Arctic Expedition 2014: gear, gear, and more gear!

With just 11 days left until we begin our adventure to the arctic, I’m madly gathering together the last of the gear that I’ll need to take. I’m making lists because it’s impossible to remember everything. Brain overload.

With teaching environmental communication through photography and videography, most of my gear is for this. Cameras, lenses, batteries, tripods. We’ll be on an icebreaker of European origin. It has 220V power outlets so I also have to bring a step-down transformer since I’ve got a gazillion batteries to keep charged. I’ve also been warned to bring a good surge protector. Done.

Here’s a smattering of gear that I’ll be using for teaching the students how to shoot video. For good video shooting, you absolutely need to keep the camera either still or moving fluidly. There’s nothing worse than watching video where the camera has been swaying from side to side. Great way to get motion sick. 🙂

Two rigs for stabilization that I’m taking are a Glidecam DNA 1000 camera stabilizer. And a shoulder rig stabilizer. The Glidecam will allow us to shoot video while we’re walking or running, but without the bumping up and down to make us motion sick while we’re watching the video footage. The shoulder rig will help us keep the camera steady and is also great for panning.

If you’re shooting video, you also need to record good audio. The built-in mic on my Nikon D7100 is ok, but not great and you just don’t have as much easy control over recording volume as with an external recorder. So I’ve got a Tascam DR-05 for audio recording. And to plug into it, a Rode Videomic with a dead cat (that’s the name of the fuzzy cover that goes over the microphone to prevent that annoying sound when the wind sweeps across the mic. I know… I didn’t name it. That’s just what it’s called 🙂 ). I’ve also got a boom pole for the videomic and a lav mic (lapel microphone) for interviews.

Here’s a look at some of the video gear I’ll be taking…

Some of the video gear I'll be taking with me to the arctic. From left to right - Rode video microphone, Glidecam camera stabilizer, Varavon multi-finder viewfinder, shoulder video rig stabilizer.

Some of the video gear I’ll be taking with me to the arctic. From left to right – Rode video microphone, Glidecam camera stabilizer, Varavon multi-finder viewfinder, shoulder video rig stabilizer.

This is just a small bit of all of the gear I’ll be taking. That’s why I’ll have two big lockage plastic cases on wheels, as well as a duffle bag of clothes and my tripods, as well as my carry on camera gear. Here’s hoping my back holds out! :0

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