How To Recycle Old Wooden Doors And Shutters

How To Recycle Old Wooden Doors And ShuttersWe all know that the wooden doors and windows on the house becoming less used, especially as an external. They are replaced with the aluminum or PVC windows and doors. I’m not going to deal with the advantages and disadvantages of one or the other. My intention is to show you how it is possible to convert old thing in something new. If you decided to replace the old wooden doors or to remove old shutters, do not just throw them away. Use them for other purposes.

Recycling of wooden doors

The door is a large flat wooden surface, which you can use in several ways, without a lot of skills. The easiest way to recycle them is to make a headboard for your bed. You only need to paint them and attach them to the wall behind your bed. It is also quite easy to create a table from old wooden doors. You already have a table surface. You just have to make and attach 4 legs. Also, very easily and without much skill, you can make a coat rack for your entrance hall. Attach the door to the wall, add a mirror, a few hooks and one shelf for hats or umbrellas.

Since I like to spend my free time outside the house, it is quite logical that the external decorations of old doors attracted my attention. From the old door, you can create great hanging swing for the terrace. You just have to pin it with some solid chains and eventually get some good pillows. Enjoyment is guaranteed! If you do not have a terrace, you can enjoy on a bench in the courtyard which you can easily make from the old wooden doors.

True, all this sounds easy until you start to make, paint, cut and put the parts together. Then you realize that it’s not that simple. Good tools can make every job easier. I have to admit that with one great framing mailer this kind of work is a child’s play. Ok, it’s not that I would recommend children playing with the framing nailer, but the fact is that it facilitates and shortens the job and turns it into a pleasure. I found excellent framing nailers here: http://framingnailerreport.com/

Recycling of old wooden shutters

Old wooden shutters can also be used in various e purposes. Attach them to the wall. Among their slots put letters or newspapers. You do not read the newspapers? Then add a small shelf and put a vase with flowers, or another decor. If you have two shutters, you can easily make the angular bookshelf. You just have to attach shutters to the wall and to put appropriate boards between slots. I have always been crazy about those characteristic wooden doors in cowboy bars. If you have old shutters and enough space, you can make one cowboy bar in your home. Simply use them as a door.

Recycling old stuff is a great hobby that forces you to look at things in a different way. They are not a waste. You need a little effort and creativity to see them as a new thing.

Tips for boxing photography

Tips for boxing photographyI’d been on an interesting photoshoot recently. I was invited to shoot a boxing match. It was quite a challenging one, as shooting a boxing match is not like your average sporting event. Since this was my first one, I researched a lot on the things I would need to consider and prepare. To start with there is the venue, which can range from as simple a place as a tent to a well-constructed auditorium.

Lighting

There are variations in the lighting too.  Since using flash is not an option, you have to manage with the existing light conditions. It is difficult to shoot up into the lights. The lights present above the ring usually don’t follow any fixed pattern. In case the arena is steep, the lights are set up higher. Regardless of the setup, you would have to waste quite a few frames before you get the lighting right. I had to work on the existing frames to get rid of lens flare. Removing the filters and using a hood for the lens helps in avoiding the flares.

Exposure

If boxers are using protective headgear, you should be careful about the exposure as their face disappears in the headgear’s shadow or behind their arms, when they look down or cover up.  And depending on your height and that of the ring, you may have to contend with irate fans who resent your intrusion.

You need to be prepared and of course be thick skinned, if you have to get good shots. I for one am not worried, as I practice daily with the grappling dummy I bought at http://www.grapplingdummyinsider.com/ . The bjj training I do with it makes me flexible and fit, so I can put up an equally good fight, if I come up against an enraged fan.

Proper equipment

Now this is a no brainer. You have to be equipped with the right gear. While travelling light is better, it helps if you have two cameras- one for ringside with f/2.8 and 24-70 mm and another for taking shots of the fighters, when they are in the corner or enter into the ring. In some places, the rings have space under them for storage, which you can use.

Zoom

It is best if you keep using zooms and prime focus alternatively. For, fast prime f/1.8 or f/1.2 gives you better contrast and less flare. A wide-angle view is better. Zooms are versatile so both the two can be used to tackle the flare.  While you may think that being above the ring is the right place to be in, the photographs look similar. The best and intimate ones are those taken ringside.

Decide between loose body shots or waist up shots. For a record photograph that tells about the knock down using the loose body shots is best. If you want to have impact, a close up shot is best. But this needs right timing and focus, which are difficult to achieve. To get real close up shots where glove hits face with distorted facial expressions, which are the most popular, you need to be ready as these needing timing of nanosecond range. You have to get the right timing and some luck to get such shots.

Smoking Meat, American Style

Smoking Meat, American StyleI have to say that I am not really aware of traditional American food, but a friend recently told me that what I think of barbeque is not the same things as what she knows. She said that most of what we eat, like hamburgers and hotdogs, is considered grilling. It’s a type of barbeque, but it is not what she grew up with at all. Apparently, there is another type of barbecue that is particularly prized in the South that is called smoking. This type requires a lot of time over low heat and with wood chips to create a smoky flavor. I have to admit hat I didn’t even know that such a thing existed.

