If you know me you know that I love videography. But, sometimes, it can be hard to be a videographer if you don't have certain equipment. So after doing this for a few years, these are the items I have come up with as the most important.
1. A camera
I know it seems obvious, of course, you need a camera. But, the type of camera really matters. If you are vlogging, something as simple as your iPhone can work. But, if you're doing something more cinematic, a DSLR is what you will need.
2. Extra batteries
If you are at a shoot nothing is more frustrating than not having enough batteries. So be sure to buy some extra for your bag when you buy your camera.
3. Many memory cards
4. Multiple stabilizers
5. A good light
6. An external microphone
7. A lens cleaner
8. Gaffers tape
There are more uses for gaffers tape than Kim Kardashian knows. Many of the main uses are for camera work. You always need to have some tape with you in case something doesn't go as planned.
9. A way to charge up
If those batteries go dead, your shoot might. But, it will not if you have extra ways to keep charged with you.
Every shoot will be a fail if you do not have a plan. You MUST keep something with you that says when, where, why and how!