‘Just give me one shot’: The case for manual photography

A quick visit to Instagram or YouTube will put to rest any doubt we live in a wonderful age for visuals and imagery. If you live in provincial Canada you’re now just a few clicks from video from downtown Hamburg, if you find yourself in a bustling capital of Japan you can catch up on the latest cycling amidst the Italian Alps, and if you’re from the World’s Most Liveable City, and just wish to see videos showcasing the local culture? we’ll there’s videos for that too.

While not all of the photography and video content we see online is astounding, the opportunity for someone to pick up a camera and connect with a global audience is seamless, straightforward, and undoubtedly wonderful.

The trade-off to this can be the ease and speed diminishes skill. Accordingly, while picking up a point-and-shoot digital camera is fantastic for a newbie to photography (and surely likely to be a good upgrade if just snapping pics on their smartphone), after a time many new to photography can find currency in eventually picking up an analog camera to complement their digital output.

Let’s look a little more at the reasons for this … Click to continue reading

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On Lock When Online: 5 Ways You Can Prevent Identity Theft

It can be said many men shall long think Ann-Margret is eternally sexy. It can be said many women shall long think Elvis is eternally sexy. Making something like identity theft a sexy topic can be far more difficult. 

Woman looking at computer

‘Oh man, he’s going to talk about passwords? I’m going to go kayaking or something…’

Yet, here we are. Beyond reminisces of Hollywood starlets there’s aspects to identity theft that are ongoing, evolving – and dangerous. A decade or two ago eCommerce was from a statistical point of view non-existent, but in 2016 it is now worth a projected 1.92 trillion USD. That is a ton of businesses, supply chains,  and customers who all stand to be severlys disrupted were a identity theft ‘plague’ to occur.

Fortunately with encryption, two-step authentication, and other robust security measures in place such an event isn’t likely. This notwithstanding, there are among us people who still use their dog’s name as a password. Not only does this make it easy for people they know to hack their account; but a simple name password is among the easiest to break.

Once someone hacks one account they are often to set off a chain by trying … Click to continue reading

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Sound and Tone: How Musicians Can Use Visual Facebook Ads in their Promotions

You’ve got a knapsack, a ton of sticky tape, and often need be quick-of-feet in case they get caught. It may give one some cool cred at the local indie bar to say their a music promoter – but just like how being a bike commuter can be a world of worry in tandem with fun – posting up concert promos around the city can be a hard and difficult thing (especially if within a grey area of the law). Yet, for a long time this was a chief way for new musicians to get word out.

Now, there are Facebook Ads. You know they exist, you always see them, and you often click them. Nonetheless, while there is no shortage of guides on how to setup Facebook ads, advertising as a musician is a harder task given the ads are seen but their product is heard, and so not every musician uses Facebook ads in the optimal way to get them a good return (read: more people clicking and listening to their songs).

As a result, just as the Beatles were discovered in a smoky Liverpool bar – and music history is swarming with stories of great artists being Click to continue reading

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Beyond Real Estate, Stocks & Bonds: Investing in Assets Online

Disclaimer: This article is informative in purpose and does not constitute financial advice.  The author urges you to obtain professional advice before pursuing any financial investment.

When it comes to buying assets in the real world brick and mortar is often the first port of call. Whether it is an investment home, a small business like a cafe or laundromat – or maybe even a vineyard just outside of town – when looking to invest many look to land and concrete to start. Thereafter, stocks, bonds, and Co are common options.

While these latter assets are intangible – you can’t physically ‘hold’ a stock in a company after all – there are nonetheless real world applications to their purchase and performance; a market spike shall see your real world wealth grow, just as a market fall shall see it decline. With the rise of the online marketplace, eCommerce, and the wider ‘24 hour global economy’ a new dynamic now exists; the opportunity to buy, build, and sell assets online.

Undoubtedly online shall continue to grow the value in the ‘space’ on it. While distinct from the real world online is virtually limitless nonetheless just as a beachfront property is Click to continue reading

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Sun is Shining but still Warm Up: the Essentials of Cold Weather Exercise

Disclaimer: this article is written for information purposes only and does not constitute health advice. Always speak to a medical professional for health advice.

Few shall critique someone getting out and about for some exercise when it’s still cold. Sure, you may not quite be Braveheart staring down your mortality, but when the prospect of another hour snoozing under the blankets – or an evening where your greatest trial could be ordering another pizza – lacing up the sneakers and getting out to get the heart racing is surely commendable. When its sunny outside this feel easier – but this can be deceptive if planning a cheeky workout in cold weather.

Exercising in the cold comes with some unique challenges and concerns, whether you’re residing in a chilly part of the world, battling through a really bad winter, or even confronted with a rare but cold summer’s day. A 50 degree day (10c) will not see you risk overheating like an 82 degree (28c) day will, but the potential for injury – as well as just a miserable workout all over on account of extra pain – is very real.

So, before  heading outside be sure to run through Click to continue reading

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Melbourne: 6 Years as the World’s Most Liveable City (Update)

Update August 18 2016: It was announced today Melbourne has retained its hold on the number one spot for a sixth year in a row. As last week’s article detailed a title is great but surely not everything, so just the same as the
award recognises good work done in months and years prior; so too must the city in time ahead ‘begin again’ if it seeks to keep the next year.

Meantime though, just like a Rio 2016 gold medal a win is surely worth celebrating. So, whether near or far any fan of the city who seeks to observe the award (and the wider results that saw the great Australian cities of Adelaide and Perth also rank in the top 10) will find no shortage of ‘Melbourne songs’ to serve as your soundtrack for the next little while.

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Getting the Show on the Road Part 3: Where and How to Edit Your Video Content

It was a close one. Huge air is always good but like anything that comes up you eventually need come back to ground. Nonetheless, you landed a hefty Hakkon Flip, kept your board straight, and now all that remains is to get back to the lodge and upload online notice to Shaun White you are new GOAT (maybe).

Yet, as you look on  your camera’s footage you notice it looks a little far from the slick edits and stylish projections seen on YouTube and VimeoIf the start of everything good in film begins with ‘lights, camera, action’ you right now feel a world away from the vivid hues of a Hollywood film.

It need not be this way though. Just like anyone who refines something to a fine tee – whether a landscaper in the USA, a sculptor in Europe or a surfboard maker in Australia– with a bit of know-how and editing you can get your clip of that Taipan Air looking crisp and ready to enter the ages as a great online hit.

Let’s look now at 5 principles that underpin good editing…Click to continue reading

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