Archive for the 'Hobbies' Category

The (failed) balancing act

April 27th, 2017

I’ve always been someone who enjoys many hobbies, notably blogging, making websites, cosplay, photography, gaming, drawing, baking, and some others. People wonder how I balance all of them, and the answer is…

I don’t. I seriously don’t.

I think it’s evident by how I played 145+ hours of Breath of the Wild the past month, how many of my websites haven’t been updated, and how I suddenly realized I haven’t been working on cosplay and have to cram two costumes in one month.

There’s a couple hobbies I try to keep up on a frequent basis, like blogging and gaming, but for the most part, I seem to do my hobbies in spurts. Whenever I have photoshoots, I spend the next month post processing almost every day until they’re done. When a convention is coming up, I spend the 1-3 months prior working on cosplay.

In a way, that works for me. I can put a lot of focus into finishing something, and then… take a break! Let’s put it this way: after I finish a cosplay, I pretty much avoid my sewing room for the next month or so because I’m tired of it. The problem is when I’m narrowly focused on one hobby, the rest of my hobbies take a back seat.

Anyway, that’s where I’m at now. I’m pretty much living and breathing cosplay for the next month or so while I complete a new cosplay for myself and another one for a friend (while also trying to cram in some Mass Effect Andromeda time). I know I don’t have to explain a leave of absence because we all have lives outside of our blog, but I wanted to. This gives me a chance to plug my cosplay side of things ;)

So, if you’re interested in seeing in-progress shots, check out my Instagram! I will also be updating my cosplay blog after each chunk of progress, to explain how I made things in detail. And if you like looking at cosplay photography, my Facebook page will be updated after the next convention with new photoshoots.

See ya next time with (hopefully) a new cosplay to show off!

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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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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