This gear list contains some of my favorite toys for capturing events. Please check back periodically as I am still updating this page. Enjoy!
Besides the stunning 4K image, the dual pixel auto focus is hands down the best thing to come along since the Big Mac! I LOVE this camera!
This has all the great features of the 1DX Mark II, but without the heavy price tag. The draw back to this camera is that it has a 1.7 crop factor. In our case, I use it as a third camera for ceremonies when I'm looking for that extra zoom without having to use a giant lens. To give you an idea of what the crop does, you basically get a field of view similar to what a full-frame camera would get from a 119-340mm lens, but the lens is still a 70-200mm. And this is with ZERO light loss! Amazing! If you're going to use this as a primary camera, you will definitely have to invest in some wide lenses. Even if you filmed with a Canon 16-35mm lens, with this camera, it would be like shooting with a 27-59mm lens (which might be to wide for certain shots. Everything else on this camera is amazing (except the built in audio of course- which is poor on every DSLR camera).
My favorite camera for filming documentaries, corporate work and music videos. Stunning 4K image with incredible dynamic range and Canon's dual pixel auto focus. I prefer to rent this camera from lenspro2go.com
A monopod can give you more flexibility than a tripod because you can quickly move from one spot to another. It's obviously not as steady as a tripod, but these monopods allow you to lock the feet in place to help you get really steady footage. I really love the Komodo head because it's small, light and fluid. This monopod also allows you to quickly adjust the height without having to unlock 2 or 3 sections of traditional monopods, which can slow you down. This monopod is sick!
Exceptional sound performance, high definition audio and integrated flash recording. This onboard camera microphone allows you to completely bypass the horrible built in mics on DSLR cameras by recording to an internal micro SD card. The Lenshopper is packed with great features that allow you to record amazing quality audio to the onboard Micro SD card (while also recording to your camera). Great for recording live audio, natural sounds and letter/ vow readings. Complete control over mic gain make recording high quality audio to your DSLR camera a breeze. The mic also features a headphone jack for monitoring your audio.
This light is off the chain good. It has amazing color rendition. Daylight or Tungsten with the ability to dial in the kelvin temperature. It's LED, so it runs cool. Has a really decent throwing distance with the ability to switch from spot to flood. This unit can be plugged in anywhere in the world with no issues (or it can be battery powered). Did I mention you can control this light with your iPhone? I love this light!
This amazing LED light can be used on or off camera. Unlike other camera LED lights that result in harsh hot spots on people, this light has a beautiful soft even light that makes it easy to light 2 or more people. The light is dimmable, has bi-color temperature controls that can be easily matched to your camera's kelvin temperature, a high CRI (which means colors are extremely accurate) and you can't beat the price. If you use the direct link for Ikan below, enter "rayroman2018" for a 15% discount.
This is a gorgeous LED light that boasts a 160 degree beam angle with extremely accurate color in both daylight and tungsten. The light is soft and blends beautifully with natural daylight if you need that extra boost of light or need to fill some shadows during bridal prep. This light is a no-brainer if you're looking for broadcast quality colors out of an LED that also packs a nice punch. If you buy direct, there's a nice discount on the Matchbox right now.
We've been achieving incredible shots with the Rhino slider for over a year. Creating epic arcing and sweeping shots is a breeze with the motion system and motorized Arc pan head. I absolutely love this slider for cinematic room shots and details. DISCOUNT CODE - RAYROMAN10
We've been using Cinevate sliders for almost 7 years. The build quality is always amazing and the new Duzi 4 is nothing short of genius. Typically, if you're trying to move your camera across a slider manually, it's a challenge to keep it completely smooth throughout the movement (especially when coming to a stop or starting the movement), but with the new bottom mounted flywheel, it adds the perfect amount of resistance to achieve silky smooth shots manually throughout the movement. Super lightweight for run and gun filming and perfect for destination wedding work. The all terrain legs make shooting on uneven surfaces like sand and grass a breeze.
If you're like me and don't want to check your expensive cameras and lenses at the airport, these bags are perfect for carry on. They fit all the essentials, are lightweight and meet all the airline guidelines for carry-on luggage. There's plenty of room inside the lid for CF cards, batteries and accessories and it also has outer pockets for additional items. The best part is that it rolls smooth, so I can even put a backpack on top and roll all my important/ expensive gear through the airport without breaking my back. Plenty of customizable dividers are included with these bags.
GET THIS BAG and thank me later. Best tripod bag on the planet. If you find a better one, let me know. This thing fits EVERYTHING and then some AND it's on smooth wheels (no more lugging all that weight by hand). Build quality is amazing just like my Think Tank camera bags that I've had for years.
The Music Bed makes it easy to find the perfect soundtracks with their amazing selection of licensed music.
This program will flat out blow your mind! Have you ever had a cell phone ringing during the vows? Hiss? Wind? Reverb? Crickets chirping at night? We all have or will at some point. It's the kind of interference that can make your hair fall out. Well don't panic, Izotope is here with an unbelievable set of tools and presets that can repair audio like no other software I've ever seen. And not only does it do a killer job at repairing bad audio, it can also be used to enhance your audio to sound like a studio recording. It's truly a remarkable product.
As a professional videographer, you must own a professional wireless lav mic system that's both reliable and sounds great. At this price point, this wireless lav system can not be beat. Quick, loaded with features and easy to setup. One touch frequency scan takes the guesswork out of scanning frequencies, so you can avoid interference.
If you want to OWN the speeches at a wedding reception and guarantee yourself perfect audio EVERY time, get this wireless handheld mic. The SM58 is the industry standard for wireless handheld mics. If you show up to an event and they're using a cheap mic with poor sound quality, you'll be thankful you had this mic in your gear bag. Thank me later!
Excellent wireless video transmitter/ receiver combo with zero delay. I love using these for video presentations and live events/ weddings, where I can easily stream from my camera to a large screen or field monitor. It works amazing for long distances and is extremely reliable up to 1,000 feet (which is equal to over 3 football fields). I love being able to offer this service to my clients. It pays for itself after one or two jobs.
Just go buy it! This is hands down the smallest, best sounding portable recorder out there for weddings and special events. Pair this with the Rode lav mic for some really impressive sound from the ceremony. Just place one on the groom and the other on the officiant. White jacket or white dress? No problem. The recorder also comes in white. Genius! Highly recommend!
I've owned every version of the DJI Phantom drone. The Phantom 4 Pro surpasses them all and I honestly can't see the difference in quality between this drone and my Inspire Pro with X5 camera. It's super small and fits in a backpack, which is amazing for destination weddings. I've flown the Phantom 4 Pro all over the world in some of the windiest conditions and I never need any post stabilization. The price is remarkably low for this high quality drone. Stunning footage!