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Marco Lenses for Novice Photographers

Marco Lenses for Novice Photographers in you 

Macro photography is taking close-up shots to the extreme, some of the best images are those that capture fine details unseen by the naked eye. Most photographers will use very small subjects like an insect resting on a leaf, or the droplets of water on flower petals or a close-up of the human eye with extreme detail. Without the aid of special adapters or lenses this kind of close-up will blur and be out of focus. When shopping for a macro lens, think first about what you’re wanting to accomplish. If you’re looking for a clear close up without losing the your depth of field, you’ll want a shorter macro between 30mm and 60mm. If you jonesing for that minute detail and a narrowed field of depth, you’’ll want 150mm minimum.

Reversal Macro Rings   are perfect for novice or non-professional photographers. By using rings you can save yourself a bundle of money, often you find them below $50. It’s a good way to dabble with a low risk initial investment. You can use your regular lens, there’s no need to purchase special lens, just use the adapters or rings. It’s a simple process of removing the traditional lens, fitting the reversal ring to the filter side of your lens then reattaching your lens to your camera.

Mirror-Less Macro  If you prefer MILCs, there are macro mirror-less lenses available. Before you purchase the lens, make sure it’s compatible, newer cameras and lenses are sized differently than their older models, you may need to purchase an adapter. Though MILCs are said to work well with traditional lenses. If you’re using the Four Thirds system, double the focal length as the field of view cover twice the field of view. An added benefit of MILCs are their shutter noise is quieter, and may be less likely to startle any edgy critters. Pricing starts at $500.

Short Macro 30-50mm   This lens would be a step up from the macro rings, but better suited for stationary subjects like flowers, fruit, food, or portraits. You won’t get the finer details, but you’ll have the ability to be up close without blurring and a wider depth of field. With having to be as close as 6 inches you may cast a shadow over your subject, which is why this isn’t a good lens to use for capturing moving objects like bugs that will be startled by you moving around too much. The price is around $300.

Standard 60-105mm Macro    This lens will allow you the distance of 9 to 12 inches from your subject, an improvement from 6 inches. If you’re itching to capture that elusive butterfly resting on a rose blossom, the 105mm focal length is the lowest you want to go. This mid-range cost lens will give you greater detail than that of 30mm to 60mm but the higher the number the greater detail will be picked up. The price is around $500.

Tele-Macro  150-200mm   This is the cream of the crop. For photography enthusiast and serious hobbyists the hefty prices is worth the pay out. You can put yourself 12 to 24 inches distance between you and your subject. This lens is perfect for getting extra close to jumpy subjects and narrowing the field of depth of your subject. The price is around $1,500.

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Trends for the Artistic Photographer & Photography tips

Ashley AlexissTrends for the Artistic Photographer – Make your image stand out Tips !

Black and White   Although black and white photography is not trendy, it has staying power and will remain a classic among photographers. If, for example you take an image of a deeply green forest thick with fog and change it to black and white, you get a different vibe or story. In color the forest seems alive, lush, the fog will add a soft quietness. Black and white however, gives this scene a haunted, foreboding feeling, the fog becomes menacing, a danger. Black and white photos also uses light and shadow that will give more depth to the image, and presence to your subject and can express strong emotion.

Film Cameras   While film does have its disadvantages, cost, limited shots, and the inability of preview, it does have a soft and rustic look. This may be due to camera’s sensors and its remarkable ability to capture light, especially natural light. Film cameras are impractical for professional use, but for the hobbyist and the artistic photographers, they have a value and quality above digital. The demand for vintage high-quality film cameras is climbing, and sadly some are purchased as collections doomed to sit on a shelf and gather dust.

