By Stacey Roberts
This is a guest contribution from Jim Butcher of Mr and Mrs Romance.
There’s never really such a thing as a perfect blog post, is there? There’s always something else you could have done, something more you could have added. Another, better way you could have phrased a sentence.
And then there’s grammar and punctuation. I was never taught grammar at school further than ‘a verb is a doing word. A noun is a naming word, etc’. It’s no wonder native English speakers make so many simple mistakes.
Spotting these mistakes after you’ve hit ‘publish’ or – even worse – having a reader tell you about them, isn’t a nice thing. In fact it’s downright embarrassing.
The good news is these mistakes are pretty easy to avoid.
Here are my top five grammar focus points for mastering – or at least controlling – the written word!
These little things can turn a man’s hair white with fear, but they’re not that bad once you get to know them.
They have a couple of different uses: for contractions, and to show possession.
These are the easier ones that most of us know pretty well. If you’re cutting down a word – like we are, you can just …read more
By Post Production Pye
As photographers, you’re all looking to “wow” the people we’re taking pictures of, whether they’re clients or just friends. When you show final images, there’s that sense of anticipation, excitement and nervousness as you gauge reactions. And when you hear the words “amazing” or “I love them,” it’s truly a great feeling. So how do you get the “wow” and avoid the “just okay?” Well that’s not always easy. With so many good photographers out there and so much of their work getting exposure via social networks, expectations for good photography is as high as it’s ever been.
Here are three ways to achieve killer portraits with the use of a tripod that we use in our studio. These include the following, all of which we’ll show you – keep reading:
- Shutter Drags
By Lou Adler
Hiring for company-wide cultural fit is important, of course. But perhaps more critical is matching the work styles of hopeful employees to the managerial styles of their bosses. Here’s how.
A few years ago, the CEO of a high-tech software company asked me to augment a planned training session with a segment based on Blanchard’s Situational Leadership model. The company’s managers had just taken a two-day course on this subject, and the CEO wanted to help them better manage new hires.
I read the book and quickly concluded the idea wouldn’t fly. The big problem: I didn’t see how managers could modify their leadership style to meet the coaching and training needs of each new hire. Instead, I suggested hiring people who already fit their future boss’s approach to management. I later called this concept Managerial Fit and described the process in The Essential Guide for Hiring.
The candidate assessment starts by first categorizing managers into six basic styles based on how hands-on or hands-off they are. During the interview, candidates are categorized into six companion styles based on how much support and direction they want and/or need. The two styles are then compared to determine their …read more
There’s times to sprint — indeed — but many times not to sprint. It’s important to be self-aware of when there isn’t any real pressure, and if you’re running at like 60% effectiveness, it can be very worthwhile to rest, recharge, and invest in your health at the expense of some short-term mid-effectiveness production.
As the last Great Unifier of Japan in the Sengoku Era, Tokugawa Ieyasu, put it –
“Life is like unto a long journey with a heavy burden. Let thy step be slow and steady, that thou stumble not. Persuade thyself that imperfection and inconvenience are the lot of natural mortals, and there will be no room for discontent, neither for despair. When ambitious desires arise in thy heart, recall the days of extremity thou hast passed through. Forbearance is the root of all quietness and assurance forever. Look upon the wrath of thy enemy. If thou only knowest what it is to conquer, and knowest not what it is to be defeated; woe unto thee, it will fare ill with thee. Find fault with thyself rather than with others.”
By Neil Creek
Sometimes a new piece of camera equipment will let you do something better, faster, or cheaper. But sometimes it lets you do something wholly new, that nothing else can do, and it opens up a whole new world of creative opportunities. The Light Blaster is that kind of gear.
By combining a flash, a lens, and one of many different slides which you can buy or provide yourself, the Light Blaster lets you project an image into your scene or onto the subject. Like any new piece of equipment there’s a bit of a learning curve, but you can create effects that add to your photo in ways only possible with tricky DIY hacks until now.
How it works
The Light Blaster is a strong plastic shell that acts as a mount to hold the three key elements – lens, flash and slide – securely in place and in the correct relative positions. You provide a lens and a flash. The lens attaches to the front via an EOS bayonet mount (a Nikon adapter is available). There’s no lock, but it is held firmly. At the back you slide in your flash, which is held in place with a strong leather …read more
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By John Davenport
Digital cameras may be making incremental improvements with dynamic range capabilities, but are still lacking in terms of what they can capture. Bracketing multiple exposures of the same scene and merging them together with tone mapping software is one way of creating an HDR photograph allowing you to capture the full range of the scene in front of your camera.
The people at Everimaging have recently upgraded their HDR tone mapping software offering to its third edition, and as a result today we’re going to talk about HDRDarkroom 3. It’s available for both Mac and Windows users, and a free trial version can be downloaded from their site.
What’s Cool About HDR Darkroom 3?
The number one thing that stands out to me is the user interface. The simplicity of the way that HDR Darkroom 3 uses presets to get you started with tone mapping is unique, and takes a lot of the work out of finding the right starting point. The program is also stripped down in a way that gives even the most novice HDR photographer an easy learning curve to get started.
When you launch the program you can choose from three different import methods: …read more
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By email@example.com (Larry Lewis)
What Are Your Greatest Talents was brought to you by Healthy Lifestyles Living
One of the favourite questions I ask those I coach is, what are your greatest talents? It has taken very little time for me to begin to see the potential of many of the people taking the course at my Reinvention University. It amazes me that although I can see clearly what each of them has to offer, they themselves struggle to see for themselves were their true talents lie..
That seems to be one of the biggest problems that people have. They undermine their own capabilities and fail to see what they have to bring to the world.
I see it as my job to remind each of those on my course that they possess a wealth of resources within them, including their special talent and ability, which is currently locked up and hidden away in a dark recess somewhere in their minds. At times they deliberately hide away from the answer because they know it was their true destiny, but to make it happen now they’ll have to make big changes in their lives.
Under my guidance I hope that they will develop their awareness …read more
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