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Minimalist Travel Filmmaker Kit


If you aren’t looking to become the next Spielberg, but still want to make some great videos on your next trip, this is the rig for you.

It’s a GoPro.

Just a GoPro.

Camera junkies are losing their mind when I say this, but I have my reasons.

First let me address the flaws of the rig Jake Rich has here.

As much as I have tried to use a GoPro in low light, I haven’t been able to get it to work.
Even with a small studio of lights, it’s nearly impossible.
The thing is 99% of travel moments happen during the day.

The exception being party hounds who sleep all day and rage all night.
But those people are probably not concerned about making videos.
Their travel funds are all going to beer not camera gear.

During the day, a GoPro performs great.
You can get great photos and video.
If you are making content that will reside on YouTube, you can easily get away with making all your content on a GoPro.

No you can’t change out the lenses on a GoPro.
It would be great to be able to throw on a big zoom or a nice portrait lens.

First of all their is the 4K.
Since most people only post YouTube content in 1080p, the 4K recording just means you can zoom in digitally with little to know penalty.

Then lets think about what you film on your travels.
You’re on a journey.
The most interesting part of that journey is seeing how the journey transforms the hero of the story.
When travelling, you’re the hero.
That means the camera is going to be on you.
To record yourself, you just need a camera on a stick.

That’s what the GoPro does best.


You’re going to be recording yourself, but how will you know if you’re in focus?

GoPro cameras have almost no depth of field.
You won’t be getting any buttery background bokeh, but you won’t have any focus issues either.
As long as the GoPro is pointed directly at you or your subject, it will be in focus 95% of the time.

But what about the other 5%?

Even when the GoPro is not perfectly in focus, the depth of field is so wide the shot will still be usable for most situations.

What I am saying is the blur on your subject will be so minimal, most viewers won’t have a problem with it.

You will almost always be in focus, but when you aren’t it’s not a big deal.

So those are the flaws.

There are so many benefits it’s too much to go into depth so I’ll do my best to list them here:

-So freaking light!
Unless you are traveling the world with just a fanny pack, the extra weight won’t be a factor.

  • It’s freaking tiny!
    Even if you are traveling with just a fanny pack, this rig will still fit.

-It’s not awkward.
Taking selfies with a small camera is commonly accepted these days. You won’t feel awkward filming yourself.

-Solid Audio
When the GoPro is combined with the Rode Wireless Go, you’re just about guaranteed to have great audio.

Big influencers traveling with a 1dX or A7III are walking around with $5000 to $10,000 USD in their backpack. That’s a lot of anxiety.

-Fits In Your Pocket
I know I said it’s small already, but take off the selfie stick and you can cram this whole thing in your pocket.

-Rock Solid Stabilization
The GoPro footage is so steady you won’t even consider a stabilizer.

-It’s A Why Not
Even if you already have a bigger camera rig, this is your why not camera. As in should I bring a camera to this small event?

-You Probably Already Have Some Of The Rig
GoPro’s seem to be standard issue these days. If you already have one, getting the rest of the parts is a minimal investment.

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