I asked her what the taste was like, and she told me that it was really regionally specific so it is a little hard to explain. Apparently barbeque traditions are so strong in some areas that there are subcultures built around them. Different areas have their own sauces, which have different thicknesses, sweetness levels and spices. Also, people from different areas even use different meats, for instance some places in the American South, like North Carolina, would use pork, and barbeque it “whole hog” with a thin vinegar-based sauce. In many of the “Southern” styles of barbeque they eat coleslaw as a side dish. This is a tangy tasting cabbage salad.

A Texan, however, would have one of four main styles, and they really love something called brisket. As an example of one of the styles, in the eastern part of the state they use beef or pork with hickory wood for flavor. They then chop it and serve it on a bun with a sweet and thick sauce. My friend is from Texas and she says that this is her favorite type, but even in Texas the barbeque is completely different from one place to the next. One thing though, is that Texans usually eat potato salad and pinto beans with their barbeque instead of coleslaw.

Since this is a completely new cooking method for me, I started looking around to try to find out what it is all about. My friend told me that the easiest was to start is with a good electric smoker because they are easy to clean and the temperature stays even. I read a bit about smoking and it is amazing. Smoking takes a long time! The meat has to rest in a dry rub of spices for a while and then smoke for many, many hours. Having said that, it seems like with an electric smoker it is okay to just let it work on its own. Can you imagine if you had to constantly watch your food cook and add fuel for 9 or 10 hours! Some people still do it that way, and the people who do treat it so seriously that they have major competitions.

My friend said it is delicious and that Southerners are very proud of their barbequing. Anyway, it was an interesting thing to learn about and I am going to have to try that style of food someday.

7 Things to Know For Growing Stuff at Home

7 Things to Know For Growing Stuff at HomeHi there! It’s John and I am here to talk about something that I truly love. I am passionate about nature. Weather, animals, and plants are what make me curious about the world around me. It allows me to take a break from typing on the computer or compulsively checking my Smartphone for texts or Facebook updates. Since I was a kid, my parents would tell me the travels they took with my grandparents. My grandparents came to this country from Ireland where they liked to enjoy the plains and plants they had over there. They would bring my parents to Ireland on vacations and to get in touch with their roots. My parents did the same when they took me to Ireland several years ago. Ever since I went, my mindset about what Mother Nature has produced has shifted and now, I am trying to get in touch here at home. That is why I started to grow plants.

For the newbie planter, there are many things to learn before spending money for supplies. First things first, learn about what you need for indoor planting. You need a lot of room for your plants to grow. The part of the plant that grow at the top needs space, so the leaves that are responsible for producing food can expand. The same goes for the bottom parts of the plant. Roots need space to stretch and grow out in the soil. If the roots are crowded, then the plant will not grow as big as it should.

Another thing that a plant needs in order to grow is the perfect temperature. Some plants do well with warm temperatures; others may need the temperature to be a tad cool. Research the suitable temperature based on the type of plant.

The third important factor for potential plant growth is light. Light is vital for plant growth, so be sure to place it in front of a window as close as you can get it facing west or south. The further away from light, the darker the plant will get. A plant can also garner energy from an artificial light source. Check out www.plantozoid.com where you can purchase T5 grow lights. There are plenty of benefits of using T5 grow lights for your indoor grow. These T5 grow lights produce more light with less energy necessary, can last up to 20,000 hours, and outputs a low amount of heat.

Water is very important in order to produce nutrients. Depending on the type of plant and its size, you should use enough water that will drain out of the pots. That is why pots and containers with drainage holes are a great advantage. Check how dry the plant is by putting a finger into the soil at about an inch deep. If it is dry, then sprinkle some water.

Clean air is necessary for healthy plant growth. Air contains carbon dioxide that the plant needs. Pollution in the air can deplete the plant’s nutrients and as a result, avoid growth.

Nutrients are dissolved in water and sucked up by the plant’s roots. Fertilizer keeps the soil full of nutrients. Plants need phosphorus, potassium, and nitrogen as a part of their nutrients. They help with cell division, root growth, above ground growth, and fight off plant diseases.

Last, but definitely not least: you need to take your time! Time is needed for the plant to grow within your care. Some plants take less time than others. It all depends on the plant type and if you are following these necessities. If you want, keep up with the timing by writing down when you planted, when you watered, and when it is expected to fully grow. Happy growing!

Photography as a Lifestyle

Photography as a LifestylePhotography is my life. I have always loved to capture life’s precious moments as I would grip my camera and focus on the details that would leave me in total awe. In case you didn’t know, I have many hobbies. Actually, I like to call them passions since I think about them daily. I remember the adventures I had one summer with a friend of mine—Frank. Frank and I have been buds since junior high. When we entered adulthood, we continued to converse through the miracles of social networking. Frank and I decided to spend some time together enjoying many summer activities.

