a writers desk

Sunday, February 22, 2015




I've been venturing into the world of camera settings..it's complicated. haha, it's just *click* "let's see what this does.." :P Does anyone know what ISO is? I've been trying to figure that one out.

I've also been venturing into the world of writing, which I find much more enjoyable! Some of my followers asked what an AlphaSmart is, there is a picture above. It's very much like a computer, but without internet and a much smaller screen.

I have my writing desk, which I have been decorating and organizing (I am very much an organizer). I love writing, especially when you look back on it and actually like it! I've been using my dictionary and thesaurus, they really change your writing because you don't use all the same words which can get annoying. :)

                                                                              Do you use the dictionary/thesaurus when writing?
                                                                                                    Do you have a special writing place?

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  1. Your desk looks awesome!
    I've been writing a lot today, the story that I won;t tell you about, ;) I even came up with a title! :D How is your writing going?

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    1. Thanks, Hannah! :D ooh, fun! I've been planning more. oh yeah? You've told me about it! ;) Well you can tell me that later! ;) My planning is going great, I came up with a name for my character!! :D (that took a while) but I think I found the perfect one! How many words did you write?

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  2. Oh, what an adorable little writing place!
    I'm going to have to make something similar now. That AlphaSmart is drawling my attention now. I think I'm going to have to look into buying one :)

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    1. Thank you, Jordy! Writing places are really nice, they get get you motivated to write (when it's clean!) It's really nice, you can get them pretty cheap. Around $15-20, or you can get them used. It has helped SO much with my writing, and they are a LOT cheaper than a computer and a lot easier to carry around. :)

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  3. ISO is to do with the light of your photo. The higher your ISO the more light is let into your photo, but it also gets more grainy. You should try to use the lowest ISO you can to get the best quality. That's the basics of what ISO is. I hope it helps.

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    1. ahhh, thanks! I was trying to figure it out, I couldn't tell if it changed it at all. Thanks!

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  4. You have a lovely writing area! I usually write at my desk too if I'm not writing on the computer. :) I like how you decorated your desk!

    ISO is the camera's sensitivity to light. It's actually called the film speed on film cameras. How I understand it, it sets how much light is needed for the photo, rather than actually adjusting how much light comes in like the shutter speed and aperture do. Very simply, the lower you set the ISO, the more light you need for the picture. The higher you set it, the less light you need. Higher numbers, like 1600, are ideal for low-light situations in which you don't want to use a flash. However, higher ISO creates more noise (a "grainier" look). For the best quality pictures under bright and normal conditions, keep it low. I learned that the hard way several years ago (and having nothing but many ruined pictures over the course of several months). Using the Auto ISO setting, if you have one, would be helpful as you learn what is best for each situation.

    Does all that make sense? Hope this helped a little! You could do an internet search or check out a photography book from the library to find more detailed information about the ISO or any other setting you want to know more about. :)

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    1. Thank you Katie! It's fun to change it every once in a while and decorate. :)
      ohhh, that makes sense. Is 800 a good setting? Or lower? I'll have to try the Auto setting. :) It does, make sense thanks! I've gotten a book from the library, but it was for DSLR cameras, not a "Super Zoom" like mine. :) I'll have to look at some more. Thank you so much!

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    2. Actually, try going as low as your camera can go. 100-200 is normal I think. Under situations with low light, 800 will be good. Have fun and try playing around with it and see the differences between settings! :)
      I hope you a find a book that is helpful. If you come across one that explains basic camera settings (such as ISO, shutter speed, aperture, etc.), it doesn't matter what camera it's focusing on, as the principles are the same. At least I assume so. I could be wrong!
      You're very welcome-- glad it made sense! :)

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    3. oh ok, thanks! Originally it was set at 800, so I'll fix that. :) I'll have to look next time! :) Oh okay, thanks so much! :)

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  5. ISO is the sensitivity to light. ^.^

    xoxo Morning

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  6. Yes, I use the thesaurus wayyy too much when I write ;) But it's so awesome to find different words for the boring words you use too often. Your writing corner looks so cozy! I don't really have a specific place where I write, just on my computer. Hmm, I'm not exactly sure what ISO sensitivity is, but what I think it did it for me was keep the background blurred when I shot a picture. Then again, I literally have no professional knowledge about cameras =P

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    1. haha, but it makes your writing so much better! Boring words really tune down your writing. Thank you! Well, it's more encouraging to have somewhere to be. I've been trying to figure out if there was a setting to blurr out the background. Well, some people told me that ISO is the sensitivity to light. :) haha, neither to I. Thanks!

