An Idea Generating City to Change the World

images of cheshire 6 crabwell manor images of cheshire 4Ever since I was a high school student, I have felt like I didn’t belong here in Louisville, Kentucky. I’m sure it’s a natural feeling that most teenagers at that age feel; who doesn’t want to rebel against the standard? Every one of my friends spoke of raging against the status quo because, well that’s the thing to do as a teenager! I was lucky enough to be able to escape Louisville as I sought to pursue my MBA in Singapore rather than stay in the United States. Before I left, I was convinced that it would be a grand adventure.

I was right. For an eighteen year old who had never been out of his home country, much less the state that he was living in, moving to Singapore was mind blowing. » Read more: An Idea Generating City to Change the World

Stay on Top of the Maintenance

With the recent storms that have brutalized our state, as well as the oncoming Winter, it’s time to start taking measure of what kind of damage that has already been done to our homes. Doing this is a lesson that learned the hard way. Last year I had a perfect storm of problems arise which is why I have already called for roof repair in Brooklyn NY. There is simply no way that I am going to allow for anything like that happen again – time is money and the amount of time that I lost due to being forced out of my home was beyond ridiculous.

Clearly, it was my own doing. If I had been more on top of taking care of the general upkeep of my home I would have never had this problem in the first place. First my roof started to sag due to the amount of ice that had piled up followed by having several of my pipes bursts caused a nightmare that needed to be dealt with. » Read more: Stay on Top of the Maintenance

Almost Got the Car Ready

The one thing I really needed help on was to find a guy who does brake repair in Rockland County NY, but one who understood what I was trying to do. I have been working on cars for a long time, but the brakes are always something I get a bit nervous about. It is relatively simple to make a car go, just a matter of producing the power. Stopping is actually more important. You do not want to get hit by a train because your brakes failed and you do not want to hurt some other person or damage their vehicle because the brakes failed. That happened to me when I was driving this thing home. However the car in front of me was an old Jeep CJ, the type which has a spare tire mounted on the back.

So I bumped ever so slightly into the tire. » Read more: Almost Got the Car Ready

Found a Place on the Gulf Coast

I just started looking at this place we found while we were down at the Gulf Coast for vacation last month. It is a little house that was half finished and up for sale. Apparently the guy who was building it went bankrupt before he got done, or in some way the bank foreclosed on the place. We started to do the math on it, figuring out the cost of home insurance in Alabama, the cost of finishing the house and all of the other associated costs with the home loan. Of course the home insurance is necessary if you want the bank to give you a home loan, they want to get paid back even if you are not alive. » Read more: Found a Place on the Gulf Coast

Removing Desires from Gender Roles

As a male who has been exploring his dominant sexual power, it’s fulfilling to find that there are other men who, like myself, were nervous about embracing their sexual natures. Growing up as a boy with no brothers or sisters and with only a single mother to raise him, sex was a subject that had been approached through her worldly view. She taught me that I needed to listen to a woman, that they were auditory creatures, unlike men who are visual, and thus I should always seek to compliment them with my words rather than my actions.

For me, this instilled an almost fear of sex. I was worried that if I approached a woman with sexual intentions then I would somehow be insulting her. I didn’t experience sex until I was nearly sixteen years old and when I did, it was one of the most frightful experiences that I had up until that point that caused me to rapidly back peddle away from any potential sexual encounters until I was nineteen. » Read more: Removing Desires from Gender Roles

I Am Switching to DirecTV

I have had cable for a few years, but I am getting increasingly irritated with it. I have already had a price increase of several dollars, plus I don’t have two of the channels that I really want to watch. I have a lot of trees around my house, so I thought getting DirecTV was just out of the question for me, but that was just until I saw them installing a dish at my neighbors house last week. I went out to talk to the technician, and he was able to determine within a minute that I would not have a problem getting a good signal.

