Production

I’m often asked what camera gear I use to capture my images & videos, so I figured it’d be easier to compile a running list of the things I use with links. As a general rule, you won’t find any “new” gear in my arsenal, because I’m a dedicated v2.0 adopter. It’s nice to have the shiniest, newest (read: most expensive) tech, but I need shit that’s reliable & has the initial kinks/bugs ironed out. Since 95% of what I shoot is candid, I can’t afford to have gear locking up on me. Another thing that I’ve learned over time is that the tools are far less important than the vision behind them, so it’s not what you have, it’s the story you tell & whatever supports that is the best tool. That being said, this is the gear that helps me get my vision out into the world.

Canon T2i DSLR


*TBH, this thing’s been sitting on a shelf for 3+ years because DSLRs are inconvenient AF.
Extras:
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 Lens
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 Lens

Sony ECM-CS3 Microphone

 

Settings

Gear alone isn’t going to be amain contributor to becoming a better photographer/filmmaker, but there are certain settings INSIDE your gear that will increase your chances of ending up with usable shots. Here are some of the settings that I use to make sure that whatever I captured has the best chance of being amazing when it comes time to edit. Disclaimer: I admit that some of the settings are not the perfect/ideal settings from a completely technical/scientific perspective, but they provide a bit of real-world safety net so that even if some condition of your scene isn’t perfect, you’ll still have the greatest chance of capturing something that you can utilize to create some badass content.

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    Video

    FPS: 2.7K @ 60| 4K @ 30
    FOV: Medium
    Low Light: Off
    Spot Meter: Off
    ProTune: On
    WB: Native
    Color: Flat
    Shutter: Auto
    ISO: 1600
    Sharpness: High
    EV Comp: 0

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    Photo

    MP: 12 Wide
    Spot Meter: Off
    ProTune: On
    WB: Native
    Color: Flat
    ISO: 100-800
    Sharpness: High
    EV Comp: 0

Post-Production

Once you’re done shooting the shit (lol), you’ll need tools to store, transfer, backup & edit your footage/pictures with. This is the stuff that’s gotten me through all sorts of projects over the years (like I said, I like older gear) & I can attest to the reliability, speed & price of all of these things. Sure, you could easily spend 2x-10x more on every component for brand new stuff, but why would you when this stuff will get you through any situation just as well, without breaking the bank. It’s all about finding the right ratio of price to performance & these pieces of kit land right in the sweet spot.

ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW

WD My Book Duo (12TB)

Logitech Z906 5.1 Surround

Wacom Bamboo Create


Extras:
Wireless Kit

TP-Link Archer C9 Router

Adobe Creative Cloud


Photoshop | Lightroom | Illustrator | InDesign | Bridge | Premiere Pro | After Effects | Audition | Dreamweaver | Muse | Animate

Wish List

All practicality/frugality aside, if I wanted to pick up some extra gear to round out the arsenal & had a relatively large budget, this is the stuff that would be in it. I feel like anyone who couldn’t shoot something incredible with this combination of gear might want to consider doing other things with their life.

DJI Phantom 4 Pro+

GoPro HERO 5 Black

FeiyuTech G5 Gimbal

Sony a7R II

Sony ECM-CS10 Microphone