The LED pocket video light is one of our favorite tools for making studio quality videos at home. It becomes noticeably bright despite the small size, and provides multiple colors and effects. You can match the color temperature to your lighting conditions, or take advantage of the effect to mimic the effect of lightning. It is attached to the camera via a cold shoe.
It’s not as bright as the Boling above, but the Aputure video light is magnetic, so it can be attached to a variety of surfaces for easy installation. It has a lot of effects and color options, and you can either recharge it via USB-C or with a Qi wireless charger.
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This mount is extremely stable, and the clamp ends double as cold shoe mounts, so you can attach a microphone and a compact video light for an entire studio on the go. Our only gripe is that you can’t adjust the height.
If you are standing right in front of the camera, a shotgun microphone will be one of the best ways to record audio. This one from Deity fits the shoe on the top of the camera. Just plug it in, and you’re ready to go. They do a great job of picking up sound and will hook up to your phone too if that’s the way you do it.
Camera Bags & Backpacks
Now that you’ve loaded all the extras you need to take great photos and videos in the field, you need a way to carry it all around in comfort. If you don’t see what you want below, check out our guide to the best camera bags, straps, inserts, and backpacks.
This is the best camera backpack for most people in our Best Camera Bags guide. It’s relatively small, yet it can still fit a DSLR or mirrorless camera, extra lenses, and a small tripod in the side pocket (with a loop to secure it). There’s a luggage pass strap, a padded laptop storage area, and a top for everything else. The best part is that it comes in many fun colors.
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Pair this roomy backpack with two Wandrd essential camera blocks ($278 total), and you can fit a bag is yours of equipment and have space for clothes and other equipment. I took this bag, which can be converted into a duffel (with room to stow the straps), on my road trip around Iceland, and it couldn’t be more perfect. Just know that it may not be considered a personal item on an airplane, but it does count as a hand baggage. You can find out more about it in our guide to the best camera bags.