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70 Jaw-Dropping HDR Photographs

Thanks to mobile apps like Instagram, HDR photography has become extremely popular. HDR, a.k.a. High-dynamic-range, photography captures a greater dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas of an image. This process creates an unrealistic effect that amazes you every time. The two main sources of HDR images are computer renderings and merging of multiple low-dynamic-range or standard-dynamic-range images.

Photoshop allows you to mimic those effects with just one image. With the software, photographers can play around with contrast and lighting effects to create a desired outcome. There are also many premium and free HDR Photoshop actions that you can download. Once you have them installed, you can apply desired actions with a single click. This technique saves you a great amount of time and creates beautiful results in just a few seconds.

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Beijing

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Dolphin Girl

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Abandoned Hopes in Surgery

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20 Amazing Graphic Design Works by Rogier de Boeve

Rogier de Boeve is a graphic designer based in Belgium. He started creating digital graphics about 7 years ago. As he gained more design experience, he took part in online art groups such as Evokeone, Konvulse, and SlashThree. The feedback he received gave him the confidence to start a career in graphic design. He decided to elevate his skills by getting a masters in graphic design from a Belgian University. Currently Rogier is working as a freelancer, seeking new artistic and professional adventures. We hope you’ll enjoy his work!

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The Best 2013 Blogging Tips To Build A Profitable Website

A proven system that anyone can profit from regardless of their skill level and it’s perfect for beginners or for struggling intermediates. If you’re an advanced marketer, then you probably already know what’s in this course or you may not know all of it, but it’s probably not going to fit into your business model if you’re already an advanced marketer. If you’re a beginner or intermediate just getting going, this is the perfect system to help you build your business and get started making money right from the get go.

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Okay, now here’s why this system is so powerful. It has zero start-up cost and low if any overhead – overhead meaning monthly fees or costs associated with running the business. There’s very, very little of that, if any of it at all and it doesn’t cost you a thing to get started. All you have to do is be willing to invest some time. It’s easily and immensely scalable. This system can really literally make you as much money as you want just by repeating it over and over and over again. It’s so simple that you can scale it to as massive of a size as you want as long as you’re willing to put in the effort to get it there.

Okay, so there’s a potential there to make a ton of money with a very simple system. It also is going to give you valuable skills that will make you more money in the future. It’s building a solid foundation for a real business. Finally, what you build with this “Money Made Easy” system can be easily rolled over into an advanced Internet marketing business model at a later date. This is to get you started – to help you start making money and it could be your focus for the rest of your life if you wanted it to. It’s a sustainable business model.

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Promotional Products as Effective Marketing Tools

What are promotional products and why are they good for marketing? Well, promotional products are and easy way of promoting, or in other words, marketing your business. Promotional products can be pens, stress shapes, promotional water bottles or promotional non-woven bags (as well as some other things). When you decide to giveaway a certain promotional product, just make sure you printed all the information needed that is related to your company and you are good to go!

They don’t require an uttered (where you can reach just a certain amount of people every day) and therefore are very suitable for a faster expansion. They have a far more wide-reaching effect than advertisements or commercials. It is more probable for a customer to remember your information if he or she gets a promotional product, than if he reads about your company in the newspaper.

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In addition to being effective, promotional products are very cheap, which is very important when it comes to marketing big companies. Just think of it this way, when you write an advertisement it’s basically a one-time deal, but promotional products are sure to be seen by hundreds of people. I mean, who doesn’t use pens in his everyday life?

Another very important benefit of promotional products is that they give your company a reputation of helpfulness. This can help you in gaining public favor in the future. Promotional products are a win-win situation for both sides. The customer gets an item that is helpful, and the company gets a long term advertisement.

How to distribute your promotional products?

Make conferences and meetings. Conferences and meeting are ideal events where you can promote your company. For example, you can give a promotional product at the end of the meeting as a “thanks for coming” gift. This way, you get to promote yourself and meet the customers face to face. You can also do this at holiday parties if you notice some potential customers.

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60 Free High Resolution Desktop and Mobile Wallpapers

Many say that a picture is worth 1000 words, well these jaw-dropping wallpapers say much more than that. Today, you’re presented with sixty high-resolution wallpapers for your mobile phone, tablet, laptop, desktop, and HDTV. Every single wallpaper was hand-picked from interfacelift, who offers wallpaper downloads in nearly any aspect ratio and image resolution you could possibly need. We hope one of these wallpapers is worthy to serve as your new background.

