Level up your photography skills in seven ways

Whether one is taking up photography as a hobby or a profession, leveling up in the discipline should always be a priority. Should you hit creative walls, remember that you can always find ways to improve your skills.

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Visit museums and fall back in love with art. Sometimes, all an artist needs is a new perspective. Art appreciation is important for photographers as this teaches them to become a student and an admirer of the arts. Use your gear daily. You don’t need an expensive camera to capture the best shots. For Vijaya Prakash Boggala, what you have is all you need. Read your camera’s manual to know its ins and outs. This is incredibly helpful as this would enable you to capture moments with ease and speed.

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Aspiring photographers often find themselves locked in their homes, with no proper subject to shoot. Begin a photography project, starting in your home, and sharpen your skills in composition. Shoot with intention, always. Shop your home for things you can sho0t, practice flat lay photography.

Follow a photographer whose style and work you admire, says Vijaya Prakash Boggala. Whether it’s a local photographer or one you only see online, pay close attention to their work and how they do it. Bring a memory card with limited space. This will teach you to minimize your possibilities and make you more aware of the shots you take. You’ll be more intentional and more focused on your subject.

Vijaya Prakash Boggala here and I write medical abstracts. I also enjoy a wide variety of arts and DIY projects, and I am the proud father of a four-year-old boy. For more updates, visit this blog.

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What’s wrong with the LeBron-led Lakers?

As of this writing, the Lakers are sporting a 31-40 record in the NBA’s Western Conference, which puts the team 11 games behind the eighth-seeded Clippers. With but 11 games left in the franchise’s calendar and upcoming matches against playoffs-bound teams like Utah, Golden State, Portland, and OKC, the chances of the Lakers getting to the postseason is close to nil, explains sports enthusiast Vijaya Prakash Boggala.

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All eyes are on the team’s marquee player LeBron James, who this season decided to bring his talent to Los Angeles. While the experiment showed lots of promise early on, an injury LeBron incurred last Christmas led to the team’s downfall. In short, the Lakers simply could not generate enough wins while King James was sidelined.

In fairness, the team’s young players Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and Josh Hart tried to man the fort with the help of veterans Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, and Lance Stephenson. But aside from its inconsistency in offense, the team also suffered from a lack of commitment to defense that wasn’t helped by Ball also getting sidelined due to injury.

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This is the first time in 13 consecutive seasons that a LeBron James-led team will miss the playoffs. And the team has many issues it must deal with if it’s to be in contention next year. It doesn’t help that morale is low among the young players who were placed on the trading block in the failed Anthony Davis trade drama. Now, injured Ingram is also done for the year, and coach Luke Walton will most likely get fired at the end of the season.

If LeBron and company are to rekindle the franchise and relive its glory days, a roster overhaul this offseason is needed, adds Vijaya Prakash Boggala. And the new rebuilding will, for sure, begin with the acquisition of Anthony Davis.

Vijaya Prakash Boggala writes medical abstracts and enjoy watching cricket, tennis, basketball, and other live sports. For more on Vijaya and his interests, go to this page.

Three tips for cleaning an acrylic painting on canvas

Vijaya Prakash Boggala’s day job involves writing abstracts for published medical literature. During his spare time, he enjoys painting using oils and acrylics on different media, often on wood and canvas. For fellow artists and art lovers, here are some tips on cleaning and preserving acrylic paintings on canvas:

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Remove dust using a small vacuum brush or a soft shaving brush

Remember to remove the frame before cleaning the painting. This is to prevent dust from gathering around the edges. If the artwork shows no sign of peeling, you can proceed with cleaning using the vacuum brush. However, if the paint is beginning to flake, you can use a soft shaving brush to gently dust the surface.

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Use a cotton cloth dipped on soapy water

DIY enthusiast and painter Vijaya Prakash Boggala has worked on a variety of art projects. When working with acrylic paintings on canvas, the simplest way to clean it is with a simple cotton cloth and soapy water. If the painting has amassed dust or grime after a few years, wiping the surface will restore its color. However, you must be gentle when it comes to cleaning up the paintings to prevent some of the paint from coming off. For best results, use an olive oil-based soap as it won’t damage the pigment.

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For minor stains, using a vinyl eraser can do the trick. If you want to do detailed cleaning, you can use a magnifying glass to spot unnoticed areas. Like the methods mentioned above, you also have to be gentle with the painting to prevent peeling and flaking.

It’s always refreshing to see paintings displayed. Artists and owners must regularly dust and clean the works to maintain the quality.

Vijaya Prakash Boggala works as a medical abstractor. He spends his free time expressing himself through art and photography. For more art-related updates, visit this Twitter page.

Naomi Osaka: A closer look at the new world No. 1

There’s no doubt that after her U.S. Open final win against former No. 1 and America’s favorite, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka instantly became the tennis world’s new darling. Much younger than her peers in the Grand Slam circle, Osaka of Japan is a new breed of champion.

