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The Dangers of Buying Facebook Likes

It pays to be popular on Facebook, literally at times. So much so that some businesses are willing to pay for attention. And where there’s demand, there’s bound to be supply. Quite a few businesses have sprung up in the last decade claiming to bolster your social media marketing efforts by providing you Likes on your page … for a cost of course!

How They Work

So you’ve just launched an online presence for your business and are looking to rake up the metrics for some quick conversions. You’re surfing the search engines, probably with variations of keywords like, ‘Building Facebook page for business’, ‘How to get more Likes on my Facebook page’ and ‘My page has only 4 Likes and one of them is from my mother, help!’ Okay, maybe not that last one.

Anyway, you come across a website which offers, say, 1000 Likes at $30.

What do you do?

Let’s work this out. In order to give you a clear picture, I’ll talk about both the pros and the cons of buying Facebook Likes. So let’s start with the good stuff.

Instant Booster

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Buying Facebook Likes is your personal social media nitrous oxide system (NOS). It gives you that much-needed boost to kick-start your Facebook presence. Let’s face it – who doesn’t like instant gratification? And watching your page rake in 500-1000 fans overnight guarantees just that!

You Become ‘Popular’

Since your brand looks like it is receiving adulation from one and all, people will trust you more and even listen to what you have to say. They have a term for this: Social Credibility. A Facebook user is more likely to trust and do business with a brand which has a few thousand Likes than the one with only 4 Likes. So, being the popular kid on this social media platform does have its perks.

On the other hand, you might face questions like this.

Cheap Thrills?

There’s a thing about buying in bulk. It’s usually cheap. The economic principle remains the same when it comes to buying Facebook Likes as well. I’ve surfed through websites offering hundreds of Likes for prices as low as $3-$5. If you consider the value for money that you’re getting, it’s a pretty good deal.

Oh, but do watch out for those ‘OMG-it’s-so-cheap!’ deals. Steer clear of them. Why? Because sometimes things that are too good to be true are exactly that – TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. But, we’ll talk about this a little later.

Some Numbers

We’ve already spoken about Social Credibility. It’s been reported that for business pages which have purchased their Likes, there can be as much as 40% naturally-occurring Likes. Again, it’s the same principle at work here. “People think you’re cool, so what the hell, I also think you’re cool.”

Here’s another number. By purchasing Likes and giving your online presence a boost, you can hike your online conversion and sales rates by as much as 20%. This number depends on factors like whether you have social media widgets and counters on your page and how convenient it is for followers to make a transaction on your website.

Now that you’ve seen how buying Likes can help your business. Let’s look at a few reasons why you shouldn’t get all gung-ho about this.

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Top 7 Most Disturbing Brand Mascots of All Time

It is no secret that mascots are a brand’s best friend when it comes to customer loyalty and instilling trust. In fact, more and more companies are seriously looking into creating a mascot to build brand identity and recognition effectively. But what happens when a mascot doesn’t perform the way he, she, or it should? Let’s look at some brand mascots that may not have had the desired effect on customers:

1. Jolly Green Giant (General Mills’ Green Giant)

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We all know just how much most kids loathe eating peas, and this Jolly Green Giant makes it even harder to stomach. The mascot’s debut in 1928 didn’t have the intended effect on the general public – who would dare to wrest green peas from a scowling, caveman-like giant? Not me, thank you very much. Then, a young ad exec named Leo Burnett (yes, THAT Leo Burnett) transformed the giant into a friendlier version of his former self. The transformation process continued and eventually the giant became a more approachable brand mascot that we know today.

Unfortunately, most kids associate eating peas with the Jolly Green Giant, and vehemently refuse to take another bite lest they turn green like the giant.

2. BK’s Burger King (Burger King)

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When the not-so-beloved Burger King mascot was unveiled, it got everyone across the globe thinking: “What’s the deal with a guy wearing a plastic-faced mask?” There were ad campaigns centered around the King, one infamous one being a TV ad of an average Joe waking up next to the King in his bed, and ending with several moments of awkwardness (not to be confused with male bonding). BK finally axed the King in 2011 and placed the focus on its food. What else can I say, except “Long live burgers!”

3. Mr. Mucus (Mucinex)

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Being gross is one thing, but being rude will get you listed in the “Brand Mascots America Hates the Most” list. Mr. Mucus is slimy, yucky and disgusting – the perfect combination to send shivers down your spine when you see an image of him plastered on posters in pharmacies or health magazines.

