I think of my equipment as


I think of my equipment as a group of kits that make up a whole. There is a level of technology that has a great deal of influence on the finished product you can produce but that doesn’t always mean you have to break the bank to get there. Its kind of like setting goals as you go as to what you need to expand on to better the quality of you finished product. Its kind of difficult to tell you what you should buy next when I have no clue what you really need next. Are you shooting more adventure or interviews for the next six months? What do you need quality wise to get paid or paid more?

The camera kit- You have a camera and that’s a start but expanding on the kit down the road allows you more latitude in what you can capture. Since you do “Adventure” filming as well, something like go pro’s Hero 2 can get you in rough weather or under water or perhaps you might need to upgrade to a better camera than you have to do more in low light or reduce “Rolling Shutter” effects to capture better quality footage. You might also think of camera movement to make your footage more interesting or to use movement to draw attention to your subject with a “Jib” or “Slider”.

Audio kit- You have the sony handheld but adding some sort of shotgun mic, field recorder and perhaps a radio lav, will broaden what you can capture and also increase the quality, especially out side. Also think about positioning the mic, getting your gun mic above or below talent for your interviews.

Lighting kit- I really think this is the one that gets left out or not thought of the most. Even for outside shooting things like reflectors are shot savers that can really increase the quality of what you capture. I recently found a 42″ 5-1 on line for 11 bucks, it was 16.00 with shipping.

For indoors to cover your interviews, don’t just think three point lighting, think about controlling light. You’ll need something for a key light, back light, and fill light but that’s just to light your subject you also might need something to brighten a room or background or to over power sunlight you can’t hide.

Of course the editing kit as Mr. Watts spoke of. You might find yourself needing to upgrade to speed up workflow or sometimes advance to a different NLE.

Then, last but not least is the “Kit” between your ears. Which is where this site can help a ton. Just click on everything from audio to post production and there is the information to take you to the next step.

So, just think of where your greatest weak spot is. Is it in audio, lighting or do you need to take some time to sit down and study some? Everybody has weak spots and grows their “Kit”, “System”, what ever from the same point, the beginning. Also if your greatest weak spot is something out of your control for the moment, then just move on to the next one that is in your control. As far as equipment goes there are a lot of DIY projects that can get you by till you can afford brand gear. You can find lots on this site and else where on line.

As time goes by, you’ll get there. I’m a ways from where I want to be but getting closer by the day.

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