I wanted to remember these times since Frank and I rarely hung out. I had the idea of taking pictures of our real life events. These were photos I wanted to remember when I’d come across them again in the future. I had the idea of having a picnic and inviting our friends to the event. Frank looked forward to it. As a photography enthusiast, I knew exactly how to take quality pictures. Even when in doubt, I always bring my camera. When a photographer wants to take lifestyle photos, he or she must be prepared at all times. There are several toys that I like, including camera, tripod, and SD card readers. I make sure I have my bag to carry what I need; it is very convenient.

A tip I can give when it comes to taking pictures of everyday life is to be creative. Don’t worry if the action or object you want to take a picture of looks odd to some people. Uniqueness is a great quality to have and it stands out from ordinary photos. No matter how trivial we thought the action or object was at first glance, I would take the snapshot. I took pictures at the picnic we had with our friends. We were eating subs, fresh watermelon, and other goodies and I was telling jokes to the point that Frank had a “laugh attack.” This allowed me to capture moments that built into a true, interesting story to tell friends. [Read more…]

Smooth Ride on Mini S

Smooth Ride on Mini SEverybody and their mothers know I am a car fanatic. It has been this way since I was a kid.  I like comparing wide body versus stock. The same goes with automobile manufacturers comparing Ford and Chevy; it does not matter to me. I keep up with the trends, especially what is coming out this year. Matter of fact, I had the great opportunity to meet up with an old friend of mine who had just purchased the 2014 Mini Cooper S. I don’t like or dislike Coopers, and I had not driven the 2014 automobile until a few weeks ago. I know “advancement in technology” makes our life better, but I was a tad skeptical with this new release. Luckily for me, that skepticism instantly diminished once I hopped in the driver’s seat.

The 2014 Mini Cooper S has a four-cylinder engine and six-speed auto transmission with a maximum speed of 145 miles per hour. The Cooper’s length is 151.1 inches, which is an increase of 4.3 inches. The moment I sat in the almost 2,800-pound vehicle, I felt an instant rush as I changed gears. I took it out for a spin as my friend satnext to me and the drive was smoother than peanut butter. The paddle shifters allowed the experience to be better than expected, especially for shifters that were crafted from plastic. [Read more…]

Big Blue’s Plans for the Next 5 Years

Big Blue’s Plans for the Next 5 YearsI’m what they call a “techie,” an individual who loves to learn and play with new gadgets. Desktops, laptops, iPhones, and other pieces of technology are always updating faster than the speed of light. As time passes, things evolve, and for the most part it is for the better. A new IBM project is surfacing and I am stoked to talk about what I’ve learned so far.

Over $3 billion dollars is being invested over the next five years. IBM’s goal is to make smaller, more packed processors and other tech parts. IBM wants to continue progress in the world of computing and help with development in the next half-decade. A smaller, yet more efficient processor is just what I need for my notebook.

Big Blue, the nickname referring to IBM, wants to create nanometer-sized transistors with more compartmentalized features. The second wish IBM wants to make come true is to find alternatives to the current silicon chip with more durable materials. Introduction of new technologies to manufacturing is IBM’s concern and the company has already planned teams in areas such as Switzerland and New York for new staff to start the work. The research conducted by these teams will be analyzing ways to advance today’s technology. [Read more…]

Rise from Ashes or How I Became Independent

Rise from Ashes or How I Became IndependentI came a long way. Never could I imagine rising from the ashes and stepping onto the platform of doing what I love—doing what I was born to do. I dreamed of being able to write and photograph life’s precious moments ever since I could remember. I have always liked the idea of doing something I could never get bored with while still being my own boss and helping other people. I started at the bottom as I tried to learn how to improve my writing as well as getting people to buy my writings. It wasn’t all roses as I have had to jump hurdles, so to speak.d

When I first started freelance work, I had no idea how to navigate. I asked myself questions such as: “How should I start?” and “Will I manage?” – I was, like walking back and forth, questioning my actions. The very first tip I would give to those who are just starting out is to start freelance work on the side. I was smart enough to start out slow and doing simple writing assignments before I went any deeper.

I had set up my freelancer profile at a responsible and credible website. On the page, I put my picture up as well as a description about my freelance copywriting and photography. I was ecstatic when I found my first client.

She liked a piece I had written on promising technology news. New innovations are always making their debut, and she wanted me to touch on a new phone app and include a few pictures. It was a challenge that at first I thought was very simple, but once I presented the finished product, she thought the work was “good.” What does that mean exactly? Her voice sounded more disappointed than pleased. When she went on my freelancer website, she gave me 2.5 out of 5 stars.

As a novice, I didn’t know how to take criticism. The next few clients after her gave me up to 3 out of 5 stars. People started to not want to recommend me to their co-workers and other businesses. My appetite for improving my ratings and building great relationships between my customers and myself grew as I continued to analyze what I was doing wrong. [Read more…]

Irish eyes are smiling and here’s why

Today I’m going to dispel some of the myths of the Irish who once upon a time over a thousand years ago, fled Europe, from the Scandinavian peninsulas and from the Germanic regions, and then still later, from the British. Well, how did you guess? Most of you have, like me, seen dozens of movies in which hard-working Irishmen, over the centuries, have been cruelly mistreated by their colonial overlords on the British Isles.

