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…]

Musical Instrument And IQ

Musical Instrument And IQ

Last week I met a friend of mine, while I was attending an awards ceremony. No, I was not being conferred an award instead, I was doing a photograph session of the awards for a news website. While I was clicking away, to my great surprise I saw my friend being awarded for excelling in his research work. I was stunned. He was not much of a learning geek during our school days, so seeing him winning an award certainly surprised me.

I said so to him. He said that his concentration had improved a lot since he had taken up learning the trumpet. He had bought it at http://www.trumpethub.com/ and advised me to try it too. After hearing from him about his recent accomplishments, I thought of giving it a try. But before that I wanted to know what exactly a musical instrument could do to make you smart. Here is what I found out.

Research on playing musical instrument and its effect on brain suggest that the power and shape of our brain can be changed. This change helps in improving the cognitive skills largely. Studies suggest that the IQ in kids as well as adults had increased to about seven points more.  The studies done on brains of musicians reveal that the structure and function of their brain is different from those who were not acquainted with a musical instrument.

What surprised me most was that people who were 65 years old could experience the impact of learning to play afresh for just five or six months. Since the memory and hearing control spots in our brain are related to the part that controls movements, we become active and our brain structure too changes.

For instance, a kid-learning piano could become more disciplined, attentive and even excel in planning. These qualities are essential for academic excellence. So the kid becomes brighter. And I guess this is what happened in my friend’s case.

But I also found out that there are other things that music can do besides spark the intelligent streak in you and make you smarter and accomplish greater things in life. Learning foreign languages easily is another benefit that you get. While you get your memory improved, as you learn to play a musical instrument like a trumpet, you also learn to grasp new languages by the increased verbal memory.

Musicians are also able to pick up emotions like disappointment, empathy and other such feelings more readily than the rest.  It is said that music enhances memory power, language skills and much more on which research is being done consistently. The researchers believe that the new revelations would help in rehabilitation of neuropsychological issues in a better way.

I was definitely impressed by these findings and it renewed my resolve to learn the trumpet. When I said so to my friend, he advised me to know about the right devices to buy as he had suggested earlier and other details. He even volunteered to help me out with the initial steps, so I could learn it better.

Photographing in the wild

Photographing-in-the-wildMany of you may be aware that I am a photography enthusiast. Recently, I had gone on an expedition with a couple of my friends. The wildlife photography experience was a lot of fun for all of us and I considered putting together a brief guide to help beginners start off with wildlife photography.

Different types of photography need specific types of treatment and this holds true for wildlife photography as well. You cannot simply jump into wildlife photography and hope to capture a stunning shot. You will first need to consider getting yourself some decent equipment and you will need to understand the nuances of wildlife photography.

Here, I will present to you some useful and handy tips, which will help you photograph better in the wild:

  • Equipment and gear

Wildlife photographers must invest in a telephoto lens. Telephoto lenses allow photographers to zoom across incredible distances and must be used to accurately capture shots out in the wild. Teleconverter lenses may also be used for the same purpose.

A tripod will also be needed for supporting the camera as the lenses make it quite heavy. With longer lens lengths, the camera becomes even more susceptible to movement. As such, use of a tripod is a must.

Finally, the camera will need to be a high quality one. Today, there is a broad range of DSLR cameras specifically suited for wildlife photography.

One other thing to think about is equipment for yourself, such as a pair of good boots. The best equipment for traipsing around the wood can be found at hunting shops.  You can find some great hunting tools at EdgeHunting.

  • The environment

The environment of the wildlife, where the picture is being captured greatly determines how well the photo turns out to be. There are different aspects to photographing small birds than there are to photographing land animals and all of these will only be learnt through experience.

The character of a wildlife picture clicked greatly depends on the environment and on the visual setting. Users will need a little experimentation here in order to come up with the best shots.

  • Including elements of nature

While the subject of the photograph may be a large land animal, care must be provided to include certain elements of nature. For instance, leaving out the ground in a picture can produce a dramatically contrasting effect than including it along with the animal.

