Archive for January 27th, 2011

FBFF Q&A: Waving the magic blogging wand

27 Jan
Green, green and green

This is my bedroom wall. Someday, hopefully soon, it will be painted the middle shade of green. After six months of talking about it, it’s practically a reality. I’ve taken endless shots to make my case. I’ve changed the wall colors digitally to express my vision.

Technology rocks! We explored the options digitally until we got a place where we narrowed down our options to two. Mix them together to create a third and most perfect shade of green and Voila! Consider it done.

It’s Friend Friday and the topic we’re discussing this week is blogging technology. Because technology rocks.

FBFF: What technology do you use in blogging? (Computer, camera, video camera, tripod, etc…)
FJ: I use my mac laptop, my Canon S95 camera and my dad’s old tripod.

FBFF: What computer and online technology do you use? (Blogging system, photo storage, photo editing tools, etc…)
FJ: I run Chrome as my browser, currently use blogger but am migrating to WordPress soon, and do all my photo editing on Photoshop CS4. My photo archives are stored in iPhoto.

FBFF: What is your process for taking pictures?
FJ: Generally, I’ve got all of five to ten minutes tops to get the photos taken in the morning before my husband and I carpool to work. I grab the camera, set it up on the tripod, look around for the best location based on the light and go for it. I use the self-timer, taking two photos at a time. I often end up with about ten to fifteen photos. Most get dumped immediately.

I review them in the car on the way to work and dump all the ones that don’t make the cut. Once I return home in the evenings, I transfer them to iPhoto, flag the ones with potential, export two or three, tops. I use Photoshop to adjust levels, hue and saturation. I don’t got overboard since I need to keep it simple enough to do regularly. I crop, sometimes adding a little shadow for depth, and export for web, using the same exact size every time for consistency.

Sometimes on a weekend I might explore using the camera’s more advanced functions and take certain photos, like the most recent ones a few days ago of the daisy necklace and ring. I’m learning how to use this new camera beyond the basics, it’s fun but time consuming. There are a lot of trial and errors along the way.

FBFF: When it comes to backdrops for your photos what do you consider? Do you scout locations or shoot the same spot daily? 
FJ: I notice locations all the time but I know that often my only opportunity will be in the morning. I try to mix it up, they are almost always in my yard. To me, the backdrop is important but secondary. I want it to either enhance or be neutral to the photos, preferably enhancing and never detracting. I still focus on making the outfit be the hero, enhanced by the interesting surroundings.

I’m about to start working with a photographer friend once a week to get a different take on it. I want to keep the photos interesting and explore different backdrops. When they’re done well, they add so much. 

FBFF: If you could splurge and get one new piece of equipment, what would you be buying?
FB: Have we reached that point in the future where I could buy more sleep? That’s the only thing I need at this point! If anyone comes across that technology, please let me know.

Thank you Katy of Modly Chic and Colleen’s suggestions for putting together these questions. Friend Friday is an opportunity for fashion and beauty bloggers to share their thoughts on a specific topic and read what others have to say on that same topic. For more information, check out Modly Chic and welcome to the wonderful world of blogging!