Tech Talk: What Do I Use?

I conducted a poll on my Instagram asking my followers if they wanted to know what kinds of tech I use for my posts. The majority voted ‘yes’, so today, I’m here to share with you all what I use! I will split this post up into 3 categories:

  1. Day-to-Day Use
  2. Camera/Photography + Accessories
  3. Productivity

**Just as a disclaimer, I’m a blogger, but not in any way am I in the “big leagues”. I consider blogging a hobby, and love to do it for fun, and to be able to share my experiences with others. The products that I mention are just what I use. In no way am I saying that you have to buy these products; oppositely, I don’t see the need for me at this time to buy bigger, better products. What I do is for my pleasure only.


 

Day-t0-day Use

For everyday tasks, I use my iPhone 7 Plus; this includes for picture-taking and for my productive lifestyle. 99.9% of the time, my iPhone does the job for most everything that I need. I’m a very organized person, or at least try to be, so my apps are grouped into categories to make it easier for me to find what I need when I need it. In additional to the factory apps, I’ll leave a quick list below of the categories and apps that I use on a daily basis:

Entertainment

  • Hulu
  • Netflix
  • YouTube
  • Pandora
  • Shazam
  • Music (Apple)
  • iTunes Store
  • theSkimm

Social Media

  • Facebook + Facebook Messenger
  • Snapchat
  • WordPress
  • Pinterest
  • Followers (to track those who have followed, unfollowed, etc.)
  • Telegram
  • Slack
  • LIKEtoKNOW.it
  • rewardStyle
  • Bitmoji
  • GIPHY

Photo + Video

  • Instagram
  • Lightroom CC
  • Aviary
  • Instasize
  • Snapseed
  • Planoly
  • VSCO
  • Facetune

Health

  • Nike Training
  • MyFitnessPal
  • Club Life

Medical

  • Medscape
  • Drugs.com
  • WISER

Finance

  • Wells Fargo
  • PayPal
  • Cash App

Shopping

  • Amazon
  • Sephora
  • boohoo
  • ASOS
  • Poshmark
  • Shoptagr

Travel

  • Emirates
  • Delta
  • Southwest
  • Skyscanner
  • Hooper
  • Uber
  • Lyft
  • Airbnb
  • Passport
  • TripAdvisor
  • Currency XE

Food + Drink

  • Starbucks
  • Panera
  • UberEATS
  • Augusta ToGo

Extras

  • Bible
  • Wallpapers
  • Google Drive

 

Camera / Photography + Accessories

Boy oh boy! I’ve gone through SO many cameras and accessories over the years–from compact to mirrorless to DSLR. Currently, I own a Canon T6i body with a 50 mm f1.8 lens. I’ll preface by saying that I’m not in any form or fashion a professional or aspiring professional. I only own a camera to take clearer, more crisp pictures than my iPhone can produce. I’m mostly camera illiterate, but if you own a DSLR, here are a few things that I’ve learned that will make your photos pop–especially if you’re a lifestyle or fashion blogger:

  • For the best photos, don’t use your kit lens. When buying cameras in the past, I’d never buy a separate lens with the body, and that was my first mistake. When I purchased this Canon T6i, I only bought the body and opted for a better lens. The 50 mm f1.8 lens, or “nifty fifty” as its affectionately known, is a beginner lens that most all people who own a DSLR have. It’s perfect for shooting outfit pictures, and will give you that oh-so-admired background blur, or bokeh.
  • Use manual settings. Shooting in Manual mode is a great way to learn about how ISO, aperture, and shutter speed affect your exposure. For most all of my pictures, I use an aperture of 1.8 (this is what gives me that bokeh effect); depending on what time of day that I’m shooting and where I’m shooting at will determine my ISO. In many cases, if it’s a sunny day, I’ll set my ISO to 100 to 200; on cloudy days, I’ll set it to maybe 400-600. I’ve haven’t shot at night, so I don’t know about those particular settings, but when I do, I’ll update this info.

As for my accessories, I only purchased a few additional items that weren’t included with my camera body. I’ll link the info below:

  • Viltrox Wireless Remote Shutter This baby is a necessity for solo picture takers! Maybe once or twice have I ever gotten anyone to take photos of me. To be honest, I think it’s awkward trying to model for a stranger, and I’d rather just do it on my own if I can. I use my tripod and this wireless remote shutter to capture my images. It’s really quite easy to use. It comes with an attachment that you hook to your shoe mount on one end and a plug that you insert into the camera at the other end. This kit also comes with a wireless remote with a few different settings, like timed shooting or continuous shooting. When I take pictures, I hold it discreetly in my hand and, most often, set it to continuous shooting. I LOVE movement, and this setting gives me some great candid/action shots.
  • Black Web 66″ Tripod I’m a tall girl, and I needed at tripod that would at least reach my height (or close to it). This tripod is perfect for beginners, and when extended all of the way, reaches a height of 66 inches! I love how portable it is (folds to 27″), and it’s quite sturdy and has no issues holding my DSLR. It has a 3-way fluid pan-head, quick-release plate and a dual-bubble level. This must-have tripod is ideal for any photographer, from hobbyist to pro. It has a 7-pound load capacity and includes a tripod carrying case and a mount for smartphones and GoPros!
  • SD Card Obviously, these are needed for storage of your photos. I typically get either the 32 GB or 64 GB cards. They can literally be found anywhere–at your local drugstores or superstores. I like to keep a few handy, especially if I anticipate traveling soon.

 

Productivity

Most all of the electronics that I own are made my Apple. The laptop that I use the most is my 13.3″ Apple MacBook Air. I’ve owned it ever since I was a freshman in college, and it’s been so faithful to me over the past few years. I’ve never had any issues with it crashing or giving me any technical problems. I know that Apple products can be expensive to some people, but it’s a product that I highly recommend. Not only is it user-friendly, but is super lightweight and portable. I use this laptop for general surfing, TV-watching (e.g. Netflix, Hulu, etc.), school work, uploading pictures, etc.

If I’m out and about and need something not-so-intensive, then I bring along my iPad Mini 3. I mostly use my iPad Mini if I have a meeting and need to surf the Internet or type up some quick notes. I have a portable keyboard attached to the case that makes it super convenient for business and travel.

My newest piece of equipment is my Lenovo 14″ Touchscreen Laptop. This 2-in-1 laptop is perfect for my creative side! It features a 360 swivel screen with touchscreen features. I love to use this when I’m sketching up DIY projects or want to get fancy with brainstorming ideas. I also use the Wacom Bambo Ink Smart Stylus , as it’s compatible with laptop and makes writing and drawing much easier. It’s probably not the most perfect for travel, considering that it’s 14″, so I use it mainly at  home, but so far, I’m loving all of the features that it has to offer.

 


Thank you all for stopping by, and I hope you all enjoyed this quick tech talk! Stay tuned for more posts!

 

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