A little over a year ago, I started my own company to work on my own choice of creative projects. At the same time, I released a video on my YouTube channel showing how I set up my desk and workspace. It detailed everything about the equipment and the ways in which I cable tied/organised them. It’s an extremely geeky video, I must admit.
One thing I didn’t realise about that video is how much of an impact it would have for me on my endeavours to create a YouTube channel. It rapidly gained a lot of views and with that, subscribers. From a solid year of YouTube “channel” videos—where I actually present a thought/topic/experience—I’ve been able to grow my audience from 0 subscribers to just shy of 5,000.
My new video
It’s because of that last video, that I have great pleasure in presenting my updated desk setup video! This time around, I’ve filmed it entirely on my Sony A7R II in glorious 4K resolution! Check out the new video below, then read on for further thoughts on each piece of equipment. If you like the video, you should probably subscribe to me on YouTube as well!
Here is an extended list of some of the main items on my desk with links on where you can purchase each item. For items that are discontinued, I have tried to find the latest available model/version. Please note: this part of the post is still in progress!
The side parts to my desk have sadly been discontinued (I bought mine over 8 years ago), but the table top is still available from IKEA. Essentially it’s just a top balanced on top of two side storage units.
This was a fully spec’d up iMac a couple of years ago (minus the memory, I’m saving myself a little treat sometime soon to boost the speed to full 32gb capacity). It’s an absolute beast and is extremely powerful for all my photography/design/video needs.
This display has been an absolute dream to work with over the past few years. I still love the design of it and the anti-glare display too! I’ve had issues whenever I’ve unplugged it for prolonged periods of time, so I am dreading the day I have to retire it. Although it was discontinued a while back, they still pop up on eBay fairly frequently.
In addition to the standard Apple Bluetooth Keyboard and Magic Mouse, I also use a Magic Trackpad; which has since been updated with the newly released Magic Trackpad 2.
I originally got these at Univeristy for music in my bedroom and these little speakers definitely punch out a lot of quality noise. They’re excellent as desktop speakers, especially in a little room.
Since owning my iMac I’ve had this little dual-slot card reader sat on my desk, for SD and CF memory cards. I got it for two reasons: Firstly I wanted a USB 3.0 reader for superior performance and speed and secondly, I was tired of leaning around the back of my screen to (un)plug memory cards.
This is my standard scissor-arm lamp from IKEA that attaches very easily to the edge of my desk.
I absolutely love having this drive docking system on my desktop. It allows me to gain desktop speeds and ultimate productivity with a portable setup in a snap! I wrote about this drive setup when I purchased it mid-last-year in another blog post.
There are a variety of drives/accessories available for the EV series, including these 1tb drives, a 2tb option, some SSD options and even some new multimedia card readers for RED cameras.
you may have seen one of my previous videos from when I bought this microphone in a bargain deal from Amazon. I’ve still not used it a great deal, as only a couple of my videos have needed a voiceover, but it’s conveniently there on my desk for when I do need it!
One of my older external hard drives, the Rugged is still very useful for me as a portable drive.
The first external hard drives I ever bought were some WD Mybooks. They’re pretty old which is why they’re pretty large for their size and unfortunately they’re a little slow for everyday use. They are however extremely cheap and I have been using them to store archived work that I don’t need frequent access to. The ones I have were discontinued a long time ago, so the link simple shows all the currently available models.
I use a Wacom graphics tablet mainly for editing photos, as it’s just so much more comfortable than using a mouse for brush work. It takes some getting used to, but is well worth it in the long run. My version has since been discontinued, but there are updated versions available.
You may have noticed in the video that I use some little clips to hold my cables in place along the side of my desk. These are the BlueLounge Cabledrop Minis. They’re perfect for chargers and other daily—but not always connected—cables.
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So that’s the whole sh’bang! I hope you enjoyed my new video and as always, remember to subscribe to my YouTube channel and follow me across social media to get the latest updates!
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