I take a number of different shots before I make up my mind as to what works best. I would recommend all beginner photographers to do the same as it immensely helps in understanding the nuances of wildlife photography.

  • Pay attention to all types of animals

The wildlife is full not only with large animals, but a lot of vegetation and smaller animals as well. Even when an animal is not spotted nearby, a photographer has tons of subjects to turn his attention to.

I have gathered a large number of pictures of butterflies and moths as part of my photography while waiting for other subjects.  You can try doing the same when you are out photographing in the wild.

Wildlife photography can prove to be a lot of fun and it can be quite rewarding as well. I hope the tips that I have presented will enable enthusiasts to try out their hand at wildlife photography as well.

Making your own cat food

Making-your-own-cat-foodOne of the best ways to keep your pet cat healthy is to provide it with homemade cat food. I do the same for my cat Tom and he thoroughly enjoys his meals. I am not a cook – in fact you can consider me to be a natural disaster in the kitchen. However, when it comes to making cat food, I can sure whip up delicious meals for Tom.

I make food for Tom once every two months. While the food typically lasts longer, up to about 10 weeks or so, doing this ensures that Tom always has a steady supply of good food, even in cases of emergency. The time spent in preparing food is significantly lesser than the time spent on caring for a cat and as such, it does make sense for pet owners to make their own cat food.

You will need some equipment and tools in order to make your own cat food. I have a meat grinder, which allows me to grind bones, meat, liver and skin all in one go. After the meat is ground completely, I add to it some supplemental nutrients and store it in the freezer.

Here are the basic steps that are required in order to make your own cat food:

  • Determine the dietary requirements of your pet cat

Every cat will have its own dietary requirement and you will need to determine the same for your cat. Cats will need adequate amounts of protein, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, water and fatty acids and you will need to find out the requirements for your cat. Once this is done, you can proceed to making the cat food.

  • Understand the feeding habits of cats

Cats can seem like they are hungry all of the time and if food is offered, they do not hesitate in consuming it. You will need to ensure to never over feed your cat. I provide Tom with three meals daily and offer him nothing but titbits in between.

  • Grinding meat

I grind organic raw meat in my grinder (click here to see it) as the main staple food for Tom. Typically, the meat I use is chicken and I grind the bones, skin and the fat all into pulp. Today, there are different types of meat available which are hormone free and antibiotic free and they serve great as cat food.

  • Adding nutritional supplements

While the meat is the staple food for Tom, it does not contain all of the essential nutritional ingredients that a cat requires. As such, I add a solution of fish oil, vitamins B12 and E and salt to water and mix this in with the ground meat.

  • Storing the food

After the meat mixture has been prepared, I store Tom’s food in the freezer in small containers. Food will last for months in the freezer, but it is recommended that you do not keep food beyond 10 weeks.

Tom enjoys his meals and he is quite healthy as well. Given that preparation of homemade cat food is so simple, I would recommend every pet owner to try it out.

Nail Art as Art

Nail Art as ArtDon’t let the title of this little piece fool you – just try and tell some stylist his or her nail art doesn’t really qualify as art and you’ll get an earful, or worse. As an avid fan of photography, I’m always looking for things to capture with my camera and just recently, I started looking into nail art as a real form of art. Some of those designs, especially the ones painted or created by skilled persons who have been doing this sort of thing for years, well they really do bounce or kind of jump right off the nail. They demand attention from the viewer and in this way I think they qualify as art just fine.

While they aren’t like paintings renaissance artists spent months of their lives creating, the only thing separating quality nail art from high class art like what’s been mentioned is the amount of time which goes into the job. If you gave a stylist enough time and a low-stress environment to work in, they might very well produce something like the Mona Lisa – only on a smaller scale and painted onto a fingernail rather than a canvas. It might sound foolish but I’ve seen some pretty amazing nail art lately, just by checking out salons here in town.

Like other artists, stylists typically need to go through some training to learn the ins and outs of their trade. There are exceptions, people who are self-taught for example, but this happens all over in the world of art already; it isn’t at all unheard of and to say a natural talent is no talent just because of the medium they choose when creating their art is just, well, it’s prejudiced. There are various NAIL TECHNICIAN SCHOOLS out there, just like there are various art schools. I haven’t studied these enough to really say much about them, other than to mention the fact that they exist.