Digital Infrared   Playing with infrared effects is far more easier than it was when photographers used film cameras. It required special film and filters plus it had to be stored in certain temperatures, it was only for the serious and most dedicated photographer. Today, most digital cameras have built in IR filter, you can also have yours customized too. Photoshop and Elements have settings to convert colored photos to infrared black and white or monochromatic. If you want a clean detailed and sharper image, it’s best to convert your digital to an IR dedicated camera. There are some filters you can purchase as well.   High Closeup of Onion plantDynamic Range Imaging   Or HDRI for short, gives your images a wider and deeper range of colors and depth by combining several shots all with varying exposures of the same image to create one magnificent and powerful image. This process has been used since the early days of film and it’s gaining popularity. With the help of photography processing software you can layer your multiple exposure level images for maximum effect and a realistic image that’s closer to what the human eye sees.

Macro Photography   Getting uber close-ups of smaller objects at 6 inches to 2 feet away. Macro lenses allow photographers to gain far more cleaner detailed close-ups. Just remember if you’re new to photography it’s about the numbers (60mm to 200mm) not the label, learn the difference between macro lens versus macro zoom. Macro lenses are very specific and corrected lenses that allow the photographer to get up close and personal to small subjects like insects and flowers. Macro zoom on the other hand is just another way of labeling a lens as close focusing.

Boston City Lights Bokeh Effects   Bokeh simply means “blurred”in Japanese. Many creative photographers are purposely creating a blurred or fuzzy effect of background lights making them look like orbs, while keeping the subject’s image clear and clean. For example if the subject image is a glass of champagne, the background lighting might be candlelights, or fireworks. The further away the backgrounds lights, the better the bokeh effect will be. This effect can be accomplished with your standard camera or you can upload such an image and use photo editing software or look for online applications where you upload your image and apply the effect.

 

 

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Intel vs AMD: which processor is best for you

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Intel vs AMD: which processor is best for you?

The processor is one of the most important elements in a computer, as it mainly dictates how much processing power your computer has and how many applications it can run at the same time. The two main CPU manufacturers in the world are AMD and Intel, so when you decide to purchase such a product, you need to choose between one of the two brands. However, each person tends to use the computer for different things, some of us use it for gaming, others use it for video editing and many people just browse the internet. The CPU performance expectations are different for each user category, so you do need to decide first what you are going to use the device for, then select the processor type accordingly.

Usage:

AMD processors tend to provide little less processing power than the Intel ones, this is why they are recommended for people that have a limited budget for their computer. AMD is great for multitasking and more complex applications as well. Thanks to the Hyper Threading and numerous other features, Intel processors are great for playing AAA games, editing videos and many other applications as long as they are used one at a time.

Clock Speed and Number of Cores:

The clock speed tells you how many calculations can be made by a processor per second, and most of the time is measured in gigahertz. The number of cores tell you how many individual processors are combined into a single board. Nowadays you can find quad-core or even eight-core processors, which means that 4 or even processors are stored into a single one. The higher the clock speed and number of cores are, the better. AMD offers up to 8-Core processor with its new FX-9590 5Ghz Processor priced at around $329.99  and Intel i7-4790K is only 4-Core processor at 4Ghz for $339.99. Intel will be little better on a single application but AMD is much better when it comes to multitasking .

Overclocking capabilities:

All CPUs have a fixed clock speed, and they usually have a level that ensures they remain stable while still performing at the optimal speed. However, you can try and increase the clock speed and see if the processor still performs well. While Intel processors are usually locked at a certain clock speed, the AMD processors provide you with the best options for overclocking, as they allow you to modify their settings a lot easier. Mind that AMD processor due to its multi core tends to run hotter than Intel Processors which require that you have good cooling system or fan.

GPU communication:

If you plan on using your computer for graphical intensive applications, such as games or video editing, then you surely need to know how your processor communicates with the GPU. In this case the Intel processors offer a better GPU efficiency, and you can clearly see the difference in latency and frame rate as well, when compared to an AMD device. However if you have dedicated Video Card  than the Processor GPU does not matter that much.

Price:

Usually AMD offers more processor power for its money and still offer a great performance. Intel on the other hand tends to bring a lot of high-end processors that are quite expensive. Lower-End Intel Processors are not as powerful yet pricey.

In summary, you can easily choose between an AMD or Intel processor, depending on what you plan to use your computer for. If Price is no object then Intel is your choice. If you have a budget and still want to get great performance at a lower price than AMD is your choice.  For a laptop on the other hand Intel is much better choice because it consumes less power and produces less heat. If again price is a issue then AMD will do the job as well.

