September 30, 2008

Slowing Down the Shutter Speed

Slower shutter speeds can make or break a picture. More importantly, if you master it, you can make a picture look like a million bucks! propecia young men Below are three ways to fine tune your slow shutter techniques. Let's check them out!

Step 1: Let There Be Light

Light plays an important part in brightening up your pictures in ways you would never have imagined. But what normally happens is we often limit ourselves to the normal lighting we're used to seeing. Therefore, the best advice is to set your camera down on a tripod for blur-free photos and then set the camera at a slow shutter speed so that you can manually get some movement on the lights in your scene. For that, you need to experiment with flashlights, rope lights, candles, torches, reading lights or any light source you have access to. One example is getting your subject to sit perfectly still in a completely dark room. Set the shutter as close as possible to the time it would take you to walk around their chair holding a candle (approximately eight seconds). That way, you light their face entirely by candlelight. Also, if you move too quickly around them, you'll be able to capture the floating flame. Cool, huh?!

Step 2: Capture Motion

Sometimes it’s good to be off-focus and introduce a little bit of blur. It's particularly great if you're trying to capture motion blur. A sports scene or any action scene will benefit the most from motion blur. All you need to do is use a shutter speed slow enough to get the movement of the subject (their head, hands, feet or something they're holding). Of course, you may want to use a tripod for that step. Also, in case you forget to capture the motion blur, Photoshop has a filter called Motion Blur, so you can recreate the effect if you missed it while taking the photograph.

Step 3: Turning Night into Day

Yes, that can be achieved on a full moon night. All you have to do is pick a place you like the most. It could be a beach, a mountain top or tower with great aerial views of the area. Or, it could even be a busy market place. Not only do you have the moonlight to compensate for lack of lighting, but you also have a slower shutter speed to let more light into your camera. The result? Almost daylight photos that capture a lot more detail than the usual night shot. If you're taking a photo by the beach, the colors will appear more vibrant. Also, notice the dreamy look it gives to the moving water, rendering the waves almost like low lying clouds.

All of that can be done with the power of a slow shutter speed. Who knew?!

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Powerpoint – Quickly “Flipping” Through Your Presentation

I've noticed that many MS PowerPoint users always seem to use the scroll bar to move from slide to slide while editing in the Normal view.

That's not a bad way to work and PowerPoint will even update you as to which slide you're propecia works on while you scroll through the presentation.

But what if you're not exactly sure which slide you need?

Then it's a matter of trying to move one slide at a time and that can be a bit of a pain when using the scroll bar.

So, now what?

If you're not zoomed in on the slides to more than 100 percent and you like using your mouse for this type of work, the arrows at the top and bottom of the scroll bar will move you from one slide to the next.

However, if you tend to work while zoomed in to the slides, the scroll bar arrows will only move you through part of a slide. So, what else can you do?

You could try the Previous Slide/Next Slide buttons located below the scroll bar.

Those buttons will definitely move you one slide in either direction, regardless of the zoom factor.

Now, for those of you who prefer to use the keyboard, all you need to remember is Page Up and Page Down. (The up and down arrows will only work if no objects on the slide are selected).

Yep, that's right, those two little keys will move you through your presentation slide by slide and once again, the zoom factor is not taken into account with that method.

Whatever your preference, you can quickly flip through your presentation. Yes!

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I heard the term "wikis" the other day. What does that mean?

Ah, yes, the famous wikis term. I love this question, so thank you very much for asking. I think I love this question so much because of the answer, which just happens to be something I myself use quite often. It seems as if different types of wikis have been popping up all over the Internet these days, so some of you may have already briefed over this before. Either way, keep reading to learn more about the awesome things that make up wikis!

Just to give you an idea, the most popular wiki is called Wikipedia. (You may have heard of this one before). It's a huge online encyclopedia that always offers definitions, explanations, etc. on any term you look up through the Google search engine. Wikipedia offers up more than a million articles on all sorts of subjects. It's also among the top 100 most popular Web sites in the world.

Now, back to wikis themselves. All the other wikis available today are massive online resources that anyone can access. They are just full of simple, plainly laid out information. The simplicity is their highest selling point, because people just flock to simple things. Don't you? I know I do! I like to keep things as easy as possible in every situation. Along with the simplicity, wikis are easy to find for anyone who uses the Internet regularly.

The next thing that makes wikis so popular is that anyone who goes in and reads the information provided can edit it if they deem it necessary. If you feel there should be some changes made to an article, just click on the Edit link at the bottom and you can type in or delete what you want. You and everyone else who use the wikis act as a community to keep the information factual to anyone who reads it. Everyone works together to keep spammers away and to make sure everything stays reliable. Editors, writers and the administrators of the wikis also work within the community.

