I not too long ago returned from tiny Mendocino, California, a coastal city up the street from San Francisco, producing an episode of my PhotowalksTV journey collection, and my inbox has been overflooded with questions concerning the course of.
Do I actually produce a journey images collection with simply cell cameras? (Largely.) And the way do I’m going about it? Thanks for asking. Let me let you know about it.
First know that I don’t arrive with luggage and luggage of substances, like I used to just some years in the past.
I produce a present about journey and cell images, utilizing the gear most individuals have of their pockets, a smartphone, and I like to indicate what’s potential. The standard on present gear is superb—virtually, however not as nice as thousand greenback + cameras, however they do the job. Plus, my manufacturing days begin early, and I’m roaming everywhere. It really works quite a bit higher to have every thing on me, or in a backpack that’s not excessively heavy. The lighter, the higher.
In Mendocino, as in different areas I go to, I arrived with 2 iPhones (12 Professional Max and 13 Professional Max) 2 GoPros (Hero 9 and Hero 10), 1 drone (DJI Mavic 2S) and my trusty Rode Wireless Go II lav microphones for audio.
Effectively, plus 3 tripods (I’ve a set that stay within the automobile.) I primarily use the cheapie, however ultra-compact MeFoto, which is ultra-light. It ain’t sturdy, but it surely does the job.
Ninety % of the time, I stroll round with the iPhone hooked up to the $25 tripod/selfie stick made by Insta360, the one I’m holding within the lead shot. It makes for a implausible grip for clean video pans, and just about eliminates my want for an adjunct gimbal to regular the pictures. (It additionally adapts right into a small tripod, good for putting atop a desk in a diner for an interview shot of me and my visitor.)
I personal the DJI OM 5 gimbal, however have by no means been in a position to get stellar outcomes with it, definitely not any higher than my present setup. By leaving the OM at residence or within the automobile, it’s one much less piece I’ve to hold, and I don’t must problem with balancing points. The OM takes some time to arrange.
(Professional tip: for good, clean B-roll, I often shoot in Slo-Mo if I can. As a result of it’s so sluggish, it irons out the shakes. Caveat: blinking, fluorescent lights play havoc with Slo-Mo, and ship me again to regular pace.)
I additionally typically carry alongside my Sony A7IV, which I did have with me in Mendocino, and a 16-35mm lens. That is one lovely, superb digital camera and lens combo and sharper than the cell ones.
I take advantage of the iPhone for my stand-ups (addressing the digital camera) and most B-roll. The GoPro serves as my driving digital camera and I typically use it for strolling pictures too. Photographs of the automobile driving down the street are normal for journey movies, and make for excellent transitions between scenes.
I’ve the GoPro “Jaws” Flex Clamp accent, as seen within the prime picture of me holding cameras, which lets me connect the GoPro to many locations, just like the windshield wipers or facet door of the automobile. I additionally do strolling pictures with the GoPro, both straight footage, or accelerated in “TimeWarp” settings. (Particularly if it’s an extended stroll that I wish to zip by.)
I’ve tried the iPhone for driving pictures too, holding it out the window as my spouse drove alongside, and whereas the iPhone did respectably and it allowed me to get a unique angle on the driving shot, it’s only a lot simpler to simply snap the GoPro to the automobile to get it carried out.
Many Vloggers just like the look of simply holding their digital camera in entrance of them, and having their arm seen within the shot. For me, that simply doesn’t work. The shot doesn’t look good, and I can’t get far-off with out accentuating my huge nostril.
So I’m all about setting the iPhone atop a tripod, and at eye-level. If I’m wanting straight into the lenses, I could be fairly positive I’m within the body, even with out seeing the picture. I after all take a look at it just a few instances earlier than I begin recording.
My handy-dandy Wi-fi Go mic will get hooked up to my shirt, with the receiver on the chilly shoe of my smartphone tripod adapter. It will get plugged into the iPhone with an accessory Lightning cable. I’ve a set of two mics, so once I interview folks, each mics get picked up by the receiver that’s within the telephone.
Why carry two iPhones with me?
Her identify is timelapse!
I all the time shoot numerous timelapses on location and there’s no digital camera I’ve come throughout that’s simpler for this than the iPhone. (GoPro is fairly easy, however to this eye, the iPhone timelapses are sharper.)
In Mendocino I shot timelapses of the clouds hovering at prime pace over the Blair Home, the outdated victorian that was used as the outside on the outdated Homicide, She Wrote present, the Level Cabrillo lighthouse and day to nighttime sundown within the Headlands. And whereas I used to be doing that, for the reason that digital camera was rolling for at the least half-hour, I had the opposite telephone accessible for snaps.
My drone of alternative is the DJI Mavic Air 2S. It has its personal devoted digital camera, and actually I upgraded to the 2S as a result of it has a bigger picture sensor than the earlier model. I couldn’t be happier with the brand new drone. Approach higher picture high quality. The drone is managed by a DJI app, through the smartphone. There are two pleasure sticks, and you utilize them to navigate.
Why attain for a drone? Generally I don’t have parking garages, roofs or different high-rise locations to get to for my shot. How else to get a pleasant picture of this historic statue in Mendocino?
Past the cell cameras, I did attain for the Sony A7IV for conventional HDR (Excessive Dynamic Vary) a number of exposures, (underneath, over and regular) which permits for extra management and coloration tweaks to drag off than the iPhone. To do an HDR shot, you want a constant F cease, and regulate the publicity through shutter pace solely, making it darker and lighter. For HDR images, the digital camera must be on a tripod.
Smartphones have computerized HDR. Each picture we tackle an iPhone is definitely a a number of publicity of 9 photos which might be sandwiched collectively in seconds. However what the iPhone, or different smartphones don’t have is true guide publicity. Maybe I may higher HDR off with an app like Digicam +, which guarantees some type of guide, and possibly I’ll do it subsequent time.
A fast observe about video decision.
My dad hosted a TV collection for native TV within the late Eighties and early Nineteen Nineties, producing “Bay Space Backroads” on the trade normal of the time, a giant, honking skilled Sony Betacam SP digital camera. That digital camera, a breakthrough again then for being quasi-mobile, although it was nonetheless enormous, produced a paltry 300 traces of decision.
My iPhones and GoPro can rock 4000 traces of them. They’re so, a lot sharper, even when they’re tiny.
It’s superb how far we’ve come!
Right here’s to 8000 traces of decision and the subsequent technology of cell cameras!
Concerning the Creator
Jefferson Graham is a Los Angeles-based writer-photographer, the host of the “Photowalks” journey images collection on YouTube, and co-host of the iPhone Photo Show podcast, a former USA TODAY tech columnist and dealing photographer. You could find extra of Jeff’s work on his website, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. This text was additionally revealed here and shared with permission.