What equipment do I need to be a videographer? - videographerstoronto.com
What equipment do I need to be a videographer?

Having a video recording of a special event no matter if it is for personal or business use is still the most popular way of capturing the moment. There will always be a high demand for videography services. If you are interested in becoming a videographer, you need to have the right equipment for the best results possible. When putting together the equipment needed to shoot your videos, consider essential aspects of videography, which includes video and audio. Having the right tools that will make your videos stand out and provide a great finished product is important. 

If you are just starting out, here is a list of equipment that will assist you with your videography.

1. Video Camera

This is the primary piece of equipment needed to be a videographer. You should get a high-quality video camera that can produce a high resolution. When choosing a video camera, you should consider the output and the kind of project you will be shooting. There are DSLR cameras that are best suited for digital cinema shooting. Whether you choose a high-end or average video camera, understanding the functions, settings, and handling will determine the outcome.

2. Tripod

You need to balance and stabilize your shot. A tripod helps you to achieve steady footage. With a good quality tripod, your recording will come out nice and steady.

3. Camera Light

To get rid of dark and unclear footage, you need additional lighting to help get rid of any shadows and make your subject focused, visible and clear. 

4. Microphone

You need a stand-alone professional microphone, the built-in camera microphone will not suffice. For the audio of your recording to be clear and perfect, a higher quality microphone is required. The quality of the audio separates professionals from amateurs. A shotgun microphone can be placed on top of your camera or a boom pole.

5. Audio (XLR) Cables

You unavoidably will need high-grade audio cables from your video camera to the mic, especially if you are using a wired mic. Do not skimp out on the quality of your cables.

6. Headphones

Headphones help you to monitor the sound or audio levels during a video shoot. Keep in mind to get a set of comfortable, high-quality headphones. This will help you to detect either loss of audio or unwanted background sounds while shooting.

7. Lenses

You need different types of lenses, such as zoom lenses, polarized, wide-angle, and macros in your collection. Professional videographers cannot do without quality lenses mainly to improve the image. You can shoot super close-up shots with the right lens of any image or object.

The equipment above is the basic tool for videographers. However, you need to remember that the equipment doesn’t make you a great videographer, talent and vision make your work stand out. You don’t always need the top of the line equipment, as long as you make the most of what you have.

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