Archive for June, 2010

Where Can I Find Extra Material on Photography

Monday, June 28th, 2010

There are three easy ways to find material on Photography.  Researching in all areas helps give you and your family a well balanced view on the material area and you will be fully informed.


The first place you may want to look is encyclopedia type starting points. You can now find this kind of information on sites like Wikipedia. These sources assist give you an unbiased view of Photography. This assists give you and your family a base of material when you go to learn more about Photography.


Another starting point of material is blogs and websites like this one. These give you other people’s point of view. These can be helpful resources and reviews, since they are more often than not written out of experience.  One thing to keep in mind when browsing the web for facts is to consider the starting point. Someone who is also selling a product related to Photography^&* may be extra biased in what they tell you and your family.


A 3rd point of information of information would be books. Books are a great resource when trying to learn further about Photography.  However they can consistently be relatively expensive. One fantastic way to find books on your subject area for an affordable price is nonprofit used book sales. These are usually held by libraries and AAUWs. They offer books for a fraction of the cover price. This assists you and your family learn additional on Photography without breaking the bank. To find book sales, search google, your local library website or stop in at your local library.


If you are looking for specialty books, check out Amazon or other online used book markets. You can consistently find a book for a deep discount (maybe not as much as book sales but still for a great price). This will assist you gain some extra knowledge on Photography without staring at a computer monitor for long periods of time.


If you and your family learned from all three points of information you will become well informed on Photography. This will aid you develop your own options on the material material and aid you and your family when you and your family deal with this thought in the future.

How To Make it in America Season 1

Monday, June 28th, 2010

I’ve just finished watching HBO’s How To Make it in America go season the new series taking up in New York, from the makers of Entourage.I heard somewhere one the reviews where it’s like the Entourage before they made it.The series is about two New Yorkers Ben Epstein and Cameron ‘Cam’ Calderonin living in Manhattan one jewish and one spanish friends that trying to find their way around the city.
One will believe that because of the lack of college training? they have (they are both college drop out) they will be working in  New York Towing 
or provide NYC roadside assistance
, but they want to be entrepreneurs and make their own fashion Brand.the second story line is focusing on Cameron ‘Cam’ Calderonin cousin named Rene Calderon played by Luis Guzmán.Rene Calderon is just got out of prison house and hit back the streets trying to make money.Rene pursue payed by Luis Guzmán is one of the series swellest characters he hold his meetings in a  NYC Auto body Repair Shop 
and try to get a new energy drink to the streets called Rasta Monsta.He is starting minor and by the end of the season pillager ALERT: he owns the rights for the energy drink in New York. 
Meanwhile Ben and Cam know they want to be in the fashion business and after a few funny and bad tries they do deal to get some success.
Another story line (the third) is focusing on Ben Ex girlfriend Rachel Chapman played by Lake Bell.To my opinion this story line is not that interesting and it’s something like a unobjectionable modern sex and the city story…
From the antecedent song this series screams New York all of the season was filming in New York and most of it in Manhattan and they really managed to catch the city atmosphere.Most of the review liked this new HBO original series.I must agree, Although the season was extra short, only 7 episodes i think that Mark Wahlberg nailed it again, apparently he is a go bad manufacturing business than a raper or an doer. 
I think that this show as a plausible to be as good as Entourage and become an HBO classic (a standard that right nows owns by The Larry Sandars Show (1992) and Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000))
The overreach of the series is just great at a lot of fun to watch.The only problem i am finding with this series is that they first season has only seven episodes and the next season will be up only in summer 2011, more than a year from now…
I can’t understand HBO in this case but we will have to just wait and see where Ben Epstein, Cameron ‘Cam’ Calderonin and Rene Calderon  will take us next season.
My bet is on a big success in Japan.

Donald And The Disney Movie Club

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Donald Duck has been renowned for being one of the most popular cartoon characters of all time.

Donald Duck is a persnickety animated Disney character who take off appeared in “The Wise Little Hen” movie in 1934. He is known for his rough out, somewhat unintelligible speaking manner, his temper and his blue straw hat outfit. His biggest spate in popularity came during World War II. He starred in more than 100 films between 1941 and 1965, including patriotic “Army soons” and the anti-Nazi movie “Der Fuehrer’s Face” (1941), which won an Academy Award in the animated short film kinsfolk.

The Voice is one of the most unique parts of the character, and was aviately Clarence Nash, and 50 years later, was Tony Anselmo, who was a Disney based artist.

