I am preparing for my next trip to SXM (St Martin|Sint Maarten) to work on promoting St Martin Sotheby’s Realty, the top luxury real estate and vacation rental company on the island. I have been working with them for over 3 years and have filmed 20+ of their homes and created numerous promotional videos of different locations and restaurants.
So enough about WHY I am going and more about what I’m here to discuss…my equipment! What do I bring?
Here’s the short list.
-DJI Phantom 4 – 3 batteries, extra propellers, and SD cards
-DJI Spark – 3 batteries, extra propellers, and SD cards
-DJI Osmo – 3 batteries and SD cards
-numerous tripods, stabilizers, and microphones (currently using the Rode VideoMicro)
-Ipad 4 – to use as a monitor
-Samsung Note 5
And then I bring an entire bag filled with sunscreen. (This counts as equipment because it is absolutely needed!)
DJI PHANTOM 4
This is used for the big guns. When I need high-quality video or photos. This drone works incredible in high winds and can fly out far enough to capture the grandness of the island. It’s a beast to travel with (gotta upgrade to the Mavic soon!)
The best little travel drone! It’s so tiny and can be used directly from your phone. The Quickshot modes allow for fast shooting and even edit the videos in a way that makes it easy to post to social media. I love this drone. This is my first major trip with the Spark and I can’t wait to show you what I do with it.
When I’m filming on the ground and don’t have a lot of time for setups, the DJI Osmo comes in. It’s a stabilizing handheld camera that provides shots similar to a steadycam, but without the heavy equipment. For the most part, I shoot in 60fps so I can slow down the footage and get that nice sexy, smooth look.
While traveling for work has so many benefits, the equipment is where all the stress and heavy lifting come in. And if one thing doesn’t work, it can ruin your entire trip. Finding replacement parts in different parts of the world can feel impossible. But it’s really all worth it.