Event coverage can be tricky. It is a place to capture moments while simultaneously sharing them to your audiences. Fortunately, you do not need to hire a photographer or rent big equipment to make the next conference or gala look good.
One of the most frequently asked questions at the 2019 Colorado Nonprofit Conference was "Where did you get that?" when they saw the equipment that the communications team used for the two-day event.
The Association communications team is ready to reveal and review the doodads and gadgets it used to produce media that looks like we paid more than we did.
Association staff did outside research on all the items beyond the simple Amazon reviews to get the best products to capture all the big moments.
1. SMARTPHONE TRIPOD/STAND WITH BLUETOOTH REMOTE – FIND ON AMAZON
Amazon Star Rating: 4.5 stars / 253 ratings
Review: The small tripod was lightweight and easy to attach to other pieces. It comes with a phone clip for mounting, a carrying bag and a Bluetooth remote that is compatible with iOS and Android for hands-free media capture. It also allowed 360 movements and easily switched the view from horizontal to vertical. The Bluetooth remote is good for leaving the tripod at one end of a room and snapping photos. The tripod is strong enough to support the phone and was the perfect size for handheld use or travel.
2. SMARTPHONE VIDEO RIG – FIND ON AMAZON
Amazon Star Rating: 4.5 stars / 232 ratings
Review: The rig made a great addition to the set in terms of stability, multi-tool handling, and setup. It was easy to attach other items like an external microphone, external light, and the small tripod and held the phone comfortably. It was also useful for walking around and capturing video without the tripod because it kept the phone steady and remained light for carrying. All of the components did make the Ubeesize tripod a bit top-heavy at times, so be careful when attaching to smaller items.
3. MICROPHONE ADAPTER CABLE – FIND ON AMAZON
Amazon Star Rating: N/A
Review: The microphone adapter cable allowed the external microphone to connect to a smartphone. While stable and easy to attach. we would suggest a longer cable for larger rigs or if the microphone needs to travel farther than your station.
4. MULTI USB CABLE – FIND ON AMAZON
Price: $9.99 (for a three-pack)
Amazon Star Rating: 4.5 stars / 52 ratings
Review: The USB cable has a good metallic look and feel. It includes adapters for the majority of different devices. It isn't ideal if you only use one attachment, but is very useful if you have different smartphones and other external pieces.
5. SMARTPHONE VIDEO STABILIZER – FIND ON AMAZON
Amazon Star Rating: 4.5 stars / 763 ratings
Review: This piece is the most advanced item, and needs a few hours of training. It has an advanced ability to capture multiple angles and help with more creative videos. While not used for the conference, we do have ideas of how to use it for future projects.
6. SMARTPHONE PRO MICROPHONE – FIND ON AMAZON
Amazon Star Rating: 4.5 stars / 58 ratings
Review: The microphone looked professional and got many people’s attention due to the fuzzy wind cover. It was simple to put onto the rig and connected to the smartphone with the help of an adapter. we enjoyed having the extra protection of noise reduction while walking around busy areas or capturing keynote speeches.
7. PORTABLE POWER BANK – FIND ON AMAZON
Amazon Star Rating: 4.5 stars / 12,365 ratings
Review: The power bank was a lifesaver when working 12 hours at a time with a phone that sucks battery at a fast rate. It provided consistent power throughout the day while tucked comfortably into a pocket or sitting on a desk and connected to a USB cord with ease.
8. PORTABLE POWER BANK CASE – FIND ON AMAZON
Amazon Star Rating: 4.5 stars / 287 ratings
Review: The power banks came with simple, soft cases originally so we needed a more secure way to carry them. These cases allowed us to carry them without the worry of damaging if we set a bag down. A brighter case made it easy to write our name and phone in case of losing the unit and have it be legible.
9. SMALL 32GB FLASH DRIVE W/ RING – FIND ON AMAZON
Amazon Star Rating: 4.5 stars / 11,087 ratings
Review: The USB drive has a sleek design and is small enough to fit on a keychain. It holds 32 GB which is super powerful and more than enough for one event. The only critique is that it is almost too small to see at times though and blended in, so keep an eye on this piece.
10. PANEL LIGHT (COMPATIBLE WITH RIG) – FIND ON AMAZON
Amazon Star Rating: 4 stars / 222 ratings
Review: It is good to have a panel light like this, which was powerful for how small and light it is. We did not use it for much of the event due to adequate lighting in the meeting rooms. However, if you are doing more of a profile or one-on-one interview, these would be good to light a subject.
11. 61” TRIPOD – FIND ON AMAZON
Amazon Star Rating: 4 stars / 2,290 ratings
Review: This tripod is sturdy and good if you are taking prolonged shots or need to see over a crowd or other obstacles and to support larger, more advanced cameras. We did not end up using it for the conference but find it a good asset especially for larger projects or important events.