Altura Photo Mini Tripod Tabletop Stand | REVIEW

Altura Photo Mini Tripod Tabletop Stand | REVIEW


Hey everyone Adam here and I want to
tell you about the mini-tripod with pistol grip by Altura photo Now this is
one of the most useful tools you can have in your camera bag and I’m gonna
show you some of its cool features and I’m gonna show you some cool ways you
can use it to help improve your photos and video. The mini pistol grip tripod by
Altura Photo is compatible with any camera or electronic device that
features a quarter-twenty mounting thread and it has a carrying capacity of
up to two and a half pounds that means you can mount a compact DSLR with a
small kit lens to the tripod as well as a point-and-shoot video or stills camera
as well as an action camera or mirrorless camera, you can even mount
your cell phone to it if you have the proper mounting adapter. Now the reason
why it’s called a mini pistol grip tripod is because you can have it set up
in two different ways you can have it set up like you see here on the table
has a tripod but you can also simply fold the legs in and convert it into a
pistol grip for your camera which is great for when you want to work with
video or other types of applications. The latest version features an all-new
rubberized reinforced grip for added stability and you’ll notice that it has
an ergonomic handle for added comfort while shooting video and photos handheld.
As a tripod you can use it to stabilize your camera for taking self-portraits,
close-ups, long exposures, night landscapes, and much much more. You can
also connect other different types of accessories to it and like an external
flash LED light or your audio recorder or anything that has a quarter-twenty
mounting thread the push-button lock system makes adjusting the camera’s
angle very fast and easy you have various angles to choose from and you
can choose between portrait or landscape mode it’s low profile design allows you
to take steady shots up close like you would in macro photography its
rubberized feet keeps the tripod from slipping and scratching delicate
surfaces. Like I said there are many different ways you can utilize this
accessory and it’s so compact you can carry
with you at all times so take your photos and videos to the next level with
the mini tripod with pistol grip by Altura Photo.

TBT: Interview w/Tibetan Teachers : Documentary short

TBT: Interview w/Tibetan Teachers : Documentary short


Tashi delek Sir! Will you please Introduce yourself. My name is Sonam Topgal. My name is Tashi Dhargyle. My name is Dhundup. I am a Tibetan Teacher at Srongtsen School. It’s been almost 20 years I am teaching here. I complited my Acharaya degree from varanasi. Before that I am graduate from Dhalavasi. Before that I complete my secondery school from Shabru, Rasuwa distict. Now I am Tibetan teacher at Srongtsen school since 1997. I am Tibetan Teacher at Srongtsen school It’s been around 6 year I have been working here. What is the situvation of Tibetan language here? Most of the student are from himalayan regien. where many are not so good in Tibetan language. The condition of Tibetan language is kindda poor. the way I see it, The condition of Tibetan language is poor on reading and writing. In my experience some are very good. those who shows interest are very good. some advise on how to enhance the condition of Tibetan language? we have to recondition the environment for better Tibetan learning environment. basic from talking in correct way of Tibetan language in society.

ZAM – Artlist Horror Film Contest

ZAM – Artlist Horror Film Contest


It was a long funeral, wasn’t it? Radio isn’t working and you are not even talking to me! So I’m gonna sleep in the back?! Stop, I need to pee [Wife] Hello? How could you leave me here alone!? Hey hello? Say something…Are you there? Hello? What’s happening? I got a call from you… What! My phone is here, you’re scaring me! [Husband] [Husband]
Get out of the car, right now!

