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Photography 101 - Come on Get Snappy

Mar 28, 2012

Photographs can freeze a moment - and all the emotion that comes with it - in time or can create new realities for you to explore. You only need some basic equipment, a little knowledge and you're ready to start. Check out these hints and tips for getting started in photography!

What You Need - Digital, SLR or Point and Shoot?

First thing's first - you're going to need a camera. Let's look at the pros and cons of each:

  • Point and Shoot: Point and shoot cameras are the cheapest thing next to making your own camera. You can get them anywhere and they're easy to use because they focus automatically and take a lot of the guesswork out of photography. The down side is that they can sometimes take some pretty lousy photos and you can't use manual settings to create some of the neat effects you can with other cameras.
  • Digital: Digital camera's are great for a number or reasons - they let you see the photo right away, so you can delete it if it's no good. They also let you load your pics directly on your computer so there are no printing costs, unless you really want to print them. However, digital cameras are expensive and if you do want to print out your pics you're going to need to shell out for a camera with a really high resolution or your pictures will look all pixilated and gross.
  • SLR: SLR stands for single lens reflex. These are what you'd think of as traditional cameras. They're great because they allow you to use tons of manual settings to create the exact look you want, but it can take a while to figure out all the settings.

Composing Your Shot - The Art of Light

Now that you've got your equipment sorted out, it's time to getting snapping. Take pictures of everything and anything. Remember, this is definitely a case where practice makes perfect. Try shooting from different angles. Get up on a stool to take a picture of your sister watching TV or get as close as you can to a flower to check out its amazing texture. Just be creative and keep shooting! In order for an image to be captured on film, it must be exposed to light. Remember that the key to photography is light - too much light can ruin a photograph and so can too little. Play around to figure out what kind of lighting works best for your photos.

Developing Your Masterpiece

Now it's time to see the fruits of your labor. If you have a film camera, just pop over to your local photo lab to get your pictures developed. If you have a digital camera, it's as easy as plugging your camera into your computer - if you want to get prints made you can either print them yourself (using special paper and ink) or burn them on to CD and take them to a photo lab. Some labs even let you email the photo to them to print. Sweet. Don't be discouraged if your pictures aren't perfect. One of the greatest things about photography is that you never stop learning or getting better. Happy snapping!