 

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Tilt-Shift Photography Techniques with DSLR Lens

Tilt-Shift Photography Techniques with your DSLR Camera Lens

The Tilt and Shift technique is growing in popularity, although it’s not a new technique, technology has taken it to a new level of artistry. It’s been around for more than 60 years, using specialized adapters or lenses, though its effect differs from what you are seeing most recently. This newest technique is called Fake Miniaturing. Its effect, when used properly, can make almost any picture look like a miniature diorama, giving the subject a toy-ish look. Even though the latter is often referred to as Tilt and Shift photography “tilt”and “shift”can be two separate photography effects.

 

Tilt   A tilt lens is aptly named, that’s just what it does, tilts. Traditional lens are parallel or vertical to the camera’s film, ensuring that your focal plane is in focus, say for example a child on their bike. By using a special lens that tilts you can narrow your focal plane to a one particular point, like focusing in on the child’s face while the rest of the picture is a blur, this gives the picture an artistic flare or depth to your subject. This technique is a great medium to use for those photographers that love to use their photos to tell a story or grab their audience and force them to focus on one particular spot within the whole image.

 

Shift   A shift lens will stay parallel, but move up and down via rails that are built into each side of the lens. This special lens comes in handy with vertical perspective distortion that is too tall to fit within the camera’s shot, e.g. a tall tree or building. If you’re too close to your subject plane, the tree per example, the top of the tree will be cut off. But, if you point your camera up, you get perspective distortion, giving the top of the tree a narrow perspective while the bottom or trunk of the tree looks wider than it actually is. This distortion effect is actually great artistically and most photographers enjoy and appreciate its quality, but if one is trying for an accurate representation, a shift lens can be a real life saver. It’s also possible to purchase a lens that both tilts and shifts, by the way. If you’re handy, you can build your own.

Fake Miniaturing   If done right, this technique can have the most amazing effect making a picture of a large yellow dump truck look like a child’s toy, for example. There’s no special camera equipment or lenses needed. You can achieve that “plastic”toy look with adjustments in your photography software, like photoshop. There’s plenty of online tutorials to help walk you through the process. With patience, you can transform the most blaséscenic picture and give it a dramatic look or an imaginative aura.

 

Tilt/Shift Applications   If you don’t have the budget for expensive software or you’re a novice and just want to play around, there are loads of alternatives available. You can find plenty of Tilt and Shift applications for your smart phone and all your mobile devises that you can play around with. There are even websites where you can upload any picture and give it a tilting effect or fake miniaturing look. Be aware that you may not get the same results you would with photography software. However, it’s a great place to start and play around with different effects besides Tilt and Shift, for a lower cost.

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PC vs Laptop – Which One Is Right For You


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PC vs Laptop – Which one is right for you? It all depends on what you will use it for.

Technology has advanced so much in the last 20-30 years up to the point that almost anyone can now connect to the Internet via their mobile phone, computer, laptop or numerous other gadgets. However, when it comes to actually choosing the device you want to use on a daily basis, things can get a little harder, yet if you stay and think about it, you can easily make the right purchase in the end. In this article we are going to focus on certain categories and see which option is more suitable in different situations.

Performance:

Whether you are a web designer, graphic designer, developer or gamer, you do need one thing, and that is a lot of processing power. Due to their larger size and space for adding multiple components, the PCs are better than the laptops in this regard, as they can amass a lot of processing power which makes them very suitable for just about any type of work. Laptops on the other hand are portable, which means that some performance and usage sacrifices had to be made in order to achieve their size.

Cost:

Laptops come prebuilt and changing their components can be quite hard. Desktops however can start pretty low when it comes to their price, but if you want to add a great processor, the latest graphics card and a lot of memory you can easily increase the price tremendously. The main idea here is to come up with a budget and check the options available at that price. You also need to consider that PC’s tend to last longer than laptops and they are also upgradable to some degree.

