For a while I’ve been wanting to showcase the gear I use daily along with the stuff I take out on the field (either to a rally, march or covering news in general).
To start, I recently purchased an HP Chromebook 14 in the meantime while I repair my desktop. My main rig is (or was) a Cyberpower gaming PC, but since I bought it so long ago and I doubt they make the same model anymore, I attached the link to a similar one.
As for the Chromebook, it runs well and helps me keep up with whatever needs to be posted on my Twitter without any delay. For those of you not familiar with the Chromebook line, it’s basically a cloud-based laptop with a browser (Google Chrome — duh!). So that means no installing programs like photo/video editors. This is mainly geared toward college students and people who just need an inexpensive, but efficient, laptop. Like I said, it runs well for the tasks I need it to do.
Power on the Go
I’m always on the go, either it be to a lengthy march I am filming and live-tweeting or to some random bad car crash that somebody gave me a heads up on. It’s very, very important to stay charged up which is why I bought a Mophie external battery for my iPhone. I’ve had it since 2015 and it still gives my phone like 2–3 full battery cycles and conveniently has two charge ports so I can charge my phone and any other USB device.
I always get asked this whenever I post a nice photo. What camera do I use? For YouTube and photography. The answer to that is: Canon Rebel t3i. I bought it with the lens kit when I was still a teen, so there’s obviously more updated models like the Rebel t6i and t7i. The camera is considered an entry-level DSLR, so it’s perfect for those who want to get into photography or are thinking about starting a YouTube channel. Or both.
The 18–55mm lens my camera came with isn’t that bad if you’re a beginner, but you will definitely want to upgrade as you get the hang of it all. Trust me. Quality will improve a ton. After using the t3i for a few months, I went out and bought the ‘nifty fifty’ 50mm f/1.8 lens. Very inexpensive and provides sharp quality. I then went on to add the Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 to my lineup. It provided a wider aperture and was more for shooting videos. Exactly what I was looking for.
Audio has always been something I’m lazy with. Syncing stuff up in post production is just not my thing. Regardless of that, I went out and bought an Audio Technica at2020 studio mic along with a USB interface. I may buy a Rode Mic to do away with all the annoying things I have to do in post production since that mic is just plug and record. It’s also portable because it sits on top of your DSLR camera, whereas my current setup is more for at-home videos with a permanent setup.
You have no idea how helpful this thing is. It basically doubles your camera’s battery life by having two batteries in a cartridge beneath your camera body. The battery grip also has a shutter button so it’s pretty neat if you’re taking portraits. This thing has been a life saver in almost every situation.
What can I say…it’s a tripod. It does its job. No, but seriously, I have never owned a fancy, pricey tripod. I just haven’t had a reason to justify the steep price. I’ve always owned sub $40 tripods and they’ve done the job for the most part. I have no idea where I purchased mine but here’s a similar one for only $32.
Okay so, imagine you’re out and about with just your phone and camera. No laptop or any of that. Suppose you just captured a video or photo that needs to be posted ASAP. Rather than having to rush home, I bought this extremely essential adapter that allows me to transfer stuff from my SD card to my iPhone rapidly.