Advice for a beginner

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  1. cnnorgil

    cnnorgil Member

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    I am looking into filming a video throughout my experiences guiding in alaska. I am completely new to cameras and filming. I am looking to spend up to 1000 on everything I need as well as getting a go pro hero 3. I was recommended to getting a canon T3i or T5i, I really don't know where to start and how to go about buying what I need to make a good fly fishing film. Any recommendations or advise would be greatly appreciated!
     
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    Also, does any one know anything about the DJI Phantom? Looks like a very cool and reliable way to get ariel footage
     
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    You could look into a Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Outside your budget but very good dedicated video camera.
     
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    Tripods are more important than a camera.

    I have a T2i and a go pro hero 3+. I could make all the movies I wanted with these two cameras. Too bad I'm lazy and would rather fish. Get the t3i, hero 3+ silver, and a few mounts/tripods/extra lenses for the canon
     
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    Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

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    I have a built in tripod. I just lean forward.
     
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    Oh come on you're not THAT overweight
     
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    Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

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    As far as "filming" goes I'd recommend a mono pod to get good steady shots. I'm not sure what you're doing or planning on your trip but remember this at least. Set your shot first. Then roll. It eliminates lots of junk when you edit. Roll for at least 10 seconds. Get lots of "cutaways" if your getting a shot of your buddy fishing get a wide shot of him in the river, a tight shot of his face or reel (the reel has great nat sound) maybe a reaction shot of your other buddy watching and then that way with those cutaways when he actually gets a hit and when you edit the video it looks like he just walked into the water and BAM!
     
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    The T5i shoots amazingly beautiful video if you want very high quality. The challenge with the Canon DSLRs for video has always been focusing. I've used the Canon 40D, Canon 60D, and now Canon 5d Mk3 for shooting soccer. The learning curve for good settings to get action in focus is steep and it never gets easy. You also will have a steep learning curve for handling the video files in your computer. You can achieve very high quality but you'll have a lot to learn. But that's half the fun! The T5i is a good value and has a new focusing system when using Canon's new lenses built for that purpose. You can find out a lot about this by reading about the T5i. I've never tried that new system but I'd guess it is a great improvement to the biggest challenge with the DSLRs. Good luck!
     
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    A great place to learn if your actually looking into Canons is here:

    http://photography-on-the.net/forum/

    I've had a 20D, 40D and now a 7D... love the lenses. The cameras are a bit behind Nikon but the lenses well, Nikon doesn't stand a chance. (Just my opinion.) Look around and ask questions.

    I do a lot of 'art' photography (no not porn or nudes... damn it!) and am looking at moving that into the realm of fly fishing later this year and into next year.

    Good luck!
     

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