Michael Waddell: How to Shoot Hunting Videos Like a Pro
By: Michael Waddell
With advances in cameras, anyone can capture quality hunts on video; check out Michael Waddell's tips on how to shoot hunting videos
It wasn’t so long ago that the only way most hunters captured the image of a hunt was in his mind or on an old Polaroid instant camera. With digital cameras, more hunters began taking photographs, but today it seems that nearly everyone wants to video their hunts.
Videoing hunts has come a long way since the early 1990s when outdoor television, as we know it, really got its start. It was about that time that I began following Realtree’s Bill Jordan and David Blanton around with a camera after joining their crew. Back then it took so much more to capture a hunt on video than it does today. I remember humping around big, heavy tripods and 40-pound Beta cameras with large videotapes to capture the action. Compared to that, what guys are carrying today weighs almost nothing, but still captures video with better quality. In addition to size, it took a lot of money and other equipment to put a show together. Besides cameras and tripods, you had to have two decks, video players, a couple of monitors, and more. All of the extra stuff would run you well into tens of thousands of dollars. Nothing was consumer friendly.
Fortunately, everything has changed. Today, the difference between professional-grade and consumer-grade equipment is extremely narrow. For what is really a minimal cost, the average hunter can produce professional-looking video. Even the typical iPhone is capable of capturing pictures and video of high enough resolution that could be used on TV. And when it comes to editing, with the inexpensive software available on a PC or Mac, even a kid or an old redneck like me can figure out how to edit videos and make them look pretty darn good.
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