Going Shooting? Do not Leave the House Without These 5 Gadgets

I personally do not like to drag a lot of equipment with me when I'm out shooting, but there are a few things I simply can not do without. I have listed my top 5 pieces of equipment that every photographer (amateur or not) should consider adding to their camera bag.

Epson's Multimedia Photo Viewers
These small, portable backup / storage / display devices can truly save the day if you are out shooting and find yourself with filled up memory cards and lots left to see. You can transfer photos (as well as video and music) straight from your camera or through the built in card slots. The viewers come in three different configurations: the P-3000 has a 40GB hard drive, the P-6000 80GB, and the P-7000 160GB. All measure 3.5×5.9×1.3 "and weigh 1lb, and some of the features include 4" screens, long life rechargeable batteries, and A / V output. $ 299- $ 699.

Gorilla pod
These flexible, funky looking tripods are amazing little gadgets. Sturdy and durable, their legs twist and bend so that they are able to attach to almost anything (your bike, a car, a pole, a branch, etc.). They come in 5 sizes to suit everything from cell phones to heavy video cameras, and are really lightweight: 1.6oz (the "Go-Go") to 1.1 lbs (the "Focus"). The SLR model weighs in at 5.8oz and costs $ 44.95, and the original model (for point and shoots) weighs 1.6 oz and sells for $ 24.95.

Homemade Flash diffuser
On-camera flashes typically produce some pretty horrible results, and not everyone wants to spend money on an external flash (and take the time to perfect using it). I have found two home remedies that work really well:

For popup flashes, use an old film canister (not the black ones obviously, the hazy white ones). Take the lid off, cut a strip out of it from top to bottom, just wide enough so that it fits snugly over your flash, and just slide it in place so that the flash is being fired through the canister. You'll have to play around with the camera settings a little bit to get the exposure to where you want it. If you do not have any old canisters lying about, ask at a photo printing shop if you can have one.

For point and shoot flashes, I use a small piece of tape, regular Scotch Magic Tape (not the totally clear kind). Put one piece over the flash, test and see what you think. If it's still too strong, just put another piece over it. Weight: negligible. Cost: Around $ 2 for the tape.

Collapsible Reflector
It may seem like an unnecessary expense, but these small, lightweight disks are invaluable for adding light to the shaded part of a person or object, both indoors and out. I use the 22 "Photoflex disk in Silver / White for just about everything, but they come in several different colors. your subject holding the reflector (outside of the picture of course) so that it bounces the light from the window into the shook side of their face, and look at the difference. a white piece of cardboard .It works just as well, but it's not as easy to pack in a bag.

Rain Protection
The Shutter Hat is like a raincoat for your camera (SLR) so you do not have to pass up shooting outside just because it's raining or snowing. It's held in place by Velcro and a rubber piece that fits into the flash hot shoe, and covers lenses up to 8 "long. It also has two slits for the strap, so you can still carry it around your neck with the Hat on. It folds up really small, so you can carry it with you and have it on hand all the time in case of a sudden downpour.

For point and shoot cameras, your best bet is to invest in a waterproof case such as Aquapac or DiCAPac. Not only will they protect your camera in the rain, you can also take it snorkeling or diving. 2.7oz, $ 29.95- $ 49.95. For a land-only low cost alternative, use a shower cap or a ziplock bag with a hole cut out for the lens.

Couples Vacations

Every couple need some time off to recuperate and rekindle their intimacy. Couples vacations provide opportunities for couples to discover various parts of the world and spend some time all by themselves, away from the stress of everyday life.

There are a huge number of tour operators who offer a wide variety of vacation packages for couples to almost all parts of the world. The location and duration of the vacation depends on a number of factors such as the time available, budget, and the type of vacation they want.

Vacations can range from adventure trekking to getaways at spa resorts and relaxing amongst idyllic surroundings at beautiful beaches. Some vacations involve a lot of physical exertion such as long walks, mountain climbing, and other activities. Others mostly involve rest and relaxation.

