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20 Instagrams You Should #Follow To Know The Unknown

20 Instagrams You Should #Follow To Know The Unknown

Instagram can be both the best place on the internet and the worst. If you follow a bunch of boring people then you’ll never enjoy your time there. However, there are a number of people who use Instagram to showcase their amazing work and provide you with content that you’ll utterly enjoy. Let’s take a look at some of them.

1. @dguttenfelder

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    Voted Instagram’s photographer of the year by TIME magazine, David Guttenfelder has one of the most unique Instagrams around. He works for the Associated Press and is a National Geographic fellow. His photographs are from all around the world and are in many different styles. The man has won a Pulitzer Prize and an Infinity award in the last two years.

    2. @philmoorephoto

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      Phil Moore is a freelance photographer based in East Africa. There he captures glorious landscape photos as well as photos of locals doing their thing. It’s a great way to visit a far off land without having to go there and the landscape photos are very impressive.

      3. @benlowy

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        Ben Lowy is a documentary photographer whose work has been featured in TIME magazine along with other notable video and written publications. His work showcases people at their best and their worst and includes things like photos of Hurricane Sandy in New York as well as some abstract work. It’s definitely worth the follow.

        4. @michaelchristopherbrown

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          Michael Christopher Brown is a photographer for National Geographic whose work spans from the every day life of Manhattan in New York to battle in the Congo. His work has been featured in an HBO documentary and in publications around the world.

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          5. @marcusbleasdale

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            Marcus Bleasdale is a photographer with quite the repertoire. He photographs for National Geographic Magazine and focuses mainly on human rights. You’ll see pictures of his experiences in Africa, Europe, and the United States that both encapsulate the struggles of the people of Africa and beautiful photos from other parts of the world. It’s eye opening, educational, and worth a moment of your time to follow.

            6. @edkashi

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              Ed Kashi is another National Geographic photographer but he works in the Middle East. Particularly around Syria as he has covered the Syrian conflict going on there. You can see photos of New Jersey as well as pictures of Syrian refugees as they try to make life work.

              7. @randyolson

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                Randy Olson is a documentary photographer who has also done work for NatGeo. His jobs and stories have taken him to Australia, India, and Australia. If you follow Randy you can expect to see some amazing photos of landscapes and locals doing what they do best. There are a variety of topics and landscapes which is always good on Instagram.

                8. @dayzdandconfuzd

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                  David Ingraham is a photographer who specializes in black and white photography and you know fun those pictures can be. David shoots city scenes from all over the place and his frequent travels lends itself to some truly great photography. If you want to travel without the travel, this is a good account to follow.

                  9. @acestyles

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                    Ariel C, otherwise known as acestyles, is a photographer based in New York. Many photographers like to go out and capture the mean streets of New York and highlight the town’s gritty nature. Ariel does something more unique in that he finds the more colorful and beautiful parts of New York. It’s a side of the city you don’t get to see very often unless you live there and it definitely helps take the edge off of the city’s gritty reputation.

                    10. @kevinruss

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                      Kevin Russ is a US-based photographer who has shot over 3000 photos (and posted them to Instagram) using only his iPhone. The shots range from scenic landscapes to sandy beaches and everything in between. It really exemplifies the versatility of today’s smartphone cameras and shows you many corners of the United States.

                      11. @kevinfrayer

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                        Kevin Frayer is a photojournalist who was embedded in Asia and taking photos for Getty Images. If you follow Kevin you’ll see a number of breathtaking images from the heart of Asia. He has also covered natural disasters in Asia including Typhoon Haiyan which devastated the Philippines. It’s an amazing culture and Kevin does a great job photographing it.

                        12. @ivankphoto

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                          Ivan is a freelance photographer who is based in Ecuador and has done work before for National Geographic. He also does work solely with an iPhone and takes bright, colorful images from all over Ecuador and some parts of Romania. It’s a window in the every day life of the folks who live there along with some landscape shots that will just make you smile.

                          13. @laura_eltantawy

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                            Laura is a British-Egyptian photographer who takes some truly interesting photos. On her Instagram you’ll find a number of abstract photos that she takes in Cairo, England, and everywhere in between. If you’re into abstract stuff and you want to see more about life in Cairo, England, and most of Europe then this is the account to follow.

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                            14. @brahmino

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                              Simone Bramante is a storyteller and photographer who uses motion and nature combined to create some truly epic pieces. If you’re a fan of nature and things that appear to be floating in mid air then you’ll get a kick out of Simone’s work. The pictures are fun to look at and they have an almost magical quality to them. Definitely worth a follow.