I thanked him, and then came inside to look at a website about satellite TV programming. I wanted to make sure that if I switched, I would not be paying the equivalent or even more money than what I had been paying. I also wanted to see how many channels I would get. » Read more: I Am Switching to DirecTV

Getting Ready to Move out of the Dorm

Getting ready to move out of the dorm, which is fine with me. I got lucky with the draw of roomies, but I really do not like to share a room with any guy. I do not mind it if I am sharing a room with a girl, but that is obviously different. This is a big thing for me though and I know a lot of guys who have got into trouble by picking poorly with the roomies. I have to find the best high speed internet options after I find a place to stay and I will need at least one reliable room mate. It can not be some guy who decides to spend all of the money for drinking beer or chasing girls. » Read more: Getting Ready to Move out of the Dorm

Getting the Right Survival Knife

Whether you know of it from real life experience or you are limited to seeing it in a movie or TV show, it seems like everyone has heard of a survival knife. The name is pretty descriptive and accurate, because these knives can certainly save lives in the right hands at the right time. Often knives are thought of purely for combat usage or self-defense, but they are also a utility tool. Of course there are tons of different types of knives available out there, so finding the best survival knife is a highly personalized experience.

Obviously no matter what size or personal preferences you have for a knife, finding a quality build is important. Some people may have smaller budgets than others, but if you are going to buy an unreliable knife then you are likely better off just saving money instead of getting anything at all. The point of a survival knife is to have it there whenever you need it, not to hope that it works and fear that it will not. So once you set up a realistic price point that works for you and find out which brands are reputable, it is time to determine the exact fit for you.

Aside from price or brand, the biggest differences between different knives usually boils down to size and material. Some people prefer a traditional metal such as stainless steel while others opt for things like carbon alloys. Both are certainly viable and it often comes down to different uses, preferences for tradition, and pricing constraints. As far as size goes, length and weight are highly variable and it is hard to justify any one specific size being better than another. Some will want a smaller, lighter, and more portable knife while others may need some extra size. The bottom line is that there are so many quality knives out there that it will just take some exploring to find the right choice.

How to Choose Photography Programs

What makes a good photography college? Every student has their own opinions about it, so it is very difficult to define a good photography college. Selecting a good photography college is a very personal matter, so the best photography college would be the one that matches the prospective student’s each individual requirement.

Various factors need to be considered in determining the ideal photography college. Tuition and fees, whether the student received any grants or academic scholarships, and other available financing are key factors in the process of selecting a college. Of course, the college photography programs and academic courses, in addition to the faculty teaching photography, are crucial as well. Looking at related courses that may be available, like photography or game design, is also highly recommended.

Moreover, the prospective student also needs to carefully consider the location and atmosphere of the college. Is the college in an urban or rural setting? Are there off-campus activities? What transport options are available? And, if a student is interested in athletics, the college sporting programs and achievements can be influential in deciding on a college.

What are other factors to take into account when choosing a good photography college? Prospective photography students should also consider non-academic aspects. The services that photography students can use and the facilities available to students definitely should come into play when deciding between good photography schools. Yet another factor to consider is whether there are many notable photographers among the college’s Alumni. And, whether the photography program also offers photography internships or even job placements may greatly influence which photography college a student may end up choosing.

In the end, the choice is the student’s to make, so choose carefully! You may be wondering if attending art school is a pre-requisite for a career in professional photography. A few short years ago, it seemed nearly anyone with a camera could parlay their skills into a career. This is no longer true. The technical aspect of photography has exploded with the digital photography boom. Not only do you need to learn all the artistic angles of setting up and shooting a photograph, you also need to learn how to produce that photography in its best possible light on a computer.

With digital cameras, anyone can shoot a photo-but not everyone can shoot a good photo, and not everyone knows how to turn what they’ve shot into a professional quality picture. There is so much to know about digital enhancement that it would take years to learn on your own. Doesn’t it make more sense to attend a concentrated program, taught by professionals so that you can learn all you need to know in a relatively short amount of time?

Fortunately, there are many reputable art schools teaching photography today. During your course of study, you will not only learn all of the technical aspects of professional photography, you will also study art history, the history of photography, color theory, and composition. Most art schools and photography schools also include courses in business practice, in order to get you up and running in your new career as soon as possible

Photography Rocks! Why Photography Is Such A Great Hobby

It’s a simple question. Why am I taking pictures? What’s so special about photography compared to other visual art forms?

I’m not writing this to give you an answer, but I’m sharing why I love what photography does for me and why I think it’s such a great hobby to integrate into my life, which also resulted to me starting a photography blog site.

Why Photography Means A Lot To Me

As I share my personal reasons to these questions and I’d like to encourage you to add yours in the commenting section as well. Feel free to add a link to your blog or gallery for everyone to enjoy as well.

I’m sure everybody has a GREAT story to tell.

