Below are my main pieces of equipment for video production. Not included are storage cards and batteries, but I have enough of each to film for around 3-5 hours at a time before needing a refresh and/or a recharge.
My main camera and workhorse for all my video projects is a Canon 7D. Its 18 megapixel CMOS Sensor produces beautiful 1080 video and some pretty fantastic depth of field images. Also, the variety of lenses I use give me the ability to film anything from a macro shot of a ladybug in the grass to a player catching … Continue reading Canon 7D
One of the advantages to using a DSLR is the variety of available lenses. My favorite and most used lens is the Canon 24-105mm f/4. When spaces get tight or the situation calls for a panoramic shot I use a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens. My fastest lens is a 50mm f/1.8 prime lens that is great for creating … Continue reading Lenses
The small but mighty GoPro is a fantastic compliment to my DSLR. Even with its small size it captures beautiful HD video and my collection of mounts means I can set this thing up almost anywhere; even under water.
With its 32GB of memory and full 1080p HD video capabilities, the camera on my iPhone is great for supplemental footage. Professional videographers have produced videos touting the benefits of using the iPhone for certain types of video projects. It fits in perfectly among a DSLR and GoPro cameras.
Since DSLR audio is infamously meh, a Zoom H1 is currently my primary sound getter. I also use an Audio-Technica ATR-3350 lavalier microphone for interviews and such. The versatile iPhone also comes in handy for capturing good audio.
More lighting equipment is at the top of my list but, for now, I use a Neewer 126 Ultra High Power LED camcorder light when natural or other artificial light just doesn’t cut it. This LED array is incredibly bright and also used to illuminate entire rooms during power outages!
The tripod that I use for my primary camera to get those steady images and pan shots is a Manfrotto with a fluid video head. When I want to get a different or handheld look or if I just need to stay mobile I use a Cowboy Studio (I’d would prefer if it was called … Continue reading Rigs and Pods