Tips On Reducing Your Wedding Photography Costs

The costs of wedding photography vary considerably. In fact when researching for the average cost of wedding photography in the UK I was bombarded with such an array of different figures it was almost meaningless. Probably the most credible source I could find was from Moneywise that quoted 839 as an average cost. This amount feels about right so I hope that gives you a ballpark figure.

Bear in mind though its an average so people are spending a great deal more and a great deal less so please dont panic if its a lot more than you anticipated. The Photographer Finder have some incredibly talented wedding photographers with competitive packages less than the average figure above and dont include any of the tips suggested below!

This article is to provide you with some ideas on how to save money on your wedding photography and still have the lasting record you deserve.

Tip No 1 Dont marry on a Saturday

Quite possibly the most effective and easiest way to reduce the cost of not only your wedding photography but also for the rest of your wedding is to not get married on a Saturday. This one factor alone can save hundreds and puts you in an excellent negotiating position.

If you have the typical British reticence of negotiating or haggling, imagine yourself in the other persons shoes. If you can see it from their point of view it makes you a more effective negotiator. Booking a photographer last minute when they have no prior bookings may possibly get you a reduction. Booking far in advance when they dont know how many weddings will occur in that year may also get you a reduction. Booking a wedding on a day that is unlikely to include another wedding will almost certainly get you a reduction.

From a wedding photographers perspective assume they do x amount of weddings a year and 99% of them occur on a Saturday why would they want to negotiate a lower price when they could have a booking at normal cost? However, if you choose another day of the week the chances are they have no likelihood of another wedding so you are giving them an extra booking. The same goes for a venue, choose a Friday in December and you are competing with the Christmas clientele.

Tip No 2 Consider a voucher scheme

For the last few years every time Ive been invited to a wedding there has been a note saying youre company is enough but if you would like to buy us a gift we would really appreciate contributions to our honeymoon with vouchers from such and such travel agent. So why not do the same for wedding photography? Some wedding photographers are already offering this service. Its a great way to cover some or all the cost of your photography or even perhaps upgrade your package. If you were interested it may be worth asking your wedding photographer to

The Newest Ladies’ Models From Jean Marcel

Established in 1994 in Switzerland, at the heart of the watch-making industry, the Jean Marcel brand has gained a highly respected reputation over the last eight years for producing high quality, innovative time-pieces in limited editions for the discerning ()LED WATCH consumer.
The Jean Marcel collection offers a wide range of timepieces that include a number of men’s and ladies’ models with automatic, manual-wound and quartz movements as well as an extensive choice of pocket ()LED Men’s Watches.
The young company’s remarkable price/perfor-mance ratios make the Jean Marcel brand a tough competitor in today’s watch-making market. This year alone, the company introduced more than fifty-one new models, each with a distinct charac ter and sty-le, signifying a strong dedication to in-novation, technology and time-honored watch-making tradition.
First introduced at this year’s Basel Fair, the new Diamond Diva offers an added touch of elegance at an extremely reasonable price point. Available in a variety of models, the Diva is powered by an ETA 2671 automatic movement with calendar mechanism. The stainless steel, tonneau-shaped case surrounds a mother-of-pearl or guilloche dial and is fitted with a stainless steel bracelet or a matching crocodile skin strap. Equipped with a sap- phire crystal and an exhibition caseback, the Diva is water-resistant to 50 m.
The Diva is offered in three distinct diamond-set versions; the first features a bezel paved with 74 Top Wesselton diamonds, the next model boasts a case that is set with 188 of the high-quality diamonds (including the lugs), and for the absolute ultimate in elegance, the Diva is even offered with a full diamond-paved case (188 TW diamonds) and dial (227 TW diamonds) with 12 genuine blue sapphire hour-markers. Retail prices range from $2,995 – $10,095.
Created for both men and women, the new Oceans and Ice ()NEW men’s solar power 7 color led sports wath black in steel takes Jean Marcel’s innovative Mystery watch one step further with a stunning diamond-paved bezel. The watch is powered by the proven ETA 2824 automatic caliber which has been completely reworked into a “mystery” movement by master watchmaker and AHCI member Vincent Calabrese. Rather than utilizing hands to indicate the hours, minutes and seconds, Oceans and Ice instead makes use of a unique “mystery” mechanism. A jumping-hour window reveals both the hours and minutes while rotating around the dial and an arrow has been substituted for the seconds hand. A colorful map of the world has also been placed on the finely decorated dial which is complimented by a blue crocodile skin strap.

