Thursday, August 8, 2013

Digital Photography Techniques.

Using natural light in digital photography is far superior to that of using a flash or other artificial light source. Whilst there are some top of the range cameras that can produce highly realistic lighting, the average consumer camera will produce flash photos that really ruin the overall quality of the camera. Not only is it often easy to identify that the picture has had some artificial manipulation, but also with a flash it can be almost impossible to get the absolute desired effect you want.

Optimise your environment.
When using digital photography it is essential that you optimise your environment for taking the best quality photos possible. If you are taking a photograph indoors, you should always open the curtains or adjust the blinds so that you can let in your desired amount of sunlight. If you are outside, you need to first check if there are clouds in the sky as they often produce a better result, and you need to ensure that you are under enough shade to get the desired effect. The great thing about clouds in that they diffuse the sunlight for you creating less harsh shadows, and an overall more high quality effect.

Use anything that can enhance the photo.
Now once you have optimised you environment for taking the best photos possible, it is time to adjust the settings on your chosen camera. Most modern cameras today come with a set list of functions and things that you can adjust in order to take the best photographs. One of the best things that you can adjust is the aperture to decide how much of the available light you wish for the camera to use.
If it is a bright and sunny day you may want to increase your shutter speed in order to get the proper exposure, however if there is low light you will want to set your aperture open. Aside from this you can adjust the various other tools that your camera has available to produce the best looking photos. Just remember to not over compensate natural light with effects, as this will ultimately ruin your photo.

Positioning and lighting. 
The final core aspect of taking a high quality photo that utilises natural light, it the positioning of the people/objects you are shooting, as well as the direction of the lighting. Based on the desired effect you with to capture with your camera you need to make some adjustments to both the positioning of the objects you are taking a picture of in accordance to where the light is coming from. Again this is all based on the result you desire from the photo, but generally it is always a good idea to make sure that wherever your objects are positioned, they make the most of the sun light available. You can also move your position if you need the objects to be in a certain place for the effect, but this is completely your own choice.
Remember, with natural light photography, it is the effective utilisation of the light available that determines whether a camera captures the desired effect or not. For this reason, it is important that you keep finding new ways through experimentation, and eventually you will develop a sense of techniques that can aid you in taking the best photographs possible.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Travel Workout

Travel Workout
Traveling can be hard on your fitness but it is not impossible and it can be a lot easier if you have a workout program you can do from your hotel room. We have all fallen into a slump when on business trips or family vacations. What can we do to change this horrible habit we get into and how can we stop from coming back from a trip feeling bloated, chubby and just plain out of energy? You'll be happy to know it only take 20 minutes to stay on top of your fitness and still have time for all the things that you need to get done on your trip. You don't even have to bring your workout clothes with you to make it happen. A good old workout in your hotel room will do the trick. Takes only 20 minutes a day and you can feel great that you did something for you before you get on with your day. You can repeat this workout program for up to 3 weeks and get amazing results!!

Repeat this circuit 2 times for intermediate training and 3 times for advanced training.

12 push-ups
30 second side plank (right)
30 second side plank (left)
12 burpees
30 second plank

12 lunches each side
12 squats
1 minute bicycle
1 minute alternating step up on chair
12 side lunges each side

30 crunches
30 side crunch (right)
30 side crunch (left)
12 burpees
30 second plank

12 push-ups
12 jump squats
12 stepping lunges alternating
1 minute alternating step up on chair
1 minute crunches with legs up in air

20 burpees
30 side crunch (right)
30 side crunch (left)
30 second plan
12 side lunges alternating

1 minute jumping jacks
30 seconds jump squats
20 stepping lunges
1 minute run in place
1 minute bicycle

Off Day

10 things all brides should know about wedding planning

10 things all brides should know about wedding planning
The wedding day, this is one of the most important days in the lives of many. It is a day that one will remember for the rest of their lives, so it is imperative that the day is planned well. When planning a wedding one must keep in mind that it is a day for lists. We have the guest list, registry list, vendor list, the do-not-play list and the most important the to-do list. It is a fact that planning a wedding takes a lot of time and effort, but things can be made a little simpler by just planning ahead.
First, keep in mind that everything does not have to be perfect. We understand that everyone would like things to be perfect, but that is next to impossible. Just remember that this is a marriage between two people that love each other, the man or woman of your dreams. So relax and enjoy this day, find a sense of humor and smile.
Second, remember the marriage license! The marriage license in the responsibility of the bride and groom, not the minister so be sure to take care of this as soon as possible. 
Third, be sure to print directions from the Wedding Ceremony to the Reception.
Fourth, check with the vendors. This is important to make sure that everything goes as planned. At least one week before the wedding, call the vendor and confirm everything, take the time to make sure they are paid so no one has to worry about paying them on the day of the wedding.
Fifth, make the seating chart early to prevent any issues that may come up at the reception.
Sixth, assign someone to take care of the issues that are most worrisome. Find someone to oversee the things that are most important to make sure they go as planned.
Seventh, try to maintain perspective when planning the wedding. Relax; be sure to put more effort into the relationship than the wedding. It is true that some people get caught up in the wedding planning and never ask themselves if they are making the right choice.
Eighth, pad the budget. This means take the normal cost of something and double it to insure that there is enough money to cover everything. This will help to eliminate some stress from the wedding planning.
Ninth, if at all possible hire a Wedding Planner. This will also help to take the stress off of the bride, but the bride should not be afraid to voice her opinion after all this is her wedding!
Tenth, remember that bigger is not always better.

The best tip that can be given is to relax and enjoy the day, do not expect perfection and maintain a sense of humor.