If you’re blogging, you’re using some kind of consumer electronic. At first I thought I would just need a cheap digicam and a laptop, maybe even work computer to do the job but as time rolled on, I found that it just wasn’t enough. One by one, I had to get new things, my first laptop died, I dropped my camera and it was no longer under warranty. The video camera I used to have became obsolete. God knows how many phones I’ve been through in the last three years.
Today I have a whole new arsenal of gadgets I use with my blog in one way or another. Honestly I’m not a gadget freak, and only somewhat technical. Many of you probably use more gadgets in lots of ways, @bionicpuzzi goes between her Blackberry and netbook all day, @partycupcakes uses her Nikon D80 and iPhone for pictures.
Here’s a list of what I use, some of it I love and can’t live without, and some of it will be destroyed Office Space style as soon as I get the money to replace them.
- 15″ MacbookPro – As a former graphic designer, I have only ever owned Macs (an industry standard). When my last Macbook caught on fire due to a faulty power cord connection, I replaced it with this in 2007. I like this one a lot, more so because it only gave me lip once in the three years I’ve owned it.
- Vivienne Tam HP Mini 1000 Netbook – I actually use this every day, well the days I go to the gym, it fits perfectly on the stationery bike, so I use it to catch up on my RSS in the morning while I work out (my workouts aren’t very impressive). Sometimes I’ll take it on trips as it’s small size is handy, and it’s a powerful little machine, a year later, I’m still impressed with what it can do.
- Canon Digital Rebel XT– I call this my little baby. Yeah, I should probably get a cat, or at my age, an actual baby, but for now, it’s a camera. It does everything I need, shoots in RAW format, has all the basic SLR capabilities, and it’s lightweight and not overloaded with features I’ll never use. Plus, many professional photographers say they own this camera and they use it frequently. When you can get a used one for about $350, it’s a good camera to start out with.
- Canon Powershot 2100– My first gadget after my old Fuji digicam died. It’s a great little camera which lots of options to tweak when you’re ready to move beyond point and shoot without going crazy. I don’t use it as much anymore, but like to keep it on hand. It also has decent video capability.
- Canon 50mm F1.8 Lens– Have you noticed how amazing the photography is on many French Blogs? From my visits to Paris, bloggers such as Eleonore Bridge and PunkyB and Cachemire et Soie use this lens, as well reportedly The Sartorialist, AltaMira, Le Blog de Betty. They all have that soft look with a lot of depth of field where you can have an in focus outfit, and a softly blurred background. The problem with this lens is that there is no zoom, and the lens is very wide, so you have to stand far away to get a good shot.
- Flip Mino HD Camcorder– My husband gave this to me for Christmas, I’m still trying it out, and did my first video post using the camcorder yesterday. I love how it’s small, lightweight, easy to figure out (very few options in the user interaction) and the software is in the camera, so I can use it with any computer as it plugs in with an attached USB stick. Oh, I was able to upload directly to YouTube with the embeded software making this super easy to use. LOVE.
- Android G1– Right now I’m using the Android G1 developer phone. I’m not a developer, so I can’t upgrade the software. It’s basically useless now. Otherwise I might like it, but after an embarrassing hiccup in Google’s service this morning, I’m questioning my dependence on Google products. So I’m looking to replace my phone in the next month or so.
Do you find that lately you’re changing your habits?