Choose Your Gear Wisely
Different shoots have different gear requirements. I always try to bring the minimum necessary gear to get the job done. Since I’m primarily a solo shooter, everything I bring needs to fit in my back, and frequently go through airport security. Every bit of weight matters.
The fewer things you depend on means fewer points of failure to get the shot.
Less is more when it comes to solo shooting.
Here is the gear I always bring:
Here is gear I will sometimes/rarely bring. If I bring these items, it’s because I have extra storage space and help with transportation. Also I will be more likely to bring more gear if I’m shooting for a client with specific requirements. TIP: if shooting for a client, always bring a monitor so they can see playback of your shots.
Dummy Check Your Gimbal
Pack your Backpack
Everyone has a different system for packing. I change my style of packing depending on what kind of shoot I’ll be doing. Here are my general tips:
During Your Shoot
Choose a Lens
When you’re shooting with a gimbal, changing lenses is a slow process. It usually requires re-balancing. So you need to choose wisely. Here are my tips:
Choose Your Camera Settings
Camera settings will greatly impact how your gimbal shots look. Since I’m a Sony A7S III user, I’ll give the settings that work for my camera. You can adapt these tips to your particular rig.
Choose Your Gimbal Settings
Gimbal settings will greatly affect how your shot looks. But they might not be as crucial as you think – most of the steadiness of a gimbal shot comes from the operator’s technique. Here are my tips for gimbal settings
Get Ready to Shoot!
Keep this checklist handy whenever you go out on a gimbal shoot!
This is currently a work in progress and I’ll be adding to this daily.
When it’s complete I’lI share this as a downloadable checklist.
If you have any questions or ideas that would help make either checklist better please drop a note here!