There’s one myth well worth exploring about the Emerald Isles. Those of you who have an interest in Irish culture and, like me, their heritage, may want to explore this, and then leave a comment or two to either dispel or support this legend. Other than that I’m not going to say another word on this, apart from what you’re about to read here.

The legend of Patrick

Most devout Irish Catholics, and many more still who, perceptively enlightened, no longer go to church on Sundays, may be able to enthusiastically wax lyrical about this masterful tale, something for which old Irish codgers had been famous for telling. Some still do it.  Now, have you ever wondered why there’s not a single snake, symbolic of Satan in the Garden of Eden, on the island? The story goes that when St. Patrick first made his way over to Ireland, once landed and in a fit of anger, drove all the snakes into the sea, never to return again. He bypassed the Scottish Hebrides for some reason or another which is why, I suppose, the Loch Ness monster still swims about peacefully in his great lake.

Going to country fairs, even in the urban cultural centers of Galway and the nation’s capital, Dublin, is still very much a tradition, so much so that folks, young and old, and from all walks of life will be visiting a fair at least once every other month. One reviewer at the Pole Saw Report seems to believe that this preoccupation belongs in a bygone era. He couldn’t be more wrong.

Trust the Irish

And at these legendary fairs doth the drunken Irish tag along. Now that’s a myth if ever there was one. Yes, it’s true to say there was the drunken Irish, but in order to overcome their hardships, they had the perfect excuse to drown in their sorrows and for ever more wonder what the heck was meant by the next myth of the luck of the Irish.

Today’s Irish, having learnt good habits from their forefathers, are a resourceful lot. Unlike the Greeks who are still spending money like there’s no tomorrow and like it grows on trees, yet another myth, the Irish overcame austerity measures, bit the bullet and pulled their weight, so much so that now Ireland has one of the fastest growing economies of the Western world and just about every second major multinational company known to mankind wants to invest their shareholders’ dollars there. Perhaps one should be saying instead; trust the Irish.

Advanced Ding Dong Ditch

Advanced Ding Dong DitchDing dong ditch wasn’t even a thing when I was a kid, which wasn’t that long ago. It was really more the kind of game my parents would play with kids their own age decades ago. The game is simple enough – you ring the doorbell on somebody’s house and run as fast as your little legs can carry you before they make it to the door. Getting the same house multiple times led to bigger scores back then, but these days nobody can really take a joke. If you tried something like that now, you might end up getting shot through the front door of such a house by the people living on the other side.

Thinking about how that great pastime has kind of disappeared with the advance of technology and the increase in paranoia in people over the years, I came up with a way that people might still play the same game today. Sure, it’s still a little mean, but it doesn’t hurt anyone; it’s more an annoyance than anything else, don’t you think? My “advanced” version of ding dong ditch still works today, but it can’t be played at just any random house you find. Also, you’ll need to put in some work to make the game possible in the first place.

What you need to do is find a house that uses a wireless door bell. Those little chimes are connected to a receiver which can be anywhere at all inside the house, that’s not the important part. The important part is that you can ring the bell and get people in the house moving, even if you aren’t standing right at the front door when you do it. Portable bells can be detached from homes and carried around, say in your pocket while you go around a nearby corner to get out of sight.

Now, the range on typical wireless doorbells isn’t that great, so you can’t move too far away or else nothing will happen when you press the button. Also, these bells are usually only good for getting the occupants of a home to come to the door a handful of times. Usually by the third time, they realize the bell has disappeared from next to their door and they go disconnect the receiver in their home to stop the nonsense, ending the game. Now comes the really tricky part.

Returning the bell once the game is over can be difficult since the people living in the house will probably be on the lookout for some creep sneaking around after you rile them up with such a game. But you don’t necessarily need to walk right up to the front door again to return the bell. Placing it in a mailbox could be just as effective – that may keep you out of sight and there’s no way they can fail to find the thing if you put it somewhere so conspicuous. Remember, this game is about annoying people, not stealing from them. Fun is fun, but don’t hurt anybody while you’re goofing off.

The Boxer Rebellion

The Boxer RebellionIt was time. This writing caper was starting to be my undoing. Sitting on my ass hammering away at the keyboard and doing no exercise was adding inches to my belly and stiffness to my unused muscles. I had always been a very fit guy, playing so many sports that I had to keep a timetable to know what equipment and which uniform to put on before I dashed out the door to play.

As age takes hold of you, then the inclination to do some physical activities just for the sake of keeping fit disappears down the toilet. Older people tend to turn to more Bacchanalian pleasures that involve restaurant menus, recipes and wine lists. Oh, and don’t forget the cheese. I have to admit that I found these pastimes a lot more pleasurable than shopping for sporting equipment.

