PACKING FOR YOUR SHOOT
Once you have your shot list, the fun and creative part
begins—figuring out what tools will allow you to get those
shots! For starters, I like to pack two iPhones in my gear bag.
I usually shoot with the iPhone X and use an older model
to act as either a second camera or as a remote control for
the iPhone X (I’ll go into that later!). Aside from an additional phone, the rest of the gear in my bag usually includes a
mount, several microphones, external lighting, additional storage, and a power source. Here’s how I decide which to bring:
If I know I’m going to be moving the iPhone a lot during the
shoot, I will bring a gimbal, a handheld tool that stabilizes
footage. I bought the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 ($139), specifically
because it is compatible with Filmic Pro ($14.99), the filmmaking app that I use (more on that later). I will also always
bring a tripod. I try to keep things as mobile as possible, so I’ll
often bring a mini tripod like the Joby GorillaPod Mobile Rig
($99.95). For interviews or still footage, I will bring my full-sized Manfrotto Tripod (starting at $239.99).
I always, always bring an external microphone. While the
iPhone’s camera is capable of professional-quality video, its
microphone is not. With the use of a simple adapter, I’m able
to use mics made for DSLRs to upgrade the audio. My go-to
microphone is the Rode VideoMic Pro ($229) shotgun mic.
For interviews, I will bring a set of hands-free lavalier micro-
phones. Depending on how mobile the interview needs to
be, I’ll either bring a wired set or a wireless set like my Rode
RodeLink Wireless Kit ($349-$399). But honestly, any exter-
nal mic is a huge improvement over the iPhone, because it
will isolate your audio and minimize ambient noise.
I have all sorts of lenses by Olloclip (starting at $54.99–
$119.99) and Moment ($89–$119.99) that range from super
macro, to wide, to telephoto. But I’ll admit that I only use the
wide lens and only when I really have to, because the built-in
wide and telephoto lenses on the iPhone X make them
almost unnecessary. The attachment lenses do come in handy
when you need that little bit of extra reach or need a slightly
wider view for cramped places.