Working freelance has it’s downsides, but also many upsides. One thing I love about my workflow, is that I get to choose all the goodies that I work with! Below I have created an ever growing list of Photo/Video Gear that I use on a day to day basis when working on different projects.
Primarily shooting with professional DSLR cameras, depending on the requirements for a project. This ranges from Canon’s top of the line 5D Mark III Bodys, to their slightly more affordable 60D/7D Variants. Without limiting myself to either brand or camera, I like to diversify my knowledge across all brands.
From purpose built stills glass, to extremely well designed, weather sealed and image stabilized Canon ‘L’ series optics. The collection varies from day-to-day. Though should the client require a Specialised lens for desired effect, I am also able to rent lenses at very affordable prices.
Support // Stabilization
Supporting all of the above and below is essential for creating fluid motion within a shot. I use a certain amount of gear to help me do that. Professional Photo/Video Tripods & Monopods from Manfrotto, with pro grade Fluid cartridge heads for optimum smoothness for tilt/pan. For more elaborate and smooth gliding motion on the move, I use Glidecam’s HD2000 Steadycam to give the best of the best in buttery smooth Steadycam shots.
An absolutely essential part of gear when on any shoot. When shooting digital, memory cards are your precious roll of film. Its important to look after them the best you can. When in the field, I record to Lexar Professional 1000X CF cards for optimum speed reliability. Routinely backing up throughout the day to ensure no data is lost, should a card become corrupted.
Arguably more important than good visuals on a shoot, is crisp and clear audio. I use Rode Microphones in conjunction with Zoom H4N Field Recorders when necessary. Dead-cat wind shields are essential for when shooting outside in windy conditions, and I find these two pieces of equipment compliment each other greatly in situations like these.
This is the machine that enables me to bring the raw projects all together into a timeline. I use quality components in a custom, purpose build workstation. With GPU accelerated graphics, this machine makes editing projects 10x faster, and much more pleasurable after tens of hours for each and every project.
Transporting gear from location to location has sometimes proven difficult in the past. Though that soon turned to a thing of the past once I discovered LowePro’s broad selection of transport bags and cases. The bags I use are heavily padded and water resistant for even the toughest of weather conditions, to ensure bone try and no broken parts.