Thursday, January 16, 2014

Weddings Weddings and More Weddings

Does it feel like you're constantly going to weddings? Lately, it seems like everyone I know has been getting married. I understand how hard it is to actually go through getting married (I've done it), but now I have to sit through wedding after wedding and come up with things to do so not to be bored. Try not to get lost in thought, but don't go without thought completely. The simplest answer if you're bored at a wedding is to just zone out. This actually works really well, but it definitely shouldn't be done all the time. You don't want your family or friends to know that you're bored, and this will be a dead giveaway. Though, that's not to say that you should never zone out. It's best used sparingly, during times when no one will notice. If you start to get restless in your seat, pull out your cellphone and say you have an important business call. This is an especially great escape device for getting out of having to talk to people you don't like. It will also enable you to stretch your legs while you walk around and look at paintings on the walls or explore the building you're in. Meditation is another great thing to do. This works well when you can't leave your seat. What you do is listen to all the sounds around you. This will include people talking, crying, laughing, sneezing, bells, etc. Listen to them as if you're listening to music until their meaning starts to disappear. It helps if you focus on your breathing. To breathe out, just let the air fall out of you naturally and don't force it. Do the same for inhaling. Let your body naturally start to inhale on its own. Eventually, this will slow your breathing down and your body will become very relaxed. As long as you don't take it too far, you won't zone out. It helps if you realize why you're actually bored. Sometimes you're only bored simply because you're not paying attention. Try turning your attention towards whatever is going on in the ceremony and really listen. Pay attention to every single word that every person is saying. Listen really carefully and you'll develop a greater sense of awareness and will possibly become not bored anymore. Sometimes boredom comes out of hatred. Do you dislike the person who's wedding or event you're at? Think about why you dislike this person. Do you even remember why? Try to purge your hatred and think about all the things you like about them instead. By the end of the ceremony I'm sure you'll feel a lot better and will feel much more comfortable when approaching them to congratulate them or shake their hand or give them a hug. So in the end, if you're really bored, there's probably a very good reason. If you're able to recognize why this is, and more importantly if you're able to correct it, I'm sure you'll turn your boredom into something else and you may even have a good time.

An Introduction to Camera Bags

Whether you have a simple point and shoot camera or DSLR camera and a half dozen lenses, you’re probably looking at camera bags to protect your gear. Part of the reason is because the camera bags that are included with most cameras are notoriously flimsy or aren’t practical for daily use. Fortunately you can order a camera bag that suits your needs and fits your price range if you know which type of bag will fit your equipment and your lifestyle. Belt Pack Camera Bags attach around the waist with a padded belt and usually feature a simple snap-lock for easy removal. These bags are generally large enough to hold your camera plus a few lenses, a memory chip and perhaps a flash. If you’ll be moving around a lot, a belt pack bag can be very handy for keeping your camera within reach and ready to use. You’ll also be able to easily get to any of your gear without having to dig down into the bag since belt pack camera bags are usually fairly shallow. The main drawback is the same thing that makes it handy – the fact that it sits at your waist. If you’re leaning forward or want to sit down, the belt pack can be cumbersome and get in your way. Holster Camera Bags are very popular with photographers who want to streamline what they’re carrying. These generally hold a camera, some extra batteries and perhaps a few other small accessories. These fasten on as a shoulder harness, which gives you easy access without the camera bag blocking the front of you in any way. If you’ll be hiking or climbing, these camera bags give you full range of motion and don’t interfere with the use of your arms in front of your body. If you want to carry extra lenses and an external flash, a holster bag will probably be too small. You’re sacrificing some storage room for comfort and ease of use with a holster bag. Shoulder Camera Bags are simply slung over the shoulder with a wide strap. You’ll find an amazing array of sizes and styles when you shop for shoulder camera bags. These can hold a couple of cameras, some extra lenses and memory chips. Depending on the size, you can even fit a tripod into some shoulder bags. If you need to maintain your balance, though, shoulder strap camera bags can be clumsy. You’re carrying all of your gear weight on one side, and it can slide down your arm if you aren’t careful. You also have to be vigilant when setting your camera bag down, which you’ll have to do any time you want to open it up to get your gear out. Backpack Camera Bags are by far the largest and most versatile style of camera bags. These give you maximum capacity for hauling multiple cameras, lenses, a tripod and even a laptop computer if needed. Backpack camera bags are also the most comfortable style because they distribute the weight of your gear evenly across both shoulders and your back. Most feature generously padded shoulder straps and some also have a belt for stabilizing the load at your waist. If you’re going to be doing a lot of walking or climbing, you’ll like the way these camera bags keep your hands free. Look for styles that open from the side or bottom instead of the top for easy access if you don’t want to have to take it on and off very often. Sling-Bag Camera Bags are a variation on the typical backpack bag. It usually opens from the side and has a single strap that goes diagonally across your body from one shoulder to the opposite hip. These give you quicker, easier access to your gear at a moment’s notice, but they aren’t quite as comfortable as a standard backpack style. You may want to try a few different styles of camera bags before you purchase one to see which style best fits your needs. Take into consideration how much you’ll be moving, the positions you’ll be in and how much gear you need to carry to narrow your choices down to a few great camera bags. Buy the one that gives you the most value and versatility for your money.

