You've found your niche, a beautiful location and an interesting story to vlog about. You may have all of the ingredients for the perfect vlog, but do you know what kit to choose and how to film your video to a high enough standard to please savvy audiences?
In this vlogging how-to, we reveal seven tips for beginners and for vloggers wanting to improve the quality of their videos. Find out how you can capture quality footage that will keep your viewers coming back for more – how to get steady (shake-free) and sharp footage, the importance of creative framing, and what you need to capture crisp and clear sound. Whether you're shooting on a Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II, the updated Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III, the Canon EOS M50 or Canon EOS 250D, here’s what to consider when creating your first vlogs.
A camera with a larger sensor will give you better quality images, but when you’re vlogging it’s important to balance sensor size with the overall size of the camera. For example, a PowerShot G series camera with a built-in lens, such as the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III, is the most compact and portable. However, a mirrorless camera or a DSLR with interchangeable lenses will give you a greater variety of lens options.
Having both a smaller and a larger camera will cover you when shooting for different purposes and will also give you additional camera angles in your vlogs.
Many vloggers use wide-angle lenses because they can be used in tight spaces such as a bedroom or kitchen to show as much of the scene as possible. A 24mm lens is good for that purpose, but an ultra-wide lens is even better. So if you’re shooting with a DSLR with APS-C sensor camera such as the Canon EOS 250D, pairing it with an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens such as the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens means you can fit more into the frame, while the Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM offers similar capabilities with the mirrorless Canon EOS M50.
Whichever lens you decide to use, flip up your camera's screen to help you position yourself in the frame to make filming selfies and low-angle shooting a breeze. Many cameras, such as the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III, can also be connected via Bluetooth to the Canon Camera Connect app on your smart device to film or shoot yourself remotely.
The demand for video is rising, and with it the expectations for quality. However creative your content may be, if the footage lacks detail it's worth improving. Look for cameras with Full HD or 4K video – Full HD is a good standard to set, but 4K will give you even more detail, allowing you to crop and stabilise your footage without compromising quality. Shooting in 4K doesn’t mean you have to publish in 4K, but remember that 4K footage will take more time to edit and upload.
The option to shoot in 4K is no longer limited to professional cameras. It is starting to appear in small yet feature-rich cameras, such as the Canon EOS M50. However, the most important thing to consider is what frame-rate will suit your subject. 60 frames per second (fps) is best for action vlogs and will give you an option to do slow-motion effects. 30fps or 25fps will be fine for everything else. For even more detailed slow-motion footage, the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III offers fast frame rates up to 120fps when shooting in Full HD.