Olloclip expands iPhone field of view

olloclip

The iPhone lens does not have a very wide angle of view. There are times I can't step back to frame the shot I want. There are other times I want to shoot close, but the iPhone does not have a macro capability. What to do? There's a wide variety of aftermarket lenses available for the iPhone 4/4S/5, … [Read more...]

iPhone camera support accessories

iPhone Rig

The iPhone can double as a small and versatile video camera. Given the small size and the fact you probably have it with you all of the time, this opens up a lot of creative options. Sometimes holding the phone in you hand is not enough to get the shot you want.  To this end, I've put together a … [Read more...]

FiLMiC Pro transforms iPhone into sweet and respectable video camera

FP-viewfinder

The iPhone is capable of producing surprising good video and as a result, quite a few documentary makers are using their iPhones as their go-to B camera and in some cases even as their primary camera. In order to get the best video possible from the iPhone you'll need to get (if you're not already … [Read more...]

Basic Documentary Video Starter Kit (consumer level gear)

Canon VIXIA

You do not need fancy gear to start making documentaries, you can start out with almost any basic consumer HD camcorder as long as it has both a microphone input and headphone output. Working with external microphones and being able to monitor the sound you are recording is essential when making … [Read more...]

Four under $300 audio recorders for double-system sound

ZoomH2

With the rising tide of small cameras shooting spectacular HD video suitable for documentary work, along with D-SLRs like the Canon 5D Mark II and the Canon 7D whose images rival much more expensive (and heavy) cameras, I've observed a spectacular rise in gorgeous video, but good sound is not … [Read more...]