– Sometimes looks do matter. Hey everybody, this is Roberto Blake of www.robertoblake.com, helping you create
something awesome today. So today we’re gonna talk about some ways you can make your YouTube
videos look better. Video production is something
I’m really passionate about, you guys already know that since I’ve done like 1,000 online videos across multiple platforms. And so, actually am
really into camera gear, and I talk about it all the time. In fact, that’s the content on Wednesdays. A lot of you guys who watch
the YouTube tip videos may not be watching my
videos on photography and video production and video editing, but I think it would actually
help the far majority of you. So today I’m gonna cover five tips for making your YouTube videos look better in terms of your camera
gear and your settings. Tip number one has to do with
your actual camera settings, and one of the things I recommend you do is if you want a blurry background you need to actually be shooting at what we call wide aperture. This means you’re going to need a lens that is capable of that. These don’t have to be expensive. Typically lenses that shoot wide are expensive if you’re
getting professional glass, but for $50, $80, $100, $200, if you’re shooting on a DSLR camera, then you can get a wide aperture lens, something that shoots with
a shallow depth of field. That’s how I’m getting the
blurry background here. Right now I’m shooting at f 2.2. Some of you actually have
cameras in your phone that are capable of shooting at f 2.2. So if you have an iPhone, then you might actually be able to shoot at a wide aperture and
get a blurry background. If you can adjust it in the
camera settings of your phone. If you’re using a DSLR like this, then a 35 millimeter f 1.8
or a 50 millimeter f 1.8 is going to allow you to do that. I don’t recommend shooting at f 1.8, because sometimes it can be
hard to get something in focus, and you won’t have a
lot of room to play with if you move back and forth at all. So I would recommend that
you shoot at f 2, f 2.8, or f 2.2 when you’re doing that. That’s gonna make your videos look great. You’re gonna have the blurry
background that you want. It’ll look a little bit more professional. It’ll isolate you from the background, bring more attention in on your face, and that could look really
good in your videos. Tip number two is another
camera settings tip. It is shoot at what we call low ISO. ISO is one of the settings
on your DSLR camera. This actually can hep you compensate for the amount of light that you have. If you don’t have a lighting setup, you might be using a higher ISO, if you’re shooting on something like the Canon Rebel T3i, or a Nikon D3200 and you’re shooting
indoors, there’s a chance you might be shooting
at ISO 800 or even 1600. What this is doing is
it’s making your videos have a little bit of noise
and a little bit of grain. It may not be noticeable
on a small screen, but on a big screen like a 27-inch or even
on a television screen, it’s gonna be very noticeable. Especially if your background is dark or you’re wearing dark clothing, this is gonna show up. I recommend shooting at ISO 400 or ISO 200 whenever possible. If your camera is capable of
shooting video at ISO 100, that would be for the best, but that would probably be
on a more expensive camera. The odds are that the
best you’ll be able to do if you have a wide aperture lens, is shoot at ISO 200 or 400. So just go as low as you can. Tip number three, turn off continuous autofocus. If you’ve ever watched a video, even some of mine that
I shot on the Panasonic where the autofocus comes in an out, and sometimes the face gets blurry or it doesn’t get back into focus, it’s because continuous autofocus is on. One of the downsides of this is the fact that in your videos, that could make the little whirling noise you hear from the lens being
picked up by the microphone, and so if you don’t want that I say turn off continuous autofocus. What this means is you’ll
prolly want to shoot with manual focus that
you’ve already set up or shoot with autofocus, but have it set to single autofocus, take a selfie with your
remote or with a timer, and then that’ll lock your autofocus in on your eyes or your face, it’ll be tack sharp. After that, you just have to set markers so you don’t move too far out of where the focus is set up manually, and then you’ll be okay. So that’ll stop your videos
from going in and out of focus, and you won’t have to deal
with the noise from the lens. So just turn off that
continuous autofocus. Turn it to single server autofocus and you’ll be just fine. Tip number four. Use really good lighting
whenever possible. The brighter you can get
the lighting in your videos, the more options you’re gonna have with flexibility with the camera, and that’s gonna get you better quality. That’s gonna make a huge difference. Going ahead and getting the lighting kit that I use from Square
Perfect, it was $120. I have plans to make
another $500 investment in my lighting kit, because that’s how important lighting is. That means I can get the ISO even lower. I can shoot with different apertures. I’ll just have more flexibility, because I won’t be trying to get the video as bright as possible in the camera settings. I can focus on doing it with the lights, which means I can do more with the quality of the camera settings being focused specifically around what I want the video to look like, and not how bright it is. Tip number five. Shoot in HD, and shoot in the highest
resolution absolutely possible. If you can shoot in the
highest resolution possible, then you’ll have a lot more options. Most of my cameras are HD only, but I’ve been investing
in 4K video cameras because even if I want
to produce it in HD, it gives me more options, it gives me more flexibility for cropping, it means I can shoot loose, I can you know, manipulate things so it can feel like I shot it at two different camera angles. And so I really just recommend shooting in the highest
resolution possible with your stuff. And if you really want your
videos to look really smooth, you can shoot at 30 frames per second or 60 frames per second. I’m planning to get Panasonic GH5, specifically because it’ll be able to shoot 4K at 60 frames per second, which is gonna give me much more smoother, much more realistic looking footage. And it’s gonna feel like
I’m right there with you. And so I’m really interested
in doing that a lot more. I’ve shot at 60 frames per second in HD. I really want to do that
for as much video as I can. And so a lot of my new camera gear is gonna be moving in that direction, and also shooting at the
highest resolution possible. So I’m gonna want to shoot at two and 4K going forward in the near future. But as long as you’re shooting in HD, and I would recommend
either 30 frames per second or 60 frames per second. Your video’s gonna look tremendous. So just try and do that whenever possible. Anyway, I hope you guys
appreciated these five tips for making your YouTube
videos look a lot better. I might do a 10 tips video on this and start to include some
stuff around video editing and other gear that you could incorporate. Maybe things like sliders, and different other accessories. If that’s a video you’re interested in, let’s go ahead and get
500 likes on this video and then I’ll just make
that next one for you. If you have questions about
camera gear and accessories, just let me know in the comment section. All the camera gear and stuff that I use for my YouTube setup is in the annotation
up here on the screen, and also in the comment section below. So you can go ahead and
you can see what I’m using and how to get the exact same results that I get in my YouTube videos. Anyway, like this video if you like it. Don’t forget to subscribe. Check out the other awesome
content on the channel. Remember, YouTube tip videos
are usually on Fridays, but my camera tips, whether it’s for film or photography, are usually on Wednesdays. So you’ll want to check that out as well. Playlist is linked up here. As always you guys, thanks
so very much for watching, and don’t forget create something awesome today. And now you can make
even more awesome videos.