HemLoft Secret Treehouse By lucasjungmann

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Kapalua After Sunset By Jeffery Hayes

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From Beyond By Destin

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Baros Maldives By Dan Grady

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Mechanical 3D Digital Art by Kazuhiko Nakamura

Kazuhiko Nakamura was born in Hyogo, Japan in 1961. Being greatly influenced by surrealism and cyberpunk styles of art when he was young, Kazuhiko started to study and tech himself the ins and outs of 3D digital art. Using his spare time to do this, his practice snowballed into the amazing works you’ll see today. In 2004, his art was featured on major CG art websites. Since then Kazuhiko received positive appreciation from other artists and fans.

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Five Handy Tips When Buying a New Laptop

Arguably, the laptop can be considered as one of the most important inventions in computing technology in the recent years. It has definitely redefined how people use computers, free from the wires and bulky hardware of its desktop predecessor.

While there are more compact computing devices available in the market today such as tablets and even smartphones, the laptop is still an important part of people’s gadgets arsenal – from the gamer, busy executives to the basic users. Buying a laptop is no rocket science, but it’s not a no-brainer decision as well especially if you want to get the most out of your money.

If you’re planning to go on laptop shopping soon, here are five handy tips you should bring with you.

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Tip #1: Honesty is the Best Policy

Be true to yourself in terms of how you are planning to use your laptop. This is the first step of any laptop-buying process as it will dictate the system requirements and functionalities that you should look for. Further, it will determine related products that you need.

For example, if you’re a music buff or a move enthusiast and you’re planning on downloading several media files, you would need a laptop with big storage space. Additionally, you would need to install a powerful antivirus software to protect your computer from malicious programs and downloadable media files.

So, before you even read reviews and scout your laptop options, ask yourself: “Why am I buying a laptop?”

Tip #2: Size Matters

Why do you think many brands have come up with ultra-portable laptop models? As people become more mobile, thin is definitely is in. The slimmer and the lighter your laptop is the better. If you’re an events planner who needs to move around to meet clients and suppliers or a writer who needs to go to different places in order to be inspired, then size and weight will definitely matter.

Again, the portability of the laptop you choose will affect the extra peripheral services or products that you will need. If you’re planning to use your laptop in different locations and using whatever internet connectivity is available, then you need an antivirus protection software that can protect your laptop even if you are connected to an unsecure internet network.

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Make a Significant Change in Life by Decorating Your Home!

The only thing you can do to keep up with this 21st century world is to change as the world changes. Seriously, the change nowadays is rapid, and not only when it comes to technology, but also in other aspects. Just look at the art that was made a hundred years ago and you will see that the difference is huge. Many people claim that art is now less important and that we generally focus on more material things and money, but the truth is, we are surrounded by art all the time, we are just not aware of it.

For example, when you look at the beautiful building across the street, that is a form of art – architecture. Architecture can be pretty amazing, and architects today come up with millions of different ways to build new houses, flats, etc. But now you might wonder: how can you change yourself to keep up with all the change that’s happening?

Well, you can first try to accept all the new ideas that the modern world brings, and thus call yourself a modern man. But the change I want to talk about is of an external nature. To be more concrete, I want to talk about the change you should make in your home to keep up with the 21st century. The thing is, I will not talk about the technological changes but rather about an artistic one. To be more concrete, I am going to talk about the usage of tiles to create the perfect environment.

A little something called decoration can change your subconscious

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Well, as the title says, the place where you reside can very often alter your mood, or even impact some of the very important decisions you make in your life. Your home can also tell you a lot more about yourself, even your deepest secrets, but that is a topic for some other discussion. All you need to know is that people sometimes unconsciously arrange their furniture in order to make them feel better. I like to cover my walls with different post modernistic paintings, but the thing that caught my mind recently was this new way of tile usage.

Namely, some people started combining tiles from their bathrooms to make mosaics of different kinds and then putting them to cover their walls in, such as, the bedroom. I did a little research on the net, and found out that there are people, whom I can freely call artists, who do this kind of service. There are different types of tiles, some of which do not even resemble the ordinary tiles that you see each day when you are brushing your teeth or taking a shower. Many materials are used and the possibilities are infinite. Let me tell you a thing or two about how each of these materials can impact you and your decisions, and what impression will your guests have when they see these tiles and the mosaics made from them.