I don’t ever do things by halves. It’s always full steam ahead, like a bull at a gate. So with trying to get fit, I looked at my options, the things that I thought I might begrudgingly like. Walking? Sure, but to walk off this tummy and get a bit of fitness it meant 20 km a day. Who had time for that? Jogging? Too physical and my football knees would last maybe two days, one of them being at the medical clinic buying a knee bandage. Swimming? Yeah, worth looking at, but not in the winter. Even with a heated pool, you still had to brave the ice cold elements walking to and from the car. And a bathing costume. I would have to buy something that was both modest and stomach covering.

Most people overcome this problem I was having by signing up with the local gym. I checked it out. I met with a personal trainer there and he did a physical check on me. We went through some of the more low impact equipment there, a few weights, some treadmill stuff and specific exercises for my ailing back which sitting and writing weren’t helping. Then he suggested some boxing. I blinked twice and looked at him as if to say “You’re crazy!”

Once he explained it to me, I got a better understanding. He didn’t mean for me to jump into the ring with a wannabe Muhammad Ali, he suggested the punching bag and gave me a website on which I could research some boxing gloves that would suit the exercise. To be honest, the only time I ever wore a set of gloves was when I had a fight in the schoolyard with the local bully. The teacher made us put on gloves and go hell for leather. I remember I won because I landed an early blow to his nose. He was a prolific bleeder. Bad luck for him.

Anyway, I checked out all the equipment I would need, not a lot really, and from this website I picked a set of gloves and started going to the gym. I found hitting the bag a rather cathartic way to release daily frustrations. Who would have thought that?

Staying Healthy While Working At Home

As a freelance copywriter and photographer, I spend much of my time working at home. While I really enjoy the perks and pluses of working at home, there are also a few unique challenges with the nature of my work. I especially find staying healthy and fit as the most challenging part for work-at-home people. There is the constant battle against procrastination; the need to stay focused at all times; and the temptation to binge on anything in your fully-stocked fridge. So, I’ve written some notes on how to stay fit while working at home.

  1. Choose a chair to work on.

One of the best benefits of working at home is that you can choose when and where to work. You can work in the kitchen, in bed, at a desk, or pretty much anywhere. Most of the time, your work would require you to sit for long hours. While some suggest that you choose a comfortable chair, I would recommend choosing a less comfortable one so that you would be required to stand up and move around every now and then. You want to avoid sitting for long hours. Perhaps, you might want to consider investing in a standing desk or in a treadmill desk – that’ll keep you moving at work!

  1. Use a timer for work.

If you aren’t keen with using a standing desk or a treadmill, a timer would certainly be helpful. Set your timer so that you have to stand up and walk at least every hour. You’re probably aware that sitting for long hours is bad for your health. You can set an automatic timer on your phone or computer. Every time the alarm sounds, stand up and move around for at least five minutes. You can also do simple exercise such stretching, jumping jacks, yoga poses, walking, or better a fun way is to use a trampoline like the ones on this site. Your goal is to sit less and move more.

  1. Don’t overwork.

Having no official time of work is both good and bad. While you won’t ever be late for work, there’s the temptation to overwork. You can start your workday early, continue through lunch and keep working till the sun is down. While it’s okay, every now and then, working beyond capacity very often can take toll on your health. Set boundaries such as no work after sundown or weekend.

  1. Develop a healthy routine.

It is important to create a productive and healthy routine. Try waking up early and prepare for work (perhaps a quick exercise in the morning, do personal hygiene, and dress up) as if you are going to the office. Log your working hours to avoid working beyond your limits.

  1. Stuff your kitchen with healthy foods.

When working at home, there will always be the constant temptation to devour anything inside the fridge. While you don’t want kitchen trips to be taking too much of your day, you can stuff your fridge and stove with fresh, healthy foods. This way you are not constrained to consume unhealthy food.

Awesome Photography Tips and Tricks Around the Net

Awesome Photography Tips and Tricks Around the NetPhotography isn’t just a hobby, it is art. I personally like several different types of photography. All of them make me happy on unique way. However, photography is complicated art. There are many rules, techniques and secrets you should know before making your own, professional photos. Luckily, I found a lot of tutorials that can help you. I know, because they helped me. Here are the best tutorials I found over the years. I tried all of them and I can say, they are very efficient.

  1. A perfect black and white photo

This type of photography may look obsolete, but these photos are classic and they look like masterpieces. The first tip, you should know is that you should take photo in RAW. Making a JPEG black and white photography is possible, but there are a lot of drawbacks. If your camera doesn’t support RAW, take a color photo. Then, you can make corrections on your computer. The last tip, shoot with low ISO. In fact, the lowest is the best.

  1. Making high-speed photos

High-speed photos are special, due to the fact they show a frozen moment of some action. As you can imagine, it is hard to make this type of photo. The first thing you have to know is that shutter speed must be around 1/500 seconds in order to make this type of photo. Also, the goal is to make a photo without blur, so practice until the photos are blur-free. A good thing is that you can use sequence mode. A lot of cameras have this mode. It is used to make several photos in a very short time, so you will get at least one photo of some action that looks like it is frozen in time.

