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Tag Your Friend Who Always Makes These 30 Photography Mistakes

Tag Your Friend Who Always Makes These 30 Photography Mistakes

Taking a photograph can look deceptively simple. We all have had trouble getting the perfect shot, and some of the time, we end up with images that do not do justice to our memories. Once more, we all have friends who post photographs on Facebook and share photographs with us on WhatsApp that leave a lot to be desired. Here are 30 photographic mistakes that you and your friends are all likely to have made at one point or another.

1. When you take an action shot, try to photograph the moment in a way that makes it comprehensible.

action

    2. If you photograph a portrait with glasses, try to avoid reflections.

    avoid glasses reflections

      3. When you photograph a person in black clothing, try to photograph them against a white background.

      black on white

        4. When you take a picture, it is best to hold the camera straight.

        camra straight

          5. When you take a picture of a child, try to photograph them from their eye level.

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          child

            6. Color photographs should not look too green.

            color no green

              7. When you photograph in-color, the colors should be bright and visible.

              color vs black and white

                8. When you take digital photographs, try to make sure that the photographs are large in size so the quality is not lost when you print or share them.

                digital photography

                  9. Try to avoid dust and scratches on your camera lens.

                  dust and scratches

                    10. When you photograph, don’t forget to pay attention to the exposure.

                    exposure

                      11. When you take a picture, try to make sure your finger doesn’t get in the way.

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                      finger

                        12. When you take a photograph of a person in a dark place, it is best to use the flash.

                        flash

                          13. When you take a picture of a subject, don’t forget to make sure it is in focus.

                          focus

                            14. When you take a landscape picture, try to avoid disruptive elements which may partly or completely cover the view.

                            landscape

                              15. When you take a picture, hold the camera still through the length of the shutter opening and closing to avoid multiple exposure.

                              multiple exposures

                                16. When you use your flash, try not to over expose the foreground.

                                overexpose

                                  17. When you photograph a person standing in the street, try to avoid people who are passing by as they may partially or completely block the subject from view.

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                                  passers by

                                    18. When you take a portrait photograph, make sure that the person is in focus.

                                    portrait focus

                                      19. When you take a portrait photograph, make sure that the skin tone of the person looks natural.

                                      portrait skin tone

                                        20. When you take a portrait photograph, it is best to get close to the subject.

                                        portrait

                                          21. When you take a portrait photograph, try to avoid red eye, which can be caused by flash.

                                          red eyes

                                            22. When you take a picture of a runner, try to use a fast shutter speed and plenty of light so that the runner is clearly visible.

                                            runner

                                              23. When you take a photograph, try to avoid photographing your own shadow.

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                                              shadow

                                                24. When you take a photograph, try not to shake the camera.

                                                shake camera

                                                  25. If you take a picture in sunny weather, it is better not to photograph towards the sun.

                                                  sunny weather

                                                    26. Try to avoid photographing subjects from too close.

                                                    too close

                                                      27. Try to avoid too high saturation.

                                                      too high saturation

                                                        28. If you take a picture of your T.V. try to avoid black lines and reflection.

                                                        TV

                                                          29. When you take a photograph, take care to choose the right format: vertical or horizontal.

                                                          vertical and horizontal

                                                            30. Try to photograph still-life settings in a way that ensures all the elements are clearly visible.

                                                            zstill life

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                                                              7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                                                              7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                                                              Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

                                                              Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

                                                              This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

                                                              One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

                                                              Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

                                                              Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

                                                              1. Gratitude

                                                              Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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                                                              The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

                                                              Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

                                                              So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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                                                                2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

                                                                This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

                                                                For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

                                                                What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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                                                                Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

                                                                3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

                                                                This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

                                                                Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

                                                                An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

                                                                Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

                                                                write down goals

                                                                  4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                                                                  According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                                                                  There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                                                                  5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                                                                  Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                                                                  Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                                                                  6. Rise Earlier

                                                                  The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                                                                  For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                                                                  So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                                                                  Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                                                                  7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                                                                  Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                                                                  Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                                                                  It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                                                                  Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                                                                  Reference

                                                                  [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                                                                  [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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