for your camera, and if you’re gonna be using an iPad, or an Android tablet,
or an Android device, then you will need to get a USB adapter for your device so that you can plug your camera directly into it. And then obviously you’re
gonna need the right app to control your specific camera. Now I know that there is Canon apps, Panasonic apps, and Sony apps available, but there’s also aftermarket,
or third party apps that you can get, which in a lot of cases will give you more
control if you’re gonna be controlling your cameras over USB. So it’s definitely worth
doing a Google search, and finding out what’s available
for your particular camera. But controlling your camera
over USB will give you exactly the same set
up that I’ve got here. So you’ll be able to sit in front of your camera and
control it from your iPad, or Android device, or even your computer sitting next to the camera,
so you can monitor it, and make adjustments in real time, while you’re sitting in
front of the camera lens, and that’s the whole point here, that’s the most ideal
thing that you could do, is make the changes yourself, on the fly, without having to get up
and make the adjustments. Moving on then, to option number three. If option one of wifi control, and number two of USB control, doesn’t work for you, you
don’t have those features, or you’re not able to do it, then the third best
option, or best solution, is to use HDMI, or video out, to monitor what’s going
on, on your camera screen, on an external monitor. So it could be a T.V.,
or a computer monitor that you’ve set up next to your camera, so you can easily see what’s going on, on your camera from again,
siting in front of it. Now what this won’t give you,
is control over the camera, this would be purely for monitoring. And in a lot of cases,
you can also switch on, on that video feed out of your camera, to display your camera’s settings, or your camera’s display as well. Which means that on your
T.V., or computer monitor, or whatever you’re using to monitor this, you can actually see your battery levels, you can see your audio bars, you can see that you
actually are recording, and you can see that you’re in focus. But you won’t be able
to control any of that, you still have to get up
and make any adjustments. But it’s another thing that’ll
make it easier for you, if you don’t have any of the
other options available to you, that you can see what’s going on, so at least you know
those things are sorted, and working while you’re
creating your videos. So it could be, as I said,
that you connect your camera up to a T.V. screen,
or a computer monitor, or something that you can bring close to your camera, and have
it sitting next to it, or you could actually pick
up a small HDMI screen, or a little monitor that
you can mount onto the top of your camera, to give
you a bigger screen than what you would get on
your actual camera itself. And beyond that, is option number four, which is using the flip
out screen on your camera. Now obviously this is an obvious answer. If your camera has the ability
to flip the screen out, or around so that you
can see it while you’re sitting in front of the camera, and this is a great way to monitor that you actually are in shot, that you’re not cropping
off the top of your head, and that you actually are recording. In most cases, you should be able to see, by sitting in front of the camera, and a short distance away
from the little screen, that you actually are recording. And that may seem like a really small, or insignificant thing, but I can tell you, if
you’ve pressed record, or you think you’ve pressed record, and you’re talking to your camera, creating your videos,
and later you realize that you actually weren’t recording, or the recording stopped for some reason, is a huge feature, or
a huge thing to be able to monitor that, and to make sure that you actually are recording. So if your camera has a flip out screen, then I highly recommend you use that, if you don’t have the ability to use any of the previous suggestions. And if all else fails, then number five is to set up a mirror. So you’d use the mirror to reflect your camera’s display,
back so you can see it when you’re sitting in front of the camera, to again, be able to monitor
that you are in shot, that you are recording,
and that everything is as you want it while you’re recording. Now this could be as simple as positioning a mirror behind your camera, and working out the angle so that it reflects through, so you can see it. Or you can actually pick up mini mirrors on places like Amazon, that you can clip and mount to your cameras
to do exactly that. So again, with all of these suggestions, depending on which camera you’ve got, try for the wifi, if you
don’t have wifi ability, go the USB cable, and progress down to using a mirror if
that’s all you’ve got. But either way, the more
that you can monitor your shot, and be in control of, or at least see what’s going
on while you’re recording, then it will make your
video creation process much much simpler, and streamlined. And also, give you more peace of mind when you’re recording your videos, because you’ll know that
everything is actually working. So now that you know
how to monitor your shot while you’re in front of the lens, and filming by yourself, what are the best setting to get great results with your DSLR, or mirrorless camera? We put together a video
running through just that, and it’s linked on screen now. It runs through the key things that you’ll need to know to get
the best out of your camera. So things like shutter
speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, and the easiest
ways to configure them. I’ll see you soon.

68 thoughts on “How to Film Yourself with a DSLR Camera!

  1. Great video Justin, thanks for the tips, but i don't have a DSLR (Yet) i use Go Pro Hero 5 Black. But i'll get a DSLR soon.:)

  2. ❤Thank you so much for this video dear ! I would really appreciate if you could take few seconds and check out my channel as well for unique ideas❤

  3. Justin, this is a great video. I use a Nikon D7100 and it is pretty weak and I have to use options like you are suggesting. Have you got recommendations for a budget add on monitor via HDMI?

  4. Maybe next video: How to Film Yourself with a smartphone.

    Or introduce some apps that can monitor yourself for a smartphone camera.

    Good Video !

