As I dive deeper into this photography thing, I’ve noticed that I’ve actually accumulated my own little collection of camera gear equipment. So, I decided to share with you guys my camera bag essentials and some of my must-haves when I’m out shooting.
Now I’m not a super pro with a huge list of options when it comes to choosing equipment, however, when you’re just starting out it can be super easy to fall into the hype of camera gear and what you should buy. All the equipment I use today was purchased from either Amazon, Best Buy or Walmart; they provide the most affordable options for technology purchases in my opinion and they always have promos, student discounts etc. The quality of these products aren’t super professional quality but I did take the time and research them because I knew I couldn’t afford a “$400 tripod or any of the other crazy priced stuff I wanted and so I decided on the products that I am currently sharing with you.
I think this camera is pretty easy to use, I originally had a T6 but it didn’t have a flip screen for me to make sure I was in focus and it also did not have a port for an external mic. The T6 is primarily just for picture taking I’m guessing since it doesn’t have those features. The T6i on the other hand I think is perfect for any beginner just starting out and that can actually go for all the Canon Rebel series.
18 – 55mm Kit lens
The 18 – 15mm lens is the lens that comes with the camera when you purchase it. This lens is standard and can get all the shots you can ideally want. The lens has a great zoom distance and you can also get a pretty good wide shot as well. I have a few lenses on my wish list that pinpoint the type of photographs I want to produce but those cost the big bucks so until then, I will be getting all the use I can with this lens.
The 50 mm is the go-to for those who want to do “Youtube style” videos and close up portrait shots. This lens gives you that soft blur in the background leaving all the focus on the subject. I like using this lens when I’m doing my videos and when I shoot other people. I don’t really like shooting myself with this lens because it isn’t a zoom lens so you have to set the tripod super far.
Canon Camera Strap
Sometimes when I’m out just shooting for fun, it can be a hassle to have to pull my camera out everytime I come across a good shot so I always make sure to have my camera strap with me to just let the camera hang from my neck. Also; if you don’t have a stabilizer, you can use the camera strap as another point of sturdiness.
I have a Canon trigger remote that connects to my camera using wifi but the batteries died and I just haven’t purchased any new ones. I currently use the Canon app on my phone. This app does not only act as a remote, it also allows you to access your images as you’re taking them. The Canon app only works for Canon products obviously but, there are other apps that do the same thing for other brands.
This thing is so necessary if you’re trying to be “about that blogger life”. The one I have has a wrist strap so you can secure it from slipping out of your hand and if your clumsy like me then this would be perfect for you. There are so many different options to choose from but I like this one because it’s small and fits nicely in my purse when I just want to keep it simple and bring my camera out with no extra gear.
You can really never have enough of either; when I first started using my camera on a more serious note, I would get so frustrated because either my camera dies or my memory card was full and that waste time and light if you’re relying on the sun. I now usually carry at least three memory cards and two extra batteries when I’m out shooting a project. I tend to only use up two cards and one extra battery but the extras keep me safe.
I think this is such an undervalued tool but it is so necessary for anyone who takes photos or videos. Extra space sums up what a hard drive is; it allows you to save so much more stuff without slowing down your computer or any other devices. I use my hard drive to save all my files for NEW VIBEZ; it keeps things organized and easy to find. I also keep files of photos/videos that I need to edit as well as my final edit “finished” products. You can delete things as needed once it starts to get full but I actually like the idea of keeping them for memories as the fill-up. I think it’s a great way to show my growth as a creator and look back on down the road.
When it comes to my actual camera bag, I am currently still using the one that comes standard with the camera body and kit lens. I haven’t found one that I like enough to buy. Camera bags are an investment and I want to make sure my first one is perfect. I am open to suggestions if you have a brand in mind.