Ease of use and portability:

At this category the laptops are the ultimate winners. Due to the fact that they have a small size you can easily transport them just about anywhere, which is very important for just about any type of person that goes from one place to another often, yet needs the power of a computer. A desktop is not portable at all, as they were specifically created to stay in a single place.

Screen size:

Desktop units come with a separate display unit that can easily have from 15” to 27” or more. On the other hand, due to their portability, laptops are made with smaller screens and their desktop size usually range from 10” up to 17”. Of course, laptops can still be connected to an external display if needed.

Repair:

Since a PC is made of multiple components, the repair process is as simple as opening the case and removing/repairing the component that is causing problems and adding a new one in its place. When it comes to a laptop however, things tend to get a little problematic, as they are very hard to open and finding a replacement part of them is also really difficult at times. Laptops also have multiple hardware integrated into the motherboard, which means that if any of the hardware fails the whole motherboard fails and needs to be replaced.

Gaming:

A desktop solution is perfect for playing the latest videogames but you do need to invest a lot of money in your computer so you can play them. You will need to buy a high-end laptop in order to play AAA games on it, but if you want it just for casual gaming, then a normal laptop can do the trick.

Space:

A laptop is smaller in size, which means that you can place virtually anywhere you want, while a desktop unit does require a lot of space, as is normally tends to be placed on the side of a desk. If space is an issue in your home, then you should choose a laptop instead of a desktop unit. Laptops only require a small are of your desk or table

 

Conclusion:

While desktops are cheaper and with a lot more procession power, they aren’t portable and come with an additional display. Laptops are much more portable and easy to use, but some performance sacrifices had to be made for this and they, most of the time, tend to be a little more expensive than a PC. It comes down to you to choose what type of device is best for you, depending on your needs and what you want to use it for. Such a purchase does require quite a large budget, so make sure you have the necessary amount of money beforehand.

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Amazon Fire Phone can’t compete with big boys

firephoneAmazon Fire Phone can’t compete with big boys at least for now.

New Amazon Fire Phone  Pre-orders Start Now

For Amazon it is not the next Big thing but a step forward. The newly release Fire Phone a first Smartphone from Amazon is different but not as great as Amazon thought it would be. It took Amazon nearly 4 years to build their first phone.  And maybe the problem with the phone is that its 4 years late.

The Fire Phone is different than your average phone those days, it definitely has some really cool features but as a Smartphone it can’t compete with giants like Apple and Samsung.

We dint have a Fire Phone to play with so we cant give you a good review, but we can tell you few cool thing about the phone and few not so cool.

Amazons first Smartphone at a first glance looks like mini Fire tablet, and if you look closely thats what it is with some extras.  To be so late in the game you would figure that Amazon would take all the mistakes from the other phone manufacturers and make sure that they don’t do the same.

Firefly is definitely cool and my favorite feature, it is sort of a like QR scanner, Shazam and Laser Scanner combined on steroids. Take a object in front of the camera and Firefly scans it and find it. Amazon is one of the biggest market places for books, music and pretty much anything that you can buy. Amazon took that and made Firefly their own Amazon search engine.

The main features in Fire Phone are the 3D effect Dynamic Perspective which is cool. Dynamic Perspective is A custom-designed sensor system that responds to how you hold, view, and move your phone. 4 Sensing cameras follow your head movement to hive you the effect, but at the same time probably dr5ain battery very well and even give you motion sickness like IPhone did.

Mayday is not new, it has been around on Fire Tablet but now it is available on your phone. I got to give Amazon credit when it customer service , Amazon is great. Free, live, on-device video support 24×7.

Amazon specs say we can get speed up to 300 Mbps with channel bonding, but that is not true. The phone supports that but AT&T does not and will not allow you to use that feature in the phone since AT&T is the exclusive Cellular carrier for Fire Phone

Fire Phone price is similar to Galaxy S5 and Iphone 5S, In my opinion that is too much, after all the phone is good but not that great.