Most resorts and vacation places provide various kinds of service, depending on the charges they levy and their ratings. Most package tours have all-inclusive features that include a host of features and facilities.

Some of the facilities that can be expected at most vacation resorts are rooms at star hotels, pools, bars, gyms, spas, and tennis courts. If beaches are available, diving, snorkeling, swimming, and yachting are popular activities.

However, vacations do not always have to be at beaches or resorts. A lot of couples prefer sightseeing and like to gain some knowledge about the country, culture, and customs of the people among whom the vacation is enjoyed. Traveling to different cities in that country, photography and mingling with the people would be their main pastimes.

Hundreds of tour operators can be found on the Internet. All of them list the various destinies, the kind of service to expect and other details including prices.

Couples who wish to minimize costs can choose to plan their own vacations. This planning must take into account all possible situations including food, lodging accommodations, type of people, and the geographical nature of the area. Proper planning ensures a safe, incident free vacation.

History of the Abacus

The abacus has a very long history. It spans over thousands of years. The earliest abacus was invented about 5000 years ago. Some expert historians believe that the abacus was invented by the ancient Chinese. Still others are of the opinion that the abacus was invented by the Babylonians or by the Egyptians. However, all these claims are backed by historical evidence like archaeological excavations and ancient texts. It may be possible that many civilizations may have invented the abacus independently and roughly at the same time.

The first counting device was the human hand and the fingers. The reason why we use the decimal system is that there are 10 fingers (both hands combined) and so it is very easy to count if 10 is the base. Later on man started using natural objects and markings to count and calculate. Larger quantities [exceeding 10] could not be easily count on the fingers. So various natural objects like pebbles and twigs were used.

Merchants needed not only needed a way to count the goods that they bought and sold, they also needed a method to perform calculations. This was achieved with the help of counting boards. Until the advent of a proper number system, counting boards were very popular. The abacus has its origin in one such counting board.

Time line of the history of the abacus:

  • 3000 BC: An early form of abacus originates in the Orient
  • 1000 BC: Chinese start using counting boards
  • 500 BC: Romans and Greeks use counting boards
  • 300 BC: Abacus is widely used as a counting device in China
  • 500 AD: The abacus is used in Europe

It’s Oh So Easy to Apply Online

Have you ever thought of how simple and easy our life is now? For those people who lived before you, it was really an adventure to do their work outside their home. Such daily tasks have now more up-to-date ways of being accomplished. Nowadays things are so simple. Everything demands considering less effort than ever before.

I'm sure you have guessed what I'm talking about. If you have not – I'm talking about the Internet. Internet requires just one click to do your work. Niceties like online banking, email, and shopping over the World-Wide-Web already exist. You do not need to go out of your home whenever you need to pay your telephone bill for example. Now you just need to apply online. The World-Wide-Web allows approach to places that will take you a lot of time. Applying online is the easiest way to find information about your credit cards, loans and so on.

Have you applied for something recently? Do you want to know which is the best 4-year University? Have you already graduated from school? So is not it easy to find a school where to get your bachelor's degree? Getting access to the universities now is easier than ever. You just need to apply online no matter which school you have chosen. You may even apply online to several schools if you prefer so. Do not miss a chance! Getting to each of the schools you consider will waste your time. It is much faster to apply online than to use the old traditional method.

Welcome to the cyber-age of technology. Imagine you have already applied online to your should. Now you may need some financial help. Now hear the news – you can just apply online for a loan on the FAFSFA website. When you click on the link, you will be guided through several steps. Check what type of loan you will be granted to take.

In addition, when you are applying online for something, you save the postage. E-mails are free. The more expenses are saved the better.

Nobody is surprised now that applying online is possible almost anything. Such comfort was not available ten years before for example. We all are happy and love this option. Currently everyone has applied online for something at least once. Just relax at home and let your computer do your work. After all, is not it the age of conveniences?