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What to expect in this course:

Welcome to Deep Dive: Webcams & DSLRs!

Getting to know your streaming camera can be incredibly advantageous to improving the quality of your content. This course will cover a lot of general and very detailed information to help you understand the ins and outs of everything camera.

Our first module – Webcams vs DSLRs – will tackle the following:

  • webcam and DSLR basics, incl. mirrorless cameras
  • cost comparisons
  • additional materials and considerations (lenses, peripherals, add-ons, filters, dummy batteries, etc.)
  • visual effects
  • setup and settings
  • lighting
  • visual comparisons

The second module – DSLRs for Streaming & Content Creation – will move beyond that to cover a full exploration of DSLRs, with examples, with incredible detail.

Want to learn more about editing and updating your webcam settings? Content Creator Gael LEVEL has you covered with the following video!

Webcams vs DSLRs (Pros & Cons)

Whether you’re a Twitch streamer, YouTuber, or even just use Zoom a lot for work, there’s a good chance you’re spending a lot more time on video these days. While you may be able to get away with a webcam for Zoom calls (although, trust me, they’ll be impressed if you start calling in using a DSLR), if you’re a streamer or create videos, you may be wondering – is your webcam sufficient? And what should you consider before you decide to upgrade to a DSLR? Webcams vs. DSLRs To start off – What is a webcam, and what is a DSLR? What is a webcam? A webcam is a camera that is intended for real-time video streaming. Whether you’re a livestreamer or doing video calls for work, these both involve real-time video. The webcam you may be the most familiar with is the one that’s integrated into most modern laptops. If you’re streaming from a laptop, then great! You’ve already got a webcam you can use, and you don’t even have to buy anything extra for it! However, if, like many of us, you’re streaming from a desktop computer, you probably need a standalone webcam. These usually connect to your computer with a USB cable, and consist of a video camera, some sort of stand, and often a microphone, all in one convenient, little package.  These days, with both the popularity of livestreaming and the sudden prevalence of video calls, there are tons of standalone webcams available. Some popular brands that many streamers use include Logitech, Razer, Elgato, and Lenovo. Many streamers, such as IRL streamers or anyone doing a stream away from their normal setup, use their smartphones as streaming cameras. While not technically a webcam, it’s a similar option. However, I won’t be covering how to use...

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