A Photographer’s Tour Of North Carolina

With North Carolina’s many gorgeous beaches, beautiful mountains, and its rich history and culture, a photographer can do no wrong planning a tour of the state. But some places within North Carolina are guaranteed to produce some awe-inspiring shots with little to no Photoshop intervention needed.

Nature photographers will definitely enjoy the jaw-dropping vistas of the Smoky Mountains at sunset. Capturing the sun as it disappears behind the pine tree-covered mountains is as romantic a photo as one can get. Otherwise, there are the relaxing views around the crystal-clear waters of White Lake, North Carolina.Clifftops4-7-07 (1).jpg

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For more picture-perfect small town charm, there are Edenton’s lighthouse and Beaufort City’s coastal city near the pirate Blackbeard’s old stomping grounds. Still, for grander architecture, there’s Asheville’s Biltmore House, a tourist attraction and private estate designed by Richard Morris Hunt for George Washington Vanderbilt II in 1889.
Or if one prefers historical landmarks, one can take a trip to Kitty Hawk, the site where Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully launched and flew the world’s first airplane, Kitty Hawk Airfield, or head to Wilmington to see the USS North Carolina, a WWII battleship.
Aside from all those, photographers may also find some whimsy in North Carolina if they take their gear to the thrilling Carowinds amusement park, the train-themed Tweetsie Railroad, or the abandoned Land of Oz theme park in Beech Mountain.kathyroberts_kathleen-roberts-edenton-lighthouse-roanoke-river-lighthouse.jpg

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With these many options, photographers don’t even have to try that hard to find something to capture their fancy around North Carolina, thanks to the state’s widely diverse landscapes.

North Carolina-based Vijaya Prakash Boggala his time off following artistic pursuits like photography and painting. Follow him Twitter for quick photography tips and more .

Understanding Depths Of Field: A Tip Sheet On Better Landscape Photography

Landscape photography requires students to understand depths of field. This component is what distinguishes amazing shots from lackluster ones. Some photos need only a minimum depth of field; wherein one element in the shot stands out more. However, classic photography tips recommend having extensive depths of field to maintain sharpness and focus.

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Before anything, it is essential to clear up a few misconceptions regarding depths of field. Novice photographers believe that this refers to a specific zone in the shot that is sharp throughout its range. Depth of field actually describes the zone of acceptable sharpness in the image. This is because everything in the scene – other than the actual point of focus – is more or less sharp to a certain degree. However, it is the range of acceptable sharpness that needs to be defined. This is the depth of field. A good shot does not have sharp lines indicating the beginning or end of this zone. There is instead a gradual fading in and out of the zone. This does not necessarily have to center on the point of focus.

The rule of thumb with regards to landscape photography is that one-third of the depth of field lies in front of the point of focus; the rest falls behind. The degree and area of this zone are determined by the photography. This is where experimenting with shutter speeds, f-stops, and focal lengths come into play. Photographers have to ask themselves what exactly do they want to communicate with their shot.

A good reminder that is often forgotten is the camera-subject distance. Better landscape shots are made when the distance between the photographer and the subject is adequate. Remember that there is less depth of field when one is closer to the subject compared to when the subject is farther away.

Vijaya Prakash Boggala is trying his hand in landscape photography, among other things. Learn more about his passions and hobbies when you follow this Twitter account.

Creating Ethereal Photos Through Long Exposure

Applying long exposure to capture moving water, clouds, or stars will create a dramatic effect and a softer tone to your photographs. Long exposure photography is not difficult, as it simply means setting shutter speeds to last for a few minutes, but there are important techniques to remember for proper execution.

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Before setting up your camera, find the perfect spot and angle. More important than technique is an eye for good composition. Choose your subject and other elements in the photograph and be guided by the rule of thirds.

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A camera with a slow shutter speed will be very sensitive to motion. You would need to mount the camera on a steady tripod or surface; you would also need a remote, or you could at least set a timer to release the shutter because even the shake in pressing the shutter button will affect the photo.

Be conscious of the amount of light available. During the day, you would need neutral density filters to block excessive light during long exposure. At nighttime, watch out for other accidental sources of light that may interfere with the photograph, such as the light from your cell phone or a nearby bonfire.

A medical abstract writer by profession, Vijaya Prakash Boggala is an artist by heart. His hobbies include photography, DIY crafts, and painting. Follow this Twitter acocunt for more photography tips.

Reduce And Reuse: Inexpensive Diy Halloween Décor Ideas Using Things At Home

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to do some research for DIY décor that children would surely enjoy. Here are some ideas from the web that creatively reuses things you probably already have at home so that you can reduce your expenses during this fun, spooky season.

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Tin can luminaries

This is a great idea for recycling empty tin cans. Using a marker or Sharpie, write words or draw images onto the cleaned empty tin cans. Using a hammer and awl or nail, puncture holes along the outline of the letters or image, and space the holes evenly for a clean design. Paint the cans black, and when dry, poke the holes with a toothpick if they get clogged by paint. Place a candle in each of the cans and line them up on your porch!

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Ghost lollipop bouquet

This is another way to reuse empty tin cans or mason jars. Paint the same with black or any other color of paint. Cut 4 x 4 square pieces of white cotton cloth and drape each onto a lollipop. Tie the cloth with twine just right below the candy and around the lollipop stick. Using black paint, dab small circles for the eyes of your lollipop ghosts. Put a block of floral foam inside your painted tin can or mason jar and stick your lollipop ghosts in them. Put them on display or hand them out to kids during Trick or Treat!

Vijaya Prakash Boggala, a medical abstract writer, is also fond of DIY projects. For more décor ideas, like this Facebook page.

