These are all the tools and gadgets I use and love to create videos and take pictures, I broke them down in categories for easy sorting =]
If you are looking for bags for your gear, check this post I wrote with the best camera bags for women.
I purchased this camera on a wimp when I started researching tools to make Vlogs (I am so embarrassed!). I know I could have just done it with my 80D (listed below) but this is such a light camera and the quality is almost as good as my big camera. If I wouldn't have purchased the other one first, I would have probably stayed with just this one. And this kit has pretty much everything that you would need. The only extra items I purchased was a microphone (below) and a better hand-held tripod.
I really like how small this microphone is and that it also comes with a cable that you can add to your iPhone, the sound is great and the wind cover is awesome.
Before purchasing this one I purchased this GorillaPod, but it's super bulky, I like how light this one is, I purchased in kickstarted and love it. But I still use the Gorilla Pod for attaching awkward placements. I loke to add this tripod head for easy in-and-out of the base.
This is the camera kit that I currently use, I like that it came with the EF-S 18–135mm Lens, the Rode Microphone, and also a 32GB Sandisk Memory Card. I could not recommend it more, it is a big investment, but if you are thinking about getting an AWESOME camera for photos AND video, this is the one! (plus is much cheaper than the high-end cameras) And if you also want to check a class on how to use it, this one in Creative Live is so great!
This is a very recent addition to my set up and I am obsessed, I had such a hard time checking if my video were in focus because of how far I set my camera, this was the cheapest option I found for the price and it's so worth it! I just had to get this cable to connect it to my 80D camera and done!
This was my very first lens purchase, I wanted something that would let me get very close and personal with my tutorials that that would provide a great bokeh in the background and this lens does just that! Plus is not a fixed lens.
This was my second lens purchase, I love the beautiful portraits that you can achieve with it, and use it for probably 90% of the pictures in my shop. this is a fixed lens, so you will have to move if you want to get closer or farther from your subject.
I recently found this kit for my 80D camera, so that I can plug my camera directly to the power, this way I can keep shooting without worrying about my battery dying in the middle of a video.
This was my second tripod, I started with the basic Amazon one, but this one allows me to do overhead shots. Now I have 2 systems for overhead shots that you will see below, but this tripod was what I used to start.
I just had to add this strap because I loved it and I purchased the whole set, this one, the carry case and the hand holder. so everything would match, I know! Nerdy!
If your budget is very small and you want to improve your pictures, just getting one of these bulbs can make such a difference! but remember to diffuse the light in some way, because it can be a little harsh.
This is the upgraded and basic option for lights, it uses the same bulbs I share before but includes tripods, holders and white umbrellas to diffuse the light. One of Ken's friends gifted him a bunch of gear and something very similar to this was included, so I used it for a while.
This is a little bit more of a pro version since it has softboxes instead of umbrellas, but it still uses the same bulbs. I upgraded my light to the ones below though, because my boys kept knocking my lights and breaking bulbs, after the 4th one that I had to replace, I just decided to go a different route.
These are my current light and I am obsessed with them! I also purchased a little diffuser for them. I love how it has dimmable controls for white and also for the yellow output, so you can play with the temperature that they display. I am using direct power all the time, but I love that I also have the option to use them with batteries in case I move them and there's no power close.
I purchased this one because I wanted something easy for quick Instagram videos and they work super good, the light is not rough and I still use them every once in a while.
This is the main piece that you will need, all you have to do after you assemble it, is taking the plate that holds the monitor, you are going to find a little screw at the top, this is what you will use to attach the tripod head, so you can move the camera easily and in case you want to take it in and out fast.
I really like how this tripod head allows me to move the camera freely and also take it in and out super fast.
While I have not tried it, the idea of adding my lights to this rig sounds cool, I like that they offer all kind of different add ons that you can get for extra camera angle or gadgets. You just need a little creativity to set it up =]
This was the very first holder I purchased to record videos for Instagram. Unfortunately, it only worked for me until I upgraded my phone, once I had a bigger and heavier phone, it no longer hold it and it would bend over. fi your phone is light this is the perfect option to start.
While this is not for overhead shots, I use this cardholder to place my phone and get a nice side view when lettering small words, it's perfect for a close up for IG.
This is the exact holder I use for my phone, all I did was take the microphone attachment out and added the phone holder listed below, BUT now I also use it with the bigger video rig holder as well. I also always have extra screws in case I need a smaller one or bigger.
This is the first phone holder I purchased, I really like it but my new phone fits way too tight, so now I use the one below.
Since I kept changing my phone, I decided to just get this thing and that way I would not have to change the holder every time I changed the phone. I attach this to my overhead rig and holds my phone and extra stuff super easy!
This stand has the phone alder already included, so if you want to just buy one thing instead of two separate things this is perfect for you.
This is my absolute favorite lens for my iPhone, whenever I am showing things on IG I usually do it using this lens, it makes such a difference! The only down-side is that in order to use it you need a special phone case.
This is the case I use with my lenses, it's super simple to attach them, I have been eyeing this other case, but they don't have it for my phone right now, so I'm saving it for the future.
I have 3 Moment lenses right now and this one is one that I have definitely not played enough with. It's super cool, I just need more time to be able to test it more =]
This was in my wish list because I am carrying my lenses in a pencil case right now, but I think I might just attempt to make a DIY case for them, so I can fit some extra stuff as well.
Before getting the Moment lenses, I purchased a set like this one, and while they are not as good, its a great way to start and see if you would even use them as much. So you can upgrade later =]
I purchased this gimbal before our last vacation to Chile because I wanted to make videos of our trip, I love how easy to set up is and how smooth the footage looks, I don't know if I would buy it again since it doesn't hold my DLSR camera, but it's still a cool gadget.