Take the Best Concert Photos with These Tips

10101-1t0viorncyWhether it’s Aerosmith or Lady Gaga concert, taking awesome photos in live acts are a major life goal for music photographers. You may always be on the lookout for Katy Perry or Blake Shelton 2015 tour dates, aspiring to take some cool photos like those concert photos by veteran photographers you’ve seen. These pros started out as beginners like you, and they all came across these useful tips that helped them capture the best concert photos ever:

  1. Right Exposure. No one wants a too dark or too bright photo. It’s difficult to get the right light balance in a low light setting, but the general rule is you use the widest aperture you can. F/2.8 to f/4 is a good range. Spot-metering is also a good option if your camera has one. Focus on the artist’s face to ensure good focus and exposure.
  2. Eliminating Blur. This is a tricky one since live artists move a lot on stage. Capture a head-banging rock star in a sharp image by increasing your ISO to around 800. Also widen your aperture and see if it allows you a fast shutter speed. Faster shutter speed, less blur.
  3. Capturing Movement. If on the other hand you want to show the movement of the crowd or the artists. Use a lower shutter speed. Normally 1/30 to 1/60 will do but do experiment with your camera to get the perfect settings. Be careful to hold yourself very still though; you don’t want an overly blurry photo. Venues usually have interesting light system that you can capture using a trick called Slow Speed Sync. Using this option, you can harmonize your flash with your slow shutter speed so you can sharply capture the main subject with some faint movement trail on the background or foreground.
  4. Getting Silhouettes. If the stage is bright and the audience area is dark, you can capture the crowd’s silhouette for a dramatic feel. Use a wide aperture (f/2.8 to f/4); turn off your flash; and use spot or multi-zone meter mode.

5. Capturing Lights. Laser lights can be very pretty if capture well. Use a high ISO (800 to 3200) and a wide aperture (f/4 to f/8) and keep yourself still.

The Allure of Fairy Tales

fairy-talesAs a child, my parents would tell me stories about amazing mythological creatures such as dragons and monsters to keep me (in my opinion) well behaved for fear that these evil and scary creatures would eat me up if I ever misbehaved. As I grew older (and maybe wiser), I began to have a fascination with all these fairy tale stories and many other fantastical creatures. There was something very enigmatic and enchanting about these creatures and stories that fascinated me.

What I truly love about all things mythical is how dark and twisted it can become. To be clear, I am not some serial killer wannabe that feeds on the fears of others. My love for the fantastical is based on entertainment and curiosity value. Haven’t you truly wondered what really goes bump into the night other than the boiler in the house? When you hear the creaking sound of the floorboards, don’t you get a little curious about what is actually starting the noise?

Through the years, I have tried to expand my knowledge on the supernatural and fantastical by reading endless books and online articles about it. I have even looked through different versions of classic fairy tales such as snow white and even the little mermaid. Did you know that in one version of the little mermaid’s story, she indeed turned into sea foam? Aside from reading, I have been constantly hooked on every single TV show which deals with plots based from original fairy tale stories.

Eventually when I grew older, my fascination with fairy tales diminished and my attention was slowly turned to music. I began to fantasize about my favorite singers and performers. In fact, I am still a big fan of concerts up to now. Lately I have looked into Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line Tickets as I plan to make reservations. This time however, I am bringing along my young girls with me, who, like me as a kid before, are still fixed on their princess and prince charming dreams. Hopefully when we watch Florida Georgia, they will also develop an inclination to music.

How to Get Rid of Shopping Addiction

Shopping every once in a while is a good practice. It helps you feel more relaxed and be relieved from stress. It lets you buy the necessities with your hard earned money. However, there are those who go beyond the limits. This is when they start to become shopping addicts.

Signs of Shopping Addiction

Most people who have shopping addiction problems don’t know it up until it’s already too late. If you think you are developing this problem, here are some signs:

  • You might have created a budget for shopping. However, the amount that you spend goes beyond what you have set all the time.
  • Compulsive buying. This happens when you buy something just because you like it at first sight. Even if it is beyond what you can afford or there is really no reason for buying it, you still go for it.
  • Shopping guilt. If you start to feel guilt after you shop, then something is wrong. Shopping must make you feel relieved and stress-free, and not the other way around.
  • Lying about shopping. When you start lying about shopping or shop when no one is around, this could be a problem already,

What Should be Done

When you begin shopping addiction, you might spend more than what you earn. As such, you have to do the necessary measures to stop the problem from getting worse. Here’s how:

  • Admit having the problem. This is the first step to healing. You need to acknowledge that something is wrong with you.
  • Create a check list of the items that you have to buy. Make sure that you stick with this list and don’t give in to temptations.
  • Don’t walk around the mall or shopping area especially in places where you have nothing to buy from.
  • Get rid of checkbooks and credit cards. Using them won’t make you feel the instant gravity of what you have bought. Therefore, you feel like using them again and again.

