Behind the Scenes: Cameras and Computers

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Last week we discussed the software powering this blog and its media. This week, lets reveal the various physical devices behind HyerOCD.

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Ultimately, a blog requires no more hardware than a word processor with internet access. Many dedicated blogging platforms have mobile apps where you can manage everything needed for a minimal blog. Many local libraries have computers available to city residents free of charge. With these simple requirements, anyone reading this post can voice their opinions, teach people to cook, or review games.

Computers

I have four different computers I use for writing this blog: my phone, two laptops, and my workstation. While I’m on the go or on a break at work, I’ll use the WordPress Android app to start drafting a new article or spell/grammar check slated for release. If I’m riding the train—which is my preferred form of commute, but rip that lifestyle due to COVID-19—or lounging around, I will use either of my two Dell XPS13 laptops. Why two? Well, it was lent me by my old job, and I forgot to return… The other one is mine, and I’ve been using it as an experimental system for setting up obscenely secure environments. After activating a few security rules, I may have sort of locked myself out of the latter one. Luckily, I know how to undo this mistake, but it will take quite some time. After I’m back into my laptop, I will return my old work’s laptop. Oopsie. Anywho, I love these laptops because they have official Linux support for the Ubuntu operating system (though my own laptop uses Manjaro), are very light and thin, and have truly amazing battery life. Not to mention the higher-end models don’t skimp on their processing power or memory.

GLaDOS-SR

Now for the big girl. This baby—whom I affectionately call GLaDOS Senior, and yes, it is a “she,” take that gender expectations—was the first non-server-computer I ever built. Over time, she grew from a standard single-monitor, single graphic card gaming PC into a massive workhorse used for gaming, video production, photo development, and even contributes to COVID-19 research (I strongly encourage you to follow this link). You can find the list of everything in my PC in the collapsed section below:

The Guts of GLaSOS-SR

Cameras

Unless explicitly noted otherwise, all media on this site are my own. I love amateur photography and videography and this blog affords of lot opportunities to practice those skills. For photography, HyerOCD uses both a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT and a Canon EOS 40D. The latter camera is much better than the Rebel, but having a backup camera during a shoot can be invaluable. These cameras are 15 and 13 years old, respectively, but take far better photos than modern smart phone cameras. This goes to demonstrate how advanced DSLR sensors are relative to phones. I currently have just two lenses: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II and a Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. A Canon Speedlite 580EX and 430EX provide flash lighting while a Neewer Pro Ring Light Kit and two Sunpak VL-LED-96s create static lighting. Other than the Speedlites, I use all the same equipment when shooting video with a GoPro Hero 7 Black. GoPros present many challenges in terms of low-light and camera angles, but they are cheap and have numerous accessories allowing them to be used just about anywhere. Eventually, I want a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera but that’s way out of the budget at this moment. On a side note, my graphic cards don’t have enough VRAM to handle much de-noising on 4K footage—so I’d want to get new graphic cards if I bought the Pocket Cinema.

Wrapping Up

I hope you enjoyed the last part of Behind the Scenes. As you can see, starting a blog can be very easy or highly involved depending on your goals. From a computer to an amateur studio to professional work, you can tailor your blog’s needs and truly express your creativity. Hopefully, this two-part series helps guide you on your journey of self-expression or satisfies a curious itch. If you want to try writing an article—to see if you like it—or want to voice your opinion or story without creating a website, you can send us an article, and we’ll host it for you! Thank you for taking this break from mental health articles. See you all next week!

Have a great day and always practice self-compassion!

A Fantastic Friend of Mine

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