1. A great slider:
A reliable cam slider is essential for giving variety in your video work. Used at every wedding and great for adding interest to the wedding details, venues and for wide angle shots of the activity. His favourite is the Motion 9 Linecam. Because of it’s small lightweight construction it stays glued to Desy’s tripod pretty much all day. One benefit is that it extends when in-use which makes it super compact, travel friendly and easy to carry. It is similar to the Edelkrone version but less expensive, smaller and lighter.
2. Sony A7s
After a year of testing the mirror-less Sony A7s, Desy was so blown away with the quality it was producing that he changed his entire production system to make it their primary producer. In Desy’s opinion, it goes far beyond what their former Canon bodies were producing. One of its best features is the low-light sensitivity and high dynamic range when shooting in SLOG mode, giving the user the ability to capture images with less grain and more brightness in dimly lit situations. Video can be captured in cropped or full frame, in 4K and has an EVF to help balance the image in bright lighting. A bonus feature, by using an adapter you can still shoot with your Canon and Nikon lenses. No need to get replace all of your lenses saving you big bucks.
3. A monopod
If Desy had to choose only one piece of assisting gear that he could not live without, it would be a sturdy monopod. A good monopod will aid in keeping your shots steady, eliminating unsettling camera shake. Monopods are lightweight, low-profile and versatile to get in and around small spaces, an essential when shooting wedding work. Large tripods take are quite intrusive on the scene making monopods the ideal choice when the job calls for a discreet footprint.
Desy Cheng is the creative head of RF Weddings and Paper Crane Creative located in Vancouver, BC. They produce high-end wedding and commercial work using only the best gear and top creatives behind the cameras and we’re so happy to call them friends.