Tips to taking clearer, sharper photos

Quite a large number of people love taking one photo after another. Unfortunately, there are times when you end up with a less than beautiful photo for your troubles. The good news is that with a few simple changes here and there, you too can take a beautiful photo in a ; one that you can be proud of.

In order to end up with clearer and sharper photos, you need to have some preparation done. You need to look into things such as light and distance in order to have a good shot at taking beautiful sharper photos.

Let’s have a look at some of the simple things that will either make or break your photo:


cameramanLight plays a huge role in how your photo turns out. As such, it is important to pay close attention to light and how it will possibly pay in the photos you plan to take. As a basic rule, in case you notice that the shutter speed is 1/30 or slower, it is a good idea to make use of flash.

Camera or subject Movement

Photos you take in motion and those you take in a stationary position have huge differences. This means that you need to know how to properly take photos of a stationary subject as well as a moving subject if you wish to have splendid photos. It is a good idea to use your flash if there is going to be any movement either in the camera or subject. Failure to do so may result in a blurry photo. You may also need to make use of the pan technique where need be.

Distance between the camera and subject

Before you take a photo shoot, you need to ensure that the distance from the camera to the subject is good enough for a good photo. As a basic photographer, you might need to ensure that the entire subject is properly covered in the photo before actually taking your shot.

Unnecessary clutter in the photo

There are times when you might have gotten away with a good photo only to have the clutter totally ruin it! Try as much as possible to do away with items that are not needed or those that only serve as a distraction from the photo you are about to take. Sometimes less is more in taking beautiful photos. This is especially the case if you need people viewing your photo to focus solely on the subject at hand.

The above are basic considerations you should take into account the next time you pull out your camera in the hopes of taking a great photo or two. With proper adjustments to your camera, you can also enhance your photo-taking opportunity. In addition, with the advent of photo-editing software, it is also possible to try and edit the photo you have taken in the hopes of coming up with a great one. This is of course only possible if the original photo is not so badly taken that editing does more harm than good!

This was an article written by Michael, one of the marketing specialist working with Celebrity Photo Booth. They specialize in renting out photo booths for big corporate events and occasions in the Toronto area. For more information, check out their site at

Introducing some alterations to change the home layout

house-planningHome improvement usually refers to the process of introducing some alterations to change the home layout. The process involves changing such exterior properties as the garage, garden, and lawn. Home improvement comprises of changes that assist in making your home stylish safe and comfortable. There are different changes that you can create in your home depending on your interests. Some of these changes include e the following:

Add charm and beauty to your home

  • You may add some features that add charm and beauty to your home. This involves the inclusion of new flooring such as wooden or hardwood flooring. This might also include linoleum, carpets, and tiles. You can give your place a beautiful look through the use of attractive wallpapers, or using wood paneling and painting walls to make it appear more stylish and well-designed.
  • You may also introduce the latest fixtures and cabinets to update your home in line with the prevailing trends.
  • You can add the latest bathroom renovation fittings such as whirlpool tubs and sauna baths to rejuvenate and relax while away from work.
  • You can improve your backyard using sliding doors, wooden patio decks, patio gardens, and fencing.

Comfort is the basic motive

Comfort is the basic motive that you, just like any other individual, wish to get when you introduce changes that appear stylish yet provide a big amount of relaxation. You may upgrade your air conditioning, ventilation, and heating systems. You would also wish to increase the capability of your plumbing, and electrical facilities, soundproofing your bathroom or bedrooms and waterproofing your basement. When you upgrade these essential facilities, you enjoy enormous comfort level as well as relaxation.

Bring big difference

Also, Home improvement may include particular maintenance and repair projects. Sometimes you can bring a big difference to your home by doing necessary repairs. Repair and maintenance tasks can also include replacements or fix-ups, plumbing, and electrical repairs. These can also include masonry and concrete repairs and repair on damages caused by water or natural disasters.

Installation of various safety measures

homeimprovementThe procedure of improving your home may also require the installation of various safety devices. Burglar alarms and CCTV cameras can be installed to reduce and prevent theft cases. Windows and floors can be fitted with security locks for greater safety.

So as to protect your home or structures from the fire, you can install fire sprinklers as preventive measures.

To guard your home against such hazards as tornadoes and hurricanes, you can consider using storm cellars.

Also, the home improvement includes acquiring a backup generator for power backup.