  1. Moving objects photography

Taking photos of moving objects is usually linked to sports. In order to make a photo like this, you must set up the shutter speed. Sadly, there is no answer on the question, what is the ideal shutter speed. You should experiment and see which settings can capture the most movement blur. These photos include camera movement or object movement. In both cases, a camera must be secured or you will end up with a photo that looks bad.

  1. Taking photos at night

Taking photos at night means that you must know the secret of mixed light. For example, when you are taking a photo of a city, it is recommended to find a place where you can see a lot of building lights. When you are taking a photo of a cave, use flash. The main goal is to have a proper amount of light, so it doesn’t illuminate the photo too much, but it isn’t too dark as well.

  1. Macro photography

This type of photography included taking photos of small things, so they must be enlarged, obviously. For the best photo, you should use reflex camera with a single lens. You will have to use macro lenses as well. When you have this, you can find something you want to photograph it and experiment. Pay attention to the macro lenses, because there are a lot of bad ones.

  1. Wilderness photography

When taking photos of wildlife, tips are more than useful. For example, for the best photos, you should take use early morning or afternoon hours. These are known as golden hours. Making a photo in between, will cause poor quality due to the fact the light is too strong and you cannot make a smooth photo. When taking a photo, use wider angle. It gives an idea to viewers on where the photo was taken. On the other side, when you want to focus on just one detail, don’t use this tip. This type of photography also includes movement, so you should take as more photos as you can. This also means that you are going to need a lot of internal storage.

  1. Taking a panorama photo

A panorama photo represents one photo that was made from several photos. The most important tip is to put your camera into the manual mode. This will make sure all photos have the same depth and exposure. Also, using a polarizing filter isn’t recommended, because it can change the colors on some photos, so stitching of the photos will be almost impossible. A 50mm focal lens is the best choice. You will capture more details, but you will have to take more photos.

  1. House photography

With the house photography, you must pay attention to the angle and background. In most cases, you have two choices, so try both of them. Make sure your photo has the best background possible. Maybe it sounds weird, but this type of photography requires clouds. Taking a photo on a cloudy day means that the light will be even. In addition, use RAW. You can setup white balance and make a house look better. This is trick all real estate agents use.

  1. Smoke photos

Smoke photography is the most interesting type of photography, at least for me. It is completely different and unknown type. A lot of photographs doesn’t even know how to take these photos. The secret is in incense sticks. They are cheap, but they can make smoke for a long time. In addition, they even smell nice. You can make adjustments any time you want and there is no need to rush. So, all you need to do is to use incense sticks and create some shape from smoke.

  1. High Dynamic Range (HDR)

Making HDR photos require special software. You can use Aurora HDR Pro, if you are a Mac user or Trey’s Photomatix Presets, for Windows users. This type of photography includes HD photos that capture almost all sources of light and details. These are photos that look like they were taken in the future. For most people, they are precious. The main goal of these photos is to provide the same feel of some place as when you were there. The best tip I can give you is to put your camera in the Aperture Priority mode before taking photos. The rest is easy, just use the software.

Maybe you do not know this about boxing

Maybe you do not know this about boxingI was not familiar with boxing until I started to deal with freelancing. Then texts and photographs show me many things around me and brighten them in an entirely different light. So, I found out a lot about boxing. I knew that boxing is a tough sport that can sometimes be dangerous. I’ve learned some of these things quite accidentally. Did you know these facts about boxing?

The purpose of boxing gloves is to reinforce kicks. Before the boxing gloves were invented, men fought with their bare hands. Today it would look like an ordinary fight. The boxing gloves are what makes this sport recognizable. Bulky, padded gloves give the impression that they are intended to soften blows – as the struggle with mini pillows. In fact, their purpose is quite different. They should enhance the kick and speed up the process of knockout.

Boxing is successfully mixed with other sports. In this way is , for example, originated Piloxing – as a form of recreation that involves a combination of dance, Pilates, and boxing. There is also Chessboxing, sports discipline that combines chess and boxing match. Players are boxing with each other and playing chess alternately. The winner is the first one that makes a final impact – either in boxing or in the chess field. After all, boxing traces can be found in every serious gym, where workouts on the punching bag are an indispensable part of the training. All information about punching bag can be found here: http://punchingbagpro.com/

Boxing is banned in many countries. Blows to the head are very dangerous. Even the great boxing star Sugar Ray Robinson killed his opponent Doyle in the ring 1947. In some way, he predicted that. There is a story that he dreamed this outcome of the match. Such cases are the reason why boxing is banned in Iceland, Iran and North Korea, and relatively recently legalized in Sweden (2007) and Norway (2014).

The man has boxed against bears. As I said, boxing is interesting in combination with other sports, but also in combination with interesting opponents. Thus, in history, twice time had been held matches against bears. The first was in 1937, another 12 years later. Although bears did not go through harsh training, mother nature gave them the talent. Clearly, the bear won both times.

Boxing is actually called pugilism, which means a fight with fists. Yet the name boxing, which is used, is more beautiful and easier. The purpose behind each name is the same – to hit an opponent with the fist and knock him down.