Instead of being addicted to shopping, you can start diverting your attention to other activities. This could include the Daniel Tosh June Tour.

Justin Moore’s Off the Beaten Path Album Review

jmooreCountry music star Justin Moore has released his third studio album called “Off the Beaten Path” on September 2013. As a country music fan, I am looking for new artists to listen to and the timing of Justin Moore’s album couldn’t have been better. I have listened to a few of his singles in the past and I can’t say I am expecting anything, but here’s my take on his album.

Originally, I was told that it’s something out of the ordinary since there’s rapping involved. New artists have been injecting innovative elements into country music to make it seem fresh. I was apprehensive at this idea because most rap songs just focus on the topic of money, sex, objectification of women and other possibly offensive stuff. I thought it was a bad idea and I am ready to be disappointed on the whole album but surprisingly, I am not.

Songs like “Dirt Road Kid” and “Letting the Night Roll” were like a mix of rock, hip-hop and country. While that does not particularly work for me, Justin made up for it on his other singles. What I like about this artist is that while he never fails to stop being innovative, he still includes traditional sounds in his songs like “In This Kind of Town” and “Beer”.

Justin shows off also his amazing vocals and range in the song “That’s how I know You Love Me”. Some tracks are quite soulful and would be amazing to see live in his Justin Moore Concert 2015. Other songs are quite funny lyrics-wise which portray that he is not afraid to show his funny side in the songs about a hangover, “Big Ass Headache” and about loving ass in “I’d Want It to Be Yours”. Good thing the latter wasn’t done in a disrespectful and sexist way.

His sentimental side is also shown in his duet with Miranda Lambert in the song “Old Habits”. Their heartfelt rendition makes it a standout single in his album. In addition to this, it has a strong 90’s feel that can make anyone feel nostalgic.

Overall, this album is amazing because of the authentic Southern music, but is also fresh because of the incorporation of new elements. Justin is not afraid to experiment and that’s what makes the album worth buying.

Katy Perry Pregnancy, NOT TRUE!

100719-katy_perry_617_409Once upon a time Katy had a prince name Russell Brand but it seems that fate wasn’t on their side and their marriage has to end. The Brand chapter in Perry’s tale doesn’t have a happy ending. Now it’s time for the knight and shining armor John Mayer to rescue her “Alice in Wonderland” or did he say to Katy, your Body is a Wonderland? With all those twists in the story, the pop-up scene Perry has created onscreen feels like a rebuttal to what fairy tales should usually be. She builds in our minds a castle filled by tattooed princes and blue-haired princesses.

The life of a superstar involves all sorts of things that some people don’t usually get. We follow their lives and expect them to be like the ones we read from fairy tales. We expect happy endings. But life for them is much more than that. Surely there is fame, wealth and a good fortune. But some negatives go along with those benefits. Negatives like being gossiped about pregnancies, engagements, marriages, divorces, cheating on spouses and even false death claims can be difficult, very hurtful, and frightening to deal with. Superstars must be a noble knight at all times in order to weather all of these nasty storms.

Gossip news about Pop-princess Katy Perry pregnant boomed like her famous song Firework (2010).Perry’s preggy rumors have made their way around the worldwide web and back until now, but friends of the Roar (2013) singer say they’re plainly NOT TRUE. Perry and boyfriend John Mayer are not expecting their first child just yet.

When is Katy Perry touring? Her 2015 tour showcases both new hits and old favorites.

Dressmaking as a Hobby and Potential Business

dressmaker-fitting-clothesDressmaking as a hobby is an interesting and useful activity. When you get to learn more about the craft, you will be able to make your own garments as well as of your family members. This will make a significant cut from your budget considering that clothing has become expensive nowadays. Moreover, you will enjoy seeing your whole family wear your personally sewn clothes. It will be a great source of happiness and pride knowing that you devoted your time and skills on each stitch that clothe your loved ones.

Profitable hobby

A number of people who start something as a hobby eventually end up making it as a business. Something that you used to do on your spare time can turn into a profitable job especially when people notice your finished products. Of course, it depends on you if you decide to turn your hobby into a revenue generating pursuit. But if you have the talent, the interest and prospective customers, why not go for it? Many backyard cottage industries and household hobbies have evolved into huge manufacturing business. This should inspire you to pursue your business plans for your dressmaking hobby.