The Best Orton Effect – Luminar Vs On1 Photo RAW

The Best Orton Effect – Luminar Vs On1 Photo RAW


hello I’m Robin Whalley
welcome to lenscraft today I’m doing a head-to-head between two popular photo
editing packages and I’m doing this not across all their tools but I’m focusing
on one of my favorite effects which is the Orton effect and I’m going to be
using this image to demonstrate though the image has already been processed in
capture one and I then made further adjustments using the Nik collection I’m
at a stage now where I think that the artifact could add something to this
image because I’m finding the rocks in the foreground just a little bit sharp
and I want to emphasize that lovely hazy feeling in the distant Hills that two
packages I’m going to be comparing for this hour on one photo raw 2020 and
luminar 3 I’m starting the comparison in luminar 3 and the first thing I’m going
to do is add a new empty layer to the adjustment and in this layer I’m going to add the
filter now in theory luminar 3 should have this
competition sewn up it has an art and effect filter though the filter gives you quite all
just mend and it has two different types of Alton effect
we’ll look at the difference in a moment so to start with I’m just going to push
the amount up to quite a high level and straight away I can see a very realistic
Orton effect created now one of the things I don’t like too much about this
Orton effect is that it’s actually filling in the shadows and making them
quite dark so I could actually reduce the contrast and that seems to clear up
the blocking up of the shadows and it still gives me a realistic nice effect
and I can also up the softness they the way to think of the softness says watch
these highlights here that you see on the rock
they’re quite well defined without the softness at zero if I push the softness
up they come more diffused and they tend to blend with the surroundings a little
bit more so that’s a nice control that we’ve got we can also push the
brightness up on this but to be honest I don’t really want to do that contrast as
I say will reduce the contrast or increase there depending on what you
want to do so setting of around eighteen looks quite good and you can increase or
decrease the saturation as well on this layer
let’s try switching to the other type of Orton effect that we have
now that will straight away doesn’t have as much contrast it doesn’t seem to
block up the shadows to the same degree so I may actually increase the contrast
very slightly on this again the smoothness seems to smooth out
the highlights and blend them with the surrounding area so it’s almost like a
halo control now for me that isn’t quite a Norton effect it doesn’t seem to have
that traditional aunt and look about it but it gives a nice softening effect
it’s more of a soft focus so I’m going to switch back to type one that seemed
to give the best results I’m going to reduce the contrast back down because I
don’t want my shadows blocking up I’m going to just increase the softness
slightly and I’ll push the amount up just to increase the softening though
that’s given me a very nice traditional looking Orton effect that I like let’s
now go and take a look at on one and see what that can do here we have the image
opening on one twenty twenty to create the on effect I’m going to first switch
to the effects panel now in the effects panel you can add different filters now
on one doesn’t have a specific Orton effect instead it’s got a glow feature
now the glow filter that is applied is quite similar to the Orton effect in
what it produces so what you can do is just create the effect with the amount
slider and also you can use the halo slider now the halo slider is what
really produces the glowing effect by softening the highlights if you watch
the highlights on the rocks again as I push that higher you’ll see that they go
from being quite well-defined to quite blurred and the amount just controls the
strength of the effect now I push this up you’ll notice that the adjustment
does block up all the shadows which is one of the problems I had over in
luminar the third part of the control we’ve got here is this blending mode and
at the moment it’s set to soft light now you can change that to have different
effects so for example you can lighten the image
and if I turn that on and off you can see this yeah has a glowing effect
whilst lightning at the same time very slightly we can also darken we can
multiply which makes everything much darker you screen to really lighten
areas and then you’ve got the more traditional overlay and soft light now I
like soft light and also soft light strong and it really just creates a
slightly different effect the problem I’ve got with this image is where I now
push the sliders higher to create a stronger glowing effect I also block up
the shadows so this adjustment on its own whilst it’s really really good and
effective it’s quite difficult to control it and create the sort of look
that you got very easily with luminar three if I adjust the opacity of the
layer down you can get a little bit more control over it but it tends to reduce
the softening effect at the same time the better alternative weave on one as
with a lot of these packages is to start to use some form of masking let’s add a
mask to this and see what we can control the must surrounded by clicking this
icon here and you can see we’ve got a white mask so what that’s doing is its
allowing the effect to be seen across the entire image the way that I’m
thinking about this image is that I want a luminosity mask and the reason for
that is I want to block the effect from the shadows whilst allowing it to be
seen in the highlights so if I just click the luminosity button that’s
created a luminosity mask for me the effect still there but it’s now been
substantially reduced if I turn it off you can just about see it and that may
mean that we have to push up the effect higher and also increase the halo
slightly now that’s created a rather nice look just check it
now whilst I like this I think we can probably do more to refine the mask and
give ourselves a better in fact one of the good ways to do this is with this
levels adjustment that works on the mask if I turn the mask on to view so you can
see it what we can do is now move the levels adjustment for the black point
over to the right now what that does is it restricts the mask in the shadow
areas more at the same time we won’t want to make these areas that are sort
of mid-tones lighter and we can do that first by getting the white point and
dragging that over so that lightens these areas and then we get the mid-tone
slider here and we just move that over to the left and that opens up these
areas that may not have been getting in as much of the effect if I click the
View button again you’ll see what we’ve now got and that’s created quite a nice
effect in terms of where we were previously if I turn it off and turn it
back on you can see that it’s not having the darkening effect on the shadows to
such a great degree it’s also softening the rest of the image in a really nice
way and this is now in my opinion a better look than luminar 3 was giving
and that’s purely because of the masks I can probably refine the muscle a
little bit further the density slider for example would bring the blacks back
into the adjustment and the reason for doing that is if I go back to the mask
you can see that it will lighten the shadow areas I could also use the
feather adjustment to just blur these areas and blend them in a little bit
further if I want to so go back to the adjustment and you can see that really
is quite a good look at this stage so having used a mask in um one it’s
only fair to go back to lumen r3 and see what we’ve got there in terms of masking
tools that could help refine the artifact further I’m now back in lumen
our three and this time I want to look at what masking tools I’ve got available
in lumen are the masks are attached to each of the filters individually so in
the artifact we can access the maps by clicking this paintbrush here this gives
you a little drop-down that that allows you to choose the type of mask that you
want in this case I’m also going to create a luminosity mask just as I did
in on one so that’s the mask created immediately is removed a lot of the
effect from the image if I turn the filter off you can see the effect I turn
it back on now if I want to view the mask this is where the problem comes in
I can’t actually do that in luminar and that really is a bit of a limitation
because I’d like to see how strong the mask was and then adjust it just as I
did in on one but I can’t do that this means I probably have to push the amount
slider up to give this more strength and possibly even the softness slider a
further adjustment that’s achieved a better look but I’m
still not entirely happy it is possible if I was to select for example the
radial mask or the brush mask that gives me an option of additional masking tools
and once I’m in there I’ve got this option to turn on the mask so I can now
see the luminosity mask that was created if I think that wasn’t quite strong
enough things from areas I could try to paint it in again so select the option
to paint in rather than erase I’ll set the opacity of the brush tool to around
40% I’ve got quite a soft brush here I’ll just make sure that that’s still
quite soft and and now I can just paint over the areas that I want the effect to
be seen it now I could continue to view the mask
but I don’t touch you like this read view of the mask I don’t think it’s very
helpful so what I’ll do is I’ll return back to viewing the image
and now I’ll see how I can just paint in the effect to be stronger in some of
these areas you and I might painting a little bit more
just on these rocks here and we’ll just check that and I think that’s possibly a little bit
strong so I’ll just reduce the amount slightly and that looks now about right
okay so that’s the adjustments done in both of the tools let’s create an image
to view them side by side and then we’ll make a decision about which is the best
result I now have both of the images I produced
open in Photoshop and then looking at them side by side the image on the left
is the on one and the image on the right is the lumen our image now the first
thing I notice is that the only effect on both of them is extremely similar and
I really can’t at this stage tell the difference if I think back to how I
produce these luminaire gives me much more control over the effect itself
using the filter whereas on one there’s a fairly standard glow feature that I
didn’t have a lot of control over the difference came in when I then started
to use the masking tools in on one the masking tools were much more precise and
gave me a lot more control in terms of how I could adjust the image in lumina
the masking tools were a little less refined but still did an adequate job
let’s try and overlay the two images to better see the results so the image I’ve got opened at the
moment is luminar 3 if I go to on one actually there is a slight difference
but it really can’t be seen unless you switch between the two what I’m seeing
is that the definition here in the landscape is a little better in the on
one version and that’s probably because of the masking tools and the way I
couldn’t really do much to control the masking in the luminar version so
overall I would suggest that both of these tools produce an excellent Orton
effect on one winds out simply because the masking tools are much better
developed than in luminar I hope you found this comparison useful if you’ve
got suggestions for future comparisons not just with the Orton effect but with
other filter effects let me know and I’ll see what I can do
I’m Robin Whalley you’ve been watching lenscraft I’ll see you soon for another
video

Photographers – How to focus on your goals and achieve them.

