This week we’re looking at the tools behind the blogs. To make this more interesting I filmed a video, but for some reason it is saying the upload time to YouTube is one hour and I SO do not have an hour to wait. So I’m answering this in the old fashioned way and may post the video link to here later in the day. (LOL So my video finally posted. Since it is so late in the day I’ll link it here but spare you the post.)
1. What technology do you use in blogging? I’m pretty basic with all of this. I use a Nikon Coolpix S600 for all my photos. It is basically a nice digital camera but nothing too shnazy. It works for what I need and it takes good photos. I have a flipcam for attempting videos, which is obviously still a work in progress. I use a 17-inch MacBook Pro as my computer. It it loaded with memory since I have so many songs, photos and documents sitting on this baby. And lastly, I use a Droid Incredible as my phone, which also helps to keep the 5 email accounts straight, respond to emails, approve comments and visit other blogs when I am on the run. I use it almost more than I use my computer.
2. What computer and online technology do you use? On the computer I use iPhoto for storing everything, iMovie for shooting and editing video clips, Word for writing some posts, Photoshop and InDesign for tweaking photos, creating my header, etc… Online I use Photobucket to store all the photos that appear on ModlyChic. I now use WordPress, although I have been using Blogger for the last 5 years. I use co-comment to track comments I leave on other blogs; and Facebook and Twitter to interact with others and promote the blog. And lastly I use a plethora of Google products, including Google Reader and the Google Groups.
3. What is your process for taking pictures? I feel like there should be more of a process but there isn’t. (Maybe I should video it one day.) Basically I find a spare second in my day and head out either the front or the back door. I pick a spot, balance the camera, set the timer, run into position, smile and repeat. Some days I get good photos in 5 shots and I call it a day. Other times it might take 10 or 15, especially if I am trying to get an accessory in the shot, or if I am trying to avoid people, cars, etc…
Once the photos are downloaded to my computer, I sift through picking the best two or three shots and drag them into photoshop. From there I crop, tweak coloring and add a border. I then save the desktop and upload to photobucket. Process complete.
4. When it comes to backdrops for your photos what do you consider? Do you scout locations or shoot the same spot daily? I’m always on the look-out for new locations. The only trouble is I have some very specific requirements which makes the majority of places far from ideal. I need a place to rest the camera. I’m now really good at spotting fence posts, mailboxes, parking meters and park benches that will work. I also need something to stand near so that I can focus the camera on that point before I run to get in the shot. And lastly I need a spot that is far from a million watchful eyes. I have a hard time photographing my look if there are people around staring. Usually I’ll just head home and try again later.But I do keep a mental list of places that have great backdrops and built-in tripods so that I can swing that way the next time I am out in that area. And I’m really looking forward to the spring months, since this January has been brutal with snow. We’ve gotten 60 inches in a month!
5. If you could splurge and get one new piece of equipment what would you be buying? Without a doubt a new camera. Mine has been dropped a couple too many times and it is a little sad looking. Thankfully it still takes great photos, but that will be the next big purchase I make for ModlyChic…. who knows when that will be!?