Cinematography & travel requires specialized equipment. I'm often asked about the equipment I use, so here's some information along with links to all the stuff I schlep around! I'll be updating this page, so keep an eye on it, and if you've any questions, feel free to contact me.
CAMERAS & SUPPORT EQUIPMENT
RED EPIC DIGITAL CINEMA CAMERA: I film with the RED digital cinema system. These cameras film in Ultra High Definition (4K, 5K, and now up to 8K!). RED cameras are used for many Hollywood films and changed the industry in a major way. The camera is basically a computer with accessories attached: lenses; solid state hard drives on which media is recorded; a monitor (so you can see what you are filming); battery; and cables. The quality of the footage is so good that still image frames can be taken right off the motion material. When I film at 30 frames per second, it means I have 30 still images from which to choose!
BATTERIES: I rely on PAG batteries to power my EPIC camera! These batteries are the industry's smallest & lightest, with the highest density, allowing me plenty of power for my filming needs. I carry 4 with me into the field, even on long hikes.
SMARTPHONE: I hate to admit it, but my years of of being a Nikon Pro are gone (though there are times I dearly miss the SLR and 600mm lens!) Most of my still photography is done with a Smartphone! Why? Because it's always at hand and I'm no longer selling still images professionally. I chose my phone based upon the camera quality & ease of use in remote locations. So really, I have a computer, with a camera, that is also a phone! I use the Samsung Galaxy Edge 7 because it has a removable microSD card, a must when taking loads of photos & video when I might go many days between downloads & transferring to my Apple MacBook Pro!
AERIAL FILMING: I love flying & filming from above! For ease of use & ease of travel, I fly the DJI Phantom 3 Professional at the moment. I'm looking forward to adding DJI's compact Mavic to my kit, for those times when I want to be less obtrusive or to have a drone in my backpack.
TRIPOD: I am a firm believer in using a tripod. I have to, with the heavy EPIC set-up. Motion footage requires rock-solid steadiness. There's nothing worse that watching a film with the image jiggling & jittery from too much motion - I get seasick! I rely on Cartoni tripods & fluid heads. Because I often pack my gear for miles at a time across hill & dale, and ship it as excess baggage, I have to consider stability with weight. A full-size video tripod, with fluid head, is too large to put on my back. Cartoni's Stabilo tripod, which I can lower almost to ground level to film subjects eye-to-eye, weighs only 6.6 lbs. With the Focus HD fluid head, weighing in at 4.4 lbs, I have a perfect system that is rock-steady, lightweight, and compact for traveling, hiking, and filming.
PACKS & LUGGAGE
BACKPACK: There are times when I need to carry my gear long distances. It is not easy fitting my large EPIC with a telephoto lens, 4 big Li-Ion batteries, spare SSD media, at least one wide angle lens, filters, food, water, extra clothing for the elements, and other little odd-n-ends into one pack. Being only 5 feet tall makes it more challenging. I count on my f-Stop Sukha backpack to easily carry the load. I can attach my tripod to the pack or carry it in a free hand.
TRAVEL CASE: When I want my camera gear to be well protected in a case that can take airline abuse, I count on my ThinkTank Logistics Manager rolling case. This high-capacity, lightweight case is customizable so I'm able to change the interior around easily depending upon what I'm carrying on a particular film shoot. I couldn't be more pleased with this innovative case! ThinkTank makes all sorts of clever, well-thought-out, and useful packs & cases.
COMMUNICATING: When I'm far away, in remote locations, I like to stay in touch with my family. Mom always appreciates knowing I am OK! My Garmin inReach Explorer is critical to my kit and I won't go on any adventure without it. I love that I can select a plan, change plans, and turn my plan on & off as needed. I can use it to stay in touch with friends, and post to social media as long as I have satellite coverage, which is pretty much all of the time! And I know, should an emergency arise, I have my inReach Explorer on hand.
BOOTS: I love my Lowa Renegade boots!! Comfy right out of the box, supportive & cushioning, these boots easily help me carry a 40 pound pack over hill and dale.