Friday, January 28, 2011

Friend Friday - Behind the Scenes

I've been noticing that people are making changes to their blogs - something that I've been doing a bit too.  Please read through (or skip down) to a couple questions I have for my readers down at the end.  Katy's Friend Friday questions this week fall somewhat along the lines of things that I've been contemplating for my blog.

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

I have no real pattern: I always use my Sony Cybershot DSC-W80. I sometimes use a tripod, otherwise, I use a Scott. Half the time I load them on my desktop (a Dell Dinosaur), have the time I load them on my netbook (LG X120).

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

Again, there's no foolproof plan. I always use blogger, and blogger stores my photos on Picasa. If I'm on my netbook, I use Picnik's free online editting tool. If I am on my desktop, I use Sony's photo editting tool. I keep meaning to try out Scott's photoshop, but usually he's on his computer when I'm doing blogg-ish stuff.

3. What is your process for taking pictures?

I have no process because I usually just grab a couple minutes here or there to do pictures. Ideally, I like to take pictures during daylight, but I'm getting better at editing the ones that use a flash. Sometimes I've got the blog written before the pictures, sometimes afterwards. There are even times I've written the blog before I've picked out an outfit.

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 pretty much the same spot every day, preferably during the daylight. I do recognize it's boring but there is little I can do about it. People keep suggesting I take pictures outside, and invariably, these are people who live in the place where “winter” means there might be frost on the window two nights a year I live in the land of real winter, where cars don't start even when plugged in, where shovelling snow is a daily event, and where going outside without a jacket, mitts, scarf, toque often means frost bite. I do hope to expand when the weather warms up; however, for now, you'll have to deal with the monotony of my white apartment walls.

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

Naturally, I would love a DSLR (Rebel Ti, anyone?). But if we're going reasonably? I'd love to find a way to get a remote to work with my camera, but I'm pretty sure that wouldn't work (I've googled it to death). I kind of hope Scott gets an interest in photography so I can justify getting a camera that meets my criteria! 

Feel free to express all your thoughts in the comments below!

A. I've been approached by a company for a review/giveaway.  I've got mixed feelings on it. What would you be interested in having?  Reviews?  Giveaways?  Large companies? Small independent retailers? I thought I had a long way to go before I'd be approached, so I haven't quite figured out my thoughts, but since I'm not reading my blog, what would like to see? 

B. What are you thoughts on Disqus?  I was really opposed to it until I signed up for an account (which eliminates the need to always fill in the contact details for each comment). Some people love it, some people hate it.  I enjoy having an opportunity to reply to people's comments, and disqus seems to do this best for blogger (I'm not switching to Word Press, I do love blogger).  Would you comment more with disqus? Less?
C.  How is the social media part working out?  Is the Wibiya bar annoying?  To be honest, I'm not loving my Cara's Closet facebook account (since I have a personal account, so it's annoying logging in and out so I've really done nothing with it). I'd love to be more active on twitter.  What would you like added? Removed? 


  1. HI ya.. great reading everyones Friday answers! so much to learn.. I will be really interested to hear the feedback you get from your questions below.. I am also wondering alot of the same things.. am still new to this and not sure how to best keep up with all the technology options!!

    anyway have a super weekend cutie!! xox oJ

  2. To be honest, I hate all the bells and whistles around blogging. I take about a dozen pictures with my cheap point and shoot on the timer, edit them with Microsoft Office Picture Manager, and upload them to my old basic PC.

    I don't have a cell phone, I don't do Facebook, and can't stand all the extra processes around logging in to other "brands" for comments. I don't sign up for accounts to them - why? I don't need them! - so I find it a pain to have to type my email (which I don't give out or post anywhere anyway) and then retype my actual name.

    I ignore the wibiya bars, and generally don't like them, as they make the web pages slower for me to view.

    Just my two cents! :)

  3. Oh, and re: the giveaways, I'm not interested in them and never, ever participate in them.

    I would like a Gorilla pod thingy so that I could anchor my camera to things for more variety in my photos.

  4. I know what you mean about needing to be inside in the winter months, but at least now in your travels you can scout out new locations for when the more temperate weather arrives. - Katy

  5. I enjoyed reading your answers... as to the backdrop and weather, I respect you for going outside AT ALL! And way to go getting asked to do a review/giveaway! That's cool even if you turn it down! I don't feel comfortable talking about stuff in comments, but feel free to email if you want to discuss what I know about the commercial aspects of blogging. As to disqus... I'm not exactly a fan of it, but I'm probably unusual. Heh, and yes, logging in and out of accounts is no fun at all. I could use to do a little less of it myself. :)


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