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Tamron 180mm Macro Review – The Big Lens For Extreme Macro Shooters

This will be a quick Tamron 180mm Macro review. This is truly a wonderful lens, ideal for shooting extremely small and moving subjects such as insects.

I had great fun shooting with this lens, though it is a bit on the expensive side at a street price of $700.

It has an excellent finish and a solid feel. Although it has twice the reach of the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro lens, this lens performs as good optically and it has better build quality.

It is just as sharp as the 90mm Macro and it has very minimum optical defects. Distortion, chromatic aberration and vignetting are all under extremely well control.

I mainly used this lens to shoot insects and small critters pictures and I’m always pleased with the results. This lens will provide you with great working distance from your subject so the small creatures that you will be shooting at will not notice your presence.

This feature is excellent if you are trying to get a great, candid shot of insects and small critters.

There’s only one minor thing that can be improved on this lens: make the autofocus faster. The autofocus still uses the old mechanism. This lens does not have an autofocus on the lens body itself and still rely on the cameras screw drive motor.

To me, I always use manual focus with a Macro lens, so this is not an issue for me. However, this will be an issue for amateur user who still rely on autofocus when doing macro photography.

The Tamron 180mm is also excellent for portrait work. It gives good results, sharp with creamy bokeh. Here is a tip when shooting portraiture: you can switch to manual focus or activate the focus limiter on this lens to make the autofocus faster.

This lens can be used with both cropped sensor and full frame sensor cameras. This is a great advantage for people who have dual configuration DSLR system (cropped and full-frame).

To conclude, this is an excellent lens to handle. It gives you professional results for both macro and portrait photography. And it does so at a very affordable price compared to its Canon, Nikon or Sony lenses.

I have a feeling that Tamron will release an update for this lens soon, but they haven’t confirmed it yet. For macro shooters that want to bring their game to the next level, this lens is the deal.

Various Techniques Of Self-expression

Within each one of us lies the ability to communicate; it’s a natural human inclination, but with the hustle and bustle of the busy world around us, it’s no wonder our frequencies tend to jam from time to time. Being able to express our innermost thoughts and feelings in meaningful ways, both for ourselves and others, is imperative to maintaining a healthy spirit and mind.

Unfortunately, it’s not always apparent just how to reach inside ourselves so that we may shed that all-important light on our insights. As any artist knows, being blocked in this way can be oppressive and unbearable. Not only does an artist’s work suffer as a result, but the artist’s soul as well when confined and kept from the nurturing it so desperately needs to survive. Given this bleak forecast for realizing this kind of potential, what’s a creative person to do?

In Altered Books Workshop: 18 Creative Techniques for Self-Expression, Bev Brazelton outlines eighteen step-by-step techniques to not only tap into our personal creative wellsprings, but to channel that energy in new and innovative ways as well. With this book, not only will an artist be able to access his or her imagination and extend creative boundaries, he or she will be able to communicate the messages of world in exciting, brave new ways.

Learn how to rediscover your environment and translate what you find there into fresh, evocative samplings of yourself for the world to enjoy, and in doing so, find new depths to you artistic potential. Experience how common copper pennies can become jewels of adornment, and how old magazine covers can become framed testimonials of freedom, beauty, wisdom and love. There is no limit to your growth once you learn how to cultivate the soils of your inspiration for continued, productive yield that will not only nourish you for years to come, but all those around you as well. After all, what better gift is there to give than one you’ve created yourself?

Whether you’re a budding artist or a long-established, flowering vine, you are always growing as a creative vessel. Altered Books Workshop: 18 Creative Techniques for Self-Expression by Bev Brazelton is thus, not only the book that will feed your creative nature, it’s the one that will help clear away the weeds that may have encroached on your passion. It’s the book that will nurture your continued growth as an artist, encourage you to continue reaching upward, and ultimately, to thrive.

