We use many tools on a very regular basis for all of our posts here at She Zine Mag. Here is a quickie list of some of our favourite and most used items:
Gear & Software:
- Nikon D5500 – The Nikon D5500 DSLR camera takes amazing 24+ megapixel images and has HD video capability.
- Nikkor 35mm/1.8 lens – This lens is a great starter lens and actually came with my camera when I bought it and is super great for everyday use.
- Nikon 50mm/1.8 lens – This lens is a slight upgrade from the 35mm listed above. It is sometimes called the “nifty-50” and is considered a must have for portraits and everyday use. It also takes great pictures in low light.
- Nikon Full Size Tripod – I wasn’t fussy when I was buying my tripod. I just wanted something of quality that I knew I could count on for years to come and this unit has definitely done the trick.
- iPhone 7 – Believe it or not, a lot of the images that appear on the She Zine site have actually been taken by my trusty iPhone 7! It has a 12MP camera with a f/1.8 aperture. It also has optical image stabilization and tap to focus, which I find very handy.
- Photoshop & Lightroom – I use Photoshop and Lightroom to edit all of the DSLR images that I take with the blog, with the assistance of actions purchased from abeautifulmess! They have everything you need to create beautiful images and set the mood you are looking for.
- QuickBooks – It’s not all fun and games. When it’s time to get down to business and organize, I rely on QuickBooks online.
- A Color Story – If you are seeing an image that was taken with my iPhone, you are likely seeing an image edited by #acolorstory. It is an extremely versatile app with tons of filters and overlays, created by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman of ABeautifulMess. I also use the desktop actions for use in Photoshop which I purchased at A Beautiful Mess.
- A Design Kit – This is yet another app brought to you by the girls at A Beautiful Mess. It comes with a stacked library full of brushes, stickers, text, and simple design elements.
- We recently got a Canon Pixma MX922 and I am absolutely in love with it. It can print Up to 9600 x 2400 dpi4 in colour and Up to 600 x 600 dpi4 in Black.
- Instax Smartphone Printer – I got this portable printer because I really wanted an instax camera, since they’re all the rage right now, but I had read a lot of reviews that the photo quality can be kind of bad. By going the smartphone printer route, I get the quality of my iPhone 7 photos, edited within #acolorstory, and then printed onto instax paper. My only advice, make sure you buy the cord adapter, as the batteries barely last through one pack of film. I love this printer!!
Whenever it is time for me to buy a new sewing machine, I do an obsessive amount of research. When I buy a sewing machine, I want to know that I will have it long into the future.
- Janome Memory Craft 9000 – This machine is about a billion years old now, but I treat her like a queen, so she is still as good as new. I call her my ‘star ship sewing machine’ because she has a computerized display and she talks to me. Not in, like, words… but she beeps and buzzes a lot. I got her on ebay and would recommend anyone looking for the same model to do the same.
- 4452 Singer Heavy Duty – This is my gal ‘Bertha’. I call her Bertha because she my heavy duty lady who is always up for literally anything. She can handle 5 layers of leather and keeps on stitching. I also bought her on eBay and got a super deal. My boyfriend works as a sound tech and once saw Lady GaGa’s wardrobe crew sewing on an army of Bertha’s.. so they must be good. Right!?
- Singer 14T968DC 5-Thread Serger – This is my 5-thread serger. She and I don’t get along very well. On her good days, she and I make beautiful music together. On her bad days, she hates me and drives me insane. Tip: NEVER totally unthread your serger. If you ever need to change the thread, tie the end of the old thread to the beginning of the new thread and string it through the machine.
- Olfa Rotary Cutters – The Olfa rotary cutters are easily the best on the market. They have been on the market forever and make the absolute best products. They come in various sizes and you are able to buy new blades, whenever necessary.
- Olfa Cutting Mats – To compliment your Olfa rotary cutter, you will require an Olfa cutting mat. There are lesser mats available, but they are typically of lesser quality and tend to fall apart.
- Fiskars Dressmaker’s Shears – These shears are capable of easily cutting through multiple layers of fabric. They are great for edge trimming and fit comfortably in your hand. If you are looking for scissors for any sewing project, go with Fiskars