Q&A With the Pro’s: Camera Equipment and Filming Hunts
blog from: Bowdo.net
I recently had the opportunity to interview Jeremy Leu of Campbell Cameras about camera equipment and methods for filming your very own hunt. There is many information available in regards to the equipment and tactics of filming hunts, these are answers for just a few of the most popular questions we hear…
Q: If you’re a bow hunter looking to film your own hunts, what are the bare essentials that you’ll need to get started?
A: A terrific mid range compact HD camcorder package like the Canon HFS30 Whitetail package will have everything you need to get started. The bare essentials would include a camera, camera arm, camera case, recording media and a spare battery. From here you can add to and upgrade your camera equipment.
Q: What do you think are the most critical technical features that every amateur videographer should learn about their camera and other equipment?
A: Learn to make use of manual Focus!! Also don’t over make use of your zoom! Zooming in and out can be nauseating for an audience, only allow the subject to fill up about 1/3 of the screen.
Q: What camera and camera arm combo is the best bang for your buck right now?
A: Point of View cameras are a necessary tool for all videographers now days, solo hunt videographers especially. It allows the self videographer to set up multiple views from their stand live as they happen. I don’t go into the field without at least 1 but usually have 2 or 3.
Q: When filming by yourself where is the optimal location to mount your camera?
A: I prefer to have the camera on a little tree arm in front of me, centered but down low. That way when I stand up to get ready for the shot I can shoot over top of the camera and get full range of motion for filming.
Q: When filming with a buddy, where should the cameraman be located in relation to the hunter?
A: Of course opinions vary and there is no true right or wrong way, I like to position the camera stand 90 degrees to my right and high enough to not affect my shot but low enough to allow the camera operator to get that perfect over the shoulder shot.