Creative photography is a mix of many ingredients; art and technology, skill and patience, cold mechanical knowhow and individual flair.
For a beginner learning the basics, it would be nice if there was a simple set of rules to follow to make the whole thing easier. Surely someone could just tell you what aperture to use in a given situation, or how to structure a composition to get the best results every time?
Photography is a lot like learning to drive. With a car, you need to know the road rules, and you need to know the basic skills of steering, accellerating and braking. These can be learned easily with a bit of practice. But even when you have mastered the essentials, you still need to get to know your car, because each car is a little different. Then you need experience with night driving, wet-weather driving, off-road driving…
What you must understand is that following the rules will only take you so far. In photography, you will find that rules help you in the beginning, and some rules will stay with you throughout your career. The trick is to understand when the rules don’t apply, or when you should choose to ignore them. This is the type of knowledge that can’t easily be taught. It comes with experience, and is what gives you indiduality as a photographer.
Below are just a few of the rules that, for an experienced photographer, are just made to be broken.
Photography Rule #1. Outdoor Photos Should Be Taken In The Early Morning Or Late Afternoon. This is one of the first principles of landscape photography, and can be applied to almost any outdoor photography. The softness and warm colour of the sunlight at these times adds beauty and character to almost any scene. It also creates much lower contrast, allowing you to avoid harsh shadows and over-exposure of the highlights in your photos.
When can you break this rule? I can think of two situations immediately.
Black and white photography is defined by contrast rather than by subtle colour, so you often want stronger shadows to create the best image. For this reason, black and white photos are often best taken closer to the middle of the day when the light is stronger.
Rainforest photography is also best in the middle of the day, but this time you don’t want bright sunlight; you want cloudy weather to create an nice even light throughout the forest. Otherwise the patches of light coming through the canopy will create ‘hot spots’ all over your image.
Photography Rule #2.The Rule Of Thirds. The rule of thirds is an excellent guide for a beginner learning about composition. In simple terms, it divides your photo into three parts, vertically and horizontally. The dividing lines are the best places to position long objects in a photo (like trees and horizon lines). The points where the lines intersect are the most effective places to position smaller objects for most impact.
Photos that are taken according to the Rule Of Thirds appear balanced. They satisfy our natural sense of visual order and simply look ‘right.’ Unfortunately, the world is not so easily organised as the rule, so it is impossible in nature to take every photo this way. Moreover, sometimes you may decide to ignore the rule, giving more impact to the photo by shaking up the normal balance of the composition.
When can you break this rule? Here is one obvious example, but I am sure you can think of many more.
Sunset photos feature colourful skies, and silhoettes in the foreground. If you have a truly spectacular sky, it doesn’t make sense to fill a third of the picture with empty blackness. You may choose to tilt the camera up to make a feature of the sky, and reduce the area filled by the foreground.
Rule #3. Your Lightmeter Is Always Right. Most of the time you can trust your lightmeter. If it indicates your photo is well exposed, it probably will be…but not always.
When can you break this rule? When there is a big difference in the level of light between the subject and the surroundings.
You may be photographing a person, an animal, a flower etc. in full sunlight, but the background is shady. This is a very effective way of making your subject stand out from the surroundings. In this situation, the different levels of light are bound to trick the lightmeter. In fact, if you take your photo on auto, your subject will most likely be overexposed. The best approach is to switch your camera to manual, and adjust your aperture or shutter speed until the photo is underexposed by one or two stops. This will darken your background and bring the subject into perfect exposure.
Can you see a pattern developing here? Rules are there for a reason, and your skills will improve in leaps and bounds if you learn them and practice them. But having done that, you are ready to take the next step. Start experimenting outside the rules and see where it takes you. Knowing and following the rules will make you a good photographer. Choosing how and when to break them will make you even better.
So, you are influenced by G.I Joe and now you wish to develop games based on the military! But, you want to go a step ahead and develop an advanced one. Game development is challenging and interesting at the same time. Not only does it involve lot of creativity but also lot of planning!
However, before taking the plunge, it is important for you for you to have in-depth knowledge about the type of models you are planning to use. Let us stick with the example of military models in this article.