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  7. I love your writing desk! It's soooo cute! <3

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  8. ISO measures the sensitivity of the image sensor. The lower the number the less sensitive your camera is to light and the finer the grain. Also with smaller numbers the colour is better. I like to have it set to ISO 100 normally, but if it is dark or i'm inside then I will put it up to a higher number. It lets in more light then but of course you also get more grain and less colour. Hopefully that is a simple enough explanation that you can understand :D

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    1. ohh, thanks! Okay, I'll try a smaller number. Okay, that makes sense. Thank you! :D

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  9. Lovely post! Your desk is beautiful! I love the dictionary and thesaurus to! My brother and I have been playing "word draws" lately to stretch our vocabulary. We open the dictionary and point to a random word then we take paces and then draw and go back and forth with different synonyms until one of us runs out! Its really fun to play! Beautiful pictures as always!
    Love,
    Clara

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    1. Thank you! :) Oh, those are so helpful with my writing. :) Do you write stories? Oh how fun! If you like that game, you would LOVE BananaGrams. It's like your own scrabble game, you can change words and it's sooo fun! I'll have to try that game! Thank you! Your so sweet! :)

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  10. Beautiful pictures, Sarah! You have a way with a camera! Keep it up!

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    1. Thanks, Lauren! :D hahaa, I'm getting there anyways. ;) Thanks!

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  11. I love your desk! It makes me want to make one and start writing!! It's beautiful!!

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    1. Thanks, Maddy! haha, desks are inspiring. :D Do you write? It's so much fun! :) Thanks!

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    2. Hey Sarah! Yes! I write and I LOVE it!

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  12. Love all your pictures! Your desk looks very nice. That's a good idea to have a dictionary nearby when writing. I tried it yesterday and realized how useful it is! ;) So thanks for the great tip! :)

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    1. Thanks, Annalee! Oh yes, it really helps your writing change a lot. :) Great! Do you write? What kind of things do you write? :)

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    2. I do write. :) I have (truly) countless stories and poems on the computer and in notebooks from when I was younger. :) Most of them aren't finished! Now I write mostly short stories and some poems. I have written and finished some story books in the past (that are not very good) and there are a couple I'm working on (that may or may not get done). ;)
      Love, Annalee

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    3. oh wow! Neat! It's fun to look back on your stories, and see how you've improved... ;) Well, keep writing! That is so awesome! :D

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  13. Your writing space is so cute! :)
    Grace

    theshortendofthings.blogspot.com

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  14. lovely pictures! and writing space and everything else. also, about the ISO... the only thing i can tell you is google google google. being a self taught learner myself, the great thing about the internet is being able to learn at your own pace and stuff. keep up the great work!

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    1. Thank you, Abigail! :) hahaa, google is pretty awesome. I found out asking your blogger friends works too. ;) Thank you! :D

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  15. Aww, I love your desk/writing area :) So cute!
    Usually I'll write on my bed...or my desk, but it's not as cute as yours! XD

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    1. Thanks, Lauren! :D I do too, since my bed is right next to my desk. I kind of use both. Usually during the night I sit on my bed. :) Just try decorating, it really helps. Find some old free books from the library to decorate, get some stickers, drawings, photos..it really helps. :)

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  16. I do use a dictionary and thesaurus when writing . . .I'm definitely a word nerd though! I enjoy writing in my room on my computer, but I tend to compose the best stories at three in the morning. :)
    Amanda B.
    www.skgfun.com
    A magazine and blog, written by girls, for girls.

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    1. Words are sooo fun! They really change your writing. It makes it less boring. I love books with good words, it makes me feel good and sometimes I use those words for my story. For some reason, your able to imagine the scene better as well. Three in the morning?! Yikes! I like writing around 6-8 in the evening, when it's dark outside and I get a warmth from the light in my room. :) What kind of things do you write about? :)

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  17. I always have a dictionary handy when I write up my first copy. My second copy is on my laptop, so there is spell check and synonyms. That muffin looks amazing! I made a batch of banana ones on friday and my family and I already finished them!
    ~Emily
    afallingstar123.blogspot.com

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    1. That's a neat way of doing it, though it can be painful to re-type it all. ;) They were really good, I love blueberry muffins the best I think! haha, awesome! :D Thanks!

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