November 2, 2020
“Tash, what video gear do you recommend for someone who is just starting out?”
Gear is something I get asked about a lot. The truth is that my answer varies based on the type of videos the person is hoping to create, their budget, as well as their level of experience. There are, however, some essential pieces of gear that I believe every new videographer should own. In this article, I will outline these four categories as well as give you my personal recommendations on which products are worth investing in!
I know what you’re thinking: “Tash, this is a no-brainer!” While camera choice should definitely be a consideration when building your video gear collection, the type of video camera you choose is actually far less less important than you might think. One major consideration, however, is brand: once you choose a camera body, you will have to continue investing in a particular brand for lenses, accessories, and more.
There are tons of great camera brands out there, but as a beginner, I would recommend sticking to either Canon or Sony: just like Honda Civics, both brands are extremely reliable, produce a great final product, and have been around for forever…so fixing or replacing parts later down the road will be much easier!
In 2020, the camera you choose should have the following abilities:
…Yep, this means that even your iPhone is worthy of being used as a video camera in 2020.
Contrary to popular belief, I feel that lens choice matters MORE than what camera body you use! A quality lens can instantly make your footage look more high-end, even if you’re using an entry-level DSLR.
Lenses can get really expensive, so it’s important to know what you absolutely need in order to produce the kind of videos you have in mind. Here are the two main lens categories you should know about:
Owning a stabilizer is a must, regardless of what type of videos you hope to produce. There are a few different options, depending on your personal style and the industry that you’re in:
If you plan on doing anything that requires audio (i.e. YouTube videos, interviews, video podcasts, etc.), you’re going to want to invest in some sort of microphone. People are willing to sit through a mediocre video with great audio, but if your audio isn’t up to par, they will exit your video almost immediately — hence the importance of investing in a great audio recording device!
There are 3 main categories you should know about if you’re first starting out:
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