Once you have your camera working alongside your PC, you might want to start thinking about the other aspects of using your camera as a webcam that you might have forgotten about – like where the camera is going to sit.
I mentioned before that lots of streamers use external cameras as part of their setups, so you can be sure that there are lots of different options when it comes to positioning your camera. Sure, you can rely on an ad hoc, temporary setup to hold your camera, but there are plenty of other options out there to make sure that you have a professional-grade, steady camera filming you throughout whichever call you have going on.
So, if you want to attach your camera to the top of your monitor or laptop screen there are specialized clamps and attachments to do just that – you can get them off of Amazon, and are relatively easy to set up. Alternatively, you might already have a camera tripod that will work just fine as a camera stand, but in a perfect world, you will want to make sure that your camera is steady when you are using it for work.
Another thing to think about when you are using a DSLR camera as a webcam is that you are going to need a high shutter speed on your camera just to make sure that the image you are projecting out on the Skye, Zoom or whatever call is actually decent quality, and not stuttering slowly behind the audio of the call.
Speaking of video quality, you are also going to need to make sure that you are using a lens suitable for a close-up camera angle that we all use during these calls. And, if you aren’t going to be using a suitable camera lens, then you need to make sure that your camera is set up in a way that makes the best use of the lens you have. Wide-angle lenses are the best but just play around with your cameras framing to make sure you are looking your best on the call.
And then there is the call itself. We all know that sometimes they can drag – so make sure that when you are using your camera you either have a really long battery life on your camera or (probably the safer option) an AC adapter on hand to make sure that you don’t run out of charge partway through your call.
Just common sense really – but its worth remembering that your camera, just like your PC might run hot after extended usage, so be sure to keep an eye on how hot the interior of your camera gets as you use it because the last thing you want is to damage your camera from long calls. Especially if that camera is more expensive than the actual PC you are running it through.
Otherwise, that’s about everything you need to know about using your DSLR camera as a webcam. Got any questions about how to set it up, or on whether your camera is capable of working as a webcam? How about what to use for a microphone if you are depending on a dedicated camera? Let us know in the comments below!