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Old January 20th, 2015, 08:46 AM   #16
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Re: Lil Help!

Originally Posted by Les Wilson View Post
Don't focus on the camera. Focus on the video (pardon the pun). Grab that Pr and learn color correcting, layering, storytelling, sound, music and lighting. Do them repeatedly using whatever gear you can get your hands on. And channeling my 9th grade english teacher, "You have to read to learn to write". WATCH A LOT OF VIDEO BY OTHERS. What you learn will carry forward to whatever equipment or technology that comes along. Kinda like learning composition in photography. It's independent of the gear.
This. So very much this.

You're asking the wrong question, and many folks online are happy to give you the wrong answer.

"What camera do I need to do professional video" is absolutely not the mindset you need coming into this field.

Gear comes and goes, and cameras are disposable. It really is that simple. Use the right gear for the job, and if you can't afford that, the next best gear is the gear you already have. And the 5D mkIII (especially with Magic Lantern) is no slouch. I just wouldn't try to shoot sports with it. Your lenses are more than capable, as well. You'll need to look into pro level audio & lighting, though. It sounds like you probably already have Adobe Audition. I'd recommend the Zoom H5 or H6 audio recorder, Sennheiser wireless mics, Countryman Lavaliers, and look at either Arri (if price is no concern) or Lowel (the Tota and Omni lights are great) for tungsten lighting, or check out the many LED panels coming out lately.

Learning proper lighting, sound, and shooting techniques are much more important. Watch videos and movies, take notes, and practice. Once you know what you're doing, you can apply that knowledge to pretty much any camera/edit system, based on your project/client needs. And budget.

Technique over gear.

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Old January 24th, 2015, 07:52 AM   #17
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Re: Lil Help!

Originally Posted by Bryan Cantwell View Post
...Technique over gear.
What he said.
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