If you don’t believe nail art is a real art form then I invite you to head out with your girlfriend, a sister, your mother – whatever lady in your life spends time at a salon getting her nails done, just go along on the next trip she makes and feast your eyes on the sights you’ll see. Some nail art does take several hours to complete; some even requires multiple visits from a client, to allow the acrylic or other substances to set, or harden, or be ready for the next step in the process.

Because it can be just as involved as the more traditional kinds of art, because it requires a level of skill and experience to do well like more traditional art forms and because people are willing to pay a great deal for quality work, I think nail art is as much a form of art as painting, writing or acting. That doesn’t mean I’m going to start painting nails any time soon, though. Like other types of art, I believe those who go into styling nails have a kind of calling.

The Awesomeness Of Having A Hobby

The Awesomeness Of Having A HobbyHaving a hobby is important. I enjoy many different hobbies and am always looking for something new to try. While I enjoy copywriting and photography, I need something that will help to unplug and unwind after a hard day. For those who have a hard time deciding if a hobby is worth it, the awesomeness of having a hobby.

Hobbies can be a great outlet for stress. Recently I decided to take a boxing class. The activity helps me release the stress. I can beat up on the boxing bag without having to worry. It also helps by focusing on a non-work- related task, clearing your mind, taking it off of anything that might be making you feel uptight. Once the focus if off of what I’m working on, work wise, I can feel the worry of the day fade away into the background.

Hobbies are awesome not just because they can give you the opportunity to pound away your stress at the end of a long day but because they can encourage you to take that break. It is so easy to get wrapped up in work. With the way that business are today, more and more people are being on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  By having a hobby, something that you can just do out of pure enjoyment, you will have that opportunity to step away from your work. For those that feel like breaks are a waste of time, with a hobby, your break now has a new meaning of purpose. You are being productive even if it isn’t business related.

Hobbies allow you to learn something new, giving you a break from the traditional routine. When I wanted to learn something new I decided to take up smoking meat. It is a challenge to make sure that meat is not only smoked to perfection but also to make sure it’s tasty to boot. I enjoyed researching and learning the new method of cooking. I asked questions, researched procedures, learned all about the different ways to smoke the meat. It was a lot of fun, but a great way to learn a new challenge.

When taking part in a new hobby you also get to interact with others. It might seem like hobbies are a solitary pursuit, however is not further from the truth. You engage with others who like to perform the same hobby. You get to learn from each other, bond over the fun. You get to expose yourself to a whole new world. Your hobby could be totally solitary, like drawing or writing. You can go online to learn more about the hobby, and meet others who can help you grow in your hobby.

Hobbies also help you stay in the present. It’s easy to get caught up in the flow of your hobby. You stay in the moment, you don’t worry about the past or the future. You are there in the moment, even if you spend hours on the project. It fills your focus. It keeps you from worrying about all the things that have to be done, all the things that should be done, all the things you never got around to doing. You get to live in that moment until you are finished.

While it might seem like all you want to do is get rid of the stress, there is an important type of stress that you do need in your life. Eustress is a positive type of stress that hobbies actually promote. It’s that feeling of excitement you get when you work on a project. By working on a hobby you access that kind of stress. You get that feeling of excitement and joy every time you sit down to work on it, especially if you only do the work because it is something you want to do, not something you have to do.

Finally, the best reason to start a hobby is because it can have great physical benefits. Some hobbies are physically challenging, like bike riding. You get out there and you’re using your muscles to move yourself around the area. You release endorphins along with the eustress and it can be a real rush. But even if your hobby is something of a more sedentary nature, you will still have some physical health benefits. Engaging in a hobby can help to lower your blood pressure and total cortisol. It can help you keep your weight down and have a better body mass index. You will also be less susceptible to depression. It is a benefit not just to your body but also to your mind.