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She’s believed to be a gift to the tennis world by none other than Billie Jean King. Osaka has the heart, the mind, and strength of a champion. Her victory against Williams at U.S. Open and her magnificent triumph against Petra Kvitova at the recently concluded Australian Open is a statement to the big guns that the young ones have arrived and are here to stay, according to tennis fan Vijaya Prakash-Boggala.

Osaka quickly became a darling not only of the tennis world but also of the social media for her funny antics and millennial quirks. Much like people her age, she enjoys Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, updating her accounts on a regular basis. While she carries the flag of Japan, she owes her training to the U.S. If there is one thing Osaka lacks as a champion, it’s the arrogance of one.

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Osaka, as Vijaya Prakash-Boggala believes, is unlike most of her peers as picks up her own trash on the court instead of expecting the ball kids to do it for her. Born in Japan, she bows after every match, both to her opponent and her supporters. Naomi, the new world No. 1 and darling of tennis, says she can’t act entitled even after winning two consecutive Grand Slam titles.

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Have the Lakers and Lebron reached their peak?

With the NBA season halfway through, the highly-touted Los Angeles Lakers are only a half-game ahead of the Utah Jazz in the last spot for the playoffs and barely above .500. The Western Conference is a lot less predictable than ever with Lebron James’ transfer; however, the question now is have the Lakers reached their peak?

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It has been a rollercoaster ride for the NBA’s biggest market as the Lakers have had stretches of both brilliance and mediocrity. And with the NBA’s number one star, James, out on a groin injury, I, Vijaya Prakash Boggala, have noticed the Lakers in danger.

Sure, guys like Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball have stepped up, but not consistently. Rajon Rondo, as effective as he is, has also been plagued by injuries all throughout the season. These factors have to be taken into consideration since people, especially Laker fans have high expectations of their storied franchise.

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With their lineup intact, the Lakers have shown that they can beat even the mighty Golden State Warriors. But a complete lineup seems to be elusive. What’s more is that this is only the regular season. The playoffs are a completely different animal. With teams like the Houston Rockets and the OKC Thunder hitting their stride, it’ll take much more from the Lebron James and company to stay competitive.

So, have the Lakers reached their peak? For the sake of Laker fans everywhere, I hope that they haven’t. This is Vijaya Prakash Boggala signing out.

Vijaya Prakash Boggala is currently honing his skills in action photography, slow shutter speed photography, and landscape photography. For similar reads, visit this blog.

Night photography tips for beginner photographers

We’ve all seen amazing shots of great cities like New York, Amsterdam, or London shot in the night time. But when we whip out our cameras and try night shots for ourselves, they don’t come out as polished or as good as the ones we’ve seen. Professionals have spent countless hours mastering how to take great night photos. And since every professional photographer was once a beginner, everyone can simply put in the hours and get better. To help you achieve amazing night photography shots, here are some useful tips you can follow.

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Always bring a sturdy tripod
Shake is the biggest problem when it comes to photography, and even more so for night photography. Because of dim conditions, you’ll be taking long exposure shots which requires a non-moving camera. Even the smallest movement can ruin a time-consuming shot. Try to look for an aluminum or carbon fiber tripod to avoid carrying heavy equipment when taking photos. If you don’t have one, simply find a place where you can rest your camera on, as long as it’s secure.

Always rely on manual focus
While autofocus works wonders during the day, it’s quite unreliable when taking photos at night. Cameras simply struggle in dark conditions. By manually focusing your camera, you save yourself the problem of the camera randomly focusing on other objects on the viewfinder.

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Switch from high to low ISO
It might make sense to go for a high ISO for night photography, but that just increases the noise on the photos. Even with noise-reduction technology, it still wouldn’t produce crisp pictures than that from a low ISO setting. ISO 400, 800, or even 1600 should be good enough for night photography sessions.

Vijaya Prakash Boggalahas written a number of medical abstracts for scholarly journals. An artisan at heart, he also enjoys the arts and is particularly fond of DIY projects. More on Vijaya’s work and interests here.

End the holiday blues with these DIY projects for parents and kids

When it’s too cold outside, and there’s nothing much to do at home, parents and kids can still have a great time indoors with arts and crafts activities that will maximize their creativity. Check out these easy to make DIY projects:

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Artsy paperweight: This project requires fist-sized flat stones, art brushes, and paint. Parents and kids can have fun choosing their own designs and patterns. Or if they want to go with the stone’s shape, they can make it look like a turtle, fish, car, or a face. Throwing in some quotes or catchphrases with fun patterns is also a good idea.