Photographers – How to focus on your goals and achieve them.


do you have that squirrel system where
you’re all over the place and you say I gotta learn this new technique I gotta
learn this new a piece of equipment in order to be a great photographer if you
have the squirrel syndrome it’s time to pay attention to this video ok so
there’s several main things that you really need to think about first you
need to know your road map basically where are you in your photography
journey you need to think and really write down learning stage are you at a
portfolio stage are you in a business stage you know those kind of stages in
your life where do you want to be and in order to do that you really do need to
think of the large goal but then you have to break up that goal and in order
to set up the goal you need to really think about your time do you have to
take classes do you have to learn a piece then the last part is actually
completing the goal and in order to complete the goal we need to work with
you or you need to work with yourself to get inside and say when can I do these
pieces to complete that goal so again there’s a variety of steps because we
are all squirrels and wonder what are we going to do with our photography what do
I really want and a lot of times what happens when you’re a squirrel it means
that you’re not confident and pushing yourself or you just don’t know where to
go next so with that said I do have a master class that is free and I’m going
to share with you how to get rid of that squirrel syndrome to really learn and
set your photography goals then for you to accomplish them and so
this masterclass will be an hour and yes at the very end I will be sharing how
you can work with me and some of the other members in our membership program
that’s where we really focus on the roadmap and get those squirrels out of
your system to move your forward into your photography journey look down below
give you all the details I hope to see you there because you’ll get a free pdf
and I always give a little extra bonus for those people that actually do stay
through the whole time and work with me in the master class and I hope to see
you soon bye