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How to Look Confident When Giving a Speech

There is a difference between mediocre speakers and great speakers. Great speakers are passionate and knowledgeable about what they speak, they have charm and they are confident and not afraid to move around the stage, call to action, raise their voice and make jokes. They engage the audience and create a very intimate experience. Even when large groups of people are involved you can’t help but feel a personal bond with a good speaker – you feel like you can trust them, like you have learned something new.

If you want to be a good speaker, but you still can’t get a hang of all this public speaking business, the most important thing is to project confidence, and you can only do this if you overcome anxiety and have some good material to work with. You will often find speakers that have brilliant speeches who still get overcome by fear and mess everything up. Presentation skills are very important, and there are several things you can do to boost your confidence or to simply seem more confident.

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1. Good body language

Body language and facial expressions are more important for human communication than what you actually say. This is how you can tell if someone is being sarcastic, if someone is mocking you, if a person is uncomfortable and so on. The base of confident body language is good posture, basically all the things your mother told you to do: keep your back straight, keep your hands out of your pockets, look people in the eyes when you are talking to them, keep your chin up, etc.

Your feet should to be placed shoulder-width apart, turned slightly outward, you shouldn’t swing your hands wildly but strive to make elegant, controlled gestures. You want to make brief eye contact with different audience members, but be sure to move your gaze through different segments of the audience – front to back and side to side – and hold it on each segment for a few moments before moving on. You can also push your chest slightly out and move around – don’t be afraid to take up more space.

2. Talk slowly and louder than you usually would

This takes some time to get used to, and it is where most people get it wrong. We are used to speaking a bit more quietly as our audience is in close proximity, but if we want to be heard and understood when speaking to a large number of people we have to find walk the thin line between speaking loudly and yelling.

It is also important to constantly remind yourself to talk slower, as we tend to start talking really fast and trailing off when we are nervous, which makes it difficult to get our point across. Public speaking courses and acting classes are a good way to learn how to work through stage fright and speak to an audience, or if you don’t have them in your area a vocal coach can help you a great deal with speaking loudly and fluently.

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40 Lovely Examples of Macro Photography

Even though the human eye has about 576 megapixels, we’re still not capable of zooming in and examining tiny objects. Thanks to macro photography, a.k.a. macrography, we’re able to enjoy beautiful close-up photographs of very small subjects. To technically define a photograph as macro, the size of the subject needs to be greater than life size. In order to take macro photographs, you’ll need a lens that is capable of reproducing ratios greater than 1:1.

Thanks to the advances in sensor technology, a small-sensor digital camera can rival the macro capabilities of a flagship DSLR with a “true” macro lens. Despite the lower reproduction ratio, producing macro photography is broadly accessible at a bargain. Macro Photography does require solid technique and visual style, so don’t think that you can just pickup a camera and snap gorgeous photos. ”Patience is a virtue,” and you will certainly need it to capture great shots.

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Iconic Film Character Portraits by Mike Mitchell

LA based artist Mike Mitchell is a freelance illustrator with a focus on pop culture. He is most known for creating the “I’m with Coco” poster embracing Conan O’Brien. Mike recently finished a big set of posters for his upcoming gallery show opening in two weeks. For the show, Mike tried to choose the more under appreciated film character in pop culture art. His process consisted of illustrating their personalities the way they existed in his mind. By keeping the celebrities in character, Mike wants the viewer to connect with them on a deeper level.

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5 Quotes to Inspire Your Next Venture

Getting ready to start a new blog? Maybe you already have, but are ready to give up. Or maybe you’ve had the privilege of becoming successful, but haven’t taken advantage of that blessing. As Zig Ziglar once said, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing–that’s why we recommend it daily.” Below are 5 inspirational quotes (and related lessons) that are sure to set you off in the right direction.

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1. “I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one.” – Bill Gates, Co-Founder, Microsoft

Admittedly this statement is a bit extreme. Perhaps Bill should have gotten out of the house more–hung out with some friends, went on a date, spent time with family . . . whatever. But the point here holds true. While you’re out at the bar every Friday night, or watching every episode of American Idol, your competition may very well be bangin’ away at the computer in an attempt to monopolize a niche.

