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Great Photography Gear For Bloggers

As a blogger who is out a lot playing around with my camera and meeting up with people, I’m asked frequently about my loot – what’s in MY bag? In this post I’ll share a list of what I think is some pretty great gear for bloggers that I use – and everything is quite affordable (my camera is well under $1,000 which, in DSLR terms, isn’t high end but still does a beautiful job). What works for me may not work for you but I really LOVE my Canon 600D and the 4 lens that I have (one is a kit lens, the other 3 I purchased). I also like my other goodies, like my camera strap and my cute camera bag that just arrived today.

Great Photography Gear For Bloggers

Here is a list of my loot:

Camera: Canon 600D with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens by Canon that came with it. This camera is great because it not only takes amazing photos but it has full HD movie mode – my latest obsession! Camera details/price can be found here: Amazon.de/Amazon.co.uk/Amazon.com

Lens: Canon EF-S 18-200mm 1:3,5-5,6 IS (Amazon.de/Amazon.co.uk/Amazon.com), Canon EF 50mm 1:1.8 (Amazon.de/Amazon.co.uk/Amazon.com) Note: I want to upgrade this lens soon though to the Canon EF 50mm/1,4. And the latest lens I’ve picked up is the Canon EF 35mm 1:2,0 (Amazon.de/Amazon.co.uk/Amazon.com)

Tripod: I use a Manfroto #222 joystick head on top of a standard tripod that my husband bought on eBay awhile ago. If you’re in the market for a tripod, Manfrotto is a really good one to try and they are super sturdy though not so lightweight – I only use this one for shooting at home. I haven’t gotten to the point yet to where I’m bringing tripods on the road with me… Ha! Baby steps, here.

Phone/Apps: I also want to add that I frequently use my iPhone 4 to take photos (Instagram addict) and I really like the KitCam app though I find myself using the Camera+ app most of the time. I’m also taking videos frequently with the Vine app and having a lot of fun with it!

iPad: I use my iPad constantly. More than my MacBook Pro even. It’s the best thing ever and the funny thing is, it took me 6 months after I purchased it to even get into using it. One great thing you can do with an iPad that is pretty cool for photographers is that you can pop an Eye-Fi card into your camera and transfer pictures wirelessly to your iPad while you’re shooting (as in instantly!) using the ShutterSnitch app. My husband and I shot about 30 photos for my last book like this and it worked like a charm when it came to styling and really helps you to pick up the pace on shoots, too.

Great Photography Gear For Bloggers

Camera bag: Ketti Chevron cloth camera bag. Note: Mine arrived with a dark purple lining that I really don’t like (it’s hard to see inside because it’s very dark) – the website says green lining (with photos showing it so I know I’m not crazy)- so I insist when you purchase a bag from them you make sure they get your order right. Other than the purple interior, the bag will work great for me – I love that it’s padded and has adjustable slots for the lens, the camera, etc. inside – yet it looks like a very “normal” handbag. I got so tired of running around in my ugly black (very standard, very boring) camera bag!

Great Photography Gear For Bloggers

Camera strap: Stardust camera strap from Bloom Theory in silver.

iPhone case: Le Pavillion iPhone case by Kate Spade and this silly pink cat from Accessorize. Don’t laugh. Okay, laugh.

So! That’s what I use when I’m out shooting and having fun. Hope some of these tips help you out! A few of the Amazon.com links above are affiliate links by the way, which means I earn about 6% if you buy something on the US Amazon site. All of the other links are not affiliate-related at all. No one has paid me or given me products, discounts or any freebies for mentioning any of the above items. I paid for absolutely everything at the same retail price as everyone else. :)

If you have any questions or want to share what you use, please do in the comments section below! What’s in YOUR bag?

Happy Friday everyone – loads of love to you!

