This is the first digital SLR we had so we filmed our older videos with this one. But there is no automatic focusing when shooting videos, so you have to constantly adjust it whenever you move the camera. Now Joe uses it mostly for those super close shots, and he focuses it manually. The most useful part of this camera is the flip out LCD monitor, which comes in handy when you’re filming and not always standing directly behind the camera.
This is the newer version of the 60D. We purposely purchased this one because we needed a second camera and also it’s the first camera that came out with automatic focusing. This makes moving around a lot easier when filming. The 70D also has the flip out LCD monitor, and built-in wireless connectivity, which comes in handy. This has become our “main” camera for both filming and photography.
This is the first lens Joe ever owned, and it’s his general all-purpose lens. He says that it’s a good “beginner’s lens. The closest focusing distance is 1.15 feet. It’s a standard zoom lens with image stabilization to reduce camera shake even in low light. We use it because it’s what we have, but if we were to purchase a lens these days, we’d probably upgrade to a different one.
This is a prime lens therefore it doesn’t zoom. That means if you want a close up shot, you have to go close up! In Joe’s words, it’s a good middle range lens. It focuses as close as 18 inches for extreme close-ups. It has autofocus and excellent color balance making it ideal for natural looking shots.
This is our most recent purchase. We use this camera mostly for Our Yooniverse, our second Youtube channel, when we shoot vlogs. We found this camera through another Youtuber who recommended it. He sold us on the fact that there’s a flip screen, so you can check to see that you’re in focus even if you’re filming yourself. In other words, it makes a good “selfie” camera. It’s DSLR- quality in about half the size and weight, and the lens is interchangeable.
These cards are excellent for full HD Video. We originally owned two of the 32GB cards until we felt like we were running out of space while filming, so we recently purchased the 64GB one to make sure we have plenty of space.
We have two standard tripods and one Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender. We use the extender to hold the camera steady while filming overhead shots, such as our ingredients boards and title pages that you see at the beginning of our videos.
This microphone works great for picking up sounds like the sizzle of steak in a pan or a crunch of the knife through a head of lettuce. This used to be our only mic for a while until we realized that we needed a lapel mic to pick up the sound of my voice better, without it sounding muffled or distant. But it’s great for “action” noises.
We avoided buying this for a while until we realized the sound quality from the external camera mic alone wasn’t enough to pick up my voice clearly. This eliminates any “echo” sound and allows my voice to come out crisp and clear.
We tried to get away without purchasing professional lights for a while. This meant we were dependent on having perfectly sunny days! After some research and following the example of other Youtubers, we purchased this basic light kit to help mimic natural daylight. It comes with fluorescent bulbs, dimmable switches, and air cushioned light stands. It also comes with diffusers that make the light a little softer. This kit definitely helps make filming easier now.
There are a number of photo editing software programs out there, but Joe likes this one the best because it’s fast, efficient, and easy to use. He also uses it to properly organize all our photos. It includes advanced tools for color, contrast, tone, and noise reduction.
Joe likes to stay with the Adobe family and has been using Premiere for many years. It’s a professional editing program so it does more than other entry-level editing software. There’s a bit of a learning curve when you get started, but once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty easy to use. We purchased the Creative Suite 6 version a while back, but Adobe now only allows you to use their new Creative Cloud version, which requires a membership subscription, where you pay a monthly fee.
Make sure you backup all your work! Filming videos takes up a lot of space so we need something that can hold everything we do. It has super fast transfer speeds using USB 3.0. It’s relatively affordable and is compatible with both MAC and PC.