An Introduction To Night Vision Night Owl Night Vision Binoculars Nob5x

Night Vision Devices enable night time or after dark viewing; and were initially developed by the US Government for US Military personnel. Eventually these devices also proved extremely useful within other industries: US Law Enforcement, Security, Private Investigation, Photography, and Hunting. Technology advances and the development of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation technologies have made those original devices (1st Generation) affordable for general outdoor enthusiasts. Hence, these 1st generation devices have become more and more popular amongst the general consumer community. This article reviews Night Owl Optics NOB5X Night Vision Binoculars, a 1st Generation Night Vision Instrument.

Specifications-Night Owl Optics is a leading manufacturer of affordable, high quality, night vision binoculars, monoculars, and goggles. The NOB5X provides 5X magnification, a 50mm objective diameter, a 53 ft. field of view at 100 yards, and weighs 39 oz. The NOB5X is an image enhancement device that is powered by a 3 volt lithium battery. Image enhancement works by amplifying small amounts of light, via an infrared illuminator (IR), and then reproducing it so that it displays on a green phosphorous screen. The IR is invisible to both human and animal eyes.

The NOB5X is easy to focus. With the help of the instruction manual, it probably takes about 30 seconds to set the focus for any user. Once set, the binocular becomes in essence a fixed focus (FF) binocular; meaning you dont have to re-set it unless you are changing users. Be sure to always focus the instrument indoors, and with the lens caps ON.

The performance of the NOBX5, like all other 1st generation instruments, varies depending on lighting conditions. One misconception people have around night vision is that they work in complete darkness. Without the IR, you would not be able to view anything in complete darkness. I tested the NOB5X under a clear New Jersey sky with a half-moon above, and was able to view a deer from over 100 yards away without the IR. I found the IR button to be very accessible, and was able to recognize the deer in much more detail from the same distance when employing the IR. Later on I was able to clearly site a raccoon in a wooded area from about 80 yards away with the IR turned on.

The image quality of the NOB5X is excellent. Having already used other 1st generation devices by Yukon and Bushnell, I would rank the NOB5X higher than both from an image quality perspective. Another misconception people have about Night Vision Binoculars is that they function very similarly to day time binoculars. This is NOT TRUE. The image seen on the phosphorus screen is reproduced, and therefore not as clear as the image seen through day time binoculars. Image sharpness is also not consistent across the entire field of view of night vision binoculars. However, the amount of distortion I found around the edges of the NOB5X image was pretty reasonable, and not at all distracting from a users perspective.

The NOB5X comes with a comfortably fitting neck strap that made me forget I had nearly 40 oz around my neck; and also fits nicely into a durable canvas carrying case. The NOB5X costs less than $500 at most on-line stores, and about $20 more at your local sporting goods store . For that very reasonable price, you get a durable, high performing, night vision binocular that hunters and outdoorsmen will certainly enjoy.

Trick Photography And Special Effects – Pros And Cons Of Ebook

Trick Photography and Special Effects Review
Evan Sharboneau put together a book and video tutorial that reveals the secrets to taking excellent pictures by using Trick Photography and Special Effects. The great thing about this website is that it will provide you information on how to take great pictures with just a regular camera that you may have on hand. You do not need to buy expensive equipment in order to achieve fantastic results when it comes to taking pictures just by ordering Trick Photography and Special Effects.

Trick Photography and Special Effects PROS

Using special effects to take really magnificent pictures with just a regular camera.

It will show the secrets on how to do light painting images.

How to transform your regular pictures into something better and improved?

Using photography tricks that are complicated to comprehend.

How to create invisible man in your photos?

Using laser pens, flashlight or other household items as visual effects.

Simple tweaks you can do for digital cameras that will provide you incredible pictures.

How to take dynamic and vibrant images?

The privilege of being able to create 3d images.

How to capture star trail images?

How to do a freeze motion picture with a clear image?

How to do a 30 second tweak in order for you take wonderful pictures?

Why your computer scanner is a perfect tool to creating out of this world images?

