I always used to wonder, why do we need a very high resolution camera if a 2 Megapixel is sufficient enough for sharing photographs. I just knew the fact that, higher the resolution the better it can be printed on a larger canvas. Higher resolutions can be used for poster size photography. Are we buying cameras with higher resolution to print posters? or is it just that we want to tell our friends that I’m having a high resolution camera?
Today I figured out what difference a higher resolution image can make. I was trying to edit my sister’s picture with some photographic tricks but I felt very difficult just because she has captured the image in an 1.3MP Camera. It was very difficult to fine tune many aspects. Then I just took a photo of myself and tried manipulating and applying some tricks on the photograph using some advanced photo-editing software. There was a big difference! It was easier for me to edit because of the finer details it had. The outcome would speak about it!
So if you are into any sort of image manipulation or poster creation, then only a higher resolution camera would matter you. I’d suggest 4.1 MP or higher for moment capturing if you do not intend to do any editing.
Often times its difficult to get the subject to focus when the sunlight is directly behind subject or if the sunlight is at an angle of 45 to 60 degrees. The reason is the subject doesn’t get lit properly. All you need is a reflector to lit the subject. A reflector can be made from an alumunium foil. The reflector reflects the sunlight back to the subject from the opposite direction so that the subject is lit properly. The trick to any photography is proper and sufficient lighting. This might be a simple thing, but often times simple things are ignored while it can bring a dramatic change in the way you take photographs.
I think you get the idea.
Level: Beginner to intermediate
The most important thing the photographer should know is that good photographs cannot be captured using the “Auto” mode when the sky or outdoor lighting is very poor. Most often the photographers are never satisfied by pictures taken in night mode, night scene or night snapshot modes provided by the camera. They tend to blame the camera instead. The way the photo looks is not the fault of the camera, rather its the fault of the photographer. It is very important to make the right settings to get a pleasing snap. Here are few tips to good night photography:
1) Set the camera to Manual Mode (M)
2) Increase the Exposure by reducing the shutter speed and increasing the aperture (refer camera manual)
3) Use a tripod or some stationary object
4) Switch off any “Image stabilazation” mode (Dont ask me why, i’ll explain this later in another post)
5) Use timer based trigger or use remote control based triggering to avoid even a very negligiable shake
6) If the subject is a human being, stay calm at the spot for a little more than usual.
7) Never take night photographs in “Auto” mode.
Hope this helps you to take better photographs next time.
Most of you out there who are new to photography and novice in photography thinks that setting the camera to “Auto” mode will be the best solution to get the best snaps. Well, this is absolutely a wrong notion. Auto mode is not just telling the camera to capture whatever and however way the camera feels. Rather there are few things the user or the photographer must know while using the auto mode. Auto mode is designed specifically for the photographer to capture the moment rather than adding some aesthetic values to the photograph. But an auto mode can do much more if you know exactly what the mode is designed for. Auto mode is most common in point and shoot cameras and compact cameras. The term Auto refers to Autofocus, Auto-Exposure, Auto-Flash and Auto-Whitebalance. The camera gives the user an option to concentrate more on the photograph rather on the camera.
Most important thing that the user doesnt know about this mode is “How to click the button”. The camera button has 2 levels of sensitivity. If you click the button half-way, then you are telling the camera which element or subject to focus on. If you click the button completely, then you are asking the camera to capture the image. So follow this steps while taking an image:
1) Frame the picture: This is called as composition. Decide what will come within the picture by seeing through the viewfinder or LCD screen
2) Decide which element on the picture should be the sharpest.
3) Click the camera button half-way to decide the most important element of the picture.
4) Once the camera focuses on the element, click the button completely to capture.
N.B: This tips are only for novice users and not for intermediate or professional photographers
I have been seeing this from ages. My friends always go for any gadget that has more features. I can understand its the human tendency to go for more. Incorporating more and more features is one of the marketing and business strategy. Here is the catch, you might have seen laptop that offers more features with lesser price. But on the other hand you might have also seen that some laptops tend to have lesser feature and higher price. I’m absolutely not saying to buy the laptop with less features giving a higher price. All you have to do is think if your decision is right about getting that particular laptop. I’ll be covering in detail how to choose a laptop. But for now, I’m dealing with how to maintain an existing laptop to give better results and performance.
