I receive a lot of emails from budding videographers around the world wanting to know 1) how to get started in video and (related) 2) what gear is needed to get started. My standard response has been something along the lines of, “Watch my blog. I’m going to write about this soon.”
So here it is: a little series about what gear I use and why. I’m going to break these up into small, bite sized pieces so that it’s a little more manageable.
And please note: I’m going to write about the gear I use and/or have had experience with. You can assume that if I don’t name whatever item you’re wondering about I have no opinion on it. There’s tons of manufacturers out there making gear at all (well, most) budget levels so if you have experience with a specific item/brand please feel free to leave it in the comments!
My general approach to buying gear is to buy the best quality that I can afford. As you’ll read in subsequent posts I haven’t always followed that (read: I’ve bought some pretty cheap gear) and I’ve almost always regretted it. Hopefully this series will help prevent you from wasting money on cheap/bad gear.
Another important note: One of the main reasons I’m writing this post is to appeal to the masses who have emailed me with questions about my gear. Also for the followers of my blog. My assumption is that those who are interested in this series are interested in the style of real estate video I shoot. I acknowledge that there are other styles of video and gear that goes along with that however, since that’s not my style, I won’t be writing about it (ie: I’m not going to write about steadicams).
With that said, let’s get started.
Here’s a quick list of the gear you’ll need to shoot real estate video:
This is the basic list. As I’m sure you guys know videography, just like photography, can be an endless money pit. Thousands can be spent on things that aren’t quite necessary but hard to imagine working without. Here are a few things that if you have them already use them! If not, put them on your wish list!
1) Various focal length lenses (I find myself pulling my 50mm / 1.4 out often)
2) Graduated ND Filter*
3) Zacuto Z-Finder
4) Variable ND Filter*
5) HD Hero (or other type of mini cam)
6) Camera car mount
7) Slate (if you’re working with people)
I have a list somewhere of “wish list” items but I’m totally drawing a blank right now. I’ll continue to update this list as I remember things that I’ve wished over the past year.