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You have to read 295 pages of instructions on Trick Photography and Special Effects

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Customer Reviews

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“This is possibly the best photography book I have ever bought and I have wasted my money on a few. Why? Because it shows you the coolest stuff you can do with a camera, it is cheap as and best of all it doesn’t ramble on- It gets straight to the point. Plus the bonus material youtube stuff, etc and support for the net community..need I go on.
Cheers, I look forward to more of your work!
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These are basically two customer reviews that came from the website of Trick Photography and Special Effects.

You get to try this material for eight weeks which is absolutely free. You can make your decision then whether you are interested in investing on this material about trick photography and special effects. This way you have nothing to loose. If you would like to order at this moment, you will have access for the rest of your life with Trick Photography and Special Effects. It will only cost you $97 for this material. Ones you order has been processed

Timeless Persuasive Writing Techniques

Most people need to be talked into buying a product in one form or another, especially when purchasing it from a business website. Whats the best way to convince someone to buy something? The answer is simple. Create persuasive pieces of text that lead your visitors to believe the product, service or subscription will add value to their life. For example, many photography websites use persuasive text to convince visitors that they capture better moments than other photography companies.

Persuasive writing is a style of writing that strives to get the reader to believe in what the writer is discussing. This is done in several ways. Here are a few classic strategies that will compel your visitors to make a purchase on your business website.

1.Repeat Yourself Often
Listing the benefits of your product multiple times on your website may seem a little overboard and redundant to you. This is only because you obviously know this information by heart, but what about your visitors? This may be the first time they have ever come across such a product and its benefits. Be sly about repeating your information. One of the most effective persuasive writing techniques is to present the same information in multiple different ways. Incorporate the benefits of your product into a story, a summary, a testimony and even a bulleted list! Readers will often miss the repetition if done in this fashion.

2.Give Your Reader Reasons Why
As mentioned before, you need your reader to be convinced of what you are telling them. If you have a photography website, let your readers know why you are the best solution for their needs. Do you come to their location? Do you provide them with a digital portfolio of their shoot? Focus on the differences between you and your competition and let the reader in on them.

3.Bring in a Social Element
Humans are social creatures and it is human nature to believe in things that other humans use or do. Think of ways to incorporate human elements into your business website. Use images of people enjoying what it is you sell or a picture of how your product can make their life more productive, happier, etc. The homepage of your web page alone should make your visitor jump on the bandwagon. Another great way to add a social element is through customer or user testimonials. People tend to believe that an un-bias, outside review is a good indicator of the quality of the product.

4.Tell a Story
Storytelling itself is a form of art. Stories have been told and passed down since the beginning of man. Psychology experts have studied the effects of storytelling and have found that people can talk their selves into something by listening to a story. You can even create a personal website to tell the story of your business, company or the success of your products. Storytelling is also one of the best techniques within persuasive writing because all the other techniques can be incorporated into the story! Its a win-win situation.

5.Dont Avoid the Counter Argument
As with any product, there might be a few downfalls with your product or service. The best way to show your readers that you are not hiding anything from them is to address these disadvantages. These are referred to as the counter argument in persuasive writing. Now here is the most important thing. After you have discussed the counter argument with your reader, you MUST give a rebuttal. This means that you need to defend the counter argument and bring the reader back to your side of the argument. If this is done correctly, this technique has the power to win a reader over instantly.

The bottom line is: If you have a business website it is essential that you implement persuasive writing techniques throughout your content. If you cannot convince your visitors to buy your product or service, then they surely wont be able to convince themselves. Try to write about your product or service in different ways. There is really no right or wrong way to persuade someone, but you must start by putting the pen to paper and just let the words flow!

The Tokina 50-135 Lens Review Good Telephoto Lens Substitute

The Tokina 50-135mm F 2.8 AT-X 535 PRO DX or simply known as the Tokina 50-135 lens has a high quality build and construction. The casing is all metal and has extraordinary fit and finish. This particular lens is cheaper than its counterparts and has many advantages as well. It features many elements and is a good lens for moderate to large focal range. This particular lens is also lighter and more compact than its competitors in the market.