The Best Sony Vlogging Camera & Accessories

The Best Sony Vlogging Camera & Accessories


– So one of our favorite
cameras at Think Media right now is the Sony a6400. We think it’s one of the
best value propositions with 4k, slow motion, incredible features, and it’s great for not just
creating YouTube content but also for vlogging. So in this video I’m
going to be going through my favorite accessories to
make this rig unstoppable, coming up. (upbeat music) Hey what’s up? Sean Cannell here with Think Media bringing you the best tips and tools for building your influence
with online video. On this channel we do a lot
of tips and strategy videos as well as tech gear
reviews just like this one. So if you’re new here,
consider subscribing. So here at Think Media we love the a6400, a great camera for doing
professional, work YouTube content, setting people down for interviews, but it’s also a great camera
if you want to accessorize it for a pretty baller vlogging setup. However, having the
right accessories I think is critical for optimizing the a6400. So let me go through my
checklist of gear right now. So first of all, of course,
we have the Sony a6400 body. Now, at the time of shooting this video that’s around a $900
investment here in the US. And then on top of that
the key vlogging lens is the Sigma 16mm 1.4. Now 16mm is a great focal
length for vlogging. This is a crop sensor camera, and so it you need it
to be a little bit wider if you want to have a good vlogging lens on a camera like this. But that 1.4 aperture makes
it amazing for low-light and also for incredible blurry background. And recently, I just took this
kit out to shoot some videos and vlog while I was on
a trip in Austin, Texas. And in addition to my laptop and everything else I was traveling with, everything fit in this Peak Design bag. And so it’s definitely
not a super small kit. It’s not like a point-and-shoot setup, but it does travel really well. And so I was taking into
consideration things like weight and those types of things. So I had the 16mm lens as my main lens, but then additionally I’m using
the 28-75 Tamron 2.8 lens. The reason why is if
you really want to vlog, it’s nice having a longer focal
length all the way up to 75 for shots out of an airplane
window, for city shots, for dynamic shots if you
want a more versatile setup. And I know for vlogging this lens could be a little bit limited because
it is fixed just at 16. So the other lens I like to have in my kit is the standard Sony vlogging
lens, which is a 10-18mm f/4. And I think all three are fine to potentially have in the bag. Kind of redundant to have the 10-18. However, because it’s an f/4, you’re kind of stuck when
it comes to low light, so I also like having this for any of those nighttime shoots. 1.4 is gonna be amazing in low light. Now, next up in this kit is the SmallRig Hot Shoe Relocation Plate. And this is a big deal because one of the weaknesses of
this camera is the fact that if you mount a shotgun
mic in the normal hot shoe, it’s going to block the ability for you to see yourself with the flippy screen. But this small rig relocation
plate moves your shoe out of the way of the screen so you can mount a mic
right on the side here. This plate comes in at $20 here in the US. It’s available on Amazon. And I’ll actually link
to an entire checklist of all the gear in this set up in the YouTube description below. But you also should know
that there is an option to go to the other side, as well. There’s two different plates. I love it on this side. It screws in to where your
camera straps would be, so it’s very tightly installed, an incredible build quality. And then that also brings
us to our microphone, and for this kit I’m
using a Shure LensHopper, the standard version. And this is perfect, it
goes right on the side here. You can get the cord in the mic jack. I actually usually kind of
wrap it around just like this. Now, an alternative
here, this is a $200 mic, and it’s actually a little bit heavier. I love this mic, it sounds amazing. But then I’ve also been impressed with the Deity mics lately. There’s a $99 version
that is incredibly light. It just takes one battery. It lasts for like 1,000 hours, and it’s got a great feature
set for a really good value. And that would go nice on here, especially if you want
it to be even lighter. And there’s also a pro version that’s even better around 200. So I think there’s a lot of
good shotgun mics out there, but this has been great
with the Shure LensHopper. Next up is our mount and tripod, and that is our JOBY 3k
GorillaPod, the pro version. Now, this thing isn’t cheap. It comes in at a $150 here in the US, but in my opinion, it’s
really worth every penny. If you’ve ever used a GorillaPod before, the all-plastic models are pretty great, but if you put something
that’s too heavy on top, they kind of wear out over time because it’s plastic on plastic. This thing is an aluminum build. It is absolutely incredible, super strong. 3k means it can hold three
kilograms of weight, right, but I feel like it can hold even more. Just very sturdy. I love the feel. I love the look. And for a premium high-end
vlogging setup like this, I feel like it’s the perfect size and complement to this kit. Now, one essential investment
I highly recommend making for a kit like this is
getting a variable ND filter. This one is a K&F Concept Variable ND. The investment on this guy
was around $55 on Amazon. And what’s really cool is this is a 67mm variable ND filter, so it’ll fit on this Sigma lens. Now, why is it important
to get one of these? We have a full video out on it, if you want to go a little bit deeper, or I’ll link it up on the YouTube card and put it in the description below. But basically, this is like
sunglasses for your lens. If you’re shooting outdoors with any lens, you usually have to stop
your aperture way down if you don’t want to mess
up your shutter speed to keep your video footage smooth. And again, check out that other video if this is some kind of
a new concept for you. But what’s cool is that
because this lens can give you such blurry background even
in the middle of the day, you’re able to do that with this fader ND. So you can just keep it in your bag. You’re able to put that on this Sigma lens to take advantage of the full 1.4 beauty. But guess what, this is also
on the Tamron a 67mm thread, so now you’ve got one
ND filter in your kit that covers both lenses making
this incredibly versatile, not just for vlogging, but of course I can then also sit down and shoot a video for video influencers or create content that is maybe more of a proper video
production type of a project with just the gear that
is inside of my bag. Next on the list is extra batteries. You never want to leave home, especially if you plan
to do a lot of shooting, with just one battery. Sony is kind of known for not
having the best battery life. Now, the a6400 there
definitely was a step forward, and it was an improvement. But I’ve learned that there’s
probably not a day of shooting where I will use anything
less than two bought batteries and most likely three. And so one recommendation
is this RAVPower charger that also comes with
two RAVPower batteries. Now, this is aftermarket. It’s third-party, and typically I like to be a little bit cautious when investing in non-OEM batteries. Like for my Sony a7 III, I will only put OEM batteries in that. And there’s something about, though, the fact that this is you know kind of about half the cost of that. They have great reviews, and so I’m not really worried about the batteries damaging the camera. One note to make is that
aftermarket batteries may not have as long of life, but for $35, you get two extra batteries, plus you can charge your Sony
with this great dual charger so you can always keep batteries going. I think it’s a great investment, even if it’s just for the charger. But if you’ve got your OEM Sony battery, the two RAV batteries,
you’re probably good to go. And then maybe you might want to invest in one other Sony OEM battery or only OEM, depending on your preference. Now, next up is your
storage, your SD card. Now, I’ve been a huge fan of
the SanDisk Extreme Pro cards. They’re 95 megabytes a second, and from all of our tests they work great with Sony cameras shooting full 4k. You might be fine with almost any SD card depending on if you’re shooting in 1080 and what your camera settings are. But I always like to have the power to be able to also shoot full 4k. Now, when I was vlogging
just in Austin the other day, I actually was shooting in 1080. Here at Think Media, we like
to shoot in 30 frames a second, and there is a bit of a crop
in 30 frames on the a6400. So I could have the wide shot. I did not want to shoot in
24 frames a second at 4k. In fact, I didn’t want
to shoot in 4k at all. I didn’t see it necessary to
have the bigger file size, and so 1080 was perfect. And additionally, I loved
1080 because we could jump between 60 frames a second
and 250 frames a second, which this card handles no problem. And so typically for vlogging, because the sensor’s so beautiful, the auto focus is so amazing,
1080 is my preference, and this set up in 1080,
60 frames, 120, 30, just all together makes
this run-and-gun kit pretty dang amazing
for your final project. Now, I actually have one other accessory that I absolutely love for this setup, and I want to tell you
about that in a second. But if you’ve been getting
value out of this video so far, can you smash the like button. And if you also want to check
out our Sony a6400 series, if you’re just learning about this camera, or you want to see some
of our other coverage here on Think Media about it, I’ll link to that playlist
on the YouTube card as well as post a link to the full playlist in
the description below. But my final favorite
accessory for this camera is actually this little
Archon mini ring light. Now, this is a super cool light that will go on your phone. It’ll go on your laptop
right on top of your monitor for an extra light on your webcam. It’s bicolor. It can change to a mix
of both kind of an amber and a daylight color temperature or just an amber color temperature. You’ve got different levels of brightness. It has an internal battery. It’s charged through USB. And this thing only costs $20
on Amazon, right around there. And what’s amazing about
it is that you can clip it right on your LCD screen right here. I can still see my shot composition when I’m shooting in selfie mode. And again, I love this setup
because it’s more nimble than what a lot of people are doing with giant small rig cages. Sure, with a small rig caged you could put other lights on here, but all I need is this
hot shoe relocation plate, and then if I get in
a low light situation, this just fits on here perfectly making this an absolutely
brilliant mini run-and-gun setup. So there you go. Those are my favorite
accessories for the Sony a6400. But i want to pass the
question off to you. What camera do you use for vlogging, and what accessories do you use? Do you have a favorite
GorillaPod or SwitchPod, a favorite mic? Does weight matter to you? Does how obnoxious and
the size matter to you? I’d love to hear your feedback
in the comment section below. And I will see you in the next video. Peace. (upbeat music)