(images: holly becker, thorsten becker and bloom theory)

Posted by decor8 in blogs, uncategorized on February 08, 2013

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  1. Rebecca Jeavons commented
    February 8th, 2013 at 3:50pm

    This is great
    will be looking at some add ons for my camera.. can’t always have a pro with you and hate to miss some opportunities

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  2. Lauren commented
    February 8th, 2013 at 4:17pm

    I have a Nikon D5100 and I love it. We have three lenses right now- an 18-55mm, a 55-200mm, and a 35mm. I love the 35 and use it most of the time. I really want to make a new camera strap and am thinking I might do something with leather, since my husband and I both use it. He may not apprciate sequins ;)
    Lauren´s last blog post ..the loot

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  3. Amanda commented
    February 8th, 2013 at 4:51pm

    Ah, I’ve been eyeing the Bloom Theory straps for months… But always forget it during the lead up to gift giving occasions. Must remember for the future!
    Amanda´s last blog post ..A Painting for Valentine’s Day

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  4. tinajo commented
    February 8th, 2013 at 5:26pm

    Thanks for sharing, it´s always fun to see what others use! I have a Canin 7D myself and LOVE it! :-)
    tinajo´s last blog post ..Sick rascal and Sweet baked brie

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  5. Eva commented
    February 8th, 2013 at 5:30pm

    Hi Holly,
    maybe this current event on German food blogs might be interesting as well where bloggers wrote about their camera gear: http://kochtopf.twoday.net/stories/food-o-grafie-ist-zurueck-1-kamera-ausruestung/

    In the comment section you will find the links to the different posts and here is also my camera post. http://www.food-vegetarisch.de/2013/01/foodfotografie-kamera-ausruestung/ – Hope it is ok, that I added these links. Otherwise just delete them, no problem :)
    Best wishes and have a lovely weekend, Eva

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  6. bea commented
    February 8th, 2013 at 5:37pm

    i upgraded from the canon 50mm/1.8 lens to the 50mm/1.4 and it is the best thing i’ve done in YEARS. almost, at least. i just love the 1.4 lens, even more than i loved the 1.8. the quality is a lot better and the depth of field is to die for. maybe in the future i can afford the 1.2 lens. that would be a dream come true, for sure.

    my point is: upgrade! you won’t regret it for a second. :)

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  7. Chris commented
    February 8th, 2013 at 6:07pm

    Thank you so much for posting this! It’s exactly the kind of info I needed right now. I’ve been toying around the with the idea of upgrading from my Nikon Coolpix to a DSLR but don’t want to break the bank. Thanks!

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  8. Laura Gaskill commented
    February 8th, 2013 at 6:20pm

    Woohoo! This was just the inspiration I needed and didn’t even know it. :) I’ve been attempting to practice my photography more in the hopes of boosting my skills and sharing more of my original work on my blog…plus I just got an ipad as a gift this Christmas, so I’m SUPER excited to hear of a new way to use it along with my camera.

    And oh my goodness, your camera strap is the BEST – I loved it as soon as I saw it on one of your pinterest boards! :) xo Laura
    Laura Gaskill´s last blog post ..The Language of Flowers + Printable Download

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  9. Elizabeth commented
    February 8th, 2013 at 6:33pm

    I have the Canon 60D along with the lens kit and I love it! Love that strap too! Funny that the website said the bag came with green lining. :)

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  10. Colleen commented
    February 8th, 2013 at 6:41pm

    I definitely have that same camera strap that came as a gift from my sister! I love it! It does get stuck in my hair sometimes though.. Great roundup!
    Colleen´s last blog post ..For the Love of Friday- Embracing Quiet

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  11. Juliette commented
    February 8th, 2013 at 7:16pm

    I love your bag! I’m getting a Canon DSLR and the 50mm1.4 lens in May and CAN NOT wait! I wish I could fast forward to May!! Your post made me excited about it all over again, lol. I started blogging w/just my phone camera and then finally got a digital point-and-shoot and I am so so ready to take my photos to the next level.
    Juliette´s last blog post ..Thrifting Abroad: Sun Spot

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  12. Casey commented
    February 8th, 2013 at 7:39pm

    I just bought my first lens, aside from the one that came with my camera that I bought a year ago. It’s the 50mm f/1.8 and I’ve been having so much fun playing with it. I’ve been taking product shots for 5 years now for my Etsy shop and my photography sure has come a long way! I’m definitely still working on it, though. :) The next thing I have to get is a new strap. That black CANON one isn’t too cute. Love the sequin one! Thanks for sharing tools!
    Casey´s last blog post ..Keeping busy.