As a character, audiences soon saw something they liked within Donald Duck and til now overtook the hot seat which was occupied at the time by Mickey Mouse. He would eventually ingest in over 120 cartoons as the main character, 100’s of daily comic strips in news papers, as well as several as a subordinate to the likes of Mickey Mouse, zany, and Pluto just to name a few!

Donald Duck is a character loved by all ages, departure through the generations, and still being just as popular today as when the original was born. This is thanks to his good natured character, which ways no harm for any other characters in the cartoons, as well as comical intentions that make him saltation to be a looser alternatively than a winner, although he will everlastingly fight everything out to the bitter end.

Characters of a similar nature are starting to take over the hot seat which once belonged to the likes of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, but I’m sure the repeats of the original cartoons wont be disappearing any time soon! The original and still the best!

Donald is a character in the Disney family and was first introduced as a follow up to Mickey Mouse. He appeared in his first cartoon on June 9th 1934 club movie. His first cartoon was ‘The Wise Little Hen.’ From there he went on to be featured in several supporting roles, before eventually landing his own cartoons.

Walt Disney first came up with the idea for Donald Duck when he heard Clarence Nash recite ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ in a duck voice. Clarence Nash became the voice of Donald until 1983, when he trained Tony Anselmo to take over the voice. The voice of Donald Duck is perhaps his most prominent characteristic.

Donald was created in part because Disney felt that he had explored all of Mickey Mouse’s foibles and wanted an edgier cartoon character. He knew that he couldn’t exhibit any negative traits in Mickey because he was the flagship of his dealership. til now, a new character could become whatever he wanted. Donald has always been known as a character with an explosive temper and has been put in several hilarious situations as resultant.                                           

 Donald was featured in an assortment of cartoons. During World War II, he was featured in eight different films depicting him in the Army. Disney used these films to entertain and to revolutionise patriotism. Subsequently, Donald became a more popular character than Mickey Mouse. The audience hadn’t outgrown Mickey totally, but they were looking for something new, and an grumpy, funny-voiced duck was it. afterward the war, Donald was put into even more shorts and features.

During this time, search disney introduced several of Donald’s extended families. His nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie were introduced during this period, as was his uncle, Ludwig von Drake. A popular spin-offs in recent decades was Duck Tales, which featured

Donald leaving his nephews with their rich Uncle Scrooge McDuck. While Donald had a limited role in the series, his family still made up the bulk of the characters. Daisy Duck has been the love interest of Donald for many years also. She is another character that was made as a result of the Donald Duck success.

Video blogging for beginners on a budget

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Video-blogging is quickly being established as the No.1 method of selling products on the internet. Everybody knows about text blogging. I was first re-introduced to video three years ago when I was a consultant for a TV production company. Until then, as a PR pro, I had always steered clear of complicated looking cameras like a true technophobe. Limited resources might be needed but it’s a myth that you have to spend $00s of dollars on equipment. If pictures say a thousand words, video blogging exceeds that by far.

A videoblog requires larger disk spaces online, an efficient server, and a whole new set of programs to support it. Video blogs can be fed through RSS feeds. This is technology of syndicating your website to other RSS aggregators.

Vlogging works, with people on the internet expressing themselves. There are many business benefits which accrue from this. Think of it as a highly potent tool in showing your prospects your line of products. It’s very much like showing an ad all for free. And if you videoblog through RSS, then most probably you are reaching your target audience in a powerful way.

This is the way those cable selling channels have been making their money for years.

People like to see what they are going to buy. Some would like to see proof and be sure that they are getting their money’s worth before shedding their pennies on it. All of us know the influence of a thirty second commercial. The effect of videoblogging is similar to that. You show your product, people watch it. If they appreciate it, they buy it. If you present it good enough, they’ll buy the product even though they do not need it. If you put up something that is mobile, it would most likely catch attention. You’ll get phone call orders in no time. It’s the difference between a static image and a moving picture.

If your business is just starting up, you can create a videoblog right at your own home. All that’s necessary is your web camera, microphone, video software, and lights. For as long as you know how to use your camera, then you can create a videoblog.

Invest in a good web camera. The bigger its resolution, the better the results And you like to present your goods in the optimum way so get the best one possible within your budget. Create a script, or just capture your goods in one go. Basically, always make sure you are acquiring the best profile for each.

