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And...it's Friday finally! It's time for another Friend Friday post, and this week's theme is all about blogger mechanics.
1. What technology do you use in blogging? (computer, camera, video camera, tripod, etc...)
Camera: Canon Rebel Xsi body (borrowed from Adrian - the bf)
Lens: Canon 50mm f1.8
Camera Setting: AV mode, ISO Auto, F-Stop 5.6
Camera Remote: Canon RC-6
Video Camera: Canon SD1400IS
Tripod: Velbon 5000 (borrowed from parents)
Computer: MacBook Pro Laptop / Sony Vaio Desktop
My camera is a basic DSLR, but it's perfect for what I do. I highly recommend upgrading from the default lens to the 50mm f1.8 lens as it's reasonably priced and gives amazing picture quality! The wireless camera remote is also a lifesaver as I cannot always count on someone else taking pictures for me. It's also a necessity if you're experiencing blurriness problems when using the camera timer when taking pictures. The camera is focusing on the background when the timer button is pushed and by the time you're standing in the foreground, the focus will be incorrect and you will end up as a blurry mess.
2. What computer and online technology do you use? (blogging system, photo storage, photo editing tools, etc..)
Blogging System: Blogger
Photo Storage: Picasa
Photo Editing Tools: Lightroom, Photoshop CS5, Picasa
Although Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop have slightly higher learning curves than other photo editing programs, it's worth it to learn your way around these tools as it will make a huge difference in the quality of your photos. The primary reason I love Lightroom is how it allows you to adjust the exposure of each picture. In the situations where I don't have enough daylight while taking pictures, this exposure setting fixes it all! If you've ever been frustrated taking pictures in the winter time because of lack of light, then you need this software!
3. What is your process for taking pictures?
I take pictures in the morning before I leave for work. It takes me about 5-7 minutes now and I end up with about 40-50 pictures. I edit in the evenings after work and will write up the post later that night. In the past I've always scheduled the post for the next morning, but lately I've enjoyed just posting it automatically that night. I actually think my readers appreciate this more too as I seem to get more comments that night instead of in the morning!
4. When it comes to backdrops for your photos what do you consider? Do you scout locations or shoot the same spot daily?
I shoot in the same spot on weekdays as I don't have much time before I leave for work in the mornings to find a photoshoot location. I'm actually hoping that I'll be able to scout out different locations on the weekends just to add a bit of variety to the blog. Be on the lookout for this in the future!
5. If you could splurge and get one new piece of equipment what would you be buying?
Next on my list is a speedlight for my camera. I'm hoping to be able to take some indoor pictures to do some more beauty reviews and need to have better lighting for the macro shots. My hope is to save up for one of these by the end of the year. :)
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