Today I headed off to The Photography Show at the NEC in Birmingham. This is the second time I have been to the show and I had a better idea of what to expect. So before I went to the show I made a loose plan of what stands I wanted to visit.
Olympus had been advertising on their social media feeds that you could get a free clean and check on your camera. This was my first port of call and the staff on the stand were really friendly.
I went to the show with some friends and we moved on just looking at the deals on Fuji kit.
The Fuji stand had models you could shoot, so I moved forward with my mobile phone and took the first shot. Last year I didn’t feel as confidence to take photos and took the second shot from further away. Both photos were taken with the same phone.
We then went to a talk at the video stage about taking your photography into videography. It was interesting but my little video montages are a long way away from where the speaker’s content. There was some good points about the use of music and permits to shoot in different areas of the country.
We meandered around for a bit longer and then I went to visit a friend’s daughter working on the Hasselblad stand. If I didn’t eat or pay any bills for the next six months or so I could possibly afford a Hasselblad at the show price of £6,388.
Back to reality and we visited a lighting stand who had some affordable kit and some interesting displays. The ‘baby’ looked realistic, it was quite scary & then I saw Yoda.
Before going to another talk I went to Photo Boards to have a look at their photo boards. I have one already and was looking to get another one, being able to see all of the boards in person made it easier to choose. I wasn’t convinced at first about backgrounds but with the right background, a product can be lifted.
The other talk I went to was by Jo Bradford and was titled “Pixel to print; a workflow for pro-quality outdoor smartphone photography”. There was some good tips & it was nice to see a photo taken whislt the talk was taking place printed off with high quality paper. She also made available signed copies of her new book to purchase before it’s international publishing date in April. The book is called “Smart Phone Smart Photography – Simple techniques for taking incredible pictures with iPhone and Android”. Some of the apps she mentioned require a purchase but sometimes you need to invest to improve your photos.
In summary, I really enjoyed my day at the show. The company was great and it is always helpful to try equipment before buying. Also getting information and tips to inspire improvement from the different talks was paramount.
Back in January I was scrolling through Instagram as I do most days, and I came across this post.
I follow quite a few sewers and haven’t been able to make some of the previous meet-ups. So when this came up and I was available, I thought I would go along.
I do get rather anxious in some social settings. But I still put myself into those situations as deep down I know it will be fine. I got to John Lewis as Bianca and Victoria arrived so there was no awkward sitting around. We recognised each other from our Instagram feeds.
Others arrived and I recognised some others from Instagram and their YouTube videos.
We started off by heading to the haberdashery in John Lewis, who still had fabric on sale. I bought some bias binding a stretch twin needle.
Then we headed off to the markets. This was my first purchase jersey fabric and it was calling for me to buy it. Going fabric shopping with other sewers means you are surrounded by enablers, including myself.
Throughout the morning the sewing conversations were flowing and I asked washing fabric and everyone washed their fabric before sewing with it.
As a novice sewer and being a newbie to overlockers, sewing with jersey fabric and putting in sleeves. I also asked what others did. Lesley mentioned she did French seams instead and also put sleeves in flat.
Here are the other fabric I got from the market.
As the day went on my knee started to hurt and so I cut my day short, made a flying visit to Barry’s Fabrics and stopped off for lunch.
Once I got home all of my purchases were washed and ready to sew with. Thank you for a lovely experience and Lesley thank for the advice to be brave.
I still buzzing from the deliveries I received last week, I will write about the other delivery in another post. I printed some of my photos as greeting cards. I found a printer who does a small print run of 25. I narrowed down my photos to 6 and asked the opinion of some friends on the photos. They were honest, as always and I sent my order. One photo didn’t make the cut.
The size and orientation of the cards was limited, but that didn’t matter. The fact I could choose more than one design in such a small print run won me over.
I chose to include kraft brown envelopes but didn’t arrive. The customer service I received was great and the envelopes should be with me soon.
