I've been very fortunate in the past couple years to work with a number of stellar organizations, and this summer I've teamed up with Deer Valley Resort to create a series of videos promoting their summer activities with the new hashtag #DeerValleySummer. It's intimidating to work with a company that was voted as the #1 Ski Resort in North America for 2015, so I knew I had to up my game.
I'd recently acquired a DJI Ronin Stabilizer. There's more to it than simply throwing a camera on the rig, but it's a big step up in creating production value for those of us who are trying to create quality videos on a budget. Hopefully, there's now less need for dollies and cranes that take quite a while to set up for one shot.
I wanted to select the correct camera and lenses for the job, so I practiced with the Ronin and my Canon 70D DSLR one evening above Park City. In less than ten minutes I'd shot multiple clips that were relatively smooth, mostly in focus, and looked pretty good for a first time operator. I must admit the footage still has a lot of room for improvement, so I'm still working on finding a consistent setup with ND filters, focus, aperture, and shutter speed. Overall, the Ronin may be expensive, but for the type of work I do it seems to be the best choice to bring the most production value to future projects.