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Sports Photography

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Happy Tuesday everyone! Here is Tuesday’s photography tip.

When shooting sports, make sure you have a shutter speed of 600 and above. This will guarantee that you freeze the action. You can set your camera to shutter priority (S) on #Nikon and (TV) on #Canon

In shutter priority you dial in the shutter speed and the camera will set the corresponding aperture based on your set ISO. Remember, on a nice sunny day keep the ISO at 200.

Now go out there and practice! Play with different speeds. If this helps you, connect with me and let me know.

If you want to learn more you can visit the events page for dates, locations and times of the free photography workshop.

I hope you all have a blessed day. Now let’s go out there and get creative!

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Same Price For Big Dreams

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Hey guys! Happy Monday and welcome to a new month! A month with 30 new days too work hard, smart and with passion.

Here is your Monday Motivation: If you dream big it won’t cost you any more than if you dream small so you might as well go big!

I like that statement because its true, dreaming costs us nothing yet we always limit our thoughts. We think we can never accomplish that or we are crazy for even think that, but guys we have to dream big! Dreaming big is the only way we are going to get anywhere in life.

Since this is a new month, it’s the perfect time for you to set your goals for the week/month. I invite you to set your goals and to increase your dream size. Get at it, dream it, set it and work at it!

These are a few of my goals for the week: daily reading, diet and workouts on check, lose 2lbs, film my fitness vlog update, finish editing my family vlog, take more photos and apply to more openings.

I hope you all have a blessed day. Now let’s go out there and get creative!

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How Do I Design – Thursday’s Designer Tip

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Hey guy!

Here is Thursday’s designer tip 🙂

When I create graphics my main design program is Adobe Illustrator. I use Illustrator because it creates vector files (a digital graphic file that its made up of many lines and curves or better known as paths). With a vector file you can stretch out your design as big or small as you want without losing resolution quality.

When I edit photos, I use Photoshop because PS creates a raster image (an image composed of pixels).

You can design in either programs, I just prefer Illustrator for designs and Photoshop for photos.

When I open up a new Illustrator file, I create the document using the final size of the project including the bleed when required.

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Creating new doc sized at: 3.75″ X 2.25″

For example, a business card is 3.5” x 2” if it does not require a bleed I make my doc size 3.5” x 2”. If my card requires a bleed my doc size will be 3.75” x 2.25” giving me a .25” bleed for trimming. Inside the card I will also keep an inner safety border of .25” all around.

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Example of doc with colored safety frame.

I work with layer so my first one is my safety border, you can use the guides in AI or I prefer to make a colored frame sized at .25” so its easier on my eyes. I will align the frame to the edges of the document. Next, I make sure to lock my guide layer so nothing is moved.

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Layer 1: Guides (Locked) Layer 2: Artwork

My 2nd layer is my artwork layer, this one I will keep under my 1st layer. Once my design is complete, I group everything in the artwork layer and delete layer 1 (guides). I will select my artwork layer and outline all of my text and save the file as a PDF or EPS making sure to keep the original (not outlined) text file for future changes.

**It is important to outline your text because if you send your file to someone and they don’t have that fonts you used in your design installed the program will substitute the missing fonts with other font causing your design to look different.**

**Outlining the text makes the font an object and it will no longer be editable as far as characteristics for future use so make sure you keep the original file.**

I hope this helps you in some way. If it does let me know 🙂

Have a blessed day and let’s go out there and get creative!

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Be Deaf when Someone Says You Can’t

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Hey guys!

Today I want to share with you a great poem I read in a book. I hope you enjoy it.

Be Deaf when Someone Says You Can’t

Grant Cardone

Be deaf when someone says you cannot do it!

Be deaf when someone says it is impossible!

Be deaf when anyone tries to put limits on you!

For these people who make efforts to limit you and suggest that

you cannot fulfill your dreams are dangerous people.

These people have given up on their dreams

and seek to convince you to do the same.

And do not be confused by them when they suggest

that they are only trying to help you!

Help is not what they offer.

What they really seek to do is have you join the ranks of slaves,

the apathetic, and the hopeless.

Be deaf to all of them.

I really enjoyed this one and it opened my eyes to the fact that it is true! People at all stages of your life will try to discourage you or stop you from achieving your goals. They fear your success because they have given up on theirs. They want to keep you at the same level as them so you don’t advance. Don’t let them, especially if you believe deeply in the goals and dreams you are chasing.

Be deaf to the critics!

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Unicorns Are Real!

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Hey guys!

I have some new photos up from the photo shoot I did of my niece Bibbles and her unicorn 😉 Check them out! You can also watch the behind the scenes of this fun day on Unicorns Are Real!

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Taking black & white photos

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Thursday’s photography tip is on taking black & white photos.

During this weeks photography workshop class we learned the following:

There are two options you can use to create a B&W photo.

The first is to convert the image to B&W in post processing. This is the most common one and you have the benefit of keeping both the color version and the B&W version.

The second option, which we learned is a truer way of get a B&W photo is to set your camera to monochrome. With this setting your image will be taken in B&W so there is no post processing conversion needed. The down side is that you won’t have the color photo, but like the teacher said if your intent is to capture a B&W photo then you don’t need the color version.

This is just a tip/opinion, you can choose whatever option is best for you.

Try it out both ways and compare your results. It is all about experimenting.

Have a blessed day and lets go out and get creative!

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You need targets, a reason and goals.

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If you are not expanding you are contracting. You need targets, a reason and goals.

Wise words right there. I agree that we all need a reason to make our life worthwhile.

We need a reason to wake up every morning and make some kind of impact on this world and those around us even if it’s a small contribution.

Targets are very important. This year I’ve been very disciplined on writing down my longer term goals twice a day. But it’s not just about writing them down, its about taking action towards achieving them that makes all the difference.

On Sunday nights, I will write down the goals I have for the week, I also review the goals I had for the previous week. I will write down goals completed and goals failed on the same sheet and right under that I will write next week’s goals Monday – Sunday. I also have daily goals that I write down and start checking them off as I complete them.

You should have different targets and goals for all areas of your life, right now my 2 main categories are health and fitness and career advancements.

You can’t always achieve everything you write down, but its way better to over commit and deliver than it is to under commit and waste your time.

I suggest you buy a notebook and start writing down what is important to you, and take action towards expanding your current situation.

Have a blessed day guys and lets go out there and get creative.

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