The Arts Matter to Wales

The Arts Matter to Wales


Great art can challenge us, surprise us, excite
us and inspire us. At the Arts Council of Wales we believe there
is a powerful case to be made for the value of the arts and the enjoyment that they bring.
It’s all about quality of life. Who hasn’t, at some point in their lives, been stirred
by the impact of a powerful photograph, the tingle down the spine that can come with an
unexpectedly dramatic moment or the involuntary tapping of the toe to a seductive dance rhythm? These are the things that force us to feel and remind us what it is to be alive. The arts matter. The arts matter to Wales because of the enjoyment they give… Every day, hundreds of thousands of people
across Wales attend performances and events. And for many people, ‘doing’ is as important
as ‘seeing’ – sometimes more so. There is a very strong tradition of community
involvement in the arts. Whether singing in a choir, playing in a brass band or participating
in Eisteddfodau, community groups have been as much part of the cultural DNA of Wales
as our award winning artists and national companies.
Taking part, for leisure or recreation, can be its own reward. But sometimes the experience
of taking part connects more deeply, giving individuals and communities a sense
of self and identity; a sense of belonging. Because they bind communities together the
arts matter to Wales … While the arts are good in and of themselves,
they can also have an important impact in helping us to live better, healthier and more
enjoyable lives. The arts can’t be a panacea for all our ills, but they can help us to
explore these and many other difficult issues, because by surrendering ourselves to the power
of the arts – or by being creative ourselves – we open our hearts and minds to deeper
levels of insight, intuition and understanding. This helps us to live ‘better’ lives.
Because they help us lead healthier lives the arts matter to Wales … The arts are part of a wider creative sector
that is a vital engine for our economy contributing directly in terms of job and wealth creation.
Arts and culture can be a significant attraction, boosting tourism, stimulating demand for transport,
accommodation, catering and other tourism-related business. The way that culture can become
a catalyst for re-generation is one of the defining characteristics of our time. The
arts are reinvigorating places and communities, multiplying the public funding they receive
and generating new activity and investment in their locality. Because they grow the economy
the arts matter to Wales … Not content to sit still, Arts Council
of Wales is always looking for new ways of persuading more people to see the arts as
part of their daily lives. One of the ways we do this is by seeking out like-minded partners,
organisations who share our commitment to reach out and engage the public. We’re ambitious
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10 Photography MISTAKES Every BEGINNER Makes!

