Video Equipment That I Use

Video Equipment That I Use

I have had quite a few requests from artists who want to get started in video and they have asked what type of equipment I use to film my videos. The first thing I'll say is that this is not a video on how to set up the specifics of lighting or cameras, simply an overview of what I use.

I keep my setup very simple, like most everything else I do. I don't want to have too much equipment and too many moving parts. I purchased all of my equipment (except the iPad) from Amazon.

Here are the basic parts of what I use to film all of my videos:

  1. Photographer's Lights. I use soft light boxes that are 24" square. They come with the light box, a stand, light bulb and a white covering for the bulbs.
  2. An iPad. My iPad is an indespensible part of my business life. I use it to film all of my videos. It's simple and easy to use, and I love it. 
  3. A Tripod. A tripod is a must to hold your recording device. I purchased a simple holder that holds my iPad and connects it to the top of the tripod. You can buy a similar device to hold a cell phone.
  4. Microphone. I use a Rode microphone on a boom stand. The microphone connects to the iPad with a cord that fits into the headphone jack. There are multitudes of different mics and accessories, so find something that fits your needs and budget.

My advice is to start simple, and build from your base equipment if you want to be more sophisticated. I know folks who do great videos with natural light from windows and an iPhone. Like everything else you have to experiment to find what works best for you. YouTube is a great resource (and what I used) for specific equipment and how to set up the equipment for maximum impact.

Video is a great way to communicate your ideas to others, and it provides familiarity with you, your work and your message. I have workshop students tell me at the beginning of every workshop that they feel like they know me because they watch these videos. And that my friends, is what it's all about.

For more helpful tips lime this please join me for a workshop: (You can see a full list of Workshops by Clicking HERE.)

  • October 13-15, 2017 New Braunfels Art League, New Braunfels, TX. To register contact Sandy Oberg or 210-861-0751. Details HERE.
  • October 20-22, 2017 Lafayette Art Association, Lafayette, LA. to register contact Susan Hamilton or 337-849-6791. This is an Advanced Workshop focusing on developing a series of paintings.
  • November 2-4, 2017 David M. Kessler Fine Art Studio, Winston-Salem, NC. To register contact David at or 336-418-3038. This is an Advanced Workshop focusing on developing a series of paintings.
  • November 7-9, 2017 Spring Island, SC. To register contact Pam Brickell by email: or phone: 843-987-3403.
  • November 11-12, 2017 Art of the Carolinas, sponsored by Jerry's Artarama, Raleigh, NC. Go to: to register.
  • November 17-19, 2017 Donna Downey Studios, Huntersville, NC. To register contact Bill Downey: or visit the website:

As always, thanks so much for your support! 


P.S. If you cannot attend a live event, or prefer to learn online in the comfort of your home or studio, Abstract Painting Academy is my online workshop:

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Abstract Painting Academy is the next best thing to a live workshop. You can learn more about the program by Clicking HERE. 

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