The phone its self is little bulky and has glass in the front and the back, rubber on the side. If one thing Amazon should know is that glass breaks and does not look good. Apple IPhone back is also glass and we all know what happened. IPhone on the other hand is smaller that Fire and is protective case friendly where Fire is already bulky and adding a protective case will make it even bulkier.

Free unlimited cloud storage – Amazon is not the first one to offer free unlimited clud storage, but as we know that is only temporary.

So far what we noticed is that the battery and the sim card are pre-installed and are not user accessible.  We also noticed that the Fire Phone OS is Android based and has Android apps and tools but Google might have been left out.

We think that the phone has few really cool features that will turn few heads but it will not win over Galaxy and IPhone fans.

Complete Specs provided by Amazon.com

 

Size 5.5″ x 2.6″ x 0.35″ (139.2mm x 66.5mm x 8.9mm)
Weight 5.64 ounces (160 grams)
Processor 2.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, with Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM
Display 4.7″ HD LCD display, with 1280 x 720 resolution
Cameras 13 MP rear-facing camera, auto focus, optical image stabilization, f/2.0 5-element wide aperture lens, LED flash
2.1 MP front-facing camera
OS Fire OS 3.5.0
Storage 32 GB or 64 GB
Cloud Storage Free cloud storage for all Amazon content, and photos taken with Fire phone
Battery Battery size: 2400mAh. Talk time: up to 22 hours; standby time: up to 285 hours. Video playback: up to 11 hours; audio playback: up to 65 hours.
Video recording 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps (front- and rear-facing cameras)
Audio playback Dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio processing
TV and Video Supports screen mirroring and Second Screen
Content formats supported Audio: Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, PCM/WAVE, AAC LC/ELD, HE-AAC (v1 & v2), AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AMR-WB+, Audible Enhanced format (AAX); Video: MPEG4, VP8, H.264/MPEG4/AVC,MPEG4 SP, H.263,AVI,HDCP2.x, PlayReady DRM; Images: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, GIF87a,GIF89a; Viewable docs: PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, DOC, DOCX, Kindle (AZW), KF8, TXT
Sensors Dynamic Perspective sensor system with invisible infrared illumination, gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, barometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor
Location GPS, Assisted GPS, GLONASS, Wi-Fi/Cellular location, and Digital compass
Cellular UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz), Quad-band GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 9 bands of LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20), supports carrier aggregation
Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, up to 300 Mbps with channel bonding; Bluetooth 3.0 wireless technology; NFC enabled
Headphones Premium, tangle-free headphones with remote and mic
SIM Card Pre-installed Nano SIM card
Ports Micro USB 2.0
3.5mm headphone
Included in the Box Amazon Fire Phone with Fire OS 3.5.0
Premium headphones with remote and mic
Micro USB to USB charging cable
USB power adapter (5W)
Quick Start Guide

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Google Glass Review – The Next Big Thing

What makes Google Glass so special? We have done the pros and cons for you.

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Google Glass

Google Glass is reality augmented glasses and is a classic endeavor on the part of Google. It is better than the normal glasses in every possible way. Designed to transmit the perceived information to your right eye, Google Glass is one of the trendiest gadget to possess. With the launch of a whole new array of hues and frames, the Google Glass has become the new in.

So what is it about Google Glass that makes it different? Let us take a peek into the specifications of this amazing product.

PROS

Some of the promising features of Google Glass are

  • USER FRIENDLY INTERFACE:

    The interface has been designed to match your comfort so that you can scroll through the menu leisurely. Voice command is a great feature that allows you to voice-control the Google Glass without any glitch.

  • CAMERA:

    This singular feature has made Google Glass an instant success. Voice-maneuvering the camera makes it possible for you to capture every photo perfectly. The quality of the pictures matches that of any of the smart phone. However, one edge that Google Glass has over the cameras and smart phones is the great variance in angles at which the photos can be taken.

  • EMAILS:

    reading your email with a single swipe of the finger without actually touching the glass is another of the amazing features. So is going through the tweets on Twitter.

  • CLOCK:

    referring to your cell phone and watches to check time is no more a necessity when Google Glass has it on display for you right in front of your eyes.