3D modeling is the process of developing mathematical, wireframe representation of any three-dimensional object through special software. Earlier, there were only paid ones that you could go for but now some sites do offer free 3D military models which are created by the best artists. The paid or free 3D military models are displayed as a two-dimensional image with a process called as 3D rendering.
Know The Representation
Both, the paid and the free 3D military models are represented in two categories:
Solid: In this category, they define the volume of the object they represent. For instance, if it is a tank, it represents its size.
Shell/boundary: These kinds represent the surface and not the actual volume of the object. For instance, if it’s a tank, it may just seem like a small toy and the actual size may not be known. This category is most commonly used for computer graphics.
Compared to 2Ds
Unlike the 2Ds, they have more advantages. They are more flexible. This means you can easily change angles or animate images as per your requirement. Also, these ones have quick rendering of changes. With these images, you can easily render and calculate automatically. You do not need to take the pain of mentally visualize or estimate while creating it.
Unlike the 2D images, you get an accurate photorealism. In other words, you are unlikely to misplace, overdo or forget to include a visual effect while creating it.
Know the Market
After creating one, it is not necessary that you have to use it in your game. You can offer it to people who may be interested in using them in their projects. You can either charge them or simply offer them for free, the choice is yours!
So what are you waiting for? Just go ahead and use your creativity to bring out the best!
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A woman friend told me her skin is “paper thin,” and bruises, chaps and cuts much too easily.
She’s sharing a common experience. Aging skin loses collagen and elastin, the key proteins that make skin strong and flexible, so the skin gets thinner and begins to sag, creating fine lines, wrinkles and bags under the eyes.
This is what I told my friend: We don’t have to live with skin that’s too thin, fragile and easily damaged. The skin can rebuild its own collagen and elastin, and actually add thickness and suppleness, with good nourishment. The right, nourishing skin care ingredients: that’s how to make aging skin tougher. Because healthy skin cells replace themselves quite rapidly — the life cycle of a typical skin cell is about 30 days — you can do it with surprising speed, too.
I’ll name some of the ingredients that make aging skin tougher — and by the same process, make the skin smoother, softer and looking many years younger.
One of them is a recently-developed ingredient called Cynergy TK.
Cynergy TK contains Functional Keratin. Keratin, a protein, has an important structural role in the skin, hair and nails. The ability to convert natural keratin into a functional form, readily available to the skin, is a recent breakthrough.
Cynergy TK is proven in clinical trials to stimulate the regrowth of collagen and elastin. This increases the thickness of the outer layer of the skin — so, as your collagen and elastin levels increase, wrinkles gradually diminish and disappear.
It also stimulates the regrowth of skin cells, clinical studies have shown. This is because it contains zinc and copper protein complexes, in low concentrations, which are useful for both the repair and maintenance of the skin.
Another major reason why skin loses its vitality, or looks older, is through oxidation, caused particularly by UV exposure and environmental pollutants. Healthy skin cells overcome the effects of oxidative stress by producing antioxidants, which fight harmful free radicals.
Cynergy TK contains potent antioxidants, and also stimulates the body’s own natural antioxidant production.
There’s one more quality of Cynergy TK which is purely cosmetic, but lovely. It reduces the appearance of wrinkles by forming an invisible layer over the surface of your skin. It effectively fills in fine lines and wrinkles — and also refracts light, so your skin looks smoother than it really is.
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As we are marching ahead with each passing day, we are encountering new technological gadgets. Today, mobiles have become so sophisticated that a true tech-savvy person cant do without them.Undoubtedly, the mobile developers are putting in a lot of effort to make the mobile business applications more and more advanced.There must be well over 300,000 mobile applications available when you consider the different mobile platforms. There are so many great iPhone applications. There are so many good Android, BlackBerry and Phone 7 applications as well.
Need of Mobile Business Applications in 2011
Mobile Programming,LLC believe that a major focus in mobile in 2011 will be to better help users find the mobile business applications that are best suited to them. Sure, because due to increase in business ultimately the use of mobile business applications will increase as with the help of these handheld devices they can easily be in touch with their clients,customers and so on. GPS Tracking :- GPS Tracking can be used as a business application because with the help of this app we can easily keep an eye on our employee that he is performing his duty well or not. Mobile apps developers at Mobile Programming,LLC deals in this application they can help you out in developing this application for any kind of mobile platform. The Miller Lite Taxi Finder:-The Miller Lite Taxi Finder by 1-800- TAXICAB uses your GPS coordinates to locate your position on a map, then shows you the nearest taxi company on the 1-800-TAXICAB taxi hotline.You can also change locations by choosing a city and state.This iPhone application can be used in business as when we have no vehicle we can immediately use this app to reach on time.
