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Posted on June 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

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The 10 Best Resources For Photography

Posted on October 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

Sooner or later, most photography enthusiast give some thought to “how to start a photography business.” Unfortunately, there are a ‘few‘ challenges that “doom” us to failure. One of the biggest challenges that we bring is our failure to make the distinctions between our love of photography (re: our enjoyment and passion for photography) and the business of photography (understanding buying and spending habits of people that are photography customers).

For example, many of us think that because our photography work is “so good,” that we shouldn’t have that much trouble selling it. We, sometimes, mistakenly, think that great art and photography “sells itself.” Big mistake! Great photography does not sell itself. In the business world, nothing sells itself – nothing! Knowing this is critical to start a photography business.

Our failure to make the distinction between our passion for photography and our desire to be in the photo business is also evident in how we try to tell people about what we do. For example, photography customers don’t care what type of equipment we use. They don’t care how many mega-pixels we have, nor how much our equipment cost us, nor what brand of camera we use. Photography customers (current and potential) want to know that we can, and will, produce the highest quality photography work for them.

Think about it, the mechanics that repair our cars don’t tell us what tools that they use. The chefs in the restaurants that we patronize don’t tell us what type of pots, pans or stoves that they use. In those businesses, it is already established what customers want and how best to give it to them. In other words, other businesses do a better job of understanding their ‘niche.’ In order to start a photography business that is consistently successful and growing, we must be clear on what niche we are offering and how to sell the benefits of our niche to the customers.

Another mistake that we budding photography business owners repeat is failing to “specialize” (know our photography niche) in what we do. As photography enthusiasts, we enjoy shooting any and everything. As photographers, that’s just fine. However, when we start a photography business, we, mistakenly, try to be ‘all things to all people’ – we take every photography job offered us.

One of the obvious problems with this approach is our failure to recognize how it drastically cheapens the value of what we do as skilled photographers, in the eyes of the customers. Mistakenly, we want our customers (current and potential) to know that we can photograph anything – after all, we’re very versatile photographers! What the customers actually see is that we’re not “versatile photographers,” we’re just someone with a camera that’s available to take pictures when they call us. Serious photography customers (re: those that can afford to spend regularly) want to do business with specialists – photographers that know their photography niche.

Successful wedding photographers are clear on this, as an example of my point. Their ‘primary’ customer (usually the bride) has dreamed about her wedding day for most of her life. She isn’t looking for a vesatile photographer. She wants a “wedding photographer” that can make her ‘look’ as good, happy and beautiful as she has been in all of her lifelong dreams of ‘her day’ – her wedding day. There’s a special skill to this type of photography service. In fact, this niche has more to do with well developed ‘people skills,’ in my opinion. Successful wedding photographers that are clear on these nuances are more successful in business.

Do your research.

  • Inventory Your Photo Collection – Take a look at your photo collections. Determine what it is that you 1.) shoot the most; 2.) shoot consistently well; and 3.) enjoy shooting. Identify your and categorize the photos into various niches, i.e. portraits, sports, glamor, pets, children, landscape, etc.
  • Research The Photography Markets – Do internet searches using the words “photography niche.” Also, use the type of niche that you think your photos fit. For example, “event photography niche,” “wedding photography niche,” etc. Also, a good source to help identify some of the photo markets is “The Photographer’s Market.” This is a book that is published annually and claims to provide photo buying contacts and information. Online searches are the most useful, in my opinion. Books by author and photographer, Dan Heller are good places to get a better understanding of the vast world of photography, without all the ‘artsy-hype,’ in my opinion. He also has a very informative website –
  • Identify ‘Real’ Markets – Find out what type of photography (of your specialties) your customers currently are purchasing. What type of photography is selling? At some point, you’ll have to ‘balance’ the realities of the different niches. There can be some factors that aren’t consistent across all photography niches. For example, some niches require longer “workflow” (workflow is the post production process of taking photos) periods and tasks than others. Higher quality portraits normally require photo editing – which is time-consuming. Event photography requires the processing, packaging and delivering (presenting) of photos. True story: I went through my large photo collections and found that I had a very large number of outstandingly beautiful flowers. I can’t begin to tell you my disappointment when I found out that there is ‘virtually’ no market of photos of flowers – it seems that everybody has them already, everybody! Lesson learned – identify ‘real’ markets.