 

CONS

One of the major concerns that have been raised since the launch of Google Glass has been that of privacy. It has made invading people’s privacy quite easier. Incorporation of features like a blinking recording light might resolve the problem by indicating to a person that Google Glass is at work and might be recording or clicking away their personal life.

VERDICT

Although the usage and applicability of Google Glass is quite limited at the moment, further trials are being carried out to test its viability in the markets. The availability of less than a 100 applications doesn’t make it that appealing. New features are likely to be incorporated to increase the customers’ interest in the product. The real challenge that will be faced by Google will be to pique the interest of the potential users in the product to a level where they’ll be actually willing to buy this gadget and use it out in the open.

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How to Save Money When Buying New Car

Tips when Buying a new Car

Tips when Buying a new Car

So you decided that there is need for a new car. Great!!! Who does not want that new car smell?
In this article I will tell you how you can save thousand off dealer asking price.

First of all, do you really need a Brand new car? If you answered yes than this article will help you save, if you said no, then I can save even more and you should read my article on how to save money when buying a used car..When buying a Brand New Car, be careful not to spent on bells and whistles as there are alternatives way to get them and for much lower price.
The biggest thing person will over pay on is GPS. From a dealer a GPS system is from $1500-$7000 extra. come on its 2014, GPS is standard in most cars, so negotiate the price to incude GPS but keep in mind that ever smartphone has GPS and Garmin or TomTom GPS work just fine and are cheap.
Look in to a aftermarket solutions, they may not have exactly what the OEM has to offer but they have allot of other nice functions that you can take advantage of and for price of no more than $1000, that is allot of money that can be saved.

Next there are extra warranties.

Manufacturers Extended warranty, if it is prices from $1500-$3000 for the extra 3 years. Sure buy it, repairs are expansive on the newer models but don’t go creasy as the most common parts that you need to spend money are not covered by the warranty. Watch out for other stuff like Road Hazards Insurance and Interior & exterior, Road hazard insurance can be nice, but it all depends on the price, I personally paid $545 for 5 years, which I already used 3 times so it does pay for self back, mostly on fixing bend whiles and once on a flat tire. Don’t expect them to replace your tires; they have specific rules on how much wear needs to be on those tires. Interior & Exterior insurance is another one, Remember they fix not replace, so be careful it’s probably waste of money.

LoJack is one thing where you would waste money, it cost a lot to get it installed and you save very little on your insurance. Long run it is not worth it, save yourself the money.

Interior ans Exterior Protection: This is usually a third party protection. Dealers try to sell it and event miss lead you what it covers just to make you buy it. IN my case I was told that it protect my leather seats from wear and tears but when i gat a small tear in my seat they dint want to fix it, because it is not covered. dont get it, its just wast of money.

Ask about engine oil and other services, if they need to be done at a dealer or they can be performed by a local mechanic; ask them if it would void the warranty. Also ask about oil type for your car. Most new cars accept synthetic oil which is good for 10,000-15,000 miles, dealers will still try to get you to change it every 5,000 but you can fight about that.
Ask about the new car perks when it comes to servicing like free car loaner, free car wash, free oil changes, free tire rotations.

Lastly negotiate the interest rate if it is not 0%. Most dealerships have there own Loan companies which allows them to give you exceptional rate. Toyota is one example, they have there own financial section. If Toyota is offering you 4.5% for 5 years, you can negotiate to at least 3.5% or lower even when your credit score is not perfect, if they don’t, walk away. If you got that far of the process of buying a car they will not let you go, if they do, next day they will most likely call you again and say that they found a lower interest rate for you or if not, they will offer to drop the price on the car to set the difference.

Know it before you buy

Know it before you buy

Most dealers can lower the price by at least $3000, most of the time $5000 of their price. Also look online to compare prices, most of the time someone out there will have it slightly lower, so what that it might be far away from you, to the dealer its competition.

