I met Lauren in "real life" for the first time last weekend, despite having known her for nearly two years. She's exactly the same as she is on her YouTube channel: bright, energetic, and bubbly, but fluent in sarcasm.
When I started my Youtube channel, I was lucky enough to already have most of the equipment I needed. However, once I got into the swing of things I noticed two things that weren't quite up to scratch: my confidence, and the sound quality. I'm still working on the former; but for the latter, I got the Rode VideoMic.
So you've taken the plunge and invested in a new (or second hand) camera, but maybe you're not so sure what all the dials do and what all the settings actually mean. When I was 18 and I got my first DSLR, I didn't know what it all meant, either - but once I got the hang of the basics, it eventually came together. This is a beginner’s guide with a very basic overview of the camera settings, where I've tried to make everything as simple and straightforward as possible.
So, you’ve been blogging or vlogging for a while, you’ve saved up some pennies or have a Birthday coming up, and now you’re ready to invest in a “proper” camera. Congratulations! I’m so happy for you. The only problem is that you don’t really know what you’re looking for. What brand, budget and model will work for you will vary greatly from person to person - but I've made a list of things to keep your eye out for.