Lost after college
Posted 12 February 2011 - 05:01 PM
As you can probably tell, I love working with animals and would hope to have a job someday where I could travel and film them. Recently I filmed a conference for a non-prophet group to aid in cleaning Baltimore's inner harbor. Through filming this and meeting some of these people I found that I would also love to have a job that helps these groups and promotes conservation of some sort.
Coming out of school my main worry is making a living and to be able to support living on my own. Very soon I will have the beginning of my film kit which I will list below. If you guys have any advice for me I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks for reading.
I spent a lot of time with one of my professors and we came up with this as a good starting kit for about $2000
Canon 60D w/ 18-135 EFS Zoom Lens w/ UV Filter
18 gig SDHC HI SPEED card
Opteka X-grip pro
Rode Video Mic w/ shock mount
Manfrotto 501HDV Pro Video Head w/ 055Xb Legs
Canon camera bag 10EG
Boom Pole and 1/8" mini Extension cable
Posted 12 February 2011 - 05:24 PM
But that's ok. My suggestion would be to research networks and specific programs that specialize in all things "animal." In the old days when I was growing up, we had "Wild Kingdom." Today, there are a lot more choices with cable distribution and DVD.
I'd suggest contacting ALL of the them directly to inquire about any opportunities they might have for someone like you. They might not have you starting out as a Cameraman, but any foot in the door is a good one, so maybe you'd have a chance to prove yourself once you're there on staff. Offer to volunteer if need be. It's all about getting out there and meeting people.
Posted 13 February 2011 - 01:03 AM
As for your camera package. Yes it's true that a lot of people want to hire photographers with packages (to simplify the pricing). These are people who know less about photography than you. And they assume any HD camera is right for any project. I am a big advocate of renting, which is what you would do anyway on your international photography trips. Find out how much an HD package is at your local rental house, and price yourself to that package. No one is going to care if you rent as long as the price is right and your deliver great results. And you can rent far superior equipment than you can ever buy starting out.
Posted 13 February 2011 - 01:07 AM
Posted 13 February 2011 - 12:44 PM
An additional note, another thing that I am very interested in is under water videography. I have my basic scuba certification and plan on getting my advanced, and cave/wreck diving certs once I get a little more money. My mentor from the aquarium said he will call me in when their underwater videographer comes in next so I can meet/talk to him. I am staying on with the aquarium as a volunteer right now in hopes that it will give me a better chance to get a videography position if one opens up.
Thanks again guys!