Photography Fills A Need

I believe we all picked up a camera at a very young age, no matter how simple or basic that camera may have been. My first camera was a Canon Snappy 50 given to me by my mom when I was 8. I believe it was because of the 84 Olympics ads that I saw in the magazines that kept advertising this camera. It’s unusually long frame and that little orange tab to make the flash fire were icing on the cake for an 8-yo! I wanted the star-spangled version but that was unavailable in Asia back then.

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Mastering The Art Of Sports Photography With Your Digital Camera

For sports enthusiasts, there’s nothing more exciting than sports people playing their favourite game. The sight of the field, rink or golf course initiates the thrill and anticipation. This, combined with digital photography, can provide some amazing photographic opportunities. However it’s not a matter of point the camera at the person diving for the ball or puck and snapping away. It’s a lot more complicated than that.

In digital photography sports can be quite challenging. The sports people do not present an easy task of being photographed because of the amount of high movement. However, you can indeed achieve great sports digital photography. Most excellent sports digital photography requires good planning and execution.

Here are some exclusive tips for gaining fantastic sports shots in your digital photography.

First things first; know your digital camera. I recommend taking note and practicing first all the settings that sports photography needed. You may find yourself going for the faster shutter speed, increased ISO and burst mode. Let’s take a look at all these things on your digital camera and see how they can be applied to give you sensational sports photos.

High shutter speeds:
As with all moving objects, in order to capture the “frozen in time” look in digital photography a fast shutter speed is required. The faster the movement the fast the shutter speed will need to be. In digital photography the general consensus is that the shutter speed needs to be faster than that of the subject. For example if you have a sliding puck across ice and there is a someone about to take a dive for it then its necessary to quickly mentally assess how fast that person might be traveling at. If they are traveling at approximately 50 kilometers (approx 32 miles) per hour then you may find a very fast shutter speed is needed for this digital photo.

A very fast shutter speed in digital photography may be anything from 500th of a second or higher. For high speed movement you may want to consider an even faster shutter speed of 1000th of a second or something in that range.

Keep in mind that in digital photography a fast shutter speed works to reduce some of the light which is why a higher ISO is often necessary. (I’ll talk about that in a minute.) Usually a if a ball, such as a baseball going at around 145 kilometers an hour (90.09 miles per hour) a shutter speed of around 1/4000 will get you that “suspended ball in mid air” type of photo. For physical movement, such as someone leaping to catch a football, a shutter speed of 1/500 or over is a good place to start.

Now this is all very well if your scene if well lit. But what if you are taking your digital photography shots indoors at night and the light is not quite enough to provide enough light? In most instances, an indoor stadium at night time will be well lit, but that doesn’t always ensure good digital photos. In sports photography we need to understand that we can only control the artistic value and input of our digital photo and the control of the camera. We can’t control the lighting on the scene being such a public event. In digital photography sports photos we must realize that it’s going to be a challenge to begin with. So here are something’s you can in your digital sports photography to increase the amount of light.

If you have a light tool on your digital camera such as a histogram you can get a good idea of what the light levels are like on your sensor. With this handy tool you can adjust the ISO at the time of your pictures taking.

Increase your ISO: A high ISO in digital photography simply means the sensitivity to light that your digital camera has. In a nutshell the more ISO you have increased the image to, the less light the sensor needs. In sports photography an ISO of 400 or higher can work really well. The downside to this is that it does increase noise. To combat this you can use noise reduction software in the post editing process such as Noise Ninja or increase the LAB mode in the post editing process. Don’t be afraid to try a few shots at 400, 800 and even as high as 1600.

Burst mode:
In most sports digital photography this will be one of the settings you will turn to. Burst mode is also known as ‘continuous shooting’. This ‘continuous’ shooting mode allows you to get a sequence of shoots in succession. You can increase your chances of getting that ideal “split second perfect shot” that you might not be able to get by pre-emption or in normal shooting. This also works so beautifully if your digital camera has a painfully long lag time. I’ve used this so many times to get around the high lag my Sony Cyber shot has got. Some cameras have 3 frames per second and some go up to 12 frames per second. You simply select this mode and hold your finger on the shutter button and it will fire off as many shots in 1 second as it can.

Okay so I’ve been talking about your digital camera and the setting’s used for ideal sports digital photography, so what about any external equipment? If you have been thinking about this you’re spot on. You can take as much time with your settings but there’s not much point if you can’t get close to the action. There’s no point having a picture with perfect lighting and perfect action if the players are like dots on a sheet of paper. You need a good telephoto lens if you can’t get close up. A telephoto lens brings you closer because of its long distance capability. It will get you closer to the action but will need a faster shutter speed.