Zac Efron Stars In 17 Again On Directv Ppv Cinema

Now available on Satellite TV Pay Per View Cinema, the same day its released on DVD, is the teen comedy 17 Again, starring heartthrob Zac Efron.

In the movie, Efron plays Mike O’Donell, a high school basketball star who seems to have everything a college scholarship, popularity, and a beautiful girlfriend. But all of that changes when his girlfriend Scarlett reveals that shes pregnant. Suddenly all of Mikes aspirations are dashed and we fast forward twenty years later. Mike (now played by Matthew Perry) and Scarlett (Leslie Mann) are separated, and Mike is living with his software genius nerd best friend Ned (Thomas Lennon). We also learn that Mikes relationship with his own teenaged children is nonexistent, and his job is at a standstill. Praying for a change after he is passed up for a promotion, Mike meets a mysterious janitor who transforms him back to his glory days and suddenly Mike is 17 (and played by Zac Efron) again.

Posing as a new student named Mark, Mike infiltrates his childrens school and learns things about them that he never knew. He also visits an unsuspecting Scarlett and rediscovers all the things that initially made him fall in love with her. Of course it should come as little surprise to anyone who watches movies that Mike will eventually learn some things about himself that will make him a better husband, a better father, and appreciate life as he never did before.

I saw this movie initially when it was released to theaters in April and I remember thinking Cute, but I could have waited for DVD. Its chock-full of the stereotypes that weve come to expect in these teen comedies (the jock bully, the trio of cheerleader temptresses, the final showdown at the basketball game with that one chance to make the winning basket), but it still works, mostly due to Efrons charms. Now that he is stepping outside of the Disney mold, Efron is proving himself to be much more than just a pretty face. He shows some surprising dramatic chops here (most notably during the speech he gives to a judge in a courtroom at the end) and I think he has a long career ahead of him as an actor in more serious roles. Leslie Mann is somewhat underused, but she is still good here, and I always appreciate seeing her in comedies (she also appeared in The 40 Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and this summer’s Funny People.)

I think Efron fans will be tempted to give this five stars before they even see it, but if other people give it a chance they will see there is a little more than meets the eye in Efrons talent. 17 Again had heart and it wasnt crass, and I think its a movie the whole family can enjoy. Sometimes a little sugary sweetness is actually kind of endearing.

By: Frank Bilotta

Kylie at Abbey Road

Abbey Road Studios in St John’s Wood, Greater London are the most famous recording studios in the world mainly because of their connection with the Beatles. Many people visit there just to pose on the zebra crossing where the historical photograph of the four members of the Beatles was taken.

So when one of the world’s most popular singers decides to record a new album there it is bound to attract a lot of attention. Kylie Minogue’s The Abbey Road Sessions was released on CD on October 24th 2012 and has been produced to celebrate her 25 years in show business. She has actually been connected with entertainment for longer than that because who can forget the big-haired Charlene in Neighbours which first made her a household name.

The album is a re-mix of some of the most notable songs she has performed throughout her long career and has the backing of her own band as well as a full orchestra. It has received mixed music reviews with some of the critics calling it cheesy, others finding the backing chosen for some of the songs slightly strange.

But this is an album which will appeal to die-hard Kylie fans of all ages. Her older fans will love to remember what they were doing in in 1987 when Locomotion was first released and can also wallow in nostalgia with I Should Be So Lucky.

It was Kylie’s personal choice to invite Australian musician Nick Cave to join her to re-record their duet Where the Wild Roses Grow for The Abbey Road Sessions and Confide in Me is sung to an accompaniment of strings and a sitar which works very well.

The ballad Hand on My Heart is sung to a guitar backing which makes it very moving and all Kylie fans will enjoy this. There are 18 songs on the album which plays for 55 minutes. It came into the UK charts at number two so the public obviously ignored the music reviews and made up their own minds. In Australia it reached number seven in the Australian album charts and number three in the Australian artist charts.

