Best Camera Settings for YouTube [DSLR/Mirrorless/Action Camera]

by birtanpublished on September 27, 2020

Welcome back to the channel in this video I'll be showing you how to adjust the settings on your camera to make your videos look as good as possible for YouTube now this is very important if you just got your camera and let's just say you're not Peter and Kenan yet which

Honestly most of us are not so if that's the situation for you definitely stick around I'll talk about the different settings you need to know in right here I have an icon I'll actually be showing you on a Canon camera but this works for

Any other camera out there so even if it's a phone camera with some pro settings on there or if it's a you know a mirrorless a DSLR whatever your camera is I'm gonna show you how to adjust the settings or what settings you want to

Have so you can shoot the best videos possible now a quick disclaimer in this video I will be showing you the best settings for a studio setup like this where I have soft boxes and a grey background and I'm not really moving

Around but I'll also tell you later on how you can apply these to maybe an outdoor sort of motion type video or any other video you might be taking so if this is your first time on this channel and you haven't yet subscribed but

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Subscribe button to this channel my brother and I are putting out videos every single week to help you grow your influence on the Internet so first I want to a little bit about the theory behind

This before I get into the settings and this is gonna help you understand in different situations how to adjust these different settings to make your videos look as good as possible so in a video of course you have a whole bunch of

Pictures 30 pictures per second 60 pictures per second whatever your frame rate is that's going to be a bunch of pictures smashed together to make your video now each picture you need it to be properly exposed now in photography that

Have what is called the exposure triangle now the exposure triangle each point is a different setting on your camera in these three settings makeup essentially what is controlling the brightness of your image so the first of

The three points I want to talk about is shutter speed and this is very easy to understand because the way your camera works is for each frame as I said it's taking a picture and it opens and closes a shutter to let a certain amount of

Light in now if you have a very slow shutter so let's say 30 that means one thirtieth of a second is the amount of time that your aperture is open and then the shutter closes and that's how much light gets let in and recorded by your

Sensor now if you move all the way up like five hundred or thousand that means one one thousandth of a second is the time that it's open as you can imagine because that's so much quicker there's a lot less light that gets letting and

Your images are going to be darker so you really need a much brighter surrounding in order to use that but the benefit of that is actually that you're not gonna have any blurring so for one thirtieth of a second if something's

Moving very fast when it's arturo ppens it's here when it closes it's there you're gonna have blurring between that individual frame now the second point i want to talk about is the aperture which is essentially how big the hole is that

The light is allowed to come in through the lens into your camera now this is a little bit counterintuitive because the smaller numbers are actually a bigger aperture size because it's actually a fraction so you have 1 over 1.8 would be

A very very wide aperture which means a lot of light comes in which also means that your depth of field is very narrow so if you're taking a video of me right now maybe my nose would be out of focus and then my eyes would be in focus and

Everything behind me would be very very very out of focus so you have a very blurry background but if you have two people in a frame and maybe they're a little farther apart from each other you really need to make sure that you have

The aperture adjusted a little bit smaller so that they're both in the depth of field they're both in focus now the third one is a little bit more confusing and this is the ISO which is essentially going to be the sensitivity

Or the gain of your sensor and the reason that this is a little weird is because it sort of this carried over from film where the ISO would be something about the film but right now just think of it

As the gain or the sense the sensitivity on your sensor so essentially what you're doing is you're saying if it's really really dark out you take whatever signals that your sensor is receiving and you amplify them and as when you as

With any amplification sometimes there's a little bit more noise in there and by noise I'll show you an image right now of what a noisy and a not a noisy picture is we see sort of the grains in there that is not quite accurate so the

Sensor is picking up something and they amplified it and amplified it a little bit incorrectly and it wasn't actually what if what was supposed to be there so that's what it's known as noise the ISO of course the lower number you get with

Bright light situations generally the better things are going to look you're amplifying things less but when you're in darker situations you sometimes have to move it up a bit more okay so here we have my SL – and I'm just going to show

You the settings on this camera now the very first thing you want to do is right now I'm shooting an automatic you want to go over to manual you always want to shoot in manual so you can control the settings as much as possible to really

Optimize what your camera is seeing and recording so you can change all the settings for any different light situations so because we're in a studio right now it's already set up pretty well but the first thing you want to do

When you're setting this is you want to go into right here is your shutter speed now the shutter speed because it's a touchscreen it's gonna look a little different than some of the other cameras maybe but the shutter speed you want to

Make sure it's at least double whatever your frame rate is so right now I'm shooting thirty frames per second and that means I could technically have each frame as one thirtieth of a second and it would be one continuously the shutter

Would really almost never be closed honestly so that's why you want to make sure you're shooting at least double that so if you're shooting 60 frames per second make sure you have the shutter speed is one one twentieth of a second

Here I'm doing 30 frames per second so I'm gonna make it 60 now the next thing you want to do to optimize your settings is go and change your aperture so right here because I have a lot of light coming in I can close my aperture a

Little bit and it'll still work but I typically like having the aperture as open as possible so it focuses on me and really blurs the background so you don't see any wrinkles in the background you don't see any small imperfections in

