In the past couple of months I have bought some snazzy new and inexpensive camera equipment. I always thought you had to spend millions on camera equipment, but in the last few months Ive realised that you don't. Hopefully in upcoming posts (and videos) you will see a difference in them, but it's not so much what you can see that's amazed me, it's how much these products have helped in making blogging just that little bit easier.
The first addition was something that was purchased at the time of buying the camera, that's the Canon 50mm lens. We managed to come to a deal with the guy in Currys for the bundle so we went for it and I am so glad that I did. This lens creates beautiful photos with the minimum effort required. Blurry backgrounds and a heavy focus, I love it. This is the cheapest lens from canon you can buy - I think and there are a couple of downsides. You have to have the camera quite far away form you for filming, I haven't actually tried this properly yet but it's a little annoying. The other thing that annoys me a little is that you have to have the steadiest hand ever when taking photos, otherwise they are a blurry mess. However, not a problem for me thanks to my next addition.
A tripod, I finally have a tripod! This above all the other items makes me feel like a true profesh ;) I have the Hama Tripod, which was from amazon as a Christmas present. I would not be without one now, especially with my shakey hands. Everything is just so much easier. I no longer have to balance the camera on top of my hamster cages! Plus you can pick up one for around £10 which is perfect to just keep at home to blog with and they fold away very compact.
This winter has seemed darker than any other time I've been blogging for. Maybe that's because now I care much more about how my pictures look, but I've found it a nightmare. A quick search on Amazon lead me to this lighting set and for only £20 I decided to give it a go. I didn't have the room for the large fancy smancy ones and this is super compact - and it runs off batteries! This light certainly hasn't disappointed, allowing me to blog in pitch black if I wanted too and it has filters so you can change the tone of the lighting.
The one cheeky little purchase that actually allowed me to blog again whilst I borrow a laptop is a little USB adaptor because there is no SD card reader in the laptop I'm using at the moment. Without this little £1.50 device I wouldn't actually be typing right now.
If you don't have the inclination to fork out on a new lens then I have the perfect solution for you, these lenses from ebay. These are actually magnificent. I cannot say anything else. They screw onto the front of your lens and vary in strength from +1 to +10 so you can really have a massive range here with only the 4 lenses, and they are £8! This seller has so many camera goodies you should really have a nose.
The one item that was missing from my kit - ohh snazzy can I call it a kit now? - was a camera remote. After a bit of googling I came to realise that with the Canon 1100d it's not as simple as buying a wireless remote. You have to buy a specific type like this one which has a wireless receiver you attach to your camera. Again this is another device that has made blogging so much easier and I should imagine it will with filming too. I don't have to worry about a steady hand or taking millions of photos just to have one good photo.
So what do you think to my goodies?
What are your camera must haves?