June 13, 2015 at 3:33PM
First Music Video: Overheating Camera?
I literally just got back from my first music video shoot and my my was that interesting. I learned a few things and I need some advice.
First thing I learned was that I definitely need a better tripod. This is a fair warning to any entry level guy like me. When you are buying a tripod do not buy cheap. I personally thought that I could go cheap for the moment until I can get me a really good one. ABSOLUTELY NOT! The tripod was almost useless. The pivot wasn't smooth at all so panning was pretty much out of the question. And it cant hold the weight of the camera when I put on my Bower prime lens. You have to balance it just right to get it to hold. So if any one knows the a good price on a decent tripod please let me know before I overspend on a tripod I probably do not need yet.
Second thing I learned was to take into account the weather when shooting. I live in Atlanta so as you can imagine it is blazing hot right now. And I found out that my camera is heat sensitive. Which is not surprising but I was not prepared for it. I kept having to stop production because the camera was getting to hot. Now Im doing the video for free so it wasn't a big deal. But obviously if Im getting paid later down the line my subject will get a little impatient with having to keep stopping. I tried using an umbrella to shade the camera, sometimes it worked most times it didnt. And shooting in the shade worked a little but it still overheated a lot. Any suggestions?
Other than those 2 I learned how well worth buying that $400 bower wide prime lens was. Some of the takes came out beautiful because of that lens. So to any entry level guys like me, do not hesitate to get that lens, it is worth it!
Thanks for the advice as always guys.