2. “You could have a million ideas, but they’re all worthless if you don’t get them done.” – Lauren Amarante, Founder, World Entrepreneurship Day

Your brain never stops. You want to open your own restaurant, go back to school and become a doctor, launch an online magazine, create the next Facebook, end world hunger, etc. And you keep telling yourself that one day–one day soon–you’re going to get around to doing all of them. Sure, you’ve told yourself this before, but this time is different right? Wrong. I’ve got 5 ideas in my head right now that I’m positive could net me multi-millions. But you know what? Nobody gives a damn. Those ideas will all remain worthless until someone actually steps up to the plate and takes action on them. So why not take on everything at once? Because unless you have unlimited resources–both time and money–you’ll lose focus. Choose one idea, focus, and act. Start now.

3. “Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress.” – Seth Godin, Founder, Squidoo

This one’s similar to the one I just discussed . . . but with a twist. Maybe you’re not a true procrastinator, but rather a perfectionist at heart. If you’re waiting for perfect, chances are you’re not getting anywhere. And as Seth Godin put it, progress beats waiting. I happen to be a perfectionist myself, and I see it as both a curse and a blessing. Perfectionists are capable of building great things, so long as they learn how to control their obsessions.

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Top 15 Premium WordPress Themes for a Wedding

If you were to get married twenty years ago, a wesbite for your wedding would cost you thousands of dollars. It was unheard of to even do such a thing. In the recent years, setting up a website for your wedding has become accessible to almost every couple. Having a permanent archive for your special day is an awesome idea.

Thanks to WordPress, it’s easier that every to get a website up and running. Your guests will also find it much easier to R.S.V.P. and stay informed about your wedding. You can put all the important information on the website like where the ceremony and the party will be held, gift registry information, photos from the wedding, bridesmaids, groomsmen, your story, wedding blog, accommodations, and much more.

Be sure to think beyond your wedding when choosing a domain name. Don’t include words like “wedding” or other related terms. This will come in handy when you want to change the website and use it as a family blog or etc. Today we compiled a high quality list of wedding based WordPress themes. We hope you’ll like at least one of them for your perfect wedding. Enjoy!

Analytical full Width WordPress Theme

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Analytical WordPress theme is a full width theme built keeping Photographers and other users who wants to show more graphics on their website. The theme features a full width Background slider which is highly customizable and is totally responsive.

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Crafted with pixel perfect details, this wedding WordPress theme will let you document and share your wedding experience with your friends and family in an original out of the box way. The built in RSVP module lets you take control of all your RSVP requirements and ensure a fast and easy communication with guests directly from the WordPress admin. It doesn’t matter if they use desktops, tablets or smartphones, your visitors will enjoy the same remarkable experience. All the elements scale and resize depending on the device the website is viewed on.

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Moreno is a Wedding Event WordPress Theme. It’s super simple. It has a responsive design meaning your content will be displayed beautifully on all mobile devices.

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Philosophy of Frugal Living

Perhaps it was the “He who dies with the most toys wins” bumper stickers that gave us the idea that living frugally equals being miserable. Because of that misconception, a lot of people who are either in financial difficulty or wanting to achieve certain financial goals are looking at everything but economizing as a way to achieve it.

In my opinion, living frugally equates more accurately with success, satisfaction, freedom and creativity. If this attitude underlies your spending philosophy, you will find economy to be an effortless lifestyle. Let’s look at the main component of the frugal living philosophy to see if this is something you could consider for yourself.

Main Component of Frugality

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Many people have a knee–jerk reaction to any form of economizing, erroneously believing that all this austerity will mean years and years of subsistence living in return for incredibly small improvements in our lives.

Our friends will look down on us or even worse, pity us. We’ll never go to the beach or drive anything more than a sub-compact relic. It would be far easier and much quicker to take out a loan or get a second job.

But with careful attention to our spending, we can have our friends admire, if not envy us; have several beach vacations each year; and drive a late model car; all with out the burden of an extra loan repayment or the time crunch of a second job.

So for starters, understand that living frugally is all about getting more, not having less.

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70 Minimal Geometric Compositions by Tilman Zitzmann

Geometry Daily is a Tumblr blog that publishes beautiful geometric compositions. The man behind this awesome blog is Tilman Zitzmann. Tilman is a graphic designer living, working, and teaching in Nuremberg, Germany. Although they look like real paper prints, every design is created digitally with vector software.

These days our lives are full of noise and complex dependencies. Because of this, many intelligent designers strive for simplicity. I think Tilman’s minimal illustrations are a great source of inspiration for designers. Seeing the beautiful shapes, curves, and lines allows you to think different in terms of aesthetics. I’m very glad I found this blog and hope you’ll feel the same.

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