D Animation Software Today

Individuals in need of state-of-the-art 3D modeling software, which is also capable of tasks such as animation and rendering solutions, have many options to choose from. What follows is just an example of what is readily available.

(The majority of these software vendors offer a free trial download of their products, making it easier to locate the package most suitable for the impending project or projects.)

Autodesk 3ds Max is a must have for those in search of a top notch 3D animation, modeling and rendering solution package. It is packed with features such as: data and scene management, modeling, polygon modeling and texting, character animations, hair and fur, prosound connectivity and integration and so much more.

This software is a particular favorite of individuals in the digital publishing, film, television and game developing industries.

A wide variety of plug-ins is available, for Autodesk 3ds Max. They go a long way in broadening the scope of what can be accomplished, with the program. Whether designers are in need of the latest fluids, atmospherics, rendering, cloth or animation plug-ins chances are quite high that they can be located.

Maxon Cinema 4D was originally created, several years ago, for use with Amiga computers. Currently, there is both a Mac OS X and Windows version available. This software is often used by those in the film industry. In fact, it was used to create the blockbuster hits Polar Express and Monster House, to name just two.

There are several add-on modules that can be used with Cinema 4D. These include but are not limited to:

Sketch & Toon – used for cartoons and technical drawings

Hair – stimulates things such as grass, hair and fur

PyroCluster – smoke and fire simulator

MOCCA cloth simulation and animation of characters

Because of the softwares easy to use interface, individuals who are new to the industry should be able to learn how to use it rather quickly.

Autodesk Maya is another award-winning and powerful software package, dealing with visual effects, animation and 3D modeling. It is suitable for a wide variety of projects.

Autodesk Maya provides users with a full-featured product and includes a comprehensive range of animation tools, 3D modeling and texturing tool sets, advanced visual effects tools, flexible rendering and customize software options.

New features include a new selection paradigm which means less chance of trial and error, improved workflow, Maya Assets (the best way to organize, share and present projects) and animation layering that allows greater flexibility when creating and editing all types of animation.

Softimage XSI (now referred to as Softimage 7.5) is an excellent choice for those interested in game production and visual effects. There are two versions available, original and advanced.

This software prides itself on the introduction of ICE or Interactive Creative Environment. ICE is a new platform used strictly to build tools and effects, by way of a node based paradigm.

A Focus On Horror With New Festival At The Dendy Cinemas

With the continuing emphasis on genre films, after the success of Australian productions Wolf Creek and Daybreakers, horror films are emerging as a great opportunity for young filmmakers to learn the craft and strut their stuff.

From Thursday 15 April to Friday 23 April, the best in horror film will screen at Dendy Newtown for the 2010 A Night of Horror Film Festival. Sixteen features will screen this year and the highlights include the opening night film, by Australian writer/director Brett Anstey, Damned by Dawn where, during a violent thunderstorm, a family is awoken by piercing shrieks which summon the dead to rise again. Their lives explode in a blood soaked fury as they battle malevolent spirits, whilst fighting to save their souls from eternal torment with… the Banshee (IMDB)

Melissa George proved she was an exceptional actress in the TV series In Treatment with Gabriel Byrne and also dabbled in horror with 30 Days of Night. Here she features in the Australian premiere of Triangle, by writer/director Christopher Smith, where the story revolves around the passengers of a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean who, when struck by mysterious weather conditions, jump to another ship only to experience greater havoc on the open seas (IMDB).

Other films screening include the Melbourne Underground Film Festival winner The Horseman (Best Australian Film, Best Australian Director) and the festival double feature of Descent 1 and Descent II.

Along with the feature films, 50 shorts and music videos will screen, and theres special international guests, parties, a filmmaking forum and a screenplay competition.

Festival directors Dean Bertram and Lisa Mitchell commented: We are delighted with the quality and range of films in this years program: supernatural chillers, monster movies, revenge flicks, zombie/vampire comedies, and even a documentary about horror fan culture! While there will always be some self-appointed guardians of public taste who seem to take a perverse glee in denigrating the genre (one suspects that this originates from their own psychological maladjustments), horror cinema continues to thrive. This years program demonstrates the diversity, shocking originality and complex themes that it has to offer. But the genre also appeals at a deeper level: People will always want to sit in the dark and be scared, and sometimes enlightened, by films that explore the shadowy depths of the psyche.

