February 15, 2016 at 6:02PM


The End of our Gear vs. Skill Debate

Recent discussions are centered around gear and skill, which one comes out on top? I ran into this video which answered it for me:


Recap, NO you don't need the latest and greatest, you COULD use my old T3i, but SHOULD you? That's the question that will come down to you when you start your next short film. What will be the quickest most effective solution? Will RAW save you later on in post? Is it worth having? Do I need great low light? I like HDR, what about A7s? Ask yourself what your project requires, and then go from there.

I don't believe there is an answer to this question, it depends on you and what you can do and how far your skill can take the camera in your hands.

What do you think? Good luck boys.


...And girls too.

Every creative adventure requires some degree of raw talent and access to the minimum equipment necessary to complete the project.

Raw talent can also be nurtured, so that you might have to fail or produce mediocre results a few dozen times before your talent starts to show through and saves you from making a further fool of yourself. ( nobody is great the first time they try something )

But then there are projects where you have to meet a certain standard to get in the door, where your work won`t be accepted if it can`t meet these minimum standards. So you have to change how you do things, and this might mean renting or buying new gear to meet the standard.

Having 30 years of photography experience, I am very bothered by moire in any video image and won`t accept it in anything I shoot, so it`s important to me that I can shoot with a camera that should never show moire. ( minor aliasing in the image is fine )

I also feel the same way about color balance and grading. I want to shoot with as neutral a color balance as I can achieve, and in post I want to be able to grade the image to produce the look I want in the finished image.

And lastly there`s audio. There is no excuse today for ever hearing poor audio. Audio gear is quite cheap. ( much cheaper than cameras and lenses ) You should be able to master the fundamentals of audio production, so that bad audio won`t ruin all the hard work you put into creating you film`s beautiful image.

February 15, 2016 at 9:16PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Usually folks who claim the gear does not really matter much have a fortune of gear to their disposal. I think rock bottom gear hinders the process, middle of the road gear no longer does, high end gear is technically and reliability wise the best but it slows you down enormously.

February 21, 2016 at 8:16PM

Cary Knoop

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