  5. Get Video Justin! Love your suggestions my Friend. You never ever disappoint, keep the tutorials coming. Be well and stay encouraged!

  6. Thanks Justin. Perfect timing for me as I just purchased my first DSLR. Canon 77d. Big learning curve from just using my iPhone. Your videos are such a help to me🤗 thanks.

  7. Bro best windows laptop for high performance cinema editing [not for YouTube videos] purpose laptop please tell bro

  8. Hey Justin very nice video again. Lot off great tips! I asked you in the discussion part if you could do something with the Lumix G6. Maybe its lot to asked cause you a busy man but would be greatfull . Keep the tips comming! even people from the netherlands are viewing you channel.

  9. Hey , Justin can you please make a video on how to edit video on Android for beginners who know nothing about editing . Would be really really helpful. I don't know what layers ,masking or anything means . please do it.

  10. It's great that you're sharing these tips. My main camera had to go in for service last year, and I bought a backup camera for the interim. It's a mirrorless. The screen doesn't rotate like the big camera. I couldn't figure out what to do, until a couple of young boys, who were at a media event had one and showed me how to use the Bluetooth and display the image on my cell phone. GENIUS! Haha!

  11. Thank you Justin for your GREAT videos!!
    Once I connect my “Old video cameras” to my Ipad (I have a Panasonic HDC-TM700 and a Sony HDR-PJ790), which App do I use to remotely control my video camera?
    Also is there an App for my Ipad, that I can use to remotely control my Iphone AND my video camera connected with USB? If it could be use as a switcher it would be great.
    Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

  12. Awesome stuff as always, Justin. As someone who shoots video for clients and my agency, it is really frustrating to me that there aren't better auto-focus capabilities on DSLR's. I use Nikon and the video quality is great, but it searches and re-focuses so much on auto, it pretty much renders it useless to me

  13. Oh ty ty ty Justin!! I'm so thankful I came across this video..I have been searching videos for hours trying to figure out how I was going video myself by myself ty so much have a blessed day

  14. I have a Canon EOS 1300D and I have trouble finding a 3rd party firmware to be able to watch myself while filming. Help!

  15. tryna figure out how to keep focus like you are.. don't have wifi or usb… this video just makes me feel I have to buy a new camera haha

  16. Thanks Justin – great information. Cropped off the top of my head or didn't hit record – been there, done that!! I'm considering purchasing the Panasonic GH5 as an upgrade camera. I like the idea of a mirrorless camera. All the best, Cheers Rick

  17. When you showed the tablet my mind exploded! That's so cool that you can monitor the frame from in front of the camera. That will definitely help if I switch to using a DSLR to film my singing covers. 😊

  18. Justin. Great video, thank you. I'm very frustrated with my current setup, a Nikon D5600. I'm mostly shooting in a studio environment. I've had many problems and extreme frustration with focus, sound, etc. I spend so much time on technical issues that it's discouraging content creation. I have utilized the HDMI out to see on a big screen while recording, it's klunky and less than ideal. I'm looking for production simplicity and good video/sound quality, I have no need for 4k anytime soon. Based on your description, the Panasonic WiFi app looks amazing for working solo. However, the Lumix GH4 plus the Lumix 12-25 lens is still about $1500ish. I'm new at this and that's a heap-ton (learn that expression from you) of upfront cost. That said, I'm tempted simply b/c of the Panasonic wi-fi app appears to offer an effective solution to many of my production challenges. The question is to do this as inexpensively as possible. I've attempted to compare the G7 and G85 compared to GH4 as a way of lowering upfront costs. I'm just lost. For a studio environment with a tripod, external mic, what are the tradeoffs of a Panasonic setup — with the WiFi app support — that costs less than the GH4 setup? If I want to spend 80% of my time focused on creating content (not technical crap), is the wi-fi app worth throwing money at it? Outside of Panasonic, compared to my Nikon D5600, what would be a significant gamechanger setup but not so expensive as the GH4 rig? Thank you, your how-to videos have been invaluable.

  19. Very helpful. I was starting to get frustrated with my Nikon D3200 (it doesn't have a flipout screen). I'll try these out. Thank you!

  20. Super helpful video. I have a Canon Rebel T5, which doesn't have wifi control. Not sure if there's a way to remote control it. I went with buying a min HDMI – HDMI cable for $8 so I can project the display to a computer.

  21. Hi Justin! I use a Nikon D5500 and every store keeps telling me I either need some really expensive equipment to tether the camera to Lightroom CC (Adobe) or that it's simply not possible to monitor Video. Do you know a Remedy to this problem? I'd be forever grateful!!!!

    Love your channel!



  22. Hi Justin! Awesome video! I was gifted a Canon EOS KISS Digital X and I’m trying desperately not to get rid of it. This device doesn’t have a video recording feature. Is there a way to set this to my computer to record?

  23. Justin, I have a question and I'm hoping you can help. I want to shoot Lego products right in front of me so that I can use my hands to manipulate them and see them straight on in the shot. Here's an example from another Lego reviewer. Any tips on how to do this? Thanks!

  24. nifty fifty (50mm) at f8 at 2 meters distance produces a 0.5m dof, which is plenty if you're sitting.

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