V I DE O OR P HOT O ?

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Shoot­ing pho­tos and video in steamy jun­gle ter­rain re­quires a lot of equip­ment and mas­ter­ing two very dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines…

When you’re in the field, how do you de­cide whether to shoot video or pho­tos?

Nor­mally I have a sched­ule so I’ll know to­day, say, I have to do some pho­tos for a mag­a­zine, or for my ex­hi­bi­tion. But when I start film­ing, I need an­other tri­pod, which is very heavy, and then I put on the zoom, and the sound record­ing de­vice. I can’t take pho­tos as eas­ily be­cause it’s not the same equip­ment, so when I do that I have to stay in video. What is the to­tal weight of the gear you take?

When I was shoot­ing only pho­tos it was 45 or 50 ki­los, now I have 85 or 90 ki­los with the video as well. There’s the cam­era, the zoom, sound de­vice, the bat­ter­ies, so it adds up very quickly. I al­ways need an as­sis­tant when I’m shoot­ing video. Car­ry­ing 45 or 50 ki­los is very hard!

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