As far as the aperture is concerned, is very fast and constant at f/2.8. The lens incorporated SD elements which compensates the chromatic aberrations.

Chromatic aberrations are a big concern for photographers and Tokina have addressed that issue with this Tokina 50-135 lens as they have used SD technology which reduces the chromatic aberrations. The SD feature not only reduces the chromatic aberrations but also it makes the lens produces sharp and high contrast images. The quality of the image is quite high and optical quality this lens is commendable.

Another feature of the Tokina 50-135 is the water proof or WF coating on it. This coating makes it weather resistant so that it can be used in bad weather conditions as well. The lens is resistant to water, finger oils and dust particles and that is why it can be used in extreme weather conditions as well. The focusing system is also very fast and accurate. The one touch focus mechanism allows for instant switch from Auto to Manual focus mode when needed. The transfer is also done without a fair amount of noise.

As far as the sharpness and the optical quality are concerned, the Tokina 50-135 is a good choice and makes excellent imagery. The images taken from the lens are of good quality. Images from Tokina 50-135 are of excellent sharpness and high contrast. The telephoto zoom lens is the same as its counter parts and is at 80-210 zoom lenses in the format of 35mm. As the lens is light and compact, it can be carried to different places and because of it is weather resistant, it can be used for wildlife photography as well.

Overall, the Tokina 50-135 is a good and sharp lens. Distortion cannot be avoided here but the lens has been able to keep the distortion to a minimum. The Tokina 50-135 lens has many different features which have made it a good substitute for its competitors like Nikon or Canon.

The New Tokina 16.5-135 Super Zoom Review

The Tokina 16.5-135 lens is a good value for money lens that gives you high quality pictures with the best possible sharpness. It provides a much wider angle than most lenses. The wide angle makes the lens an ideal fit for nature and outdoor photography. The lens however also has an incredible focal range that allows it to be used for indoor photography. In addition, this lens can take very good close up photos. In short, it is an everyday lens that can accommodate all your needs at a very affordable price. This makes the lens easily acceptable and readily usable among all type of photographers alike.

Tokina is known for being a pioneer in the latest advancements and for staying in track with the current trends. The Tokina 16.5-135 lens justifies this. The lens is made of three aspherical elements, one all glass precision-molded element and two compound elements. This makes the lens a robust and sturdy setup. The lens also comes with two Super-low Dispersion or otherwise known as SD glass elements that make chromatic aberrations and flare effects scarce. Another advantage of using SD glass elements is that the SD glass elements are lighter in weight and hence reduce the overall weight.

When it comes to the aperture, it is by far one of the widest lens in the market. The wide aperture of the Tokina 16.5-135 has many advantages for low light photography. It will allow you to take pictures on high shutter speeds and will cover a large shooting array. Another subtle benefit of using such a big and wide aperture is that the subject of the photo looks more prominent and has a special grace over the wide background. The contrast is brilliant and the chromatic as well as thermal aberrations are absent until you zoom in on a post processing software.

Focusing in the Tokina 16.5-135 lens has been dealt with very well and more attention has been given to detailing to make it more handy for the photographer. The focusing is constant and uniform throughout the entire zoom range of the lens and it never fails to deliver. Being an advanced piece of equipment, the Tokina 16.5-135 lens quite obviously comes with a great auto focus mechanism. With a total of 15 lenses in the complete setup, the auto focusing mechanism can make and take decisions quite capably.

Having said all this about its qualities and positives, it is safe to say that the Tokina 16.5-135 is a one of a kind model that meets the requirements of every kind of photographer and has something for everyone. It is also impressive to see how it finds a way to do all that at an incredibly cheap rate.

The History Of Portrait Photography

Modern technology and photographic tools allow for the average person to take a portrait photograph, regardless of experience, training, or even background. Want a picture? Point and shoot! In the past, a person wanting a photographic portrait underwent a much more exhaustive experience. Thankfully, modern technology has made the picture-taking process almost brainless.