Ten Tips To Assist You To Identify Your Niche

  1. Identify specialties that fit your style:
  2. Determine if you have the necessary equipment for the niche
  3. Do you have identifiable and specific skills in this niche area – can you articulate them?
  4. Who is your target audience
  5. What type of photography do they purchase the most
  6. Where are they taking their photography business currently – your competition
  7. What will be different about your services
  8. Does where you live support your preferable niche
  9. Is your niche ‘stock photography’ or ‘assignment photography’ – do you know the difference
  10. What is the future potential and tendencies of your niche

Is Automotive Service On Your Checklist?

Posted on October 6, 2016 in Automotive

If you own a vehicle, it is extremely important to make sure you take your car to the shop for routine automotive service. Far too many drivers fail to take their cars to the auto shop when they need to, which ultimately winds up in their cars breaking down in one way or another at inconvenient times. If this happens to you, you can expect to pay quite a bit more money than it would have cost to simply take your car in for automotive repair in the first place.

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ers simply forget that they need to take care of their cars on a regular basis, and only think about automotive service when something goes wrong, which can result in a big automotive repair bill.

If you want to avoid major automotive repair on your vehicle in the first place, it is a good idea to practice preventative auto maintenance and take your car in regularly to get inspected. Your mechanic may find that there is something developing on your car that may become a problem in the future, giving them the opportunity to provide automotive service on the car while it is not a major problem.

Visiting your auto shop at least once a year, preferably twice a year, for a regular check up on your vehicle is without question going to save you a lot of money on overall repairs. It may be a good idea to simply have your car thoroughly inspected each and every time you get your oil changed, as this is a good way to remember that you should be maintaining the upkeep of your car.

Remember: Keep routine automotive service on your checklist!

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5 Must-sees Within a Short Drive of The Strip

Posted on October 6, 2016 in Automotive

When people think of Las Vegas, they typically think of Las Vegas Boulevard, also known as the Strip and its iconic sign. Many of the world’s largest and most extravagant hotels and resorts dot the famous 4.2-mile stretch, which is actually just beyond Las Vegas city limits. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S., but visitors to the area should consider getting a discounted rental in Vegas and driving beyond the lights of the Strip. Here are a few things to see and do when visiting Vegas.

Take a Thrill Ride

If placing a gut-wrenching bet on the spin of a roulette wheel isn’t enough of a thrill for you, consider the world’s most extreme aviation experience. At Sky Combat Ace, about a 15-minute drive from Las Vegas, guests can choose to star in their own air show in the cockpit of a aerobatic plane or experience the thrill of air combat learning the art of aerial dogfighting. These adventures aren’t simulations. Guests will get an aerial view of the desert when they choose a flight package. Aviation experience isn’t required, but you’ll need a car to get from the Strip to Henderson, where the attraction is located.

Visit the Old West

At the Bonnie Springs Ranch, guests get a glimpse of what life was like for wagon train travelers going to California. Built in 1843 as a stopover, it is often called the oasis in the desert, as guests today and in the past dropped in to take a refreshing sip of spring water. With a replica wild west town, a petting zoo, and convention facilities, there’s fun for all ages. The ranch is about a 40-minute drive from the Vegas Strip.

Located just 30 minutes from Vegas, guests at this zip lining attraction fly through the Red Mountains in Boulder City at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. Guests can choose from four separate aerial trails that sail through 1.5 miles of breathtaking Mojave Desert scenery.

