IF YOU WANT A QUICK 101 GUIDE ON PRODUCING AWESOME CONTENT YOU’VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE.
Whether you want to be a better writer, hone your photography skills or learn how to shoot and edit videos begin here with our media starter kit!
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So you want to start creating and producing – whether it be photo, video or multimedia content? Well, this is what you need to get started on your own:
- In my opinion, there are only two absolute must-have tools to start creating great multimedia content – a phone and a computer.
- Make sure your phone has a strong camera.
- Make sure your computer can edit video well. I use Adobe Premiere on a MacBook Pro.
- I recommend some type of stabilizer to help your phone create more smooth and stable shots, such as the Beastgrip Pro.
- Play around with interchangeable lenses for your phone.
- Invest in a microphone for your phone, whether it’s a lavalier microphone (to mic someone speaking) or a shotgun mic (to capture better sound on-the-go). You will most likely also need an adapter to connect the mic to your phone.
- Get a light for your phone. If you have something like the Beastgrip, the light can easily connect to it. Or you can get a light that clips directly onto the phone.
- Investing in a camera and lenses is costly, but if you want to up your production quality then you may want to buy a camera kit (lenses, batteries, SD cards, sound gear). I use 5Ds (a DSLR camera) and C100s. My favorite lenses are 16-35mm, 24-105mm, 50mm and 70-200mm.
- A solid light kit can dramatically improve any shot. If you want to keep it simple, a nice ring light works too.
- Drones are just cool. You can get a drone and hook it up to an app on your phone to easily control it (be sure to check the laws in your area before you film). You’ll get a much wider variety of shots using a drone!
BECOME A PRO
- My number one tip is to use your equipment as much as you can, and you’ll start creating better and more captivating content every time.
- Practice shooting something on your phone, then edit a sequence on your computer or with a quick editing app on your phone.
- Watch as many videos as you can to see what you like and then try it out yourself the next time you’re in the field.
- Stay on top of tech! There is always something new coming out. The more open to learning you are, the more on top of it you will be when it comes to being a multimedia pro!
So there you have it! That’s my super quick, introductory guide to a basic media kit. For more details, advice and tips – head back to the blog! P.S. This page may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure for more information.