Taking Professional Quality Pictures

Written by Ryan Fyfe

By now I’m sure you’ve used Either a digital or film camera. You’ve taken pictures and had them developed and just weren’t satisfied withrepparttar Quality. You don’t need to be a professional or have a really expensive camera to take good photos. Here are some tips that can help you take your photo’s from 0-100 in no time.

  • Master your camera (Focus, Flash, Red-Eye, Shooting Modes, etc)
  • Take more pictures (especially with Digital)
  • Mix up your photos (portrait/Landscape)
  • Center your image around your target
  • Never shoot into a source of light
  • Try to use non-distracting backgrounds
  • Get Close - Zoom with your feet not with a button
  • Take advantage of shadows and reflections
  • Try different angles
  • Pay attention to vertical/horizontal lines
  • Shoot atrepparttar 139299 highest resolution available
  • Use appropriate film for shooting scenario’s
  • Pay a little extra to have photo’s developed at a quality shop

  • How to Create Backing Tracks If You Don't Play All the Instruments... or Any

    Written by Seth Lutnick

    Congratulations! Your singing has become amazing, and it's timerepparttar world knew. You've also written some songs that are just kick you-know-what. They need to be recorded, MP3ed and put onrepparttar 138792 net ASAP. But you've got two problems. First, you can't afford a studio, let alone a band for all this stuff. Second, you don't play all, or any, ofrepparttar 138793 instruments.

    Well there is good news. With a deft combination ofrepparttar 138794 internet and today's software, you can do wonders. While it's never going to berepparttar 138795 same as a true band in a real studio, which you had better hire for that big record company showcase, you can still create great backing tracks.

    First, repeat after me. "I love MIDI." Thank you.

    MIDI, to refresh your memory, is like sheet music for a pianist. The paper itself makes no noises, butrepparttar 138796 pianist gets allrepparttar 138797 information he needs from it to let us hear Beethoven (especially ifrepparttar 138798 music is also Beethoven!). In your computer set up,repparttar 138799 MIDI file isrepparttar 138800 sheet music,repparttar 138801 MIDI sequencer or playback program isrepparttar 138802 pianist, and your computer's sound card and synthesizer arerepparttar 138803 piano. That's all you need!

    Before we get started, I'll mentionrepparttar 138804 ultimate cover song shortcut -repparttar 138805 Internet! There are tons of great MIDI files of almost every piece of popular music out there. All you have to do is find them. If you can't, or you've got your own material, read on. Be legal, though!

    If You Play Keyboard or Guitar Well

    First, thank your parents forrepparttar 138806 lessons. Then, get your hands on a sequencer program and record your tracks. Using MIDI, you can chooserepparttar 138807 instrument sound for everything - all you need to do is inputrepparttar 138808 notes. For drums, you can either record them from your keyboard or use a plug-in drum machine. If you choose to record them, a quick way to do it is to record a couple of measures and then copy/paste to fill outrepparttar 138809 song. But don't forget to put in some drum fills!

    If Your Playing Is Limited to Little or Not at All

    For you there are wonderful programs, like Band in a Box and Jammer, to create backing tracks. They are very stylish, meaning, they function in styles. You must, atrepparttar 138810 very least, knowrepparttar 138811 chords for your song. You simply enterrepparttar 138812 chords, chooserepparttar 138813 appropriate musical style, and click a button called "compose" (or some reasonable facsimile). Before you can say "Holy guacamole, Batman," your music is playing. The drawback here is that your band will sound canned. And well it should, for it is! But, have no fear, there are ways to mitigate that quite well.

    Making it Human

    Best thing? Play what you can, at leastrepparttar 138814 melody. That, in and of itself, will help tremendously, as it's no longer just a band style playing chord progressions.

    Next up, record a counterpoint. Counterpoints make ordinary songs exciting. They are secondary melodies that complementrepparttar 138815 main melody. They usually have a slightly different rhythm, and fill in whererepparttar 138816 melody has breaks. A great example is inrepparttar 138817 song "The Winner Takes It All," by Abba. Listen torepparttar 138818 theme that is always playing underneathrepparttar 138819 melody - it really drivesrepparttar 138820 song.

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