1) What is your budget? How much money can you spend right away, and do you think you can get more money to invest in the future?
I can throw down about 1,400 for the camera itself. Another 600-800 shortly after. Slowly add more and more as i get a job.
2) What experience do you already have with cameras? Have you ever even used one before? Have you helped your friend out with his camera? Have you owned your own?
Ive been filming for 6 years. this is my 3rd upgrade.
3) What gear, if any, do you currently have? (tripod, old camera lenses, mics, etc)
t ripod(which i will most likely sell, it kinda sucks)
4) What are you planning to shoot and how do you want to use your camera? Are you going to use this with the sole purpose of shooting skiing? or do you think you might try other stuff as well (movies, documentaries, short films, etc)
skiing,skating, and im starting to film bar mitzvah
5) Do you want a camera that you can hand to your friends, that could or could not have film experience, and let them shoot you? or will you be doing all the filming?
I will be doing all the filming. looking for pretty manual controls
6) When filming skiing, how do you tend to shoot? (follow cams, leave it on record on a tripod and hike, film from a tripod, etc)
follow cams,tripod,creative shots
7) What computer do you currently have/use to edit (if not currently editing, what would you most likely use)? If you can provide specifics, such as hard drive space, RAM, processor size, that would be great.
7) What program do you currently edit on? How familiar are you with it (1- just learning; 10- I can make tutorials and know the keyboard layout)
Cyberlink very comfortable, but im going to get a new one on my mac. in the mean time editing will be done on a friends computer
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1) Do you think you might consider using a DSLR?
2) Do you have any knowledge about the HDSLRS?
no not really
3) Do you know the limitations to using HDSLRS?
no not really
4) Are you willing to take the time to learn about a DSLR, and how to shoot with manual lenses?
5) Again, do you want a camera that you can hand to your friends, that could or could not have film experience, and let them shoot you? or will you be doing all the filming?
ill always be filming.