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I'm Caitlin Israel, a twenty-something midwesterner with a penchant for neutrals, donuts, and makeup.
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FBFF: My Professional Camera

For this week’s Fashion Beauty Friend Friday, courtesy of Katy at ModlyChic, we’re talking about blogger mechanics. This is also known as the part of personal style blogging that I am least experienced with. But, seeing as how last week’s FBFF post was all about authenticity, I’m going to be completely honest with you, my faithful readers. Hopefully, I’ll keep on learning more and growing more, and I hope you’ll be on the journey with me. Here goes!

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

I am as simple as they come. I am by no means a professional photographer, nor do I consider myself one of those people who have an eye for a beautiful picture. And I’m not one of those bloggers who has a boyfriend/husband who is a photographer, so I use a Sony Cyber-shot Carl Zeiss camera. I’m just now learning how to play around with exposure on it.

I sometimes use a tripod that I bought at Goodwill (how fitting - hahaha), and the computer I use is a Dell Inspiron 1525. 

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

I use Tumblr (obviously), although I did try to make the switch to Wordpress after Tumblr had their huge meltdown a few months ago. But Wordpress requires a chunk of time to know how to use it, and Tumblr is so very straightforward and simple. I use Picasa (Google’s free editing software) to both store and edit my photos. For it being a free program, it is genius. So thanks, Google! If only I had bought your stock when you were starting up….

3. What is your process for taking pictures?

It’s a very long, grueling process that takes ALL day. It’s basically a spread you’d see in Elle or Vogue. In all seriousness, my process begins with me dragging either my roommate or a family member outside to take my picture. I prefer to have it done when the sun is setting; the light is perfect then. After that, I edit my photos and upload them to Tumblr.

Oh, and for the most part, my roommate and family members take my pictures willingly. I really appreciate you guys doing this for me on a daily basis and for braving (right now) the frigid temps with me. I love you all!

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

I prefer my locations to be outside, as I think most personal style bloggers do. Let’s face it: God did way better at decorating nature than we do decorating the inside of buildings. Sometimes I scout locations, but usually the location is some place on campus or near my house. During January, most of the spots have been right outside my dorm, but as warmer weather draws near, I’m sure I’ll venture a little farther each day.

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

I would buy a more expensive camera, a way more expensive camera. In fact, I’d probably buy the camera my roommate has, which is a Canon 50D. I’m so new to photography, and I can’t believe the difference cameras can make. Hers take beautiful pictures every time.

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