Photography//Filming Equipment I Use

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.

For a shoppable list of the products I mention, please visit my Amazon Store.

Camera:

Screen Shot 2018-08-23 at 3.27.03 PM.pngI 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 alerts 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.

Screen Shot 2018-08-23 at 3.36.26 PM.pngI’ve been a Canon girl since I entered into professional photography in 2008. I haven’t had any issues with their lenses or camera products.

Lenses:

I currently have the 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm lenses as well as the “kit lens” that comes standard with most cameras. The 35mm is by far my favorite to shoot with.

 

Screen Shot 2018-08-23 at 3.31.52 PM.pngCamera Bag:

If you’re ever planning on shooting on location, I recommend getting a lightweight bag to toss everything in. Make sure it has compartments for your camera body, lenses, batteries, SD cards and more.

Remote:

A must have for anyone who takes photos and videos of themselves is a wireless remote shutter.

Extra Batteries:

Most cameras come with one battery and a charger. It’s been a MUST for me to have backups. Off brand batteriesdon’t hold the same amount of charge as a Canon brand battery, but they are highly rated and a fraction of the cost.

SD Cards:

I have three 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.

Screen Shot 2018-08-23 at 3.28.33 PM.pngLighting:

I’m a huge fan of a ring light for a frugal alternative to having a lighting kit if you’re just starting out.

If you’re going for more even lighting, a full kit can be used in addition to soften up some of the contrast you get by solely using a ring light. The one I included in my list also comes with backdrops.

If you’re outdoors, a reflector is very helpful to create more even lighting by filling in harsh shadows. You can even use it indoors to fill in the lighting you already have in your studio setup.

Screen Shot 2018-08-23 at 3.30.29 PMTripod:

A sturdy, compact, and lightweight tripod is a must.

Audio:

I have two options that I use consistently. One is a lavalier microphone and the other is a shotgun mic that attaches to the camera.

Editing:

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.

Blessings,

-Kytia

For a shoppable list of the products I mention, please visit my Amazon Store.

*Affiliate links are used which means I receive a small commission if you choose to purchase a product listed above. However, these are products I genuinely support.

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