                              15. @bythebrush

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                                Laura Pritchett runs the @bythebrush account on Instagram and it’s another account that uses solely an iPhone. Her pictures are soft and bring a sort of elegant simplicity to an otherwise busy website like Instagram. You’ll get to see some abstract work and some images from around the state of Delaware.

                                16. @glennagordon

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                                  Glenna Gordon is known for her work in Nigeria but her Instragram photos take place from all over the world. You’ll find everything from New York City to Africa and everywhere between. If you don’t know what you want, this is a great Instagram to follow because it has a bit of everything.

                                  17. @amytoensing

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                                    Amy is a freelance photographer, National Geographic contributor, and a teacher. She’s traveled near and far across this wondrous planet of ours and has taken the pictures to prove it. Wherever she goes, she teaches kids photography. Her pictures are from everywhere and they’re about everything. Enjoy!

                                    18. @lynseyaddario

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                                      Lynsey Addario is among the bravest photographers on this list. She’s been in Afghanistan while it was under Taliban rule and has found herself in other war zones. Her Instagram is comparatively a breath of fresh air because it’s based around the lighter things about the places she visits.

                                      19. @moneal

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                                        Michael O’Neal is an entrepreneur but still manages to make time to take some pictures and put them on Instagram. His photos are cinematic in nature and show people and animals doing intense and thoughtful things. Some of it is black and white and others are in color. It’s a very enjoyable photography Instagram to follow.

                                        20. @pauloctavious

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                                          Last and certainly not least is Paul Octavious. He is a Chicago-based photographer and storyteller who takes pictures of a number of different things. We particularly liked his 4th of July photos which featured an epic silhouette with fireworks. He has food, landscapes, city photos, and even some fun little photos that have been Photoshopped.

                                           

                                          Instagram has a lot of great photographers and journalists that are taking pictures of many wondrous places and things. There are many, many more than we’ve included here and the best way to find them is to network and ask others!

                                          Featured photo credit: Emotion Daily via emotiondaily.com

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                                          How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                          How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                          Technology has taken the business world by storm. People and businesses are progressively reliant on technology world these days. As a result, the people with impressive knowledge and experience with a computer are in demand.

                                          Considering this growing market trend, if you too wish to bag a profitable job, this article is apt for you. Here, we will dig deeper into the business and technology world to look into what are the best computer skills one should invest in and what resources to get help from.

                                          So, are you ready? Here we begin.

                                          6 Most-In Demand Computer Skills This Year (and Beyond)

                                          When talking about computer skills, following are the 6 computer skills that can fill your mailbox with endless job opportunities (besides, having an English and Hindi typing speed of 40+ WPM):-

                                          1. Spreadsheets and Databases

                                          Considering the treasure trove of data companies are handling these days, Spreadsheet and Database management skill tops the list. It is considered the most wanted job skill in the market, with a salary of around $53,129/yr for an entry-level position. However, the spreadsheet skill does not confine to auditing data from cells.

                                          To get hired based on this computer skill, you need to become a Spreadsheet ninja. From storing data to organizing them, applying complex mathematics formulas, and creating complex macros, you need to be an expert at all.

                                          In other words, you need to have an expertise at working with:

                                          • Microsoft Excel
                                          • Microsoft Access
                                          • Statistics
                                          • Data Analytics
                                          • Adobe Campaign
                                          • Quickbooks
                                          • XML Database management system
                                          • Filemaker Pro
                                          • MATLAB
                                          • Hive
                                          • FORTRAN
                                          • RDBMS (Relational Database Management System)
                                          • SAS

                                          2. Social Media, Email, and Blogging

                                          Though people are socially active, not everyone knows how to use the social media tools on the professional front. In such a scenario, having an expertise at writing engaging yet professional emails, writing blogs, and managing social media activities is a ticket to entry in reputed organizations.

                                          Some of the skills related to social media, email and blogging that will have a leg up in the hiring process are:

                                          • Content Management System (CMS)
                                          • Google Analytics
                                          • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
                                          • Email Marketing
                                          • Web Page Design
                                          • WordPress
                                          • Digital Media
                                          • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
                                          • Campaign Management Software

                                          3. Graphic Design and Word Processing

                                          A solid grasp of skills to present the gained information in the much readable form is another market need. When considering this computer skill category, you need to enhance your skills at:

                                          • Adobe Photoshop
                                          • Adobe InDesign
                                          • Adobe Illustrator
                                          • AutoCAD
                                          • CorelDRAW
                                          • Microsoft Visual Studio
                                          • Maya
                                          • Microsoft Word
                                          • Microsoft Publisher
                                          • Operating Digital Cameras

                                          4. Software and Hardware Design and Development

                                          The Software and Hardware development, in simpler language, means designing, implementing, and testing the computer software/hardware applications. It is the most profitable computer skill, with a different job opening, including Software Architect, Software Analyst, Software programmer, Hardware configuration, etc.