Peeling Test Of Adhesive Tape With Labthink Testing Instrument

How to test the quality of adhesive tape? This is a common quaestion posed by most of the manufacturers of adhesive tapes. Labthink introduces the innovative auto stripping tester for this purpose.

PARAM BLD-200N Auto Stripping Tester is applicable in peeling, stripping and other performance tests of adhesives, adhesive tapes, pressure sensitive tape, medical adhesive bandage, protective film, release paper, laminated films, leatheroid, woven bags, films and paper.

This instruments meets the standards: GB 4850, GB 7754, GB 8808, GB 13022, GB 7753, GB/T 17200, GB/T 2790, GB/T 2791, GB/T 2792, QB/T 2358
which is suitable for the lab test from different countries.

About Labthink:

Labthink, focusing on the laboratory testing instruments R&D and production and laboratory IT services, is dedicated to provide professional quality control solutions for customers in packaging, food, pharmaceutical, medical, daily chemistry, printing, adhesive, automotive, petrochemistry, bioscience, construction, new energy and other industries.

Labthink is an international enterprise headquartered in Jinan, China with administrative, sales and service branches in Shanghai, Guangzhou,Brussels and etc.,covering over 40 countries and regions.

Labthink, as a knowledge-based enterprise, advocates scientific research and integrates production-manufacturing with IT services. Labthink is devoted to share excellent testing technologies and advanced IT achievements with customers worldwide. Labthink instruments are now operating in more than 5000 laboratories of authoritative institutions and renowned enterprises. Labthink IT services, with the innovative mode of cloud computing online information management, actively promotes the information trends of Laboratories!

Labthink, as a customer-focused enterprise, has an outstanding service system. The Labthink Global Customer Service Center provides customers with professional, prompt and sustained pre-sale, point-of-sale and after-sale services in Chinese, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic and other languages. The Labthink Global Customization Center offers customized professional solutions to meet individual customer needs. Labthink, as a knowledge-based enterprise, advocates scientific research and integrates production-manufacturing with IT services. Labthink is devoted to share excellent testing technologies and advanced IT achievements with customers worldwide. Labthink instruments are now operating in more than 5000 laboratories of authoritative institutions and renowned enterprises. Labthink IT services, with the innovative mode of cloud computing online information management, actively promotes the information trends of Laboratories!

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Introduction To Black And White Photography

You know, there is something that is definitely more artistic about black and white photography. I know I am getting a little away from the overall concept of digital photography. But as a photographer, you will no doubt run into the phenomenon that is black and white photography.

I can remember vividly a photography named Michael Zagaris who is the team photographer of the San Francisco 49ers. He said that he was just captivated by the use of black and white photography. The way the light and the shading are so much more evident. This helps contribute to the overall feeling and emotion of the moment that the black and white photo captures.

Some of you may be saying to yourselves that color photography has surely taken the place of black and white photography, and I would say that for the most part you are correct. An interesting note here is that black and white photography still holds a degree of nostalgia in most photographers, amateur and professional alike.Perhaps one reason for this nostalgia is of course that photography was first taken on black and white film. Not only that, but many photography students are tasked with taking black and white photos when they are in their first photography classes. I know in my first digital photography class I was astounded at the very idea. Only later when the photos were developed did I truly start to appreciate black and white photos.

Therefore if you are an amateur or even experienced photographer, I would encourage you to give black and white photography a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the level of sophistication it takes to really pull off a great black and white photo. After that you may be able to take in some advanced photos such as adding one stream of color. You may have seen these kinds of photos before when the photographer allows one color to be very evident in a black and white photo. For instance I can remember a picture of a little girl in a black and white photo, but the coat she was wearing was bright pink. It was great moment to capture.

As for taking the black and white photos themselves, more advanced digital cameras have gray-scale mechanisms that allow to this. Also you can have the color picture converted by using a digital photography software such as “Photoshop.” Give yourself a chance in black and white photography. I think you will be pleasantly surprised in the results.

