I cannot live without so many clever pieces of software to run my business and make my life run with simplicity.
Here are some quick-links for you to take a look at what I use in my business. I only share links to the things I have tried and tested and then implemented into the way we do things here at Peary HQ. Full disclosure, these links are affiliate links.
What you see here are my most favourite pieces of software. I can wholeheartedly recommend them all.
For a superior sound that is stylish
NEEWER RED NW-1500
Desktop Broadcast & Recording Condenser Microphone
I have to confess I bought this purely based on style! I thought it would be cute to have a brand-matching microphone.
It took me a bit of time to buy the right compatible cables and sound interface to get this working but I am over the moon with the final result of sound. If I could go back in time I would have bought the full sound recording kit in a bulk buy.
Superior sound - in the right place
NEEWER DESKTOP MICROPHONE
Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand with Microphone Clip Holder
This is how to stop that annoying echo effect that happens when recording sound with a microphone sitting on your desktop. I like to have my desk as free from clutter as possible.
I love that I can swing in a microphone when I need it and simply push it out of my way when I dont.
I personally feel that having this up and off from my desktop results in a better quality of sound. You don't pick up any knocks on the desk that can affect a recording.
For those annoying editing replays
Sephia SP1050 Noise Isolating in-ear Earphones Headphones
I need to check sound quality when I'm out on location recording a quick testimonial after I've shot a headshots session. I'm often in a loud place, or we have a noisy crew on set. I can keep this nifty lil pack in my kitbag and pull it out to check sound recording levels are right on a microphone with a great cancelling out effect of the rest of the noise on set.
This is perfect and I really love the cute little bag. I also have tiny ear-holes. The selection of attachments to get 100% noise-cancelling were perfect for me!
Budget-Friendly LAV sound
Purple Panda Lavalier Lapel Microphone Kit
When my BOYA Lav Mic died on me (without warning) I was on the hunt for something that just plugged straight in. Whilst this doesn't come with an adaptor to plug directly into my laptop (link to that in this kit folder too) I still really like the quality of sound and the array of adaptors that came as standard.
Continuous lighting on a budget
Neewer Dimmable 176 LED Video Light 5600K on Camera Light Panel
When it comes to lighting video having something that is easy to gel and dial-up and down according to daylight is key. I have a few of these nifty lighting blocks. With the adapter I can switch out my flash heads with my photography lighting stands with ease.
Modify photography kit to videography kit
TARION H-Shape 2-Part Swivel Tilt
I'm a BIG believer in getting the most out of the kit you already have. With a collection of solid lighting stands, its better value (and better for the environment) to get familiar with the right adaptors. I have these to go on my flash head lighting stands to hold my LED continuous lighting I use for filming.
GENERAL PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT
WEX - WAREHOUSE EXPRESS UK
The first place I go to when hunting for new equipment is Warehouse Express, a really friendly company based in Norwich. They have such a nice team, they do trade in's and you can buy a wealth of good quality second hand too.
This takes you to my Mention Me account with WEX so you can get £20 off your next order.