A Lesson In Painting: Acrylic Portraits

Acrylic painting allows for more versatility because of the medium’s fast drying time. Most beginners usually start with acrylic paint, working first on nature landscapes then proceeding to portraitures. Painting portraits in acrylic is not exactly difficult but does require several steps.

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Remember that acrylics dry pretty fast. Thus, it is recommended to build portraits in layers. That is, start out with basic rough paints then layer color until one achieves a realistic copy.

A great tip is to outline the subject’s face in light yellow. This color is an ideal base because it is easy to cover up. Naturally, this outline just copies whatever rough pencil drawing one initially made on the canvas. After this, the painter can use light purple to solidify the yellow marks. At this stage, it is okay to be pretty messy with the yellow and purples. These lines will inevitably be colored on later.

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The next tip would be to go over the figure in various shades of red. This brings the picture to life and adds more dimension. One can use green to shade over the violet. The combination of these two colors gives depth. The portrait should begin to look more three-dimensional. One must be careful with the green that it does not overpower the violet and give too much shadow. Ideally, the violet should fade into the green.

Painters can now exercise their creative license after this. There are many tips available on what steps can be taken next. Some leave their exaggerated version and add highlights. This leaves a pop-modern look. Others try to add subtle tones by coloring in blues. Blue can mitigate the two prior shading colors and make them look more natural.

Painting portraits is a challenging bur fun endeavor. However, given enough practice and patience, one will find much happiness.

Vijaya Prakash Boggala loves to paint using both oil and acrylic. Learn more by liking this Facebook page.

An Easy Guide To Choosing Between Oil And Acrylic Paints

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Understanding the difference between oil and acrylic paint is essential to any painter. This basic choice determines technique styles and on some occasions, subject. The main difference between the two is drying time. Oil paints have long drying times, sometimes taking weeks for them to no longer be wet. Weather conditions, such as humidity and temperature, greatly affect oil paint drying time. On the other hand, acrylic paints typically dry within an hour or less. However, there are slight color variations to acrylic paints when they are dried, wherein they may darken slightly when dry. Oil paints stay the same color regardless of drying time. Oils also have more pigment, thus giving more vibrant colors to paintings.

Acrylic paints are usually recommended for beginners because they are easier to handle and use. However, slower painters have found that the fast drying speed means they have to work faster too, which may or may not affect the quality of their painting. The fast drying speed also means that brushes have to be immediately cleaned after painting. Failure to do so could significantly decrease the lifespan of one’s paintbrushes. Nevertheless, acrylic paints are less expensive than oils and are more forgiving in terms of mistakes.

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Beginners should try their hand with both mediums and see which they prefer. Many painters dabble with both, depending on their mood and interested focus. It must be noted here that oil painting generally sells for more money than acrylic painting, but this should not be a determinant for those mainly interested in the art.

Vijaya Prakash Boggala paints in his spare time, using both oil and acrylic paints. Follow this Twitter account for more painting tips.

Gone In The Blink Of An Eye: Capturing Quick Subjects With Slow Shutter Speed Photography

Swift cars in dark boulevards, a merry-go-round in an amusement park, a fire dancer’s sparkling poi: These are some quick and lovely sights that can be captured by slow shutter speed or long exposure. Utilizing slow shutter speed photography makes a static photodynamic. Simply put, it captures the splendor of motion.

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The long exposure technique can be utilized in two ways: It can freeze motion to make all the aspects in the photo crisp, and it can also be used to blur motion. Yes, that’s right, a blurry picture. A blurry effect can actually add an artistic spice to a photo. The slow shutter speed technique may seem technical but with a little practice, beginners can also have fun with this technique.

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Some cameras provide a shutter priority mode, in which the camera automatically adjusts aperture after the user sets a shutter time. For Canon, it can be set to Tv while it is the S setting in Nikon cameras. The user can set a very slow shutter speed (around 10 to 30 seconds) to seize as much light as possible and to capture a cool motion blur. Using a tripod in this technique can be a great help. Also, “panning” the scenes can create a dreamy effect, especially in nature scenes such as waterfalls and ocean waves.

A medical abstract writer, Vijaya Boggala, is also enthusiastic about sports, arts, and photography. Action and slow shutter speed photography are among his favorites. For more photography articles about him, visit this page.

Writing Effective Abstracts: Accentuating the Importance of Medical Research

The abstract is the face of an entire medical research paper. It can also be seen as the ticket for the research paper to be accepted as a presentation for a bigger audience. It is among the last items written for medical research and is often mistakenly seen to be the easiest content to be created for the entire project.

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For an abstract to be effective, it needs to reflect the time, work, and importance of the medical research that was performed during the study. If the abstract is poorly written, the study—no matter how well it was executed—will have a higher chance of being seen as mediocre.

It is important that an ample amount of time is spent on the writing process to produce compelling abstract. It should not be definitely written five minutes before the deadline. Some medical researchers tend to underestimate the writing of the abstract because it only requires a relatively small amount of text to be written. Despite being short and only a paragraph long (usually), abstracts must be worked on weeks ahead.

Abstracts have to be impressive but should also be simple enough not to sound ostentatious. It is important that the researchers think deeply about the message that they want to relay to their readers. A rushed abstract tends to include a lot of unnecessary details, and a conclusion does barely sums up the entire study. This often confuses the reader and leads to disinterest. Medical researchers must also read and adhere to the submission guidelines provided in the call for abstracts strictly. A certain structure, word count and other technical requirements are sometimes specified when writing the abstract.

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Vijaya Prakash Boggala writes medical abstracts and has contributed to the 2011 article ‘A mortal case of moonshine.’ More about him can be read here.