Portrait photography is capturing the image of an individual (or group) and deliberately placing emphasis on the face and expressions. You will notice that some portraits capture the entire body and the background, but the face is still the objective to be captured. Don’t confuse a body shot as a candid shot. A candid shot is when the individual is secretly photographed. A portrait shot is a deliberate shot. The pose is deliberate and intended to capture the image of the individual in a certain light. There are an infinite amount of potential poses for a portrait. Depending on the intentions of the photographer, it may or may not be important for the subject to look into the camera.

Portrait photography has been in existence for quite awhile. In the past, it was only affordable by the rich and famous. They didn’t use photography but rather captured the moment using painters. You’re probably wondering how long it would take to ‘paint’ a portrait. The answer: quite a while! But then again, the artists (back then and today) are experts and they can produce quality portrait paintings in minimal time.

Other portrait methods were introduced as history progressed. The Camera Lucida, the silhouette and miniatures, is another method used to create portraits. But of course photography was the fastest way to produce a quality portrait. Photographers used different styles in portrait photography. Daguerrotype, which was introduced by Louis Daguerre, and the Calotype portraits are just two examples.

Sir Joseph Nipce and Louis Daguerre partnered together to improve the technology of photography, eventually leading to the Daguerrotype being the most popular style used for portrait requests. Of course, competition eventually stepped in and caused portrait photography to evolve to a new level. Portrait photography is less expensive (by far) than portrait painting. However, portrait paintings are sill alive and well today.

Portraits have also changed over the years. From individual to family shots and now to special occasions – weddings and other special events are captured in portrait format. Portrait photography isnt magic but rather science at play. In the past, you needed a background and the power of light to do the trick. As technology advanced, it allowed the photographer to take all his necessary equipment and gadgets (his camera!) directly to the action no matter where it was.

Lighting has also played an important role in portrait photography. There are a few well known methods for lighting a portrait, such as the three-point lightning setup: key light, fill light, and hair light. All of these are needed in a studio. You’re probably wondering why it takes three lights. It’s not the light that is necessary to make a pleasant image; it’s the lack of light! By using three different light sources, it’s easy for a photographer to create deliberate, subtle shadows where none would exist if you simply used a single, direct light source.

Indeed, photography has continued to change and it gets more complex (and yet more simple) as time goes by. You can enhance color, image and light by just attaching a gadget onto your camera. Or, you can take a basic image, and then tweak the heck out of it using digital editing software – the end result of which is usually nowhere near the original image taken!

Look For Your Ideal Wedding Photography Warwickshire Service Online!

Are you finally tying the knot with your loved one? Are you all set for the biggest day of your life that is not very far away now? Are you ready to capture all the breath taking sweet moments of the day of your marriage? If you are not, then you are not more than a few clicks away from your ideal photographer for the big day! Just go online and search for wedding photographers Warwick, and you will be able to choose from a huge number of brilliant photographers willing to capture your best moments for you!

With the rise in the world of technology and digital gadgets, the power of the internet has multiplied by a number of folds. Each and every thing that you need to know is readily available on the internet. All that you need to do is to type in the keywords and all the relevant information now lays on your fingertips! Both small and large businesses have used this for their advantage and have indulged in online marketing extensively. Wedding photography Warwickshire services are no different and all the data that you need about them can easily be found available online.

Almost all of the wedding photographers Warwickshire maintain beautiful websites of them own, no matter if they are owned by individuals or a group of individuals. They regularly post updates, information as well as their work on their websites, making it just a simple game of clicks for you to access these. Therefore, you can even check their samples and choose satisfactorily from the large number of wedding photography Warwickshire services available online. This decreases the ridiculous hassle that you would have had to go through with photographers without any websites. All their contact information and charges for different services and packages are also available online! Hit an easy online search and look for the perfect photographer for your wedding.

