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Traveling with DSLR Video equipment

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
  • batteries
  • external hard drives
  • CF cards , SD cards and card reader
  • digital audio recorder
  • Headphones
  • Backpack I pack above in, and fanny pack to wear during shoot (sexy I know).

Equipment I Rent / Aquire on location

  • Tripod
  • 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.

Here’s  one of the videos I shot up in Canada for Raven Bay. I rented my gear at The Camera Store in Calgary. It was recommended and had everything I needed to shoot a great corporate video.

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