Are you amazed by the awesome pictures posted in magazines and various Internet sites? Believe it or not, but even if you are not a professional photographer, you could also come up with similarly fantastic pictures.Introducing the Adobe Photoshop CS. The Photoshop CS is the more advanced and updated versions of the Adobe Photoshop software that has been around for quite some time. During the pre-computer era, you were perhaps engrossed into the hobby of cutting out pictures for better album presentations.But now, everything can be done using the computer. Even the cameras with negative films on it are slowly becoming obsolete, in favor of the modern camera types, where images are stored not on films but virtually through computer memories. In that case, how could you make good albums or edit pictures?The Photoshop is here to save the day. No need to use scissors and paste. Just turn on your computer, get a copy of the Photoshop software, which can be accessed conveniently online or in software stores, and start working on your masterpiece.However, like almost any other person who has been held back by the fear that the Photoshop CS might be too sophisticated and complicated to be learned, there is a need to first familiarize with the basic and the advanced functions of the software. Even Adobe Systems recognize the fact that its Photoshop CS offering is challenging to use.TutorialsDo not fret. There are now numerous ways on how you could easily and conveniently get a tutorial for the software. You would logically not be able to learn how to use the computer program for yourself. However, there are many centers and firms that aim to provide crash courses and lessons for the initiative.Find a personal tutorial center for Adobe Photoshop within your community. Usually, such centers train and educate people about many other computer programs as well. Enroll in such sessions. You would be left to decide whether you would prefer the classroom setup or the personal instruction or the one-on-one session.In the classroom set-up, you would be put into a classroom where there are other people who are there to learn how to use the Photoshop CS. The instructor would introduce you to the key concepts and would even demonstrate how you would use each function.In the one-on-one setup, you would be alone with the instructor. He would demonstrate to you how to use the usual keys and functions in Photoshop CS. Since the process of using the software is a bit more complicated compared to other computer programs, it would be advisable if you learn from an instructor, who is well adept and knowledgeable about the task.If the convenience is hard to find, there are other ways on how you could get a tutorial for using the Photoshop CS. You could decide to have your own pacing, meaning, you could speed up the process or take it slowly.There are many self-help books published and distributed through the bookstores that would tutor you on how to use the Photoshop CS on procedural narrative formats. All you have to do is to absorb and understand by heart the content and instructions contained in such reading materials. If the printed books are not convenient, there are online and downloadable versions. Such e-books, as they are called nowadays, can be accessed online within minutes. They are actually like the book versions, only that they are soft copies and are faster to retrieve and access.Which tutorial scheme would you choose for learning the Photoshop CS?
Many under the sink water purification systems have replacement water filter cartridges which need to be changed every 600 to 1200 gallons; unless there is a gallon-o-meter attached to the average persons faucet, the number of gallons used could be somewhat difficult to determine.One simple way to decide if it is time to use a replacement "water filter" is if the sink begins to loose water pressure; the sink will loose water pressure because the filter is clogged with dirt or other sediments. Depending on the microns the filter is able to keep out of the water some units may be washed out and reused for a time; usually if a filter stops less than 5 microns from escaping the filter, rinsing out the filter is useless.A good rule of thumb is that an average household will use about 600 gallons of water per month from their kitchen sink for drinking, cooking, and cleaning; using the replacement water filter before the water actually starts to taste or smell bad is a good idea, however waiting until there are signs that the filter is loosing effectiveness is a good idea to prevent waste.Whole House UnitsWhole house water purification systems are the most practical for homes with hard water or contaminates which irritate the skin because impurities such as lead take a time to dispel with most whole house units and are treated more effectively using point of use or under the sink units.Using replacement filters for whole house units is very similar to using replacement water filters for countertop/ under the sink units; the difference will usually lie in the amount of microns it filters. Whole house units in general allow more contaminates to pass to provide adequate water pressure for the entire home; as a result many of these replacement water filters can be rinsed out to prolong their usefulness.Lessening water pressure is a good sign that the whole house water filer cartridge needs to be replaced; though these types can be rinsed out, it is a good idea to only rinse them one time before using a replacement water filter cartridge.Also if a peculiar smell or taste returns to the water a replacement water filter cartridge is also necessary; most water filter cartridges will last for three or four months in whole house water filtration units.
I love the movie theater experience. The large screen that sucks you into the story. The sound that literally shakes your seat and comes at you from all sides. The darkened room. As I get older though, budget, family and other responsibilities keep me from going to the theater as much as I would like. So how about the next best thing--bringing the theater going experience to you. I am talking about home theaters.Who wouldn't want a crystal clear picture, surround sound, all connected to give you a great home viewing experience? Of course, if you are like me both budget and lack of expertise can keep you from making the jump. I will attempt to lay out the basics for you here.Obviously, you need to start with a quality HDTV. HD stands for high definition. HDTV's give you a very high resolution image which give your picture great clarity. This is the central piece to your home theater system and can take up the majority of the price. HDTV's can range from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars.When it comes to home theaters and TV's size does matter. You can get smaller HDTV's and the picture will be excellent but for a home theater you want to get something that is 32" or larger for the best experience. The picture quality on a larger TV may not be quite as good as the smaller sets, but the difference is minimal and it is worth the sacrifice in picture quality to get the larger set.After you choose what size TV is best for you, the quality of the image is your next concern. Resolutions range from 720p to 1080i to 1080p. The better the resolution the more the TV is going to run you. The easiest way to decide what resolution is satisfactory to both your eyes and your wallet is to go to the store and compare and contrast the different options you are considering.Once you have selected your TV, sound is your next issue. There are tons of options when it comes to sound. Many people, especially those with less technical knowledge, will choose a bundled system. Bundled systems tend to take up less room, have less wires to deal with, and are easier to install.However, other people may choose to customize their sound systems. If you choose to do this you have an almost infinite set of choices. The real issue is that it will take a lot of tweaking and trial and error to make sure all the components are working together. Do not skimp when it comes to speaker and cable quality. You may have a great sound system that will be worthless with cheap speakers or wires that dampen or dull the sound.For most people, a ready made system will be fine and will satisfy all your home theater needs. If you do decide to customize be sure to do your research well. Either way, enjoy that theater experience in the comfort of your own home!