10 Photography MISTAKES Every BEGINNER Makes!


This video is made possible by Storyblocks Video. Last year, I’ve been on a trip to Iceland to make a travel video because, you know, that’s what filmmakers do: They make videos. This year, I went back to Iceland, not to make a video, but to make a series of photos. I, however, have no experience in photography. I’ve been making videos and films for more than 10 years but photography is completely new to me. And, oh boy, did I thought it was easy. Well, it is not. I’ve made tons of mistakes and I’d love to share them with you so that you don’t have to make the same mistakes. Tip #1: Be prepared. I thought I was prepared but I wasn’t. For instance, you should already know the spot and the angle of where you’re gonna take your photo upfront. This way, you can decide when to take that photo and have the sunlight in the right spots. Here, you can see one of my photos, but unfortunately the sunlight is not where I wanted it to be. This is a waterfall that we came across but we were standing on the wrong side of it. We could go to the other side but that was another two-hour drive. Something I could have avoided if I would have done my preparations. We also went on a kayak trip and I was afraid to bring my camera with me so I took some photos with my phone. Later on, I saw that everyone was taking their camera with them and it appeared that flipping over a kayak doesn’t happen so much. In other words, I wasn’t prepared and missed out on some great photos. So make use of simple tools like Google Maps to plan out your photography trip so that you don’t lose time and be at the right spot on the right time. And by the way, guys, I know that there are a ton of apps as well to help you with these kind of plannings. If you know of any, then let us know in the comments below. Just share them with the rest of the community here. And this brings me to the second mistake: Don’t focus too much on your planning. I know I just said that you should be more prepared but hear me out. Say that you’re driving through some beautiful place. Don’t focus too much on getting to that place to take your photo but instead, look around and see if there are interesting moments that you could draft. In my first days, I wasn’t doing this enough. Only until Day three or so I realized that the area that we were driving through was so beautiful that I needed to spend some time here. And even though that this right here isn’t a landmark, it did turn out to be one of my favorite photos. And then i took a few photos of Kim, my girlfriend, as I wanted to have some contrast with her colored jacket. And here I made another mistake. I didn’t took enough time to make this photo. You know, I’m not a big fan of the green jacket in this photo and her hair should have been more loose. We should have just gone through our luggage and get her to wear a different color, maybe something more loose. It didn’t have to be a jacket, you know? Also I had to pay a lot more attention to her hair but I think it’s because of the cap of her green jacket. Anyways, even when making sporadic photos, you should also take the time for that. I would spend two hours on a photo of some waterfall that I eventually don’t like but I wouldn’t spend more than five minutes on this photo which could have turned out amazing. Mistake #3: Don’t use auto-focus with landscape photography. It’s not that you’re shooting wildlife and have to be quick; that waterfall or mountain will not go away. So take your time and use manual focus so that your 100% sure that you’ve got the focus where it should be. Here, I took a photo of a waterfall on my first day thinking it wasn’t focused but noticing that evening, it wasn’t. And that’s where I learned not to trust on auto-focus, or better said, auto-focus has its purpose but it’s not for the all types of photography. Mistake #4: Patience. When you get to a location and you make a beautiful frame but the weather is not cooperating, then either wait for the sun to come out or come back another day. Here’s one of those days that we had clouds the entire day and I was getting angry that my photos didn’t look so great. I think that I had to throw away so many photos because of that. But this photo right here was so beautiful that I felt like I needed to wait for just a little bit of sunlight to come through and it did. The big pike of clouds broke a little bit open and gave much more contrast to the landscape. And so here I had to be patient for the weather. But in other situations, you might need to wait for a crowded people to move away or something else, I don’t know, just be patient with your photo. Don’t be happy with the first shot that you took of that landscape. Wait it out a little bit and see how the environment changes. Tip #5: The golden hour is that moment where the Sun is setting down. You get approximately one hour of beautiful low-light sun with a vibrant and deep orange color. During my trip, I was like, “Oh, the sun is setting down. Cool, let’s take some photos.” And while it would be better to plan ahead and try to cram as many locations as possible during that golden hour. Basically, you already need to sit at the right spot, you’re ready to take your first photo as the golden hour starts. When you get your photo, you move to the second or even maybe a third location. And if possible try to already take your photo during the day on those locations so that you can try out different framings and be faster in the evening when the sun is actually setting down. Now, I’ve got five more amazing tips for beginners but first I’d like to thank our sponsors, Storyblocks Video. Say you have a series of photos that you would like to turn into a nice presentation. Well, on Storyblocks, you can find such After Effects templates. Simply download any of the slideshows that you like, replace the photos, and rendered out. Now, apart from such templates, there are also overlay effect, logo animations, backgrounds, and of course, high quality 4k stock clip that you can use for any personal or commercial use. And the amazing thing about Storyblocks is that there’s only a single fee per year which allows you to download unlimited video assets. So to start downloading, make sure to click the first link in the description below. Moving on with Mistake #6: Go the extra mile. Though I never really got up to shoot a sunrise or to hike up a mountain for a better angle, one of the reasons is definitely because I traveled with my girlfriend. Not her fault, but one of the two was not there for photography, so you don’t tend to go the extra mile just to take that photo. On the third day, Kim went to sleep and I decided to take some photos of the clear sky. Without knowing, I was actually capturing the Northern Lights and for the next couple of hours. I just stayed awake and all of a sudden the Northern Lights became so bright that we could actually see it with the naked eye. It was a beautiful moment. And, of course, at this point I woke up Kim, you can see her looking at the lights from the tents right here. Here is another example of a path that suddenly stopped. Now Kim was afraid to go further so she waited for me there. And I think that I was away for more than half an hour to get closer to the waterfall. Going that extra mile gave me this beautiful photo. Tip #7: Keep your lens and sensor clean. Going through my photos now, I need to paint away way too many stains from my lens. With almost every photo you take or at least every new location, use a microfiber cloth to clean your lens. Even if you don’t see any stains on it, just do it. Sometimes you don’t really see the stains on it but they are there and you can only see them when looking at your photos on the big screen. Something stupid but one of those mistakes that I wish that I thought of before. Mistake #8: Create depth and this is a very big beginner mistake. When you see a landmark such as a mountain or a waterfall, whatever, don’t just shoot that landmark, but always try to create depth in your shots. And this could be a foreground element such as the hill in this example or this one right here. The idea was to shoot the crater but to give it more depth, I used the crater as a foreground elements and had the backgrounds prominent in my shots. Here’s another angle of that where you can see the mountain in the back. That’s also what makes this one of my favorite photos. I found the mountains in the background to be so nice but I purposely showed a lot of the grounds to use it as a foreground. Another way to create more depth is with lines. Here, we don’t really have a foreground elements but instead there is a wave which creates a prominent line to the back and this is simply done by just waiting a little bit until the wave sits on the right spot. And finally is with lighting. Although this is not a bad photo, what I don’t really like is that it’s pretty flat – the lighting. So I walked to the other side of this canyon and took the same photo again, this time the sun sits in front of the camera creating deep shadows on the hills. We get a very nice highlight over the rocks which separates them from each other creating depth. So these three techniques are super important to remember to create more depth in your photos. Mistake #9: Color Grading. As a beginner, you tend to over-grade. Now look at the clarity slider. Oh, this looks so cool. Well, don’t. Please, please, don’t. Keep it simple – a hint – mostly keep it natural. What you want to do is use masks to brighten specific parts. For example in this shot, I added a little more lighting to the canyon which draws attention to it and highlights the line of the river going to the back. This creates depth. Usually you want your foreground to be dark so that’s what I did here with the deer. That brings us to the last mistake that I’ve done: Always expose for the sky. There’s nothing worse than having your sky overexposed. Yes, you can bring back the highlights but only for a certain amount. Usually lifting up the shadows goes a lot better than bringing down the highlights to recover something. As a filmmaker, I should actually know this. Although, in a few photos I did not expose for the sky and I did not took enough time to review my photo. So always expose for the sky, guys, and those were my 10 mistakes. Now, I decided to upload one photo every day from my trip to my personal Instagram account. So if you would like to see them all, definitely make sure to follow me on there. I’m leaving the link to it in the description below. Thank you so much for watching. Thank you Storyblocks Video for the support. Definitely make sure to check out those guys, and as always, Stay creative.

