Writing a blog looks rather glamorous from the outside, but behind-the-scenes, quite a few tools are needed to run a successful blog. I’ve had a few requests to do a post on my blogging equipment, so today’s post is all about the gear I use to run my blog!
The camera I currently use is the Olympus Pen E-PL7. I bought this camera for a few reasons: I needed a camera that could fit in my purse and not be too bulky around my neck, had the capability to take videos, and have quality lenses. Honestly, I couldn’t ask for a camera that better fits my needs! It’s great if you’re just beginning your blog because it’s small enough to take around with you and practice taking photos.
The majority of my photos are taken with a 17mm f2.8 lens. This lens is amazing, hands down! It takes the most beautiful, crisp photos with blurred backgrounds. It’s also a fixed lens, which took me some time to get used to, but I love the photos so much more. If you’re new at blogging, I highly suggest the 17mm lens because it takes beautiful product photos as well as street photos. I also recently bought a 40-150mm f4.0-5.6R for our trip to Iceland. It’s perfect for landscape photography!
As for memory cards, I currently only have one – the Sony SDXC I 64 GB. I bought a 64 GB because I can take multiple videos and photos without having to worry about being out and about and my memory card getting full.
Camera & lens bag
I don’t use my camera bag day-to-day since my camera fits in all of my purses and bags, but I have this faux leather one. It works great when I’m taking all of my gear out of the apartment at once. It allows me to fit my polaroid camera, my Olympus with a lens, another lens, and chargers. If I’m taking a larger purse and don’t want to fool with my camera bag, I’ve been using these pouches for my camera and lenses – these are great because the inside is soft and protective. Plus, they’re easy to throw into a purse or backpack.
I have two studio lights and these bulbs that I only use if I have to. I prefer natural light, but it’s nice to have faux lighting just in case I’m shooting last minute and I’m need of lighting. The lights are super easy to set up!
I have this tripod and love it! I use a tripod every now and then, but not regularly. Having a tripod is great not only for taking steady photos but videos as well.
For most of my product photo backgrounds, I use a white poster board. It’s one of the easiest backgrounds I’ve found because they’re so cheap and easy to find everywhere. If you’re just starting out, you can always pick up a poster board from Target and it’s an inexpensive way to start taking product photos.
As far as software goes, I use Lightroom for all of my photos. I’ll sometimes use Photoshop, depending on my editing needs. If you’re just beginning, but think that you want to pursue blogging, I highly recommend Lightroom. I think it costs $150 flat or $9.99 a month.
I hope you found this post helpful! If you have any post request, please leave them down below or feel free to contact me via email!