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.
DJI Phantom 2 Drone
GoPro HERO 4 Black
FeiyuTech G4S Gimbal
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.
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.
Logitech Z906 5.1 Surround
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi
Wacom Bamboo Create
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.