Camera Cases Make Great Gifts for Your Photography Buff

If that someone special in your life is a photography buff, you know they’re always looking for another camera, a new lens, or a camera case to secure all of their gear. You’ve probably thought about getting them some kind of camera equipment as a gift for their birthday or at the holidays. Unless you’re also into photography, knowing what to pick can be difficult. Every photographer has very specific preferences for their lenses, cameras, and even flashes and tripods. It comes down to a matter of the right feel, what kind of performance they can get for the money and which brands they prefer. It can make choosing the right equipment a guessing game that’s hard to win. But shopping for camera cases is much easier. As long as you know what kind of camera they use and how many lenses they generally carry with them, a knowledgeable sales representative can help you choose from a wide array of camera cases to find the perfect gift. There’s No Such Thing as Too Many Camera Cases There are several reasons your friend would love to get the gift of a camera case. The simple truth is that photography gets to be an expensive hobby, and most photographers have a limited budget. Given the choice between a few new lenses and investing in camera cases, most photographers will splurge on the lenses. This doesn’t mean they don’t actively lust after top-of-the-line camera cases! It just means they have to prioritize, and they choose the essential gear first, then spend whatever is left on camera cases that may get the job done, but aren’t their first choice or simply aren’t comfortable. Some people will invest in one great camera case. They splurge on a terrific bag that has everything they want, only to find that it isn’t practical for every situation. Camera cases come in a variety of styles for a reason. An urban photographer who is moving from location to location throughout the day may want one of the many shoulder strap camera cases available only to find out that when he’s moving around in the countryside, his camera case is cumbersome and awkward. Someone who usually travels light with a shoulder camera bag may become frustrated when he needs to keep additional lenses with him that won’t fit in a shoulder style case. Find out what kind of camera cases your friend already owns and listen to him talk about his outings. Does he mention a need for more room than he has with his current camera bags? Do you hear him complaining that his bag is too much of a hassle to cart around when he’s traveling? Find out what he is – and isn’t – getting from his current camera case and determine what he most needs. Perhaps he would like to be more mobile while taking pictures. One of the many shoulder style camera cases would be a gift he’d love. Maybe he wants to start hiking or traveling more with his camera. If so, backpack camera cases can let him carry everything he could possibly need comfortably. The key is to choose a camera case that gives the recipient increased flexibility. If you still aren’t sure which camera case is the perfect gift, find out what he already owns, then talk to a customer service representative who can introduce you to the various styles of camera cases available so that you can narrow your search down to the perfect gift.

