This week I thought I'd talk about what equipment I took with me for working in Japan. I was really limited with how much I could take on the plane, but I knew I'd be filming a lot so I wanted to make sure I took all the equipment I needed.
However, I tried to take as few things as possible, and just buy or make anything else while I'm here. For example, using big pieces of cardboard and tinfoil as bounce boards, instead of trying to pack my big reflector in my backpack.
Obviously, the first thing I need is my camera. A Nikon D750 with 50mm 1.8 lens. I bought this camera pretty recently, and although the model initially had problems, it works really well for me, and I'm happy with it. It does everything I need and the video quality is a lot better than my previous camera.
Best not forget a charger, and back-up batteries. I always carry both batteries on me, fully charged, because if you're shooting for long periods of time, you don't want to be stuck with a dead camera half way through the day.
Trusty tripod. This one is great because it can be taken apart and used as a monopod, perfect for travelling, as some places don't allow tripods, so it's a lot easier to pack it up small and carry it around.
Secondary lens. I'd say 99% of the time, I use my 50mm, but occasionally I'll need a wider angle or zoom, so I can just switch to this one.
Backpack. Very bright, I didn't realize it'd be this bright when I ordered it, but it's pretty good, because I know I'll never lose it. It's the perfect size for fitting all my equipment, which frees up my hands for eating, or travelling around.
Audio recorder and clip mic. I usually just use this for interviews to make sure I get clear audio.
Ring light and DSLR mic. I rarely use these, but I thought I was better to take them just in case. I normally use the ring light for portraits, or if I'm filming at night. The mic is good for general filming and ambient audio.
Extra essentials. Headphones, remote, universal plug, and mobile phone. These are all pretty self explanitory. My use the Nikon app on my phone which makes it work like a second screen to remotely film or take photos from my camera.
Waterproof camera case. For shooting under water, obviously. There is so much cool fish and sea life here, that I wanted to make sure I could capture footage of them if I get the chance.
So yeah, that's just about everything. I also have a graphics tablet for editing, and a small point-and-shoot as a backup camera.
I really wasn't sure what to take, whether it'd be too much or too little, but it's worked out pretty well. I can fit everything I need in my rucksack, fling it on my back, and go. No hassles
If you have any other tips, let me know.
Hope you all have an awesome week.