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What Equipment Do I Need for Making Good Video?

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What Equipment Do I need For Making Good Video?

Have you ever heard this:

“I’m going to go out and buy a 24 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera from Blah, Blah, Blah that also takes High Definition Video. Then, I’m going to get the Lighting and Software and Blah, Blah, Blah. Then, I’ll have everything I need to take good video and make lots of money!”

Again, have you ever heard that? Have you ever said that? I have. I’ve said it. And, because of that I’ve wasted lots of money over the years “thinking” I needed all this stuff right away.

So, you could go out and spend lots of money and purchase all you need to start a Video business right away. And, MAYBE you’d make money…or, maybe you’d lose a bunch of money.

If you take a look at the attached picture in this post you’ll see all sorts of fun stuff to make good Video and Photographs:

A Digital SLR Camera capable of also taking High Definition Video, Zoom Lens, Speedlite Flash with Flash Diffuser installed, Speedlite Flash Controller, 3CCD Mini-DV Camcorder with On-Camera Shotgun Style Microphone, a small Soft Box, a Fluorescent Ring Light, USB Microphone, Apple iPhone, Rode SmartLav Microphone, 2 Adjustable Light Stands and Photo/ Video editing software with Screencast Editing software.

Do you need all this stuff? Maybe, if you wanted to open up a Photo/Video business. Then, you’d need all this stuff and more!

But, if you are just trying to get some good video to be able to edit it and share with family and friends, NOPE….don’t need it.

I say we can test the waters first. See what’s right for us and our budgets. Then, make a move on something reasonable.

The above picture was taken with an iPhone 4S with 3 off camera lights. One of the lights is a “clamp-on” light with a fluorescent bulb from Home Depot (or Lowes) for a whopping total of about $15.00 US. The 2nd light is a 24 X 24 Soft Box with 5 Fluorescent bulbs (that was more expensive than $15.00). The 3rd light is the Stellar Ring Light that you see shining in the picture (even more expensive).

Up until this point in my life, I have JUST used the inexpensive “Clamp-On” lights from Home Depot or Lowes for all my photo and video needs. I have 6 or 7 of them. They’ve served me well for many years.

Oh, and speaking of the iPhone 4S….I’ve taken pretty good video with it and edited it right on my phone with an App called iMovie. I can add: Sound effects, transitions, do Voice Dubbing, trim the clips, plop in photos and even bring in audio from a Lavalier Microphone attached to an iPod touch, email the file to myself and save it to my iPhone. Then, add it to the mix. The result is a pretty good video! In fact, if you go to YouTube and put in “Video Made from iPhone” or “Movie made with iPhone” you’ll see there are a bunch of people doing just that…Making almost professional looking video from their phones! Crazy, huh?

Since this is a blog for Beginners, I say we start out with the inexpensive equipment that most of us already have and learn how to really use it.

Then, when we’ve mastered that, we can move on to “Bigger and Better”.

Jim