Boxing has 17 categories, based on the weight of the player. That is why boxers are measured before the match. Small deviations can contribute that a boxer does not fall into the same category as his opponent. The weakest category is the mini flyweight, whose fighters are at 105 pounds (about 47 kg).

Being a boxer does not mean to be huge and strong. It is enough to be quick, trained and resourceful. There is a category for everyone. Of course, I’m talking about people. I am not sure which category includes bears and whether they are measured before the match.

Tips On Upgrading Your Car

car-970353_1280Nowadays, cars are so highly developed that you might think it impossible to make any improvements. But your car can definitely look much better and make you feel a lot cooler, so consider customizing it a bit. If you don’t know where to start, I’ll gladly give you some tips on how to start the fun adventure of upgrading your car.

Wider wheels and tires

Tires are some of the basic parts of your car, since not only are they important for driving in bad weather, they also improve road holding and braking. The easiest way to improve your tires is to buy plus size ones. This is not only about making your ride look better, but also about improving your handling capabilities significantly. A larger wheel also provides the space for larger brake discs, which means more break-pad contact surface.

Rims

Many rims sellers offer visualization tools, so you can see how they would look on your car. These days upgrading your car with rims is not for enthusiasts only, so you can get them for reasonable prices and make your car look like new again.

LED light bars

Upgrading your car with better lights, like LED light bars, will surely prove to be a worthy investment. Their durability is higher than those of regular headlights. They only need a small bit of electricity to work and because of that they hardly produce enough heat, so it is safe to put them on your car and use in times of low visibility. One of the best characteristics of these lights is their ability to illuminate a much wider area than normal headlights. So, by upgrading your car with proper LED lights you will no longer be scared to drive in bad weather conditions like rain, snow or fog.

lamborghini-650274_640Ceramic brake pads

Ceramic pads handle high brake temperature with less heat fade, they offer much quieter braking and provide faster recovery after stopping. Also, they produce much less dust as they wear, unlike regular brakes. Ceramic compounds durability tests show that they extend brake life.

Upgrade your sound system

This is not an expensive upgrade, but it can really make your life easier, especially when you have to wait in a traffic jam. Everything is better with the music you like, and according to Popular Mechanics Magazine you can get a new radio head that is compatible with your mobile device for less than $100, so think about that.

Car interior upgrade

There are a lot of things you can do to improve the quality of your drive time. If you are getting tired of the same seats, just use a fabric spray paint and simply spray over your seat in any color you like.

USB power multiplied

If you travel a lot, an excellent thing to buy is a USB power multiplied, which will allow you to use your tablet or phone instead of paper maps. You can insert this additional and powerful USB into the cigarette lighter socket. This way all of your electronic gadgets will stay charged during hours on the road.

Colors and Your Photos: An Absolute Read for All Photographers

Colors and Your Photos: An Absolute Read for All PhotographersPerhaps, you know how colors help create the mood of your photos. You don’t need advanced photography lessons or experience to know the impact of colors on photos.

When I was just starting out in photography, effective use and composition of colors in images was among the first things I had to learn. I realized how powerful colors can be when I had my room re-painted. Using an air compressor (visit AirCompressorJudge.com for more details about air compressors for painting), the dull white walls were painted with bright yellow. The change in color gave my room a lively, refreshing vibe.

Colors are a universal language. They are a powerful element in life as well as in photography. They can evoke feelings and mood that ultimately impact its audience, whether they will love the photo or hate it altogether. And in order to use colors well in your photography projects, it would help to know what emotions each color evokes or means.

  1. Red

Feelings of warmth, passion and love are widely attributed to red. It also creates a sense of fierce and regalia. When used in contrast with white, red creates a major contrast but with a touch of grace.

  1. Orange

The color of sunset, orange gives warmth and enthusiasm to your photos. Our eyes are instinctively drawn to orange being one of the best hues of nature, especially seen as the sun sets.

  1. Yellow

Yellow comes in different tones and hues, and each of this gradient can evoke a totally different emotion. Light yellow creates a refreshing mood, but excessively bright or deep tone will leave you irritated. Saturating your photos with yellow also has a tiring effect. As such, yellow should be used only as down-tone.

  1. Green

The color of nature, green brings in life and tranquility to your photos. Perhaps, you’ve seen how pro photographers effectively use green in food photography. Yellow and green seem to contrast each other well as these colors evoke completely opposite mood. Use these two colors in equal proportions on your photographs and see how it gives it a lasting impact.

  1. Blue

Blue is the color of sky and it signifies hope and calmness, but some tones can evoke sadness. You’ve probably heard about some ‘feeling blue’. It is best paired with black to create a powerful and formal appeal.

  1. Black

Different people attach different meanings and emotions to black. In photography, black can be interpreted as either an amalgam of all the colors or the lack of it. Be extra careful when using black in your photographs lest you turn-off your audience. This color is also considered the ‘most formal’ of all colors. Highlight black if you want to convey serious sentiments.

