Feb. 14th, 2009

wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (EFH-love-me)
I know my f'list will be full of negativity about today, but for me, days about love are good things. Today is a good day to celebrate things and people you love and who love you, whether that's your dog or friends or you.

Much love to you, my friends, for helping keep me sane and entertained.

Agh.

Feb. 14th, 2009 11:33 am
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
I forgot to set my screen to imitate a Windows PC screen before I edited my photos from the museum. Mac screens are brighter, so as a result, my photos may look dark. If they look too dark on your monitor, please let me know and I'll re-edit them. :/ Sorry about that. I keep forgetting to switch to PC-imitating settings before I run Photoshop.

Now we're off to Fry's to buy our Valentine's Day presents! (heehee.)

Here!

Feb. 14th, 2009 02:10 pm
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (EFH-love-me)
[livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna says it better than I could (and also somewhat more confrontationally, but oh well).
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (ghibli-daydreams-me)
Okay, I just tortured myself by going to the Flickr map view for the Academy of Sciences and looking at other people's photos of the same things I took photos of. Then I looked at their cameras, and in every case, they had DSLRs. I want one. I've decided I'm willing to save up for one and I'm willing to lug the damned thing around.

There are two big caveats here, of course.

I know full well that just having a better camera does not mean you take better photos. I need to work on my composition and on my eye, noticing things in the background that are going to interfere with the shot, compensating for bad lighting, learning how to use the settings on the camera that I do have, etc. Fully aware of that. On the other hand, of course, there are things that my camera simply can't capture just because it doesn't have the ability to do so.

The other caveat is that I don't have the time to learn how to use one, and I just got the Panasonic a few months ago and it's perfectly fine, so I'm not going to get one right now anyway. I'd probably need to take a class or something, and that's just not in the cards right now. Bah. But it's on the list for "one of these days."

P. S. I added a photo of an exhibitionistic starfish.
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
One last digital photography note: It's also good to go to your camera manufacturer's website to check out any tips they may have, in addition to looking for any firmware updates. I found a bunch of tips (in very awkward Japanese-English, but understandable enough) for the DMC line. There weren't any specifically listed for the DMC TZ4, but the ones for the TZ5 apply just fine. I learned several new tricks, including the fact that there's a backlight compensation mode for when I'm taking a photo of someone or something and there's, you know, a bright window behind them or something. In cameras made before March 08, you need to hit the up arrow to activate it. Go figure.

(It may be in the manual somewhere, but I don't know where I put the manual...I think I got it out to read. :P)

Now I just need to remember that!

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