Being a great videographer means being able to shoot on the move, so you never want to get stuck without an important piece of gear when it’s time to start filming. Whether you’re an amateur or an experienced pro, here are five indispensable items you should always have in your professional camera bag to help you avoid any slip-ups.
gear1. Charged Extra Batteries. We all know that video requires a lot of battery power. Always be sure to buy extra batteries, and have them charged before each shoot. This not only counts for replacements for the dead ones, but also some much-needed help should any batteries breakdown. Extra juice brings peace of mind too, so you’ll be more at ease without having to worry about anything blinking red icons on your screen.
2. Cleaning kit Camera lenses can repeatedly cost more than the camera body itself, so every videographer needs a class cleaning kit to preserve their lens. Investing in this is tremendously sensible, as it can save you a lot of cash if the lens ever needs servicing in its lifetime.
Make sure your camera bag is also full of these: A blower, to safely blast away dust and dirt, a microfiber cloth (don’t use paper towels, or your shirt), and finally lens cleaning fluid, which is great for eliminating fingerprints and smudges from the lens and filters.
3. UV filter Another way of keeping your camera lens spotless and guarded is to get a UV filter. UV filters are not only great for sifting out UV light, but also for avoiding dirt and dust from getting on your camera lens. They can even deliver some protection from impact if the worst ever happens. You should use your cleaning kit before every shoot to keep the filter in good condition.
4. Tripod To generate a truly movielike shot, every videographer needs a good tripod. It’s a crucial piece of gear when creating a stable shot. The tripod will help you in keeping the image looking sharp, enhancing the depth of field, and allowing you to pan and tilt when filming as well.
5. Reflector On many open-air shoots, you might not have the assistants around to carry all your lights with you, so this is where a reflector really comes in handy. They are relatively cheap, light, and don’t take up much room either, as they can be normally be folded up into your professional camera bag. Your reflector can be applied to bounce any existing light onto a subject that would otherwise be in shadow or darkness.