Sail the Land

There’s not a lot of water in Vegas’ desert landscape, but that doesn’t mean sailing isn’t an option. Tourists can sail across the desert landscape piloting a high-performance land yacht. Catch the wind and ride the sand through some of the biggest open spaces on the planet. The half-day sailing excursions begin about an hour away from the Vegas Strip in a dry lake in the desert.

See a Ghost(town)

There are a variety of abandoned towns scattered across the desert and within an easy drive of the bright lights of Sin City. Rhyolite Ghost Town, a little more than a 2-hour drive from Vegas, features broken down houses. Reviewers say it’s a great place to hunt ghosts and take pictures. If 2 hours is too much of a drive, guests can check out the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort, located at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Washington Avenue.

Las Vegas is one of America’s most popular tourist destinations, in part, due to the glamour of the Strip and its hotels, resorts, and casinos. However, there’s much to see within driving distance with a discounted rental in Vegas.


The Dos And Don’ts of Car Modification

Posted on October 6, 2016 in Automotive

The single biggest reason why people make modifications to their cars is that they want a unique identity. Giving yourself a unique identity has its own benefits – you are recognized, you are discussed and most important of all it gives you that extra bit of satisfaction to your soul and spirit. Satisfaction to your inner soul is immeasurable and cannot be related to money – in plain words it is for giving yourself a feeling of elation and for expressing your personality in its truest form.

Lot more people in affluent countries want to make modifications than in other places, and interestingly the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one of the niche countries where you can get a modification done for your car. Affluence apart, Emiratis have a penchant for sleek cars like nowhere else around the world. The demand for car modifications in each of the emirates is high and is growing exponentially. As an Emirati, we believe, you are potentially a great candidate who wants a car modification.

Making a car modification is no joke. You can give a car a full makeover or choose to make just a few changes, the choice is really yours, but remember like any endeavor, you need to follow some simple rules. Here are some dos and don’ts for car modifications.

  1. Don’t make any modification that you are unable to visualize – chances are you will regret and will not even want to drive it. Further don’t make any substantial changes that the transport department will not allow. If you live in the UAE ensure that the garage making the modification is aware of the kind of head lamps that will be permitted on the car. Every country restricts the kind of power that can be used. Head lamps that are too bright are not allowed.
  2. Don’t drill holes in the main body of the car. Making too many holes in the body or altering the basic structure of the car is not only a safety hazard but also diminishes the resale value should you ever decide to sell it during its lifetime. Remember that you can make lots of changes without drilling holes. Modifications you can make include: a special coat of paint, changing the wheels, changing the contours by adding additional fixtures and even a couple more head lamps to give a sporty look.
  3. Ask a consultant. As it often happens, ask the garage for a consultant. He can tell what is best for you. Many consultants can show you samples or photographs of past work. Some will even be able to give you digitally made visuals that are near perfect to your expectations. The advantage of a digital visual is that you can request changes piecemeal. Sit with the consultant and see the different kinds of changes that are practical to make. Overall keep a watch on your budget.
  4. Keep the originals; you can never tell when you will want it. One of the major mistakes that many car enthusiasts do is modify the original or dispose it off permanently. Don’t ever do this. Keep the originals at all cost. The advantage is you can refit the accessory and sell you car if ever you want to. Don’t ever feel that the originals are a no-need component.
  5. Go with the original flow of your car. There is almost no end to the kind of accessories you can add or the kind of changes you can make to the car, but as a generally rule keep the flow of your car. Going against this can result in hazards and you safety may be compromised. Remember that your car manufacturer had considered every possibility to make your car as attractive as possible and to this they have also included some rules of ergonomics. Work with your car, not against it.
  6. Don’t overload your car or make it look ridiculous. It is not a good idea to include accessories that are not specially made for your car. There are dozens of top accessory manufacturers and you can check with them to see what will suit your car best. Overall strive to keep an overall balance. Unbalanced cars can pose safety problems.

There are however a lot of modifications that you can make without hesitation. You can for example go for endless numbers of decals, varieties of paints and colors, sunglasses, horns and some electrical.