Many fantastic sports digital photos are taken with an emphasis on a very fast shutter speed, an f stop of around the 2.8 mark to blur the background and focus in on the subject. You may find that if your sportsperson is visually separated from the background and you take the digital photograph with a telephoto lens you’ll have a more shallow depth of field which can give you a more powerful feeling in your digital photo. You can get away with a good optical zoom lens, but you’ll get far better digital sports shots with a proper telephoto.

So what about the artistic side of sports photography with your digital camera? Plenty!

Pre-emption and Emotion is the key to good art.
When taking sports photography you probably won’t find a more public display of human emotion. The emotions of a sports person range from intense anticipation to extreme disappointment or extreme exhilaration. Pre-empting when these emotions take place is they key to getting artistic and impressive sports photos. This comes with practicing your digital photography.

SO much pressure is placed on our athletes, expecting them to perform so we can enjoy the show and the investors can enjoy their returns. This is another reason why I say to get a telephoto lens so you can capture the emotions on their faces and their body language. It makes for superb photography. For ideas on ice hockey, have a look at some ice hockey images that are great study tools.

Don’t just look at these digital photos, you must study them. Take on the attitude that studying sports photography will improve your digital sports photos ten fold. You will have a style to emulate and copy to start with then eventually, when you become confident, you’ll start to adopt your own style.

Happy shooting,
Amy Renfrey

To study digital sports photography check these sites out: http://www.espn.com and http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com

Everything You Wanted To Know About Event Photography Software

The beauty of photography is the opportunity it provides to those who take photographs. There is a wide array of possibilities for the photographer who is looking to make money taking pictures. Some may opt to take pictures of the beautiful sunset or mountains, while others like to hire themselves out to people to take photographs for them. Event photography is a very popular type of employment within the photography industry. Event photography software serves to make this job a bit easier. Not sure what event photography is and why you might consider it? Read on to find out all the information on it.

What is Event Photography?

Have you ever been to a wedding? That’s a silly question because most likely, you’ve been to a lot of those. What about a sporting event or a concert? Chances are, if you’ve gone to any of these, you’ve noticed photographers there taking pictures of the event. This is, in a gist, what event photography is. It is photography taken at events such as a wedding, sports event, concert, awards show etc. Event photography software will help you with this job.

Do Event Photographers Make Good Money?

If you’re looking for a type of photography that is pretty much sure to earn you good money, event photography is it. While for most photographers it isn’t all about making money, they can’t deny that event photography is very lucrative. Some event photographers have reported making as much as thousands of dollars for taking pictures at one event. That’s certainly a lot of money.

It’s worth noting that not all event photographers make this type of money, although most do provided they’re very professional. Event photography software helps them to take and manage professional event photos.

What Equipment Do I Need?

People will pay to have quality event photos taken, so it’s important for you, as an event photographer, to have quality equipment. This means making a bit of an investment. You’ll need to spend money to get money you need to purchase some of the best photography equipment available, which includes the camera and event photography software.

Let’s start with the obvious: the camera. You’ll want to get a digital camera, but stay away from the very small cameras – those are for amateurs. There are some great digital cameras on the market which have the traditional camera look, but are digital. These have the big lens, great zoom features and excellent megapixel quality. Go for a digital that has at least 8 megapixels. This may cost you from $400 on up.

Grab a good event photography software program, too. A good event photography software program will allow you to manage your photos in the easiest way possible. If you’re not sure which event photography software program to buy, read some reviews online or ask around.

Next, you’ll want to invest in a big memory card. Think at least 2GB, because the photographs with the highest quality tend to take up the most space. Nothing is worse than being at a gig and running out of space, so buy a few 2GB cards and you’ll be set there.

Good batteries are also required. Make sure they are long lasting and hold a good charge (if they’re rechargeable). Get an extra set of batteries, too.

Finally, you’ll want to invest in a good stand and case. The stand will allow you to take great still shots, while the case will protect your investments. Definitely don’t skimp here.

Why Do Event Photography?

Still not sold on why event photography could be a great choice for you? That’s alright, as many people are skeptical of it. We’ll give you a couple reasons here.

-Flexibility. One of the great things about event photography is that it providers photographers with a great deal of flexibility. You are able to choose how many events you do and how many hours you work. Usually, you won’t have to work weekdays, or if you do, it may only be for a few hours. This is good for parents who want to work and still have time with their kids. Using event photography software can help to make things even more flexible and easy.

