Just a little over a year ago I knew very little about professional recording equipment. A few years ago I knew even less than “very little” about any type of video equipment. I owned no camera, let alone a video camera. My dad had a real nice camera when I was a kid that he would bust out on family vacations. And my older brother was in the photography club and took classes in high school. But I never showed an interest. That was until around 2005 when my mother in law gave me a digital camera that recorded 20 seconds of video.  FUJI Camera

Fujifilm FinePix A205 - digital camera

In the future I’ll try to get around to uploading some of those first “video’s” made from that camera. I quickly moved onto a more professional set of camera’s when I decided to shoot  Career Courier. First order of business was to purchase a more professional camera. One that would record audio was a start, as my first Fuji Finepix put me back in the pre “Talkie’s”  days. I called B&H photo video in New York City and they recommended the Canon XH-A1.

Canon XH A1 Camcorder - 1080i - 1.67 MP - 20 x optical zoom

This camera took a little to get use to. For starters I had no idea what all the buttons and dials and switches did. But I shot just about everything under the sun with it in order to learn how it worked. I shot two 20 minute documentary’s and about 10 other random shorts with it over the course of a year and by then felt ready to start filming Career Courier.

But a film, even a documentary with a lot of interview’s sitting down, about bicycle messengers would require a more aggressive camera for following the action. So I first borrowed a GoPro HD Hero. After using it on my first trip to Portland I knew I had to have one of my own. And I would say it might have been the best $300 of my budget I spent. I couldn’t believe how nice the images looked and how easy it was to use.

GoPro HD Surf Hero GOP-CHDSH-001

One last thing to add on the equipment I used. When I went to cut together my first trailer I recorded the music with my iPhone. It actually turned out a lot better than I ever imagined. TRAILER So it just goes to show you never know what might work.

You can watch the videoblog at this link. VIDEO BLOG: CAMERA