It’s Christmas. The kids are home from school, the family is together and our thoughts are on letting go and having fun. It’s the silly season as we say in Australia. I wasn’t going to review another weight loss solution or online money making program. I wanted to review something that was fun and something I was interested in. Photography for me is relaxing and fun and I hoped others feel that same way too.
How many of you got a camera for Christmas? OK… How many of you love photography? Now, how many are envious of other photographer’s work and wish you can create pictures like they can? How many of you aren’t very good at Photoshop but love to learn more? And how many, like me, are old school and were taught to do everything in camera not on a computer? I thought so, well if you answered yes to any one of these questions I want to tell you about an e-Book you’ll love. It’s the Trick Photography and Special Effects e-Book. It teaches, it inspires and it is a lot of fun this Christmas holidays.
What Is Trick Photography and Special Effects?
Trick Photography and Special Effects is a 190 page e-Book. This e-book is made so it’s easy to understand whether you are a beginner, advanced or a working professional. It’s well thought out with literally hundreds of real examples and real photos taken by photographers for photographers. You can open this book on almost any page and get engrossed in topics that are fun to do and at the same time learn more about what we love doing, which is photography. I love it because even though it’s very detailed it also re-ignites your creativity with new ideas and new techniques. There is something in it for everybody who is into photography.
Trick Photography and Special Effects is broken up into 3 categories:
Long Exposure Effects and Light Painting:
• Fundamental lights and techniques
• Light sources
• Light painting techniques
• Motion blur
• Star trails
• Many more fun long exposures
Trick Photography and Special Effects:
• In-Camera illusions
• HDR photography
• Infrared photography
• 360 Degree panoramas
• The Droste Effect
• Time-Displacement photography via scanner
• The Harris Shutter Effect Read the rest of this entry »
When a couple marry, they almost never consider the possibility the relationship will fail. Although the statistics continue to show a high failure rate, the first flash of enthusiasm carries people through the ceremony and into the early months. During this time, all the major decisions assume the arrangements and deals they make will hold up indefinitely. One of the first early steps is merging households. It seems marriage always involves living together. If the couple both have another property, one will become the matrimonial home and the other will be sold. Two can always live more cheaply than one, goes the commonly stated justification. Bank accounts are often the next step and previously separated insurance arrangements are reevaluated. Indeed, the insurance industry encourages people to consolidate insurance policies with one insurer, offering discounts for multiple policies and bundles. While this is not necessarily so serious when it comes to auto insurance, it can spell big trouble for health insurance cover. Of course, the cover may come through a job and so long as the job is retained, cover persists. But so often the job is surrendered when the first child comes along. This pitches the wife on to her husband’s cover. Regardless whether this is through his work or private, a breakdown in the relationship gives the husband the power of decision over whether the health cover is to continue.
Research from the University of Michigan suggests about 115,000 women a year lose their private health cover because of divorce. Sometimes this is purely revenge for perceived injuries. Sometimes it’s reasonably inadvertent as a new partner is nominated to the cover or because of the terms of the employer’s plan. Just so we understand the scale of the problem, the statistics show there are about one million divorces every year and, on average, there’s a gap of not less than two years before the divorced woman is able to make alternative arrangements. This reflects the fact the woman have no right to qualify as a spouse, partner or dependent under the ex-husband’s plan, or because they do not have the income to pay the private insurance premiums. This financial situation is often made worse because many woman do not qualify for Medicaid or help from other federal and state assistance programs.
Even those who have continued in work and have their own plan through the job can find problems. The cost of reestablishing a separate household can be substantial, particularly if accommodation must be adequate to allow children to occupy. When family budgets are under strain, finding the copayments and out-of-pocket expenses for medical treatment can be too much. The only way forward for those who must now find cover through a private plan is to monitor the market by getting regular health insurance quotes. After 2014, the new insurance exchanges should make more cheap health cover available. Until then, keep getting the health insurance quotes until you find something affordable.
With winter just around the corner, it’s time to double-check all the areas of your house which, if damaged by the cold and snow, could drive up your homeowners insurance rates. Proper preparation is the key to keeping your home in optimum shape for the harshest of seasons.
Typical Insurance Losses
The most likely insurance losses come from small maintenance details that are all too often easily overlooked. For example, just keeping the walkway up to your front door free of ice and snow can help prevent injuries sustained on your property. Another example is clearing leaves out of rain gutters before the first freeze. If ice and snow can’t melt freely through the gutters when the air warms up, the water is likely to build up and seep back into the home instead, causing water damage.
Learn to Minimize Damage
Another part of ensuring winter isn’t too harsh on your home is recognizing where damage is likely to be caused, and taking steps to minimize the effects or prevent them entirely. It’s important to keep the inside temperatures warm enough to keep internal water pipes from freezing, and keep the faucets open with a slow drip to keep water moving in cold pipes if you’ll be out of town. Any exterior hoses should be disconnected and put away well before the first frost. You should also know where the emergency water shut-off is, just in case you have to use it.
Potential Property Damage
You should also remember that the inside of your home is not the only direction damages can come from. Tree limbs can break under the weight of too much snow, especially if they’re already old or weak. Make sure to tidy up the yard before winter hits to prevent the possibility of damage resulting from this type of outside force.
Remember, any claim filed for your insurance benefits can have the unpleasant side effect of spiking your monthly premiums, even if the damages are caused by Mother Nature. Taking the time to make sure your home is ready for the upcoming winter can save you from expensive damages or repairs to your home, and help keep your home insurance rates low the rest of the year.