Boom Poles, Bags and Stands

Boom poles are a commonly used tool and can be manufactured from aluminium or carbon fibre. While camera mounted microphones are good for run and gun situations, when you have critical dialogue to record a boom pole is a must. This is because you may not be able to get close enough with a shotgun microphone on your camera or a lavalier microphone is just not suitable. Holding a boom pole above what you are shooting ensures that the optimal pickup area of the microphone is directed towards the subject that you are recording.