Kit List

A Kit List Is One of the Most Requested Things – so Here It Is.

This is most of the gear available to students on the training courses and comes recommended. Each item has an honest description next to it in order to help you out.

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Monopod: Manfrotto Tilt Head with Quick Release
This is the Manfrotto tilt head for a monopod. I’ve bought cheaper generic versions of this in the past and found them unsatisfactory. This is a great addition.
Tripod: Joby Gorillapod
Joby Gorilla Pod. This is a small tripod with bendy legs you can wrap around things. It has a huge number of uses – this is the YouTubers’ goto vlogging tripod. You can buy smaller ones too.
Tripod: Manfrotto Be Free Live Travel Tripod
Manfrotto Be Free Live Tripod – this is a travel size tripod but still goes high enough to interview all but the tallest people. It has a fluid head and ball joint to make levelling the shot easy. 
Tripod: Manfrotto 290 Xtra Video kit
The Manfrotto 290 Xtra Video kit has a fluid head. I use these for the training. Solid and goes high enough. The only downside is there is no ball joint for levelling.
Lights: Aperture AL-M9 Small LED Panel
Aperture AL-M9 small LED light – This is a great little rechargeable light (doesn’t need extra batteries). Enough to light an interview in a pinch – but great for lots of other shooting styles too.
Lights: Yongnuo YN-300 LED Panel
Yongnuo YN-300 mark 3 Panel light. This bi-colour light gives a nice soft light and has plenty of control options. Don’t forget you’ll need Sony NP style batteries (but don’t buy Sony!)
Lights: Yongnuo YN300 Air LED Panel Light
Yongnuo YN300 Air is another good choice for a bi-colour light. It a nice soft light but the trade-off is that you lose some brightness. Don’t forget you’ll need Sony NP style batteries (but don’t buy Sony!)
Lights: DuraPro Ultra Thin LED
Durapro LED Panel Light – If you want to get some lights then this Bi-colour Durapro is a cheap and pretty cheerful option. Don’t forget you’ll need Sony NP style batteries (but don’t buy Sony!)
Lights: Batteries – Sony NP style (generic brand)
Batteries – Sony NP style – most of the lights will need Sony Style NP batteries. (just get generic ones don’t buy Sony as they cost a lot.) These are pretty good.
Lights: Battery Charger
Battery Charger – the batteries need charging – this does me fine. The batteries don’t charge too fast though – best left overnight.
Lights: Light Stand
Light Stand  – Lights can be handheld for short jobs but a stand is better for longer interviews. These are decent and cheap too.
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