Wow! It’s quiet here

Wow July 3rd was my last blog post! That’s a long time. The last year has been pretty exciting full of ups and downs, and never a dull moment. So here is a quick summary of what I’ve been up to, which unlike this blog has been far from idle:

EOS 1100D

EOS 1100D

Photography – I took up Photography is September after studying photography at an evening course. Photography is anything but just taking picture, it’s creative, it’s challenging and takes you to some awesome and extreme places. There are a lot of nerds out there who think you always need to have the latest kit, loads-a-lenses weighing you down, blah blah! But really you don’t. Just getting a good grounding in photography and getting a decent camera you can do out and play with you can do some pretty awesome stuff and get some great results. I’ve got Canon 1100D which is an entry level DSLR, the kit lens which came with it and 50mm prime lens (if you don’t understand this no worries, just have fun). I take in camera RAW (you only really care about this if you postprocess your photos) and use Lightroom for all my photos, occasionally going into Photoshop but rarely. Check out my profile on 500px.com and see what you think.

Photoshop CC

Photoshop CC

Photoshop – I will shout it from the hills, I love Photoshop! Photoshop is not just a took for making unattainable or unrealistic pictures of people on magazines. It’s a great design tool as well. I’ve been following loads of courses online including Udemy.com, SkillsShare.com and YouTube. I really enjoy Photoshop and regularly use it at work (yes I am a software engineer) and at home. It’s pretty cheap these days too, at around $9 a month it’s a great tool and if you love Photography you get Lightroom free too.

Node.js – Into the programming we go. If you don’t know Node.js is a server side Javascript engine. Basically this means that your web-server is running Javascript, serving up web-pages and acting as the back-end as a web-service. Node.js like Javascript is pretty easy to learn, but tricky to master. You can probably learn most of what you need in a long weekend and be up and running producing some awesome websites, but you have to be really careful as you can easily get into callback hell very easily which is messy and a total nightmare.

SublimeSublime is a text editor which if you are a developer and you want to e more productive is simply awesome. The learning curve is pretty easy, and you can be up and running in no time just by watching the short animated GIFs. I now regularly use it for web-development and often pop into it from Visual Studio when I need to do tasks which would take forever without tools such as multiple cursors. You’ll love it!

Exploration – All work and no play makes you dull and boring! I’ve recently joined a group called Explorers Connect which helps people to find and have adventures. If exploring for a career is your thing there are also loads of jobs and people looking for someone to go on an expedition. If you want to change your life from the daily grind and start seeing the work I recommend it.  I’d also recommend reading Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes by Alastair Humphreys which is an amazing book if you want to get and and start exploring.

Well this is a quick round up, and not everything. See you in the next post.