If you’re ready to make this dream of yours a reality, you’re going to need the right gear. In this instant, social media driven world, people are less likely to read and more drawn to instant, beautiful images and videos. To be a successful blogger you not only need to have amazing content, but also continuously improve on your visual brand game. In this post I’m going to share with you #allthethings you may need no matter the stage you’re in.
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I see all the time people asking about computers and laptops because what they had has died. Here are a few of my recommendations.
This is actually my current laptop. I have an amazing desktop that my husband built me but needed something to be able to take on the go and edit photos while on the road, or sneak out to Target for some alone blogging time. My husband is the computer guru and he signed off on this one. I won’t get all geeky-super-nerd-techie on you like he would, but the long and the short of it is this laptop will do exactly what you need it to. It runs all of my Adobe programs like Photoshop, Lightroom, Bridge, and Premiere. I can even have multiple open at once without slowing it down. It has two hard drives on it. Upon uploading all the Adobe programs I was going to need, it nearly maxed one out. However, that left the other to hold all of my photos. And since I use cloud based programs otherwise for website editing, newsletters, even apps like Google Word Doc., I wasn’t super concerned about it. The only cons that I’ve seen in this laptop are the touch pad being very touchy, and the screen isn’t crazy clear. It has something of an anti-glare/matte finish on it. Some people like it and some don’t. It doesn’t bother me enough to want to send it back so I deal. I typically use my desktop for photo editing since it has a huge screen that allows me to get right into the details, but if you’re looking for a laptop that will do what you need to and will not break the bank, this is a great one to start with. If you want to photograph a laptop in any of your flat lays, while desiring it to look like an Apple product, this one will suffice.
If you have a bit more money to spend, this is my first choice. *insert gasp* I know, I’m probably one of the only photographers you’ll hear that actually prefers a PC laptop over a MAC. But I promise you, as someone that even owns an iphone, this MSI is the bees knees and I don’t care to pay for the branding of Apple. This MSI has a solid state drive which allows for crazy fast uploading of your programs, and multiple at once. It also allows for an insane amount of storage. 1 TB is more than enough storage space for even the big time blogger. As a professional photographer, it held so many files and never once needed to be emptied – and I promise that I had no shortage of image and video files. It also has an amazing graphics card allowing for even more detail to be observed in your videos. It also has a 3.0 USB port allowing for super quick uploads and downloads. The only cons to this laptop are it’s size and the looks. While it looks amazing and fun, if you’re looking for a generic laptop to photograph that everyone can relate to – this isn’t it. The keys can change color, you don’t have that silver base, it’s obviously a gaming computer – not a standard blogging laptop. The size was part of the reason I bought it. I loved the big screen and durability. However, this is a home laptop. It’s not meant to be put into a backpack and taken around campus, it’s just too heavy and big for that.
I’ll be honest – the only reason I’m including an Apple product on here is because I know they do work and many photographers love them. I’m generally a PC girl myself. I don’t want to pay for the branding. That might seem really silly coming from someone that is all about visuals and branding in general, but in this case I’ve not seen as many good reviews on this brand. Still, I want to include it to at least educate on which Apple laptop you should go with, should you be sold on using an Apple product. This is the 15″ MacBook Pro. This laptop is certainly sleek and will definitely help you feel legit. The screen display with retina, is amazing and the video quality for things like Skype and Zoom are to be rivaled. This also has a solid state drive allowing for the speedy upload of your programs. Like the MSI, you’ll be able to run multiple programs at once – no problem. However, this laptop lacks in storage space. You will need an external hard drive to store your images and videos – no question. This particular one does not even have a CD drive, which likely will not be an issue anyhow, but still. I hate to crap all over a brand, but what you’re paying for with an Apple is the branding and clear screen. You could save money and get just as good of a laptop with the cheaper ones listed above. However, if you’re used to using Apple products then switching to a PC or vice versa, is going to be like getting submerged into a culture when you don’t know the language. So that’s something to consider too.
Having the right gear can make a world of difference, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. Here I’m going to tell you about the cameras that I have used, tested and stand behind. As I test out new cameras, I will be sure to add them here with a review and information.
Sony a6300 – $
Not going to lie – I’m a Canon girl. At least, I was until I rented this Sony from Borrowedlenses.com. I rented it on a whim at the advice of Rachel Farnsworth of The Stay at Home Chef. After watching some of her videos and interacting with her in a private Facebook group she revealed that one of her cameras was this Sony a6300. I noted how incredibly sharp the images and videos looked. When I rented it for myself, the clarity was impeccable! The whole time I rented this camera I only used the kit lens, and that was all I needed. I had the camera for a week and still didn’t get to fully engulf myself in all the bells and whistles this camera has. Not only is it super budget friendly, but the quality of the photos is simply amazing. For any beginner blogger or one with a tight budget but wants a professional camera, this one is nothing to snuff at. It is also super light and small making it perfect for lifestyle bloggers that are constantly on the go. This camera with the 16-50mm kit lens can find right in your purse. FULL REVIEW POST COMING SOON.