Five Tips to Taking Great Senior Photos

April 27, 2016 § Leave a comment

Graduation day is a special right of passage for so many young people these days, but like so many other critical moments in life it is gone all too fast. One day you are a graduate and the next day you are getting ready for college orientation, or off to join the work force to save up some money and hopefully get into school next year. Either way, the point is simple: that very special and unique time only lasts for a short window, and that is why photographs of that event are so important.If you or someone you know wants to know the tips to taking good senior photos, here is what I have to offer:Get the right equipment – Taking the right photos means getting the right gear. Sure that $150 camera at Walmart can take great pictures under ideal conditions, but even at its best it is not going to match even an entry level DSLR camera with the right lens and flash. Keep in mind that graduations are far from ideal technical conditions for taking memorable shots as they often include great distances, a wide range of lighting conditions, and even more! Of course, having a studio for close ups and pre-planned shots certainly helps and basic studios do not cost too much to set up.

Know how to use it – Know how to adjust white balance or what a K refers to in photography jargon? If not, it is certainly time for some training. Even if you do, you might still want to add a book or two to your Amazon list and load up! It could very well turn out that what you do not know will later come back to haunt you with sub-par photographs. Also, consider learning how to use programs like Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to bring out the best in your photos.
Practice makes perfect, but grow a thick skin first – Finding help with photography is simple and easy with the Internet! There are plenty of forums where you can post links to your Flickr or Photobucket account and get feedback. Just be prepared for feedback from people that are likely to be perfectionists. That means that you will need to grow a very thick skin in short order as photography perfectionists are known to be merciless with their feedback. Artists!!!
Do not crowd too much – While this is certainly a special moment, remember that it is not only a special time for you to take photos, but a special time for your senior to enjoy a very brief but important transitional moment. This might be one of the last times they get to see certain classmates, teachers, friends, or that special someone, so take your snaps and then get out of the way. P.S. Burst shooting modes on most DSLRs are great for this!

Consider hiring a professional – If all of the above sounds like too much to handle then you should certainly seek out a professional. Trust me on this point, it might cost a little bit more but you certainly get what you pay for. Just because you hire a pro does not mean that you cannot take your own pictures too!


What is a Virtual Private Network (VPN)?

April 25, 2016 § Leave a comment

A virtual private network (VPN) can either be a remote access or site-to-site network – whatever the case, you’ll need specific software and hardware to build a VPN. For instance, you may need a desktop software client for each remote user, dedicated hardware (a concentrator or secure PIX firewall), a dedicated server for dial-up, a network access server for use by a service provider for remote users to access VPN, and a network and policy management center.There is no single way to put together a VPN, which is why most companies come up with a solution for their own needs. Most VPNs, however, make use of Cisco VPN technology simply because it is the most widely used equipment for networking in the world.So what are some of the hardware components you will need, in addition to VPN software? One component is called a concentrator. This piece of equipment is good for remote access, with encryption and authentication techniques that are quite advanced. With high availability, performance, and scalability, this piece of hardware also includes SEP modules that let you increase capacity and throughput. VPN concentrators sold work in small business situations, as well as in larger businesses, with up to 10,000 remote users.A VPN optimized router is used for scalability, routing, security, and quality of service. This piece of equipment is usually based on the Cisco IOS VPN software – you can find routers for many different networking needs. Small offices make use of them, as well as larger businesses.If you’re setting up a virtual private network, you’re also going to need a secure PIX firewall. A PIX (private Internet exchange) firewall comes with dynamic network address translation, proxy server, packet filtration, firewall and VPN capabilities all in one. A Cisco VPN always makes use of this type of hardware to set up an SSL VPN, although a PIX usually doesn’t use the Cisco IOS software, but an efficient operating system that is designed to perform exceptionally well.VPNs are used to connect offices and workstations together over a private network for various purposes. The type of software you implement depends on the type of network you are building. Most Cisco networks use a Cisco VPN client and software, for compatibility reasons. No matter what VPN client you use, an SSL should be set up to work as efficiently as possible, and have the proper security measures put in place to protect the dissemination of data.Things have really changed in the past few years, with companies being forced to deal with worldwide markets and offices in different locations across the globe. With segments of modern businesses often spread out across different locations, the most important technology is the virtual private network. VPNs allow companies to maintain internal communications that are fast, safe, and reliable. Modern VPN technology and equipment give businesses the opportunity to do this inexpensively. Without the reliable communication capabilities of a VPN, companies wouldn’t run so well.

1993 Suzuki GSF 400 Bandit Left Front Turn Signal

April 23, 2016 § Leave a comment

1993 Suzuki GSF 400 Bandit Left Front Turn Signal

The Left Front Turn Signal (as you are sitting on the bike), is a complete assembly, including the bulb mount, wiring and lens. The Condition of this part is Used.

A used Turn Signal will be complete and fully functional. The lens will be clean and undamaged. The wiring and plug will be intact with clean connections.

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Armani Exchange Lady Hamilton Silver Quilted Dial Stainless Steel Ladies Watch AX5215

April 20, 2016 § Leave a comment

Stainless steel case with a stainless steel bracelet. Fixed silver-tone bezel set with crystals. Silver quilted dial set with Swarovsk crystals with silver-tone hands. No markers. The Armani AX Exchange logo appears at the 12 o’clock position. Dial Type: Analog. Quartz movement. Scratch resistant mineral crystal. Pull / push crown. Solid case back. Case diameter: 36 mm. Case thickness: 9.4 mm. Round case shape. Band width: 18 mm. Deployment clasp with push button release. Water resistant at 50 meters / 165 feet. Functions: hour, minute, second. Dress watch style. Armani Exchange Hamilton Silver Quilted Dial Stainless Steel Ladies Watch AX5215.
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