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5 Common Photography Mistakes and How to Fix Them

5 Common Photography Mistakes and How to Fix Them

You may not be a professional photographer, but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to take pictures that look just as amazing? There are ways to do so with a little know-how. Having the ability to take ideal images the first time around, rather than spending time retaking and re-uploading, only to settle for mediocrity can be frustrating. When it comes to how you approach photography, you may be making fairly simple mistakes that you are simply not aware of. Here are five common photography mistakes and how to fix them.

Distorted Photos

You may find that when you upload your photos that they have a distorted look to them. This is because the lens is placed at the widest setting, and oftentimes a wide-angle setting is considered a default setting. When taking portraits, the image will need to be higher than it is wide. When a wide-angle lens is set at default, especially when the subject is taken up close, it can be very unflattering.

Depending on your camera, you may have a portrait setting, or you can simply zoom in to create more of a flattened perspective. If you are using a compact camera that features a digital zoom, zooming in too closely can reduce your image quality. Either move closer to your subject or zoom in only partially to capture the best portrait photos.

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Motion-Blurred Photos

There is a trick to taking crisp, clean photos, even if you don’t have a tripod. Any shake to the camera can cause a distraction and the results will show in the blurry photos you take. Fortunately, a high-quality camera is equipped with the technology to keep camera shake nonexistent, but even if you don’t have the newest in technology, you can make it happen on your own.

Just be sure to raise your shutter speed, keep the camera very still when you take the picture, press the button to activate the shutter, but only press it halfway.[1] This will make the camera lock focus. Also, be sure the object you are taking a picture of isn’t moving, and if it is, then adjust and enable the autofocus feature, which many cameras have. If your camera has a continuous autofocus to capture moving images, this will be an ideal feature to use if your subject is moving.

Red-Eye

Many know the frustration of taking multiple pictures of an event or holiday gathering only to later see your loved ones with glowing, red eyes. Yes, there are picture editing programs to help diminish the red eye; however, sometimes your subjects end up with a tiny black square in the middle of their pupils. In order to avoid having red eye in the first place, you need to avoid having the light from the flash reflect from the eyes and back to the lens.

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This is done by having your subjects look just a little away you’re your camera, rather than straight into the lens. They can look a little off to the side or at the wall behind you. If the angle is larger away from the camera lens, red eye can be avoided. Fortunately, many advanced cameras, or even today’s point and shoot cameras have automatic red eye reduction. Just be sure you know your camera and know how to activate the feature.

No Clear Subject in the Photo

Focus on your subject. Improper focus is one of the reasons why your photos are not sharp.[2] Often, when we snap pictures of people, animals, or objects, we know what we are looking at when we take the image. We also know what we want people to see. However, once the picture is uploaded and others view it, their eyes may be tempted to look at other things in the image, rather than the one thing you focused on. How we see our important subjects in our photos is not how the camera may capture them.

Here is what you can do to ensure you are taking a picture of the one person or thing you want people (or yourself) to notice the most.

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  1. First, get closer.
  2. Avoid trying to capture everything in one photo by standing too far away.
  3. When you move closer to the object or person, look at the background and the sides through your camera and pay attention to what is in the viewfinder.

Too much distraction will take away from the one person or thing you are focused on and want others to focus on once the picture is uploaded.

Not Knowing Your Camera

Every camera has differences and similarities and it is important to know what to look for when buying a camera and understand what each feature entails and how it can work for you in terms of better picture quality. Taking the time to thoroughly read the manual, researching what terms you don’t understand, and practicing taking images by using each feature will really help in the long run. Performing these actions will also give you more confidence when capturing those all-important images without becoming frustrated with less than desirable results.

Taking ideal images, even when starting out with a new camera, takes a little patience, time, and practice. It can be done, though, and it will be time well spent, as you will reap the rewards of having amazing photographs for years to come!

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Featured photo credit: Benjamin Combs via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on October 16, 2019

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

1. ScheduleOnce

    ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

    ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

    ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

    Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

    Available on Web

    2. Calendly

      Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

      You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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      Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

      3. Assistant.to

        For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

        From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

        While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

        Available on Web

        4. Acuityscheduling

          Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

          It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

          Available on Web | iOS | Android

          5. Pick

            Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

            At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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            Available on Web

            6. X.ai

              For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

              This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

              Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

              Available on Web

              7. YouCanBook.me

                is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                Available on Web

                8. Doodle

                  Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                  It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                  You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                  While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                  Available on Web | iOS | Android

                  9. WhenAvailable

                    WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                    Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                    Available on Web

                    10. Rally

                      Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                      Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                      Available on Web

                      11. NeedtoMeet

                        Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                        NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                        While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                        Available on Web

                        Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                        In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                        To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                        Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                        A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                        Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                        If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                        Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                        With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                        The Bottom Line

                        Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                        Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                        Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

                        Featured photo credit: rawpixel via unsplash.com

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