Camera Cases Make Great Gifts for Your Photography Buff

If that someone special in your life is a photography buff, you know they’re always looking for another camera, a new lens, or a camera case to secure all of their gear. You’ve probably thought about getting them some kind of camera equipment as a gift for their birthday or at the holidays. Unless you’re also into photography, knowing what to pick can be difficult. Every photographer has very specific preferences for their lenses, cameras, and even flashes and tripods. It comes down to a matter of the right feel, what kind of performance they can get for the money and which brands they prefer. It can make choosing the right equipment a guessing game that’s hard to win. But shopping for camera cases is much easier. As long as you know what kind of camera they use and how many lenses they generally carry with them, a knowledgeable sales representative can help you choose from a wide array of camera cases to find the perfect gift. There’s No Such Thing as Too Many Camera Cases There are several reasons your friend would love to get the gift of a camera case. The simple truth is that photography gets to be an expensive hobby, and most photographers have a limited budget. Given the choice between a few new lenses and investing in camera cases, most photographers will splurge on the lenses. This doesn’t mean they don’t actively lust after top-of-the-line camera cases! It just means they have to prioritize, and they choose the essential gear first, then spend whatever is left on camera cases that may get the job done, but aren’t their first choice or simply aren’t comfortable. Some people will invest in one great camera case. They splurge on a terrific bag that has everything they want, only to find that it isn’t practical for every situation. Camera cases come in a variety of styles for a reason. An urban photographer who is moving from location to location throughout the day may want one of the many shoulder strap camera cases available only to find out that when he’s moving around in the countryside, his camera case is cumbersome and awkward. Someone who usually travels light with a shoulder camera bag may become frustrated when he needs to keep additional lenses with him that won’t fit in a shoulder style case. Find out what kind of camera cases your friend already owns and listen to him talk about his outings. Does he mention a need for more room than he has with his current camera bags? Do you hear him complaining that his bag is too much of a hassle to cart around when he’s traveling? Find out what he is – and isn’t – getting from his current camera case and determine what he most needs. Perhaps he would like to be more mobile while taking pictures. One of the many shoulder style camera cases would be a gift he’d love. Maybe he wants to start hiking or traveling more with his camera. If so, backpack camera cases can let him carry everything he could possibly need comfortably. The key is to choose a camera case that gives the recipient increased flexibility. If you still aren’t sure which camera case is the perfect gift, find out what he already owns, then talk to a customer service representative who can introduce you to the various styles of camera cases available so that you can narrow your search down to the perfect gift.

An Introduction to Camera Bags

Whether you have a simple point and shoot camera or DSLR camera and a half dozen lenses, you’re probably looking at camera bags to protect your gear. Part of the reason is because the camera bags that are included with most cameras are notoriously flimsy or aren’t practical for daily use. Fortunately you can order a camera bag that suits your needs and fits your price range if you know which type of bag will fit your equipment and your lifestyle. Belt Pack Camera Bags attach around the waist with a padded belt and usually feature a simple snap-lock for easy removal. These bags are generally large enough to hold your camera plus a few lenses, a memory chip and perhaps a flash. If you’ll be moving around a lot, a belt pack bag can be very handy for keeping your camera within reach and ready to use. You’ll also be able to easily get to any of your gear without having to dig down into the bag since belt pack camera bags are usually fairly shallow. The main drawback is the same thing that makes it handy – the fact that it sits at your waist. If you’re leaning forward or want to sit down, the belt pack can be cumbersome and get in your way. Holster Camera Bags are very popular with photographers who want to streamline what they’re carrying. These generally hold a camera, some extra batteries and perhaps a few other small accessories. These fasten on as a shoulder harness, which gives you easy access without the camera bag blocking the front of you in any way. If you’ll be hiking or climbing, these camera bags give you full range of motion and don’t interfere with the use of your arms in front of your body. If you want to carry extra lenses and an external flash, a holster bag will probably be too small. You’re sacrificing some storage room for comfort and ease of use with a holster bag. Shoulder Camera Bags are simply slung over the shoulder with a wide strap. You’ll find an amazing array of sizes and styles when you shop for shoulder camera bags. These can hold a couple of cameras, some extra lenses and memory chips. Depending on the size, you can even fit a tripod into some shoulder bags. If you need to maintain your balance, though, shoulder strap camera bags can be clumsy. You’re carrying all of your gear weight on one side, and it can slide down your arm if you aren’t careful. You also have to be vigilant when setting your camera bag down, which you’ll have to do any time you want to open it up to get your gear out. Backpack Camera Bags are by far the largest and most versatile style of camera bags. These give you maximum capacity for hauling multiple cameras, lenses, a tripod and even a laptop computer if needed. Backpack camera bags are also the most comfortable style because they distribute the weight of your gear evenly across both shoulders and your back. Most feature generously padded shoulder straps and some also have a belt for stabilizing the load at your waist. If you’re going to be doing a lot of walking or climbing, you’ll like the way these camera bags keep your hands free. Look for styles that open from the side or bottom instead of the top for easy access if you don’t want to have to take it on and off very often. Sling-Bag Camera Bags are a variation on the typical backpack bag. It usually opens from the side and has a single strap that goes diagonally across your body from one shoulder to the opposite hip. These give you quicker, easier access to your gear at a moment’s notice, but they aren’t quite as comfortable as a standard backpack style. You may want to try a few different styles of camera bags before you purchase one to see which style best fits your needs. Take into consideration how much you’ll be moving, the positions you’ll be in and how much gear you need to carry to narrow your choices down to a few great camera bags. Buy the one that gives you the most value and versatility for your money.