The latest iPhone app lets you bank from anywhere you can access the Web. Pay bills and credit cards, transfer money between Chase accounts, see account balances and transaction history, and send wire transfers. Plus, find nearby Chase branches, ATMs and our contact information. The cool part of this update is that now you can use the Apple iPhone camera to deposit checks.In this way a lot of business payment can be done by using this application.
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2.Windows Mobile 5.5, 6.0, 6.1, 6.5 Developments . 3.Mobile Website Development .. 4.J2EE, JAVA, J2ME based Mobile business Application Development . 5. We can import any kind of business app of one platform on the other. For more details contact Mobile Programming,LLC mobile business apps developers.
A walk through just about any neighborhood will reveal several lost pet flyers attached to trees, utility poles and other noticeable areas. Cats, dogs, birds and other pets are known to escape the boundaries that their owners set for them. While most will return home after a bit of adventure, many more will stay out long enough to worry their owners. If you are in search of your missing pet, it will benefit to take on a search plan right away. The quicker you act, the less distance your pet can put between themselves and your home.
Pets have become essential parts of the family that most of us wish to protect. If you notice that your pet is missing, you will be happy to discover that there are numerous online websites that focus on recovering lost pets. Before resorting to such measures, however, search the area around your home. A standard guideline is to cover a two-mile radius before expanding your search further. Gather friends and family to help with your search. Many people will see lost pets wandering about and think that their owners are already aware that their pet is outside. Therefore, notify your neighbors that your pet is missing and tell them to give you a call should they spot them. On that note, always leave contact information and keep your cell phone handy while you are out looking.
If your pet is micro-chipped, call the provider to let them know that they are missing. Call local animal shelters and other organizations that often deal with the recovery of lost pets. Always leave home and work phone numbers where people can reach you.
The pet industry has come up with many innovative ways to to prevent missing pets. GPS collars and microchips are two such devices that will help track your pet’s whereabouts. GPS collars can be pricey, but may be worth the cost if you have a dog that wanders often. Microchips are relatively inexpensive. At about $40 per microchip, this tiny device is inserted between your animal’s shoulder blades so that they can be identified by animal shelters and other organizations that have appropriate scanners. In addition to these precautions, make sure that your pet is wearing a collar that fits well and includes a tag with all of your contact information. By taking these steps, lost pets have become less of an issue and are often reunited with their owners much faster than was possible in the past.
Selecting wood based products is harder these days since we want to find products made from sustainable produced raw materials. What can bamboo do to fulfill these needs? Can it really work for your kitchen decorating needs?
One of the main things we have to consider when choosing a wood species for any wood product is how it looks in our home. While making responsible choices for the environment is attractive, it loses some of its appeal if the final result is no the look we had hoped for. But bamboo can come through with the look that your to create the aesthetic appeal you are looking for.
Bamboo is grown in many areas of the world, but like any harvested products some growers are more concerned with using a sustainable process, while others are just in it for a fast buck. Some areas like Costa Rica have a fairly good record for sustainability in the overall process of growing and cutting of bamboo. Bamboo can usually be cut when it is about five or six years old. It is a member of the grass family, so it will grow back quickly.
Bamboo wood products are quite hard, harder than many conventionally used hardwoods like oak. After it’s finished it has good dimensional stability as well, so the smooth functioning of your cabinet doors and drawers will not degrade over time. Bamboo is so hard that its nickname is green steel.
As you may expect, many retailers for bamboo products have locations in California. But this is not just a west coast idea, and as their popularity increases it is easier to find retailers in other major cities like Chicago and New York.
There are a number of companies that will fashion custom bamboo cabinets for your home. In addition there are manufacturers who manufacture modular cabinet units in sizes that will fit most homes, so you can get a custom look for a much lower cost.