When you first look at what youve filmed on your new camcorder youll be really pleased with the results, but that initial novelty makes you immune to all the usual faults such as wobbly shots, too much panning and zooming etc. All these visual faults can easily be corrected using better techniques and a tripod or monopod.Modern camcorder formats such as mini DV and HDV are capable of producing excellent results, especially when you edit the original tapes on one of the latest computer based editing programs to remove all the bad shots and use effects and transitions tastefully to enhance the finished program.Its not uncommon for these finished programs to end up looking great but the sound quality lets them down. The main reason for this is that the built-in video microphone is usually too far away from the people youre filming. Some editing programs have advanced audio functions to remove unwanted artifacts and enhance the audio, however there is a limit to what these tools can achieve and its always better to address problems at source and not rely on some magic bullet in Post Production.At the time of filming, our ears, eyes and brain work together to effectively suppress the reverberation and other unwanted sound sources in the room to allow us to hear what someone is saying, what we hear is different to what a microphone hears.Although poor sound when accompanied by pictures of the person whos talking helps us to work out what is being said, this isnt any use if cutaway shots are used during the dialogue, also you shouldnt make your audience have to work hard to hear the words. This is where external microphones are needed, the closer a microphone can get to the subject, the quieter other unwanted sounds effectively become.If, at this stage you dont have any external microphones, then the best advice for getting good quality sound from the built in microphone is to get your camera as close to your sound source as possible i.e. for most group shots the camera should be about 6 feet away and use the wide angle lens, rather than being a long way from the group and zooming in to get the same shot size.If you are taking videography seriously then its best to wear closed-back headphones so that you only hear what will be on the audio tracks.Usually camcorders have a built in stereo electret type microphone which can be unplugged from its socket or there are external microphone sockets and some means of switching between them and the built in microphones, also an A/V socket is usually available for plugging in an external audio mixer. It might be necessary to buy a stereo plug to two mono sockets lead so that you can make full use of the two tracks that are available on most camcorders.So what do you want to video or what have the family press ganged you into filming? Heres one typical event and advice on getting the best sound.Weddings, Christenings etcWandering around with a camcorder during the service is distracting, so prior to the event, arrange to leave the camera on a tripod at the side of the church framed on the couple and the priest. Getting the vows is the most important shot in a wedding video, if you want other shots youll have to get hold of another camcorder. Its a good idea to keep recording on that camera as well so that you only have to synchronize both shots once in the edit but just use the good sound from the main camera.If you have a radio microphone arrange for the priest to wear it, since hell be the one doing most of the talking and the responses of the couple will be picked up on his microphone as hes close to and facing them, the couples sound wont be as good as the priests but so long as they are no more than 3 feet away from the microphone it will be usable; in the edit add a bit of bass to the sections where the couple are talking and this will help to match the sound of the priest. Put fresh batteries in the transmitter and receiver, theres no take two in this situation.If you dont have a radio microphone, plug in a cardioid condenser or electret microphone into one channel of your camcorder positioned on a short stand (about 2-3 feet high) on the floor, close to where the couple will make their vows, pointing up at the couple and priests heads and frame the shot to just avoid the microphone. Another cardioid microphone plugged into the other channel can be put on the pulpit if the priest delivers some of the service from there.Its best to set audio levels before the service to Auto or set levels manually and leave about 6dB of headroom to avoid distortion, i.e. your meter levels should just peak before the red section. Tape down cables with 2 wide tape so that no-one trips up and causes damage to themselves and the attached camera. Dont forget to set the camera to Record before the bride arrives and make sure you have a tape of sufficient length for the whole service.At the reception you will have to find out who will be making speeches and arrange to put your microphones on short stands on the table or taller stands on the floor. Two microphones should give good general coverage for the top table where the principal speakers will be; maybe arrange to get someone to position the nearest microphone infront of each speaker. The camera position wont be as limited as in the church but be extra careful with cables.Camcorder technical issues.For best quality sound and pictures make sure you record in Standard mode, not Long Play It is best to manually control volume levels (sometimes quite fiddly on domestic camcorders) or accept the potential downside of pumping audio if you elect to use the auto functions. Condenser microphones will need a separate power supply on most camcorders unless they are the semi-professional and professional versions, in which case youll have to select phantom power to be active on each channel.For detailed advice on recording different scenarios go to http://www.recording-microphone.com/video-microphones.htm