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  13. Rebecca commented
    February 9th, 2013 at 12:03am

    That camera strap is awesome! Loving your chevron camera bag too. :)
    Rebecca´s last blog post ..Lovely Valentine Macarons

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  14. Wedding photographer commented
    February 9th, 2013 at 12:34am

    I simply love photography and your tips and hints are great. I love the camera strap, however have to admit I’m a Nikon user..

    Iphoneography is superb though
    Wedding photographer´s last blog post ..Yvonne and Jeremy – Pre wedding Photography

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  15. Amberly commented
    February 9th, 2013 at 6:37am

    I think an iPad is at the top of my list! It just seems so easy to use and carry around, and perfect for blog-reading at a coffee shop. Gotta start saving!!
    Amberly´s last blog post ..All About Color: 10 Very Simple Ways to Decorate for Valentine’s Day

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  16. Alexandra commented
    February 9th, 2013 at 1:06pm

    Thank you for this helpful and practical information! It can be quite overwhelming to choose the right camera and gadgets. Please keep us updated!
    Alexandra´s last blog post ..Das Styling von Dietlind Wolf ist immer etwas ganz Besonderes. Diese viktorianisch inspirierten…

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  17. Erin Ethier commented
    February 9th, 2013 at 5:16pm

    bookmarking this immediately!!! one of my 2013 resolutions is to learn how to take better photos & this is SO helpful. thank you so, so much!!

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  18. Tina Ramchandani commented
    February 9th, 2013 at 5:44pm

    Thanks for sharing Holly. Having trouble figuring out which is the right bag for me, because I don’t want to look like a crazy bag lady! Will check this one out. Just got my new 50mm lens in the mail yesterday, so excited!
    Tina Ramchandani´s last blog post ..An exclusive sneak peek into Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

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  19. Inge commented
    February 9th, 2013 at 8:09pm

    Ha! I love this post! I got my first Canon EOS 500 two years ago for my birthday, but I was searching high and low for a cute camera bag! I got the black standard bag (very boring indeed) and it doesn’t have enough place for all my lenses. So glad to read you have this cute “handbag” with a spot for every lens and your camera. I’ll look out for the same thing, since I don’t want to look like a tourist when I’m out and about shooting pictures. ;-)
    So funny to see you’re also having an iPad, my husband is getting an iPad for his birthday next month and I can’t wait to try it out as well. I’ll probably try to make it mine. ;) LOL!
    Oh and I also have an iPhone case of Kate Spade (with a pink side and white and black dots at the back)… I love Kate Spade cases!! ;)
    Inge´s last blog post ..Lovely finds on Etsy ~ my top 10 Valentine’s Day cards

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  20. Rosie Rogers commented
    February 10th, 2013 at 12:15am

    Love this post, It’s always great to know what photography gear everyone uses, I just love love LOVE your sequinned camera strap!
    Rosie Rogers´s last blog post ..Reading The Web And The Magic F

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  21. Isabel Magnasco commented
    February 10th, 2013 at 3:16am

    I loved this entry about your gear !!!

    Thanks for sharing it !!!

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  22. Gabriel commented
    February 10th, 2013 at 3:34am

    Ah! I really want that 35mm lens and the ipad/Wi-fi tip is great! That would definitely make things easier when shooting a post. As someone else mentioned above, it is my 2013 goal to create more original content and this post is super helpful. Cheers!
    Gabriel´s last blog post ..5 Artful Movies For Valentine’s Day

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  23. Veronica commented
    February 10th, 2013 at 2:33pm

    I’m loving your camera strap! I hope they sell those here in the Philippines.
    Veronica´s last blog post ..Crafts: Paper Fortune Cookies

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  24. Megan commented
    February 10th, 2013 at 3:39pm

    I love that you included a fun camera strap in your post. I noticed I started using my dslr more once I switched my camera strap from the bulky standard Canon one to a more lightweight and colorful one.
    Megan´s last blog post ..67 Books in 2013

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  25. Nache commented
    February 11th, 2013 at 1:23pm

    Great list! I just purchased the Eye-Fi from Amazon.
    Nache´s last blog post ..Cute Boot and “Shoe Boot” Styles Up to Size 12 From SOREL

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  26. Brittni commented
    February 11th, 2013 at 5:48pm

    Love this post. I have Canon 7D and I use my 50mm lens everyday. It was one of the best b-day presents my husband has ever bought for me. P.S. Aren’t Manfroto tripods the best? I love mine.
    Brittni´s last blog post ..Print This: Modern V-Day Art Print Greeting Cards (Free Download)

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  27. Laura K Aiken commented
    February 11th, 2013 at 9:16pm

    Hi Holly
    I can’t wait to try the apps you posted.! I can’t get enough of those. Anything photography related is always a plus. -laura.

