My parents bought me a DSLR camera as a college graduation gift. It was around the time when I started becoming more serious about blogging and was eager to make my content more professional. Before being gifted my camera, I would set my Iphone 6s up on a tripod and take my own pictures. Not knowing that I could do the same with a DSLR, I used to annoy my siblings to take my photos. Now I shoot all of my content by myself and have full creative control without having to worry about bugging my friends and family or paying a photographer.
The Set Up
For my content creation set up, I use the Canon EOS Rebel T6 (linked similar since it is an older model and no longer available) and a 50mm 1.8 lens. This is a great beginner camera and I would recommend using the 50mm 1.8 lens versus the one that comes with the camera for better quality and more bokeh (a blurry background). When taking my own photos, I use a sturdy tripod that can hold my camera’s weight and ensure it is stable. I mostly shoot outdoors in daylight, so I don’t find it necessary to use an external flash. However, when shooting content indoors I do use soft boxes and a ring light for controlled lighting.
I use the built-in wifi feature on my camera to connect to the Canon Camera Connect app, where I use my phone as a viewfinder to focus and shoot.
- Turn on camera and switch to the Creative Auto setting. Go to the settings and select the type of shooting you would like. I normally use the the countdown setting and select the number of frames I want shot.
- Go to camera settings and turn on wifi. Hit “connect to smartphone”.
- Go into wifi settings on your phone and connect to camera. Confirm to use camera wifi to connect to smartphone.
- Open the Canon Camera Connect app and tap “remote live shooting”. From here, you can now use your smartphone as a viewfinder and use it to help focus and shoot.
- Pose. Autofocus. Tap the circle to shoot and then hide your phone (unless you want it in your photos).
Watch my reel here for reference on what it is like to use the Canon Camera Connect app: