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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

My life in iphone photos

Our lives are structured by our memories of events. We remember events by positioning them in time relative to other events. (Trip to Tokyo).


Stay Fabulous,
ShahnazM

Friday, June 19, 2015

Cold Weather is Bad for Your DLSR


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Some of the things we have heard that were blamed on shooting in cold weather is camera malfunctions..lenses fogging up..batteries going dead..white balance problems..flashes not working..to name just a few. If cold weather was so damaging you would think that cameras would come with warnings not to use them in cold conditions and yet stories and rumors about problems with cold weather continue to propagate.

What’s Really Going On
There are actually two issues to deal with in regards to shooting in cold weather, battery life and condensation. Batteries will not last nearly as long in the cold as they do in warmer conditions. When people have complained about equipment failures due to cold weather, almost always this is due to batteries going dead far faster than expected. This can manifest itself as camera problems..flashes not working..and numerous other electrical problems. if you are used to shooting and warm weather and find yourself shooting in a very cold conditions..be sure to plan ahead and have at least twice as many batteries on hand as you would normally take. Keep unused batteries in the car or jacket pocket to help keep them warm.

A more serious problem is condensation. Condensation can occur inside your camera body and inside your lenses if lenses have got too cold and you take them into a warm location. This can obviously cause severe problems for your lenses if they get fogged up inside and condensation inside the body will create moisture that can result in very costly repairs. The primary cause for condensation is when taking equipment from the cold condition into a warm condition too quickly. If you have been in very cold conditions, take your time bringing your equipment back to room temperature.

FOOD for THOUGHT

My Photography


Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”- Bob Marley

Friday, June 12, 2015

Stay all Day



Today i am going to talk about another favorite lipstick brand from my stash...Its "Lakme 9 to 5 Lip Color". Seeing the commercial over television i was very eager to try this ALL DAY STAY kinda lipstick. And when i first saw it on the shop..couldnt stop myself to try atleast ONE. I have 5 of them now and i wouldnt have bought 5 if i was not HAPPY with the first one.
 
The texture of these lipsticks are very soft..light weight..like I almost forget I have any product on. they have a nice texture that doesn't makes your lips go crazy dry or glossy or creamy . The staying power it also great. This astonishingly light formula Lipstick have so many pretty shades. Absolutely ideal for office goers (Every Girl who wants to put on Lipstick ;) ).


I love the beautiful metallic rose gold packaging which have the name engrossed in a digital way on it..It looks chic and classy. It comes in a cardboard cover which looks good too. It’s very sturdy and the cap fits tight so no coming off in the purse or hand bags. The name of the shade is written in the bottom.




Lakme 9 to 5 in "Coffee Command" :

Lakme 9 to 5 in "Coffee Command"

Lakme 9 to 5 in "Coffee Command"

This one is the very first n most used from this collection of mine. This is a soft brown shade with just a bit of peach undertone. Even though its a brown lip color but surely would not make your face look dull and mature in any ways.
 
This one is like a muted shade, but does not lack pigmentation at all..Just in one swipe i get pretty good opaque coverage for my lips (which is a little pigmented).

Layering these 9 to 5 lipsticks causes a little dryness and settling of the pigment into the fine lines of your lips. It stays for 6 hours without any problems (it may fade a bit..just a bit). It does easily survive light meals.


Lakme 9 to 5 in "Candy Commission" :

Lakme 9 to 5 in "Candy Commission"

Lakme 9 to 5 in "Candy Commission"

Candy Commission is mainly a beautiful peach pink shade with peach undertones in it. The shade looks brighter in day light. The texture of this shade is rich..creamy..easily glides on the lips and looks very pretty and subtle. This one is infused with very fine shimmers which tends to give a beautiful sheen on the lips. The pigmentation is great and single swipe gives the desired shade on the lips.


The staying power of this lip shade is between 2-3 hours and it survives light meals easily. However, after few drinks the shade fades eventually and leaves the tiny shimmers behind.

Overall, this is surely one of the beautiful lip shades from the range and it will look great with smoky eyes or a dark hued eye makeup look.



