I am frequently asked about what kind of equipment I am using or what kind of equipment one should choose. Since I don’t always have the opportunity to give an answer as precise as I would like, I thought a page describing the equipment I am using could be a good idea. However, they are just tools. I always advise not to focus too much on technics, I would even say that it is sometime the most boring part of the adventure. The very best stories, you will tell it with your heart and feeling.
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For me 4K is a must so I am also really keen about the 4K features of the Canon 1DX II, as well as 120fps and continuous video autofocus which I think is a game changer. When I do a photo story I always have 2 different bodies, first because I am often using two different kind of focal for shooting the same subject and naturally in case of technical issues on one of the body.
The 17-40 for landscape, the 70-300 for close wildlife and landscape, the 100mm for macro/portrait and the 500mm/300mm for distance wildlife. The Canon 24-70f/4 IS is my workhorse for many documentaries, taking advantage of its fixed aperture and its amazing IS. Oh and the 35mm is my definitive lens for portrait.
Those light, easy-to-use and affordable tools are allowing us to create very precise moving shots which have a strong impact in films and storytelling.
Do not neglect this piece of equipment, a good tripod&head can save a lot of images & time. As for the Wimberley Sidekick, it makes the 500 as light as a feather.
Those are the main software I’m using everyday, completed by several plugins.
iMac 5K are incredible powerful machines, totally able to work on multi-camera 4K projects. The 5K screen is also very important and make judging sharpness and quality of 4K shots easier. On the other side, laptop are nowadays powerful enough for getting many jobs done + they allow me to travel with MOST of my office on location.
Sound is the one thing not to underestimate when shooting videos. I’m usually using the help of people dedicated to this, but when I can not, those tools allow me to get the job done.
One of the most valuable piece of equipment. Good lights help me creating the exact ambiance I need on the set, particularly for interviews.
This list could be pretty long since I use many different kind of accessories : reflectors, wireless triggers, Gorilla Pod, GoPro…etc.
This is a typical Camera trap setup, to this have to be added tools to stabilize the camera and the flashes, like tripod or Manfrotto Magic arm. To know more, get my ebook!