Some of you may be hesitant to trust the information from the sites, but that's where the community and the community tools come into play. The wikis provide a set of tools for anyone to use while they visit a site. Some of those include a revision history, a watchlist, a recent changes page, etc.

Some of the other popular wikis are WikiTravel, WikiHow, Wikitionary and SwitchWiki (and don't forget Wikipedia). You can find any of those and more by doing a Google search online. If you haven't already, check out some of the wikis. They are awesome propecia worked for me sources of information and you'll be amazed at what you can find!

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Google Chrome – Cons

Now that you've told us some pros for Google Chrome, what are the cons? Please share!

I promised you I would, so here you go. The top seven cons for Google Chrome are listed below!


1.) Google Chrome is still a beta version. You all probably propecia women know by now that beta means the program is still being tested. This is the first version of Google Chrome to ever be released, so it's still being tested and problems are bound to pop up. It's just something to keep in mind!

2.) Google Chrome has no add ons. If you're a big Firefox fan, you probably use your add ons regularly, but you won't be able to do the same in Google Chrome. I'm sure some will be added in the future, but for right now, no add ons are available.

3.) Google Chrome isn't synched up. Again, if you use Firefox, you know you can synchronize it to be the same on any computer you may use from time to time. That makes it very easy to keep all your data straight. Unfortunately, that feature is not yet available in Google Chrome, so you'll need to remember that as well.

4.) Google Chrome isn't quite up to standard. If you think you're going to see the exact same things in Google Chrome that you see in Firefox or Internet Explorer, you're in for a disappointment. You'll see a difference in the text formatting and several other features.

5.) Google Chrome may share your information with advertisers. Google is known for giving certain information to advertisers and then bombarding you with ads while you're using their search engine. Well, the same goes for Google Chrome. Google will be in control of your browsing experience and let's face it, that might not be something you want to deal with all the time.

6.) Google Chrome dropped the drop down bar. Instead of the usual drop down box you're used to seeing for all your recently visited Web sites, you're now forced to use the new Omnibox feature. I told you all about the Omnibox yesterday and while it's a good idea, you're probably going to miss the drop down box a little more than you may think!

7.) Google Chrome takes away your history. Do you like to sometimes go back through your history and see what all you've done on your computer? Well, you're not going to be able to do that with Google Chrome. Instead, you'll only get a day by day report.

Well, there you go. We've now covered the good and the bad when it comes to the new Google Chrome Web browser. I know both sides hold a good argument, so now you just need to decide if you're going to start using it or not. It may or may not be worth a try. Either way, happy browsing!

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Cleaning Your Camera

Below are a few tips you can use to get your digital camera squeaky clean. Let's check them out!


Basic lens cleaning tools are a blower, a microfiber cloth and lens cleaning fluid (such as Zeiss). Try to blast dust off the lens with the blower or canned air. Finger prints can be removed with a circular wipe of the microfiber cloth. Persistent dirt should be removed with lens cleaning fluid as well. Always drip the fluid onto the cloth and then wipe the lens. Don't ever put the fluid directly on the lens.

SLR Mirrors

Don't even think about cleaning the mirror on your SLR camera. You could use a handheld blower to remove any dust particles, but canned air is too powerful. Technicians clean mirrors with some kind of special fluid and they often do it for free at camera clinics run by shops or conventions. Mirrors have very fragile surfaces and you shouldn't even think about cleaning them with a standard lens cleaning solution or cloth.

Flash propecia with food Contacts

Modern TTL flash systems have numerous contacts and if you don't clean them every now and then with a pencil eraser or something similar, you may end up with several intermittent failures.

Camera Body Sensor

One of the great things about digital SLRs is you can change the lenses as necessary for different projects. However, during those lens changes, there is a risk of dust falling "onto the sensor." In fact, the CMOS or CCD sensor is covered by a color filter or a clear glass plate, so the dust actually falls on the sensor's covering. Nonetheless, you want to be careful and non-aggressive, because if anything near the sensor is scratched, the camera will have to go in for professional service.

Now's the time to get out the owner's manual for your camera. Make sure the battery is fully charged and then follow the instructions to flip up the mirror for the "sensor cleaning mode." If you can't dislodge dust using a simple hand-squeezed blower, consider visiting a camera repair shop.

Camera Body Exterior

Camera and lens bodies are fairly well sealed against dust and moisture, so you don't really ever have to clean the exteriors of your equipment. On the other hand, if you don't want the dirt on the camera body to work its way into your camera bag and onto an optical surface, it's probably worth wiping off the body with a soft cloth.

Just a few things to think about. Happy cleaning!

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