My gears for Vlogging

So to kickstart my YouTube content creation journey, I need the relevant gears. As I am practising to be as minimalistic as possible, I tried to minimise my expenses on expensive gears. So the most versatile option is to get a GoPro Hero 9, you can check out this blog post of mine. It is light, compact and excellent in videos, it can get to 5K resolution.

Cameras and Accessories

GoPro Hero 9 Black – One of my favourite compact action camera till date. It has a front screen which allows you to review your current composition and your position when you are recording in vlogging style. This is so useful especially it is so near the lens, and not making it obvious that your eyes are looking at the screen instead of the lens. I have tried vlogging with my old Nikon DSLR with the flip screen and most of the time, you will see my head is pointing towards the lens but my eyes are looking to the left. This is so weird. In addition, it can records up to 5K. So if you are thinking of getting a light, compact and useful camera for vlogging, you can consider GoPro Hero 9 Black.

GoPro Hero 9 Black with Media Mod

GoPro Hero 9 Media Mod – Media Mod, microphone for GoPro Hero 9 Black. Audio quality is still decent and cost SGD$120.00. It is still affordable but quality is not bad. Previously I got a Rode VideoMicro which does not have any batteries powering it. It has only one 3.5mm audio jack, and I am really unsure whether it is working or not. I tested the audio and seems no difference. Rode VideoMicro is much more cheaper. Media Mod is a recommended buy if you are looking for a fast and cheap setup for vlogging use.

Apple iPhone 11 – Mobile phone for my daily use as well as Mobile Photography. But soon iPhone 11 is going to phase off as iPhone 12 is out in the market now. Smartphone cameras can be great or even comparable with DSLR cameras but there is one factor that you will missed if you give up on DSLR. It is the ability to zoom in and still get great photos and videos footages. Smartphone can be very convenient and you can shoot and edit instantly on the go. This is the winning point of using your smartphone as a camera and a vlogging camera. By the way, vlogging does not need to zoom, so this can be the most recommended device for vlogging.

Olympus OMD E-M10 Mark 3 – This is my main entry level camera I used to take photos at the places I go. Mostly I use it with a 40mm-150mm Zoom lens to shoot photos of wild animals in the nature reserves of Singapore. I also used it to record videos of the animals when I visit Singapore Zoo (Check out the YouTube Video here). Photography has always been my hobby and also the reason why I bought this Micro Four Thirds camera. It is compact and portable for travels. Thumbs up but I would still recommend to go for Full Frame Cameras. Spend the money and you will not regret getting a full frame camera.

Olympus OMD E-M10 Mark III with kit lens and 40-150mm zoom lens

And of course with a camera backpack which I bought from a Japanese shop, it is called the Tokyu Hands in Singapore. The camera bag is big, and comes with a separate pouch to keep the camera body and lenses. It comes also with a rain poncho to wrap the whole bag. There are many pockets for you to keep the necessary stuffs for a photography shoot outdoors. However, the downside of this bag is too bulky. I guess this is the strong point of a camera backpack. On my next post, I will review the backpack I used for the photography trips. Stay tuned!

My wife took a photo of me when I was doing a YouTube vlog today. Light and easy to hold for the Nu grip.

Best tripod for GoPro Hero 9 – Nu Bear Nu Grip 4-in-1

This is the most awesome innovation of a handheld grip floating tripod. It floats on water and very suitable for travels. I bought this tripod via a Kickstarter campaign and it is serving me well! I bring GoPro and the Nu Bear grip to the places I go because it is so portable. You can check out my previous post on GoPro Hero 9 Black. If you are thinking of getting one, trust me, it is definitely worth it and with this Nu Grip, the combination is awesome.

Handheld Grip

Easy and comfortable to hold even long hours. With the three legs, it forms an ergonomic grip. It just weighs 140g, an ideal lightweight companion. However, even with the Nu Grip, I brought along the GoPro floating handgrip in case Nu Grip got damaged along the way of travelling.

Handheld grip. I took this photo at SuperTree grove.

