Hobbies, Photography, Healthy Lifestyles

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Digital Scrapbooking: A Fun Way of Storing Memories

scrapbook notebook

Scrapbooks are a fun way of presenting what has happened in the life of a person. Through these colorful photobooks, you can showcase your creativity.  There are a lot of scrapbooking kits with stickers, borders, decals, and embellishments that can make your pages more interesting.  However, buying these kits could prove to be expensive as you would have to keep on getting new ones once you used up what you have bought.  A more affordable alternative, yet equally fun, is to make a digital scrapbook.  You can simply click on the various available options to make add the artistic elements …continue reading

Capturing the Best Things about Family Vacations

The most fun and exciting moments usually happen when the family is on vacation.  There are also some frustrating yet amusing instances especially when you are travelling with children.  All these moments make the experience of exploring new places and spending time with the family more enjoyable.  The best things about family vacations are not the sights and sounds themselves, but the reactions of the family members to their experiences.  With today’s technology, these can be captured on video and in photographs using digital cameras capable of taking still photographs and videos.  Tablets and smartphones today are likewise equipped with …continue reading

Digital Scrapbooking: A Fun Way of Storing Memories

scrapbook notebook

Scrapbooks are a fun way of presenting what has happened in the life of a person. Through these colorful photobooks, you can showcase your creativity.  There are a lot of scrapbooking kits with stickers, borders, decals, and embellishments that can make your pages more interesting.  However, buying these kits could prove to be expensive as you would have to keep on getting new ones once you used up what you have bought.  A more affordable alternative, yet equally fun, is to make a digital scrapbook.  You can simply click on the various available options to make add the artistic elements …continue reading

Getting to Know Your Roots: Tips on Tracing your Family Genealogy

searching family

Families are mobile nowadays and it would not be surprising if some families do not know who their relatives are outside of their own immediate family.  The present generation, more often than not, do not know much about the generations before them.  Family reunions are also not as big as they used to be where great grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and distant relatives from several tiers and branches away from the basic family tree were present.  It would be interesting to get to know your roots.  You might be related to someone who was considered to be a personality in …continue reading

Traveling and Photography: Chronicle Your Travels with Pictures

Travelling is one of the most exciting things to do.  This can be done on different budgets; even those with limited budgets can choose to travel without spending a whole lot of money.  The attraction of travelling lies in the sights and experiences that you can discover in the places that you visit.  Whether you are traveling alone, with family, or with a group of friends, you can chronicle your travels through pictures.  All you need is a digital camera and enough memory on your storage device and you can take all the pictures that you want to take. Different …continue reading

Photography Tips for Great Memories Captured on Print

You do not need a special occasion to take photographs.  With today’s personal digital cameras, you do not need to hire a professional to capture your memories on print.  You can simply click away on your own camera and have loads of pictures to look back on and remember precious moments, events, and virtually anything else that catches your fancy. 

Although you do not have to be a pro, you still need to keep a few photography tips in mind to ensure that you take great photographs.  It could get frustrating to keep on shooting away only to find out that you have blurry, out-of-focus, and badly framed photos when you check your camera at the end of the day.

What’s great about digital technology is that you can simply set your camera to the right settings and you can simply click away.  You can also take as many shots as you wish without having to worry about the cost of having rolls of film developed and printed.  Most people actually do not have their photos printed anymore and simply store them in their computer’s hard drive or any other storage media.

Photographing Various Subjects

Everyday photography is different from studio photography. In this type of photography, you do not often have the chance to set the stage so to speak.  The lighting conditions and other environmental factors are also not within your control.  A cloud suddenly moving in front of the sun could give you a badly lit scene to photograph.  Patience and practice are the keys to learning how to photograph various subjects in different lighting conditions and circumstances.

Among the most difficult subjects are babies and toddlers.  They can be fussy and might not want to sit still long enough for you to take your shots.  Here are some photography tips that you might find useful when photographing babies:

  • Turn off your flash – a bright flash can disturb babies and toddler and could cause them to break into a startled cry.  Especially if you want to photograph your child while he is sleeping serenely or if he is intently examining an object, you do not want to disturb the scene with your bright flash.
  • Do not use setups that are not comfortable for your baby – dressing your baby up in a frilly dress and putting a ribbon on her head so you can take a picture of her as a princess might be a good idea.  Your baby can feel itchy because of all the ruffles and might not want to have a gartered ribbon irritating her forehead.
  • Be quick – if you want to capture expressions, you have to take the shots at the right time.  You need to be able to immediately take the shot when you see the expression you want to capture.  You might not have the chance to capture the same moment again.  Most cameras have a continuous shooting mode that you can use to take quick consecutive shots within seconds of each other.

Whether you are photographing babies or any other subject, you have to get to know your camera and find out what features it has so you can maximize your equipment.  Taking great photographs is no longer a challenge these days once you have the basics of photography down pat.

Traveling, Smoking and the E-Cigarette?

All around the world, millions of smokers have been introduced to the brand new phase of smoking- the new electric cigarette. Some of the largest and significant cities in Europe such as Rome, Prague, and Amsterdam have been dominated by the appeal of electronic cigarettes and portable vaporizer cigarette units that allow the cigarette smoker to smoke a range of tastes of their selection (tobacco, green apple, chocolate green tea, rum, you name it) without sending out harmful smoke from combustion like traditional cigarettes by merely emitting water vapor.

This past summer when I was in London, I began seeing all these folks coming in and out of pubs using these e-cigarettes or whatever they call them. I was really surprised to see how fast this little trend has caught on, especially in London when it’s all crumpets, tea, and bad teeth. In fact, last year they even opened a designated vaping lounge in Terminal 4 simply to keep their e-smoking travelers comfortable. That’s actually pretty neat.

In America it is anticipated that the vaporizer and electronic cigarette business will more than double in the upcoming years. Cardiologists have even agreed that there is favorable viewpoint as concerns have been raised to the impact of these electronic cigarettes. While some doctors fully approve of the consumption of vaporizers to be used by medicinal marijuana users, lots of doctors have said that they are actually more harmful than the traditional smoking methods, but that’s something I just can’t really buy into. How can tar being inhaled into the lungs and blowing out cancerous smoke to others around you better than blowing out water vapor?

Additionally, according to several other world re-known researchers, there is a reference point in the sector of Paris and Berlin and it’s provinces showing that more and more people that used to smoke normal cigarettes are using electronic cigarettes whilst taking a trip, particularly in the hustle and bustle of traveling between work and home. The electronic cigarette, in truth, can be smoked anywhere, even indoors and in public because the ‘smoke’ emitted is just non-smelling water vapor.

While I personally do not smoke, I do believe in a healthy lifestyle and think that if there is anything out there that can help sidestep diseases like lung cancer or help people in a “non-traditional” way, it’s something to at least look into.

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