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By Autumn Lockwood

When it comes to taking great action photos, one of the most important digital photography basics is understanding shutter lag.

Also called “processor lag” this is the time that it takes between the time you press the shutter release and the time the camera actually takes the shot. Press the shutter too early and you’ll end up with a picture that’s completely different than what you were expecting.

Despite all of their advantages, compact digital cameras are slower than traditional film cameras. This article provides some tips for dealing with this lag, as well as tips for how to take more exciting and memorable action pictures.

1) Be Ready to Shoot – While you can’t know if your child is going to make that soccer goal, try to anticipate when things are most apt to happen. Even professional sports photographers with speed-of-lightning cameras try to anticipate the action, just so they can be in the right spot and point the camera in the right direction.

By having a better understanding of what you’re photographing, you’ll be better able to anticipate the actions and get better shots. So, if you plan to take pictures of your child’s soccer match, learn the rules of the game so you’ll know what to expect. If your child’s performing in the Nutcracker, watch a rehearsal or two.

2) Shop Around before purchasing a new compact digital. Unfortunately, there isn’t just one camera spec that will tell you how fast the camera will capture the picture from the time you press the button. Others things like the quality of the sensor and the ISO setting (if in dim light) can also slow down the processing time. So investigate what other people are saying in photography forums and read all of the manufacturer’s specs online.

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3) Spring for a DSLR (Digital Single-Lens-Reflex). They’re more expensive than compacts, but they’re FAST. DSLRs don’t have shutter lag problems, so if you’re taking photos outside, you can increase the ISO without your photos having digital noise like you would with a compact camera.

Digital Photography Basics to Use with any Type of Camera

Whether you have a compact, DSLR, point-and-shoot film camera or camera phone, try these professional tricks.

Zoom in on Faces – Don’t always focus on the action. Capture those expressions of determination, triumph and even defeat (especially if it’s an opponent!).

Tell a Story – Look for shots that tell a story of the event. For example, begin with a shot of the team’s huddle or your fellow paddlers launching their rafts.

Freeze! – To freeze the action, set your camera to sports mode or set your Shutter Speed Priority to a high setting. As an example of different settings, freezing action in a soccer tournament requires a shutter speed between 1/250 to 1/500 while taking photos of your pet sitting still requires 1/125.

Blur the Background – Take a cue from the sports photographers, and blur the background by decreasing the camera’s depth of field. If you’re using a camera with Aperture Priority, you can do this simply by decreasing the F Stop number. The lower the F Stop number, the more blurry your background.

Pan – This is a good alternative for digital compact users where dim light underexposes photos taken with sports mode/fast shutter speed. Panning works with automatic focus, but it only works when the action is moving in a fairly straight line. Here is how to pan the camera:

Set your Camera to Auto focus. With feet planted firmly on the ground, move the upper half of your body while following the subject with your camera. Just before you think the action will occur, start pressing the shutter release button half way down and continue following the subject until you’ve pressed the button completely down to get the shot.

Is the auto focus on your camera too slow? Focus on an area of contrast, such as the number on a uniform. Auto focus works faster with contrast.

Play around with panning and see what kinds of different effects you can get. You might want to show some blur in the action to emphasize the speed of movement, such as with a race car.

Whether you are shooting a sporting event or taking photos of your dog playing frisbee, action photos are really a lot of fun once you get the hang of it. And once you understand the digital photography basics like shutter lag, you’ll take better pictures and have even more fun.

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The Rugged Profile Of A Safari Guide

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Submitted by: Gregory Hudson

What is your ideal image of a guide? Do safari guides need more than just a dark tan, a khaki shirt and a hat like Crocodile Dundee? Could there be more to being a guide than telling gripping fireside tales and downing hearty swigs of Jack Daniels?

There is, and you can bet your life on it. Serious safaris demand guides with a bold character and the following rugged profile:

Firstly, where has he lived his life?

Has he actually had first hand experience on the ground in Africa? Was his grandfather a warden? The best guide I ever had was a third generation professional guide operating throughout Botswana. He was born in Tanzania and, together with his grandfather – who was a warden – they migrated to the Kalahari Desert and started their own safari operation. This is how he lived his life; he grew up in the bush.

