Category Archives: Technology

Sep
25
2015

My Productivity Playlist

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When i’m working my way through wedding and portrait edits on the computer, silence is my biggest distraction. I hate being sat in silence, i dont feel motivated or invigorated to do work and I’ve pretty much always been the same, so I make up a selection of playlists every so often from my music collection. For the winter times its usually heavy rock and metal, summer time is usually that years big summer hits with a few oldies thrown in while my guilty pleasure is strong female artist.

So if your having trouble being productive, whether your working from home like me, revising for an upcoming exam or just need some motivation to do the house work check out my playlist choices below. I’ve thrown in a few YouTube videos too so enjoy the music!  Continue reading

Sep
4
2015

Tips for Backing Up Pro Style – The Drobo 4 Bay

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Drobo 4 BayMy favourite word again BACK-UP.

Ive done a few back-up posts over the last year, but this time its all about making the process simple. My data started building up exponentially due to increased workload and business, and I knew that at some point this year I was going to either have to buy more hard drives, or invest in a new system. The problem with buying extra hard drives, is you have to buy two to protect agains one failing. Which means two plugs, and once they fill up, another two plugs. Before you know it you have data spread all over the place and a million plugs just for hard drives. Continue reading

Jun
5
2015

MyPhotoSchool Lightroom Course – Week 3

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MyPhotoSchool Adobe Lightroom CourseSorry for the delay in uploading Week 3 of the MyPhotoSchool Adobe Lightroom Course, we have been very busy photographing newborn babies and weddings this past few weeks, but I have finally had a chance to write up week 3 for you all so here it is. You can check out Week 1 and Week 2 of the course too. Continue reading

May
11
2015

Protect your iPad and Win yourself a Lente Case

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ipad caseSince I’ve had my ipad mini, I’ve had a crappy 99p case on it that doesn’t even cover the screen, plus I’ve got the screen on permanently so that it doesn’t turn off when I use it for the Photo Booth. This new awesome skull ipad case from Lente Designs is just the ticket. It’s got a front screen cover to stop me from scratching it to pieces, it’s nice and snug fitting so the iPad is going nowhere, and it’s got the magnet built in to the lid, so when I close it my screen locks and saves me battery power if I forget to lock the home screen. Continue reading

May
7
2015

My Photo School Lightroom Course – Week 2

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Lightroom CourseThe second assignment for the MyPhotoSchool Adobe Lightroom Course went much smoother than the first one, in the sense I was able to upload some images to the system after a while of trial and error. That aside however, assignment 2 delved right into what I think are some of the most simple but important editing tools Lightroom has to offer. All of the tools described are heavily used in our editing to subtly enhance images. These tools include shadow and highlight sliders, graduated filters, colour correction and cropping tools. Thats not to say of course that we are terrible photographers and rely on editing 😛 Some scenes contain far too much variations in brightness and its simply not possible to save details in bright areas or brighten darker areas of the scene without negatively affecting the image. Continue reading

Apr
29
2015

Keeping Your Technology Tidy With Cable Organisers

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Tom Barrington Cable OrganisersCables are the absolute bane of my life. I am such a tech person and I hate wireless this and that. Nothing says “I’m going to work straight away” like a cable that goes from one connection to the other. I have spent countless hours sitting on the floor in-front of my hifi, cutting, re-wiring plugs and routing cables neatly into it’s purpose built hifi stand. I’m an odd ball and there’s something quite therapeutic about creating order from what starts off as chaos. I don’t  have to pull the cables out or add any cables to it, its there, its organised and it’s set to go. The same can’t be said however about my Mac system. Continue reading

Apr
25
2015

My Photo School Lightroom Course – Week 1

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Cross Jones PhotographyWe were recently approached by MyPhotoSchool to take part in a 4 week online Lightroom course run by George Cairns . We are no strangers to Adobe Lightroom software, and use it on a regular basis, however having actually never been taught it formally, we jumped at the chance to take part. Continue reading

Jan
5
2015

Top 10 Netflix Drama Series for Winter Evenings

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netflix drama seriesJanuary is still winter time in my books, it gets dark early, it’s blinking cold…and wet…and windy (or at least it is here in Wales) and generally just pretty miserable all round, everyone is pretty sluggish and has yet to get out of the Christmas time time-off rhythm and really get into their ‘new year, new me’ moods. So this time of year is great for long evenings spent curled up on the sofa binge watching TV series, and the best way to do that is probably Netflix (although most of them are also on Amazon Prime)! So here are mine and Jon’s top 10 netflix drama series picks for what to watch on Netflix this winter. Continue reading

Dec
19
2014

According to Bloggers – The Best Christmas Movies

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best christmas moviesSorry I have been MIA all month ladies, work is crazy busy and I ended up laid up in bed for a week with a bad cold and throat infection. I am pretty much back to health, although work is no quieter, but I have a bit of me time (a whole day off!) so thought I would jump back into my poor neglected blog, and let you lot know that I am still alive!

With that in mind say hello to my new little blogging series “According to Bloggers” where I will be asking bloggers from all areas of the internet their opinion on everyday things.

With Christmas just days away I figured a few of you might actually have a few days off from work and can indulge in some festive movie fun! There really is nothing better then snuggling up on the sofa, under a big blanket, with your other half or your little kiddies, turning on the christmas tree lights and watching a great movie. So I asked the blogging community what their favourite christmas movie is? Continue reading

Nov
13
2014

Technology Review – Apple iPod Shuffle Review

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iPod Shuffle ReviewI have pretty much always had an iPod, in fact I’ve had the same one for 8-9 years and touch wood, it’s still going strong. I like the way the 30GB iPod video works with real buttons, none of this touch screen nonsense, so the iPod shuffle is like an old friend. Ok so it doesn’t have a screen but it has the familiar touch wheel with that reassuring click of its buttons.

Chantele was recently gifted an iPod Shuffle by Argos at the South Wales Bloggers Tea Party, so I thought I would have a test of it and give you guys an honest iPod Shuffle review, with what I think are the pro’s and cons of this tiny portable music device.

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