Research and consultation

To improve your dressmaking skills further, you can conduct researches and find out the latest trends in this department. You may consult friends and family about their preferences so you can have an idea about the common taste of people. Try to watch instructional videos on the Internet or television and apply what you learn from these media. Take up a course in fashion design to boost your knowledge about the techniques in dressmaking. Enroll in a business seminar as well to learn more about the ropes of business management.

The right sewing machine

The primary tool in dressmaking is the sewing machine. Some sewing machines come in portable style, making it easy for you to bring it around in any part of the house or in your travels. However if you intend to turn your craft into a business you need to purchase standard sewing machines, those that come with wood casing. If you want to preserve your portable set, you can encase it as well by having custom made holder. Try researching about unfinished cabinets at http://www.unfinishedfurnitures.com/ for suggested designs.

Country Singers’ Distinct Look

Country music has long enticed listeners due to its uncomplicated nature. This genre is preferred by people who like songs that can be followed easily. The heart of this type of music is on its simple chord progression, and heard for pure enjoyment. Another thing that also makes country music engaging is its memorable stories that are commonly known for being emotional and inspiring. Apart from the pleasure derived from this exemplary musical genre, the fashion statement of country musicians also share the spotlight.

The traditional country singer outfit includes big cowboy hats, jeans, boots and fringe.  Back in the older days, these artists were so easy to spot. They share influences from Native Americans and they usually have guitars on their backs. This was their old look. But today, these artists are more adventurous when it comes to their fashion. They now have more varied options especially because young designers are more creative in making chic pieces. This makes them more pleasing to look at, as they possess a more relaxed yet trendier look.

Male singers wear skinnier jeans, flannel shirts exposing their chest, with colors being more varied from the basic tones to the bolder hues.   Modern fashion statements for males are sexier, and are more unpredictable. Some artists say they make an effort to develop a distinct style, choosing from polos to sweatshirts, baseball caps and even bandanas.

Female country singers also have a wider range of style. They choose from a variety of tops, from rustic to Bohemian look, to floral dress and leggings. Accessories also make an impact. Turquoise is a popular color for bead necklaces, as well as silver earrings. Most singers show flashy jewels such as dangling earrings. Boots remain to be a favorable choice in footwear for both guys and gals. As for the hairstyle, waves are held down for a more natural look, matched with simple blush and a dab of lipstick.

Nothing beats the sexy look of both male and female country singers who possess amazing voice and hot bodies. There are already a lot of hot country singers who have made a name for themselves then and now, not just for their talent but also for their distinct style. Today, names of Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift and Luke Bryan are always in the top list, not to mention the duo of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, popularly known as Florida Georgia Line. If you would like to follow them on their Florida Georgia Line tour, just click this link to avail tickets.

Comedians and Country Artists Fashion

Country songs reputation for “crying-in-your-beer” lyrics shadows the fact that humor has ever been a staple of country entertainment, as it has been a survival mechanism for rural folk culture. Its presence remind the people that although distraught with sorrow and pain, the world of country music is a world of laughter, too.

Here are some of the many stylish comedians and country singers that ever lived in the history of music and film.

Country Music

Johnny Cash

If you thought Jay-Z, Kanye West and A$AP Rocky were the ones who are first to dress all murdered out, then allow us to introduce you this guy who was simply and originally known as  The Man in Black.- Johnny Cash

Willie Nelson

He’s a dude with some serious rebellious style that fits perfectly with his anti-establishment attitude and music.

Hank Williams Jr.

Most of Hank Jr.’s early days were spent hiding in the shadow of his legendary father, Hank Williams Sr. Style-wise, it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. Hank Jr. looked great in the ’60s, but wanted to beat his own path.

Jimmie Rodgers

Famously known as the “The Father of Country Music”. Jimmie Rodgers set the stage for the future country singers by dressing up like the common people he meant to entertain, as well as donning classic American suit, which was also the staple of a working man way back his time. Country artists today, like Justin Moore, and Motley Crue still follow Rodger’s laid back style– Cowboy hat, leather boots and denims.

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Comedians

Bill Murray

This funnyman goes out of way to inject rigs with the same madness he brings to the big screen, but with a little less delicateness, he makes every red carpet appearance every day Groundhog Day.

Alan King

The Borscht Belt veteran– Alan King hardly looks like a comic. But a little more like a mob assassin. Or maybe a peripheral Rat Pack-er? Pinstripe suits, folded pocket squares, and deep cuffs? Nothing too funny about it.

Russel Brand

Britain’s pride, Russel’s nailing that rakish-rocker look, he is hard to top. His American counterpart, Daniel Tosh (tour), however choose not to compete over fashion statement but pour his heart out with his frank mouth and wit.