Bamboo cabinets will be a featured part of your home decor. These cabinets are good looking, you can get them in a variety of finishes, and because the wood is durable they will last for a long time, yet they come from a sustainable resource, so you can minimize the impact on our environment.
Sounds great, huh? All you have to do is pop a few little pills and magically your wrinkles will disappear. But, do collagen pills help your skin, or just hurt your pocket book. Is it possible to look younger and have better looking skin simply from taking pills? Here’s what I found out, you be the judge.
Collagen is a protein found throughout the body in many different structures. It is very strong and flexible, and is the main component in tendons, ligaments, and virtually all connective tissue, including skin. Collagen, and its partner, elastin are responsible for young looking, wrinkle free skin. As we age, collagen and elastin begin to degrade, which leads to loss of elasticity, and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
How do collagen pills help your skin? First of all, there is no real scientific evidence that ingesting collagen will help your skin. Second, the real key to reversing the signs of aging is getting the body to produce its own collagen and elastin, in the areas where it is needed. The collagen in the pill will most likely be digested, and move on thru the system without building collagen or reducing any wrinkles.
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Now, what about collagen creams? Companies touting that their products contain collagen and elastin to help fight wrinkles are still missing the mark, too. Collagen molecules are far too large to penetrate into the skin, so applying collagen directly to the face will do nothing more than moisturize it, but the wrinkles will still be there. The ideal way to approach this is to have products that enhance collagen production.
Is there any product or ingredient that will start your body to begin building collagen? After a lot of research, I did find a few ingredients, but you won’t find them in the most well known or most expensive products. The most beneficial ingredient is called Cynergy TK. It contains a functional form of keratin that is readily available for the body to use. Cynergy TK has been proven in clinical studies to not only stimulate the production of collagen, but also elastin, the two major proteins that affect skin aging. It is also natural, so you can feel good about using it, that you are doing the best for your skin and your body.
So, do collagen pills help your skin? I think you have your answer. Don’t follow the crowd, and fall into the marketing ploys. Do your own research to find skin care that really works.
If you want to find more ingredients that can help your body in building collagen, for younger, more radiant looking skin, visit my website, and see what I use and recommend.
In todays world people are very much familiar with the term insurance. Whether it is for life, health, vehicle, fire, disability or liability, insurance serves as financial tool for securing your life and property. It is a cover used for protecting you and your family from rising unexpected health expenses or certain life outcomes.
Simply we can say that insurance is used for managing the possible risks of future. It is an important part of your personal finance strategy. The money invested in insurance works like your emergency fund. It protects you from unforeseen circumstances for which you are not prepared. In this article, you will get to know why insurance is worth considering and how your financial needs are taken care by insurance policies.
Why insurance is taken?
It is important to understand that risk is a part of any persons life. Throughout your life you may face many kinds of risks such as financial losses, accidents, falling ill, etc. It is also necessary to know that risk increases as a person becomes old along with the increase in responsibilities. So, insurance is taken for such unexpected events and to maintain a good quality of life even while going through unforeseen adversities.
A rich person need not have insurance. Only the not so rich or poor need it to take care of his/her financial needs in unfavorable conditions. Insurance helps you to take care of the situations where large amount of funds may be required and it would be difficult or not possible to arrange money in that situation. So, in that condition, your financial needs are taken care by insurance.
Insurance is a security for your life and property
Every stage of your life needs insurance. Not taking insurance is like gambling with your savings. We believe that insurance is needed when income is low and financial needs are large, due to some negative outcomes. It is a good thing if you never have to en-cash insurance. Though insurance can take care of financial needs there will be still other non-financial negative outcomes that insurance cannot help.
With the help of insurance you can secure yourself and your family from unexpected and unfavorable conditions. Think practical and bear in mind that it is better to pay small premiums now than to pay huge amounts in future.
Plan to have adequate insurance
You should not take insurance as an investment tool, rather you must consider it as a personal financial tool that helps you to take care of your financial obligations and to maintain your familys living conditions, in the event of negative circumstances. A right kind of insurance with an adequate amount of coverage must be obtained. For this, you must evaluate your unique financial and family circumstances.
Having insurance is a way of protecting your quality of life and valuables. By this time you may have realized the importance of getting insurance to have financial peace even in unforeseen circumstances.
