In Search of: Gadgets Galore!

I’m making it a goal to start blogging on a regular basis again.  I’m aiming for once a week, but I figure anytime the mood strikes, I should put pencil to paper (or keyboard to screen as it is).  So if you find me rambling over here in my little corner of the internet, and I’m not talking about the things I normally talk about, don’t mind me.  I’m attempting to get back into my writing groove.

The better part of today was spent researching tech goodies that I’m sort of fiending for.  I used to consider myself pretty simple when it came to technology.  Not that I didn’t use a bunch of technology, but I figured I didn’t need to own all that much of it — phone, TV, laptop — good to go.  Except I jumped on the tech bandwagon about a year ago, and I seem to be on a roll.

In 2013, I hope to take my photography to the next level.  I plan to really focus on two types of shots:  landscape and portrait.  Landscape because my travels find me in the most amazing places, and capturing those scenes makes for some serious awesomesauce.  Portrait because photos that capture the essence of a person captivate me.  I would LOVE to take a handful of shots in 2013 that are seriously mesmerizing.  Before that can happen, I need some real practice working on my composition and creativity.  But let’s be honest, I also need the right equipment.  So I’ve been researching lenses, and there are two lenses that I plan to get in the new year:  the Nikkor 50 mm f/1.4 and the Tamron 10-24 mm.  I’m so excited to get them!  But I’m also trying to delay gratification for a moment seeing as how I’m (hopefully) buying a house in the new year, and I don’t want to spend all my cash reserves.

What other tech stuff am I drooling over?  Well, after 6 or 7 years (who can remember when I actually got this thing), I think I’m ready for a new laptop.  And updated versions of Photoshop and Lightroom.  The good thing:  I get teacher discounts on software.  The bad thing:  they’re still not free.  (And we all know how much I prefer free stuff.)  Ooh.  And with the new Kindle Fire HD out, I’m now debating between acquiring a Kindle Fire HD or the Google Nexus 7 for my travels.  I almost bought the Kindle Fire last summer to accompany my Guatemala trip, but I thought best to hold off and see if the next version would have a camera for Skyping.  And what do you know?  It does.  After researching both 7 inch tablets, I am no closer to making a decision — but I am pretty excited for when I do!

So there it is — my gadget list for 2013: lenses and laptops and tablets, oh my! 

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