Hello weekend AND Spring Break! I have discovered a near-perfect pink lipstick. Thank you, drugstore makeup find! Two weeks ago, I was asked to take my cousin's photos for the formal. This week, I am sharing the experience...kind of. And...I have a confession.
If I could undo any mistake over the past three years, I would have splurged more on a camera. Truthfully, I bought this camera (Canon Rebel T6) because it was WI-FI compatible, which means faster uploading and sharing. While I admit I am no professional photographer, there are limits to cheaper cameras. At the time, $600 for a camera and two-lens budget was expensive, but a legitimate deal. The best deal available. I wanted a blog, and that was exactly what the camera would help me achieve. Better photos. I wanted to tell a story...with pictures. I wanted the complete story. While this camera has helped me, I have been researching other cameras. Especially after the experience from two weeks ago.
Two weeks ago, it was four-thirty in the afternoon. I bargained for that time because I knew any earlier would be worse. I knew the venue I would take pictures from, and I knew the sun would be a monstrous enemy. It was. Now, I know how ISO works. In fact, I figured out how to use it at the beginning of the year.
However, many of my pictures had too much exposure...even after I adjusted the ISO. And maybe it was the sun, but it was incredibly frustrating. So, that experience, after eventually reviewing the photos, prompted me to search for more expensive cameras. While I cannot afford a new addition to the bag quite yet, I am up for recommendations if you have any.
These photos are examples of the struggle to combat over-exposure. Right now, I edit all of my photos from VSCO simply because I have grown up with VSCO and know the program. I love it, but I also need better editing software...eventually. I recently took advantage of a thirty-day free trial with Corel's video and photo editing software, and I do not think I have ever been so utterly confused...and I literally think I manipulated all of the editing techniques to dim the brightness. Thus, these photos are a product of VSCO editing. I have always prided myself on being tech savvy, but I am severely lacking in the desktop-image-editing department. I am clueless, and the videos I have watched are not entirely helpful. Maybe Adobe's presets are more helpful for inept people like me (Haha!). Another future investment.
Now that you have discovered my inept ability to edit photos (This is definitely going to be a challenge I will have to master!), I can move on. Last week's Spanish-midterm-oral interview was only five minutes! I was anxiety-ridden all week for a five-minute interview. Talk about a mountain out of a mole hill. Nonetheless, it went well! I am still working on refining my research topic, which has completely changed, but I promise it has a better sense of direction and specificity.
For my confession, I have had a milkshake, I have eaten cookies, I was served fast food at a volunteer event (I served through my normal dinner time slot, so I was thankful for any scrap of food. In my defense, it was only five chicken nuggets.), and I have had chocolate in between. Obviously, I have broken my Lent agreement, which is disappointing and revealing at the same time. The realization, I cannot give up chocolate. Lent is officially not my favorite holiday. The good news, I have not had anything with caffeine all year, but then again, I do not drink a lot of caffeinated products. Definitely counting this as a semi-win.
Next week is spring break! Wait, reread that in a singsong voice. Amazing, harmonious, stupendous, right? What a relaxing week I predict it to be! And I am only predicting it, so you can probably summarize the last few weeks... I will probably eat too much, sleep too many hours, sun-burn too many times, but hey, I will have enjoyed every moment.
Sometimes, for as much as the camera and sun combo annoys me, it works in my interest. This is my lovely cousin Karle. You may have been wondering why this post was consumed with photos of me. Well, in the chaos of the time I spent taking pictures of my cousin and her formal group, I missed taking a photo with her. She is so grown and will be fourteen in thirteen days (Geez, I feel old.)! And apparently, I am indeed so old that middle school formals are now an actual thing.
This weekend, I am traveling to South Carolina to visit my great aunt who just turned ninety-seven! Wowza! And while age works against us all, personalities follow us for a lifetime. Hers, one of colorful humor, is one I will always remember. For Spring Break, I have decided to challenge myself next week and limit my internet usage. I really want to get my nose in a few non-academically-assigned books, read over 200 pages in journal articles for my research project, and make time to study for the GRE/LSAT. In fact, I might just spend this Sunday researching grad and law schools again before the week starts... Nevertheless, no post for next Friday! Have a good weekend!