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11 Gear-Free Photography Hacks

11 Gear-Free Photography Hacks

It doesn’t matter if you’re taking photos for a hobby or to jump start a career, we could all use a little help. Everyone has to start somewhere and most of the time, where we start is with a simple camera. If you don’t have gear, don’t worry. You can still create some great images with the personal camera you have at home. Here are some simple tricks that can help you forever freeze a moment in time.

1. Rule of thirds

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    This is probably going to be in the first lesson of your first photography class in the world and your easiest. The first step is to break your image down into three parts vertically and horizontally. With a well balanced shot, the points of interest should line up directly with the intersections of the grid. This method can be used with a variety of different scenes.

    2. Your background needs to be simple

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      The purpose of a simple background is to keep your viewer’s eye on the subject of your photo. If there isn’t a simple background available, there is another way. It is a little more technical, but you can accomplish it. You will need to understand aperture. Aperture is a hole or opening in the lens. It is measured by or in “f-stops” and if you can get the right measurement, it will affect your cameras focus. With the right measurement, the location will not matter because you can blur the background to keep it simple.

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      3. Natural Light

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        Light is an important factor when it comes to outdoor photography. It can create shadows, glares and excellent shots. It can also bring out the features like someone’s eyes, skin, and hair. For example, you can take a photo in the middle of the day of a landscape and the same photo at sunrise, and both will look different. Be aware of the light around you, it’s okay to be a “light snob”.

        4. Leading Lines

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          This method will basically walk your viewers though the different parts of the photo to main focus. You can start off by using a road or a paved trail. It will be fairly easy to take these shots since our world is filled with lines, roads, and trails.

          5. Natural Frames

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            Finding natural frames for your photos is a very easy process. This is basically, finding a tree, doorway, window, or cave to frame our main focus point.

            6. Take an eye level shot

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              Getting on eye level with the subject of your photo can create an excellent shot. It is a good way to make sure your shadow isn’t in the way.

              7. Timing

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                You can try to take some photos on sports mode. This gives you several shots of the same photo so that way you can chose the best one. I have personally used this in candid shots and captured a perfect moment of laughter between a couple. Most people however, use this setting when capturing animals in motion or as athletes take their winning shot.

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                8. Center the dominant eye

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                  This trick is to simply place the dominant eye in the center of the photograph, and snap a photo.

                  9. Symmetry

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                    Though this is a self-explanatory hack, it is an important one. Different subjects can cause different feelings for your viewers when you use symmetry. With architecture, it gives off a sense of structure and with landscape it creates a sense of calm.

                    10. Fill the Frame

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                      This is probably one of the most straightforward techniques to use in photography. Zooming in completely fills the frame and allows viewers to focus on the small details in your photo.

                      11. Diagonal

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                        This has the same goal as using leading lines, except there is a sense of action or movement. This method will still lead your eyes to the subject of your photo.

                        Featured photo credit: Flickr Account Hells7 via flickr.com

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                        Last Updated on December 2, 2019

                        10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

                        10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

                        Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

                        In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

                        These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

                        1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

                        Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

                        But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

                        Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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                        2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

                        You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

                        The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

                        3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

                        If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

                        Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

                        If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

                        4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

                        Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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                        To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

                        In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

                        5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

                        We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

                        If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

                        Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

                        “Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

                        6. Give for the Joy of Giving

                        When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

                        One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

                        So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

                        7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

                        Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

                        Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

                        8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

                        When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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                        So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

                        9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

                        Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

                        It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

                        It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

                        10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

                        There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

                        But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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                        Better yet, rethink about the job you’re doing: What to Do When You Hate Your Job but Want a Successful Career

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