                                          To be capable of developing and testing the software and hardware, you need to peruse your users’ needs and build an application that hits their pain points. You need to work with different web and mobile app coding languages for gaining the attention of your audience, some of which are:

                                          • HTML
                                          • C/C++
                                          • Java
                                          • Python
                                          • XML
                                          • UI/UX
                                          • LINUX
                                          • CISC and RISC architecture
                                          • Embedded Processor Hardware Design
                                          • Memory Management
                                          • PCB Layout
                                          • SQL

                                          5. IT Troubleshooting

                                          Working on computers is one thing and having a knack of looking into the associated issues and resolving them in real-time is another. There are various employees and graduates who work with computer systems in their daily lives, but get confused when it comes to dealing with frozen programs and performing routine maintenance.

                                          So, if you are familiar with the basic anatomy of computers and machines and know the tricks to perform such tasks to streamline the working process, enter the IT support arena. The prime IT troubleshooting skills one needs to work upon are:

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                                          • Backup management
                                          • Diagnostics
                                          • End User support
                                          • Client-Server management
                                          • Installation and configuration
                                          • Issue tracking system (ITS)
                                          • System administration
                                          • Tech support

                                          6. Enterprise Systems

                                          Many Enterprises have their own enterprise solutions like PeopleSoft for managing their data and operations.

                                          Becoming a master at using the enterprise solutions mentioned in their ‘Requirements’ area can also lessen the barrier to get a job.

                                          The Roadmap to Excel Your Computer Skills

                                          Now that you know the 6 most popular computer skills in the market, the first decision, you need to take is which computer skill you want to work upon. All the skills are equally considerable for making a career ahead. So, choose one as per your interest.

                                          Once done, look forward to the following resources for boosting your computer skills and getting a reputed, handsome job.

                                          Depending on the computer skill you opt, here are the online courses you can turn to for elevating your career opportunities:

                                          1. Become a Spreadsheet and Database Ninja

                                          a. Microsoft Excel Training Online Course – Basic & Advanced

                                          Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert at working with spreadsheets, this online course has something new for everyone to become excel efficient users.

                                          Divided into 48 interesting lessons, the course empowers you to learn the technique of using mathematical, statistical, logical and text functions, sorting and filtering the data, creating Pivot Tables, building macros, finding a value with VLOOKUp, and much more.

                                          b. Excel- Online Courses, Classes, Training, Tutorials on Lynda

                                          This is another impressive course to unlock the power of Excel. Designed for people from all walks of life and familiarity with Excel tools. This course helps you gain in-depth knowledge from the experts about this data-analyzing tool and make the magic in spreadsheet creation and management process.

                                          c. SQL & Database Design A-Z™: Learn MS SQL Server + PostgreSQL

                                          Build a successful career in the data analytics world with this online course.

                                          Revolving around the two top databases, MS SQL and PostgreSQL, this course will give you a comprehensive knowledge of the working of the databases and understanding of all the related elements, including how to create, update, organize, and safeguard the data.

                                          2. Rule the Social Media World

                                          a. Free Social Media Course by HubSpot

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                                          Introduced by the top experienced inbound professors from Hubspot, here you will get a comprehensive knowledge of Social media marketing.

                                          From understanding how to build relationships on different social media platforms to creating a perfect strategy to engage them, leveraging the benefits of social advertising, and analyzing your social media ROI, this course will bring out the best out of you.

                                          b. Write Professional Emails in English by Coursera

                                          This online course will be the right weapon to look into the differences and similarities between different email styles, improve your English writing skills, write effective subject lines, maintain the formality tone in emails, and more to make a powerful impact on the receivers with your email.

                                          c. Ninja Writing: The Four Levels of Writing Mastery

                                          Founded by Udemy, this online course will excel your skills to build a masterpiece everytime you write.

                                          Here, you will get the guidance from the editors of the top newspapers and websites, and understand what kind of words and tone to use for leaving a spellbinding impact on the readers.

                                          3. Launch Your Own Software or Hardware Equipment

                                          a. Hardware and Software Courses by Coursera

                                          From Big Data to IoT, Sensor Circuit Design, Embedded Software and Hardware Architecture, and Motor Control Circuit, this course will give you a glimpse of all the hardware devices, equipment, and programming languages to build wonders.

                                          b. Free Software and Web Development Certifications Online by Alison

                                          Become the software developer market demands with Alison’s Java, C#, Python, R, PHP, or MySQL database course. From backend to frontend development and software testing.

                                          The course helps you to learn how to design, develop and test software and working in a team while contributing to the team success.