Crate storage: Old wooden or plastic crates can be turned into storage bins that will eliminate clutter in a child’s room or play area. These materials can be upcycled by painting them in bright colors before mounting them in a child’s room. Parents can let their children have fun in the designing and painting process. As for the finished product, these crates can serve as sturdy shelves or baskets for toys, books, clothes, shoes, and even gadgets.

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Corkboard wall: Corkboards are cheap and easy to mount. To start, get a large-sized corkboards and heavy-duty mounting tape. Parents and kids can decide whether to paint the boards or add embellishments such as washi tapes and stickers before putting them up. After painting or designing the boards, put them up in a good spot where a child can proudly show off his or her artwork, awards, and other interesting stuff. The corkboard can also be used for notes or reminders.

These easy do-it-yourself projects are quick and cost-effective, perfect for hours of old-school creativity. Turn cold and lazy days into memorable times with these artsy activities.

Vijaya Prakash Boggala works primarily as a medical abstract writer. He is also a sports enthusiast, arts lover, and avid landscape photographer. Get to know more about his interests by visiting this page.

Top tips for better landscape photography

There is a reason why amateur landscape photography pales in comparison with a photo taken by a professional. Professionals take into consideration multiple elements and plan ahead when taking a picture instead of just whipping out a decent camera. If you want to take frame-worthy landscape photography, here are some tips to help you out.

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Showcase depth: One of the strengths of landscape photography is the amount of detail one can show in an image. Simply wasting this space with a subject and the sky or the horizon as a background won’t get you much. When taking landscape photography, imagine a visual journey where the viewer sees one layer after another. Using a wide-angle lens immensely helps you capture a bigger frame.

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Use water to your advantage: Water can be used in many ways even in landscape photography. You can use water as a reflective mirror to fill the image further provided the water is still, and the reflected image is crisp. Capturing the movement of water is another way of utilizing the element. When doing this, try practicing your long exposure skills to create amazing images.

Use people as subjects: The difficult thing about landscape photography is when people are detached to the photo. To better appreciate the image, people sometimes need points of reference just to see how big the image is. Besides objects, using people as subjects in landscape photography magnifies the image further. Keep in mind that the subject doesn’t have to be at the center of the image.

Vijaya Boggala has written a number of medical abstracts for scholarly journals. An artisan at heart, he also enjoys the arts and is particularly fond of DIY projects. He is also a photography enthusiast. More on Vijaya’s work and interests here.

Fun and creative DIY projects to work on

There are tons of cool do-it-yourself ideas you can find online and inside magazines, all aimed at sparking that creative and innovative side in people. DIY endeavors also make better use of things laying around or ready to go to the trash bin, making for more efficient and less costly living while supporting the call for environment-friendliness. Let’s list down some awesome DIYs to try out.

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One neat DIY idea is to use old nail polish to color-code the heads of your various keys, so that you know exactly which one opens which door or compartment. They would not only look eye-popping but get you better organized.

Another is to recycle dilapidated winter coats and sweaters by tying up the ends of the sleeves, inserting pillows inside, and using them a comfy and fluffy sleeping beds for y0ur pets. This project is easy to do, obviously, and your cats or dogs will be very comfortable with your smell while, well, being virtually hugged by you every time they lie down.

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For your kitchen, get a chopping board and drill a large enough hole on it where peels and other excess parts of cooking ingredients can just fall straight to a waste basket you’ll place directly below it.

Lastly, test your lettering and art designing skills by using a sharpie marker on your white mugs to make cute, personalized logos and put witty statements, like “I like my sugar with coffee and cream” (which comes from a Beastie Boys song).

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The many reasons tennis is a beloved sport

Most sports give individuals the opportunity to be healthy mentally, emotionally, and physically.  Tennis is among the most loved sports of all time.  The benefits of playing (even watching) tennis is enjoyed by recreational and professional athletes of all ages.

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Tennis is a great workout.  From tossing the ball for service to hitting a volley, tennis keeps the body moving.  Over the years, team workouts have become a thing, yet tennis players have been doing that for decades.  The sport promises minimal injuries.  Yes, there could be sprained ankles or hurting wrists after hardcore tennis for years, but tennis is still considered a safe sport as compared to contact sports.

The sport can be considered affordable, even if it’s considered an elitist sport.  While tennis rackets, balls, and gear can be expensive, with the proper racket, footwear, and a free court, money won’t be an issue.  Tennis is played everywhere and is well-loved around the world.  Many friendships have been formed through playing the sport.  Learning to play tennis would mean having a skill for life.  Many tennis players who have quit playing for a time find that their bodies still know how to hit shots, thanks to muscle memory.

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As a social sport, it helps a person develop interpersonal skills that can be useful on and off the court.  Families are brought closer together by their love for the sport.  Tennis is a classic sport that has a wide following around the world.  It teaches a lot about how it is to have good sportsmanship in times of triumph and defeat.

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