I just read (and tweeted) a great little article on essential gear for the travel photographer (read it HERE). I thought about how transferrable that information is to DSLR video shooters. I’ve travelled a few times to shoot in faraway places and there’s always equipment that travels with me and equipment I aquire on location (remote developing countries and rural areas are exceptions).
Equipment I Bring
- DSLR camera and core lenses
- Basic Rig
- HD Monitor
- wireless mic kit
- external hard drives
- CF cards , SD cards and card reader
- digital audio recorder
- Backpack I pack above in, and fanny pack to wear during shoot (sexy I know).
Equipment I Rent / Aquire on location
- Lights and light stands
- Extra Lenses
- I buy extra batteries at rental shop
- Boom mic and pole if needed
- Mini jib or dolly pocket if needed
I only bring my laptop if I know no one else will have a mac laptop on location. As long as I have my card reader and an external hard drive I can simply plug into someone’s laptop and drop and drag footage onto my hard drive every night. I bring my Lacie rugged external hard drive with me on location – it’s drop resistant up to two meters. In the article, the photographers also back up their footage onto DVD’s that they mail back home - I thought this was a great idea.
Renting the big stuff on location saves you extra baggage fees, hassling from security officials, and potential damage happening to your gear.