Other blog posts with the Cameraman Hacks tag

Step-by-step guide to hack camera batteries to charge your devices

Step-by-step guide to hack camera batteries to charge your devices

To jump straight to making a D-Tap to Cigarette lighter connector, click here. To jump to the how to video, click here. How this hack came into being One of the perpetual problems we face as camera operators and editors, is how the hell do you manage to keep all your batteries charged. I wrote a blog about building your own charging station a few [...] Read more

Top cameraman hacks to save money and time

Top cameraman hacks to save money and time

I just thought I’d take 10 minutes out to share my top hacks that help me as a freelance cameraman to save time and money whilst out and about on shoots. Whilst none of these are revolutionary, they make my life easier and so may well make yours easier too… Sugru First up, Sugru. I discovered this on a shoot I did for Amazon. Mouldable glue which [...] Read more

Cameraman Charging Peli Case

Cameraman Charging Peli Case

A familiar problem to us traveling cameramen is the constant battery charging. At the last count I had 10 different batteries and devices that needed charging for a shoot. This is all ok when you’re at home with your kit laid out but when you hit the road, charging just become an absolute nightmare. This got me thinking, there must be someway of [...] Read more

What my Cameraman Hacks blog posts will cover

Here are bunch of blog posts related to my cameraman hacks. Some of these will be obvious hacks, some less so. A lot of these come about based on trying to find a cheaper or easier solutions to problems. Manufacturers often make their money by charging huge amounts of money for relatively simple devices. I figure, if we as cameramen (and women!), can be innovative and clever to come up with solution which we then share, then everybody benefits.

Some of these hacks maybe more involved than others. Some are just about using existing products in different ways. For example, using off the shelf general purpose items for a production purpose. Others may involve basic electrical skills; wiring and soldiering for example. These are all skills that are easily learned and with a plethora of resources available with the internet and YouTube, I’m sure most of this can be picked up fairly easily.

Other hacks I’d like to address at a later point will be to do with 3D printing and how we can create our own tools and camera adapters at home. I’ve personally had some mixed success at this in the past and think this could be an interesting avenue to explore. More and more people have now invested in the technology and the ability to print your own camera equipment at home, has never been as easy!

Other posts may be inspired by other cameramen. We are an innovative bunch and if I see something worth talking about and sharing, I’ll be sure to do that!