Gear

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CameraS

MAIN CAMERA Canon 1dx Mark ii - http://geni.us/hVJUy This is my primary camera and the workhorse of my entire setup. I use this camera whenever I need to get the best image possible, and gets me some breathtaking slow-motion footage. The colors also come out looking the most natural without very much editing required.

SECONDARY CAMERA Sony Alpha A7III - http://geni.us/rAyt This is my secondary camera which handles all of my overhead shots and is also my go-to travel camera that I can take places where the 1DX would be too clunky to carry around.

ALWAYS ON MEApple iPhone XS 5.8" 256GB 12MP Silver - http://geni.us/VvbFFk It’s important to always have a camera with you. My old phone wasn’t cutting it, so I upgraded to the iPhone XS. The camera is amazing.

ACTION CAM GoPro Hero 4 - http://geni.us/ARrI There are more recent versions of the GoPro, but this just happens to be the one that I have. It’s great for mounting in places, especially to get time-lapses while you do other things with your main camera.

DEMO CAMERA Canon Rebel T7i (aka. Canon 800D) - http://geni.us/OhZKkv2 I use the Canon T4i as my demonstration camera in my course series, but it’s no longer available on Amazon. If you’re looking for a beginner camera to follow along on my course, the T7i (linked here) is a great place to start and follow along with the course.


Lenses

MID-RANGE ZOOM LENSCanon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens - http://geni.us/UhmP6

VLOGGING LENS (WIDE ANGLE)Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Wide-Angle Fixed Lens - http://geni.us/fFMDL

B-ROLL LENS Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras - http://geni.us/FNdYGg

TELEPHOTO LENS Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 is II USM Lens - http://geni.us/rZARQ 300mm gets me SUPER zoomed in, and the IS (Image Stabilization) works wonders. This gets me some really nice product shots if I’m zoomed in far enough

MUST-HAVE 50MMCanon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens - http://geni.us/k75n68 This is the cheapest and must-have lens for all photographers / videographers. It’s the Swiss army knife of my lenses and comes in handy at the most useful times.

iPhone Case Lens KitMOMAX iPhone Case 6 in 1 Lens Kit (180°Fisheye, 2X Telephoto,120° Wide-Angle, 10X/20X Macro) - http://geni.us/nVoNC Having this on me gives me so much flexibility to capture shots when I don’t have my big DSLR on me.


MY TRUSTY DRONEDJI Mavic Air, Fly More Combo, Onyx Black - http://geni.us/vSoO1jS I chose the Mavic Air because it was the smallest drone available that you can fly with a controller. (The smaller ones rely on hand-motions or phone controls, both of which are highly inaccurate and not very responsive)

DRONEs


SMOOTH GIMBAL SHOTSDJI Ronin-S Handheld 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer - http://geni.us/QTjHZG LOVE this thing. Paired with shooting in 120fps slow-motion, this gives you the smoothest shots I have ever seen.

TRAVEL TRIPODManfrotto MKBFRC4-BH Befree Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod - http://geni.us/aEqt I chose this tripod because it’s super light and straps nicely to my camera bag, while still being able to extend pretty tall.

MULTI-USE MONOPODAmazonBasics 67-Inch Monopod - http://geni.us/YVD0f Super cheap. Super light. Super simple. Does an excellent job. I use this as a camera grip/stabilizer for vlogging, as a boom pole for mounting my shotgun mic when filming in the studio, and to mount the camera above my desk for overhead shots.

Stabilizers


CAMERA BAG “MY OFFICE IN A BAG”Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW Camera Backpack - http://geni.us/o4CrQgd Although big, this camera backpack ensures that I can carry everything on me without needing to carry anything in my hands. I prefer having a bigger backpack over having to leave essential gear at home, or having my hands occupied by holding gear. I can carry my camera, drone, multiple lenses, gimbal, microphone, laptop, and multiple hard drives/adapters/chargers at a single time if I pack everything correctly. This is pretty much my office in a bag :)

Backpack


LIGHTING THE SUBJECT:

Spotlight (“Hair Light”)Smith-Victor LadyBug500 LED 1 Light - Daylight, with Removable 4-way Barn Doors - http://geni.us/2n03v8r This is the hair light that I mount to the ceiling.

Key light / soft box. (My specific one isn’t available on Amazon, but here’s one that is most highly recommended by the YouTuber community and would be the one I would get myself if I didn’t already have one)

  • Aputure Light Dome 35" Softbox with Bowen-S Speed Ring with Carrying Bag - http://geni.us/RTIes

  • Aputure 120D LED Continuous Video Light + Remote Control - http://geni.us/t1taA6

  • Cowboystudio 9 feet Heavy duty Light Stand - http://geni.us/nHECzsB My soft-box light is pretty heavy, so I use a heavier-duty light stand than for my other lights. This Aputure light seems to be pretty heavy and probably requires a heavy-duty light stand as well.

Adjustable Orange/White LED panel lightsDimmable Bi-Color LED panels + Light stands - http://geni.us/iFQBy I use one of these lights as a fill light or hair light, and one as background lighting to light up the wall behind me.

Lighting Gels Color Correction Filters in 8 Different Colors - http://geni.us/KSt8 I cut these to size to fit right over my LED light panels so that I can control the color of the lights. I primarily use the orange gel (fill/hair light) and the teal gel (background illumination).

BACKGROUND LIGHTING:

Background light (and great cheap key light)Ikea Holmo 46 Inch Floor Lamp - http://geni.us/WEYSB I like the bulb included here. Double check that you select the this one has a bulb included though when you buy it.

My hanging accent lights in the background:

How I mount my lightsDEWALT DWHT83187 Extra Large Trigger Clamps with 36 inch Bar - http://geni.us/Pp3bnER I use 2 of these to mount the lights to the beam on my ceiling

Accent lights White Christmas Lights - http://geni.us/EYNd Great for adding accent lights to any background!

STUDIO lighting


Vlogging Mic / Studio MicRode VideoMic Pro Plus On-Camera Shotgun Microphone with Windbuster - http://geni.us/cWVe I use this mic as my on-camera vlogging mic as well as on the boom pole (monopod listed above) when I am recording in my studio.

Studio Setup for mounting the mic on boom pole:

Boom pole holder Boompole Holder - http://geni.us/8GQDd3p

Mounting Adapter Grip Head for Light Stand - http://geni.us/FkRl1

Voice-Over Recording Setup:

Microphone AKG P120 Cardoid Mic - http://geni.us/AUfsgPJ

Audio Interface Focusrite Scarlet 2i2 - http://geni.us/hmVprq

audio


Super Helpful Accessories

Super TIME SAVER Quick-release Camera Strap Peak Design Black Slide Camera Strap SL-BK-3 - http://geni.us/2OwQasC For video work, when you’re going back and forth between hand-held and gimbal shots, having to attach and remove your camera strap is SUCH a pain. So glad that my buddy Josh recommended this to me, and it’s been a MAJOR time-saver / stress-reducer.