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Sometimes when you’re just getting started with a blog or website, things can seem a bit overwhelming.  We thought it might be helpful to show you some of the blogging resources we use to make my blog happen, so check back often for updates!

  • Canon EOS Rebel T6i Digital SLR – The Canon T6i was the first DLSR we purchased, and we’re still using it today. It’s the camera we use for all of our photos and the primary video camera. The T6i is a great entry level camera for those just getting started with digital photography.
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera – The Canon T6 is very similar to the T6i. It’s a great entry-level DSLR, and has a slightly lower price point than the T6i. The T6 doesn’t have all the same features as the T6i, but it doesn’t lack in photo or video quality. We use the T6 as our secondary camera for videos to get all those awesome side shots!
  • Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT Aluminum Tripod – This Vanguard tripod was the first tripod we purchased. In fact, we purchased two. It works great for side shots on videos and photos. You’ll most likely need this video head for ease of use. This tripod does not come with a ball head, so for more functionality, a purchasing a ball head may also need to be a consideration.
  • Manfrotto 290 Dual Aluminum 3-Section Tripod Kit with Ball Head – I adore this Manfrotto tripod. It’s functionality is top notch, and the price is very reasonable. This is the tripod that we use for overhead videos and photos and all front/side facing photographs. It’s extremely easy to maneuver this tripod, and it’s sturdy for normal, everyday use.
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens – The Canon 50mm (“nifty fifty”) is my favorite of the two lenses I use. It’s a great all-purpose lens and takes excellent photos. It focuses well with beautiful, vibrant results. I use it on 95% of the front-facing photos and a few of the overhead photos. We recently updated the pictures for the blueberry smoothie recipe and used the T6i with the 50mm.
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II SLR Lens – I’ve had the 18-55mm lens long before I ever started blogging. John gave me a Canon SLR with several lenses as a gift over a decade ago, and this lens was one of those. Instead of purchasing a new lens when we bought the T6, I used this one. It’s the lens we use for overhead photos like the step-by-step shots in our banana bread recipe and the overhead shots in the Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Pasta. This lens gives crystal clear results with a slightly wider perspective than the 50mm.
  • SanDisk Ultra 32GB Class 10 SDHC UHS-I Memory Card – We have several of these memory cards around the house ranging from 8gb to 64gb. They are long lasting, durable (a few have been through the washer and dryer, which I don’t recommend), and have plenty of storage space. These memory cards work great for both videos and photography.
  • WD 2TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive – In an effort to save space on the work computer, I started saving all the blog videos and photos to an external drive. This external hard drive has tons of space and plugs right into the USB port on my computer. It only takes a few seconds to transfer the files.
  • FloLight FL-110HMD 2x55W Fluorescent Video Light – FloLights are the studio lights we use for videos. They are easy to set up, move around, and position. They do not come with the stands and diffusing fabric, so items have to be purchased separately.