You know, there’s a lot more to fashion blogging than just taking photos and typing a few words on a page. I don’t think most people realize that until they live with a blogger and can witness first-hand the hours that go into all these little labors of love in the virtual world. Blogging requires creativity, tenacity, and above all technology. That’s this week’s Friend Friday* topic.
What technology do you use in blogging?
Gah, everything. A computer, a video camera, a DSLR, a smartphone. If I’m not in front of my PC blogging and tweeting, then I’m handling it from my iPhone. I’m kind of a little obsessed.
What computer and online technology do you use?
The hardware and software I use are actually summarized in detail on my Build a Better Blog page, under My Tools. So I won’t repeat it all here except to say that I’m a total techie. Love gadgets. I’m a complete geek. Don’t really know how I got to be that way. I wasn’t like that as a kid. Anyway.
What is your process for taking pictures?
That’s another one I actually covered in The Shoot Behind the Shoot. My process is pretty simple:
- Feel like I want to shoot a photo.
- Put something on or plan to shoot what I’m already wearing.
- Go outside and try not to stack it while I’m shooting, running back to check the camera on uneven ground, and shooting some more—all undoubtedly in some massive heels.**
- Transfer photos to my PC, edit, upload to post.
In case you missed the vlog, here you go:
Behind-the-scenes of a G&G shoot…
When it comes to backdrops for your photos what do you consider?
I know that I do not like seeing the minutiae of life on the floor in other bloggers’ photos. I can see when the carpet is dirty, when stuff is strewn about, and it doesn’t make for an aesthetically pleasing shot. I’m a tidy person, but sometimes I also feel like I don’t want the whole world to know what the inside of my house looks like too. It’s kind of a privacy thing.
I’ve done a couple shots and vlogs indoors, but generally, for backdrops, nothing beats being outside. It doesn’t matter if it’s the beach, mountains, my backyard, or a graffiti-covered wall…it’s almost always better than an inside shot. I would love more cityscape shots, but I’m in the burbs. And thank God, I live in a relatively graffiti-free city. It’s so clean. So there’s no local color to spice it up a bit. That’s OK. Though sometimes a little sanctioned graffiti is good.
Do you scout locations or shoot the same spot daily?
In my blogging fantasies, Hubby is only too happy to traipse all over my city looking for a place to shoot the star of his life, his wife. In those same fantasies, he also can’t wait to shoot me properly using a fancy DSLR instead of his iPhone, a foot from my face. Sigh.
No, as I’ve noted before, because my spare time is limited, I have stagefright (Lee, I’m petrified for you to shoot me, just so you know), and I have to shoot myself, I’m relegated to shooting photos in my yard. I don’t have a spot inside that I really like. So if I can’t go outside, I no longer photograph myself indoors. Maybe I feel slightly less cheesy not shooting indoors, too.
If you could splurge and get one new piece of equipment, what would you buy?
A new wide angle lens for my camera. Who am I kidding? Splurging means spluuuuuuuuurging.
I’m hangin’ for the new Asus Eee Pad Slider to be released. I’m totally getting one. I wanted an iPad, but I already have an iPod Touch and an iPhone. I need a portable PC solution without the limitations of the iPad. So Asus it will likely be.
*The Friend Friday project by Modly Chic is a way for fashion bloggers to share more about themselves and create a friendly connection with other bloggers. Join the conversation by joining the Fashion Beauty Friend Friday Google Group.
**I never have stacked it in heels for a blog shoot. But I did once gouge the leather on a brand-spankin’-new pair of Michael Kors sandals. I was not happy.