Friday, January 28, 2011

Friend Friday...

Welcome to this week's edition of Friend Fridays, sponsored by ModlyChic.

1. What technology do you use in blogging? (computer, camera, video camera, tripod, etc...)

I use a basic point-n-shoot camera. Not even sure what type, to be honest! I want to say it's a Canon, but I might be lying. I originally started my blog with a different camera, propped up on whatever was available, but it took a little tumble and the shutter took a bad hit. Got myself a new little buy, and now I've got a collapsible tripod as well. I also have a gorilla-pod, but I don't use that so much.

2. What computer and online technology do you use? (blogging system, photo storage, photo editing tools, etc..)

I'm almost embarrassed to answer this, since it seems like so many bloggers have all of these amazing tools at hand. I load my photos onto my computer, and I crop them in Paint. I use Fotonea to create my collages, and I host my images on Flickr. My blog is run via blogger.
I know some bloggers take this hobby super-seriously, and for them, it's worth investing money into certain technologies. For me, starting this blog was really just a toe dipped into the blogging waters. I'm always willing to learn about new tips, tricks, and technologies, but at this point in my blog, I'm just not willing to invest much money into it. It's a hobby, and it's for fun. What I *would* like to spend some time doing is learning about my camera and how to take better pictures. I'd love to know that for any aspect of my life, not just the blog.

3. What is your process for taking pictures?

Attach camera to tripod, find location, adjust lighting/camera setting if necessary, snap a few full-body shots, snap detail shots, head back inside. At some point I load images, crop, create collage, and smack it all on the blog. It's a pretty basic operation I've got going on here.

4. When it comes to backdrops for your photos what do you consider? Do you scout locations or shoot the same spot daily?

I mainly use the same coupla places. I have definitely seen locations that I thought would be great, but frankly, I'm a shy gal and I'm not too interested in the strange looks from others. Also, I almost always take my outfit photos when I get home from work, and I need to get them done ASAP so I can cook dinner or whatever else needs to get done. Sometimes it's out front, sometimes it's out back. I've been scouting a place inside the house, but I haven't found anything suitable just yet. I do have my eye on a certain wall as a backdrop, though!

5. If you could splurge and get one new piece of equipment what would you be buying?

I guess I would get a better camera. But I don't know how to use it. Or I could get better computer technology to better manipulate the images I've got. But again, I don't know how to use it. Does a professional photographer count as equipment?


  1. I think it's great that this is a hobby for you and you are so right, Blogger is the perfect platform for that. I really don't think everyone needs to be on WP and it is obvious by looking at a number of the most viewed blogs how true that is. - Katy

  2. I love Friend Fridays - get to know so much more about the blogger!

    I am not on WP, I have been on Blogger for 6 years and don't see any need to change. Honestly, you don't need a custom domain, fancy templates, all the bells and whistles. I like my blog with my $120 point and shoot Canon and Blogger-created template and lack of Photoshop.

    When it comes down to it, a good blog isn't fancy edited photos and custom templates, but a great person with a great voice and style. And this is something you totally have! :)