Think keywords and link to four major benefits, just as you would for a text blog. Don’t forget you can transcribe your script and double sell it as an article too. Google is now assessing the content of videos to govern page rank. More on that if you visit Effective Media where I mention sites like Traffic Geyser

Gear? Let’s examine the options:-

1) Basic HD but good camera: The Kodak Zi8 is becoming legendary. Ideal for video blogging, it allows an external mike. No good in low light or if you are an intrepid zoomer. But apart from that, a revolutionary piece of kit. Price is good at c.$120 It will allow you to use an external mike. For a camera this size this is stunning technology available to everybody. Zooming in HD is a bit of an issue though. And don’t expect it to react in low light. This is why you pay extra for a better camera.

2) Mid range HD camera: Friends have told me that the revolutionary Canon HV30 has been advertised at soime retailers for around $200 mainly because it has been superseded by the HV40. If you can get hold of an HV30 on eBay grab one now as you will save yourself around $500 against the new (but not better) model. My Canon HV30 Review is here

3) Lighting: Generally lights are critical in a presentation. Yes you can use natural light in most cases, but say you are shooting on a winter’s evening and you have a deadline to keep. It might seem an extrvagance but it simply helps you maintain your workflow if you are serious about a decent result. Normally three high power lights offer the best options and if you trawl around on Amazon, you should be able to pick up a basic set for around $200.

4) External micophone. Most inboard camera mikes are basic to say the least. Should you require a rich sound for your vlog (recommended you do), you may need a microphone. You can add a voice over with 99% of the software available. the product and its benefit to customers. Sounds are as fundamental as videos on a videoblog. This feature is vastly overlooked in most of the stuff on You Tube It is advisable to make your sound effects as enticing as the video itself. A wired mike like the audio technica ATR-3350 retails for around $25 and works like a dream. A wireless set will set you back $350 for a decent I’m afraid.

5) Editing: Your editing suite can be any program and many exist as free editing tools. Programs like Video Edit Magic or Sony Vegas retail at about $80 and they’re both excellent! You will need this to finalize your projects. You can add sounds, delete some bad angles, or insert some still pictures in there too. Some softwares are user-friendly and can be used even with 0 % knowledge of video editing. Even simple free video editing programs like Windows Movie Maker should do the trick but remember you get what you pay for. Don’t expect miracles from this basic drag and drop frame software.

6) Vlogging without a camera: Yes it can be done successfully and I am not here to poo poo it. You need Power Point and something like Camtasia Studio and an external mike like the Audio Technica above. Even Windows Movie Maker will grab your slides. But hey are you serious about this stuff or what? Invest to impress.

Video blogging is a great tool but it also has a downside. It may decelerate the computer, especially in HD, so others may steer clear of it. Download time could be be time intensive especially if that customer is on dial up connection. But this is not bad news, Just don’t use the sub 2GB laptop for this job. It won’t handle it! Beasts only 2Gb + processor and 2GB RAM + will survive your demands.

Nowadays, slightly more savvy you are in selling the benefits visually, the more likely you are to succeed. Videoblogging offers an interactive method of selling. You involve the customers. You instil in them the advantages of your goods. And at times, those are sufficient to generate a sale.

Oh and I nearly forgot. All this is fun to do too!

35mm Camera and 35mm SLR Camera – How They Evolved Over Time

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Photography has created rapidly over the years with products and movie working in tandem to pioneer new techniques of taking photos. 35mm movie, also categorised as 135 film, might be employed for nonetheless photos and motion photographs. The 35mm camera was put on the current market in 1934 and was a best seller because of the late 1960s and even now enjoys success in these days.

Standards were adhered to in the sector and also the typical film format is 24x36mm, permitting for 2mm gaps among frames. The regular roll length is 36 exposures but 12 and 24 exposures are also well-known for today’s 35mm camera. Some disposable cameras, applied for getting holiday snaps and for unique occasions, have a tendency to use 6, 8, 10 or 15 exposure movie.

The initial nevertheless digital camera to turn out to be famous with the public, using 35mm film was the American Tourist Numerous, which started marketing in 1913. The new invention cost plenty of funds for the times. It was the 1925 Leica 35mm camera on the other hand, that truly arranged the seal of accomplishment on this type of product. The German produced digital camera speedily became a status symbol and was widely praised for its small size, high quality lens and higher than average creation levels. The Leica continued its reputation and was championed by specialist photographers, as well as style photographers, photojournalists and art photographers for instance Henri Cartier Bresson.

