10 Turkey Filming Tips
1. Be mobile by packing lightweight equipment.
2. Use quality audio/shotgun microphone to capture that bird gobbling from a long distance. We recommend using the Sennheiser MKE-400 for cameras with a mini-plug port and the Rode NTG1 for cameras with an XLR Port.
3. Run your audio levels in AUTO MODE. One minute your hunter is whaling on a diaphragm call and the next he is whispering... this will keep a safe balance.
4. The use of a tripod equipped with a leveling ball makes setups fast and easy. This allows you to use the ball level to level your camera instead of trying the level all three legs of the tripod. If you already have a fluid head that doesn't have the ball adjustments you can add the Manfrotto 438 Compact Leveling Head in-between your fluid head and your tripod.
5. Choosing a tripod with "grounder" capabilities allows you to operate the camera at a user friendly heigh when setting on the ground next to a tree. Examples: Campbell Cameras 525 Hunter Tripod (for cameras up to 13.2 lbs) or the Cullmann 528 Tripod (for cameras up to 15.4 lbs)
6. Given the eyesight of a wild turning, using a "LANC" remote attached to your fluid head pan handle will allow you to control your camera functions with minimal movement.
7. POV Cameras near a decoy can potentially create a great 2nd angle.
Audio records or wireless mics near decoys could potentially capture the dramatic sounds of an Ol'Tom attacking your decoy setup!
9. You obviously make sure "you" are in camo from head to toe while chasing them ol' gobblers, so don't forget to add camo skins to your camera and to check out our new camo tripods (available April 2013)
10. Last but not lease... enjoy chasing them Thunder Chickens around this spring and remember... When you think about filming your next outdoor adventure... THINK CAMPBELL CAMERAS.