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  28. Momographica commented
    February 11th, 2013 at 11:12pm

    This is such a great and informative post! Thank you for sharing such information!

    Me, I do use a Nikon D5100 and a Nikon 3000 (the first one arrived last Christmas but I am still using both of them). My lens collection includes the usual 18-55 (but I don’t use it very much), my treasured Tamron Macro 90 mm, a Nikkor 35 mm, A Nikkor 50 mm and a Nikkor 18-200. I love working with close-up lenses, as I love details.
    Momographica´s last blog post ..A Photographer’s Saturday Nature Gift

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  29. The Country Mouse commented
    February 12th, 2013 at 5:07pm

    Thanks for this post. I’m new to food blogging and have been researching cameras. It’s nice to know what you use since your photos are well composed and taken.

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  30. R. Joyce commented
    February 12th, 2013 at 6:07pm

    Thanks for this blog. I just got a point and shoot that allows for manual adjustments that I am working on mastering. After that I am moving to the big boy.
    R. Joyce´s last blog post ..Closet Home Office: The Big Reveal

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  31. anh commented
    February 12th, 2013 at 11:21pm

    great post! i’m going to check out all of the apps that you recommended!
    anh´s last blog post ..First Marathon

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  32. Angeli commented
    February 13th, 2013 at 6:42pm

    Hi Holly! Was looking into getting that eye-fi wifi card after you posted this, didn’t know such a thing existed! So cool!

    But then I saw the 190 1-star reviews on Amazon, and got scared! They say you can lose your photos anytime. It sounded like a great idea though! i am on the hunt for something similar, and more dependable. any ideas? thanks for the tip!

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  33. decor8 commented
    February 13th, 2013 at 8:32pm

    @Angeli – I use this one for my Canon 600D and it has never given me a problem – I have been using it for one year.
    http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Eye-Fi-Wireless-Wi-Fi-Memory/dp/B005LFT48S/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

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  34. Chrystina commented
    February 15th, 2013 at 4:11am

    Thanks for this post!! I really should find a camera bag to carry around – treat my camera with the respect it deserves. And if you come across a good “on the go” tripod, absolutely let us know :)
    Chrystina´s last blog post ..family matters valentines

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  35. Kendra commented
    February 19th, 2013 at 3:41am

    Thank you for sharing your tips and equipment. It’s always great to see what others use and their process. Time to go shopping to amp up my bag! K
    Kendra´s last blog post ..Color Lovah!

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  36. Alison Gibb commented
    February 21st, 2013 at 12:06pm

    Hello really want an ipad…but cannot decide on size/model…what have you committed to Holly and is it the right model for you?
    xx
    Alison Gibb´s last blog post ..Happy Valentines

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  37. Desiree commented
    February 23rd, 2013 at 12:02am

    Waugh Thanks for all the info ! really useful I am planning to get myself an ipad next month in NY so great tips .
    Desiree´s last blog post ..Military boxes | My living room

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  38. Mary commented
    March 17th, 2013 at 3:15pm

    Thanks for the post! You’ve included some great suggestions. I particularly like the camera bag because I’m always on the lookout for a bag that holds enough gear but doesn’t scream expensive. I’ll be ordering one today (and taking your suggestions about the interior color).

    Thanks again!

    Mary

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  39. Giò commented
    April 2nd, 2013 at 10:34pm

    Hi Holli,
    do you have any tips about the lights to use? Thank you very much!
    xoxo
    Giò´s last blog post ..Washi Tape Project on Vine

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  40. Ketti commented
    April 12th, 2013 at 11:53pm

    I’m just seeing this now, but thank you for featuring our bag! I’d be happy to send you the current version with the green lining :)

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  41. Jim commented
    July 1st, 2014 at 11:17pm

    Totally getting wireless card that will work with iPad. I use it for everything else, why not my photography.

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