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!



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  1. Collette Osuna

    January 28, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Buy more sleep!!! LOVE that answer, and totally agree too!! You sound like me….my daughter takes my pics..then Im scrolling through the camera to delete delete delete, lol:)

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  2. Melissa

    January 28, 2011 at 4:15 am

    Yes, buy more sleep! THAT is perfect. I should've written that. :)

    I didn't realize that you could set a timer to take more than one picture. Maybe it's just my dad's camera that can only take one at a time. I wish I could set it to take several pictures in succession but I have NO idea how to do that. Argh.

  3. Shopgirl

    January 28, 2011 at 5:10 am

    It's so good to hear how everyone else goes about getting their outfit shots – who has help and who does it themselves! I do most of mine with a remote in the stairwell at my apartment block – I don't have the guts to venture outside and pose at a camera on my own!! Yet!!

  4. Cloud of Secrets

    January 28, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Oh, I do a lot of deleting, too! I think one good shot in twenty is a good session — so I try to take, like, 40-60 shots so I have two or three to share with the public!

    Mine are done with timer or remote and tripod. I'm still working on finding good lighting, angles, and getting the correct focus point.

  5. Jodi

    January 28, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Great answers.. and I wish I could use photoshop.. it would rock.. I have to advance my skills in this department… yes, I will put in an order for more sleep too.. woke up at 4am and couldnt get back to sleep so have been up since then… OIY

  6. KT

    January 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I think I need to work at getting better at Photoshop. It has so many possibilities to make a photo just a little bit better looking but I stick with the basics. Hmm… maybe this summer I'll find the time. – Katy

  7. silvergirl

    January 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    buy more sleep

  8. mk

    January 28, 2011 at 7:34 pm

  9. Emma at Daily Clothes Fix

    January 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Great to read your process for creating your photos.

    And yes, I am with you on the sleep. Or more hours in the day would be nice.

  10. Grit and Glamour

    January 31, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Wow…you're going through photos and stuff on the way to work? I'm impressed. If only I had public transport so the time I spent commuting could be leveraged for blogging!

    Oh, to have a photographer friend. What a dream that would be.


  11. Collette Osuna

    January 31, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Hey sweets…there is no Twitter to follow on here? I wanna make sure Im already following you, please let me know…not all Twitter names are the same as your real name, lol

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  12. Fabienne Jach

    January 31, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    @Melissa: I have a Canon S95, which is pretty new. I don't think all point-and-shoots have the multiple shots option. Mine is located with the timer settings, I only recently discovered it!