I have been a Canon shooter, using the best Canon cameras available from the day I picked up a camera. First, as a commercial photographer, and in the last few years as a prolific wedding photographer. I think it’s safe to say that I accumulated a few thousand jobs using Canon cameras. I prefer Canon to any other brand for any given task. I feel very comfortable saying that the Canon R5 is the best Canon camera in the market today. But different photographers have different needs. Maybe you don’t need the best Canon camera, but the Canon camera that is best for you.
If you’re a photographer or filmmaker looking for the best Sony camera to buy, you’ve come to the right place. Sony has been a leader in the camera industry for years, producing high-quality cameras for professionals and enthusiasts alike. It would probably be hard to buy a bad Sony camera (YAY!).
So this article is more about choosing the camera that works for you and less about making sure you choose the best Sony camera, period.
Having a good audio recorder in the field is invaluable for any filmmaker. (a.k.a. a field recorder or a portable recorder). Audio makes up half of the audio-visual experience. If it’s not as good as possible, people will tune out of the whole thing. Sometimes, we need to record our own sounds. Often, it’s dialogue, and sometimes, it’s background noise and sound effects. But whatever we need to record, a field recorder is often the best way to do it.
Here, we look at some of our favorites from companies like Tascam, Zoom, Sony, and Sound Devices. These are field recorders that we’ve checked out or even owned in recent years and suggest you take a look at, too. We’ve split this up into three sections. With a couple of high-tier, a few medium-tier, and some entry-level options.
While action cameras are traditionally confined to the gear bags of extreme adrenaline junkies, they have worked their way into our lives in ways we couldn’t have imagined. They’re used today for everything from home security and pet monitoring to filming scenes for Hollywood blockbusters. Many of us now own one or more of them as part of our regular photography or video day, but which is the right one for you? Which is going to serve your needs the best?
Today, we will look at some of the best and most popular cameras currently in the action camera market. The genre of “action camera” has expanded in recent years to cover devices such as 180VR and 360-degree cameras. Still, for the purposes of this comparison, we’re only going to be looking at cameras that shoot regular flat footage (and photos).
Carrying your camera around is kind of a staple unless you’re a full-time studio photographer, and still then – what do you do with your camera when you need to raise a light stand or adjust a prop? So unless your camera lives on a tethered tripod, you need something to comfortably transport your camera, ideally in such a way that your camera is shoot-ready in the blink of an eye. Here we meet the camera strap: an item that, if anything, needs to be functional.
Wedding photographers can probably relate to the following: you want to move a light stand to somewhere in the back of the room, there are loads of kids running around so you might need to keep an eye on your backpack as well – what do you do with your camera? You might not want to put that 70-200mm 2.8 on the table as you move your flash to the other side of the room, all the while Uncle Dave’s kids are yelling and screaming around the room, fingers equipped with cake frosting, elbows ready to knock things over.
If, like me, you use your cameras for video as well as photography, then at some point (probably sooner rather than later) you’re going to need to think about sound. While audio setups can get extremely elaborate, especially once you start doing more serious video, you’ll want to at least get some kind of microphone that you can plug right into your camera, regardless of whether you’re vlogging or trying to sync up separately recorded audio in post.
Here, we’re going to look at some of the best microphones you can get for vlogging that plug directly into your camera in 2022 and go through some of the advantages of each and where it might be worth spending a little extra money. We’ve split this up into two categories. First, there are the on-camera mics which as the name suggests, sit on top of your camera. The other are the wireless microphones which allow a little more freedom of movement in front of the camera.
I can count on three fingers the most needed and purchased camera accessories for beginner photographers and filmmakers. The first one is kind of obvious: the camera itself – most likely with a kit lens. A tripod is the second. And a camera bag comes third; a backpack, or something to protect and carry your crispy, newly purchased camera. You have just spent a few hundred on a camera, so a protective case that transports your gear is not the first thing you might consider all the way through. This wisdom develops after spending a lot of time with your gear.
You might find yourself checking out bag reviews after getting that second lens, a tripod or a flash kit. Suddenly your first bag seems to be getting smaller, and you’re ready to gear up.
Flash can be a difficult topic to figure out for a new photographer. You know you need more light but which one do you get? Do you even need only one or should you get several? What type of photography flash should you get? How much power do you need? What are modifiers? Which one do I need? Do I really need to spend all that money on one or will the cheap ones do the job? Is there not just one light out there that I can use for everything? How do I connect everything up so that it all talks to each other?
All of these questions and more can make it pretty overwhelming if you’ve never used flash before. So, in this guide, we’re going to try to answer some of them and take a look at the variety of different flashes and strobes on the market. We’re going to try to help you figure out what light or lights you might want to get to start your flash journey and how different types of light might be better suited to different genres of photography.
When you’re just getting started in photography and you know nothing about the gear, choosing which camera to buy is a challenge. There are so many out there these days and they all offer a range of unique and confusing features that might better suit a different kind of user or type of photography. So, we’ve picked nine of the best mirrorless cameras that don’t cost a fortune but will allow you to grow and develop as your photography needs expand.
We’ve set the spending limit at $1,000 for this list, although some of the cameras here are significantly less expensive than that. Do bear in mind, that with the global silicon shortage, some of these cameras may be easier to acquire than others at the moment, but we’ve tried to pick ones that still seem quite readily available where possible.
So, you’re into video and the time has come to buy your first camera. Congrats! But before you spend your hard-earned money, let Jordy Vandeput of Cinecom.net help you out. In this video, he guides you through nine things to consider before buying your first camera, and these will help you make the best possible decision.