Shooting Video with your DSLR (Part 1)

Nikon D5 headphone and microphone jack

I am breaking down the topics you need to cover to start shooting Video with a DSLR. Part 1 will cover the basic gear you need. My assumption is you are interested in Storytelling.

The interview of a subject on camera is the staple of most storytelling. The gear I recommend will help you get a good interview on video.

There are many levels of production you can do when recording video with your DSLR. I am taking the approach here to start you as a one man band doing the production all yourself.

The starting point for all video is sound. People will not watch a video with poor sound. Sound is the foundation for your production.

Nikon D5 headphone and microphone jack

I recommend not trying to do video unless you have a microphone and headphone jack. The microphones built into the camera would only really work for recording interviews in the selfie distance to the camera.

The basic understanding of recording sound for the video is the get the microphone as close to the sound as possible. I use a wireless lavalier system. The system I use costs $500.

Shure FP15/83 Combo Wireless System, H5

You can buy a wired lavalier for under $50. Buy one with a long cable for interviews.

The second principle to understand is you need to isolate what is being recorded and the best way to do this is with closed-back headphones. Here is what I use.

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Circumaural Closed-Back Monitor Headphones

You need also a good tripod to keep the camera still. Having a Pan & Tilt Fluid Head on the tripod is better than basic head.

Google your camera using a microphone and headphones. Many cameras may have a microphone jack but not a headphone jack. There are some ways to work around that for your camera. Sometimes you will find you just need to upgrade your camera.

You can add more gear, but I believe this is the super basic kit necessary to create a video.

In other blog posts to come I will talk about other microphones, lighting and gear to help you move your camera during a shoot.

I will also cover the software you need to edit.

Stay tuned.