ONESHOT TV: Self-filming Tip #1
The sport of hunting is becoming more and more dynamic each year. With all the innovative technology and new gear being developed, hunting has reached the forefront of the most sought after outdoor lifestyles. One of the latest attractions is that of self-filming hunting adventures.
Filming or videoing a hunting adventure is nothing new. Actually, filming wild animals and the sport of hunting has been going on for many decades. The new fad of “self-filming,” however, is becoming more popular as each season passes. Hunters have learned the value of having a camera record every shot taken. There are many reasons hunters desire to have camera gear accompany them into the forest. Hence, I will be blogging in the coming weeks about some of the top self-filming tips.
Self-filming your own hunt is one of the most challenging yet rewarding tasks any hunter can face, but the “Self-filming Tip #1” is a simple one. WHY ARE YOU FILMING YOUR HUNT??? That is the question you need to ask yourself because that one answer will dictate every other decision you’ll need to make when it comes to time, money, and education of the film process.
I’m sure someone is reading this thinking what kind of a tip is that? ”Why are you filming your hunt?” That’s an understandable thought, but I will quickly challenge it with some key points.
Understanding why you will be self-filming your hunt is the key to your success. Do you just want to record a memory for yourself or family or are you looking to take steps toward a television show? The answer to “Why?” will dictate which camera you buy, how much gear you’ll need, how much time you’ll need to invest in educating yourself on the camera, techniques, accessories, and furthering education. Sometimes the answer to “why” will be an evolving one. Maybe you start by just wanting to play around with filming your hunts and have no real goal in mind. There’s nothing wrong with that either. BUT, if you desire a higher level of film experience then you need to take a close look at the gear you buy.
Cameras, gear, and accessories can be very expensive. You should do a lot of research before buying anything. Think futuristic thoughts. You really need to buy the highest quality camera equipment you can afford. Why’s that? Well, because as you advance in your experience and goals develop you’ll find yourself continually updating cameras, lenses, tripods, etc, etc. If you buy lesser quality gear, then you’ll find yourself constantly updating and improving the quality of gear. This can become a VERY expensive process. So don’t rush out and buy anything. Think it through. A more expensive investment upfront just means you’re saving money by not buying 2, 3, or 4 cameras trying to figure out which one your work requires. You’ll not be buying 2 or 3 tripods and when it comes to buying camera/camcorder lenses, you can wrap up thousands of dollars quickly jumping from one lens to another. There are so many variables to think over so don’t get too excited and just start buying stuff.
So how do I know all of this??? Why do I advise against it? Well..maybe I did it this way myself. Maybe I spent thousands of dollars. Maybe I wasted valuable time. It’s very easy to just buy what seems affordable and realistic for the moment. That’s a natural manner of approaching things. BUT, when it comes to cameras, camcorders, and all related gear, you really need to stop and think forward. “WHY” am I doing this? What are my true goals? The answer to this one or two questions are the keys to everything you buy, all the accessories you’ll need, and every step you take in the future.