Hire contractors

You can hire contractors to assist you in design planning, coordinate and supervise the projects according to the plan. Alternatively, you can hire a general tradesman to do the work for you.

7 Things Which Most-likely Won’t Increase Risk of Breast Cancer

In the United States alone, about 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at some point in their lives before the age of 85. And we can all probably say that we know at least 1 person who’s had their life affected by breast cancer. So there’s lots of fear around the risks of getting breast cancer. However, the fear can lead to a lot of misguidance in what actually can increase the risk of breast cancer. Here’s 7 things that probably won’t increase your risk of breast cancer.

  1. breast-cancer-risksWearing a Bra
    Many woman have had a fear that bras, especially ones with an under wire increase the risk of breast cancer. However, studies have showed this to be a myth. There’s been no evidence to show any relation to bras and breast cancer risks in any way.
  2. Breast Implants
    There has been no achievement in being able to connect breast implants to an increased risk of breast cancer even though studies have been done multiple times. Another concern was that a mammography might actually miss picking up and reading breast cancers in some women because of a visual hindrance from the implants. However, there was no evidence to prove this. Also, it’s worth noting that “doctors don’t only rely on a mammogram, but they may also use an x-ray to examine to breast which would not have any issues reading those the implants”, says Doctor James Parks who is a Breast specialist. (Click here to visit his site).
  3. Wearing Deodorant or Antiperspirant
    There’s been major concerns in regards to wearing deodorant and antiperspirant, especially those with aluminum-based compounds. There has been many claims that these types of products have estrogen-like effects that can contribute to increasing the growth of breast cancer. However, studies have not been able to conclude this fact.
  4. Drinking Coffee
    Coffee most-likely won’t contribute to increasing the risk of breast cancer. However, some studies have shown some weak evidence to support this, while others have shown that coffee can actually decrease the risk of developing breast cancer in some groups of women. This is because coffee beans are rich in disease fighting antioxidants. In fact, studies have shown that coffee beans are the number one source of antioxidants in an American diet. A list of other coffee benefits is that it contributes to better blood circulation, less pain, better memory, and preservation of body muscles. So, don’t consider caffeine a major risk. However, try to drink less than 16 ounces of it daily.
  5. Getting a Mammogram, MRI, Ultrasound
    A mammogram will indeed expose you to radiation. However, the amount of radiation you’ll be exposed to is so minuscule that it’s negligible. And many studies have actually shown that a mammogram an contribute to lowering the amount of deaths from breast cancer in women, especially for those over the age of 50. As for MRI, and Ultrasounds, they are additional methods of screening for breast cancer, and they don’t user radiation at all. MRI’s use magnets while ultrasounds use sound waves.
  6. Living near power lines
    At least two studies have failed to show any connection between living near power lines and an increased risk in breast cancer. So this doesn’t need to be a major concern or worry factor if you currently live near power lines.
  7. Using chemicals to straighten hair
    African-American Women are at an increased risk at developing breast cancer and because of this, myths have claimed that it’s because of the fact that black women use hair straighteners much more than white women. However, in 2007, a study which studied about 50,000 African-American women proved this myth to be false.


Differences Between Concrete and Asphalt Driveway Paving

home-drivewayA paved driveway is one of the big things you can do to improve the overall curb appeal of your home. If you are currently having some driveway construction being done at your home, it is possible to share your ideas with the pavement company to make sure you’re getting the absolute most out of your residential paving services. So even if they are doing a good job, but you want to discuss an idea, go ahead, it is ok.

It is your home, so the final decision of which materials should be used is yours to make. Listen to the professionals as they do have experience, but do not feel intimidated, the final choice is yours to make. While you have many choices, the most popular by far are the choices of asphalt or concrete. Either of these will look great if done properly, but they each have their drawbacks as well.

The material used for paving should be a good choice for all of the family. Part of the decision making will include considering the on-going cost of repairs and related maintenance charges. Also remember that the climate you live in is also a determining factor as some material may not be suitable for your region.

As the driveway is a central part of your overall landscape and design, choosing material that will blend with, and enhance the rest of your landscape, will be the best choice. Some material is by design made for colder climates, while others were specifically designed for hot regions. Some are designed to be ok to use in most climates, but regardless of which situation you have or material you choose, it should enhance your landscape, not stand out in great contrast to it.

Since you are likely to choose one of the two most popular materials which are concrete or asphalt, you should know their details. Asphalt is a combination of small pebbles or rocks mixed together with petroleum. To install concrete a sub-base is created and then the concrete is poured in and allowed to dry.

