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photo dump: world photography day

Your eyes are not deceiving you, I’m actually posting on a Saturday! It’s a special Saturday because it’s also World Photography Day. Being that I am a true professional*, I would love to share some of my favorites to the masses**

*totally not a professional

**all 5 of you

I’ve posted most (all, probably) of these in previous posts but let me have this.

Obviously, some are more edited than others, some are straighter than others, some are overall better than others, but they all make me feel good. I could tell you a story about each one. I have, if you look hard enough, but I’m not going to do that right now. I haven’t been out with my camera probably since I was in California and I miss it. I have to get back on the horse and as soon as I do, I’ll be sure to inundate these pages with photo dumps. lucky ducks.

 

what’s in my camera (literally!) bag

I recently bought a new camera bag. Fine, I got it last year. gosh.

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It’s adorable and I love it.

I got this bad boy at ALDO. I doubt they still have it but you never know what you may find on the clearance rack. Or Ebay. I’ll be honest, it’s not as functional as an Ephiphanie bag (which I have not tried, but am totally willing to. hint, hint), but it gets the job done.

What I really like about it is that I probably wouldn’t use it as an everyday bag so I’m able to really separate my everyday things from my play things. Meaning, it doesn’t give me a chance to be lazy and not switch back to my everyday bag when I’m done.

I cleaned off my white board (#bloggerproblems) so that my pictures would look somewhat neat. As you’ll see, that was a fail.

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I don’t carry much with my when I go out to take pictures. Mainly because I’m afraid that when I’m pulling my camera out, everything else will go flying. Also, this bag is a nice size but for this purpose, it’s a smidge smaller than ideal. It fits either my camera body with the lens attached and some of my essentials (my wallet, phone and gum) or it fits the body and both unattached lenses. Depending on the amount of time I have to put everything away and settled when I’m on the go, it sometimes gets tight.

The lens part of the bag is a handy pocket where I keep my Metrocard, a wire that I’m not 100% convinced even goes with this camera, and an extra memory card- just in case.

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I’ve mentioned my favorite photo editors here before, but it fits so here they are again. As far as online editors, my favorites are PicMonkey and BeFunky. They’re sort of the same but different enough that I found myself paying for both of their premium services. BeFunky offers more filters than PicMonkey, but a lot of them are very artistic (like watercolor or charcoal). I only mention it because they have a whole tab in their editor dedicated to artistic filters so having even more in the regular filter tab seems redundant (just like this sentence). BeFunky also offers less font options but, like PicMonkey, you can access whatever fonts you have on your computer. The best thing about BeFunky is that you can save your photos with them. I can’t tell you how happy that makes me. PicMonkey drives me nuts when I want to go back to fix something and I can’t. One last difference is that on PicMonkey you can make non- photo things. I made my header and my signature with them. I don’t think you can do that with BeFunky.

I’ve also used Aviary (like the app) before and really liked it. It must have been a trial run or something because it’s not online anymore. I think if it were and if it was at or around the same price point as the other two, I’d get rid of them and just pay for Aviary. oh well.

So there’s my first “what’s in my bag” post. Not too shabby.

Since we’re on the topic of cameras, I’m in the market for a new point and shoot. I’ve fallen in love with the Nikon D1 series, which seems to be the best of both (P&S/DSLR) worlds. Any thoughts? Have you used one before? Heard anything about them?

Tell me everything!

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