Reasons Why Instrumental Soothing Music Is Best For Relaxing

There are many kinds and forms of soothing music. One general way though to divide compositions designed to relax is to group them according to instrumental tunes and those with vocals. Is it always a better option to listen to purely instrumental selections when you want to relax?

In a lot of cases, what is considered relaxing is based entirely on subjective preferences. This is why some folks listen to slightly upbeat pop songs and still get a general feeling of relaxation. This may also apply to you but it’s worth noting that there are reasons why instrumental tunes are better options.

One reason why tracks without vocals are ideal is because they heighten the subjective experience. Those that do have lyrics tend to control the experience based on the themes that they pursue. In other words, listeners’ feelings, emotions and thoughts are generally dictated by whatever the vocalist says.

There may be no real problem if the lyrics of songs that have the potential to fall under the category of relaxing soothing music carry appropriately calming words. In a lot of cases though, there are songs that carry traditionally slow beats that may be calming but have lyrics that may generate the opposite effect in individuals. Instead of feeling calm, an individual may end up feeling overly melodramatic or even depressed.

There are more reasons to choose instrumental sounds for relaxation. One more good reason is the natural ability of certain instruments to evoke relaxation. The piano, flute or harp for instance, when played following a slow beat piece, automatically generates smooth, calming tunes that almost mimic what nature produces. You would probably not be able to expect the same outcome from an electric guitar even if it is played to accompany slow pop tunes.

The natural calming effects produced by the right instruments also give listeners the chance to visualize better. Listening to instrumental tunes in a cool, quiet environment can help you imagine appropriately calming situations or environments. While listening to gentle piano pieces for example, you can envision yourself lounging under a tree, sitting beside a bubbling brook or being in whatever place you find comforting. Compositions that have lyrics obviously do not give listeners the same opportunity because of how words can limit the imagination.

In modern soothing music, there is no doubt that words can play important roles. In a lot of cases though, you would always prefer to have a completely subjective experience when you want to relax. If you want your imagination to work to your advantage during your chill out moments, you had best settle for instrumental compositions.

Asian Models A Rage In The Fashion Industry

An emerging trend that raised eyebrows of fashionistas around the globe was the introduction of Asian models on international magazines and global runways. An industry that has been known to be dominated by Europeans by virtue of their height, traditional good looks and slender frames has been introduced to the graceful and lithe physique that Asian models stand out for.

Gone are the dayswhen the blonde and blue-eyed used to steal the limelight. And they are by no means obsolete of international catwalks, the Asian standard is slowly stealing the show.

The growing tourism potential of Asian countries like the Philippines has paved the way for a lucrative modeling industry. While it has bred a handful of international modeling superstars, it wasnt until recently that the world has begun to focus on the sheer potential it holds. Given that commercial print and fashion runway models arerelatively on highdemand with an economy strongly anchored on advertising, marketing and fashion retail, clients now seek diversity when it comes to looksadding a mix of Asian ideals with Caucasian aesthetic for variety on local magazines and catwalks.

Lately this year some up thrust their visibility as hot new faces like FeiFei Sun and So Young Kang appeared on major runway shows, adcampaigns, and magazine editorials.This shift in the modeling industry went through animpressive storm when last October, Louis Vuittons cheongsam-inspired spring 2011 summer collectiongaveeight Asian modelsthe chance to walk its prestigious runway.

This was soon followed by Vogue magazines editorial feature dedicated to Asian models.
It was also accompanied by an impressive article thatproclaimed that Asians are redefining traditional concepts of natural beauty. A month after thatdesigner Ricardo Tisci booked an entirely Asiancasted show for Givenchys spring 2011 couture presentation. A Chinese newcomer,Sui He,became the very first Asianmodel to inaugurate Ralph Laurens fall 2011 show in New York, which was coincidentally Asian themed. Shes been rumoredto front the designers upcoming fall campaign along with favorite Lauren face, Valentina Zelyeva.

A few rising South Korean models were also raising the Asian aesthetic withYoung Kang walking in the Oscar de la Renta and Marni shows this season. These models can very well inspire longevity of career in modelingwith booking for Calvin Klein and Dolce & Gabbanas fall campaign, shot by Steven Klein. Its certain that successful Asian models have bought an increase in diversity and have redesigned a whole new meaning to vogue fashion industry.