Let’s say you want to buy a car, its priced at $32,000 if you go to the dealer and say I will pay you $27,000 right now, they will say they can’t do that. When you go to them and waste their time and start asking them about lowering the price, they will most likely lower it by $500-$1000. But that is just scratching the surface, negotiate more waist lots of their time, and they will lower it by at least $3000 and give you additional perks worth additional $2000.
This will probably waist your entire day, but on the other hand you are most likely not making over a $1,000 dollars a day.

 

Shop around. There are a lot of commercials stating that they compete with other dealers to make sure they have the lowest price. The truth is that dealers use the web tool to manipulate the the car price and to make sure all of them keep higher prices just so when the drop the price by $1000 you feel like you getting a bargain.

Going to bunch of dealerships and leaving your info is good idea. This shows them that you are serious buyer but the price is the key to win you over.

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Top 10 Best Tablet DAWs Available Right Now

Top 10 Best Tablet DAWs Available Right Now on Your IPhone, Galaxy, IPad And Tablets

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Recording music is a passion that is becoming much easier to fulfill thanks to the advancement of mobile devices. The world has transitioned from needing a full recording studio to needing a tablet with a fairly fast processor and a decent chunk of memory to be successful. With the right tablet digital audio workstation, or DAW, a musician can literally record an entire album on their mobile device.

 

Here are the best mobile DAWs you can get right now.

 

NanoStudio

If your preference is to create music on your iPhone, then this mobile DAW is the way to go. This app is designed to work best on the iPhone 5, but it works really well on later generations of the iPad as well. You can add multiple layers of sound to your synth tracks with this app and adjust the wave envelopes with one-touch ease thanks to the dials that let you work the attack, decay, sustain, and release right up front. The glide is realistic and you can change the bend range with a simple +/- command. You’re also going to love the pad interface.

 

Cubasis

The best part about using this DAW is the sequencer, which is streamlined to run on an iPad so that it mimics your typical laptop/desktop type of platform. You can mix the sounds you record easily and editing is a pretty simple task as well. There are over 70 virtual instruments that are loaded into the program and there some good audio effects, like their overdrive, that will help you tailor the sound. Your projects can even be opened in Cubase! It’s the piano keys integration I enjoy the most, however, because with a simple slide of the finger, the octave can get changed so chords are easy to create.

 

FL Studio

With over 100 instruments and access to over 220 more with in-app purchases, you can quickly import/export files with this mobile DAW. Although the piano roll is easy to use, the most useful part of this program is the drum sequencer that will let you quickly tap out a custom beat. For added fun, you can then transfer the beat into your desktop FL Studio or play it through your internal sound to record on another DAW for a custom sound.

 

Auria

For the beginning mobile musician who is looking for the classic Garageband/Logic type of experience, this is the tablet DAW for you to use. Sync up multiple tracks into one audio file, quickly master the audio with a full digital board, and create a professional result. Up to 48 tracks can be played simultaneously and it even works on the 1st generation of the iPad, although with 24 tracks. A floating point mixing engine and full MIDI support allow all of your custom tunes to be quickly recorded.

 

TouchDAW

For Android platforms, TouchDAW has the ability to get a lot of your recording needs met. It’s the mixing that you can do with this program that sets it apart because you can make those minor sound adjustments to all of the track’s parameters like you would with a traditional DAW. There’s also good MIDI controllers with this program and best of all, the files you create on this platform will work in both Windows and iOS.

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Garageband

The mobile DAW version isn’t as useful as the Mac version, but it still has some highlights to it. You’ll be able to put some customization into your drums, record using custom software instruments directly in the app, and with the right USB/MIDI interface you can use your home synth or keyboard to record in the app with the Camera Connection Kit for the iPad. It directly uploads to Soundcloud or you can upload to the iCloud to finish working on the file.

 

Sunvox

This mobile DAW works on any O/S and offers full support of .wav files up to 32 bit. It’s got over 100 drum sounds and a few synths and effects, but the vocal recording abilities of this app is where it stands out. You can filter your voice with a number of options that will make most vocals sound natural even when using your phone or tablet’s microphone as the input. You can shape the waves of almost any audio file with a professional-style audio mastering option, but an easier to use interface would be helpful to make the most out of this DAW.

