Photography Quick Tip: Making Use of Reflections

Making use of reflections

If you pay attention, you will see that there are a lot of unique opportunities to make your portraits stand out. One of the things to look out for, that many others miss, is reflections.

You can find them after (or even during) rainy days, in small or large puddles, in ponds or lakes or even in swimming pools. Water isn’t the only source, try mirrors, big glass windows, and chromed out fixtures, reflections are everywhere if you know to look for them!


Add a wow factor with reflections!


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Photography Quick Tip: Photograph Your Passion

Photograph what it is you are passionate about!

Focusing on what you love in photography will make photography more enjoyable for you. If you are passionate about nature, then photograph nature.  If you are passionate about people, then photograph people.  If you are passionate about pets, then photograph pets.  If you are passionate about something else entirely, then photograph that.  Start learning by taking pictures of what you are passionate about.


You will stay interested in, and want to learn more, by photographing that which you are passionate about.  The obstacles that you encounter won’t seem so tough when you face the challenge with passion.


Focus on your Passion!


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Photography Quick Tip: Exposure Compensation for Properly Exposed Imagery

Learn how to use exposure compensation efficiently
Sometimes you’ll take photographs that don’t properly expose your subject.  Not using exposure compensation can make you image look way too bright, or way too dark. This is a result of a combination of a few things: which areas of the scene your camera measured for exposure, and how different in brightness the light and dark areas are in your scene.
You can quickly fix these images by using the in-camera exposure compensation to make your subject look just right.


Learn how to use exposure compensation for properly exposed imagery!



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Photography Quick Tip: Keep Your Eyes Open

Keep both eyes open when looking through the rangefinder

This has a couple of advantages.

First, when shooting portraits, your subjects will be able to ‘connect’ with you by seeing one of your eyes. Without this, many subjects can feel a little bit uneasy like you’re hiding behind the camera.

Secondly, keeping both eyes open lets you monitor what’s out of the frame so you can predict when your subject will enter the frame. This is important for capturing sports, animals, or any kind of action shots.


Keep Your Eyes Open.


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Photography Quick Tip: How to Avoid Camera Shake

Avoid camera shake as much as possible by…

Camera shake can render a photo completely unusable. Increasing your ISO and opening up your aperture allows for faster shutter speeds, reducing the chance of blurry images. However, this is not always an option if you’re trying to maintain other specific qualities in your image.


Start by doing what you can to reduce camera movement, which begins with learning how to properly hold a camera.  Use one hand to support the camera body and use the other to support the lens. Pull your elbows in against your body so they have something stable to rest on. Then hold your breath right before pressing the shutter release. You can further stabilize your body if there’s a wall, tree, other solid object, or even the floor to rest on.


Some scenarios with longer exposures will require the use of a tripod.  Using a tripod with a remote will help ensure that your image is as sharp and stable as possible.  If you don’t have a remote then you can use your camera’s built in timer.


Avoid camera shake by holding the camera properly or by using a tripod and utilizing a remote.


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Subway Chicken Is NOT 100% Chicken!

In 2014, Subway faced widespread backlash when it was revealed that the bread in their sandwiches contained a chemical commonly found in yoga mats and other rubbers.  Even though the company removed the “ingredient” from their food, they now face another “disaster”.  It has been found in recent lab tests that the chicken used in Subway sandwiches only contain 53.6% chicken DNA.


The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Marketplace division enlisted researchers at Trent University’s Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory to test chicken from various fast food restaurants including Subway.


According to CDC:

“An unadulterated piece of chicken from the store should come in at 100 per cent chicken DNA.  Seasoning, marinating or processing meat would bring that number down, so fast food samples seasoned for taste wouldn’t be expected to hit that 100 per cent target.”


Every fast food restaurant except Subway tested close to 100% — at least 84% and above — according to researchers, who noted the percentage can decrease with added seasoning and spices.




“Subway’s results were such an outlier that the team decided to test them again, biopsying five new oven roasted chicken pieces, and five new orders of chicken strips.”


“Those results were averaged: the oven roasted chicken scored 53.6% chicken DNA, and the chicken strips were found to have just 42.8% chicken DNA. The majority of the remaining DNA? Soy.”


This is particularly disturbing because though soy has been touted as a “healthy” option, it is actually linked to a variety of health problems. “Thousands of studies link soy to malnutrition, digestive distress, immune system breakdown, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders and infertility — even cancer and heart disease,” the Huffington Post has explained, also noting that in the United States, at least, 90% of soy is genetically modified.


Subway questioned the results of the tests. According to a company statement:


“SUBWAY Canada cannot confirm the veracity of the results of the lab testing you had conducted. However, we are concerned by the alleged findings you cite with respect to the proportion of soy content.”

Claiming they recently tested their products and determined they were up to their standards, they added, “We will look into this again with our supplier to ensure that the chicken is meeting the high standard we set for all of our menu items and ingredients.”


According to Marketplace, the testing revealed other concerns:


“[O]nce the ingredients [were] factored in, the fast food chicken had about a quarter less protein than you would get in its home-cooked equivalent. And overall, the sodium levels were between seven and 10 times what they would be in a piece of unadulterated chicken.”


It took some time to get Subway to remove the “yoga mat ingredient” from their breads.  Now it is found that they are using GMO soy in their chicken.  With persistence we can help encourage Subway to further look into this issue and implement any and all corrections necessary to get the foods we enjoy back to being healthy and fresh. writes and shares information on Food, Government, Health, Humor, Life Skills, Photography, Technology, Travel, and so much more!  If you like my blogs and would like to see more content, then subscribe to this blog and like my facebook page, where I share more information daily!



Photography Quick Tip: Straighten and Crop while Editing

Make sure to straighten and crop your images while editing.

You should try to straighten shots by looking through your camera’s viewfinder before capturing an image, but it’s not always easy to get this perfect on the first try.

The viewfinder or the preview on your LCD is quite small compared to full-screen editing so you may realize it needs adjusting once you see it on a bigger screen. Simply rotate to straighten your images in post production software and crop out the empty spaces within the image.


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