How to Film with Cheap Equipment: 10 Tips

“Cheap” doesn’t mean inexpensive. For me, cheap equipment is gear that just about does something, but barely, and not too well. Sort of like how a thin plastic fork is cheap.

Sometimes all you can afford is cheap equipment. How do you make it work and still produce great videos? Here are some practical tips to help you get started:

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In a nutshell:

  1. Don’t apologize for your gear. Have faith in it.
  2. Don’t fight your camera. Don’t expect for it to do something it can’t.
  3. Don’t shoot log. Find the profile you like and stick with it (read the manual to know which is the best profile).
  4. Shoot within the camera’s strengths.
  5. Set your shutter to 1/50s
  6. Stop down your lens by one or two stops for best quality.
  7. Add weight to your cheap tripod.
  8. Get your microphone as close as possible to the speaker. No exceptions.
  9. Create low resolution proxy footage and you’ll be able to edit anything, even 4K and 8K.
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