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Blogging tips #3: Equipment I use for blogging

July 9, 2018

Blogging can be done very easily and simply with a few pieces of equipment, however, in this post I wanted to share with you what I use for blogging, vlogging, and Instagram.

Please note that we hire equipment when needed but this doesn’t mean that you need more than an iPhone or good quality camera phone/computer.

Equipment I use for blogging/vlogging.

Camera

 

I use a Canon EOS M3 which is a mirrorless camera and a cross between a DSLR and a compact. You essentially get the performance of a DSLR but the portability of a compact camera. I chose this about a year ago as it was small, lightweight, had good vlogging capabilities (flip screen, good quality filming), it has WiFi connect-ability so you can transfer images to your phone quickly and you can add lenses and it didn’t break the bank.

This camera cost us just under £500 and has honestly been such a good buy. I use it daily, it’s used for all of the images on my blog, all of my Instagram images and we use it for filming on my YouTube channel.

I’m not sure you can buy the M3 now but the M4 is the newest model. If you’re looking for a camera that can do everything this is well worth a look.

My Mac

My husband surprised me last year with my Mac as the old one of his was quite slow and although it worked I spent a lot of time just waiting for things to load. I had never used a Mac before being in a job that used PCs and lots of excel, but having a more creative job now means the Mac suits me much better! I use iMovie to edit my YouTube videos (my husband edits some though and uses Premier Pro) so the MAC has been great for this.

Tripod

A tripod is really essential if you want to do shots without a willing photographer on hand or a sit-down YouTube video. It stabilises your shot and makes it look much better. I have a quite large tripod like this one so don’t take it out but it’s perfect for inside filming.

Gimbal

This is a new find for us and something we don’t own – yet! A gimbal is a tripod that you use when filming out and about and stabilises your filming. You know when you film your little ones and you’re running behind and the video is super jumpy? Well, a gimbal basically keeps the filming flat almost like you were gliding after them. See this clip on my Instagram picture (swipe for the video) this was filmed with my camera on a gimbal.

As I said we don’t own this yet as they’re quite expensive so we hire them through a site called Fat Lama which actually has loads of photography equipment on it and is all insured!

GoPro

We are using my sister’s husbands GoPro at the moment. It’s a hero 4, so nowhere near the latest one but we love it for holiday captures. We filmed nearly the whole of our Sani Resort highlights video using the GoPro and it’s one of my favourite videos.

Microphone

We have just bought an external microphone for the camera for windy days or outdoor filming. We bought a Rode VideoMicro microphone and haven’t used it yet but it’s supposed to be very good!

A good hard drive

If you’re going to be taking loads of images and video back up on a hard drive, regularly. You never know!

A Drone

My husband has been doing a bit more filming and recently we hired a drone, the DJI Mavic air. We hired it through Fat Lama again and it was amazing and gave some great shots. We might buy one in the future but for now and the next holiday video we’ll hire this one as it’s super small and records in 4x.

A good Insta husband

I had to add this one in! Genuinely a piece of my equipment is my husband! Haha. Without him or my Mum I wouldn’t achieve 90% of my images or video so your nearest and dearest can really help.

What equipment do you use?

For the rest of the series:

Blogging Tips #2: Photographing Children

Blogging Tips #1: Starting a blog

Sarah x

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9 Comments

  • Reply Megan July 12, 2018 at 7:10 am

    This list makes my own blogging “equipment” look ridiculous! A MacBook and a phone – that’s it! 🙂 It’s good to have a definitive list to hand that I can refer to.

    • Reply Sarah July 12, 2018 at 7:14 am

      I mainly use my Mac and camera, but as I said this is just the ultimate guide I suppose and we hire a lot! Xx

  • Reply Sara @ Magical Mama Blog July 12, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    I am so far behind on how I want to improve my pictures on my blog! I have a Canon Rebel and don’t know how to use it at all! I also need to sign my husband up for stepping behind the camera for me! Thank you for the inspiration!
    #ThursdyTeam

    • Reply Sarah July 13, 2018 at 5:45 am

      Thanks for the kind comment. I still have so much to learn on my Canon, it’s just finding the time to do it! X

  • Reply Kate July 12, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Good guide for serious bloggers of a certain kind including those who have cash to spare or invest. One of the things I love about blogging is that is accessible to most people whatever their means and you can build up equipment as you go along or just decide keeping it simple is fine depending on your blogging goals. #ThursdayTeam

    • Reply Sarah July 13, 2018 at 5:44 am

      I totally agree, as I said it can be done just on a phone and computer but if you wanted a guide of some of the things that you could also buy then these are some ideas.

  • Reply Helena July 14, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    This is a great guide for those wanting to take fantastic photos like yours #ThursdayTeam

  • Reply Kirsty July 18, 2018 at 8:43 am

    I’d be lost without my Mac and mirrorless camera. I haven’t seen a gimbal before (well I have but didn’t know what it was), that looks great.

  • Reply charlotte Stein July 19, 2018 at 11:56 am

    I need to up my game with tech. I can use my canon just about and my Mac just about! I really need to start using our go pro and as for a drone that would be great but im just not confident enough. I need a tech husband to help me! Loved your footage from the flower fields #thursdayteam

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