Friend Friday: Blogger Mechanics*

(*This title totally made me think of lots of little men in overalls running around inside my blog and going, “Well, we can fix it, love… but it’s going to cost you..”.)

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

Um, let me think… I have a Sony Vaio laptop (don’t ask me the spec, I have no idea! It’s a silver one, kinda rectangular: that do you?), a Nikon D5000 DSLR camera, a tripod and a remote. And an iPhone, but I mostly just use that for obsessively checking comments/stats/Twitter etc, so I’m not sure if it counts.

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

All of my blogs are on WordPress – I’ve used Blogger, Typepad and Moveable Type in my time, but think WordPress is head and shoulders above the rest: love it! For photo storage, all of my photos are stored on our server, and we have a removable hard disk for backups. I do have a Flickr account, but I stopped using it a few months ago, after all of the “people stealing my photos” drama went down. (The photos¬†weren’t being stolen from Flickr, I hasten to add, but I figured it wouldn’t hurt to streamline things a little, and have the photos only available on my blogs.) I use Photoshop for editing: it’s taken a long time to get the hang of it, but I’m learning!

3. What is your process for taking pictures?

I don’t think I have anything as formal as a “process”! I just get ready, then either harass Terry into taking the photos for me, or set up the tripod and do it myself.

4. When it comes to backdrops for your photos what do you consider? Do you scout locations or shoot the same spot daily?

A bit of both: if I’m out somewhere and I come across something that might make a good backdrop, I’ll make a mental note to go back with the camera when I have the chance, but I also take a lot of photos indoors, in the same spot: sometimes the Scottish weather makes it the only option!

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

Um, do shoes count as “equipment”? OK, dresses, then? I actually can’t think of anything I really need right now: we’re pretty much set, and technology isn’t really my strong point (I bet Terry could think of something, though), unfortunately. If I could justify an Amazon Kindle as “essential blogging equipment”, though, I totally would: I think Terry might want his back one day…

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