Pole

Looking for a selfie stick for your GoPro, this is the one. If you can have 4 functions built into 1 product, why not right? This is definitely the top choice. By the way, this post is not sponsored by Nu Bear. This is my honest review of the Nu Grip. A portable selfie stick / tripod / handheld grip for GoPro Hero 9.

The selfie stick or Pole mode.

Float

If you are heading out to the beach, sea, and ocean, you will not be afraid of loving your GoPro Hero 9 because it floats. With the bright orange indicators at the bottom of the legs, makes it more prominent to locate where your GoPro is. If you are going scuba diving, then this is a must.

Tripod

This is by far my favorite feature of this Nu Bear Nu Grip, the tripod. And now I do not need to worry or feeling frustrated to bring different tripods for GoPro. Without this, I have to bring the floating hand grip and another tripod specifically for GoPro. With this Nu Grip, I need to bring only one. It is awesome. The height of the extended mode to tripod is not tall but is good enough for some videos.

Nu Bear Nu Grip 4-in-1 for GoPro Hero 9 Black.
This is what I meant. If you extend the pole and open up the tripod legs, it becomes a tripod. Closing the legs becomes the selfie stick. Awesome, isn’t it?

Pros and Cons of the Nu Grip

Pros

  • Portable. Very Portable
  • 4-in-1 built into 1 handheld grip
  • Floats on water
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to hold

Cons

  • Can only mount GoPro Hero as default, for smartphone need to buy another accessory
  • Extended mode still not as tall
  • Materials don’t feel solid enough

Check out https://www.nu-bear.com/

By the way, this post is not sponsored. It is my honest review of this Nu Grip and it has served me well for my vlogging and filmography usage. If you want to find out more, you can check out my Youtube Channel here.

https://www.youtube.com/c/VictorsChannel

Top few mobile apps essential for photographer

Hello again! This post is dedicated to anyone using their smartphones as their camera to shoot around the World. Smartphone camera is good enough to shoot a decent photo and you do not need professional or high end DSLR cameras to have the same effect. Occasionally it does especially comes to night shots.

So here I am today to compile a list of mobile applications I frequently used to edit or shoot my photos.

Google Snapseed

I didn’t know Google Snapseed is so useful and powerful as an editing tool until I watched Youtube for the tutorials on Snapseed. There are so many tools available on Snapseed and you can even do masking on certain parts of the photo. You can even install Google Snapseed on your computer and it is free! Check out here, https://snapseed.online/

Snapseed has the equivalent adjustment tools as Lightroom, the only missing tool is adjusting the individual colours. Lightroom can do that. So usually what photographers do, they export the image from Snapseed to Lightroom and adjust the individual colours of the image. Nobody said you cannot use both, so why not?

Look at the adjustment tools.
This photo is edited using Snapseed with many different layers to get the desired effect.

The tools I used most of the time are Selective, Curves, Tune Image, Details, Healing, and White Balance. The rest of it are kind of effects which you can try too.

Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom on Mobile

You see, Lightroom has the equivalent essential adjustment tools for your image and most of the time I use Light, Color, Effects and Detail, also Healing and Selective. If you are keen to get Adobe Photography bundle, you can check it out at Adobe website. I got mine for $14 per month, and there are number of applications you can use on computer and mobile phone.

Edited using Lightroom
This illustrates the Evolution of Mobile Phone technology, from the olden days to the advanced current technology

Instagram Layout

If you are comfortable with using Instagram, it also provides the necessary adjustment tools to enhance your image. It is good enough. You can even use the Layout app to make your image looks very artistic. I tried combining 2 photos together, both with different colours and it looks cool to me.

The Layout tool can help you to create fake reflections. Then you edit with Lightroom or Snapseed to make it realistic. 🙂
This is where New Technology meets the Old Technology

And lastly Apple Proprietary Photo editor

It also contains the essential adjustment tools but there is no masking. This is important if you can do selective areas to adjust or adjust the colours individually. Not too bad for a editor, overall it is free.

So remember to download all the applications listed here for your photography journey. It is very useful and powerful.

I am going to end this post here and do check out my Instagram and Blog for more posts!