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What to Look for When Choosing a Camera for Travel

What to Look for When Choosing a Camera for Travel

Traveling and cameras go hand in hand; they most definitely compliment each other.  If you are going somewhere that you have never been before, either alone or with family or friends, making memories will be at the top of your list. Cameras help us cherish those memories for years to come. It is such a tender and comforting feeling to find pictures from a past vacation and relive the experience.

Rather than relying on a mobile device for your pictures, having a dependable camera is necessary. Investing in a good quality camera doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are cameras that are very dependable, durable, and produce high-quality images for under $500. There are many types of cameras that have a variety of functionalities that it could seem quite overwhelming when trying to choose the ideal camera for you. Here are important features your new camera should have when choosing one for your travels.

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1. Ease of Carrying

A camera that is bulky, heavy, or hard to tote around makes it a challenge to carry and use when the perfect opportunity strikes to capture an image. When people travel, oftentimes there is a lot of walking involved as they meander from place to place and enjoy the sights. Traveling also includes boarding buses, taxis, and other modes of transportation within a particular city or between destinations. A camera that seamlessly moves “with you” allows you to be freer with your hands and not have to worry about that extra item you need to carry.

2. Fast Shooting, Quality Images

A DSLR camera has a larger sensor than a typical point-and-shoot camera.  Choosing a high-quality camera that has a digital image sensor allows you to quickly save and upload your valuable images. With a digital single-lens reflex camera, you are given a multitude of shooting options with only one lens. A DSLR camera enables you to accurately see what your image will look like from a simple look in the viewfinder. Fast shooting capabilities allow travelers to capture those rapidly moving, once-in-a-lifetime moments without having to be or become a professional photographer.

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3. User-friendly

A dependable camera that produces striking images without a lot of camera know-how enables travelers to enjoy their time making memories, rather than studying a user-manual at great length. When average consumers purchase a camera to take on a much-anticipated trip, one of the many qualities they look for is the ease of use. Multi-functional digital cameras are ever-evolving, and clarity within zoom of these cameras is much smaller and more powerful than their predecessors.

4. Inexpensive

Finding a high-quality digital single lens reflex camera doesn’t need to break your travel budget. After all, if you are preparing for a long-awaited vacation, you can probably think of other ways to spend your hard-earned funds. Although cameras come in many varieties with many unique advantages, choosing your ideal tool at a great price doesn’t need to be complicated. Think of the characteristics that you want to have in a camera for travel and narrow down the many choices according to your needs. If the unfortunate situation occurs that your camera should become lost or stolen, you may be able to breathe easier knowing you didn’t spend a large amount on it to begin with. There are many high quality DSLR cameras under $500 that you can get for your trip, such as the Nikon D3300.

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Vacations are taken to relax, go on adventures, and sightsee, among other reasons. Carrying a dependable camera will allow you to capture those action shots, faraway shots, and images in various forms of lighting. Carrying a dependable camera that is extremely travel-friendly and low in price will make your experience even better.

Featured photo credit: Sunny Au8ust via unsplash.com

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How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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