Photoshop Background Effects: An Inexpensive Way To Create Professional Looking Portraits Every Time

Photoshop has been around for several years now, and the tool of choice for many, if not all successful professional photographers. They may not use it directly, but almost certainly have someone in their team that has the ability to utilise the full features of this amazing piece of photo editing software to enhance their landscapes, portraits, action shots or whatever their particular niche is.

Creating Photoshop background effects can be confusing, with the vast array of tools, menus and sub menus to sort through. Continue reading “Photoshop Background Effects: An Inexpensive Way To Create Professional Looking Portraits Every Time”

The Amazing Author Jane Austen

The Amazing Author Jane Austen

Throughout time there have been many amazing authors that have grabbed the hearts of their readers and keep them coming back for more. They sit in wait on the hinges of a new story that will soon be coming out, and make sure they are on the list of recipients as soon as the print becomes publication. The genre and style of writings differ between authors making their work distinctive to who they are and unique in originality. Continue reading “The Amazing Author Jane Austen”

How To Write a Directors’ Treatment for a TV Commercial

How To Write a Treatment.

Probably the most critical step in pre-production is the writing of a treatment. A treatment is the director’s vision: a summary of the work that is going to be shot. A treatment is a sales tool. Agency people and clients are extremely busy and have very short attention spans. They don’t have the time to meet and discuss projects but they’re happy to browse through a 4 to 12 page treatment about the commercial you plan to shoot for them. This is their first glimpse at the material. Continue reading “How To Write a Directors’ Treatment for a TV Commercial”

The Opulent Grass Eater

(A.D. 2000)

The bones of Cambodia, it’s an old story, Pol Pot and his devastation: for the living to live among the dead… A few years back (A.D., 2000) my wife and I, we are traveling in Cambodia within sight of Pol Pot’s desolation of the ’70s, where He had over a million of his countrymen put to death our guide-Kim, middle aged, strong-shouldered, his eyes like wide-open sea windows, Very patient, as if endlessly enduring, a slight paleness to his face, weighty hair, We are in a fenced-in section of the once famous, “Killing Fields” the hole I am looking into, twenty-thousand bodies were Thrown into-, nearby is a glassed-in aquarium likened to a small mausoleum: it slides open, I take out one of its 9000-skulls, of Pol Pot’s Legacy; the whole area is really just a fenced in graveyard, with military police guarding it… Continue reading “The Opulent Grass Eater”

Sun Over Babenhausen

(Cody’s Sun–1975)

We had been at the park in Babenhausen, West Germany, where we lived nearby, Cody was on the swings, as was his twin brother Shawn, and I was swinging them both, pushing the swings forward, as they few higher and higher.

There was a big bright ball in the sky Cody kept looking at it-he was four-years old, Shawn paid little attention to it. On the face of Cody, he was surely saying, “What does it mean?” So his expression told me. He put his face upward as the swing went higher, to see if it moved. Continue reading “Sun Over Babenhausen”

Candle Making – Beeswax Vs Paraffin Wax

There are many different kinds of wax used in making candles including paraffin, beeswax, soy wax, gel wax, and palm wax. The two most common waxes used today are beeswax and paraffin, but soy wax is rising in popularity. Let’s compare paraffin wax and beeswax.

Paraffin wax was discovered by Carl Reichenbach in 1830 and by the late 1800s this was the most common wax used in candle making. Liquid paraffin is known as mineral oil and has many cosmetic and medical purposes. Before the discovery of paraffin, natural waxes and fats were used for candles. Continue reading “Candle Making – Beeswax Vs Paraffin Wax”

Lighthouse Magic

Lighthouse Magic

There is something about lighthouses which draw people to them. That is why they are one of the most visited places by tourists. Lighthouses, by their very nature, bring out the image of safety from danger, of a constant shelter, a helping hand, and security. For many, lighthouses are religious symbols for light in the midst of darkness, someone watching over us, and a guiding refuge from the storms of life. Continue reading “Lighthouse Magic”

Get Clarity – How to Move From Overwhelm to Overcome

Get Clarity - How to Move From Overwhelm to Overcome

There I was sitting in my living room wondering where to begin. We had purchased a couch two weeks ago and delivery was in two days. I thought it would be a good idea to really clean up. I had done this about 4 years ago and now seemed like the perfect time again.

Fortunately, a friend of the family who has an eye of organizing had been helping me. Continue reading “Get Clarity – How to Move From Overwhelm to Overcome”

Why You Need to Claim Your Google Business Listing

Google has an online business directory. It’s called Google Places. It’s a list of businesses much like the yellow pages in a phone book. Your business may be listed in this directory even if you have not added it. In that case it would contain only basic information. You can make it better by correcting the information and adding more to it. You can add pictures and video to your listing.

The name Google Places is being changed to Google+ Local Pages. This change integrates Google’s social network, Google Plus, with the business listings which are called Google Places. Continue reading “Why You Need to Claim Your Google Business Listing”