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My Blogging Tools.

May 8th  •  Posted in Blogging

My blogging tools.
My blogging tools.
My blogging tools.
My blogging tools.
My blogging tools.

It has been a while since I promised I would have talked about my blogging kit more in details in my Top 10 Photography + Editing Tips, and even though I know there are lots of posts similar to this one available online already, and that I’m never confident enough to share tips and suggestions as I’m no expert by any means, I think it’s quite fun to share the behind-the-scene of the blog a bit more often instead, especially if this can come useful to someone else (or even if not, I always find posts like this such an interesting read!).

I feel I need to clear out that it’s not mandatory to have a blogging kit if you’re a blogger, or to own all of it just because it seems everyone else is using it. I haven’t felt the need of purchasing a tripod until a few months ago and I’ve got one only when I started realizing I truly needed one for certain typology of photos. I still don’t own a studio lighting kit and always shoot in natural light (which I also favor), and I probably will never need one – even if everyone seems to need one.

That said, this is what I’ve found useful during these years of blogging and what has actually stuck around so far in my blogging kit…

CAMERA + LENSES :: My camera is and has always been a Nikon D3100. As I said in my photography post, it is a good camera for being so inexpensive and so far I’m not feeling the need to upgrade. Instead I think a great way to get better use of your camera is, firstly get to understand manual, and secondly invest in a new lens. My kit lens was okay but for my pictures to have a bit of character, I started feeling the need of a new one almost an year ago, so I invested in the Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Lens, which (again) is very inexpensive for being such a good lens to me: I’ve seen a huge improvement in my pictures since then, and even though one should first start using manual and then buy a new lens, I’ve found purchasing it a huge push to actually get to understand my camera better.

TRIPOD :: I haven’t needed a tripod for years of using a camera, until I started being serious with my blog photography and wanting everything to be extremely perfect. I have the Hahnel Triad 30 Lite Tripod and I’m completely happy with it, even though I think this is definitely an extra and not something essential if you have just started blogging and/or have already invested in something else. As I said, I’ve taken my pictures without a tripod for years and even though it is such a life savior and a great helper to finish up the job in a quarter of the time you’d spend shooting sometimes, I think this is something there’s no need to invest in unless you’re taking certain type of pictures (like photos of yourself or food photography) – for that it’s a huge helper indeed.

REMOTE SHUTTER :: Something I’ve lived without for even a longer period of time is a remote shutter. If paired with a tripod, it’s a serious game changer: it makes life so easy when you’re trying to take pictures of yourself or at you using your hands at something else, and it helped me taking pictures I wasn’t ever able to shoot before. However, as for the tripod, I think this is an investment that can be safely put off – cameras have self-timer and that’s what you use if you don’t feel extremely sure about investing in a remote shutter!

Some are very inexpensive on Amazon though, but I had to order two different kinds before finding a good quality remote shutter for my camera. If you have my same camera, I highly suggest the Kaavie Wireless Remote Control.

PLANNER :: I’ve always planned my blog posts and fixed my editorial calendar online (and I still use the Sunrise Calendar for it) but I’ve just recently discovered how practical and inspiring having an actual (made of paper) journal at your desk can be. I’ve got the Frankie Journal 2015 and I’m so happy with it: it’s such a beautiful layouted, inspiring journal to write on and there’s no better way to note down deadlines or the contacts you need to take note of than a beautiful and colourful paper, right?

NOTEPADS :: I’ve always been a to-do lists fan. There’s something so satisfactory in the act of ticking things off that I can’t even explain. For blogging, notepads are essentials to me, especially to write down blog posts ideas or things that I have to get done the current or next day. The Muji Notepad is minimal and lovely, such a great helper to me to brainstorm my blog posts ideas and to keep things on track with my blog, life and business.

HARD DISK :: My boyfriend has spent days of his life explaining to me why an hard disk is important. I still rarely remember to save a backup of my files on there, but if one thing is for sure, investing in a hard disk is always a good idea, not only for blogging, but for everything you do really!


That’s it, everything I need for blogging in a nutshell. I’d love to get to know what other fellow bloggers use on a daily basis! x

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  • Emily

    Need to buy a Reflex NOW!
    Wonderful desk 🙂

  • This post is too adorable. Obsessed with cute stationery, and yours all looks perfect! I forget to open planners in book form so I have a flat desk planner and it’s been a lifesaver! I get so much more done with it! Lovely post 🙂

    Martha Jane |

  • I use my hard drive all the time, it means I don’t fill up the space on my laptop with my blog photos 🙂

    Kate xo //

  • Your photography is awesome! I love your desk accessories too!
    I just went and purchased a Nikon D5500 to take pictures with for the very reasons you listed, I was making do with an iPhone + but it’s much better to be able to use a tripod and remote shutter on the go to get those really awesome blog pictures 🙂

    The CocoNicole ❤ Fashion Lifestyle & Design