Lakme 9 to 5 in "Flaming Function" :

Lakme 9 to 5 in "Flaming Function"

Lakme 9 to 5 in "Flaming Function"

Lakme 9 to 5 in "Flaming Function" is from the crease-less range. Its a berry red one..a gorgeous red with hint of pink. It instantly brightens up my face even when there is no trace of make up on my face. It has a soft and creamy texture that is very different from the slightly dry texture of the normal 9 to 5 lipsticks. This lipstick has a superb pigmentation. One swipe gives you a full opaque coverage. There is no need to swipe again. Like other Lakme 9 to 5 it stays easily for hours..it survives snacks and light meals. After heavy meals the color starts to fade from inner portion of lips..but does not bleed nor settles into fine lines. Though this is crease less, it settles into a soft matte finish after some time without over drying the lips. This leaves a nice stain behind which is easily removable with cleanser. 


Lakme 9 to 5 in "Magenta Mind" :

Lakme 9 to 5 in "Magenta Mind"
Lakme 9 to 5 in "Magenta Mind"

It is a bright happy pink that brightens up your face.  Magenta is actually a purplish-red color but Lakme 9 to 5 in "Magenta Mind" is an orangey pink. It has an amazing matte feel..actually i must say creamy matte feel. There is no glitter or shiny element in it. It didn’t dry out lips at all like the usual matte lipsticks do. Stays easily for a decent 5-6 hours.  

 
Lakme 9 to 5 in "Wildberry Wednesday" :

Lakme 9 to 5 in "Wildberry Wednesday"

Lakme 9 to 5 in "Wildberry Wednesday"

Wildberry Wednesday is a Barbie pink color with silver shimmers. This one is a great choice for parties. The pigmentation is fabulous..texture is creamy matte with shimmers though the shimmers aren’t chunky but visible in bright light..a single swipe is perfect for the opaque color. Over swipe can make it look streaky due to rich in pigmentation and layering.

It stays perfectly for 2-3 hours but after that becomes streaky and settles in fine lines which results in uneven fading of the color. So when you will have a meal in between..i will recommend you to wipe off the lipstick and re-applying fresh.
 
A Little Tip :


Do not re-apply Lipstick directly (I never want to have oil/food residue on my lipstick tube..ANY LIPSTICK actually..i want them fresh n stay longer). So whenever you re-apply Lipstick..make sure you wipe off all residues before you touch up your lipstick. It will make you lips look fresh again.
 

Lakme 9 to 5 Matte Lipsticks all Shades available

Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Red Coat
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Coffee command
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Brownie Point
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Red Chaos
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Oak Table
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Tea Break
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Toffe Nexus
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Pink Slip
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Pink Collar
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Pink Bureau
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Rose Management
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Wine Play
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Peony Goal
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Scarlet Drill
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Mauve Paced
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Raspberry Badge
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Roseate Motive
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Pink Aggressive
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Rosy Sunday
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Burgundy Business
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Cherry Chic
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Bronze Award
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Cabernet Category
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Almond Saturday
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Fushia Friday
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Candy Closure
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Wildberry Wednesday
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Sorbet Tuesday
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Mulbery Work
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Mauve Cooler
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Pink Veranda
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Vermillion Fired
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Saffron Gossip
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Beige Post
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Orange Edge
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Pink Ambition
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Coral Incentive
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Pink Power

- See more at: http://www.makeupandbeautyforever.com/lakme-9-to-5-matte-lipstick-lip-color-review-shades-swatches-price-details/#sthash.EVzBL5w0.dpuf
Lakme 9 to 5 Matte Lipsticks available Shades : 

Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Red Coat
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Coffee command
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Brownie Point
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Red Chaos
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Oak Table
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Tea Break
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Toffe Nexus
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Pink Slip
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Pink Collar
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Pink Bureau
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Rose Management
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Wine Play
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Peony Goal
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Scarlet Drill
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Mauve Paced
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Raspberry Badge
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Roseate Motive
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Pink Aggressive
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Rosy Sunday
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Burgundy Business
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Cherry Chic
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Bronze Award
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Cabernet Category
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Almond Saturday
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Fushia Friday
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Candy Closure
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Wildberry Wednesday
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Sorbet Tuesday
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Mulbery Work
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Mauve Cooler
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Pink Veranda
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Vermillion Fired
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Saffron Gossip
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Beige Post
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Orange Edge
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Pink Ambition
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Coral Incentive
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Pink Power