  1. White

Give your photos soft and light emotions by maximizing white and other light tones, especially pink. These very light colors bring a sense of serenity and space. It adds depth to your photos. White contrasts perfectly with most other warm colors, but most especially with green.

Let your photographs reflect the emotions you want. Use the right colors, shades and contrast, and be amazed at how evocative your photographs can be!

An Absolute Read for All Photographers

6 Photography Tips for Shooting Interiors Like a Pro

6 Photography Tips for Shooting Interiors Like a ProI was recently invited to do the photo shoot for a freshly renovated restaurant. The 80s-inspired diner has an interesting vintage design. The designer and its contractor did a perfect job. The unique and intricate detailing left me awe-struck. I wonder what tools they used for this project, I’m sure they must’ve used a reciprocating saw (much like the ones found at this website) for achieving with precision, the odd-shaped wooden custom details. With such an impeccably designed space, I’m sure I can take some incredible stills.

Having done a number of interior photography projects for different clients (mostly in the interior design and real estate industry), I understand just how important excellent interior photography is for businesses. And regardless of the industry you’re business is in (such as interior design, hospitality, restaurant, healthcare, corporate,) gorgeous photographs of indoor spaces are essential in your marketing efforts. They catch the attention of audiences and entice them to choose your service.

For freelance photographers out there, here I’ve compiled a number of tips learned from some pro photographers:

  1. Picking the best perspective

Indoor spaces will look differently when viewed from a different corner. Make sure step back, try taking stills from all corners, and see which perspective captures the indoor space at its best.

  1. Use proper lighting

You want the photo to look balanced without under-lit or over-lit spots. As much as possible, you want to use available lighting to make the photos look more genuine. Maximize the natural soft light that enters from the window. It is best to shoot late afternoon or early morning.

This video explains a little more:

  1. Wide shot

A wide angle shot allows you to capture as much of the space. To achieve a wide shot, you may need to use a lens anywhere from 16mm to 24mm. However, avoid going too wide as it can also distort the perspective.

  1. Avoid blurring

Your indoor photos must look sharp and free of blurring. Use a tripod or other stabilizing measure to make sure that the shot is untainted by any unwanted movements.

  1. Stage the space, but not too much

Make sure the photos make the indoor space look organized. If you want the space to have a certain vibe, you may need to add accessories or details. You may also need to rearrange furniture or move them around. Of course, you have to remove clutter. If the space is just newly renovated, make sure to take out unwanted items; any power tool such as a cordless reciprocating saw is included.

  1. Be versatile

Photography TipsEvery indoor space will have its unique features as well as unique purpose. Be creative and be ready to experiment. With every shoot, be mindful about what the photo is meant for or what it “sells”.

Most important of all, keep taking photos – more than you think you need. You’ll appreciate having plenty of options to choose from later on.

8 Things You Must Have in Your Car

dreamcatcher-918980_1280Looking for inspiration for writing or photography, I spend a lot of time in the car and go to different destinations. Some have led me in a difficult situation. Luckily, I got out and made this little list of things that everyone should have in the car.

  1. Reserve tire and set required for tire maintenance. This is particularly important if you are driving on rough and rugged terrain, as I sometimes do. When you drill a tire on the road, it is necessary to replace it with the reserve, that you should always have in the car. It should be borne in mind that the reserve tire should be ready for use, correct and well preserved. Sometimes, set for tire maintenance can save you from the accident. Under the set, I mean glue for tires and pump.
  2. Jumper cables. Several times it happened to me that my battery betrays me on the road. In some situations, it was my fault. For example, when I see something that inspires me, and I forget to turn off the light in the car. Jumper cables allow you to reconnect the battery of your car with the battery on someone else’s car and return your car to life.
  3. OBD2 scanner. If you notice that your vehicle is behaving strangely when you’re driving, and you’re not sure what the problem is, this scanner will be of great benefit. An excellent review of these OBD2 scanners can be found here. Of course, you can use it only if you do not drive a car that will soon be classified in the category of old-timers. By plugging it in the appropriate place in the car, the scanner will diagnose your car and recommend what steps to take.
  4. The tool. Speaking of accidents with tires, batteries, and car breaks, I must emphasize that it is very important to have a tool with which such accidents can be improved.
  5. First-aid kit is part of the mandatory equipment in the car, and I think it is unnecessary to explain that it can save your life in certain situations.
  6. Blanket. Perhaps it is not the first thing that you will put into the car, but I have to admit that it can be very useful. If you get stuck on the road, and you have to sleep in the car, you will be immensely glad that you take it. If you need to look under the car, you can set the blanket on the ground, not to get dirty.
  7. Bottle of water. In addition to being able to quench your thirst, it can serve to wash your hands or to clean something in the car.
  8. 2 reflective triangles. If you experience an accident on the road, putting reflector triangles in front and behind your car will draw the attention of other drivers on the road and make you noticeable in the dark.

Although you may not be prone to bad luck like me, you never know when it will happen to you for the first time. You do not need many things to overcome a bad luck on the spot. Things on this list may be enough!