Compact camera tips

April 12th, 2017

As much as I love my DSLR, I know that DSLRs are not for everyone. They’re expensive, have a steep learning curve, and can be a burden to carry around. I’m sure other DSLR owners out there can sympathize with me when I say that I don’t always want to carry it with me. Sometimes I just want to use my compact camera or phone!

Not to mention, people often worry too much about gear, and they forget that there’s more to photography. Yes, DSLRs can take high quality photos, but they don’t guarantee a good photo. A lot of it still comes down to the skill of the photographer, and you can definitely take good photos without them. This is why I dedicate this entry to tips on getting good photos with a compact camera!

(All photos in this entry were taken with a compact camera!)

Lighting

I actually love flash photography on my DSLR, but that’s because the flash is separate and flexible. I can place it away from the camera and use different techniques to diffuse it. This isn’t the case with most compact cameras. The flash is stuck in one place without many options to diffuse the light. You end up with a harsh light pointed directly at your subject. Of course, you should use your flash if you can’t get a clean shot without it, but if you have a choice, I’d avoid it.

Taken indoors with lighting from the window

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Recap: March 2017

April 6th, 2017

March was a good month that seemed to fly by too quickly. I celebrated my birthday, took a quick trip, and totally didn’t work on my goals due to a couple video games releasing that I’ve been looking forward to. It’s been an eventful month though, so here’s a quick recap!

Escape Room

In February, I took one of my teams to an outing at a golf driving range. In March, I took my other team to an escape room! (Each team votes for what they want to do.) Initially, I had issues finding one that could fit 13 people, but then a coworker told me about a new one he saw. It supports up to 18 people, and it divides you into 3 teams that have to work together to get out. It was such a neat idea!

When we got there, we saw that there were 3 rooms that were connected with open doorways, so we were able to talk and pass things to each other. However, we couldn’t leave the room we were in. We had to work together to solve all the puzzles. For example, a puzzle in my room could reveal a clue or code that a different room then had to use. We managed to escape with 5 minutes left!

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Life as a gaming couple

March 26th, 2017

Lately, my husband and I have both been playing Breath of the Wild, which is really nice because we can talk about it with each other and share tips and hints. The downside is that we’re currently sharing the Switch and have to plan when I get to play and when he gets to play. This got me thinking about the pros and cons of being a gaming couple!

Pro: Co-op partners for life
In addition to being able to talk about games with each other, we always have someone to play co-op games with! It’s great since we’re sitting next to each other, and we don’t have to worry about using a headset or typing to chat. It also guarantees that we’re always playing with a competent co-op partner. We don’t have to deal with the frustration of finding someone random online. Playing a good co-op game together is one of our favorite ways to spend time together!

Con: Having to plan our games around each other
This is what we’re doing now with the Switch. We have to plan when each of us gets a turn, and we have to do this whenever we play any console game. With PC, we’ll both buy a copy, so we don’t have to share, but it’s not very reasonable to buy two of every console. Most of the time, we plan our games so we aren’t on the same console and have to switch discs. For example, if I know he’s using the PS3, I’ll play a PC game or use a different console. (We also have to split up our consoles on different TVs, so they can be played at the same time.)

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