Blogging and Intagramming (if that’s even a word) is all about how you take photos. Whenever I see beautiful photos on Instagram I always would wonder how people got that photo. Was it taken on a phone, a fancy pants camera, what lens was used, and what do they edit with? Well I thought I would share with you today some of my staple photography items I have!
I love investing in my video and camera gear. I’ve recently upgrade a lot of these items and definitely did not start out with them all. So don’t feel like because you don’t have them that you can’t take awesome photos because YOU CAN! It’s all about HOW you use your items.
Camera Body // So I started with the Rebel t5 and I loved it as my first DSLR camera. The price point was perfect and came with two kit lenses that were perfect for me to learn the some of the ins and outs of a DSLR camera. I recently upgraded about 7 months go to the Canon 80d and I am in love! This was a big step up from the t5 but not as pricey as the 5d series! I was looking for something that was going to work with making videos too because I wanted to really start making videos with my YouTube channel. I would 100% recommend if you’re looking for a great stepping stone into a better camera body the 80d.
Vlog Camera // So speaking of camera bodies I thought I would mention that all of my vlog style videos are made with my Canon G7x Mark ii. I love that this camera has a flip up screen. It’s small and compact and easy to travel with plus if I’m in a pitch and want to take a picture it’s a great point and shoot camera.
Camera Lenses // So I will list all of the lenses that I currently own. They are all Canon made and two of them I purchased used. I got a smoking deal for them both but ended up having a few issues (one was on my part and the other lens was just a freak thing that happened.) I sent them both into Canon and got them serviced and fixed and sent back to me!
18-55mm f3.5-5.6 This was a kit lens that I don’t use ever but it’s nice to put onto my t3i camera when someone wants to borrow it.
75-300mm f4-5.6 // This was also a kit lens that has a further zoom. I never use this one but again it’s nice to have to put on when someone wants to use it.
18-135mm f3.5-5.6 // I bought this lens when I bought my 80d body. I was using this and my 50 a lot until I upgraded and bought the next two lenses.
24-70mm f 2.8 L Series // This beast of a lens was the one I was super excited about purchasing. I love using this lens for not only beautiful photos but this is my favorite lens to film with when doing any of my YouTube videos. If you have the money and are really looking into getting into photography or filming I would say get it but if you’re just trying to dabble it is extremely pricey and I would look for a used one if you could.
35mm f2 // I love this one! This has been my go to quick lens to take photos pretty much everywhere. It’s extremely light and because my camera is a cropped sensor body I don’t have to move back as far to get more into my photo.
50mm f1.8 // The 50 was my first big lens I purchased after buying my first DSLR. If you’ve ever asked me about what to purchase starting off, I’m sure you’ve heard me say this one. I recommend it to everyone. The $125 price point is perfect to start stepping up past the kit lenses. This gives you the pretty bokeh background with a sharp focused subject.
SD Cards / / I have about 10 different SD cards! I had nowhere to store my video footage and photos so I kept purchasing more and more SD cards. Ethan already gives me slack about it but we purchased an external hard drive so I’m done buying more cards…for now! My favorite ones that I always find a great deal on are the PNY 64 GB. I know that seems like a lot but when you film videos or vlog that takes up a TON of space so I recently purchase the PNY128GB card and use it strictly for video only. I have the other 9 cards to use for photos haha.
SD Cards Case / / This case I purchased because I wanted something sturdy that would have no impact on the cards in any way. It’s worked fine the past 4 months I’ve had it.
External Hard Drive / / So as I was saying about my SD cards getting full and having to purchases many more cards, I did a lot of research and found this external hard drive to be the best one in my opinion. I liked that it had a barrier around it in case for whatever reason you dropped it that it would still protect it. This was pricey but so worth it. I also got one of the larger 5TB storage capacity so I wouldn’t have to purchase a ton of these external hard drives.
Wireless Remote / / I wanted a cheap wireless remote that I wouldn’t be too upset if I lost because they are so tiny. This one has served it’s purpose and works fine. The price was great and it’s easier to rather then having to setup the wireless portion on my phone.
Camera Strap / / I purchased this camera strap probably three years ago. I always get compliments on it and I find it to be way cuter than the Canon camera strap they come with. Not now but I would eventually like to get a different one.
Lighting / / So I got these lights as a Christmas gift. I wanted something to use because a lot of the time when I’m taking product shots it’s at night after the kids have gone to bed but the horrible yellow light doesn’t flatter anything and I needed something bright that worked well. I eventually want to invest in a ring light but for now that will have to wait.
Tripods / / I started out using Ethans old hunting tripod. Super ghetto I know but it’s what I had at the time and it served it’s purpose. I ended up getting two tripods for Christmas one year. I use this tripod for my photos, basically anything I need to take a photo of myself with or recording videos. This gorilla tripod I use more for vlogging or close up shots.
Camera Microphone / / So I bought this camera microphone for my 80d to do my YouTube videos. It was the cheaper version compared to the Rode Mic. I honestly have no complaints about and am happy with this purchase. I think if I got really serious about making YouTube videos I would invest in a better mic but this one does the job.
Voiceover Microphone / / I decided to buy a separate microphone to do voiceovers. Funny thing is…I have yet to do a voiceover in a video yet. I started doing a video with a voiceover but never ended up finishing it. I like how small this mic is and I think it’s super easy to travel with if needed.
SD Lightening Adaptor / / This is a HOLY GRAIL – MUST HAVE item. I swear I wish I had this thing sooner!!! If you currently have a camera that does not have wifi capability OR if you don’t have a laptop to edit on and have all of your phone editing stuff on your phone this is a must! I use this thing all the time, it has a special place in my diaper bag. Especially when I’m on the go and don’t want to take my laptop or want to take a nicer photo and want to post on social media. I ALWAYS use this.
Laptop / / If you don’t have the money for a laptop but have a DSLR camera, like I send before the lightening adaptor is a must! I wanted to dive into my blogging and invested in a MacBook Pro. I seriously love this little thing. When looking for a computer, Ethan and I talked about what we would want. He suggested a desktop which I wanted as well but when we talked about it a little more we didn’t really have a setup for a desktop and it would be nice to have a laptop that we could go and take anywhere around the house that we wanted.
Editing Software / / Right now I do all of my photo editing on Lightroom. I recently bought a preset off of Etsy that I’ve been playing around with but I find Lightroom to work best for me. As far as video editing I just use iMovie on my macbook. It’s free and really easy to use. Again, if I started getting more serious about videos I would definitely invest into Final Cut Pro but for now this works for me.
I hope you found this information helpful and useful! As always if you have any questions or need help with finding what would work best for you, shoot me a message and I’ll do my best to help you out!