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Photography Studio Guide

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There are various factors which could help an individual in establishing such heights of photographic excellence. While some of these factors are given their due relevance like the photographers camera to mention one, there are some others which stay in the background of the photographers list of priority but play an extremely vital role in the clicking of high quality pictures. One such integral part, in the process of photography, is a photography studio.


Whether you are a small time photographer or a professional company into the business of clicking memories, it is always important to rationalize the cost that you are incurring. However, one will not want to compromise on the picture either. That is where the concept of studio photography, helps photographers to accomplish both feats at once. A photography studio can provide an illusion of the real presence of various sought after destinations of the world right within the four walls of the studio. The illusion is created by effective 2D or 3D photographs, in front of which the model is required to pose. Its completeness has been proved over times through various snaps which have been clicked through the cameras of some established and high acclaimed camera men. Not only are studios restricting themselves to location photography, also known as location studios, they also provide blank solid coloured backgrounds for the photographers to use for photographs. Such clicks, with solid coloured backgrounds, are used for different purposes all over the world.


The next question that arises is the ways in which you go about hiring a photography studio. More than this question, the question which consumes the mind spaces of various photographers is how to choose from among various available options of a location studio. One could hardly go with the reviews and the past experiences of compatriots when it comes to studio photography. Self experience is the best mode of accumulating information. Photography studio hire can, thus, be done through checking out various studios and finding out those ones which suit ones needs. This can be done through the internet too.


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This article is written by Jonathan who has deep & practical knowledge to hire location. Shootfactory location agent represents photographic studios, quirky locations in London and more.

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The Guide to Setting Up Your Home Studio

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Setting up your home studio can be a daunting task at first; there are a lot of things to consider when choosing the best equipment to buy, and where to run your studio. This guide is intended for people who want to produce good quality recordings with just some minor investments. You can go pretty far with developing a home studio depending on how much time and money you invest. This guide will give you a few places to start.

A good way to start off is with many hard disk recording devices and mixers. I personally am using the Zoom HD16 Digital recorder. You can purchase anywhere from a single track- 32 track digital recorder. The Zoom HD16 will cost you about $ 700. But this is not a bad option to go, if you’re looking to have something durable, as well as portable.

Now, you’re probably thinking about where to go from here…right? Well consider what type of music you will be recording. If your investing your studio to record solo artists, or full bands. For any musician looking to record, you’re going to need decent microphones. I’m going to run through some of the microphones that are good for specific purposes that I would recommend to anyone.

SHURE SM58 ($ 100-$ 110)- Is a great versatile microphone, good for vocals and guitar, and even for overhead microphones with drums.

AUDIO TECHNICA At2050 Condenser Microphone ($ 220)- Great for vocals and guitar, would definitely recommend, will also last you a very long time if taken care of.

Now, you have a start. If you’re a solo artist playing guitar and singing, you now have the idea of how to start recording. With a little bit of time, experimenting and research along with steady investments, you can be on your way to producing some great recordings. You don’t need thousands of dollars, in this day technology is advancing and allowing us to fully utilize it in the recording process.

For more recording techniques, and guides check out my blog for more information!

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The Essential Guide to Design a Better Mobile App

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The challenge to build a better app and how to market it effectively

In spite of the abundance of apps in the market that are available for the mobile platform, and most of them rather mediocre or plain boring, it is possible to build an app that really stands out in the crowd. Marketing apps pose a challenge to many developers. Unless an app is featured among the top 20 apps in its category, the chances of people discovering it are thin. A good solution is to place mobile ads within other apps and on websites catering to the mobile community.

In the Android Market, apps are not pre-approved to be made available for downloading unlike Apple’s App Store. The problem is, with the absence of an approval system in the open environment of the Android market, countless poor quality apps have entered the foray. In fact, the Android market is overflowing with badly built apps that crash too often, or don’t install properly, or simply lead to a bad customer/reader experience.

