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Big Trip – Which Camera? Computer? Phone?

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Big Trip – Which Camera? Computer? Phone?

In the spring of 2011, my husband and I took a 5 week trip to SE Asia. Now some women agonize over what clothes and jewelry to take. I, on the other hand, agonize over what technology to take! Specifically, which camera, what computer, and what about our phones? These are the choices we made based on our priorities, options in each category and the advantages and disadvantages of each option. In making your decision, I suggest that you start out by likewise listing your priorities, options and the advantages and disadvantages of each option. CAMERA Our priorities We knew that we would be moving around a lot (15 flights, 12 airports, rarely more than one night in any...

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15 flights, 12 airports, 4 countries, 3116 photos and videos later…

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15 flights, 12 airports, 4 countries, 3116 photos and videos later…

What an amazing trip we had! It started with my son Brit going to Bangkok to teach English, and, of course, I had to go see him! That little visit morphed into a month long trip touring Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Viet Nam. I’m in the process of processing the photos and videos into something digestible – but here are a few to whet your appetite! Buddhas Ayuthallah Thailand Monks – Thailand Buddha – Royal Palace – Bangkok Snake whiskey – Laos The White Temple – North Thailand High priest, Caodist Temple, Viet Nam Koh Lipe Island Dive master – Koh Lipe Thailand Long tailed boat – Koh Lipe Thailand Marble Mountain...

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Tips: Getting Great Holiday Photos

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Tips: Getting Great Holiday Photos

 Be Ready o    Remember to take your camera! o    Always have two sets of batteries charged o    Take the charger! o    Keep media cleared o    Take a tripod so you can be in the picture o    Read the manual and practice ahead! o    Let everyone know that’s your job so they don’t expect you to cook too! Compose Creatively o    Off center your main subject o    Move in close o    Make sure you know what your picture is about o    Go macro and get the smaller things Flash o    Use it outdoors o    Turn it off indoors if possible o    Bounce external flash off the ceiling o    8 – 10 feet on digital, 15 feet on film cameras Snow scenes o    Open up the exposure 1 or...

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Tips: Traveling with a Digital Camera

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Tips: Traveling with a Digital Camera

There are several issues involved with traveling with a digital camera, mostly concerning image storage and batteries. Regarding image storage, my Golden Rule is: ALWAYS HAVE YOUR IMAGES IN AT LEAST TWO PLACES! This means: Copy them from the card at least daily AND DO NOT delete them off of the memory card until they are in TWO of the following places: Laptop – I highly recommend a small netbook. These are cheap and small yet give you so many conveniences of a larger laptop such as image storage and organization, ability to back up to thumb drives (memory sticks, flash drives). Bonus is the ability to get on the internet on your own system (most hotels have WiFi, as do...

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Tips: Better Portraits

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Tips: Better Portraits

There are many fairly simple things you can do to get better portraits. Zoom all the way in on a 3x – 5x optical zoom (about midway on 8x – 10x), hold the camera vertically, and move to where your subject fills the viewfinder or LCD screen. Ask your subject to look just slightly away from the camera’s lens. If taking a child’s portrait, kneel down to their level. This may not seem to make sense to you, but if you are outdoors, use the flash to fill in the shadows. To turn on the Fill-in flash, look for the symbol next to the button on your camera that looks like a lightening bolt and press it until you see the symbol on your LCD screen that...

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