Rig Out Your Camera!

Even to those who prefer shooting with DSLRs or mirrorless, I’d still recommend rigging your camera out – I mean, get yourself a cage and a monitor, not a hunking 7″ one, but a 5″ screen. You’ll be able to compose better, the color and contrast will be much more accurate than the lousy 3″ LCD on your camera, you can throw in a LUT so you can preview how your work will look in post, the audio level meter will be a whole lot more usable than the toy one provided in your camera, and it’ll allow you to monitor audio. That’s right – if you’re not monitoring your audio, you’re just leaving everything up to chance. If you’re not convinced, just have a look at any one of Chris Cory’s short films and tell me that audio isn’t important! If you’re struggling with focus like I was with my Panasonic, well, with the BMD Video Assist, the focus peaking lights up like a Christmas tree, even when for the life of me, I can’t see any peaking on the G85. And while I’m not yet at the point where I don’t need any exposure aids like Andrew Reid, it’s a whole lot easier gauging exposure with a larger screen. In addition to these benefits, you have peace of mind knowing that your media is backed up on a second SD card. You say you want discrete? Well, I’ve been able to walk right up to subjects shooting with the Zhiyun Crane without anyone suspecting I was shooting them, and with six pounds of magnesium alloy, plastic, glass and faux fur sitting in my lap, I’ve been able to capture people without them having a clue what I was up to. In fact, if people notice me at all, they’re probably thinking no way am I using such an elaborate setup just to shoot candids out on the street.