Gentile Quick Tip #6: Stay Connected. Use Headphones.

I can’t tell you how many of my backpack journalism students lose critical visual and audio information because they are not connected to their characters with headphones. Once your character is out of eye sight and you are not listening to him/her over the wireless microphone, you’ve cut yourself off not only from what’s happening right now but also from what’s going to happen in the immediate future. You can’t anticipate what you’re going to shoot if you don’t know what your character is going to do. Go out and buy a $12 pair of headphones that you insert into your ears. With these, as opposed to the large ear-covering headphones, you can stay connected with what your character is doing and you can retain peripheral hearing as well. These tiny ear plugs don’t get in your way. And they don’t make you look completely ridiculous.