Gear has always been something I’ve studied long and hard before buying. It’s an expensive skill and I always try to make sure I get the best bang for my buck. So, I decided to share what I use. Not only to see it all laid out and ask myself, what have I done!? But, also to help you guys get started. I try to stick to the more affordable side of things when I can. Here is some of the gear I currently use along with the gear I have used in the past and would recommend.

I am also going to include a few online tools and services I use on a regular basis that I highly recommend. I use ALL of these services on a regular basis.

  • Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Studio XLR Microphone

    I bought this microphone back in 2011. Every video since then has been recorded on this mic. It has great sound quality and I will likely continue using it until it stops working.Buy product
  • Audio-Technica AT875R Shotgun Condenser Microphone

    I ended up using this mic combined with a Tascam recorder to get voice overs done at work. I've also used it for recording how-to videos and the sound quality is amazing compared to built in camera audio.Buy product
  • Behringer UCA222 USB Audio Interface

    At the time, all of the USB interfaces were out of my budget. So, I got this to plug the Behringer audio interface into in order to convert the signal to USB for recording on my pc.Buy product
  • Behringer Xenyx 502 Mixer

    This is the audio mixer I plug the AT2020 in to. It enables phantom power in order to power the mic. I use it to adjust the levels and to plug my headphones into for zero delay.Buy product
  • Canon EF 24–105mm f/4L is II USM Lens

    This lens came as a kit with the Canon 5D Mark III. I would choose this 90% of the time because of how versatile it is. No need to keep switching out lenses out in the field.Buy product
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens

    This is a fantastic lens on a low budget. It's a prime 50mm lens and it works just fine in low light and when you want a strong bokeh.Buy product
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III

    My first full frame DSLR. It was quite the upgrade from my Canon 60D. I really enjoyed using this camera. I just wish it had a flip out screen!Buy product
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

    This is the newer 5D that came out recently. I haven't had a chance to try it yet but it has some neat upgrades I would be interested in experimenting with.Buy product
  • DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo

    I've always been intimidated by buying such an expensive drone because all the cheap ones I've flown were bad. This thing is a dream compared to those. It has all the bells and whistles and I'm able to fly it at full elevation while only looking at my phone to get landscape shots.Buy product
  • NEEWER 160 LED Dimmable Video Light

    This light is a BEAST. For the cost, I was surprised how bright it is. I've used it as the key light, fill light, news style interviews, etc. It's an all around good light for the price in my opinion.Buy product
  • Neewer 43in. (110cm) 5-in-1 Collapsible Light Reflector

    I recently had the need for this when recording a product install on a truck. The top part of the product was lit by the sun but the bottom was dark. I used this to reflect some light on the bottom of the area I was filming.Buy product
  • Neewer NW-35 Metal Scissor Arm Stand

    This was a more recent purchase since I got a new desk. I had a floor stand but that would get in the way. This conveniently mounts to my desk and allows me to have the microphone in front of me when recording and push it away when done.Buy product
  • Neewer Timer Shutter Release Remote Control

    Sometimes you need to shoot with slow shutters and this is perfect to minimize touching the camera and causing blur. I've used this to time the shutter for nighttime sky photography as well as just regular product shots as well.Buy product
  • Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlite

    This has come in handy quite a few times. I usually shoot in daylight or with lights but on the rare occasion I have to photograph in the dark, this has come in handy. It works great once you get the hang of its manual controls.Buy product
  • Pixel Pro Wireless Shutter

    This has come in handy quite a few times for product shots. This allows me to set the camera on a tripod, go hold the product a certain way and take the photos I need at different angles. One man band!Buy product
  • Rode RodeLink Wireless Microphone

    If you're not looking to spend over $500 for a mic, these work just as good. They are easy to maintain and operate.Buy product
  • Sony Wireless Bodypack Lavalier Microphone System

    This wireless microphone system has come in handy quite a few times. I've used it in a machine shop that gets quite loud. Even then, this mic was able to pick up the voice just fine.Buy product
  • Tascam DR-05V2

    This was my very first digital audio recorder. I mainly used it to hook a lav mic to and record that way. But, I did also used it as a standalone mic which was way better than my internal DSLR microphone at the time.Buy product
  • Tascam DR-10L

    This is a cheaper alternative to wireless microphones. However, you will have to sync the audio to your video in post. On a budget, I don't have an issue with this. The reason I got the wireless systems are mainly for quicker turn around.Buy product
  • TASCAM DR-40

    I upgraded to this audio recorder because of the XLR inputs and phantom power. This allowed me to record voice overs and other audio out in the field.Buy product

Magix offers a monthly subscription for Vegas Pro at a cheaper cost upfront. I’m currently running this plan as I’m getting back into things and checking out their latest version without having to fork up $500. If you’re interested in their new pricing tier, check out the link below.

Envato Elements is a great place for finding all sorts of media assets licensed for use in your projects. Just pay a yearly subscription and you have unlimited access to all of their resources! I currently have and use this daily. It comes in handy for music, sound effects, and stock video. I recommend you check them out!

Fiverr is a place full of creative people who can do just about anything you can think of. I’ve used them in the past for voiceovers, logo’s, and artwork. If you need work done but don’t have the time or skill, I highly suggest checking them out. You can even sell your own services. I’ve done a few gigs myself!