Samsung S9 Plus vs iPhone X Camera Test Comparison

Samsung S9 Plus vs iPhone X Camera Test Comparison


– What’s up YouTube,
Saf here on SuperSaf TV. And welcome to another SuperSaf
Style camera comparison between the Samsung Galaxy
S9+ and the iPhone X. In the usual style we’ll be looking at both the front and rear facing cameras, and at images as well as video too. Do also look out for the
audio icon in the corner of the screen, and that
will indicate to you which device the audio is coming from. I’ll be switching between these two to give you guys a
variety of the differences in audio as well. So we’re currently using the front-facing cameras to film from both devices, and we are taking a bit
of a walk just to see what the stabilization is like. So, you can see. Alright, now let’s go for a bit of a run. This is actually very risky because we’ve got snow, as you can see. So I’m running in the snow. Now we have switched over
to the rear facing cameras. We’re filming at 4K 30 frames a second, and we do have two times optical zoom on both devices, so we can get in much
closer to our subject. Let’s switch back. Right now we’re just going to be testing out the stabilization. So, a bit of a walk. Let’s change that to a run. (wind blowing) Similar test, but this
time 4K 60 frames a second, which both are capable off, although this video is
going to be exported out at 4K 30 frames a second. Now, interesting fact. You cannot use the 2x optical zoom when you are filming at
4K 60 frames a second, We’re just going to test
out the stabilization. At this frame rate so, just walking, and let’s run. (running footsteps) A bit of a different situation. We’ve got some tricky dynamic range here, so I just want to see how
both of these will do. (frogs croaking) 4K 30 again. Both seem to being doing pretty well. Now just testing the auto
focus on the iPhone X. Seems to be doing pretty well. Same test on the the S9+. Dual pixel auto focus super super fast. (lighter flick) So that was the video. Now before we move on to images, just looking at what
we’re working with here. Front facing cameras, the
iPhone X: 7 megapixels with an F 2.2 aperture. The S9+: 8 megapixels with an
F 1.7 aperture and auto focus. For the rear facing cameras, we have dual cameras on both devices. All 12 megapixels. The secondary camera is
similar on both devices, telephoto, it’s going
to give you optical zoom with an F 2.4 aperture and
optical image stabilization. The primary camera on the
iPhone X has an F 1.8 aperture with optical image stabilization. And the S9+ has quite a unique setup. You’ve got dual aperture,
F 1.5 as well as F 2.4 with optical image stabilization. The S9+ is going to
switch between these two depending on the lighting in your scene. I’ve actually done an
explainer video about this, and I’ll link that in the
cards if you’re interested to find out more. If you want to pick up some dope skins like I have done here for my phones, then definitely check out
our video sponsor dbrand. It’s a great and inexpensive
way to customize your devices. I’ll be leaving the link to
them in the description below. Final point to mention,
everything has been shot on automatic to keep
things as fair as possible. Right now let’s kick
off with some selfies. Both doing a good job here overall. The S9+ is wider, also seems
to have a little bit more balance dynamic range
between the background and the foreground, the
iPhone X has definitely favored the foreground. Now this will come down
to personal preference, both are doing a good job overall. Another selfie here, once
again, I do think the S9+ has more balanced dynamic
range, you can see that we still have some of
the detail in the clouds, where as that has been
blown out on the iPhone X. Now, I did take my shades off
because some people complained that having shades on does have an effect, so here you can see very similar results. The background is quite
blown out on the iPhone X. The S9+ dynamic range is
definitely more balanced. Now, testing out the portrait
modes from the front facing cameras, which is going
to blur the background. Here I do think that the S9+ is doing a better job on the edges. The iPhone X has blurred a
bit of the side of my face, my hair as well as my jacket. Now side note to mention,
the S9+ does struggle if you’ve got sunglasses
on to apply selfie focus. I know this does not apply to everybody, because not everybody wears sunglasses 90% of the time like I do, but it’s just something
that I thought I’d mention. Now doing a test without my sunglasses, and both once again, very
similar results to previously. The iPhone is definitely
blurring out a bit more of those edges, compared to the S9+, which is doing a better job. I don’t think either of these
are doing absolutely great, but out of the two, I do prefer the S9+. Low-light selfies, the S9+ is
definitely doing better here. The colors are definitely
better maintained. We’ve got a bit of a green
tint on the iPhone X, which does not look good, and
the details in the foreground have been lost quite a bit. Now, using the front facing
flash on both devices. The S9+, a little bit
too bright for my liking, but still better than the
iPhone X in my opinion. The iPhone X definitely
a lot more noisy compared to the S9+, and also the
colors have been lost a lot more on the iPhone X, compared the S9+. Now let’s move on to the refacing cameras. So, testing out a macro shot. Both doing quite good here. I’d say the edge for dynamic
range does go to the S9+, if you looking in the background, we’ve still got a bit more
of the color maintained, where as that had been
blown out on the iPhone X. Going in 100%, both doing very
well in terms of the detail. Now an outdoor wide shot. Both doing good here, but
we’ve got some differences in color. Cooler tones on the iPhone X
and warmer tones on the S9+, which is kind of odd, because it’s usually the other way around. This, I think, will come down
to your personal preference. Now using the telephoto cameras on both, it is going to give you some optical zoom. You can see that we can get
in much closer to our subject. Same differences in color, but
both are doing really well. Now I wanted to test out the dynamic range a little bit more so I
went to the situation where the dynamic range
is a lot more tricky, and here the iPhone X
has maintained details in the shadows better compared to the S9+. Although we’ve got slight
more detail in the clouds in the S9+, personally I do
prefer the iPhone X image here. One last wide shot in good light. Once again very similar I’d say. Both seem to being doing good
in terms of dynamic range and overall detail. Now let’s look at the
portrait mode on both devices. Both seem to be doing really good here. We’ve got a nice blurry background. If you do go in 100%,
neither of these are perfect. You can see that my ear
has been lost a little bit on both devices because it’s
apparently quite similar in color to the background here. But nevertheless I think
both are doing pretty well. Now another shot here with a
more complicated background. Once again, I think both
are doing really well. If you do look closely, I
think once again on my ear, both of these have struggled slightly, but this is only something you’ll notice if you do go in 100%. Overall I think both are
doing a really good job. Now let’s move on to something
I know a lot of you guys are excited about, and that is low light. Here the S9+ has definitely
maintained more color. And it’s also less noisy
compared to the iPhone X if you look at the sky, it’s
definitely cleaner on the S9+. Now another low light shot and I went to a colorful graffiti wall just to see how well the colors are
going to be maintained. And once again, I do think
the S9+ is doing better here. The noise levels are also lower on the S9+ compared to the iPhone X. One final shot in low
light, both doing good here, but once again, colors and
detail better maintained on the S9+. I do think this is thanks to
the super wide F 1.5 aperture. If you look at the red around
the 30 sign, that color has definitely been maintained
a lot better on the S9+, compared to the iPhone X. So there you have it guys, the
much awaited S9+ vs iPhone X. Camera comparison SuperSaf Style. In terms of my opinion, for
the front facing camera, the S9+ is definitely wider and
more balanced dynamic range, which I did prefer overall. Also the portrait mode from
the front-facing camera, I did find slightly better on the S9+. On the iPhone X, it really does struggle. Overall I don’t think either
of these are exceptional when it comes to the portrait
mode of front-facing camera, this is something I do think
the Pixel is better at, and we will be testing
that out in a future video. Low light selfies, once
again, I do think the S9+ was better overall. It was just more bright with less noise and I do think that’s thanks
to the wider F 1.7 aperture. Now for front-facing camera
video, I would have to give the edge to the S9+. You’ve got better dynamic range overall, it’s more stable although it does crop in for that stabilization, so that is a compromise you have to make. Now although images were
actually very good on both, slight differences in color, which will come down
to personal preference. In terms of dynamic range,
I’d say it’s a bit of a draw. Some of the images I prefer
the dynamic range on the S9+, and on some I prefer the iPhone X. Now, for video, it was quite interesting, because I think both did great in terms of quality overall. The S9+ did seem a little bit more stable when we were walking, but
it was slightly choppy. I think the stabilization
may be a little bit too aggressive, so when you
do have stronger movements it does seem to jump a little bit. 4K 60 frames a second,
very similar on both. The stabilization wasn’t too
great on either of these, when you’re at 40k 60 frames a second. Auto focus I would have to give the S9+. I think it was slightly faster, because of that dual pixel auto focus. And also slow motion I would
have to give the overall win to the S9+, because
although you’ve got 1080p at 240 frames a second on both, you do have the additional
option on the S9+ of 720p, at 960 frames a second
which is pretty insane. In terms of the portrait mode
from the rear facing cameras, I think both did pretty well and I would call it a
bit of a draw overall. Neither of them were perfect, and we did have slight defects, but I think they did
do a good job overall. With the S9+, you do have the
option of editing the blur after the fact, which is nice. With the iPhone X, you’re
going to have studio lighting, which let’s you go through
some different modes. And moving on to low light. This is where I think
the S9+ definitely won because of the wide F 1.5 aperture. We had less noise overall in the images, and the colors were better maintained. Finally, the audio. This is a similar situation that we’ve had in the past many times. We’ve got stereo audio on the S9+, and on the iPhone X it
only records in mono audio. Now you can go back and have a listen, but stereo audio definitely
wins in my opinion. The S9+ did sound louder and more rich. Now that’s what I think of it, what do you think? Definitely drop me a comment
below and let me know. Also let me know which SuperSaf
Style camera comparison you’d like me to do next. I know a lot of you
guys want to see the S9+ vs the Google Pixel 2 XL. And that will be coming
in the next few days, so make sure you have subscribed and switched on notifications
to see that first. If you want to see lots more images from lots of different devices, than give me a follow on
Instagram, I’m @SuperSaf, and I do post quite regularly on there. I hope you enjoyed this
video and found it useful, If you did, then do hit that
thumbs up button for me. Thanks for watching. This is Saf from SuperSafTV,
and I’ll see you next time.

