Did you just get a DSLR for making videos? Did you believe that once you got it you would instantly be making creative, beautiful videos that would make all your friends think you are a screen-inspired genius? Yes, you probably did. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case, for in order to make creative, beautiful videos that will make all all your friends think you are a screen-inspired genius, you have to know the camera pretty well. Additionally, extra gear really helps in the field of DSLR.
Unfortunately, DSLR video gear is extremely expensive. Fortunately, there are a few websites out there who want to help you get around that. Below, we have three websites devoted to aiding you in creating your own gear and finding equally-effective low-cost gear. The sites stay updated fairly consistently, so keep checking in on them.
Admittedly, I’ve never been a fan of the name “CheesyCam”, and for some reason, I just had to say it. I’ve always thought it sounded a little goofy, and whenever I find other sites with comparable names, I often discover that they are incredibly hokey or have poor information. However, do not let the name fool you when it comes to CheesyCam. This site offers a lot of information and expertise that you will rarely find online, and since the focus is on DSLR gear, you’ll find yourself in good company.
The site primarily posts articles and videos which simply review any and all products that the creators of CheesyCam can get their hands on. Unlike other sites, CheesyCam takes a very practical approach to everything they take a look at. With that said, if you’re considering a new piece of gear, I would highly recommend checking out CheesyCam first.
Additionally, the site offers a special section of the site that is categorized by all items surrounding a DSLR camera (i.e. “lenses”, “viewfinders”), and it’s very easy to find a specific piece of equipment if you aren’t really sure what you need. Beyond that, CheesyCam users often post links to items that they have for sale.
Vimeo already offers several DSLR video production tips, but one thing I believe we forgot to acknowledge is its wide array of videos concerning gear and DIY gear. The site offers a modest selection of videos in their DIY DSLR Gear group, but the videos found here are worth taking a look at. Additionally, Vimeo is just a great site in general for getting help on your filmmaking adventures.
The site mostly offers high quality content that is professionally produced, so I would take Vimeo over YouTube any day when it comes to seeking advice concerning my own film-related projects. Granted, I can safely say YouTube still has quite a bit to bring to the table. What I like about Vimeo tutorials is that you can see what’s being made in real time, and since the videos are typically so well-done, they are quite easy to understand.
Indy Film Gear has a sharp focus on low budget filmmakers who are just wanting something to make their productions pop. The site is devoted entirely to do-it-yourself gear projects, and the content creators try to keep things affordable. IFG offers a ton of content just ready for you to get your hands on, and once you do, you’ll be putting those hands to work. Included are tips ranging from sliders to shoulder mounts to even full lighting set-ups. This site is worth taking a look at.
Granted, the site incorporates reviews, cheap gear as opposed to DIY gear, and the occasional tip thrown into the mix just to keep things interesting. All in all, Indy Film Gear is a great site to spend some time on if you are unsure of what you should be buying and what you should be making. I believe everyone wanting to create DSLR video should take a look here.
Above are only three sites of many that you’ll find which will help you with creating DSLR gear and finding cheaper alternatives. However, some of the greatest creations can’t be found on these sites.
With that said, do you have any of your own DSLR gear to show us? What other sites do you use for finding DSLR gear?