A Brief Tutorial on Shooting a Vlog with a DSLR Camera

shooting a vlog with a DSLR

Shooting a vlog with a DSLR camera isn’t something every vlogger wants to do. But if you’re about to buy a DSLR camera for vlogging and looking for some permission then let me share something with you. I recently bought a DSLR camera for vlogging and I’m happy to share my experience with you. I’m literally happy that I made that decision. Although I have had my plan regarding photography, and of course, vlogging being the priority over the photography, I wanted a hybrid solution and the DSLR did help, I must say.

So I have purchased the Nikon D5300 DSLR camera. In this blog post, I’m going to help guide you if you’re starting off your vlogging journey or you’re at the stage where you’re considering to upgrade your camera gear. Because I did upgrade my camera gear. I switched from Sony WX350 to Nikon D5300.

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So, now I’m moving forward to the part where I would brief you on shooting a vlog with a DSLR. I’ve been vlogging for past 14 months and I started off vlogging with a DSLR around 2 weeks back. Obviously, I’m loving it.

Let’s take a look at things you might want to know about shooting a vlog with a DSLR:

1. GorillaPod

GorillaPod is a must. You might follow some vloggers who shoot vlogs with DSLRs by just holding their cameras in their hand but let me tell you, the majority of the vloggers who vlog with DSLRs use gorillapods for shooting. I personally use a gorillapod to vlog with a DSLR.

2. Flip Screen

The flip screen is one of the perks of the DSLRs. If you’re buying a DSLR and its screen doesn’t flip out, I won’t recommend that. You may love the specs but you may regret it when you’re on the go. You might hate it when you’d be recording a footage for your vlog and you have no idea whether or not you’re focused. In fact, you won’t have any idea what’s been recording. So, you have to have a DSLR camera that has a flip screen feature.

3. Extra Batteries

The first battery just dies. I’m saying this because this is my first-hand experience. Whether you like fancy cinematography for your vlogs and make a dozen of short clips along with your regular footage or you have a talkative vlogging style and you make 20+ minutes vlog, you must keep extra batteries along with the camera.

4. External Microphone

Vlogging outside especially in the park, at the beach, or on the road, you might waste your footage if you’re not using an external microphone. The wind is just one factor that disturbs the audio, the other problem is that your camera’s built-in microphone won’t catch your voice in the outdoor conditions. So, get an external microphone if you really want to nail down your vlogging.

5. Editing Software

If you haven’t been able to purchase a video editing software yet and have already bought a DSLR camera for vlogging then I reckon you must get a video editing software from now on. I personally bought the Filmora software almost 11 months back and I’m loving it. It has so many features that take the video editing to the next level.


When it comes to vlogging with a DSLR camera, it might be different, difficult, and strange in the beginning then you would start loving it when you’d feel that everything you’re doing from holding this DSLR camera to carrying around, shooting heavy footage to uploading them, is totally worth it. Nothing seems better than a nicely recorded and edited vlog footage.

It’s satisfying…

The purpose of this blog post was to share with you folks what I’ve learned about the DSLR vlogging in last two weeks. I’m loving it, of course. You would too.

If you have any question about the DSLR vlogging, feel free to ask me in the comment section. I’ll be happy to answer.

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