Laptop performance is usually based on the CPU and the RAM. This does not mean that having a high end processor and infinite amount of RAM could boost up the performance. There are certain things the end-user should take care of. Here are few of the most important ones:
1) Make sure your PC/Laptop is properly ventilated.
2) Avoid any dust particle contacts. (Clean you PC regularly. Make sure that its dust-free)
3) Avoid any wet finger contact. Typing using wet fingers can effect the internal circuitry if by any chance the water gets into the PC.
4) Never plug in or out the adapter of the laptop when bootup is in process.
5) It is always advisable to power from the adapter rather than battery. Use battery when it is absolutely necessary.
6) Never block the CPU or GPU fan ventilation.
7) Minimize keeping the laptop on your lap or any cloth-like materials (Including bed, sofa, cushion carpets, etc). This is to avoid the dust being pulled in by the ventilation fan. More over keeping the laptop on your lap can cause health hazards. Keep the laptop on a solid surface like table.
8) Handle the keyboard and track pad with caution. Hitting the key hard can cause poor responsiveness.
9) Do not install un-necessary software
10) Avoid JRE. Install it only if its absolutely necessary
11) Avoid visiting Java based website that might trigger JVM.
12) Defragment your PC every 6 months
13) The Master drive (which contains the OS) should be having just 45% more space than it is required to install the OS.
14) Do not install any software on your master drive.
15) Turn-off Wireless (like WiFi, Bluetooth, etc) when not in use.
16) Turn-on Bluetooth only when it is absolutely necessary
17) Do not “DELETE” any software. Go to “Uninstall” option and remove the software.
18) Do not touch any System files (Usually under the OS folder)
19) Clear the cache and temporary files atleast once in a month.
20) Do not visit untrusted websites
21) Keep the brightness of the monitor less whenever possible.
22) If the program doesn’t respond, do not try closing the program or using end task, instead wait for the program to respond for sometime. Use end task only if it is absolutely necessary.
23) Do not use “End Process” for any programs that is linked to the OS
24) Run only the programs/software you want to run. Do not run multiple programs
25) Opt for browsers that allows the user to use the “Tab” feature.
26) Do not install high-end antivirus that is designed for professional purpose unless you are using your system for professional reasons. Install home edition instead.
27) Scan any disk or downloads before executing or copying to avoid any Trojans or viruses
28) Do not install any drivers which are not safe. Make sure that you are installing the right drivers. contact customer care or check with few forums before you proceed.
29) Make it a habit to turn-off the computer for atleast 1 hour every week.
30) Avoid scratched Media disks (Floppy, CD, DVD, BD, etc)
31) Disable browser pop-ups
32) Run a complete scan atleast once in 6 months.
33) Avoid Pirated Operating Systems. Use a legal version.
34) Avoid Dual or Multiple OS installation if the PC is not powerful.
35) Virtual Machines slows down the system a lot.
36) If screen savers are used, increase the time-out.
Hope this article helps you a lot to boost your system performance. If I have missed any. Please point me out. I own 3 Desktops and 3 Laptops. And I have never happened to face any problem till date. An this cannot be because of luck! All I have to say is “Respect the PC and the PC will respect you!”
It has been a very difficult time for me to figure out how to convert a VOB to MOV format. Frankly speaking there is not a single software that does that! Whatt???? yeah seriously! I had gone mad just figuring out how to convert VOB to MOV or something close to that. Finally, I figured out a way for myself.
Follow the steps below:
1) Convert the VOB file to DivX using DivX converter thats available from the DivX website.
2) I use “720p” or “Theater” quality
3) Now there are many software that can convert DivX to other formats. I use “SUPER”
You might be wondering that SUPER provides conversion back and forth different formats including VOB. Whatt?? yeah including VOB, I did not make a mistake while saying that. But you’d see a lot of side effects. Audio will be clipped-off. Un-necessary scan lines will be drawn on the video. Video gets converted to 5:4 aspect ratio. And above all, the PC itself crashes most of the time! So I think you wont try this with your PC atleast.