Best places for teen shopping experience

When I was a teen I always wanted to go to the mall. Teens want to go to the mall. They want to shop alone, without parents, without their siblings there. Going to the mall is one of the best shopping experiences for teens. They get to hang out with their friends, talk to boys or girls. It's a way of social networking for them outside of school. Teens want to go somewhere where they can be themselves and be with their friends. Some of the best shopping malls I know of in Nevada are in Las Vegas. The Galleria at Sunset is a huge mall, that's very sunny and open. Light comes in through the ceiling and there is a huge food court and lots of stores to go to. It's also near a Halloween store, Best Buy, and plenty of restaurants. Teens love this mall because there are so many popular stores there like The Gap, Forever 21, and Charlotte Russo. Along with tons of music and video stores and of course all the large department stores like Meryvn's, Dillards, JCPenny, and Dick's Sporting Goods. This is a two story mall which also affords the experience of running up and down escalators and stairs and yelling at each other from one level to another! Not that mall security much likes that, but it's what teens want to do. Another great mall in Vegas is the Boulevard Mall. They have a lot of the same great stores as the Galleria, however this is a very large and long mall. All one story and on a main street in Vegas, near tons of fast food restaurants and not far from the high schools in the area. This is also one of the only malls in Vegas where you can find a Hello Kitty store that sells everything Hello Kitty along with all the other Hello Kitty friends. Some of the higher end malls that teens want to go to are at the casinos. During the day they can definitely be there, at night it's a little bit different and a lot busier. The Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace, The Venetian, Planet Hollywood just to name a few. These malls are very cool and have a lot shops and stores in there that your not going to find anywhere else in Vegas. Teens love these because there on the strip, in the heart of Vegas and there is so much to do at the mall and the casino itself. Teens want a fun experience while shopping so they can interact with their friends and get away from it all.

Antique Furniture- A Guide to Buying Antique Furniture

Antiques are like an investment. Make sure you know your ins and outs Antique furniture can add style to your home. Incorporating distinctive antique furniture pieces in your house can add calls in your surroundings. There are of course, a few things you should keep in mind before you buy that wonderful piece of furniture. For a piece of furniture to be considered an antique it should be older than 100 years old. Some say 60 but most collectors would agree on 100. Anything less is considered a collectible item. Its value clearly depends on the particularities of the piece. Georgian period furniture, Regency furniture or Victorian and Edwardian pieces offer a distinctive style that can easily be incorporated in most modern design homes. For the experienced interior designer, when antique furniture is placed in scarcity throughout a home, they enhance the d├ęcor by reflecting the actual value of the antiques. Rare antiques have a higher value. The rarity of the antique is determined by how many similar pieces of the same furniture are available for purchase. Furthermore, the condition of an antique will certainly affect its value. Always look for flaws; at least one or two. When an antique does not have any flaws it means it has been refurbished. Look for antiques that have aged naturally. If the furniture has been cared for then it should be worth more. Also keep in mind that original pieces contribute to raising its value. After you acquired your antique handle it with care. Keep in a clean environment and maintain it regularly. One you need to avoid is over cleaning your item because it will remove the natural chemical formations on its surface. These formations are what give it its distinctiveness. Owning antique furniture is like an investment. The value of the antique, however, depends on a number of factors that are associated with the piece of furniture itself. The era, the age, the quality, are just a few indicators of price. Always remember, that antiques are primarily valuable because of their age. What will add more value to your antique are factors such as quality, distinctiveness, splendour and period. Antique collectors are always looking in new places, and the internet is becoming very popular in the search for antiques. The internet can be a great place for information concerning antiques and pricing. Searching for specific antique pieces or information online will give you an idea of pricing. Keep in mind, however, that in order for antiques to be genuine they should not look perfect. If they look perfect they are refurbished. Be cautious when buying antiques online. Always ask the seller for more pictures of the product. A few questions about the product can be of great help when deciding which antiques are worth your time and money. Online auctions are great for antiquing; if you find some great deals without having to spend a lot of time and money. When buying antique furniture online you need to be careful and always ask for information. So to sum things up; antiques are great investment, take care of your antique furniture and when you buy an antique online, always ask for as much information possible.