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How to Film Your Outdoor Adventures with Under $1,000 in Equipment

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Randy Newberg's film crew has some good advice for how you, too, can film your hunts or other outdoor adventures, with a camera gear setup totaling under $1,000.

Marcus Hockett is a cameraman with Randy Newberg's Fresh Tracks and youtube video channel. He's got some advice and specific recommendations on camera gear for you to use to film your own hunts (or whatever outdoor adventure you may be engaged in).

Marcus emphasizes that there is an awful lot of equipment out there from which to choose, and his recommendations are by no means written in stone. These are pieces of equipment that he hasn't even used himself, but that he has looked at and thinks are good choices.

You can and should do the same thing. Look at equipment and decide for yourself what gear suits the style of hunting and filming you want to do. But these are Hockett's rough recommendations for keeping your entire setup under $1,000.

The bare bones set-up that you'll need:

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Computer with some sort of editing software

Windows Movie Maker or iMac are free editing software programs that you can use.

Marcus recommends the Benro S2 Tripod for around $200. This tripod has a pan and tilt head, which is good for smooth movement shots.

He then breaks down his specific equipment recommendations into three main categories:

  • The Run and Gun Setup
  • The Cinema-Like Setup
  • The Compromise Setup

You'll have to decide which of these categories best meshes with you, and you can use his equipment recommendations as a baseline from which to start.

In Marcus's next video he presents three basic tips to help improve the quality of your videos.

To recap, Marcus's three tips include:

  • Pay attention to your audio: Think of both the audio for yourself and the natural world around you.
  • Use a tripod: This piece of equipment can add a good deal of variety and increase the overall quality of your video.
  • Tell a story: Think about the kind of story you want to tell before you even hit the field, and kind of plan how you'll shoot your video.

Marcus mentions taking a look at the other brief video series featuring Michael Parente that they produced. Click the link to view that. It's got some great tips as well.

These are really basic tips, but they're good things to remind yourself of when you're in the field filming your adventure.

Like what you see here? You can read more great articles by David Smith at his facebook page, Stumpjack Outdoors.

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How to Film Your Outdoor Adventures with Under $1,000 in Equipment