My Entry into Wildlife
Animals can be misunderstood by people, and overpopulation is putting more pressure on our native wildlife. The media is a powerful tool that sheds light on the impact humans are having on the animal kingdom. My secondary school, (at the time) showed a video about the impact of global warming on our climate. The video made me understand how damaging our ozone layer will reduce the 'sun screen' effect which protects us from the suns radiation.
I suggest heading to this website for a couple of minutes and see how global warming is effecting wildlife.
Levels are lowering and animal deaths are rising. I recently read an article in the news about dead whales washing up ashore on beaches, it's a problem that will continue to grow as global population increases.
Reasons to Enjoy Filming Wildlife
There are a few reasons why I film animals.
To film both wildlife and brand marketing videos I decided on purchasing the Canon 100 with a Ninja Blade external recorder. I knew on paper that the C100/Ninja combination would deliver a slightly better visual than the standard Canon C300 camera. The Canon C300 camera and C100 have the same sensor technology and very similar camera features. The main differences:
Water Dogs - Otters
The glass I would recommend for low budget documentary productions are Canon L series lenses. The L series and USM lenses provide a crisp clarity in shots I wanted the sort of detail they can pick up. The glass I went for was the Canon 24-105mm f/4 and 70-200mm f/2.8 L series lenses. Buying a good tripod was a difficult decision. I was tempted to hold back on my finances feeling other tripods could provide me a stable and fluid enough platform for smooth pans and tilts. I ended up getting the Sachtler Carbon Fibre tripod with FSB8T head. The tripod is light enough to carry long distances and the head can handle the 7kg weight of my camera fully rigged. Below is an example video of the C100 with Ninja Blade set-up.
Stags at Great Windsor Park
There are several limitations to the C100/Ninja set-up
Camera Kit Upgrade
My solution is the Sony FS7 4k camera.
Dragonflies with Paul Ritchie
Camera Body Timeline
Technology is constantly developing and for filmmakers trying to be competitive, there is a temptation to splurge on the latest tech. For most cameramen the aim is to buy a F55/RED/ARRI camera system. Cameras will continue to change in ergonomic and technological design and with a greater number of camera bodies to choose from it will become increasingly easier to film documentary and cinema films in the same system.