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ThatRandomChick719
Section Two Mayu was still waiting around for Morishige to come back. They had plans for that afternoon, and that's why they hadn't left right away. They were supposed to rehearse together, and he thought it would be best if they did it in a setting like that of the scene. "Mayu, why don't we do it in the classroom after school? The scene takes place in a classroom, after all. Doing it this way will allow us to get into character a lot easier, don't you think?" "Yeah, that's a great idea!" "Excellent. We'll start once everyone departs. Good?" "Mhm... Good." Mayu's face became hot when she remembered how... light she felt. It was always strange... Whenever she talked to him, it was like she was lighter than air. Like she was floating. And yet... her heart was heavy enough to bring her back to the Earth when he left. That's how she felt now. "Ms. Yui... Do you think everything will be okay?" "Of course, Suzumoto! Morishige is fine on his own. Isn't he always?" "...Yeah... You're right." She began thinking to herself. "He doesn't need me..." "He never has." "He never will." "But... That's one of the things I like about him." "His independence." "He's a lone wolf. He could be trapped in a haunted setting and make it by on his own." "But I would be the first to die... Because I would need someone with me." "...Shig, in particular." Ms. Yui noticed Mayu and her sad expression.  "Oh, what's wrong? I thought that would be reassuring... I'm sorry." "Ahhhh, no, sensei! It's not your fault at all! I'm just... Um... Worried. That's all." The small girl abruptly stood and gathered her belongings. "I am gonna head out! See you tomorrow, Ms. Yui!" Without waiting for a response, Mayu ran out the door and through the hallway. She was sprinting and losing her breath.  But she couldn't stop. She had to keep going. "He needs me... I know it."
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unicornsrule626
                                                                          Chapter One                                                                          Violet’s PoV I woke up and groaned. Today was the day I was going to be going to England. Not that I’m complaining or anything but I planned on spending the summer with my friend Rachael.   But then tragedy stuck. My uncle Will was killed in a car crash and my aunt is all alone. My mom would go but she doesn’t want to bring my little brother along, as he’s only 5. So she decided to send me.   Yay.   Rachael keeps telling me I should be excited. “It’s not every day people get free passes to England!” She told me when I called her yesterday “I know but what about all of our summer plans?!” I told her frantically “Hey hey hey! Relax! You’re going to England for crying out loud! “ “I know but-“ “No buts! And you know who you probably going to see?” “……..MAX AND HARVEY!” “YES!!!” “Ok ok, listen. My aunt never told me which part of England she lives in….she could live nowhere near Berkshire!” “Or she could live in Berkshire.” “Rachael!” “Sorry! I’m so excited for you! Make sure you send my lots of pics!” “I will!” “And if you meet them……mention me please” “OF CORUSE!” Both of us giggled “Alright, Rach, I got to go…the plane leaves early tomorrow and I need to get some sleep” “Ok! Night Violet!” “Night Rach! And don’t forget about the time zones!” “I won’t!” And with that, I hung up.   Now it was morning and my plane was leaving in about two hours. I had packed the night before but decided to go over my things. After I made sure I had everything I needed, I took a quick shower.  I changed into (I will put a pic in) and put my hair in a side braid.   I made my way downstairs where my mom and dad were having their morning cup of coffee “Are you excited sweetie?” My dad asked me as he watched me sit next to him “Yeah! But also nervous…” He chuckled “You’ll be fine! Aunt Cristina is super fun….and she needs you more than ever.” I sighed “I know….” Poor Aunt  Cristina . Since Uncle Will died, she had lost some of her spark. But I was going to help her regain it. I ate a small bowl of cereal. When I finished I put my bowl in the sink and looked at my dad “Ready to go?” “Yeah…just let me get my keys” I nodded and turned to my mom. She was making some French toast for Noah, my little brother. She stopped what she was doing and turned to me “I going to miss you” She told me half crying as she pulled me into a hug. I hugged her back and tried to hold back my tears “I know. And I will miss you more. I love you mom. I promise I will call every day” She nodded “Say goodbye to Noah” Hearing his name, Noah waddled into the kitchen and into my arms “Bye Wiolet” He said as I hugged him. I giggled. He always called me ‘Wiloet’ Just as I put him down, my dad came back into the kitchen “Ready?” I nodded, hugged my mom and Noah one last time before I grabbed my backpack and suitcase. I took a deep breath in and walked out the front door with my dad behind me.   *Time Slip to airport* I stepped out of the car and onto the sidewalk. All the nerves were making me shake. My dad got my suitcase out of the truck and linked his free arm with mine “You sure you want to go?” He asked, concerned. I nodded “Yup. Aunt Cristina needs me….and this is going to be fun!” I was hoping he would buy my nervous behavior as just very excited behavior. He must have, as he just pulled me into a one armed hug “Alright then! To England!” He exclaimed as he marched forward. I giggled and saw people were starting at him with smiles on their faces. I shrugged to myself. My dad is weird and I’m used to it.   After walking through the crowed airport, we finally found where my plane would be boarding.   “Plane 482 boarding in 10 minutes” A male voice said through a loud speaker   I bit my lip “Well, I guess it’s final. I-I’m going to England!” I told my dad. He smiled even though his eyes were starting to tear up “Aww dad. Don’t cry…you’re going to make me cry” I mumbled as I pulled him into a hug “I know….we’re all going to miss you, Vi.” I nodded, not trusting my voice   “Plane 482 now boarding” “Bye dad, I love you. Tell mom and Noah I love them too” I smiled through my tears. He hugged me one last time and gave me my suitcase. I took it and walked towards the crowd of people who were also taking this plane. I looked back and saw my dad was full on crying. I felt another tear slip down my check as I smiled at him and waved goodbye. I looked ahead and boarded the plane. I took my seat and pulled out my phone. I went through my music till I found the song I wanted   Aftertaste by Shawn Mendes.    I’m such a sucker for Shawn. I put on my headphones and let the music take away my worries.   Goodbye Long Island, Hello England.  
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unicornsrule626
((Ooook so me and my irl bff had a great idea the other day. We decided we wanted to write some Max and Harvey fanfics! [As we are such nerds XDD]  This is my first time writing a fanfiction soooooo yeah. I would like if when you're done reading if you can rate the story itself [Plot, character, etc] and then the spelling and grammar [I can't spell but i try my best XD]  Soooo yeah! Enjoy if you want, or don't, i don't mind. Just please don't leave just hate comments. Criticism is ok, but it can't just be things that don't make sense. Kay thanks bye!))
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ThatRandomChick719
This is the start of my Corpse Party fanfiction. I'm going to post it in sections at a time as I go because it's a bit longer. I hope you all enjoy!  Section One  "Alright, have a great evening everyone! I'll see you tomorrow!"   As usual, Ms. Yui offered a warm smile to her students as they left the classroom. Some of them were really eager and rushed out. Others stuck around for a while.   "Oh, hmm..."   Maybe there were extracurricular activities going on? Of course! That only made sense, after all. Ms. Yui noticed two students in particular taking their time. They were both really into drama club, too,  and they were always together.   "Suzumoto, Morishige... Do you two have drama club today?" The male student, Sakutaro Morishige, shifted his gaze towards the teacher. His expression remained stoic, as usual.   Until he gave a small smile.  "Actually... No. Not today."   He pulled out his iconic white cell phone and pressed some of the buttons. He then held it to his ear.  "...Hmm? Oh, I see. Well... Alright. I'll be there soon. Try to stay calm." He flipped it closed, and his companion looked at him.  "What's wrong, Shig?" "Ah... You see, Mayu... I'm afraid Kishinuma has gotten himself in another predicament."  Mayu's eyes widened a little.  "What did he do?!"   Ms. Yui walked over to them. She was automatically concerned. Kishinuma could be considered a delinquent by some people, but they all knew he was a good guy. He just had a short fuse. "Morishige...? Did you say Kishinuma?!"  "Mhm. And... All Mochida told me was that there was a conflict at Kishinuma's workplace, and they caught him in a bad mood."  Mayu shook her head. She was worried. "Oh no! What are you gonna do, Shig?!"   "Simple," he replied with a smirk. "I'm going to pick him up and take him home. And make sure the doors are locked."  Mayu still couldn't comprehend the situation.  "How will that help anything, though?"  "I see Kishinuma as the type who calms down best when he is alone..."   He chuckled.  "...Or with Shinozaki."  Mayu laughed in agreement. It was a fairly obvious thing to see... Kishinuma was totally into her! Ms. Yui chuckled, too.   "Alright... Be careful, though. Don't get him too angry."  "Yeah, Shig! Kishinuma would easily beat you into a pulp in a fight!"  Suddenly, he felt his face go red.  "...N-nonsense! I am perfectly able to defend myself... Especially against a delinquent like him."  With that, he put his phone in his pocket and left the classroom.
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cubicfairy
( is anyone gonna comment, give me ideas on what Aphmau fan fic to do! as I said, most ​of my fan fics will revolve around my ships, doesn't mean I wont do anything others kinds! please, plus, next, I'm doing garrence!)
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