There and overall it's gonna look pretty good so I always open that as much as possible if you're using maybe a larger lens like a 50 millimeter and you can go all the way down to like 1.8 you might now I want to push it that much because

Sometimes what happens is you get a little bit of vignetting where you see like the black up in the corners because this is a decent lens and it's really not showing a whole lot of vignette II I don't really care that much on this

Scene right here I'm gonna open it all the way up to 2.8 now the last thing you want to do is change the ISO now the ISO if it was too dark in here this would be the last thing you'd bring up and you're really depending on the camera you

Really don't want to bring it above like 400 or 800 if you have a good camera if you have a cheaper one you probably don't want it bring it above 200 before it starts to look a little bit grainy of course the best you're gonna get is when

You're going down to 100 so I always leave it down at 100 I have as much light as possible and that's how we're gonna have a properly exposed image so right here we have a proper exposure for when I'm

Sitting there you're gonna have the gray background you can have the white table and then I'll be properly exposed and properly lit I can always move my lights around if the shadows look a little weird but essentially that's what you're

Gonna do when you want to have it lit as well as possible now the next thing you want to do after you have the proper exposure is actually go into the menu now every cameras gonna have this in a different place but if we go on a Canon

Camera for example you go to menu you go to the camera a little little camera image right there and for me it's in you know tab number 3 you can go and change the white balance now what you want to do for white balance is you want to make

Sure it's a custom white balance for most situations sometimes you could use a standard one so let's just show you in a standard one for example if I just hit the little Q button right there I can change my white balance and say maybe

It's really cloudy if when I say cloudy it's gonna be a little more orange and yellow and maybe my skin tone it look a little darker but the background won't quite look grey to look a little bit more like a brownish color so maybe I

Want to say it's maybe shady instead and that's gonna be a slightly different so you can see that's even you know warmer or you can go to like tungsten light which is gonna be very blue so obviously none of these are perfect if I'm really

Lazy sometimes we'll just go to cloudy and it looks good enough but if you really want to have it look as good as possible go into menu and go into custom white balance now your custom white balance what you have to do is you have

To take a picture first so I took a picture of a plain white piece of paper in front of my lights and actually by putting it in front of my lights and taking the picture then I go into menu and I change the custom white balance to

This most recent picture you say set and it'll set it as that and then later when you're actually in your so let's just go right back here when you're actually in your settings here you can go over to cus

My balance and it'll be perfectly balanced based on the lighting your half so it's going to match the temperature of whatever light bulbs you have now some other cameras you can control it you know individually to exactly the

Right temperature this typically works very well for me okay so if you're shooting a video outside and there's a lot of motion or somebody's moving around or any kind of sport you want to first make sure that you're capturing it

Without having blurry frames and in order to do that you need to change your shutter speed so we can go right here and say you know you're watching some kind of sport maybe it's a very fast-moving sport maybe it's very bright

Out maybe you can move that up to five hundred or thousand with no problem at all but if it's a little darker out and you have to move it up you want to make sure you don't keep it down because you don't want the blurry frames but once

You move it up you'll see that everything becomes very dark all of a sudden so then you're going to have to keep your exposure proper by changing your ISO until it looks you know approximately as bright as you need it

To be so right there I'm going up to eight hundred by using a 501 500 of a second as my shutter speed it's not ideal but you know you might have a little bit of grain but if you're doing something was a lot of movement or

Action it's gonna make sense that you have to do this depending on what your setup actually looks like you might not be able to optimize all these settings at the same time so three things that I recommend getting in ascending order of

Cost the first one is going to be better lighting so if you're using lights specifically with different colors if you have one that's kind of bluish and one's kind of yellowish I recommend not doing that now some of the professionals

Might do that for different purposes but when you're starting off I recommend using lights of the same color maybe get some studio lights I'll link them down below if you want they're only like 50 dollars and it's gonna make your picture

Look a lot better so you can do your white balance more accurately you can also have more light on you so you can optimize the settings a little better if you can't afford that you can always go near a window although that might

Compromise your audio quality the second thing I recommend you get is actually a better lens for your camera so if you're using the kit lens still you might want to consider going out and spending maybe about a hundred dollars to get a better

Lens that has a larger aperture so right here a 24 millimeter lens with an F 2.8 listen significantly more light than you would have with a kit lens now that's still not enough for you you can go on buy a 50 millimeter lens

Your camera's gonna be a quite a bit farther away but you let in quite a bit more light this is also a great photography lens I would recommend anyone buys this again I'll link it down below it's about a hundred to one

Hundred thirty dollars depending on where you're looking the third thing I recommend you get is actually a better camera body now I don't recommend this you just getting started off but once you start to get going if you're

Shooting in darker spaces maybe in a cave or whatever if you shoot in like a whiskey cellar or something like that you might want to consider getting a better body for your camera but that actually has you know a full-frame

Sensor for example and also can manage ISO better so if you have a more expensive camera typically there's less noise and you're able to go to a much higher ISO before the picture starts to look bad so guys that's what I have for

You in this video please let me know if there are any other settings you like to adjust when you're taking your videos or if you have any other questions let me know down in the comments below I'll be trying to answer as many questions as

Possible thank you all for watching I'll see you next time

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