                                          c. Free Online Software Development and MOOCs Course by Class Central

                                          The Class Central online course will make you a master of software development. Here, you will learn the basic concepts of development like Agile, Design Patterns, and Version Control with Git, along with gaining experience of working with the top programming languages.

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                                          4. Live and Breathe Creativity

                                          a. Udemy: Introduction to Graphic Design

                                          It is a top-rated program for the new learners and designers to explore the Graphic Design world.

                                          From the history of communication to the design principles, the course will help the students to learn everything specifically and implement in the real world.

                                          b. Canva Design School

                                          From a beginner to advanced level, this course will provide you with an elaborated and comprehensive knowledge of graphic design. In the form of 4 modules, this course will help the interested graphic designers to try out their skills at Graphics, ranging from fonts to colors, backgrounds, images, shapes, and layouts.

                                          c. Microsoft Word – Basic & Advanced

                                          62 personalized lessons, premium video tutorials, and unlimited tests and quizzes – this certified course has everything that will make your entry to the business world easier.

                                          d. Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and Access Productivity Bundle

                                          The course will make you productive in Word, Excel, and Access through video lectures, articles, and various other supplemental resources.

                                          Besides, it will offer you exclusive tips and tricks to enhance your skills at using Microsoft office.

                                          5. Raise Your Reflexes to IT Troubleshooting

                                          a. IT Troubleshooting Skill Training by Udemy

                                          IT Troubleshooting Skill Training will upgrade your logical concepts over technical components to find and repair faults.

                                          It will provide you with a methodological approach to learn the basics of troubleshooting, practice them via exercises and drills, and enhance your IT troubleshooting intelligence.

                                          b. IT Help Desk Online Course on Lynda

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                                          The Lynda’s IT troubleshooting online course will train you how to respond to the issues related to Windows 10, Office 365, JIRA software, and more, from a local as well as a remote location.

                                          Mobile Apps and Websites to Enhance Computer Skills

                                          The aforementioned online courses will undoubtedly train you for a successful career ahead. But, in case you want a long-term support, turn towards the following websites and mobile apps:

                                          • Duolingo – Duolingo app will improve your spoken and written communication skills in different languages. With the magic of gamification added to the study, the app will make learning a fun and addictive task.
                                          • Hemingway – Hemingway app defines the length, complexity, and common errors associated with the sentences. In this way, it helps you to write effectively and go ahead in the career.
                                          • Udemy – The Udemy, with its 2000+ courses, is a great platform to master new skills, advance your career and explore the newer technologies and programming languages. Enrol a course as per your budget and make a brighter future.
                                          • eDX – eDX is yet another commendable platform you can look forward to. The platform offers you the best of the tutorials prepared by the business professionals and technology experts, ensuring a great boost in your computer skills.
                                          • Excel Easy – Excel Easy, as the name depicts, will make working with Excel easier for you via their detailed tutorials and 300+ real-life examples.
                                          • GCF LearnFree.org – It is a one-stop platform for accelerating your future in the computer world. From graphic design to Microsoft Office, resume writing, enhancing adaptability, and much more, the top experts will guide you with everything on this platform.
                                          • QuarkXPress – The QuarkXPress will aid you to add soul to your design with its unparalleled collection of font style, size, and typography. The best part is that it is avails all the options in different languages, including English, Spanish, German, French, and Italian to name a few.

                                          Bonus: Tips to Accelerate Your Approach For a Better Career Ahead

                                          Though these resources will make you stand out from the crowd and get hired at once, you need to focus on various other things, such as:

                                          1. Practice, Practice, Practice

                                          It is common to forget what we learn. To ensure that you do not miss any opportunity just because you forgot, keep practising.

                                          Make it your routine. Polish your computer skills and you will surely end up getting an offer letter from a recognized firm.

                                          2. Work on Your Efficiency

                                          Remembering what you learned is not enough; practice to enhance those skills to do better.

                                          For example, if you take around 50 minutes to create a design, target for 40 minutes.

                                          3. Look for Shortcuts

                                          Smart work rules over hard work more often. So, look forward to learning shortcuts to do any task. This will increase your chances to crack an interview and get selected.

                                          4. Apply for an Internship

                                          Last but not the least, apply for an internship to see what’s trending in the market and how much you are ready for it. While doing an internship, pay attention to your weak points and work on them. This will ensure a success when you apply for your dream job.

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                                          The Bottom Line

                                          Seeing the current market scenario, it is evident that having computer skills is a boon for a better career ahead.

                                          So, rather than struggling with thousands of other things and trying to crack interviews, focus on the computer skills mentioned in this article. Utilize the resources and experts’ tips shared and look forward to having a successful and prosperous future.

                                          Featured photo credit: Glenn Carstens-Peters via unsplash.com

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