What is his area of expertise?

A knowledgeable guide should possess a wealth of knowledge including the cultures and traditions of the area. Can your guide take you to very remote villages that are rarely visited by travellers?

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To ensure your guide has knowledge on a broad range of diverse subjects, it pays to ask specific questions about his or her credentials. Questions like:

How would you track the elusive desert lion of the Kalahari?

How much do you know about Ornithology?

Can you ride a donkey, operate a boat, fly microlight aircraft, transport tag and track lions and conduct tours via bicycle, canoe and 4X4?

Your guide must have The Instinct

A first-class guide, when on a walking safari, goes out in front of the group in search of big game. The guide must have a combination of well honed instincts that include cunning, stealth, and a good sense of smell, coupled with pinpoint-accurate eyesight. Not to mention being quiet and unassuming.

His instincts should be as close to an animal’s as a human can get, while at the same time being very professional.

A relaxed nature

More specifically, can he or she relax in nature? A nervous guide cannot focus on the task at hand. Your guide should have a friendly, relaxed demeanor and enjoy taking guests walking in the bush.

Also, an excellent relationship with a local Bushmen tribe and the ability to act as an interpreter are all signs that your guide is regarded as being charming and cordial.

Lastly, is your guide a real leader?

A safari guide should be a born leader with a tour leader qualification, combining experience in leading expeditions with a wealth of knowledge and excellent organisational skills. These are the prerequisites for leading varied itineraries in Southern Africa and surrounding countries. Make sure your guides fits the rugged profile.

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Weight Loss Is Not An Instant Process

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Submitted by: Ofira Shaul

In America there is a belief that everything you attempt in life can have an instant result. It is simple to run through a drive-through and instantly have dinner ready for a family. With today’s technology, you can look up any information you need with a few clicks of the mouse. Although having instant results can be a time saver, the mindset that you may have developed can hinder you in many ways. This change in your mindset has not prepared you for long term journeys such as weight loss.

Many of my articles talk about the dieting cycle. This cycle is where you try a diet and really hope for results. When this diet fails, you feel down on yourself. You may even go into a phase of overeating. When the results of overeating become too much to handle, you may feel the need to find another diet that will hopefully work this time.

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By entering this dieting cycle, you are putting your emotions and your body on a roller coaster ride. You are filled with great hopes that you can lose weight quickly with the next diet that you attempt. This is where the instant mind set comes into place. You may feel that you are working hard at a diet and want to see results instantly. This is just not how an effective diet works.

Weight loss should not be considered an instant process. The results will begin to show once you begin to incorporate the techniques of your diet plan into your daily life. You may be thinking that you have done this. You say to yourself- I read all about the diet and followed it to the letter. This very well may be true. Allowing yourself to incorporate daily techniques into your life is different than following a meal plan or understanding a diet.

In order to incorporate techniques into your life, you have to ensure that they are in line with your body’s natural needs. If your body needs protein in order to maintain healthy functions, then a diet based on eliminating meats will not work for your body. By listening to your body, you will begin to understand your body’s specific needs.

It is wonderful that you want to understand how a diet works before you use it to try to lose weight. It is important to know what the diet will require of you. However, just reading about the diet is not going to inspire you to automatically start following it. Pick a few techniques and actively work on them each day. Once these becomes second nature, you can pick a few more techniques. Working on only a few changes at a time will help you to follow a healthy diet plan in a natural way. It is okay if you mess up every once in awhile. It happens to us all. What is important is getting right back to it. Soon it will just become second nature.

In this busy world, it is normal to want things to happen instantly. Just remember to take your time when making changes in your life. Begin the process knowing that you are creating a lifestyle change and not a quick fix. Enjoy your journey towards weight loss.

About the Author: The above article is based on the book, “Winning Overeating” by Ofira Shaul. This experiential, self-development leader has devoted her life to finding the best natural way to obtain permanent weight loss while improving the total quality of your life.


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