My Photography and Film equipment quick start guide

The moving image 

The moving image has always been a fascinating medium for myself. But one that prior to my teaching career was based on responses rather than actual analysis. As my career progressed these mediums became integral to many commercial projects. So why the delay? Collaboration and outsourcing are methods that keep you at a distance in terms of practical input but the last 24 months have seen me go from observer to implementor. Below are a few bucket list items that have helped me along the way. Be warned the fields of photography and film are a far land away from the mac book and iMac in terms of costs. 

Camera Body

My current camera body currently gives me the flexibility to do everything I need. Creative hacks are also key if you want to keep costs down. 

1 x Canon EOS 70d


Lens choices are key in terms of image quality. Lenses come in a variety of standards and lengths and tend to be bought based on project need. Street photography may get away with a 50mm but try doing sports photography and you'll soon be sourcing a 3-digit mm number as a minimum. 

Current lenses
1 x Canon EF 50mm f1.2 L USM Lens
1 x Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8 L IS II USM Lens

Memory Storage

SD cards are great but you need to make sure you are careful as they are easily misplaced. Larger storage cards are needed especially if film is a regular activity.

Current storage
2 x SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s 64GB SDXC Card
2 x SanDisk Extreme SDHC 32GB 90MB/s Memory Card


Sound is everything. A great video with poor sound is worse than a poor video with great sound. The devices are not cheap and you need to be realistic with your needs. Don't go crazy and make sure you fully understand the devices you are purchasing.

Current sound equipment
1 x Rode RODELink Wireless System Filmmaker Kit
1 x Zoom HN4 Pro Recorder

Tripod and heads

It is worth investing in a decent quality tripod especially if you are doing this with a career in mind. 

Current tripods
1 x Manfrotto MT190XPRO3 Aluminium Tripod
1 x Manfrotto 290 Carbon Monopod
1 x Manfrotto Compact Action Aluminum Tripod - Black
1 x Manfrotto Lightweight Fluid Video Head with Flat Base

Camera Grip and battery

This was a late purchase and in all honesty only came about when filming became part of the creative portfolio. You soon realise that battery numbers past 1 are essential. The grip also alleviates the need to change batteries too often. 

1 x Canon BG-E14 Battery Grip for EOS 70D
2 x Canon LP-E6N batteries

iPhone 6s plus + canon app

I started using this to capture sound. The quality is ok but is far from a professional level of output. It does however come in really handy in terms of distributing quick content via social media. A quick sync with the 70D wi-fi and you're away


After getting commissioned to do a shoot for a local youth football team I instantly went online to see the go to gear. Understanding your environment and dressing appropriately is key to any photographic scenario. I managed to find a video pointing out to benifit of knee-pads. My first response was "seriously" but on reflection I estimate i spent 50-60% of the shoot kneeling down or in prone positions. These are my favorite inclusion on the bucket list. 

1 x Rolson Professional Heavy Duty Gel Knee Pads Sewn Caps Industrial Strength Caps


The first thing you learn is how important lighting is to a photographer and/or filmmaker Below are a few more accessories that are in the startup bucketlist.

1 x Interfit 32-inch 5-In-1 Reflector (INT232)
Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT
Canon Speedlite 430EX II

Batteries (Speedlites)

Always walk with a full set of AAA batteries. Running out of battery power has happend to me a few times so make sure you have back up

1 x Duracell Plus Power AA Alkaline Batteries 8 Pack