-Great Pay. Have you ever wanted to make hundreds or thousands of dollars for just a few hours work? You can do exactly this as an event photographer. Event photography pays very well, so it’s very easy to make a lot of money doing it.

Why Event Photography Software?

There are a lot of reasons why you should use event photography software, but we won’t get into all those now. Instead, we’ll just give you the biggest reason, which is that it makes your job a lot easier. Event photography software will automate the process of managing and naming photos, and will even help you when it comes time to edit the photos. That is why you should consider buying event photography software.

Market Your Photography Business

Setting up your own photography business it easy, you don’t need office space in can be done from your own home. However this is not the easiest type of business to market, especially if you are new to the business. Quite often to market this type of business you need specialist contacts, and your newness to the business precludes you from having these contacts, unless of course your surname is Eastman.

Don’t underestimate the power of marketing, because it is the tool that can make or break your business. Marketing is the commercial aspect of transferring goods from one owner to another. Without this tool you are lost, but don’t despair, there are effective avenues you can explore to market your business successfully.

First of all you need to decide what form of business you are going to set up, there are only two basic types – Assignment photography and Stock photography.

Assignment photography covers jobs that you have been hired to photograph. In other words you have a specific target to photograph. An example of this type of photography is to cover Mr X’s wedding. This type of the photography is the bread and butter of photographers, however it is unlikely to win you the Pulitzer Prize for photography.

The photographs will have a limited appeal, in the case of Mr X’s wedding; no matter how technically perfect those photographs are, they are going to have a limited appeal. They are simply not marketable outside the field of the family of Mr X.

Stock photography, is exactly what the name suggest, you have a stock of photographs and you have to market them. You have taken the photographs without having a buyer. This type of photography is much more speculative, and you may waste a lot of resources. You may have to invest a great deal of time and or film, depending on whether you are using an SLR camera, or a Digital Camera. Non-professionals think these photographs occur when you are in the right place at the right time. In reality though, being in the correct place has an element of advantage, who can forget the child on fire from Napalm running out of a village in the Vietnam war; often they are a particular photograph taken out of a series of hundreds. Whilst these photographs are often more exciting to take, they can be boring as well, and you may never quite get that photograph that “Says it All”.

There are effective ways to market these stock photographs, which is wonderful for the beginner because you do not bear the cost of the marketing. There are several stock picture libraries on line. You submit your photographs to these libraries, and they then sell the rights for others to reproduce them. The price structure on this type of photography depends on its content and also where it is sold. It may go on the front page of an encyclopaedia with a print run of half a million, and it may go on someone’s private web site. There will be a different rate for the type of photograph and its market. When your photograph is sold the library will deduct a percentage of your commission for marketing and of course profit.

Most photographers when they start will combine these types of business to varying degrees. There are several ways that you can boost your marketing profile without actually spending any money. Join a local photography society is one way, another is to go to your local town hall and see if your local chamber of commerce has a group of professional photographers. Another more involved way to market your business and bring it into a higher profile with the local community is to offer to teach photography free of charge. Yes I know the chances are that you are working from home, but why not offer to do it in a local school.

The debate is still raging about SLR cameras versus digital, and it looks like it will for some time to come.

It is still fair to say that most photographers want great imaging, in a compact affordable package. Improved design techniques for the digital camera are now delivering a viable alternative to 35mm film, but one of the drawbacks to marketing this type of film, was the time consumed producing digital photographs at home. Home development often does not give a professional finish. There are now photo development agencies online which will give you great images. You upload the photographs on to your chosen site and they will print them and forward them on to you. This way you can ensure crystal clear prints to your instructions. Kodak gallery allows you to share your prints online afterwards by allowing you storage space, which means that you don’t even have to scan your pictures. Don’t forget to check out our other articles for great hints and tips for every step of your business development. Make your business work for you!

Whilst marketing is a very important aspect of the business, it does not compensate for lack of quality. Sharp clear prints sell, and others don’t. Make sure that you invest in good quality basics, such as a tripod. It is not necessary to invest in products you will use once a year, if you need them then hire them, especially when you are just starting. Even if you use digital, it is still a fact that the lens is more important than the camera. Make sure the equipment you buy is going to work for you. Extra time spent asking questions before you buy will pay dividends later, in terms of money saved. Everyone wastes money at some time or other, but being forethought and researching can reduce that substantially.