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CAMERAS AND LENSES
My ‘A’ Camera is my Sony A7iii
My ‘B’ Camera is my Sony A7s
Both of these models are fantastic for video as well as photography and the vast majority of my work over the past six years (from celebrity exclusives to small business promotions) has been accomplished using these. They are mirrorless (so light, and super portable!) and capable of capturing beautiful content in slow motion as well as low light. I typically shoot a mixture of clips that are 25fps and 100fps.
I have at least 4 batteries for each of the cameras; these are for the Sony a7s and these (much bigger, but last longer) are for the Sony a7iii.
My favourite lens is my Canon f1.8 50mm, for beautiful depth of field.
My most versatile lens is my Canon f4 24-105mm, the zoom has come in handy on red carpets and interview set-ups.
The lens I use for capturing portraits is my Sony 24-70mm, not least because it works natively with the cameras and therefore functions with Sony’s incredible eye-autofocus feature.
In order to mount Canon lenses on Sony cameras, I use an adaptor – I have bought from Commlite, which was a decent short term solution, but if you have the budget then I would recommend investing in the Metabones, which is the industry standard.
It’s worth investing in high capacity, high speed SD cards – this is my go-to. I have several.
My tripod is actually a photography tripod from Mefoto – it’s very light and exceptionally small when it’s folded up which is great for on-the-go shoots. Whilst it doesn’t have a ball head so won’t do traditional panning shots, it does go to a 90 degree angle, which I have used to capture overhead shots and images.
For mobile filming, I recommend the small JOBY “tight grip” Gorillapod with a built in mobile attachment – it’s very portable and versatile – as well as this nifty stick-on solution which enables me to attach my phone to windows and tiles when I want to achieve a stable piece-to-camera. A higher budget alternative and all-in-one solution is the Joby vlogging kit (make sure you check that the microphone is compatible with the input ports in your phone). I have also used a Gorillapod with this mobile mount.
My gimbal is a gamechanger – it’s the Ronin SC. I use it on every single shoot and would not be without it; it will stabilise your shots as well as create more interesting movement and transitions during filming. It’s light compared to others on the market too.
LIGHTS AND SOUND
For sound, I always trust Rode, the industry leaders. I have a set of two of these lapel mics, which are wonderful for interviews and pieces-to-camera. You don’t typically have to do any tuning or matching of frequencies, they’re pretty much plug and go!
I also have the gun-mic from Rode, which works nicely for indoor directional sound.
I have a Zoom H4N which is a great bit of kit if you’re shooting events as you can plug it into the AV desk via an XLR cable, capturing clean sound from the stage rather than a whole load of ambient noise. It can also be used as a dictaphone (I’ve taken it with me to red carpets as a back up!).
For lighting, I often use two soft box lights. They are mains-powered which does not allow the greatest flexibility on set, so in many cases I will rent a battery-powered LED equivalent.
I love this handy top-light which is very budget friendly. It is temperature-controlled so you can turn it from a blueish glow to a warm orange, as well as adjusting the brightness. Great for quick pieces to camera or roaming shots, or I sometimes stick it on my Gorillapod and place it behind the subject for some attractive backlighting.
I currently work on the 15-inch MacBook Pro, kitted out with the Adobe Suite (in which, Premiere Pro and Lightroom are my most used apps). Mine has this pretty cover on the top half of it to keep it safe from scratches.
The modern macs don’t have an SD port – I use this solution from Apple, it’s much faster and more reliable than any cheaper knock-offs.
Lacie Drives are essential for any photographer or videographer; always back up your files and then back up again!
I alternate between these SONY headphones (which I need for checking audio levels on set) and my cordless in-ear ones which can sync with my laptop for editing.
It’s essential to protect your kit. I read a lot of reviews which favoured the most expensive models – after all, they’re protecting thousands of pounds worth of kit – but that wasn’t realistic for me, when I was starting out. I absolutely love my cheaper solution from Neweer. I use this roller-case – which can fit 2 x cameras, with all the lenses and accessories, my laptop, Lacie Drive and gimbal – and this longer case, also on wheels, to house my tripods and lights. Both are still going strong.
Boring but essential. Start with cloths and cleaning spray.
Don’t forget a blower – to avoid any pesky smudges and specks on your camera’s sensor (which can be VERY difficult to work around in post).
I really recommend these tiny keychain earplugs. It’s so important to protect your hearing when you’re shooting in venues like clubs or parties. I attach these to my kit bag so that they’re always there when I need them.
My bum-bag is my favourite piece of kit! You need your hands free on set to be operating cameras, checking the sound, changing the batteries, you name it, so this little fashion accessory is super useful (and stops me losing my phone every five minutes!).