In 1934, the Kodak Company presented the German developed Kodak Retina, the primary 35mm camera to make use of the contemporary film cartridge, common to digital camera customers nowadays. The next crucial innovation took location inside the 1960s when Nikon introduced the Nikon F 35mm SLR camera. This was the starting of the Single Lens Reflex system, a technologies that went on to dominate photography. This kind of digital camera proved additional user friendly with features just like a viewfinder, focusing screen and motor drive to automatically move the movie on.

The introduction of electronic cameras made a huge influence on the industry but Electronic SLRs have gained in popularity because the cost has decreased and the 35mm camera is when again, secure. These cameras combine the ease of the electronic digital digital camera with the flexibility and top quality of an 35mm SLR camera. In these days, the digital camera and film market is shared by Sony, Kodak, Ilford, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus and Canon. The technologies will, no doubt, evolve once more into territory not even considered of as but but there will constantly be a location of affection for those early cameras that folks grew up with.

The Story of Ironman

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

The fictitious superhero Iron Man very first made an appearance in a Marvel Comic entitled “Tales of Suspense” which was released in April of the year 1963. The writer Stanley Leiber with the guide of his brother Larry Lieber conceived the character. The artist co-creators Don Heck and Jack Kirby also were involved in its creation.  

Ironman is not only a philanderer but an engineer of outstanding potential whose birth name is Tony Stark. The character could be the founder and executive officer of his very own multinational corporation entitled Stark Industries, a business though which he assembles military weapons. The character of Tony Stark is most famous for possessing high-level intelligence, herculean strength and permanence. In addition, he comes endowed with his own missiles and possesses the potential to both repulse energy and fly.

The Ironman persona was adapted from the live American action film Iron Man, which was released on May the second 2008. The American, Jonathan Favreau, directed the movie. The film stars the actor Robert Downey Junior who portrays Tony Stark whilst Gwyneth Paltrow functions as Tony’s personal assistant and secretary Pepper Potts. The actor Jeffrey Bridges portrays Tony Stark’s second in command Obadiah Stane, a character that may be recognized to have previously worked with Tony’s father, in the film. 

Inside 2008 Iron Man movie, Tony Stark and his military convoy are attacked and captured whilst they’re in Afghanistan to demonstrate Tony’s company’s new missile. There’s an extreme motive behind this capture, as Tony’s abductors want him to assemble a weapon of mass destruction specifically for their individual use. On his capture, Tony suffers from a potentially deadly blow on the chest that wounds his heart. For 3 months, Tony remains below the instruction of those who have taken him captive. During his imprisonment, he works on creating an all-powerful suit of armor, which later enables him to escape, and he consequently saves his very own life. 

On returning for the United States of America prior to his escape, Tony announces his choice to cease weapon manufacture. This followed a successful protest by Obadiah Stane. Tony reveals that on ceasing weapon manufacture, he will better the armor he has manufactured, by mechanizing it with gold and titanium and instilling a propulsion system to enable its wearer to be capable to fly.

However, Tony’s assistant Pepper later discovers that Tony was betrayed by Obadiah – Obadiah had been making use of Tony’s knowledge to construct prototype armor which Obadiah had then transformed into the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. Obadiah had then proceeded to sell this weapon to the insurgents. Tony uses his new suit that is certainly laden with sophisticated devices in a position to support him in the fight against crime, to protect the world from peril below the pseudonym of “Iron Man”. So that you can do this, Tony returns to Afghanistan where he seeks out and destroys the arms before launching a mission to prevent Obadiah Stane from misusing his quite own investigation.

The sequel on the 2008 movie Ironman will probably be entitled Ironman 2. The sequel will witness the return of quite a few of the original actors and actresses, including Robert Downey Junior and Gwyneth Paltrow. The Iron Man sequel is scheduled for release on May seventh 2010.

The movie is being extensively merchandised with toys, posters, etc. You can go online and find really cool Ironman wallpaper for your computer.


Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

As these camcorders vary widely in their prices, one of the best ways to begin your search is through breaking down different models by their prices. There are many models from many brands and they are available in wide range of prices ranging from few hundred to few thousand pounds. Models are distinguished by diverse functions performed by them. Most expensive models are purchased by video professionals whereas a beginner would buy a primary model, less expensive model. Since most of the amateur camcorder users look for something at low price range and now we will focus on how to find best less expensive camcorders.

