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Q&A : 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..”.)

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.

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!

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.

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!

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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  • Tracey
    January 27, 2011

    I use WordPress too. You should definitely get a Kindle of your own!

  • Terry
    January 28, 2011

    I actually can’t think of a piece of equipment we need 🙂

  • Linda
    January 28, 2011

    I have amazon kindle app on my iPad (best equipment ever!). If it is available on that can you not get the same app on an iPhone? (know very little about iPhones!) Honestly the ipad has changed my life!

    • Amber
      January 28, 2011

      Probably, but I don’t think I’d want to read books on the iPhone – the screen is way too small to read an entire book on (or it is for me anyway) – I’d be scrolling constantly!

  • Katy
    January 30, 2011

    You are the second blogger I’ve come across who lists clothing as a splurge item. Love it. And I really had a laugh about the way you introduced this post.. the little men running around inside fixing it – such a great visual. – Katy

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Q&A : Blogger Mechanics*