 

Korg Gadget

If synth is your thing and you want to start making tracks, then this app is one of the best to combine the two together. A helpful start-up guide will have you recording in just minutes, while the pro musician will like the fact that you can record 16 bars at a time instead of the standard 8. The sequencer is similar to what you’d find on Korg instruments too, which is nice because you can adjust multiple notes at the same time without having to change their overall pitch.

 

Lemur

If sequencing is your strength, then this mobile DAW is what you’re going to want to use. With StepSlider, StepSwitch, and StepNote, you can quickly create custom sounds that sound like you spent hours tightening up. It’s also the closest mobile DAW app to its original desktop version, so transitioning to it is really easy. In many ways, this app feels like you’re using Ableton because you can easily change the parameters of the sounds you’ve created and plug in effects, like the Quick Chorus, to develop sounds that cover the entire Hz range instead of having to record multiple tracks like other DAW apps require.

 

Oscilab

This is a newer DAW to the market and it is a good app for those who like to make loops. You’ve 28 wave shapers that let you control the digital oscillations of your sound and 6 pads to help you further customize the sound. The drum machine has 15 sounds and there are 36 digital instruments within the app that will let you directly upload to Soundcloud or your preferred file transfer app.

 

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Bring Back Black and White Photography With Any Basic Digital Camera

Black and White Photography  With Any Basic Digital Camera, DSLR Camera or even FIlm Camera

Black   white photography is still cool

Black white photography is still cool

Black and White Photography

 

Black and White Photography has been around for ages, some of the most iconic photographs in the world today aren’t anything more than a simple black and white image. There’s a lot of focus on how to digitally manipulate images so they stand out in the oversaturated world of today’s photography, but nothing stands out more than a quality black and white photography image. Nothing.

 

Now here’s the good news: you can create stunning black and white photography with any basic digital camera. The first step is to get into your menu settings to create a black and white file instead of a color file. Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to utilize these tips to your advantage!

 

#1. Take Off All the Automatic Settings

This takes some practice, but operating on a manual mode in the front and the back end will produce the best images, especial when it comes to Black and White Photography. For macro-photography, look into your digital aperture settings for an enhanced digital zoom. The toughest part about this is getting the light right. That’s the benefit of the digital format, however, because you can tinker with your camera to get the light settings just right through your ISO and F-Stop. You can still get good images with auto settings, of course, but you’ll create stunning images when you go manual.

 

#2. Speaking of the ISO…

Black and white photography is difficult to get right from an ISO standpoint. You want to put some digital grain into the image, but you don’t want to put a lot into it because it creates an effect like the static snow on a blank over-the-air television channel. Keep your ISO as low as you can so that your image can be clearly perceptible instead of overwhelming the viewer of the image with the image noise a high ISO has produced.

 

Black & White Photography done by DSLR & photoshop

Black & White Photography done by DSLR & Photoshop

Black and White Photography

#3. Low Contrast Is Always Better

Black and white photography is about the subtlety of a contrast instead of the stark reality that a color image provides. When you’ve got a day that is gray, cloudy, and feels like rain, then you’ve got the perfect day for working on your art! That doesn’t mean you can’t take shots during a bright, sunny day, however, but it does mean that you’ve got to be more careful with your light settings. Incorporate shadows when you can, otherwise the higher light levels will create less subtlety in your image and you’ll end up with a result that is monotone.

 

Black & White Photography with female model

Black & White Photography with female model

Black and White Photography

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#4. Do You Photoshop?

If you utilize a software program to manipulate your photographic images, then you may wish to actually shoot in a color format and then convert the image into black and white photography digitally. This will give you more control over the brightness and contrast of the image while letting you blend in some of the lighter spots that show up with ease.

 

Monochrome photo of a models face

Monochrome photo of a models face

#5. Retrain Your Eye

Color photos are about a mixture of different colors and contrasts. Black and white photography is more about tone and texture. The best images will have a variety of different shapes and tones to them so that the viewer has different points of interest. This will bring about a natural focus, create interest in the work, and give you a stunning result in the end.

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