Saturday, August 18, 2018

Can you take the perfect Photograph

I wondered just what are some great tips or advice that you can really benefit from knowing when trying to take a really great photograph.  As a social media influencer it is very important for me to give my audience the best pictures that I can to show off the products that I am reviewing or featuring at the time.  Of course no matter what I try, for me it always could be so much better.

 I know that equipment like a really good camera and lighting has a lot to do with the main reasons that my photos are not super thrilling but for that is more of a budget problem. Perhaps one day someone will have me review a great camera with an awesome lighting studio.  With the right amount of time, experience and not having a shaking hand. I even think that most of my photos are spectacular when I see them, but then I see a professional and just get stumped as to how they are making everything look magazine worthy.  You are usually not going to be able to create perfect photos your first time trying so just do not give up.

I did get some of the following tips from the internet along with a few of my own opinions. First one is Get in close which means Fill the frame with your subject and see how much better your photo will look without so much wasted space. The closer you are to the subject, the better you can see their facial expressions too.  Secondly slow down and take time to think about what is going on in the viewfinder before pressing the shutter.

Third although I think that the better the camera the better the picture, but I read that most of the time that is just not so, and depend on the photographer and experience, even a cell phone can take a decent photograph. 

Asking permission or giving photo credit, especially when finding photos to use via the internet is a huge thing, and I never realized it because it is super easy to search for any kind of photo and use it, I did not think anything would be a problem. However certain sites and people do mind and can actually cause quite a stir.  It most cases it is always better to take your own photo, but that is not always possible so just double check that it is ok first.  Not only on the internet but offline as well, some places require permission to photograph in.

When photographer and entrepreneur Ismail Sirdah was asked, what is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you? He stated practice really does make perfect. It takes a lot of hours of practice to gain good photography instincts, so just keep going!
My mentor always used to tell me that if you are in a bad mood, you have to stop what you are doing and go do something else. Then, when you come back to the task that was putting you into a bad mood, you will have a fresh perspective.

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The Daily Question for You and Your Child
A Three-Year Spiritual Journal

About The Daily Question for You and Your Child

A fun, thought-provoking 365-question guided journal and keepsake that sparks daily interaction with your child to create a memory book capturing your child's life, personality, and faith journey.

This interactive prompted journal allows a parent to create a keepsake of three years of their child's life. By answering each of the 365 questions together on the same date each year, readers will get a unique and precious picture into their child's feelings, development, and personality. Some of the questions focus on spirituality and the child's heart, while some are meant to capture their creativity, spirit, and sense of humor. All questions spark conversations and memories that span well beyond the pages of this book.

I received a complimentary copy. 

Cassandra's review-  A book that will take time and dedication on the part of both you and your child.  It can bring a new discussion along with just a single question each day.  It is very simple and straightforward with no added features.  Each page is a date, question and a few spaces to write in your answers.   You would probably want to start this with a child who is a little older than 3 if you want more serious answers and also an age when the child actually understands what your asking.  It would make a nice gift for a younger child as teens might find it a bit less of a challenge. 

The Politics of Autism By Bryna Siegel, Ph.D. Review

Increasing numbers of autism diagnoses. Hysteria around vaccines. The mystique of the autistic savant… Amid so much buzz about autistic spectrum disorders (ASDds) there’s painfully little focus on how we can better support children with autism and their families right now. Today.

Enter distinguished autism scientist Bryna Siegel, Ph.D., who has devoted her career to seeking solutions to these immediate issues. In her new book, The Politics of Autism (Oxford University Press, September 3, 2018), Siegel examines our culture’s ideas about autism and the reasons for the misconceptions driving counter-productive decision-making in both the public and the private realms.

The Politics of Autism also exposes just how vulnerable the autism community remains from a political and social perspective. Treatment options and choices about the futures of individuals with ASDs are often driven by deeply flawed policies and regulations, the book explains. This has led to misguided priorities that neglect the real needs of most individuals and families living with autism.

From the diagnosis process and its impact on access to services, to flaws in autism education programs and treatments, The Politics of Autism offers a 360 degree look at the contradictions and misinformation obstructing the way to a more constructive dialogue and effective solutions.


The book does a deep dive on the following topics, among many others:

What is fake news about autism, and what’s real?
Real reasons the number of autism diagnoses is increasing.
Why “full inclusion” and “core curriculum” emphases in autism education may be inappropriate and even harmful.
Why we should ditch traditional academic curriculum for most with ASDs, instead focusing on independence and vocational skills to help prevent ASDs adult unemployment (which is rampant).
What’s behind excessive costs of some autism treatments, and how can it be changed?
How the Internet lures parents into trying miracle ‘medicines,’ creates myths and disinformation, and can result in disillusionment when costly fake cures don’t work.
Unpacking the vaccine wars - and why vaccines do not cause autism.

Ultimately, The Politics of Autism argues that we can do much better. Reaching into the very depths of identity politics, Siegel recommends a sensible, policy- and science- based way forward.

I received a complimentary copy. 

Cassandra's Review-  Some of my children have special needs so I know firsthand about the majority of what is being covered in this book.  Of course I will never be an expert and finding all the information I can is always a valuable resource.  Every child is super different no matter how many books are specializing in making them all the same. 

The book holds a lot of great discussions starters and topics that people could both agree and disagree with. Everyone can give an option or option on the topic and think that is is just that simple but nothing with autism is simple and everyday it takes work.

 If you are a parent or caregiver of a special needs child, just remember to be patient and understand that your child is trying their best already, there should be no expectations or added pressure, just be there to help and guide, not make life overwhelming based on how you feel they should be. 

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Sulfur acts as a key ingredient, creating permeability for nutrients to move into the skin and toxins to move out
Blueberry Fruit Extract reduces inflammation and oxidative damage, which can break down the cellular support structure of the skin

I received complimentary product.


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