Recording audio can be one of the most important things you can do for your work. One of the first things I recommend for new DSLR shooters is an XLR splitter. By splitting the audio output of your microphone, you can record 2 different volume levels at the same time. This is very handy if you don’t have time or the extra help running your field recorder. If one audio level peaks you can always switch to the second audio channel in post. Or if the lower audio signal is loud enough you could use that for the entire take.  But remember the louder audio channel has a better signal to noise ratio, so audio will always be a little cleaner if its louder (unless it peaks).

Another Very handy item is the Zoom h4n remote control. This gives you a very basic audio read out and allows you to start and stop the zoom h4n without having to handle your field recorder. I recommend adding Velcro to the back of your remote so it can be mounted in a handy location.