Check out this setup from Rick Owens. Want to see your rig on DSLR Video Shooter? Submit it!
It is the end of a long day of shooting, and you have one last crucial shot/interview to get, when all a sudden “click!!!!” your camera shuts down. Your heart sinks as you check the camera screen to find that evil little empty battery symbol mockingly blinking back. “Its ok… I have spare batteries” you say to yourself as you franticly search your bag for batteries…
I can already here the cries… “But Caleb! Vincent Laforet and Philip bloom told me to spend a lot of money and get a good tripod!” Yep, and I am going to say I disagree to an extent. Yes, tripods are important. Yes, they are the base and root of your camera’s sensor. But I don’t think you “need” a really really nice and expensive tripod. Especially when you are just getting started. So I am going to go against the grain on this one.
All that said, here are 5 reasons you should get a cheap tripod:
1. You’re Broke
Lets be honest here, you aren’t made of money (if you are, you should check this place out). A lot of you probably just got your camera, and don’t have a lot of money to spend on a super nice tripod.
This is the first of a new weekly series I would like to start called “Wednesday Rigging”
Whats cool about this series, is that the content is going to be created by YOU the readers. Thats right, I am asking for you guys to submit pictures of your rigs to be showed on the site. I am always interested in seeing what people are using for rigs and gear with their cameras.
How To Get Involved
Want to see your rig on DSLR Video Shooter? Send me an email with the following:
- Good quality pictures of your rig.
- List of all the parts/gear.
- Description of how you use the rig.
- Link of some kind to you (website, twitter handle etc).
I will select one rig to be shared every Wednesday.
Which rig should I get?
Next to “which lens should I buy?” this question is asked of me most. I get a ton of emails with questions on buying lenses, cameras and all kinds of other things.
After working with numerous camera rigs from several manufacturers, I have found myself recommending these 5 affordable rigs to people.
This is one of my favorite rigs right now. A flexible rig for a fantastic price.
Don’t have a large gear budget? No worries, there is a lot of important equipment that can be had without breaking the bank. It is also getting close to Christmas… And a lot of these purchases would make for great stocking stuffers for that special filmmaker/photographer in your life.
There seems to be an infinite host of rigs available for the DSLR video shooter these days. From the big brands like Zacuto, Redrock Micro and Letus Direct, to smaller machinists on Kickstarter, it is easy to find something that will get the job done. What is not easy, is finding something that will get the job done well. This is where the Gearbox DSLR cage comes in. I’ve had the opportunity to use this cage for over a month, and am VERY happy with what I have found.
Sick of everyone crowding around your camera or small monitor on set? Tired of feeling the director’s coffee breath on your neck as you frame your shots? If you or someone you know suffers from these or other related camera operator problems, this is the monitor for you.
I’ve been fortunate enough to play with this monitor for several weeks and thought I would share my thoughts on the Vello 9″ Monitor.
It’s a daunting task. Figuring out what gear you need to shoot video on a DSLR isn’t terribly simple. There is soooo much stuff out there for shooting with HDSLRs these days. We have rigs, glide cams, tripods, sliders, cages and much more. For someone getting started, it can be a nightmare trying to figure out what you REALLY need. If you are feeling a little bewildered don’t worry, I have written this list with you in mind. So take a deep breath and read on.
Great, so you’ve lightened your wallet a little and have a camera in your hands. What now? Here are 10 things every HDSLR beginner should buy first.