If you have the common understanding that asphalt is always black and concrete is always off-white and those are the only options, you are misinformed. Today you can have multiple choices with either of these, although concrete has more choices of color than does asphalt.

If concrete, you will likely want to choose the stamped concrete. With concrete it is likely that your shoes can pick up oil stains that are then brought into the home. You will certainly want to avoid that from happening. Even if this is not a concern, you will want to avoid the look of ugly oil stains that can happen on the light colored concrete.

If you live in colder areas, asphalt is more ideal for you as it can soften and crack more often in warmer climates. Concrete on the other hand is impervious to the heat. If you are set on the idea of having concrete although you are in a cold area, you will need to make certain that it is laid with great care. If you plan to use salt to melt snow and ice, you should know that it will likely damage the concrete driveway.

Now we understand that making the decision on which pavement option is right for your situation. So it’s ideal to consult with a paving contractor before going ahead with the task of paving. This will ensure that you’re well informed beforehand and make the right choice.

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The Dangers of Forklift

Operating a forklift looks pretty easy, forklift-certificationand quite interesting. However, operating a forklift is no joke and it should be taken seriously by anyone with the responsibility of having to operate one. Every single year, many people are seriously injured and even killed by forklifts. So any employer hiring a forklift operator should ensure that they’ve all completed the necessary requirements for forklift certification. Some of the types of accidents are as follows:

  • Forklift Turnovers
    About 1 in 4 forklift related fatalities happens as a result of a turnover. If forklifts are overloaded, they’ll easily turnover so careful consideration must be taken into account when loading a forklift. Furthermore, the higher a load is on a forklift, the higher the risk is for it to turn over because of an increase center of gravity. These types of accidents can be prevented by doing the following:

    • Ensuring stability of load when loading it onto the forklift.
    • Try not to tilt the forklift forward unless a load is being picked up.
    • Only tilt loads far back enough to keep them stable.
    • When travelling on an incline, tilt the load back and only raise it enough to clear the ground
    • When on an inline, keep the load on the upper part of the incline.
    • Don’t raise or lower a load while the forklift is moving.
    • Slow down when turning
    • Travel slowly on wet/slippery surfaces.
  • Striking a Worker
    Forklifts, especially when loaded are a dangerous hazard. This is because a load on a forklift can limit the visibility to the forklift operator. However, with proper caution and vigilance of workers around the forklift and the forklift operator, these types of accidents can be avoided. Some safety tips to prevent these types of accidents are as follows

    • Try to separate sections for forklift operation for places where workers will generally be walking. So limit some areas to be strictly pedestrian areas while others can be strictly for forklift operation.
    • Limit the operational use of a forklift near places such as a clock, washrooms, lunch rooms or any other types of places where staff may be known to congregate.
    • Have frequent workplace inspections and audits to determine safety risks in the workplace.
    • Limit the amount of tall barricades, bins, objects, that might limit the view of a forklift operator in the forklift operations area.
    • Ensure forklifts are equipped with a warning light that remains on during operation as well as a beeper that can warn people of a nearby forklift operation.
    • Put in place and enforce strict driving policies such as speed limits, stop signs and horn blowing.
    • Install mirrors on forklifts to limit the amount of blind-spots on around the forklift and to increase overall visibility around the forklift.
  • Crushing
    • For forklifts to be able to lift heavy loads, they must be equipped with heavy counterweights which are greater than their capacity. So forklift’s are generally very heavy pieces of machinery regardless of their size. Many of them are stacked with counterweights, making them thousands of pounds. So to prevent crushing accidents, forklift operators must:
      • not allow passengers to ride unless there is a passenger seat.
      • make sure themselves as well as anyone else riding the forklift is wearing a seatbelt.
      • Remain inside the compartment during forklift operation.

So operating a forklift is very risky business so it’s very important that everyone operating a forklift goes through the required training and has actually has a forklift license.

Check out this video below which actually shows you some of the craziest forklift accidents.

Anyways, if you take these steps into account as a forklift operator, employee, or employer, you’ll be on the road to increasing the overall safety of your workplace.


Home Air Quality and Health

fresh-airBreathing in low quality air on a regular, consistent basis can lead to various types of health complications on you and your family in the long run so it’s a great idea to learn some ways in which you can increase the overall air quality inside your home to keep you and your family healthy and well.

