DSLR Video Essentials – What’s In My Kit Bag

Making the transition into video really is a no brainer for photographers (from a marketing perspective). Past students of mine are easily doubling their bill rate and booking more and larger clients.

Starting your journey into this area can appear to be a minefield. I prefer to invest in great products that will last and with my “In My Kit Bag” posts I will show you the kind of investment that will up both your production value and quality.

External Sound Recording With The ZOOM H6


The Zoom H6 has raised the bar over the Zoom H4 sound recorder which was the “go to” for many DSLR film makers. This recorder will run for up to 20 hours with 4 AA alkaline batteries and will also accept industry standard XLR/TRS connectors. This device really should be on the shopping list for anyone starting out or working in live recording, professional film/video work, or broadcast ENG (electronic news gathering), the Zoom H6 can handle all of this with ease.

Why you need this piece of kit?
The internal pre-amp built into many DSLR cameras that shoot video can be improved on instantly by adding this to your production.

Tip – Run a cable connecting the recorder to your camera whilst recording in the ZOOM H6, you will improve the quality of sound capture in camera while upgrading to stereo instead of the default mono sound!

Manfrotto Video Slider & Head


The Manfrotto Camera Slider 60 + 502 head – MVS060AMVH502AH is a dream to work with. The action you get is as smooth as silk in movement. This slider will blow you away!

This slider – like everything from Manfrotto – a definition of quality, is made from fully machined anodized aluminum; high precision steel ball bearings; extra-silent, PSU high performance polymer wheels, it ticks all the boxes!

You will take no time at all to master great movement, simply set the friction by dialing in or out with the black adjustment screw or lock the slider in place with the red anodized knob.

To keep this item in tip top condition invest in a carry bag.

Why buy this piece of kit?
DSLR video productions can be taken to the next level when you include production sliders, booms etc in your kit. Try a Calumet Rental 3 Days For 1 weekend hire to see and see how this works for you before you buy.

Set yourself apart from the rest with smooth movements, pan slower in a static environment as you can always speed up the video footage in post.

I hope this post helps you think about investing in your DSLR productions for the future. To get trained in DSLR video techniques, book one of my upcoming DSLR video workshops or a 1-1 training day.

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