The secret of building a better app

As every experienced mobile app developer worth his salt will tell you, every app needs to have a reason for using it. Also, a better mobile app design is one that makes smart use of built-in features within the handset such as the compass and GPS. Other important factors to consider are the ease of use (and installation), the attractiveness of the interface, and most significantly, the real usefulness of the app. So, here are some tips for how to build a better app that will be noticed, along with some points that you should avoid.


Make smart use of in-built device capabilities such as compass, calendar, etc.
Your marketing endeavors should stress the advantages of using your app over other kinds of editions (such as on the Web or in print)
Use social media to spread the word around
Add links to your app in other digital platforms
Test thoroughly before releasing it in the market. Be sure that your app will generate a good user experience


Don’t build an app that is similar to an existing one
Don’t build functions that cause users to leave your app. Instead, weave them into the app itself
Don’t build an app that takes too long to download and install
Don’t forget to have some kind of a feedback system to know how your users feel about your app
Don’t forget to take into account the profile and demographics of your users while building the app

When there is a huge download rate as big as 15 billions downloads, there are only 20% of the app that come from big brands, and only  1% of them has been downloaded more than a million times. So, it is the time we need to re-think about mobile app development sector.

This article has been written by a technical writer working at SynapseIndia –  a leading web design company india . We offers  mobile app design, html5 web development,html5 web design  etc

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A Guide to Meditation

Meditation is about learning to become present in the moment. Being present in your life and having a calm mind are essential to optimal health. A quiet mind however is not something all of us can make happen automatically. If you’ve never taken the time to meditate or perhaps you are struggling with meditation here are some ways to improve upon this in your life.

The very first and most important thing is to listen and tap into your breathing. Breathe however you feel most comfortable but make sure you are taking deep and full breaths. This will help you to stay in the moment and clear your mind of distractions. A lot of people believe that meditation is about leaving your body, but in actuality it’s about getting into your body and the space between your thoughts and your body. Everything is connected to everything else.

There’s a lot of question as to how much and how long to meditate for. It’s better to set yourself up in the habit to meditate rather than to overdo it some days and not enough on others. If you set yourself up to meditate when you wake up in the morning or whenever works best for you, try and set out to do it every day. When you set up a time to meditate choose a length of time that works for you such as 10 or 15 minutes and gradually work up to an hour or even an hour and a half. The more of a habit this becomes the easier your mind will be able to shut down.

Clear your mind. Take a few minutes before beginning your mediation to think about everything you have going on in your head. Write it down in a journal or electronically, but take five to ten minutes to let yourself work out everything that is distracting you. Let your stream of consciousness flow out. You’ll be much more effective when you let your mind deal with everything that is going on. When you have thoughts of the past and future crowding your mind, you lose the power of intention and your goal of awareness.

A final note, you do not need to bend like a pretzel or be a yoga master in order to position yourself for meditation. The best position is to sit in a chair comfortably. Place your feel on the ground and do not cross your arms or legs, just place your hands open on top of your legs. Sit upright and make sure that you have support for your back. Do not sit or lie down in a place where you may typically relax or sleep as you may drift off to sleep during this exercise.

With these steps you should find it fairly easy to glide into your daily meditation. There are so many good reasons to be meditating. Meditation can assist with blood flow and oxygen consumption, chronic diseases like allergies, reduce pre-menstrual syndrome, help to build your self-confidence and most of all lead to a deeper level of relaxation improving your overall condition. Take a moment, breathe and allow yourself the time to be conscious in your present self.

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Wedding Goddess: A Divine Guide To Transforming Wedding Stress to Wedding Bliss By Laurie Sue Brockway

(PRWEB) February 20, 2005

Today’s weddings have become so commercially-driven and so stressful to plan that couples sometimes forget about the sacred nature of getting married. In fact, for many modern brides-to-be, planning a wedding is more like going into battle. Rather than experiencing it as “the happiest time” in her life, she feels like she is managing a crisis. Laurie Sue Brockway, top wedding officiant and nationally recognized expert in women’s empowerment, shows brides how to transcend the emotional frenzy of wedding planning stress and take charge of the most sacred time of their lives in her new book, Wedding Goddess: A Divine Guide To Transforming Wedding Stress to Wedding Bliss (Perigee Trade Paperback Original; May 2005; $ 16.95).