Choosing the Right Garage for Car Modifications

Choosing a garage for car modification is a unenviable job. The really worthwhile garages for car modification are the ones that have all facilities with them. If your garage has the right facility of painting and the best equipment within in their workshop, you should prefer it.


Safe Summer Driving Tips For Tires

Posted on October 6, 2016 in Automotive

Most people do not know tires are some of the most important parts of their car. They keep you rolling smoothly down the road if they are in good condition. If not, they could easily be the cause of an accident. Be cautious, especially during summer. The high temperatures impacts vehicle reliability and safety. Before a long summer road trip, many drivers err on the side of caution and purchase new tires.

You can avoid inconveniences and unnecessary expenses by following the tips below:

1. Check The Inflation Pressure

Always ensure you have the correct pressure on all your wheels. There is a lot of debate about what constitutes the ‘correct’ pressure. Always go with what your manufacturer recommends stated on the driver’s door or the owner’s manual.

Ready for some physics? Remember that internal pressure increases with an increase in outside temperature. This increase in pressure is enough to cause a blowout if your tread is worn down too thin. In summer months, when you drive your car at high speed, the heat on the hot road contributes to the breakdown of tires. Always check your vehicle’s tire pressure before you start to drive. After driving for more than two hours, stop at a gas station to check the pressure. If you notice the pressure is more than required, let the air out. Over inflation can also cause a vehicle to brake poorly.

2. Check on Tread Wear

Always check the condition of your treads. The minimum tread depth is 3/32 inch. When traveling, you wouldn’t want a minimum tread. Take the trip with brand new tires. Also check for an uneven wear pattern. ‘Uneven’ means the tread is more worn at the edge. Also, check for lumps by running your fingers along the tread. Lumps means your tires were not balanced correctly, or that you had purchased poor quality tires.

Follow these safety tips for tires and you are good to finish out the summer. Or, if you are wondering if you need new tires, contact our ASE Certified technicians at Dependable Car Care today for more information and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in the community of Ventura, CA, and surrounding area.


Safe Driving Practices With Calgary Driver Training Courses

Posted on October 6, 2016 in Automotive

Calgary driver training courses emphasize the importance of being a good driver. Driving gives us freedom and mobility but if not used without control, it could lead to disastrous consequences not only for us but for others on the road too. Learning to drive safely is good for your longevity but also for more mundane things like insurance payouts and car repairs. Driving carefully ensures you are not a menace to others on the road. It teaches you the finer skills of driving like parking in tight spots or avoiding rash drivers. Driving schools teach you to be respectful of road safety and will give you tips on courtesy on roads.

Familiarity With The Car At Driver Training Courses

Calgary driver training courses first of all helps the driver to become acquainted with his car. This will help the driver to respect the limits of the car and use it without damaging the engine or the gear shifts. They are taught to differentiate between different engine sounds and what each of it means. Driving schools teach you the importance of adjusting the seat and the mirrors before you take the car out. The angles of the mirror should be right for your height and you must be able to view your blind spots adequately.

Road Etiquette At Driver Training Courses In Calgary

Driver training in Calgary involves being taught to use signals with responsibility. Drivers must be aware of road etiquette and give signals well in advance so that the vehicles behind are aware of your intentions and can plan accordingly. Erratic drivers who do not know their own minds are bound to cause accidents. Drivers are taught to be alert and fully conscious of their surrounding when in the car. They are taught to keep a respectable distance from the car in front of them as well as gauge the condition of traffic ahead of them to be prepared for any eventuality such as a sudden brake.

Emphasis On Responsible Driving At Driver Training Classes

Being a driver does not just involve driving aimlessly any way which way but being able to take responsibility for your driving and that of others. Driver training in Calgary teaches you to respect other drivers and not block their right of way. It teaches you to respect traffic rules and traffic signals. Students are taught to remain calm and not lose their heads whatever the provocation. Driving on busy roads means driving through chaotic traffic and dealing with road rage or unruly drivers. A good driver is able to keep himself and his passengers safe despite these provocations. Defensive driving skills are an added asset to every driver because it teaches them to deal with inclement weather conditions and still be safe.