Increase Ventilation

Windows are generally kept shut indoors and this is especially true in colder climates. However, opening the windows is not necessarily the solution to increasing the indoor air quality (unless you live in the country) because of the harmful pollutants in the air from cars, trucks and factories. However, trickle ventilation is the solution to this. It allows you to get natural air brought indoors while filtering out harmful pollutants.

Use Plants

House plants are a great way to naturally purify the air. They have the ability to remove up to 87% of the VOCs (volatile organic compounds) such as toxins present in cigarette smoke, grocery bag odors, inks, paints, solvents and etc every 24 hours according to a study done by NASA. However, if you have a plan, try not to over water it as this might lead to increase humidity levels indoors.

Moderate Humidity Levels

Using your Air Conditioner is a good way to clean out the air. This is because a lot of pollutants are water-soluble so by removing the amount of water in the air, you remove the amount of pollutants in the air, and this is exactly what an air conditioner is good at doing. They are also very good for removing other allergenic particles such as pollen and dust. Another option, especially for homes in colder climates, is to use a dehumidifier to remove excess air moisture. And the ideal level for indoor humidity levels is anywhere between 30% – 50%.

Keep Your House Clean

Keep your house clean. If you keep it clean, there will be less of a risk for mold, and other harmful pollutants to go airborne and enter your body. So learn art of furniture cleaning and carpet cleaning and get your house cleaned up. Also, it’s a good idea to store your garbage outdoors. However, if it’s stored inside, make sure you keep the garbage sealed to ensure that harmful chemicals and pollutants aren’t consistently released into the air.

Install a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Filter

A HEPA filter can be used to increase the efficiency of an air conditioner to filter the air. A HEPA air cleaner is also an option to keep air cleaner especially in the winter when you might not want to turn on the AC.

If you follow these tips, you’ll be on the road to increasing the indoor air quality and this will limit the potential of you developing sickness or allergies in the future. So make the changes today before you start to develop complications because they’ll be easier to prevent than to cure in the event that you do develop them.





Great Weight Loss Ideas

weight-lossYou don’t need to spend a lot of money in order to burn fat. There are thousands of programs out there out there to help you lose weight, and they aren’t all expensive. The prices of these programs can vary greatly.

Achieving fat loss is really easy. All that needs to be done is to burn more calories than what consumed. This process will take a lot of discipline. One thing that will help you is to use a notebook to record your weight each day, as well as the food portions that you eat on a daily basis.

The first step is to consciously cut back on the portions that you just eat for every single meal. If you have two bagels every day for breakfast, try to have one instead. If you have two sandwiches for lunch, simply have one. For dinner trim your portion into a smaller amount, especially the meat. Cut down on the beef, and substitute chicken a fish. Be sure the fish is organic.

For the snacks between meals, which you “ought to have”, eat an apple. Cut it up into pieces and put it into a bowl. It is just a little better to eat like that and your food will generally seem to last longer. It will curb your appetite, all of which will help stop the best reason most people gain weight, and that’s the snack.

Drink alot of pure water. You will hear people declare that they don’t like water. Water actually doesn’t have a taste, so what on earth they are really saying is because they miss the sweetness and flavor on the soft drinks and also the concoctions of what they’ve been accustomed to. Our bodies include 70% water and when we don’t take in an adequate amount of water, our cells don’t function quite as efficiently. Drinking pure water means reverse osmosis or distilled water. That is the best because this is essentially what our kidneys break all fluids within our bodies down to anyway. So give your kidneys some slack and give them pure water.

Walk a lot. Jogging may seem to be a better exercise, but walking will almost certainly work. Moreover, walking will not be as hard on your your ankles and knees. So set an objective of walking half-hour per day. If you can’t make that during the early stages of the weigh loss quest, make sure to eventually get to it. Walk inside a safe place, for example a high school track, or indoors inside a mall. If you live in a rural area, stay off in the roads and look for some land or maybe a field to run on.

One of the most important, but most difficult things in a weight-loss program is staying off in the sugar. Completely avoid it if you can, or work down lots if you can. Refined sugar (cakes, pies, snacks, Twinkies, etc.) will kill your diet plan faster than anything. White flour is not any good for you either. If you don’t believe that, try taking a little white bread, and throw out for the birds, and don’t shocked whenever they won’t eat it, given it offers absolutely zero nutrients and vitamins.