While analog camcorders still exist, digital camcorders are the camcorders of the day. Digital camcorders provide a glorious recording quality by recording audio and video digitally without any loss in quality.

Digital camcorders display recorded images by using the tremendous flat LCD screen feature. These screens can be rotated about 290 degrees along the vertical line, and horizontally about 90 degrees. These screens have made digital camcorders very popular with consumers since the recording process becomes so easy and fun when you are able to see what is being recorded on the LCD screen in real time.

If you plan on getting close ups of distant objects, you should consider a camcorder with a high optical zoom and digital zoom level. Note that optical zoom and digital zoom are very different from one another. The optical zoom level is the amount by which the lens of the camcorder actually adjusts, while digital zoom is merely a magnification of the existing image. A high digital zoom rating doesn’t do all that much for you because you loose a significant amount of quality when zooming at high levels. Focus more upon the optical zoom a camcorder has to offer, where quality loss isn’t much of an issue.

Very often the audio that is recorded with your camcorder is just as important as the video. Most camcorders have the same audio quality. Some problems may occur, such as recording of tape motor noise, no sound at all, noise from hand movement and even times when the camcorder will record the wrong thing. The best thing you can do when buying a camcorder is to look for options, and make sure that the camcorder has a mike jack to which you can attach an external microphone as opposed to relying on the camcorders internal microphone.

There are several media formats available with digital camcorders. When buying a camcorder this feature is very important to look at and choose the right format that fits your needs and budget. This is the feature which determines how the video is recorded and what kind of storage device is used. We have:

- MiniDV Camcorders

- MicroMV digital

- Flash Media Camcorders

- HDD Camcorders

- Digital 8 Camcorders.


- DVD camcorder

Controls and Camcorder Size. When buying a camcorder you do not want to compromise usability for size. While a pocket-size camcorder possibly cute and convenient to carry, it is important to make sure that it is also user-friendly. You want to be able to reach and use the controls of a camcorder with ease while recording, if the camcorder is so small that you cannot easily access the control buttons the recording experience will be hindered and it will also become a hassle.

Many reputed camcorder manufacturing companies are competing to give a better power performance to the consumer. Miniaturization is giving rise to more problems, as it requires that a small battery remain charged for a longer time span. However, with the latest innovation and application of lithium ion chemistries, you can expect better results at cost-effective rates.

In the end, the most important component to consider when buying a camcorder is your personal use, the features you desire and price. Ratings of brands are available and the list of key features and specifications should be looked at to determine if the brand and model fits your needs and budget.

Six Ways To Keep Your Costume Looking Like New

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Buying a good costume can cost you a pretty penny.  This means you should try to make them last as long as possible.  Taking care of your costume will help keep your costume looking fantastic for years and years.  My roman soldier armor and costume will be the reference point for the next 6 paragraphs on proper costume care.


Firstly, take a look at how you wash your costume after you use it.  Making sure you take off all sweat and dirt within 24 hours of use will help make the cleaning process easier and will prevent stains from moving in.  Here are some general tips to use when cleaning the various types of costumes you might own.


Cloth cleaning should only be done after you read the tag and determine the best way to do this.  Many costumes are dry clean only and cannot be placed in a washer.  Others may be washed but not dried, and for some it may not matter at all.


Washing down a metallic costume will be more intense than placing a cloth costume in the washing machine.  The roman armor I use for my medieval soldier costume has a large amount of metallic pieces to clean between wear.  Metal that is not created from stainless steal or some other rust proof material will rust if it is not kept dry.  What I do when cleaning the metal is to use a wet paper towel to scrub the metal and then dry it off with a dry paper town.  This ensures that the metal stays in the best condition it can be in.


Costumes are not invulnerable and do need to be mended from time to time.  Materials made from cloth should be fixed at a professional shop.  My strategy is to find an exact thread match to bring to my local seamstress.  I’ve found that she does not always use the exact same color thread when I do not do this.


Repairing parts of the costume that are not made of cloth can be much more difficult.  You may want to contact your seller or manufacturer and explain to them which pieces are broken so they can sell you an exact replica of the damaged piece.  My roman soldier armor was once dented and I tried to fix it myself with the use of a hammer, this did not work out well.The last area you should look into is costume storage.  


Cedar closets and hangers are great for keeping nefarious moths at bay. Remember that moisture can be just as bad as moths so be sure to keep your costume dry as well.