Truck Driving With The Driving School in Beverly Hills

Posted on October 6, 2016 in Automotive

However, this horde of schools makes our employment considerably more troublesome. The issue remains- – how to pick the right school? In spite of this gigantic number of Truck Driving Schools in the nation, there are few without a doubt which has met the most astounding principles.

Driving school in Beverly hills can be isolated into three sorts – schools authorized by the state, which implies that the school has met the base guidelines set by the state; affirmed schools, which implies that it has met the norms of ability, learning, and educational modules set by Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) of Virginia; and certify schools, which have the most elevated models as they are endorsed and licensed by the US Department of Education.

Truck Driving school in Beverly hills normally offer a blend of classroom and on-street lessons. In the wake of giving and making the understudies solid in the nuts and bolts of truck driving, they take them out to the street to get genuine hands-on experience. Great schools additionally offer hours of balanced driving practice on all around looked after machines.

A few schools which offer truck driving preparing as well as help with further entry level positions and situations incorporate the accompanying – Fox Valley Technical College, SAGE, Diesel Driving Academy, Isothermal Community College, LCTI Professional Truck Driving School, KIM Richardson Transportation Specialists, Western Pacific Truck School, Georgia Driving Academy, and American Truck Driving School.

Authorize Driving school in Beverly hills, for example, Diesel Driving Academy, National Truck Drivers School, International Institute of Transportation Resource, Inc, and Georgia Driving Academy offer arrangement open doors. Georgia Driving Academy gives ‘pre-enlist business offers’ even before graduation.

SAGE has earned the notoriety of being among the top Truck Driving Schools in the nation. It gives both apprentices and in addition propelled driving courses, and helps its understudies to build up their profiles and get arrangements in built up organizations.

For the normal, self-educated CDL holder, getting work without the backing of Truck Driving Schools is sufficiently troublesome as it seems to be. With no school and no experience to back you up, the vast majority of these forthcoming business drivers’ resumes have been more than once pushed more distant and more remote to the back of the candidates’ envelopes. That is the reason a great deal of trying business drivers out there are selecting to enlist themselves in Driving school in Beverly hills-regardless of the possibility that it implies extra expenses, at any rate there’s the information that you have better odds of getting procured now that you have adequate preparing to go down your permit. Be that as it may, it is essentially too simple to succumb to unconventional includes that guarantee credulous wannabe drivers short preparing terms, low educational cost expenses and a beyond any doubt work after graduation (which is just pipe dream, or even genuine). It is best to stay away from such tricks by and large, and discover a school that will give you a true blue preparing.

To evade temporary truck driving schools, make a few inquiries the business drivers’ circle. Which schools did they originate from? Which schools create great drivers? Generally, schools with great notorieties with drivers frequently have a decent notoriety with the driver’s managers, which would obviously be the trucking organizations. A respectable school will have great associations with a few bearers, as well, so that its understudies will have more choices when the time comes to apply for driving employments. Great schools are frequently just excessively pleased, making it impossible to demonstrate to you their permit exam passing rate, and their occupation rate also. You could likewise ask with some trucking organizations as to which schools they pick their new drivers from, to have a superior thought.


The Ferrari 458 Challenge Sports Car

Posted on October 6, 2016 in Automotive

The Ferrari 458 Challenge – A close look at this sports car performance, technical data, features, comparing rivals, history, used prices

from Classic to Modern


The Ferrari Challenge sports car was a single marque racer specifically targeted at the amateur driver. The idea was spawned in Europe in 1993, but soon spread to the US.

In 1994, Ferrari introduced the 348 Factory Challenge, which was based on the 348 TB and TS.

This was subsequently replaced by: the 355 Challenge in 1996, 360 Challenge Stradale in 1999, and F430 Challenge in 2005.

