Dance videos create opportunities for dancers and for people who specialize in other areas of expertise, like cinematographers and editors.
Or, you can take on a number of those roles – choreographing, shooting, editing – giving you more control to make what you want to make.
If you’re interested in learning the more “behind-the-lens” part of dance videography, then a logical way to start is by purchasing a camera best for the kinds of videos you want to create.
Learn from the experts: Behind The Dance Lens With Gerald Nonato And Jon Shih
As dancers and directors ourselves, we compiled a list of “Dancers’ Picks” cameras that we recommend checking out.
And don’t worry – there are budget-friendly options as well. Annnnd action!
Any one of the cameras in this series is a great beginner DSLR. They’re the best bang for your buck for both photography and videography. The T5i, which is what STEEZY uses for a lot of event photos, starts at around $600 for an entire kit that includes multiple lenses and useful equipment. You can find a pre-owned older model (T4, T3, T2’s) for a lot cheaper, as well.PROS:
Don’t be fooled by the Osmo’s selfi-stick-esque look, it’s a great high quality camera! The selling point for dancers is the smoothness of its videos that is difficult to achieve on other devices.PROS:
Often, we want our dance footage to have a wider frame than our phones or camera lenses allow for. The GoPro is already set to capture in wide-angle, so that problem is taken care of. You can edit the frame in post to include exactly what you want in the shot. PROS:
These full-frame mirrorless cameras are great for shots in low light for those darker shots. They’re pricey, but the quality is well worth the price.PROS:
Okay okay, I know what you’re thinking. That price tag is pretty hefty! But the GH4 is actually one of the most reasonable mirrorless 4K DSLRs currently on the market. In fact, this is what STEEZY uses for most of our videos on STEEZY Studio! If you’ve ever wanted to see Paul Ross’ pores, you can see them with the GH4 footage. PROS:
Your Phone!Even if you aren’t quite ready to purchase a camera, you can still get dope video footage with your phone! Most smartphones’ cameras are rather impressively high-quality. With the right accessories and a good eye, it’s definitely possible to do without a pricey camera.
We often record classes or rehearsals from the back, through the mirror. If you were to try to record from the front of the room, then you’d only get the middle 3 people in the frame. But a fish eye or wide angle lens will expand the scene you’re capturing – easily including everyone in the room. The best part is that these clip-on ones are easily detachable and universal – meaning you can use it on anyone’s phone.
Ah, the selfie stick. As much as it’s useful for taking front-facing photos of you and your friends, it also comes in clutch when recording video because 1. You can easily capture the shot from different angles2. You can capture more people in your shots3. It’s easier to stabilize the shot.Tripods are obviously great for still shots – I.E. class footage of groups or run-throughs of a set in rehearsal. They’re also good if you want to record yourself during those late night garage sessions so you can watch yourself after.
This isn’t an accessory, but an app. Hyperlapse basically stabilizes your footage – which is awesome for dancers who want to create time-lapse videos or even ones in real time without shakiness. The app virtually renders bulky and expensive stabilizers unnecessary – for phone footage, at least. P.S. it’s also important to note that great lighting plays a huge role in making a good quality video. It’s probably just as, if not more, important as having a “nice camera.”More knowledge here: Equipment And Techniques To Create Good Dance VideosLots of work goes into creating great dance videos, but these cameras definitely help! Happy shooting, STEEZY Nation!What do you use to make your dance videos? Comment below and share with us!This post was originally published 6/26/2016.