Friday, November 25, 2011

I'm on Flickr!

Hello! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I sure did!

For those of you who might not know, photography is one of my hobbies. I enjoy taking pictures for fun or for projects. Photography helps me see things differently.

I joined Flickr, a photo sharing site, back in September for my photography club at school and have been posting there ever since. I have posted a review on the camera I use here: Fujifilm FinePix AX300

I also use my iPod touch, but not as much now, because I have a point-and-shoot camera.

You can view my Flickr photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinkpaparazzi1/

Let me know what you think of my photos, and if you have a Flickr yourself!

*By the way, if you went Black Friday shopping this morning, I hope you got great deals. I never go Black Friday shopping. I personally think the deals are better after Christmas.*

Have a great day readers!

Elisabeth

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What are you thankful for?

Google Doodle - November 22, 2011

Well, it's that time of year already, folks. Thanksgiving is THIS Thursday! Hooray! But, Thanksgiving is not only a time of food, family and fun, but also a time to stop and be grateful for what we have. Since this is a tech blog, I thought I'd tell you the technologies I am thankful for -
My iPod touch - its like my BFF, except she can come back to life after she dies

My digital camera - I love photography! I am constantly draining the battery taking several pictures at a time.

The Internet! - Such a resourceful place to find information, a place to connect with others, and the reason my blog exists!

TV - Yes, some people would agree that we could absolutely live without TV, but it is still very nice to have for entertainment.

Light bulbs - Without them, we would all depend on candles and sunlight, like we use today only when there are power outages. Imagine that!

My cell phone - It constantly keeps me in touch with my family and friends, even when I don't want to be. Phones are getting smarter these days, and one day I believe we will be able to literally hold computers in our hands, much more advanced than today's smartphones and tablets.

So, what are YOU thankful for, technologically or otherwise? Comment below and let me know!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Fujifilm FinePix AX300

Today I got a new digital camera for my photography club/hobby. I was previously using my iPod touch for these purposes. Now, I have  suitable digital camera, so I will post some test shots and video.

The camera is really lightweight, stylish, doesn't feel cheap and is simple to use. I wouldn't drop it too many times but it's still durable.

The quality of the pictures taken by the camera are wonderful, and obviously much better than my iPod touch. Let me show you what I mean -




The Fujifilm FinePix AX300 also shoots 720p, 480p, and 320p video. You are allowed to shoot in HD for about 10 minutes, 480p for around 26 minutes, and in 320p for over an hour. 480p is really nice, actually. Not better than HD, obviously, but very suitable for longer events and clips. I will post test videos soon. There are many camera modes - 

  • Scene Recognition
  • Automatic
  • Program AE 
  • Movie Mode
  • Natural Flash/No Flash
  • Natural Light
  • Portrait
  • Baby Mode
  • Smile and Shoot (smile detection)
  • Landscape
  • Panorama
  • Sport
  • Night
  • Night (tripod)
  • Fireworks
  • Sunset
  • Snow
  • Beach
  • Party
  • Flower
  • Text
As you can see from the lengthy list above, you can take pictures in almost ANY situation and have the pictures turn out great. 

My only drawback for this camera at this point is that its power comes from batteries, meaning you cannot plug it into the wall and charge it, or charge via USB. While this may be convenient for some people such as those traveling, having to keep AA batteries on hand can get annoying. Buying batteries can get quite expensive, too. You can always pick up a battery tester at a camera store or something like that to make sure your batteries work.  

I love this camera so far and it will now be a replacement in a more professional setting (outdoors, events) for my iPod touch's camera. 

Buy it here:





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Have a great day :)

-Elisabeth 


Friday, November 4, 2011

Smartphones taking over?!? No, not yet anyway.

While it may seem like almost everyone (or at least every young person) has a smartphone that can go online, play games, and post status updates on the go, this is not entirely true.

In a recent survey, it was found that 35% of adults own smartphones, more than the number or adults who have a bachelor's degree or speak more than one language in their own homes. (http://mashable.com/2011/07/11/one-third-of-us-adults-owns-a-smartphone/)

Those numbers may not seem like much, but what really matters is the actual people using the phones and how involved they are in the consumer's lives. We all know someone who is probably addicted to their phone or other electronic device, but pretty soon we may all depend on technology more than we want to in order to get things done.

Another study done earlier this year predicts what the market for mobile technology, smartphones in particular will look like in 4 years. IDC predicted the market would grow almost 50% this year, due to a large number of "switchers" (from regular to smart phones).

IDC also predicted what the smartphone platform market would look like in four years. IDC says in 2015 Android will take the lead at 45.4%, BlackBerry at 13.7%, and iOS suprisingly down to 15.3%. (http://mashable.com/2011/03/29/idc-smartphone-market-growth/) Could this mean the iPhone's popularity won't stand as strong as it does now in 2015?

Well, those are stats and the facts. Personally, I think the biggest factor in whether or not smartphones become the majority type of phone people own is the consumer. Eventually, I am sure, smartphones will get to a point where they are pretty much available to everyone because they are inexpensive and easier to use. But currently I feel the biggest barrier for people who want smartphones but don't own one is price. If smartphones didn't cost hundreds of dollars per month is some cases, more people could afford them in these tough times, and more people would own them. However, for now, the smartphone company giants figure 35% is enough.


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- Elisabeth