For the entire month of October, we’ll be tackling the basics of creating a professional quality video. The first post served as a general overview of the various ingredients that make up a quality video.

This week, we’re going in depth with one of them – your camera. Let’s dive in.

Which Camera to Get?

As a beginner, it’s incredibly frustrating to pick the perfect camera. I could go on and give you some of the best ones I could think of but I won’t. Not because I don’t want to but because I want you to find the

right one for you


Even though the goal is to create quality videos, it’s more important that you familiarize yourself with the process if you’re just starting out. And unless you’re doing something professionally, you don’t need to go crazy at looking at all the plethora of choices offered to you just yet.

If you’re starting out, I suggest you start with what you have. Only got an iPhone or a quality point and shoot? Maybe you have a DSLR or camcorder?

As long as it shoots at least 1080P or HD then start with that.

The goal is to master what you have for now and not spend thousands just yet.

Once you’ve gotten better and feel ready to upgrade, then that’s the time you shop for a better camera.

Getting to Know Your Equipment

Got a camera? Good. Now, go read the manual – twice. Find out what every single button does. You should know how to adjust the shutter speed, turn off autofocus, and tweak exposure or anything else to ensure you get the best images and videos for your purpose. If you want to remember, you can write down the settings or controls so you have a cheat sheet handy.

You also need to know how your camera performs in various lighting or weather conditions, whether it can capture super fast motion or not etc.

You have to be able to operate your camera in the dark or without looking at it. That’s how well you want to have control over your equipment when it comes to shooting videos.


Shoot with a camera that records at 1080P at least. If you don’t have access to this, borrow or work with what you have. Then upgrade once you’re ready.

Next week, we’ll talk more about ingredient number two: lighting.