A wedding is the most auspicious day of anyones life as it marks the beginning of a new and beautiful journey. We all hope to relive our memories time after time, but our mind doesnt allow that after some time. Good photographs are the best way to keep these memories alive, and can be done best with the help of the large number of extremely talented photographers working in the region. Make a thorough online search and get yourself the best wedding photographs for auspicious occasion!

Camera Stabilizer Varizoom Flowpod

The VariZoom FlowPod has substantial advantages above ALL other handheld stabilizers and that is why more individuals are choosing the FlowPod. The FlowPod is the lone handheld stabilizer to offers 3 tools in one: Monopod mode, Stabilizer Mode and Low Mode.

The FlowPod and DSLRs – The FlowPod works with DSLR Still Cameras and the new DSLR Photography/Video Combination Cameras like the Canon Mark II.
The monopod mode has a noteworthy advantage over competing products since many stabilizers never get used due to the inconvenience and lost time in trying to set up and move from monopod to hand-held stabilizer and back. Video has been submitted to youtube for FlowPod Users. The FlowPod is a VariZoom patented product. This must not be confused with a STEADICAM Product. The FlowPod is simply available from VariZoom or VariZoom Dealers.

With the FlowPod’s built-in, patented monopod system, the operator can quickly collapse the monopod, return to stabilizer mode, and already be pre-balanced and ready to switch back and forth in seconds.

No other handheld offers the same low mode capabilities where the operator can micro-adjust the camera from the floor to waist level in seconds.

We have had FlowPod owners express regret that had not purchased the FlowPod in the beginning.
The unique balancing system is a straightforward but valuable tool that saves a lot of time by allowing you to quickly and accurately balance your camera in one attempt.

A superbly versatile DV camera stabilizer, the FlowPod can be used as a fluid handheld stabilizer, rock-solid monopod, or gliding low-mode tool. The FlowPod is used and recommended by filmmakers, wedding and event videographers worldwide

VariZoom introduces latest 3-in-1 DSLR camera stabilizer designed for video and still capture. VariZoom’s patented FlowPod system allows shooters complete benefits of monopod, low-mode mount, and stabilizer for video sequences. Correctly balance the camera one time for stabilizer mode, then shoot on monopod all day with the capability to instantly convert back and forth without added setup. In stabilizer mode, capture smooth, flowing-motion video sequences and quickly switch to monopod mode used for still shots. Ideal for wedding and event videographers wanting to get monopod stills and flowing-motion video on one support.

The patented FlowPod system allows shooters complete benefits of monopod, low-mode mount, and stabilizer for video sequences. Accurately balance your camera one time for stabilizer mode, then shoot on monopod all day with the ability to instantly convert back and forth with no additional setup. In stabilizer mode, capture smooth, flowing-motion video sequences and quickly switch to monopod mode for still shots. Ideal intended for wedding and event videographers wanting to acquire monopod stills and flowing-motion video on lone support.

The FlowPod stabilizer system, is Varizoom newest addition to the line of support gear for mini-DV videographers. This uniquely styled device is the generally versatile piece of support gear on the market. Designed to work seamlessly with or without a VariZoom control, the FlowPod merges the popular StealthPod monopod with this patent pending stabilizing system.

The unique multi-purpose handle features a telescoping pin that can either be locked inline for use as a monopod or unlocked to allow uninhibited suspended action shots. The slim design allows for ease of use in the tightest of shooting situations.

High quality aluminum construction.
Locking/Unlocking pivoting foam handle grip, for use as a monopod or as a stabilizing system.
make use of it with or without Varizoom’s zoom and focus controllers.
Optional Low Flow kit, allows for low-to-the-ground video shot, especially on moving things.
Ideal for camcorders with a payload of up to 8 lbs.

Definitely grab the FlowPod stabilizer, mount your camera and start recording. The FlowPod will offer you smooth footage, while walking, running or even going up and down stairs without any camera instability or shake.