This is my collection of video/audio equipment & blogging resources and that I use and recommend. Support me by buying through these links if you’re interested in anything!
|Sony A7S II (2017-present)
My newest full frame mirrorless camera. Because it’s a powerhouse packed into a small form factor, this is the camera I take with me everywhere I go for photos and creative video captures.
|Canon EOS 80D (2016-present)
My main camera for “talking head” shots, because of its beloved flip screen. I love it. Great for its fast and accurate auto-focus, which is really convenient for video.
|Canon EOS Rebel T4i (2012-2016)
My first DSLR in the game (I’ve sold it since upgrading). The Canon Rebel series are really great entry level DSLRs for beginners. Highly recommend it.
|Sony DSC-RX100M III (2015-present)
My point-and-shoot camera. Since getting the Sony A7S II, I’ve used this a lot less. Although I’ll still take it with me on trips when I want something small and lightweight.
|Sigma 30mm f/1.4 – My go to lens for the Canon 80D. This lens is so beautiful. F/1.4 opens up the aperture to let a lot of light in and create that beautiful depth of field.|
|Sony 24-70mm f/4 – My all-purpose lens for the Sony A7S II. I wanted to get ONE lens I could use for travel photography, vlogging, and videography so this one fit the bill. I wish I could find a zoom lens that’s smaller/lighter/faster but alas I might be asking for too much.|
|Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM – My zoom lens for the 80D – great for its super quiet autofocus, perfect for video. (Planning to sell this soon since I have my Sony now)|
|Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye – I used this for my travel vlogs in Korea and Taiwan, but I’ve sold it since.|
Video & Photo Editing
|Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 (2014-2016)
I absolutely loved using Adobe Premiere Pro for editing all of my Lavendaire videos up until now (July 2016). I loved its Adobe integration, being able to create a design in Photoshop, import the .psd file into Premiere, and be able to see live edits from Photoshop in Premiere. Sadly, the time has come where Premiere Pro CS6 just doesn’t cut it for me anymore. Because Adobe has now moved over to a monthly subscription model with Adobe Premiere Pro CC, CS6 is an old version that will never be updated and thus cannot keep up with improving technologies (ie: it doesn’t support LUTs or 4K).
|Final Cut Pro X (2012-2014; July 2016-present)
I started editing in FCPX when I got my first job as a video producer and the videographer I worked with laughed at me for using iMovie. It served me well for a couple years until I learned that the industry standard editing program for filmmakers was Adobe Premiere Pro, which is why I made the switch to learn the program above. Today in 2016, partly because Adobe CS6 is outdated and partly because your girl got hooked up with some sweet FCPX plugins, I’ve made the switch back. There are pros & cons to both programs but for my own reasons, it’s been worth the switch.
|Adobe Photoshop CS6 – I use Photoshop to create all of my graphics. It’s changed my life. I’m so glad that Photoshop doesn’t need to be upgraded so often and I can happily live off of CS6 for the time being.|
|Manfrotto 290 Xtra Fluid Video Head Kit|
|AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod|
|Sony Lightweight Compact Tripod|
|Wireless Remote Control|
|Rode Videomic Shotgun Microphone – Mic that goes on top of my camera to record audio for videos.|
|Rode NT1 Kit – Mic I bought originally for recording vocals, now I use it to record my podcasts.|
|Focusrite Scarlett Solo Compact USB Audio Interface – Interface to connect my Rode NT1 condenser XLR mic to my computer.|
|Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO Studio Headphones – clouds on your ears. I bought this for music recording and producing. Now I use these when I’m recording my podcasts.|
|Zoom H6 Six Track Portable Recorder – I use this to record podcasts on the go. Sometimes I’ll use it to record audio for video as well.|
|CowboyStudio Umbrella Lighting Kit|
|CowboyStudio Set of Two 105 Watt, 5500 K Fluorescent Light Bulb|
|Bluehost – Web hosting, where I host my website|
|WordPress.org – Not to be confused with WordPress.com. WordPress.org is the more complex version of WordPress you use when you pay to host your website somewhere.|
|Genesis Framework – Foundation for WordPress backend and theme|
|Mailchimp – Email list service|