How do your favorite bloggers get great pictures? Gear, and a knowledge of photography. Here’s a look at what I shoot with, my “5 Blogger Camera Bag Essentials.”
First, my Canon DSLR (a T3i). Aside from my iPhone, my DSLR is the #1 most useful thing I own. What else is in my camera bag? Let’s take a look.
ThreadDetectives – What’s In My Camera Bag?
- Camera (Canon T3i + kit lens) – my Canon is the cornerstone of my camera bag. I’m not blind Canon loyalist (as I’ve also got my eyes on the Sony A7s, because its low-light capabilities are insane), but this was my first real camera purchase. I love it. It’s a great first camera; it’s easy to learn, and it’s great for filming video, and for pretty much everything you will ever need as a vlogger/blogger. I believe they’ve discontinued the T3i, but its younger version (the Canon T5i) is available. The lens it comes with is 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens.
- Lens – I also bought a Canon 50mm 1.8 lens. I had read good reviews, that it’s a great “first prime lens” for those getting more into photography, and I’m happy with it. I find it works well with night shooting, and with portraits.
- Memory cards and USB reader – if you look carefully, you’ll see that I’ve got a 2gb card, two 32gbs cards, and a 64gb card. If these seem like random denominations, they are. Two 64gb cards should be sufficient.
- Extra batteries and chargers – pictured above: the Canon charger and battery that came with my camera. Not pictured: my second charger and two extra batteries by Wasabi. If you’re only shooting photos, you’re probably fine with a single battery. However, if you’re filming, or bringing your camera on multi-day trips where you don’t know if you’ll be able to charge it, multiple batteries are the way to go.
- A camera bag – when you’re buying a camera, make sure that there’s room in your budget for a camera bag. As a blogger, your camera is your tool; treat it with care. Find something that you like the look of, and that’s within your budget. I went with an affordable camera bag by AmazonBasics; however Amazon’s selection is massive. In hindsight, I would have spent a little more on one that looked a little sleeker.
(dressing room, LACC Theatre Academy)
So many people are loyalists to a certain brand of camera. And while we Thread Detectives love our Canons and our Sonys, our REDs, our Blackmagics, and our Nikkons, at the end of the day, we know a good photo isn’t about the camera… it’s about the person taking the shot. Photography is about making the most of what you’ve got. And if you don’t yet have a DSLR, or you’re looking to travel lean…
…make sure to check out part two of our blogging photography series, The Best Photography Equipment You Already Own.
Do you shoot with a different DSLR? Know of photography resource we need to hear about? Share it with other Thread Detectives in the comments section below.