Exploring Seattle with Microsoft

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During my trip to Seattle, I loved learning all about all of the tech finds (check out part one here) http://www.momtrends.com/2014/05/favorite-tech-finds-from-microsoft/.

The trip also included being outside where I was immersed with this city's beautiful and natural findings. This included a visit to the gorgeous Snoqualmie Falls and exploring the sights of Ballard and Seattle using my new Nokia Lumia Icon phone.

Nokia Smartphone

Featuring a clear camera with 3x zoom, HD speakers, directional microphones and an incredible 1080p full HD 5" screen. I also loved the tiles and easy-to-use apps where I had access to Bing, Skype, Office OneDrive and the personal assistant, Cortana.

Ballard
Microsoft Trip
Microsoft Trip
Microsoft Trip
Ballard

As part of the trip we stayed in nearby Ballard (about 10 minutes Seattle). I loved this small and quiet town where we enjoyed many dinners and a fun scavenger hunt where we had to use our phones and OneNote to create a to-list and synch this list with those on our team. Kicking off with an explanation of OneNote, we were off as we put our collaborative skills to work. It was really easy (and fun) to see how we could explore the town as we hunted for clues -all using the same system that was updated in real-time.

Seattle
Seattle
Seattle

Another fun way we used our cameras was at the gorgeous Snoqualmie Falls. Following a session with We Are Juxt (http://www.wearejuxt.com), I was excited to test out some of the camera features and apps that we learned about including Oggl and Hipstaroll. The sights were stunning and I loved how the lightweight camera captured these moments so beautifully. 

They also have some fantastic photo tips on how you can maximize using your camera.

  1. WB (white balance)­ the ability to adjust the color to make white objects appear white. Different lighting situations will change the temperature (warm­red/ cool­blue) of the white object. By adjusting the balance you can get it back to what it needs to be. To try this out open one of your camera apps and click on WB. point your camera at something and scroll through the settings. you will see visible changes with each change. Notice the amount of “blue” in the picture below (and also that grumpy face :)) this would have been a perfect time to adjust the setting to make the whites appear more white. sidenote: see the grainy quality to the shadow and beside my son? I mentioned that while I was talking to you all. It is part lighting, part settings and in this case, rather unavoidable.
  2. Focus­ You can choose auto or manual. Either works and has its uses . You can still achieve depth with the auto focus. Manual allows you to choose the object, or part of an object you want to focus on. The photo below is using the auto focus. Notice how the flower is in focus and the background is out of focus. That is an example of focus depth.
  3. ISO­ is the a measurement of the sensitivity to light. Depending on the nature of the situation (light or dark) you will change the ISO to either let in more or less light. Higher ISOs work well in low light or to stop action.
  4. Shutter speed­ the amount of time the lens is open to absorb light. If you want to catch action you need a fast shutter speed if you need more light you use a slow shutter speed. If you are manually changing your ISO settings you may or may not need to adjust the shutter speed. There is an auto setting. Try taking one photo on auto and then see if you need to tweak it.
Seattle Highlights
Seattle Highlights
Seattle Highlights
Seattle Highlights

Another highlight of capturing the trip with tech was when we visited Seattle's famed Public Market. Teaming with fresh fish, flowers, vegetables and fruits, I loved working around here exploring and seeing the city on-foot. This was also a great time to share imagery via social media and test out app filters like the one at TK

From tech finds to exploring Seattle, this trip was an incredible way to learn and better understand the new and innovative products that are a part of the Microsoft culture as well as how they making things easier for businesses and families in their everyday lives.

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