Being a videographer is not a simple walk in the park. Aside from having to learn from scratch, whether you decide to learn from a real school, self-study, or become an intern for someone else, you also need a lot of equipment. While some videographers would get employed by companies that can provide the equipment for them, many more choose to start on their own. Being a videographer, after all, is a rewarding occupation. If you are a freelancer, then you wouldn’t have to settle for a fixed monthly paycheck. You can earn as much as you can with every project that comes along your way.
However, a videographer also has to invest in video equipment. Some would usually start with just a camera but others choose to get full gear all at once. Equipment typically includes a camera, tripod, microphone, lights, extra batteries and memory cards for the camera, a powerful computer, and editing software. All these cost a lot of money.
So where to buy budget-friendly video equipment? Truth be told, you might come across “steal” prices during your search but if you want really good quality equipment, you have to prepare to spend. This is an investment after all. If you believe in your skills and your abilities as a videographer and you know for sure that you have clients who will be lining up for your service, you won’t have to worry much about investing now. After all, there’s plenty of video work for pros. That investment will pay for itself over time anyway.
The best place to get budget-friendly video equipment is online. There are countless online stores where you can buy brand new equipment. You can compare prices, specs, and features too. More often than not, there’s equipment for all budget ranges. Of course, when you have a low budget, then you can’t expect the same performance from high-end equipment. But you can always buy a new set later on when you have already made enough from your craft.
You can also search for second-hand equipment. These are also available everywhere online. There are also social media groups and forums that feature videographers or videography equipment. You might also hit a jackpot there!