The cards are on sale locally and will go into my Etsy shop hopefully by the end of the week.
Now here are the cards let me know what you think?
The cards are A6 in size and an envelope will be provided each card. I will let you know when the cards are live for sale.
Some of you might know when I am not working, sewing, knitting and taking photos I officiate basketball games. I have blogged about my experiences with wheelchair basketball and those can be found in my archives.
Yesterday was cup final day for the WBBL & BBL leagues. It’s the first silverware of season.
These games took place at the Arena Birmingham, not a small venue by any means!
I was asked to do the Swiss timing. Swiss timing, what’s that? I asked the same question and still wasn’t sure until I spoke to the floor manager! At this point my anxiety levels went sky high. But I was taken through the equipment by Alfie, when I looked at the equipment it was the same equipment I used at Paralympics 2012. This scoring equipment is made by Omega and would be shown on the BBC coverage.
I made notes of what I was shown and got on with it. I felt more comfortable in the 2nd game but my legs shook. It was far from perfect but I survived & hopefully didn’t mess up too badly.
I am always looking to step out of my comfort zone and improve my confidence. This brings me onto my new crafting idea.
I take a lot of photos and keep meaning to print them, well I have placed my first order for some cards. There will be five designs and here are two of them.
These cards will be for sale and supplied with a kraft envelope.
After another random conversation with a colleague at my day job I was introduced to an app called Foodmaestro.
It’s an app that gives you product information according to your allergies or intolerances. My colleague uses it for his son’s nut allergy and said I could use it for my gluten intolerance.
So I had a look and have been rather excited by this app.
Here’s a video explaining more about it.
Here is a screen shot of part of my profile.
This app has the potential to be a great app, but being new it will need time to build. So I am going to be patient and see how it evolves.
I am using the app via an android phone and is available on most phone formats in the UK.
Disclaimer : I have not been asked or paid to write this blog.
When I started blogging 7 years years ago, yes that long ago. I was blogging on Blogspot and found the platform difficult to navigate unless I used my computer. I even gave Tumblr a go, as well as a hosted blog on my old website. They all have their merits but didn’t work for me at the time.
Fast forward to 2018 and I blog from WordPress. I miagrated my content over from Blogspot. What I did notice was I getting some great blogging ideas and they would languish in my drafts. This includes going to photography meet ups and involvement with Instagram challenges. When I last looked there was 35!
So I am going to look through and see what can be published and delete the rest. These posts won’t be posted on my front page, but I will refer back to them throughout the year.
Now, so this doesn’t continue to happen do you have any tips, tricks or suggestions to help plan my blog posts better? I do have a Pinterest board with blogging tips, but I find there is a lot advice based in the US. There’s nothing wrong with this at all, I am asking with the hope bloggers and readers will reach out.
For the last three years I have been writing down positive things/moments that happened to me and putting them in a jar. I started doing this so I would stop concentrating everything that would go wrong.
On the 1st January I prepared a jar and got some sticky notes ready. At first I had to search really hard to find things that were positive. Then I broke it down and looked at the basics, like I brushed my hair. Building up to things like paying someone a compliment or buying flowers for my friends.
There are no hard and fast rules on keeping a happy jar, such as find something to write everyday. Some days I would write down as much as 5 things and the next day, nothing.
When I needed cheering up I would dip into the jar and remember what I had found positive. This would also encourage me to keep writing down positive things.
Before I knew it and the time had come to empty the jar.
I would sit on my own and unfold the sticky notes. It was emotional sometimes but really good to remember the moments that had taken place that past year.
Some tips that helped me.
Put a pen and notes in the jar, then there are no excuses.
Place the jar somewhere you will be encouraged to write your moments.
You don’t have to use a posh jar and colourful paper.
Don’t worry if you can’t think of anything to write.
I have enjoyed this process and how it helps me to remember positive things and moments. I would encourage anyone to try it, but there is no pressure.
Thank you for reading this post and I hope 2018 is a positive year for you all.