I’ve been asked a few times what filming equipment I use, so I thought I’d do a writeup about it. Everything I mention is something I’ve been using to produce professional photos and video for myself and my clients. If you’re into photography or video for yourself or your company, these are great beginner tools that won’t eat up too much cash.
I currently use a Canon T3i . Although it’s an older model (I got it about five years ago), what I love about it is that it has a flip out screen so that you can still see yourself when the camera is facing you.
Besides seeing yourself, it’s helpful that you can catch on screen alters that show if your battery is low, the SD card is full, or if the camera stopped recording at some point. You don’t want any surprises there. I will be investing in a new camera soon, and the model I will be getting is the Canon EOS 70D because it has a flip out screen, autofocus, and amazing reviews.
I’ve been a Canon girl since I entered into professional photography in 2008. I haven’t had any issues with their lenses or camera produ
If you’re ever planning on shooting on location, I recommend getting a lightweight bag to toss everything in. This one has compartments for your camera body, lenses, batteries, SD cards and more.
A must have for anyone who takes photos and videos of themselves is a wireless remote shutter. This is the one I have and the battery has lasted for YEARS.
Most cameras come with one battery and a charger. It’s been a MUST for me to have backups. These ones don’t hold the same amount of charge as a Canon brand battery, but they are highly rated and a fraction of the cost.
I have three SD cards that I use interchangeably for my Canon camera and vlogging camera. I’ve found that the 64GB is the smallest I would ever purchase in the future. With the video settings I use, it can eat up a lot of room on the card quickly.
I’m a huge fan of a ring light for a frugal alternative to having a lighting kit if you’re just starting out. The one I use is this one.
If you’re going for more even lighting, this can be used in addition to soften up some of the contrast you get by using a ring light by itself. This kit also comes with backdrops.
If you’re outdoors, a reflector is very helpful to create more even lighting by filling in harsh shadows. I recommend using this set. You can even use this indoors to fill in the lighting you already have in your studio setup.
A sturdy, compact, and lightweight tripod is a must. There are many to choose from, but this one would be a good starter.
I have two options that I use consistently. One is a lavalier microphone and the other attaches to the camera. This set has both.
I’ve been using Final Cut to edit video since I went to school for Television Production in 2005. I highly recommend it if you’re a serious filmmaker. Otherwise, iMovie or any other software that comes with your laptop works just fine.
For retouching photos, I use Photoshop on my computer, but there are so many free apps nowadays where you can do many things to your photos without breaking the bank.
I will be adding to this list and changing things as I have new equipment or software.
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