Being realistic, to blog all you need is your laptop or phone however there are a few items of equipment which make it easier for you as well as being able to produce better content. I receive numerous emails a day with questions asking what I use to blog, what camera I use, and what I use to edit my photos so today's post is all about my blogging equipment. This post is mainly for those of you who are new to blogging or are wanting to start your own blog and wanting to know what you need to get you started. Or you may just fancy being nosy like me as I love reading these types of posts, and that's fine too.
This has been my most expensive purchase I've made since I started blogging. When I set up my blog in 2012 I was using my trusty Sony Vaio which then decided to crash on me one day, so I decided to upgrade to a Macbook later that year and it's been my best purchase to date. Of course you don't need an expensive laptop/computer to blog but if you're looking to blog more seriously you may wish to upgrade and find something with better software for editing etc. I use my laptop every single day, whether that be to write up blog posts, respond to emails or waste hours on Facebook and Twitter.
I use my iPad for reading blogs in bed or drafting up blog posts if my laptop is charging or I can't be bothered to open the laptop. It also comes in handy on the go and for holidays to respond to any emails, draft some posts and also catch up on all my favourite blogs.
As you can probably tell I'm a total apple girl so of course I'm going to own an iPhone to add to the collection. Pretty much all of my Instagram photos are taken with my iPhone 5s, the camera isn't the best of quality but it does take a decent photo plus with a few editing touches they turn out good enough to upload to the blog. My phone is also used for social media throughout the day whilst on the go, responding to emails if they need a quick reply and also making notes for blog posts.
The Canon d650 was another fantastic purchase made of mine since I started blogging. I developed a love for photography once Amelia was born and wanted to teach myself so I splurged out and bought one for myself. I'm by no means a photographer but I do love taking photos and the Canon d650 is a great SLR camera for blog photos. Definitely a good investment if you're wanting to produce better quality images, although having said that I often use my iPhone to take photos if I haven't got my camera to hand.
I often pair it with my 1.8 50mm lens and find that this produces better images than the kit lens which came with the camera. I like using this lens for my flat lay images and also photos of the kids as it creates that blurred effect and has a great depth of field. As I said I'm no pro with my camera but I do shoot in manual and I am still learning every day. I tend to just play around with the settings until I am happy with them. This lens is really cheap too at just £80!
Another handy piece of equipment for any blogger is a remote for your camera. This will come handy especially if you are talking outfit photos, photos of all the family or even when filming videos.
I recently purchased a Gorillapod tripod which can be used with my iPhone for when I'm out and about as I can easily attach it to something like a gate, tree or fence and get a photo of myself with the kids and it saves taking the big camera out with me and trying to set it up somewhere. The Gorillapod is also great to use as a mini tripod for food photography or product reviews if you have shaky hands. I believe these are also available for camera as well as use with smartphones.
I also own a Tripod for my Canon d650 which I use for my flat lay images and have also for my weekly pregnancy and maternity images in the past. A tripod will always come in handy for a number of different reasons, they are pretty cheap too so you could even keep one in your car if you're known to take a lot of images out and about.
I like to keep a spare SD card to hand just incase my current one randomly decided to stop working or fall into 100 pieces on me! It has happened many times before where I'm left having to contact people to let them know that the review will be a couple of days late due to having to wait for a new card to arrive to take more photos! Which doesn't look good professionally!
I have recently bought a planner in hope to be more organised! I have many dairies and notebooks but nothing as such to keep on track with my every day life and blogging. I own a Kikki-k planner which I absolutely love!!
To edit my photos I use PicMonkey, I find that it's much faster to edit images for the blog on there instead of opening up Adobe photoshop which takes up much more time. You can upgrade to the pro version for extras but I find the free version is just as good and exactly what I need. I only make a few adjustments such as increase the brightness and contrast and the image is good to go. I do also sometimes change the size of the images to fit the blog and this also helps your images to upload faster!
Get the gear....