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5. Audio > Make Your Own Boom

Make Your Own Boom

To capture better audio than that offered by your camera, you’ll need a long pole and a decent microphone.

A boom, sometimes called a boompole or fishpole, is essentially a long pole used to hold and maneuver a microphone, which is at one end of the pole. Using a boom allows you to get the microphone closer to your subject, while still keeping it out of the frame’s composition. Although you can purchase professional-quality booms online (search for boompole), it is easy to build your own.

Finding a Pole

First, and foremost, a boom is a pole, so that’s what you’ll need. The length of the pole will determine how far away from the subject you can be, while still recording audio. You can use something as simple as a broomstick or as elaborate as a telescoping aluminum pole. The most flexible option is to locate a telescoping pole, as it will allow you to adjust the length of your boom to fit whatever situation you might find yourself.


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