Lakme 9 to 5 Matte Lipsticks all Shades available

Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Red Coat
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Coffee command
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Brownie Point
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Red Chaos
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Oak Table
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Tea Break
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Toffe Nexus
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Pink Slip
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Pink Collar
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Pink Bureau
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Rose Management
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Wine Play
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Peony Goal
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Scarlet Drill
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Mauve Paced
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Raspberry Badge
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Roseate Motive
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Pink Aggressive
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Rosy Sunday
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Burgundy Business
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Cherry Chic
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Bronze Award
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Cabernet Category
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Almond Saturday
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Fushia Friday
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Candy Closure
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Wildberry Wednesday
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Sorbet Tuesday
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Mulbery Work
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Mauve Cooler
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Pink Veranda
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Vermillion Fired
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Saffron Gossip
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Beige Post
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Orange Edge
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Pink Ambition
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Coral Incentive
Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Pink Power

- See more at: http://www.makeupandbeautyforever.com/lakme-9-to-5-matte-lipstick-lip-color-review-shades-swatches-price-details/#sthash.EVzBL5w0.dpuf

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Myth Vs Truth


Myth 1: My photographs aren’t any good.

Truth: There is no such thing as an instant success. Everything starts from something small.  We may have taken hundreds of pictures but only a few turned out well.  The road to being a pro at something may not always be smooth, and a bumpy road is to be expected when we are starting to learn a new craft.  The trick is to stick with it and keep practicing.  With practice, as time goes by, abilities and skills will improve.

Myth 2: My camera isn’t advanced enough.

Truth: An expensive and advanced camera will not produce good photographs if we do not know how to use it.  Take advantage of the cameras at your disposal first, and optimally learn of its capabilities and advance your skills using it.  The camera isn’t the major determining factor in producing a good photograph; skills trumps fancy camera features.

Myth 3: Certain brands of cameras are more superior than others.

Truth: Every brand of DSLR cameras available in today’s market has been made to meet the same standards in producing good images.  The differentiating factor is the facilities in the certain models, prices, and ultimately the personal taste of the users.

Myth 4: A formal education in photography is better than self-learning.

Truth: Though an organized form of education may help in easing the learning of photography concepts, this does not mean that a self-taught photographer is inferior to that of a college graduate photographer.  In the end, it’s up to our willingness to learn, whichever way you choose to obtain these knowledge.  As they say, where there’s a will there’s way.

Myth 5: Good lenses are those with wide apertures.

Truth:  Not all lenses with wide apertures are good quality lenses.  Wide apertures if not balanced with good quality optics will lead to fringing and images will appear soft.  The best way to test the quality of a lens is to photograph using high contrast settings under extremely bright lights and check to see if the edges of the object is sharp and fringe free.

Myth 6: With a DSLR, no matter how you shoot the photo will come out nice.

Truth: It takes a lot more time, knowledge, effort and work to produce good pictures with a DSLR.

Myth 7: All good pictures must have good bokeh (blurred or defocused background) and DSLR can help you achieve that.

Truth: I do agree that DSLR helps to achieve better bokeh, but a great photograph does not necessarily need any bokeh at all.

Myth 8: Image Stabilization works wonders. It eliminates all blurring due to shake.

Truth: Image stabilization reduces blurring due to hand shaking, but it does not completely eliminate it. Furthermore it only works to a certain extent under permissible circumstances.

Myth 9: Skin will appear smoother and physiques will turn out slimmer and more attractive if you shoot people with a DSLR.

Truth: I do not have to explain what a funny misconception this is, yet so many people will hopelessly expect their pictures to miraculously transform into models being taken with a DSLR. If somehow you could not fulfill their ridiculous fantasies and they are not happy with your pictures, they would turn OFF. Fun facts: What you see in the mirror is what you get captured on the camera.

Myth 10: Do not worry if you could not get the shot that you desire, you can make anything happen with Photoshop (or any Photo-Editing software).

Truth: I believe Photo-Editing is necessary to further improve or enhance an already good and usable shot. It should not be applied excessively which would negate the original art of photography.

There are a lot more myths to be added to the list, but I guess I should make a stop here before it goes too long ;) .

Stay Fabulous,
ShahnazM