I was tagged by Robyn of Lipstick on the Lake! I love behind-the-scene stuff so I’m excited to do this. Thanks for tagging me to do this, Robyn! 🙂
1) What camera do you use?
99% of the time, I use a point and shoot: Canon Powershot SX610
The 1% I will use my phone which is iPhone 5S (as evident in the Japan Makeup Shopping post for the in-store displays).
2) What editing system do you use?
I do all my blogging on my laptop so I use a desktop software called Paint.NET. No, it’s not MS Paint, the crappy free software that comes with Windows. Paint.NET is a robust free photo editing software that also offer user generated plugins for enhancements.
Paint.NET is perfect for cropping, adjusting contrast, and adding text. Another software option I’d recommend is GIMP – I use it from time to time for certain things like animations and specific filters. I do have Adobe Photoshop but I really don’t need all the bells and whistles for blog photos. If you’re curious about the free photo editing software, please read this article. 🙂
3) Do you use artificial or natural lighting?
95% artificial. Our condo unit just doesn’t receive enough sunlight on a consistent basis for me to regularly use sunlight, unfortunately. Also, I photograph mostly in the evenings so I can’t rely on natural lighting. My set up is quite unsophisticated, I use a chair as my surface:
I posted this post a long time ago when my blog first started, and my set up hasn’t changed too drastically. I’ve added 2 more lights (I use OttLite daylight bulbs) and instead of just a cloth backdrop, I added white Bristol boards for a smoother background. That’s it.
4) What is the top item on your filming wishlist?
Lighting and a photography room! Big umbrella light in an all white room.
One can dream, right? 😉
5) What is your favorite day in the week to
film write / photograph?
I don’t have a preference, I do most of my writing and photography in the evenings during the weekdays. I try to photograph a few posts’ worth of photos during one session but it’s really time consuming and tiring. Some nights I would have spent a couple of hours just taking photos, never mind writing or editing.
6) Do you plan your
videos posts. If so, how?
You wouldn’t be surprised to learn that I use Excel to plan my posts, right? I’ve been using this system since day 1 of blogging and it has served me well. I like seeing everything laid out in a calendar format:
I colour code the cells by green = entry is scheduled or posted, yellow = entry is in draft mode, and orange = entry is planned but no draft yet. All of the ideas I have floating around are listed on the side in the blue panel. I also note down if I have certain photos I want to take, or if I need to draw an illustration to accompany a post. I used to schedule my posts at least a week in advance (on the extreme end, I had scheduled a months’ worth of posts – I was insane) but I found that I felt too “removed” from the time I wrote the entries to when they got posted. So now I try to schedule my posts about 2-3 days in advance.
7) How long does it take you to
film an average video write and photograph a post?
It really depends on the nature of the post. If it’s a review, it will take a while because I like to list out some facts about the product (ingredients, product claims, price, volume / weight etc) and then write about my experience with the product. That probably takes me a good 2 hours. Photographs for a product review probably takes another hour, I like to include product photos and swatch photos, and possibly colour comparisons if I have any. Then I take another hour to edit the pictures. Gosh I’m getting tired just writing out the process! The quickest posts are probably nail polish posts because they’re mostly pictures. 😛
8) How many hours do you spend editing an average
I read and reread my posts a few times. I’m often hasty when I type (fingers can’t keep up with the brain!) and I will miss words or use the wrong word entirely. For me, it’s better to just write out a post, leave it for a day and then come back to review it so it’s fresh to me. I’ve honestly reread some sentences 3 or 4 times before I realize I’m missing words. So on average, probably an additional 30 minutes to edit.
9) Favorite types of
video to film posts to write?
Currently, I’ve been enjoying writing reviews. Just something about the experience of trying a new product, researching facts about it, and then providing my own personal opinions about it – makes it really engrossing for me. Watch out for more reviews coming up – I’m so backlogged! A few of my personal favourite review posts:
• Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette
• MAC Masterclass Oval 6 Brush
• Lise Watier Simply Nude Eyeshadow Palette
10) Do you people at your school or work know about your
My current coworkers do not know about my blog at all! My friends do though. They were the most supportive and encouraging of me to start this blog! ❤
11) What is your process of thinking of a
video blog idea?
I’ve honestly never run out of blog ideas. Right now I have planned posts on my calendar until the end of September. And I have 84 entries in my draft folder:
😮 Some of the draft posts are just titles and a few notes, while some are nearly finished and just waiting for photographs. To generate ideas, I just keep the gears in my brain grinding. I come up with ideas when I’m doing my makeup in the mornings. Or when I’m doing my skincare routine at night. Or when I’m sleeping. I just need to remember them when I think of them – I often jot down notes on my phone. And then they go onto the Excel calendar for planning.
12) Do you feel awkward filming in front of other people or in public?
I don’t often photograph in public but if I’m taking a picture of a display (like I did in Japan) I felt like I was breaking a rule or something – I kept thinking security was going to kick me out! 😛 But yeah I’m awkward a lot in public, regardless if I’m photographing or not. 😆
13) Do you and your
Youtube blogging friends plan out videos posts together?
I’m thinking this question is about collaborations? If so, then YES! I love a good collab. 😀
I’ve done a bunch of them, see here for all my collaboration posts, including the epic Blogmas of 2015. 😀
14) What is your subscriber goal by the end of the year?
1 Million! 😆
I don’t have a subscriber goal on the blog anymore, but I would like to reach 500 each on Twitter and Instagram. 🙂 I’m @stashmatters on both!
15) Who do you tag to do this tag next?
• Polished and Inspired
• Ingrid of Curly.Spring.Blossom
• Gym Bag Makeup
• danniijane of A Beautiful Thing
• Jodi of A Brash Attitude
• Rachael of Helpless Whilst Drying
• The Makeup Case
• Mrs Strawberry Blonde
• Sangeetha of Lifestylebites3
• Stephie Estie
Thanks for reading, and I hope this post gave you some insight into my blogging process. ⭐