Adobe Systems has launched a beta version to try out changes to its color-picker Kuler service, including the restoration of an earlier feature to extract dominant colors from photos.
Kuler lets people assemble quintets of colors into a color scheme that’s saved into their own archive; people can browse others’ schemes as well. The colors can be imported into Adobe’s Illustrator software, too.
The photo tool is available by loading the new Kuler beta site. Adobe said Monday it’s seeking feedback on the changes, which it may or may not keep. Adobe also provided an option to use a less obtrusive color wheel and to shrink borders around colors so designers can better judge how they look together.
Kuler is useful, though hardly a heavyweight app like Photoshop or After Effects. But it’s interesting to watch since it’s got new-era online, collaborative, and social aspects that seem to be a priority for Adobe as it tries to convince skeptics that its $50-per-month Creative Cloud subscription is more than just a new way to pay for the old Creative Suitesoftware.
When Adobe cut over to its Creative Cloud subscription program, it introduced an iOS app that also can pick a color scheme from a photo.
Adobe once had a Kuler app for Android, but scrapped it and is channeling its resources toward the Kuler Web interface at present.
In response to a request for a Kuler Android app, an Adobe staff member had this to say:
While the iOS app and the discontinued Android app do have similar capabilities, they are actually quite a bit different. We have found that people use tablets and mobile phones very differently. So, we created the iPhone app with a different focus in mind — which translated to different features, UI, and interactions.
We have also found the tasks most people wanted to accomplish with Kuler, on a tablet device, are very similar to the tasks people undertake with the Kuler website. So, we’ve invested a lot of time and effort into updating the site to embrace the latest Web standards (also announced at MAX). And, it should work really well on Android and iOS tablets. We look forward to getting these updates in the hands of users to hear what they think.
We understand there are many Android phone users who may find an app like the Kuler iPhone app useful, and we’ll monitor demand for that over time.
In my tests on a Nexus 7 tablet, I was able to use the normal Kuler site, but the photo upload and color-wheel shrinking features had some problems. I could use photos I took on the spot and from the photo gallery, but imports from Google+ galleries, Dropbox, and Google Drive failed. Worse, the color wheel for picking colors by hand didn’t work with my touch screen.
There are many types of cosmetic surgery and these have been developed from a very long time. Now you can find the plastic surgery or the cosmetic surgery that can change the way one looks. This is becoming more important for the people who are working in any field like the movies or music or the fashion models. These people are more concerned on the way they should enhance the beauty and class of their body parts and so a nose job or a lip job is to be found in abundance. The cosmetic surgery Jacksonville is growing among the men and women of all the countries. >
Aware of the looks to beautify
The recent popularity shows that people are more concerned and aware of the way they look as they grow older. They do not want to remain behind and lose the beauty of any parts of the body. The breast augmentation or the liposuction and facelifts are seen as ways to look better and younger. The cosmetic surgery Jacksonville helps the celebrities and the people who love to look better with immediate noticeable changes. The camera loves the better shape and the world find these people to remain ever beautiful.
Physical benefits and psychological aspect
The cosmetic surgery Jacksonville can give initial swelling and bruises but as these heals the surgery stains and lines are not seen any more and only the artistic part is visible for the people to welcome. The woman who has gone through the breast augmentation will enjoy the better shape of her assets. The same is true of facial surgeries that can give you a fuller lip or a sharper nose and a better cheek bones. The psychological aspects are also there like the raised self esteem and more confidence on self. The looks that are changed were wish for a long time and so it helps in socialization and a happier mental set.
You will find there are lots of things that one can do to get the effects of the cosmetic surgery. There is the liposuction that takes out the pocket of fat and the areas can be abdomen, chins or thighs. The nose job or rhinoplasty is done to give a perfect shape to the nose. The facelift is for anti ageing process and tightening of the facial muscles. Tummy tucking is another way to get rid of the fat in the abdomen and you can have flat stomach and abdomen. There are thigh lifts, chin and cheek are implanted and the calf lift or the upper arm lift are all done for specific areas to look sharper, slimmer and tighter.
The author Ethan Hunt is a professional writer , presently writing for plastic surgery jacksonville