2.) High Quality Bag – Perhaps one of the most underappreciated items when building a solid kit is a top notch bag. A well-constructed bag can house multiple camera bodies, lenses, lights, and other crucial accessories. I’ve had my bag for 5 years now, and it has proved valuable time and time again. From the river basin of the Amazon Rainforest to the snow-capped peaks of British Columbia’s ski mountains, my bag has faced all of the elements and come out on top. Don’t buy a cheap bag, save and invest in quality.
3.) Vizelex ND Throttle – If you’re mounting Canon glass to the A7S then this adapter is a must. Where it lacks in the ability to electronically control aputure, the Vizelex ND throttle makes up for it with a built-in ND filter. ND filters are vital in limiting the amount of light that hits the sensor, as sometimes even a 1/8000 shutter speed isn’t enough to achieve a proper exposure. It also allows photographers to shoot long exposure photographs during the day, a simple method to add an extra element to an otherwise standard image. I use my ND throttle all of the time, as Sony’s S-Log profile is only available at ISO 3200 or above on the A7S. This way I can achieve a flat picture profile without blowing out my image due to the high native ISO.
One of the perks of being a filmmaker or photographer is the variation in our work locations. Through shooting wedding and commercial jobs many of us get to explore our backyard in far greater detail than most other professions. When venturing to new areas, we’re often left wondering what sort of terrain is ahead of us and how to pack accordingly. With more and more companies and couples seeking “adventure” photography, it is key to find unique natural backdrops that assure the photos will stick out from the sea of other images shot in close vicinity to your city. One major aspect to consider before heading out on an outdoor journey is which equipment to take. In this post I provide an overview of the indispensable gear I bring when space and weight capacity is limited.
4.) Neewar LED light – Shooting both photo and video can make lighting decisions quite challenging, especially when limited to one space in my bag for a light. Should I choose a powerful flash then my photos will result better, but if I pick a portable LED light then I can use it as fill for photo and video, making it more versatile than a flash. I’ve used this light for everything from basic subject fill to long exposure light painting, and when it wasn’t being used for photography it was being used to light our late night poker sessions. This light takes AA batteries or rechargeable lithium ion batteries from Sony, and at roughly $35, this item is a no brainer.
September 27th, 2016 - My Essential Adventure Gear
This list is by no means exhaustive. There are plenty of other accessories that I bring along on outdoor shoots, but these are the items most indispensable to my personal needs. Both my GoPro and a tripod likely should have made an appearance in this post, but one would assume these items are rather intuitive and almost obligatory for the adventure photographer and/or videographer to own. Anyway, the gear should not detract you from the exploration. Good content is superior to good quality. If you’d like to see a recent adventure video of mine, check out the video below.
1.) A versatile DSLR– The beast of a camera below needs no introduction, but i'll give it one anyway. The Sony A7S has a small mirrorless form factor and rugged construction, making it easy to take anywhere, while its impeccable dynamic range and low light ability make it suitable for almost any lighting scenario. With run and gun style filmmaking one doesn’t always have the luxury a van full of stabilization equipment, so the slow motion capabilities (1080p 60fps / 720p 120fps) of the A7S takes shaky handheld footage and conforms it into smooth cinematic footage by slowing it down. Filmmakers will also enjoy features like focus peaking and zebras, which add an extra level of simplicity in achieving sharp content with proper exposures.