Hi, composite1 and vid-e-o


Hi, composite1 and vid-e-o-man! Thanks for the quick replies!

I’d like to say several things, beginning with responding to composite1:

In my own line of work, from time to time, I have had to deal with over-exited people with no idea as to how much work was really required to reach their goals. Many times I’ve had to give a reassuring “you can do this, but you’ve got to take a major step back and really see everything in context in order to know what to do and have a sense of how things will play out” talk. I feel, in effect, that that is what you are doing with me, and I thank you for that. I thank you for your honesty and concern. It shows that you care, that you understand your business, and you have probably run into countless people who didn’t “get it.” Again, when it comes to cameras, I’ve definitely got a lot to learn.

That said, I seem to have made myself look a little more naive than I am. I’m not saying I haven’t got a lot to learn, and I don’t mean to sound defensive, but I’d like to set the record straight, to clarify what I’m asking for in this post.

You’re absolutely right that I’m new to cameras. I do understand and appreciate that there is much more to getting a “professional look” than which camera you are using. However, it still seems to me a valid question, taken along with the many other things one must also consider, to ask for suggestions on which camera to use. I am currently, and have been for a little while, in the research phase that you suggest- checking out tutorials on lighting, learning the terminology, etc. I will not be spending money on a camera any time too soon. I’ll certainly be spending lots of time on these wonderful forums. This also comes on the heels of having spent the last two years in the development of the structure of the videos, and the overall business plan, including promotion and distribution, etc. I don’t claim to have everything completely worked out yet, but isn’t it wise and prudent for me to include asking for recommendations for cameras at some point, along with my other research? And with that, would you have any suggestions?

Please take the above as having been stated in good cheer and with no nasty over-tones. I sometimes hate how text can sometimes be interpreted so differently, and I truly don’t mean to come off sounding like I’m “firing back” at you. But if the above reasoning isn’t solid for some reason, I’d appreciate your helping me to understand when I SHOULD start asking about cameras, and/or what some better questions to ask would be.

I appreciate your suggesting that this is doable by myself. I will be going that route, at least for now. I’ll continue to read/watch all I can, and I’ll gladly take any pointers you can give me!

To vid-e-o-man:

As I said, I’m going for Option-2. I would be most comfortable buying new, since I wouldn’t have the money to buy another one if I bought a used one and it started having trouble. As for lighting equipment: I don’t have any yet, but again I definitely understand that this is a crucial part of the process. I’d be very open to suggestions as to anyone’s thoughts on the best/cheapest way to approach it for my circumstance. On lighting I would definitely be open to looking at used equipment, and/or “home-made solutions” that actually WORK (not cheap-o “fixes” that ultimately don’t do the job well enough). I like your idea about cheap “Depot” work lights. I’ll look into those as I also look into the more professional lighting equipment. Also, by the way, I’m looking to film this in a house. I know this is not ideal, but for now it’s unavoidable. I mention it in case this inspires anyone with any other tips/tricks to overcome any problems I might potentially face.

Are there any other questions I could answer that would shed more light on to what I’d need? I was trying not to bog everyone down with extraneous specifics, but if it will help make the decision clearer, I’d be glad to elaborate.

Finally, here’s a little more of what I was wondering about, in my original question… I think my frustration is that I don’t have a sense yet of where to “draw the line” regarding aspects of the camera. That is, I don’t have an instinct that says, whatever I do, I should make sure I get a _______ brand– or that I avoid _____ brand– or that I make sure it has a _______ kind of lens, or at least ________ amount of optical zoom, or even that it records to ______ format, whatever other specs… I get that there is cheap stuff out there, and that it “inclines” all the way into the really good stuff that I could never afford. What I don’t know is where to draw the line, (again taking into consideration the many other factors besides a good camera), saying “avoid anything below this line, and get the best you can afford out of everything above this line,” if that makes sense. I know I’m simplifying, but I’d also be willing to bet that all you wonderful seasoned pros out there probably have that little voice. I would add that, for now, I’m trying to stay at a budget of around $500 for the camera, for specific reasons that I’d rather not go into here. I know this won’t buy anything near the best, and part of my question is whether it can be done around that price at all– but on the other hand if it could be done for half that, I’m certainly not TRYING to spend $500! πŸ™‚

composite1 and vid-e-o-man, I really appreciate your thoughts! I’d love to hear any more feedback you might have, and I’d also love to hear from anyone else.

Thanks very much!


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