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Quick DIY Equipment and Tools Tips for Production 

By lunamik / September 8, 2016
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Some people might think that being in the video production industry means you have to invest in very expensive equipment just to deliver good quality. This is not necessarily true because the innovations in technology have made it incredibly easier to achieve great quality video, making it cheaper for video enthusiasts to shoot their very own video productions. Here are some quick tips from Lunamik to make your very own DIY equipment so you can get kickstarted on the road to producing video content that looks great!

Cameras

Camera-DSLR-Canon

There is no doubt that the notion of creating DIY camera is almost impossible to us everyday folk, because of the complexity of how it works. What we are trying to talk about here are generally cheaper camera options that you can settle with and still be able to produce quality videos. Professional video cameras or camcorders are indeed very expensive. Some digital cameras nowadays have video quality that comes fairly close to the professional cameras at a much cheaper price. Some key features of a cheaper camera that you should look for include lighting and flexibility in the settings. A camera with HDMI and live monitoring is essential if you prefer to work or shoot alone because it makes it easier for you to adjust the exposure, focus and framing. The battery of your camera may also be a factor. A camera that can record while being charged is a good feature especially when you are tight with your schedule. Reading reviews and feedbacks is a good way to give you an insight regarding the cheaper options you have. The Unsplash image above gives us a hint into inexpensive technologies for film production. This, of course, refers to the rise of DSLR filming. DSLR’s were more commonly referred to for their prowess in photography, but through innovations in leading manufacturers like Canon, Sony and Nikon, video stopped become a side feature of the camera – and became a selling point. Their portability, price-point and versatility made them, and still makes them the ideal choice for most beginners, and now in 2016, two cameras that hold their own incredibly well between price and quality are the Canon 5D Mark 3 and the Panasonic GH4, however, this remark may grow obsolete in the coming years.

Tripod

Amazon-Monopod

If you want to make your own tripod for your overhead shot, you can opt to use a monopod and use it by rigging up a boom stand using gaffer tape. If your monopod has a ball it would be better because you will be able to adjust the angle as well. There are other things you might have to adjust to perfect this DIY tripod. The weight of the camera is one of the factors you have to consider in designing your DIY camera.

Lighting

Lighting-DIY-Globe

There are hi-tech lighting that is ideal for video production with features such as the ability to change the type of lighting and variable power. But this kind of lighting can be very expensive especially since there are other ways to create lighting that is cheap and as effective. You can create your own DIY lighting by buying different kinds of bulbs from the hardware which you are interested in using. You should make sure to have different kinds of lights with varying colour temperature for every type of shoot you want. You should also purchase a light clamp that will hold your lights. Check out the internet for tips on how you can create your own soft box for your lighting. You will be surprised how easy it is!

Tutorial from Dustin McLean

For the reflectors, you can use white foam core that diffuses well and can be personalised depending on the size that you prefer. If you want gold or silver, you can use foil as an alternative. A gold or silver wrapping paper can also do the trick.

Use a table or desk for a background face.

If you want to have a makeshift background, you should choose a material that would contrast with the subject of your shoot. A poster or board can be a good alternative to buying different tables.