Erik shows you what video cameras works best for shooting a documentary. I cover ENG cameras and camcorders as well as cinema cameras with large sensors for that shallow depth of field. A DSLR can also be used as well as a mirrorless hybrid for a second angle. Action cameras come in handy too if you need a camera in a tight location.
- A documentary is a non-fictional production…intended to document some aspect of reality,…primarily for the purpose of instruction…or maintaining a historical record.…This genre varies drastically in approach and style.…Shooting documentaries is a lot like…shooting news in many ways.…It's part like making a movie and part news gathering.…Budgets vary drastically when making a documentary,…so depending on the type of doc you're working on,…this will make a big difference…in the type of camera you need.…
If it's in your budget, the digital cinema camera…is a great choice for getting clean audio into the camera…which is really important in documentary work…and will allow you to have the cinematic look…because of that nice big sensor.…If you need to shoot in a less controllable situation,…like a protest, then a camcorder or ENG camera…would be a great choice.…You won't miss the shot changing lenses.…If you're working with a lower budget,…you'll want to use a hybrid camera with a zoom lens.…Using a monopod can help you get steady shots quickly.…
Evaluating your production workflow and the camera options out there can save you time, money, and maybe even your sanity. Camera enthusiast Erik Naso is here to help. He'll teach you how to ask the right questions and pick the right camera—balancing "the camera I should buy" with "the camera I want to buy," so you end up happy with your purchase over the long run. Learn how to figure out your budget and needs; understand the different file formats, sensors, and lenses available; and choose the right accessories for any shooting situation.
- Understanding the camera components: sensor, lens, etc.
- Evaluating audio inputs
- Taking your type of production into account
- Deciding on a budget
- Choosing accessories such as tripods and gimbals
- Camera codecs and media cost