I get this question a lot🤔Why would I give up my independence & join a team❓

I get this question a lot🤔Why would I give up my independence & join a team❓


I get asked this question a lot…Why
would I give up my independence and join a team? Now if you’re skeptical about
teams I’m going to start this by saying this isn’t me talking about our team. I’m
not gonna feature dump on you and tell you how great we are. I’m just going to
speak generally. You might be that lone wolf agent that’s absolutely better on
your own than in a group and if you got inside a team organization maybe it
wouldn’t be the right fit but my belief is that for the majority of agents out
there there’s more to be gained from joining a team than there is being given
up. So what are you gaining by joining a team? First, a lot of teams are lead
generators which means that you’re not out there trying to get the business for
yourself by door-knocking, cold calling running online ads whatever. Lead
generation is being handled by the team and that business is being distributed
out to the team members to work. That’s very valuable because that’s a big chunk
of your time back. And, not to mention the cost. Teams are getting larger and larger
generating more revenues that get dumped back into marketing and lead generation
and client care and those figures get harder and harder for an individual
agent to compete with. Second, the structure and accountability are majorly
important in the real estate business. If you don’t have a strong discipline
towards time management goal-setting and implementation business tracking then
maybe you need the structure and accountability that a team provides.
Let’s be honest with ourselves – left to our own devices we can all get a little
lazy, a little distracted, unfocused and procrastinate on things. How about coaching and support? If you’re joining a team I would hope that for you
it’s a team with a leadership group that has a lot of experience has operated in
the real estate business at a high level and is consistently working with you
coaching you so that you can improve your business. That’s what team
leadership should look like. I think a big mistake that people make is starting
a team when they’re not really really in a position to provide opportunity or
support for the people they’re bringing on. Bringing agents into a team means you become responsible for them. We can’t make a person successful but if
you’re not doing everything you can to create an environment where people can
achieve success then you’re not taking that responsibility seriously. In terms
of support, a lot of real estate offices provide great back-end support. The RE/MAX office I operate out of is one of them and teams leverage that support and take
it to another level. So things like transaction coordination, you handing in
listing paperwork and not having to worry about ordering signs up, booking
video & photography, staging, getting feature magazines, preparing ads and
also not having to worry about the cost involved. Another big one for me is
community. Real estate can be a lonely business. A team brings together a group
of like-minded individuals and directs their focus and energy towards a common goal. Everyone wants everyone else on the team to be successful, everyone helps, we leverage the combined experience of
everyone which creates a huge pool of knowledge that we can all pull from. A
team helps a team do more deals, create more income, a bigger presence in the
community at large which allows the team members to leverage the success of
the team. There are plenty more benefits to a team that I’m really not going to
dive into in this video like presentation materials, database
coordination, systemization and others but if you’d like to learn
more I’m happy to chat. If you have any questions please feel free to leave them
in the comments or send us a message. I hope you found this video valuable and
if there’s anything that we can do to help you sell more real estate please
let us know. Have an awesome day