To complete this successful series of racers, the 458 Challenge was introduced in 2010, aimed specifically at the track, and continued on from where the 360 Modena Challenge track racer left off in 1999.

Based on the 458 Italia, the weight was dramatically reduced by the use of thinner gauge body panels, which consisted of carbon fibre, and replacing the window and windscreen glass with Plexiglass.

The cab was converted into a racing cockpit, and the car received a racing exhaust, tow hooks, and an air jack.

In terms of suspension, it was fitted with stiffer springs, 19 inch centre-locking racing wheels, enlarged Pirelli slicks, whilst the ride height was reduced all round by nearly 1.5 inches.

The very latest Brembo disc brakes were fitted, which included uprated pads to facilitate heat dispersal so helping to reduce stopping distances, and were linked to the ABS system.

The 458 Challenge was the first track racer to incorporate E-Diff, the electronic limited slip differential, and F1-Trac, Ferrari’s in-house traction control system, which managed the level of grip to ensure optimum road-holding.

Both the E-Diff and F1-Trac systems were integrated to ensure that, when coming out of a corner, the driver would be able to generate maximum acceleration.

As with the 458 Italia, the Manettino switch on the steering wheel was used to choose the appropriate setting for E-Diff, F1-Trac, and ABS, and was the first time it had been fitted to a Challenge racer.

This enabled the driver to utilise either the wet or dry modes.

Furthermore, with road conditions that offered high grip characteristics, the F1-Trac could be turned off to deactivate that part of the system.


The 458 Challenge retained the 4.5 litre, V8 mid-engine fitted to a seven speed Getrag sequential gearbox, as used in the 458 Italia, and developed the same 570 bhp at 9000 rpm (the redline), and 398 ft/lbs of torque at 6000 rpm.

However, for use in competitions, the gear ratios were revised to ensure that torque was increased lower down the rev band. Technical data:


Typical competitors for the Ferrari 458 Challenge included the following sports cars: Porsche 997 GT2 and Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4. Ferrari performance:


An excellent example of a Ferrari 458 Challenge was sold at auction with a price tag of $225,000.

This marks the end of my Review of the Ferrari 458 Challenge sports car.


How to Repair a Tyre Puncture

Posted on October 6, 2016 in Automotive

Everyone has the misfortune of having to deal with a punctured wheel. What’s worse is that sometimes the driver might not have a spare to change it and get it repaired at the nearest car service company. Here is how to repair a punctured tyre.

  1. Enable the handbrake to avoid the opposite tyre spinning uncontrollably.
  2. Keep in mind that you need to have a plugging kit to sort this problem out and you won’t need to remove the tyre unless you cannot reach the puncture. Some may find that it’s easier to remove the tyre. If you are in a rush to go somewhere then keep the tyre attached to the car.
  3. The most important part about repairing punctures is finding the actual hole. This might be the process that will take the longest. You might also have to remove what has been lodged within the rubber before doing anything else.
  4. Make sure that you clean the area which has been punctured to avoid any foreign objects entering the inside of the tyre.
  5. You need to add lubricant to the puncture using an insertion tool before treading the plugging cord through the puncture.
  6. The plugging cord needs to be hanging out of the tyre and cut after the insertion tool has been removed.
  7. Inflate your tyre to the correct pressure using a pressure gauge. This will make it easier for you to make sure that there are no leakages or escaping air.
  8. It’s important to check the tyre for any leaks as you can never be too sure that you have more than one puncture. The last thing you want is to have to deal with the same process again.
  9. Once this is done you need to ensure that you drive slowly as the plug may not hold as well as a professional fix.

A puncture in the side wall is irreparable as the pressure that will be applied after you continue driving will break it once again. If this does happen you need to have a spare tyre in your car or you will have to call the towing service to get a replacement.

It’s important to know these skills as situations arise unexpectedly. You also need to always have the correct tools on hand for any conditions that come about. If you are uncertain about the mechanics of your car you need to have the user manual in reach at all times.

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