Hobbies are great. They get you away from work and allow you to do something that you enjoy doing. Granted a lot of people can make money from what they do for a hobby. Some people draw, take photographs, or write all of which can translate into an easy way to make a living. However, a true hobby has to be something that you do not just because it is a good way to make a little extra cash. It should be something you enjoy doing or it’s not a real hobby.

Look around and see what is out there. You might not know what you want to do, that’s why you should try things out. Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn? If so do some research, find out what it entails and try it out. For example, you love the look of beadwork but you know little about it. Get some books, go online and learn more. Buy a few beads, a weaver, and some thread and try it out. If you really enjoy doing it then you can expand your horizons and delve into the hobby more. The same can be said for any hobby that you may consider undertaking. The point is to find something that you can see yourself doing when you need a break from the hustle and bustle of life.

Why Learning Piano Is Beneficial

Why Learning Piano Is BeneficialMy neighbor was saying the other day as to how difficult his son found learning piano. He said that piano is certainly one of the most difficult instruments to learn. Being a piano enthusiast I didn’t agree with this opinion. It is considered as a straightforward instrument that teaches you all that is to know about basic music notes in a very effective manner. The visually pleasing array of white and black from the lowest to the highest tone speaks for itself the beauty and functionality of the instrument.

While I know that perfecting the play requires long hours of practice, it still remains my favorite. All great composers in music have piano as their key instrument. While it is easy to play initially, mastering it needs lots of practice and patience.

To play rhythmically and with perfect melody and harmony, you need to use your hands separately and at the same time. Using both hands is not a skill that is achieved easily. I know of only one other music instrument that is on par with piano on the complication scale.  But in case of drums, the player need not worry on the melody or harmony. A violin, guitar or bass deals with only one rhythm at a time. So in piano you need daily practice to maintain dexterity of fingers.

While the initial grades involve only easy notes that use one finger only at a time, when you need to have melody and harmony simultaneously in the higher grades, the playing becomes difficult. Playing harmonies is necessary

Beginners have an easier time, usually playing melodies of the one-finger-at-a-time variety. Playing the melody at the same time as the harmony, though, is harder. Irrespective of the purpose of playing the piano, it is vital to learn the skill of playing harmonies. This alone gives the music an expert and alluring touch and makes it stand out from the rest.

Though learning piano may seem difficult, it also has various health benefits. I’ve been playing piano from my school days and love playing it. Recently I got a digital piano, which is certainly a big and effective improvement on the acoustic piano.

Not only is playing piano a challenging task, it also comes with immense health benefits like:

  • Improves self esteem
  • Enhances self-discipline
  • Is a great medium for expressing your thoughts and emotions.
  • Improves your learning ability at school
  • Makes you take intelligent decisions and act smarter
  • Provides you with leisure and skills that stay for your lifetime

The most important benefit that makes piano the best ever instrument is its role in improving split concentration. I’d experienced this when I was young and learnt to play my first Chopin piece. This required using each hand in a separate manner with the placement differing in them albeit with precise coordination. This coordination skill is instrumental in developing the split concentration ability, which is not achieved that easily otherwise.

Since the new era of digital pianos have caused a great stir among the players, click for digital piano reviews here, it is easier and technical now than ever before, enabling easy mastering of the notes as you go to an advanced level.

A Brief Outlook On Field Archery

A Brief Outlook On Field ArcheryWhile I was practicing target shooting at the archery range, a fellow shooter approached me and starting talking about how he had become addicted to the sport. He wanted to know more about the field archery form, which is gaining popularity now. While field archery is similar to target archery, it involves practicing the archery in a wooden setting. The outdoor atmosphere adds to the allure, making it quite sought after sport in Europe and America.

Archery is basically an ancient skill that involves practicing or getting skilled at propelling arrows using a bow. In ancient times, archery has been used in combat and hunting, but now it is mostly used as a recreational activity or as competitive sport. Other than the target and field archery types there is the para archery, which is practiced by athletes who have some form of disability.

In field archery it is easy to train, if you’re good at target archery as the technique is the same except for the background or setting. The same equipment like compound, longbow, crossbow and recurve bow is used here.

