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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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?
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