Maybe you’re travelling. Maybe you want to create some content for your small business. Maybe you’re just really passionate about pizza and need to share in-depth knowledge of all the best pizza places in town. There’s so many reasons to start a vlog, and there’s a ton of options to get started with.
Here’s some ideas for a great kit to get you started for less than $1000:
1. Canon EOS Rebel SL3 Kit – The Canon SL3 is an affordable, compact DSLR kit with Dual-pixel Autofocus for smooth focus tracking in video mode. The camera also has a microphone jack and fully articulating LCD screen for easy filming, no matter whether you’re filming yourself or the world in front of you.
2. External Microphone – Great audio is a critical part of making a great vlog. Using an external microphone is a simple way to step up that audio. Pick a lavalier (lapel) microphone like the Deity V.Lav if you’re recording a lot of talking-head footage, or a small shotgun mic like the Rode VideoMicro if you want something easier to run-and-gun with.
3. Sescom Headphone Splitter – Improving your audio is a great step, but monitoring it can save you a lot of hassle in case of interference or disconnected microphones. This splitter allows you to use headphones while shooting on an external microphone.
4. Aputure M9 Compact LED Spot Light – Designed to sit right in the hotshoe on your camera, this daylight-balanced LED light is small and lightweight but powerful. Easy to recharge via micro-USB, this is a great piece of kit to keep you and your subjects lit in any situation.
5. Joby Gorillapod 3K Kit – Whether you need a little extra reach or a chance to set the camera down, Joby’s Gorillapod is a versatile, compact tripod solution that’s easy to bring with you. The flexible legs mean you can wrap the tripod around a fence post or tree branch, or any other predicament you find yourself in so that you can get the shot.
Video can be intimidating, but this is an example of some lower-budget tools that can make a big difference in your finished product.
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Canon EOS Rebel SL3 with 18-55mm f4-5.6 IS STM
RODE VideoMicro Compact On-Camera Microphone
Sescom 3.5mm Attenuation Cable
Aputure AL-M9 Pocket LED Light
Joby Gorillapod Ballhead 3K Kit
When it comes to portraits, the lens you choose has a huge impact on the final image. Good glass can make great portraits. Here’s five things to consider when choosing your next portrait lens:
1. Fast aperture = beautiful bokeh – With a lens that has an aperture like F2.8, or F1.8, or even F1.2, you can get beautifully blurred out backgrounds that look professional and draw more attention to your subject.
2. Sweet and sharp – Higher quality optics, such as Canon’s L-series lenses, translate to sharper images, and a sharpness that extends to the edge of the frame. This means you can fill the frame with your subject and still retain a stunning level of detail even in the wisps of hair to the edge of the image.
3. Go long to flatter – A longer lens, like an 85mm, 135mm, or even 200mm will compress the image, rather than distort it in an unflattering way. A longer lens will also give you more working room, so you’re not invading your subject’s personal bubble as much.
4. Prime-time – Prime lenses (lenses with a fixed focal length, like 50mm) are often sharp, small, and have a faster aperture as compared to their zoom counterparts at the same price point, and are often favoured by professional portrait photographers.
5. Zoom for less room – A zoom lens (like the popular 24-70mm F2.8) will take up less room in your bag than three or four primes within the same focal range. They’re also really handy if you’re trying to work quickly in a more confined space where you don’t have as much room to move around.
Investing in good glass is always a good idea – it will last longer than your camera and can make a world of difference in your images. Canon’s L-series are designed to be top-quality and perform to help you get the picture.
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Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II USM
Canon EF 135mm f2.0L USM
Canon EF 85mm F1.4L IS USM
Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USM
Canon EF 50mm f1.2 L USM
Canon EF 35mm f1.4L II USM
Canon has entered the full-frame mirrorless game with their new EOS-R and EOS-RP. But with so many new cameras on the market, why should you go with these?
1. Really Freakin’ nice lenses – Canon’s new RF mount has introduced a new lens selection, and they’re all… Really Freakin’ nice. Like the gorgeously sharp 50mm f1.2, or the 28-70mm F2 lens, which is the fastest zoom of this focal range on the market today
The digital age has made photography so much more accessible, but so often all these digital images get lost and hidden away in the depths of a hard drive. But, printing your work has so many benefits that we forget about between the 0’s and 1’s.
1. Tangibility – There’s a reason that printing is often termed “photo finishing” – because having a tangible finished print is a whole different experience than just looking at a screen.
2. Visibility – You go on vacation with your digital camera, take 3000 photos, get home and download them, and you never look at them again. Sound familiar? Choosing a few favourite images and printing them simply means they get seen. Whether it’s framed above the fireplace or filed in a photo album, physical prints allow you and everyone around you to actually enjoy them.
Nature is full of incredible subjects and textures. The closer you look, the more there is, and so many interesting photographs can be created with these as subjects. Take a look at five tips to improve your close-up photography.
1. Get a macro lens – Macro lenses are specifically designed for close up photography. They’re sharp, they focus close, and they’ll become a versatile part of your camera bag, since they also double as great portrait or low-light lenses.