March 13, 2015
So, the video we posted is pretty much a basic guide to what we use for shooting our videos for YouTube and taking pictures for the site. To summarize: cameras don’t need to be high end, audio recording is important, but also not necessary to be high end, and lighting is important. That’s it. Oh: and don’t shoot pictures with your phone because more often than not you’ll rush it and take pictures that are both bad and excessive.
I didn’t want to get too technical in the video, because that might have been boring for our first tech-talk video ever, but I do know that Leigh is ultra passionate about the topic and could definitely go on for hours about camera gear and all that. She went to school for this stuff while we didn’t. However, if you saw from our Blogging Gear Guide, we have many more products listed there than mentioned in our video. Let me talk about them a bit more here, along with some extra points:
You might notice a discrepancy between our video and that list page. In the video I talk about the 550D, but you see the 60D listed as our main kit. This is true. We use the 60D more than the 550D, because the 60D has a rotating screen. But, umm, it’s not actually…our camera. It’s Leigh’s. She just lets us use it. We use the 550D as our B-cam because the rotating screen is ultra useful, so we find ourselves using that more than the other camera, though both work equally the same.
We have three staples for steadying our shots: the one we use the most is our tripod. We got ours with carbon fiber legs, because they’re so much lighter than our older tripod, and when you’re out and about filming, we need to save our energy for having fun on camera, and not spend it all in lugging around heavy equipment. Carbon fiber for us is vital.
We also have a monopod that we use whenever we have a multicam video, like our Weird Korean Pizza video, or our Poppin Cookin Sushi Candy video. The monopod is able to give a natural kind of movement to the closeup shots, but it still gives whoever is shooting with the B-cam freedom to move around the room and get different angles.
Lastly, we have a Gorilla pod for areas in which we can’t fit our regular tripod. We shot a video in our kitchen recently (which should be going up for a WTF in a couple of weeks) and there was no way we could fit our tripod in there. The Gorilla pod was perfect for what we needed, and – I’d say – if you’re just shooting around your home and talking to the camera, I’d find it a lot more useful than a full-on tripod. You can also use it as a steadicam, kinda, if you push it against your chest, like – again – you’ll see in that WTF.
We had for a while a steadicam that we used for our iPhone, but – you know what? We stopped using it. Why? Because using Hyperlapse is better. Any walking shot now is shot on Hyperlapse, and then, instead of sped up, we bring it down to 1x. It has some awesome stabilization software in there, and it works better than anything else we’ve tried. Give it a shot yourself. And Hyperlapse is free! Booya!
We have only two lenses: a Canon 24-70 for closeups, and a Tokina 11-16 for wide angles. Both have a 2.8 aperture, which lets more light in and keeps us bright and pretty looking (ha!). That’s really all that we need, I think. We had a 50mm 1.8 a while ago, but we lost it. I blame Leigh, but she refuses to admit it was her. And though a 1.8 lens would make for prettier bokehs and all that, filming with a 1.8 is challenging if you move, because then you’ll not be in focus. 2.8 is challenging enough as is!
So, whenever we shoot something that’s multicam, it’s usually the monopod with the 24-70, and the tripod that’s up close to us with the wide angle lens. Other than that, I can’t really see what else we’d need any other lenses for, so we didn’t buy any more :D
And that’s it! If you have any questions, shoot em here and I’ll try my best to answer them. Or maybe Leigh might take a glance and answer some of the questions as well. We’ll see!