In Wedding Goddess, Brockway – who was engaged and married during the writing of the book – guides brides-to-be on an emotionally and spiritually empowering, step-by-step journey to the altar. Her unique approach suggests ways to treat every step of the experience – from engagement and bridal shower, to getting your license and signing it on your wedding day– as its own rite of passage. It shows not just how to be a goddess on the big day, but how to make the entire journey special and sacred.

Who is a Wedding Goddess? She’s a bride who has an awareness of the “realities,” stresses, disappointments and disasters of wedding planning, and yet can hold on to and nurture her vision of how she wants it all to be. She understands that she is bound to hit some bumps along the way, and that the best way to conquer the problems before they begin is to plan for them as a Goddess would. In fact, each of the 21 chapters begins with the wisdom of an ancient Goddess, who offers the bride inspiration for the journey, such as views on self-care and beauty, as inspired by Venus, the Roman Goddess of love and beauty

An inspirational “Wedding Goddess Rule” as well as “Wedding Goddess Vow” appears in each chapter, along with musings from brides who have been there and the expert advice of dozens of today’s top wedding experts. Culling also from the world’s many spiritual traditions, and blending in her own experience in helping hundreds of brides to the altar each year, Brockway offers her unique insights to help brides:

-Visualize, imagine, dream, write and pray your dream wedding into reality.

-Take charge of the experience so that your big day goes your way.

-Stay centered in the face of inevitable wedding drama and family issues and create proper boundaries.

-Bring out and enhance feelings of confidence and self-esteem to feel fabulous, calm, confident, and divine on the days leading up to and on the wedding day – so you walk down the aisle like a Goddess.

-Find inspiration, creativity and self-expression on your personal path to the altar that gives you permission to create a wedding that is a unique celebration of your love.

-Give your marriage the best start with special prayers, blessings and ceremonies.

-Insure there are plenty of loving, feel-good moments with your groom that empower you both to remember why you are getting married.

“From the moment you embark on your wedding journey it is important that you realize you are magical and blessed,” says Brockway. “And it is just as important that you treat yourself not just royally, but divinely, like a Goddess. Adopt a mindset and create a lifestyle that is nurturing, healing and relaxing. Get on the Wedding Goddess track and forge ahead with wedding planning with a sense of joy, fun, inspiration and grace. “

Page after page of Wedding Goddess is rich with insight, advice and many practical and spiritual hints on how to rise to the occasion like a Goddess. Brockway treats the planning of the wedding as a growing experience and incorporates exercises, blessings, rituals, meditation, music, healing techniques, creativity, spirituality and playfulness into the experience.

The book is photo illustrated by Arlene Sandler of Lensgirl.com, New York’s top wedding photographer specializing in non-traditional, documentary-like photos that capture the moods and moments of the wedding day.

For every bride-to-be who wants to arrive at her wedding day as the Goddess she truly is, Wedding Goddess is required reading.

About the Author:

Laurie Sue Brockway, an interfaith minister and wedding officiant, is a widely recognized expert on women’s self-esteem and spirituality. She has a busy wedding ministry in New York and has helped revolutionize the wedding experience for both brides and grooms. She was named “Best Wedding Ceremony Provider” by The New York Press. She is creator of The Wedding Goddess ™ Workshop. She also manages and co-facilitates The Bridal Survival Club ™ in New York City. She is the author of many books, including A Goddess is a Girl’s Best Friend: A Divine Guide To Finding Love, Success and Happiness. She writes a syndicated column, For The Goddess In You, and has written articles for the NY Daily News, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Ladies Home Journal, Women’s World, and other publications. A newlywed herself, she lives in NewYork with her new husband and her son. Her website is http://www.WeddingGoddess.com.

