Happy Sunday everyone! Phew, it’s been a tough few weeks for me handling work and school so sorry for the lack of updates. After my trip to Houston to Anime Matsuri in a couple weeks, things should be easier for me to update you guys if all goes according to plan. I have a ton of homework to do today so I gotta hop right onto it after making this post. *sigh* I miss not having so much work to do. I just want one day to not stress over anything.
I took that first pic at Mini A-KON a week ago with my new Tokina 11-16mm Pro DX II lens. I wanted to buy this along with more equipment for video/photo shooting purposes in hopes to make quality content from now on and apply for scholarships with my videos. This was the biggest investment I’ve ever made in my life so I’m going to definitely be using my free time to properly learn to master each of these gems in my collection. I went on bhphotovideo for everything besides my light kit which isn’t going to be shared in this particular entry. If you are ever wanting to look into buying some devices for your channel or blog like lights or camera accessories, I really recommend this site! I’m also not sponsored at all by them, they are simply great at providing affordable techie goods of good quality and the descriptoin/reviews are really helpful and don’t look like they are bias either.
They were mega fast at shipping my package out to me and it came with free pamphlets for me to browse through. They have a student account you can sign up for to get more discounts as well. Okay on to what I bought!
As I mentioned above, I purchased a new lens that has a larger aperture and wider lens so for my ootd videos and photos, I don’t have to do too much work to get the entire shot in the frame. My standard lens was a 18mm – 55mm so it was decent but not wide enough for me since my room is quite small to begin with. So far, I really love the outstanding quality of it and it seems like I have a completely new camera! It adds quite a bit more weight to the body of course but I’m still pretty happy with it. I’ll be solely using it for videos and photos so it doesn’t matter too much to me especially since I found an alternative portable camera for going out. Here’s some more shots I took of myself before heading out from that weekend.
Btw, I no longer am wearing this wig. My real hair is finally exposed and got a major trim thanks to Kevin but I’ll discuss that in another post.
The next thing I got was this Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS Silver point-and-shoot camera. I figured this was needed to buy sooner than later because of how often I always am too lazy to be bothered to bring a my massive camera with me when I go out. There’s been quite a few places I’ve gone to that I didn’t get to share with you all because of this so it’s been pretty upsetting because I know it’d have been nice to add to my blog and Instagram. So from now on, my new little friend will help me out with that problem!
It takes great pics in low light and the video has an autofocus feature that is thankfully silent which is a major win! Can’t wait to use it more often 🙂
The last item I’m going to share is my Zoom H4N recorder. I actually purchased the kit so I got a bunch of useful accessories along with it including a really good pair of Polsen headphones. Last semester I took a sound design class and I enlightened to learn how much you can do with your audio and how it can improve the quality for videos. The durability of this model is great and the internal mic is really great at getting surround sound but I’m still trying to figure out how to reduce the slight noise it picks up as I monitor the audio. My rooms just might not be sound proofed enough but I hope that’s the case and not an issue with the recorder.
I also got a Shure lavalier mic for other kind of videos I plan to do soon. Not sure how I feel about it though :/ It hasn’t been amazing so I’m not sure if I should keep it or not.
Speaking of my sound design course would you guys like to take a listen to my audio clip I turned in for our final? Haha! It’s my version of Kill Bill and it had to be less than 5 mins long so there was no way I could add all of the details and character development in my edition. I’m not super satisfied with it but I honestly think it was good for my first stab at creating a story in a short audio clip file. Tell me what you think of it!