Field archery is of two major categories namely unmarked or marked types. In the marked type, you have fixed distances marked as targets, while in the unmarked type the shooting is done at no particular fixed distance. The distance shot at can range from 5 meters to 60 meters depending on the equipment and range category the archer is shooting from.

Field archery is identical to golf as you can walk from target to target around a fixed course. The challenging part of field archery is shooting at downhill or uphill distances or across slopes. The different natural light conditions also make the archery interesting.

Target faces are set at fixed distances in field archery regardless of the particular round or level you are shooting from. The faces are set at 20 cm with 12 faces and three being high and four set across. The next level is at 40 cm with 4 faces, two on top and two across bottom, while the next two at 60 cm and at 80 cm are placed as single faces.

Archery is mostly popular because the variety of shooting styles you get here.  The endless variations in equipment and the different targets and courses make the sport an interesting and challenging one. I use great recurve bow for my shooting.  Whatever be the variations used, the intent or purpose is to hit at the specific target you aim on. Unless you get this right, the sport will fail to grab your attention and you’ll soon lose interest. Practice will help you improve your technique and aim in a great way.

While a rifle gun for instance makes it easy to aim, for archery you need strength and skilled coordination to hit your target successfully.  This is why archery has a wide range of equipment you can choose from. The bows, stabilizer and sights improve the mechanical advantage so a fair competition is ensured always.

Life Lessons That Golf Teaches Us

Life Lessons That Golf Teaches UsWhen I met up with my friend in our usual nook at the local café, he was looking all geared up for some meaty argument. We usually argue about anything that takes our fancy and find that it brightens up the atmosphere and, we also get some useful information out of it. The topic this time was about golf and how it was only fit for the rich and famous. I opposed vehemently saying that while this was the case a decade back, there have been many changes in the sport.

First and foremost, the game is much more relaxed than what it was before. I told him that the strict dress code has been done away with. You can turn up on the course wearing casual attire too. With that issue solved amicably, we moved on to our next. And the next contention that my friend had was that joining the golf clubs is quite an expensive affair with only the elite being able to do so. But the situation has changed entirely now. Almost all towns have a pay and play option in their clubs that is open to all. And all you need to play the game is available either for hire or purchase. Golf has certainly become an inexpensive sport and I informed him that taking golf lessons given by a professional was cheaper now too. This was certainly news to him.

Golf clubs give the right atmosphere to meet up with friends or new faces and form relationships. Everyone in the family can join in the game. Further the sport unlike a football, baseball or basketball involves a stationary ball, which makes it easy for learning the basics.

Though basics are easy to grasp, to play the game expertly you need to understand how to swing and have the mental focus to put the lessons to use appropriately. Calculating the score and handicaps you have further keeps you stimulated and active.  So it is not a lazy sport as many claim it to be.

As with any other game, practice is necessary for playing a perfect game of golf. But what I’ve learnt playing the game is that when you practice an erroneous move it will become a permanent defective move that you cannot come out of. The stretch and swing postures should be perfected before you start practicing the moves. And to do this, you need to be highly disciplined and patient.

Golf instructors mainly focus on three aspects namely the grip, setup and alignment. These positions are static and do not involve any moves. This makes them easy to practice even while at home when you are watching the TV.

There are also certain specific routines that each golfer has for his shots that are unique and what makes them good at the game. The new range finders also help in making the game easier to play. When you get your own shot routine you can focus, relax and put all your effort in to the shot.

My friend was convinced finally that golf was indeed a game for everyone. As a parting shot I believe that golf teaches the player to persist till the complete round, which is what we need to do in life too. If we keep moving forward and try our best it helps us improve our life and fare better.

Tips On Taking Professional Fashion Photography

Tips On Taking Professional Fashion PhotographyI’d been invited to photograph a fashion show in our neighborhood, a charity event sponsored by the local businesspeople. The show was a great success and so were my shots. The shots were talked about a lot when they were published. I however maintained that the success was mainly due to the excellent designs done by the fashion designer of the show, a friend of mine.

When I quizzed about the exquisite designs, she said that it was all possible because of her serger.  I was amazed at how she had styled the dresses. My shots made them look more appealing and elegant attracting rare reviews. She wanted to know about how I’d taken the shots, as she was interested in photography herself. She also wanted to look at my portfolio.

