Story Comes First

Before we get into what gear you should bring to the Media DTS, we want to make one thing clear. Story comes first. Sometimes the best camera for the job is not always the best camera. We will teach you to tell compelling stories, but it’s up to you to decide what you want to use to tell those stories. Your focus and finances will determine what gear you end up with, but remember… story comes first.


There are three primary categories of gear that are popular with our Media DTS students

DSLR Cameras – These high-definition powerhouses have dropped the price of pro quality footage and photography. With an added field recorder, shotgun mic or lavalier mic–you can capture it all and then edit your story on a computer capable of editing your media. Canon and Nikon DSLRs with HD video are recommended.

Mirrorless Cameras and Compacts System Cameras
 – This newer category is like a DSLR with a smaller sensor and no internal mirror. They are generally cheaper and can shoot longer video clips than DSLRs. The Panasonic Lumix G6 or GH3 are recommended.

iPads / iPhones
 – These popular mobile devices make it possible to shoot, edit and upload with extreme portability. Other smart-phones can also shoot HD footage. But for now, only iOS devices have apps for editing the layers of video and audio needed for most stories.

Editing (highly recommended, not mandatory) – For editing we recommend a MacBook Pro or Window’s equivalent and Adobe Premiere Creative Cloud. Adobe Premiere Creative Cloud can be purchased for $29/month for the duration of the DTS.

In Action

The following videos were shot on an outreach in Guatemala with a pretty basic setup. This is just an example of what can be done with very little equipment. You can scale up or down based on your budget and focus and achieve similar results.

Gear used

  1. Canon 60D
  2. Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8
  3. Rode Video Mic
  4. Benro Monopod w/ S4 head