Wedding Goddess: A Divine Guide to Transforming Wedding Stress to Wedding Bliss

By Laurie Sue Brockway

Perigee Trade Paperback Original; May 2005; $ 16.95

ISBN: 0-399-53099-1


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Using the Problems Checklist to Guide Your Living Skills Development in Addiction Recovery

One of the main things that I teach newly recovering alcoholics/addicts to do, is to identify the roles that chemicals play in their lives. This is especially important since the chemical has occupied so many crucial roles or functions and that removing it from a person’s life leaves big, gaping holes in their behavioral repetoire. When you identify the roles previously played by the chemical, you then identify possible healthy alternatives to replace the roles with. Early on, it is usually simple things like meetings, prayer, meditation, exercise, calling people for help, etc. Its pretty difficult to learn sophisticated living skills when you are hanging on by your fingernails. A little later in recovery, we are still working on replacing the roles with healthy alternatives, but we are focusing more on developinig more indepth living skills, and working to solve the most pressing of problems.

Often, by the time that someone finds his way to recovery, he has focused so much on getting the next drug, using it, and getting over it, that they don’t have a full grasp of the disarray that his life is truly in. The bills may be stacked up and unpaid. There may be impending court dates. Extended family members may not be speaking to him. He may be unemployed or underemployed. He may lack frustration tolerance, stress managment, feelings expression skills, and inability to communicate and problem solve with others. The following problems list can help the recovering person begin to repair the damage caused in his life by addiction. To use this checklist, identify which problems you have, rank them from most pressing to least pressing, taking into account the items as short term and long term goals.

The Problems Checklist

Check the problems on this list that you have currently. Identify whether you look at these items as short term or long term goals. Rank the ones you identified in terms of most pressing to least pressing, (i.e. #1, #2, #3).

Check Rank

____ ____ Housing, or appropriate place to live
____ ____ Medical or dental problems or need for checkups
____ ____ Regaining custody of children or finding Appropriate childcare
____ ____ Legal and court problems
____ ____ Relationship issues
____ ____ Social network problems (i.e. drug using friends/acquaintences)
____ ____ Feeling management skills
____ ____ Education issues such as going back to school, GED, additional training, etc.
____ ____ Psychololgical issues like anxiety, depression, mental confusion, mood swings, etc.
____ ____ Lack of structure and time management skills
____ ____ Lack of stress management skills
____ ____ Impatience, lack of frustration tolerance, demand for immediate gratification
____ ____ Lack of self-esteem, self-confidence, or positive identity
____ ____ Shame and guilt about hurting family or need to make amends
____ ____ Poor communication skills and/or poor conflict management skills
____ ____ Other obsessive compulsive behaviors
____ ____ Alienation, not feeling like you fit in, loneliness, isolation
____ ____ Lack of motivation or Procrastination
____ ____ Reliable Transportation
____ ____ Financial concerns or unpaid bills
____ ____ Job training or employment

There are more recovery tools on my website for your use. There are a number of articles and worksheets on individual and family dynamics of addiction and recovery, Recommended Readings, an “Ask Peggy” column, a Links page with additional resources, and a newsletter that will alert you to new educational/informational opportunity releases. To purchase my ebook, “Understanding Cross Addiction to Prevent Relapse” go to http://www.peggyferguson.com/ServicesProvided.en.html

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Beginners’ Guide On Buying Accoustic Guitars

It is up to your plan on using the guitar and your experience in ever using one to decide what acoustic guitar you should buy. A beginner should probably want a cheap one to try hard without the need to spend too much money. Getting these guitars damaged wouldn’t be too much either. At the start, every wanabe guitarists has the tendency to break, scratch and deforming their guitars. However, cheap doesn’t necessary mean low quality. The modern production of this product has proved to be good at look and sound without you paying too much.


On the other hand if you are a good enough a guitar player (or a guitar veteran), then you will probably not willing to settle for anything but the best. In this case you will not doubt have collected years of knowledge about guitars, brands, to do’s and not to do’s. In any case, in this article we shall cover all the essential basics that you should know about guitars so that your next purchase can be your best one yet!


