When it comes to blogging, there are certain things you will need to invest in and things you will want to invest in. In this post, I’ll be going over the things I think you should invest in, in order to grow to your fullest potential. With that said, I’ll include cheaper options as well because you don’t need to start with the best of the best, you just need to start.
While some people say it’s not about the gear, it’s about what you do with what you have, I don’t entirely believe that. Sure you could use an iPhone to take all your photos but unless you are serious and want to land better paying jobs and collaborations, you need a professional camera. It will take your photos to the next level and companies will pay for better quality. There is such a thing of out growing your equipment too. You can only do so much with what you have.
You could hire a photographer every time you need photos taken but by buying your own camera and teaching yourself, you are learning a valuable skill and saving money AND time. You don’t have to wait for other people’s schedules to line up with your own to shoot and you don’t have to struggle to get the look of photos you want. In some cases it works out perfectly if you find a photographer you are in sync with completely but it can be rare. Even then, they aren’t always going to be available so it is good to have at least a nice backup camera.
For me, I use a Sony a7. It is a full frame, frameless camera. I’ve had two DSLRs before it and I am in love with my Sony! It’s so much more sharp, fast, and small! Sony has really stepped the game up and if you’re looking for a great camera, I really suggest a Sony. Plus, the a7 has wi-fi capability. You can use your phone to take photos from afar, or send them straight from the camera to your phone.
A little tip: Don’t get the kit lens (the lens a body usually comes with). Only invest in a body and then buy a lens that is better. I use an Sony 85mm 1.8 lens and a wide angle lens, the Rokinon 14mm 2.8. I also have a Sony 28-70mm 3.5-5.6 but really only use it when I take underwater photos, since it’s the only one that fits in my underwater housing. I suggest getting a 50mm or 35mm lens if you just want to start with one overall good lens. Then you can start building up and getting different lenses for different needs.
SD Cards | Good SD cards are essential. You want them to have enough storage space but also be good enough quality to not get randomly wiped or corrupt. I’ve had a few cheap ones do just that. My favorites are these. The 1000x 32GB, just one has plenty of space for me to do multiple shoots and some video.
Batteries | Always buy multiple batteries! There have been so many times my battery died in the middle of a shoot and I didn’t have another. I bought these batteries and so glad I did.
Tripods | A tripod comes in handy for all kinds of things. If you like to take video, using a tripod will help you. If you like to take flat lays, using a tripod will help you. I use one that a friend gave me but I’m thinking of buying this one next.
Lighting | A ring light will make all your videos look 10x better, and any photos inside or close-up portraits.
External Hard Drive | An external hard drive is needed to backup all your photos, work, and even website. It’s like a safe keeping of all your files.
You’re going to need a computer to edit, write, post, blog on. It’s an essential part of being a blogger. Now, I’m not going to say you need a Mac but it does make life a lot easier. The fact that I can airdrop photos, videos, and files from my computer to my phone or vice versa is awesome. I have a MacBook Air and it’s small, lightweight, and does the job for me. You can even buy refurbished and save hundreds of dollars. I have one refurbished and it works perfect, just has a small dent on one of the corners. If you find yourself editing a lot of videos or need something fast, get a MacBook Pro.
Courses or books can be very important to both beginners and seasoned bloggers. I still read books on blogging and listen to podcasts to keep learning everyday. The world of blogging is ever-changing and it can never hurt to learn more. It CAN hurt to not learn at all and not evolve with the times.
I have bought a LOT of e-books and physical books on blogging, courses to learn how to gain followers on Instagram, and read countless articles and blog posts about the business. While some of it I felt were a waste of money on things I already knew, there is one thing that I suggest every single blogger or striving blogger invest in.
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These things will all help you in starting your own blogging and being successful in it. While having all the right equipment is important, it is up to you to use it and work as hard as you can. You can do whatever you put your mind to, seriously.