The true fact about taking an excellent shot is that even if you’re 100% technically accurate about the settings and other details, your image may still lack the essence that makes it different from an ordinary shot. Here are some tips on how to create realistic and beautiful shots.

Plan ahead

This is very important and a basic step in any venture you do. In photography, you need to over prepare. I mostly start the shots only after I’ve a solid outline on the appearance I want to bring in the shot. By reading books on the makeup, hair, posing, styling, lighting and editing, you can get great many ideas on the story of concept you need for the photo-shoot. There is bound to be something or other that you find attractive in the research you do from which you can have your pick.

Control should be yours

While it is allowed to take advice or suggestions from the fashion crew, the final decision should be yours. Letting another person take over the reins can take away the unique touch you want to create. If you need to get a smooth and efficient execution of the concept you’ve created, you should have absolute control over it.

Get the right angle

You need to experiment with different angles. Move and adjust till you are satisfied with the shot. Since the shot will not come to you, you should move about and find the right angle.

Directing the shot

While some models do not need much of a direction, there are some you have to concentrate on more. Directing is necessary, if you want to create the perfect shot.

Make your own rules

Rules are basically made for breaking. And this I’ve found rightly applies to fashion photography. While I’ve been taught the general lighting rules, which I diligently applied to the shots during my initial days, I soon found that dramatic lighting and stark contrast works more to my satisfaction. So this is what I suggest – break as much rules as you can, you’ll be surprised at the difference it brings to your shots.

The fashion designer was delighted by my advice and vowed to use them during her next show, which she wanted to create right from the designs using her stylish sewing machine to the photographs. Seeing her creations I knew she could do it and wished her luck.

New And Exciting Ways To Get Fit

New And Exciting Ways To Get FitAs in any other field, the fitness industry too has seen quite a lot of changes in 2014. During one of my photography sessions of a newly opened gym, I got to talk to the owner about the new equipment and methods that have been introduced. He told me about a great many new additions and methods which are not only new and exciting to try out, but are also very effective.

From Cross Fit to using trampolines there are several popular workouts that have emerged as a result of the sophisticated technological advancements present today. These new forms of workouts make your sessions interesting and chase away the boredom.

Movement for fitness

Moving athletically and without any restriction has become the most chanted buzzword in fitness now. The more effectively you move the more are your chances of losing fat, building muscle and improving cardio and flexibility. Though all types of exercises deal with movements, people have not practiced the right way to move. Sitting for long hours in front of a computer can lead to bad posture, muscle imbalance and therefore bad form, when doing the exercises.  This makes the workouts ineffective and worse, you can even injure yourself by the wrong moves. The movement focused workouts are already being used with success in the adventure races and mud runs. The basic level of such workouts include tree climbing, carrying logs and bear crawls, which help in building stamina, mobility and strength.

Individual Group training

Gone are the days of boot camp and the latest trend in training is individual group sessions that targets hybrid fitness regimens. The drawback in boot camps is they advocate a one size fits everyone method which does not allow clients to reach their fitness objectives. The new method allows individuals to work on their weaknesses, while training with others.

Online fitness training

While getting a personal trainer is a common thing, it involves the trainer to be near you and is also an expensive way to train. To avoid this I use my power racks to get my routine exercise schedule done effectively. The latest alternative to a personal trainer is using a digital trainer. Access to both nutrition and training is easy and the trainers online are certified and approved trainers. You get an effective training form the informative classes and which also include creation of behavioral change. This has resulted in a sustained weight loss and a better perception of one’s body. The expense is also very much reduced, when compared to the cost of hiring a personal trainer. There are also discounts for referral and other promotional offers.

There are several other new forms that are trending now, which are directed at motivating the young and old generation to exercise more and get the benefits. There are some highly entertaining trends like stand up desk exercises, which were devised to prevent the increased risk of mortality in persons who do nothing, but sit for long periods of time daily. Leaving the desk and taking a stroll now and then is suggested to alleviate the risk factor.