Guitar Construction

This is really essential and you need to know what parts go into a guitar’s construction as this determines the quality of the guitar’s sound to a great extent. A guitar consists of:


a. The Body: this consists of the back, sides and top. The kind of wood that is used in the body has a big impact on the way it sounds.
b. The Bridge: This is the small panel which attaches the strings to the guitar’s body. The Bridge transfers the vibrations and the energy to the guitar’s top. In most cases the bridge is made of plastic or bone.
c. Top: The top of the guitar is the next most important determinant of how the guitar sounds. Energy and vibrations are transferred via the bridge to the top, which amplifies the sound.
d. Neck: The neck is attached to the body at the neck joint. In most cases the neck is fixed to the body meaning that it is glued. There are some guitars however, in which the neck is bolted.
e. Fret-board or Fingerboard: The Fret-board is a long thin piece of wood that is attached to the neck with little metal strips on it called “Frets”. This is also called the Fingerboard because placing your fingers on the Frets is what produces the different notes when playing the guitar.
f. Tuners: Also known as tuning keys help you adjust the tension and pitch of each string.



The kind of wood that is used in the guitar has a great impact on how it sounds. As each wood tends to have a different tonal quality, it helps if you know how the different kind of woods which are used in the making of a guitar. The most commonly types of woods used in the making of a guitar are


Cedar: Is mostly used in classical and finger-style guitars for its emphasis on the upper registers.


Ebony: Is a preferred wood for fret-boards.


Koa: Which being a rare wood is used in some of the more expensive variety of guitars, tonally it emphasizes a mid-ranged spectrum.


Mahogany: Mahogany is mostly used in the neck and bridges of acoustic guitars.


Maple: is used in the side and back of theguitar of acoustic guitars and generates a dry tone.


Rosewood: is typically used in the side and back of acoustic guitars. Rosewood is best known for its added resonance and beautiful mid and low ends.


Ovangkol: Is an African wood which is increasingly becoming popular for making acoustic guitars. It offers quality of both rosewood and mahogany.


Sapele: this is also known as African mahogany and is used in the side and back of an acoustic guitar.


Spruce: Spruce is generally used in the top of an acoustic guitar. It offers great resonance and also good sustain and clarity.


Walnut: Walnut is often substituted for mahogany in acoustic guitars as its tonal properties are very nearly identical.


Body Style Characteristics

Selecting the right body style can seem confusing at first, however with a little knowledge about how guitar bodies are designed and what purpose they serve, you can find a body type which is best fitting to the kind of music that you want to play.


There are three body types which are commonly available for you to go by, The Dreadnaught body style which has a large Soundboard (or Top), the Jumbo and Grand Concert body styles which have a narrow waist styles with a large Soundboard for better playing comfort.


One guitar make which is pretty different from the traditional from the traditional acoustic guitars is Ovation. Ovation significantly differed from its predecessors in that it chose to use a specially developed fiberglass for the body called Lyrachord which had good reflective properties and was also resistance to heat and humidity. Despite being criticized by guitar purists, the brand remains successful for 35 years now.


12 String Acoustic Guitars

As intimidating as it sounds, a 12 string guitar is actually played just like a 6 string guitar. The 12 string guitar incorporates one extra string below each of the traditional strings tuned to the same note but one octave higher. This creates a doubling effect when you play the guitar thanks to the extra, one octave higher string.


Acoustic Electric Guitars

These are traditional acoustic guitars with an added pickup connected to an amplifier so that the player can move about freely without needing to stand in one place all the time. The most common pickups in use are the Piezo pickups which are essentially crystalline structure which sense changes in sound compression and emit a matching electrical signal.


Final Notes

The most important thing that you need to consider is obviously the kind of tunes that you will be playing and you playing style. Be sure to get a guitar that you are comfortable with. Again, if you are staring out then it is highly recommended that you start off with a reasonably priced guitar which is not too much on the pocket. You can always the high end Gibsons and Fenders when you are ready for them. I have personally seen too many people getting awestruck when they see a musician play, get the most expensive guitar they can get and then lose interest a couple months down the line.


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