The Fault in our Smartphones

Smartphones are a fixture of modern life, with tech-savvy consumers ever-eager to get their hands on the very latest devices. Unfortunately, the pressure to squeeze increasingly complex functionality into small packages, the drive to create features that other developers can’t match, and the rush to bring new products to market as quickly as possible means that developers always have to make compromises. Continue reading “The Fault in our Smartphones” »

How Online Giving Is Funding Niche Interests

Calling someone a geek doesn’t mean much on its own. In many ways it doesn’t do much beyond signaling that they have a niche interest that others don’t understand. But maybe the word “geek” signals something else too – being an innovator, an early adopter, a creator. As geeks, we’re at the forefront of exploring VR technology or making intricate art. But for many groundbreaking creators, funding our projects is a challenge. Continue reading “How Online Giving Is Funding Niche Interests” »

Why You Should Change Your Profile Photo Today

How often do you change your profile photo? A new study suggests that the average profile picture is actually 2 years old. While some social networks may be updated more often than others, it seems clear that we aren’t bothered about updating our image too often. So why is that – and why should we be changing them more often? Continue reading “Why You Should Change Your Profile Photo Today” »

What the Heck is A Gimbal?

Not so long ago, I was with a friend who was a real amateur photographer. He had a video camera and wanted to take action shots of our group playing particular games. We were in China at the time and he had a father in Canada who was a real handyman. Together they thought up a way to mount the video camera and regardless of what the movement was of my friend, the video stayed steady. The end result was pretty good considering gimbals, hand held, were readily available on the market. Continue reading “What the Heck is A Gimbal?” »

How to Win at the Stock Image Publishing Game

I discussed how your images can earn you some money in a previous post and feel that the topic of stock image publishing should be revisited, this time with more of a focus on getting ahead in what is essentially becoming a very competitive sphere. With thousands of people realising just how easy it can be to upload a few of their pictures and earn some good money through each download on platforms like Shutterstock, iStockPhoto, Shotshop, etc., it’s becoming a rather competitive market, but there are some basic fundamentals you can effect to make sure your images stand out firstly, but perhaps most importantly, are so-called “money images” — those images which people want to use as stock imagery. Continue reading “How to Win at the Stock Image Publishing Game” »

Perfecting Your Art of Photography

So the camera you were given as a gift or simply had the pleasure of using has you suddenly looking at your smartphone camera with a lot more to desire, despite your smartphone camera being a relatively good one. Handling a “real” camera which was manufactured for the specialised use of taking great photos puts things into a bit more perspective, doesn’t it? Suddenly your good smartphone camera is merely a good camera, for a smartphone camera. Continue reading “Perfecting Your Art of Photography” »