Fortunately, besides being creepy, Mr. Mucus is a very effective brand mascot for Mucinex – the company achieved $160 million in sales after it was introduced in the year 2004.

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Watch your Back: 4 Professional Chairs You Should Consider Buying

Having a good chair can make the difference between complete comfort or body pain (and possibly terrible back problems down the road). When it comes to finding the right office chair, being cheap is the dumbest thing you can do. If saving money is more important that your health, then I guess we’re not on the same page.

By having a good and proper chair for your work, you’ll eliminate the possibility of terrible back and neck pain. Plus, cheap chairs will break easily and sooner or later you’ll find yourself in the endless cycle of buying cheap crap every one or two years. So why not buy a great chair once and have no regrets down the road?

Let’s have a look at our top pics for professional chairs.

Steelcase Leap Fabric Chair

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A beautifully designed, ergonomic and strong chair with a comfortable fit that provides the perfect support for your back. You can easily adjust the arm positions. Control the movement of the upper back and lower back by adjusting the firmness. The material on the chair soaks up moisture and absorbs heat to keep your back at the right temperature. The Leap chair fits you comfortably for the entire day.

Herman Miller Aeron

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With a 12-year warranty, Herman Miller claims to provide comfort that no other chair can provide. It has high tech fabric, namely graphite and carbon, putting it above the rest. It has extra padding, which gives ultimate comfort, but it also gives the chair a unique look.

It’s easy to assemble and the delivery is timeless. The Aeron chair distributes body weight throughout making it a guaranteed chair for comfort. It also has mesh fabric, but the mesh is tighter, giving a more luxurious and less economical look. Keep in mind that all the product parts are fully replaceable.

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Document Management: Why Freelancers Need The Cloud

Freelancers are usually “on-the-go”, “get-it-done” type of people. They’re running in a thousand directions, working on multiple projects, and trying to reign in new opportunities all at once. Even the best of them have a tough time staying organized and keeping everything in check – especially without overloading their most sacred possession: their computers. Luckily, the days of self loathing are quickly coming to an end thanks to the newest technological feat: the cloud.

Document management in the cloud solves every freelancer’s two biggest issues: organization and memory space. Organization is paramount. Freelancers are known to have hundreds, if not thousands, of documents, PDFs and other image files floating around in the small wonder we all know as a laptop. Try though they may to keep everything in order, the likelihood of being overrun by files and folders isn’t that obscure.

Unfortunately, our computers these days also don’t help with any of those traditional paper documents that we all have strewn around from when an idea struck at an inopportune moment or a meeting when our computer died. Going back and forth between paper documents and virtual files can be utterly confounding, further straining our already limited time and existing chaos. All of this only leads to one thing: missed opportunities. And all freelancers know that missed opportunities mean losing potential income.

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Because there is so much content bee-bopping around our computers, even those with significant memory space can quickly become bogged down. Given their heavy usage and a freelancer’s continuous saving of files, even new computers can become old memory-filled hunks in only a year or two. What’s more, as a freelancer’s computer approaches it’s capacity, it begins to slow down and create circumstances that hinder success.

We’ve all been faced with the rainbow wheel of death at least once in our life and it only takes one instance when a freelancer loses work that was saved to send someone over the edge. Even worse, for a freelancer’s computer to crash with no potential for recovery is nothing short of cataclysmic.

With cloud based document management all of these problems are solved, and at an extremely low cost when one considers the value of a freelancer’s ability to produce content on time. First, organization with a document management system is a streamlined thing of beauty. Not only are your electronic documents easy to find and keep track of, but with the simple addition of a scanner, all of your paper documents can also be organized in your system as well.

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10 Ways to Be a Student of Life

Learning shouldn’t stop once you graduate from school. Graduating from college doesn’t mean you can no longer be a student. Life offers more lessons than school ever could. As an individual, you must constantly seek for more ways to grow. To be stagnant should never be an option for someone who has so much potential. There are always new things to learn and adventures left to be discovered.

When you choose to be a student of life, you open yourself to limitless opportunities.

1. Explore the world.

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Don’t limit yourself to your hometown or to the city you got your first job. Go beyond the place you consider home, because home can be many places. It doesn’t have to be just one town or one apartment complex. Backpacking may not be for everyone, but it’s not the only way you can see the world. Travelling doesn’t just have to be going overseas but also dropping by many states. Culture exists not just in a country but even in small communities.

2. Acquire new life skills.

Maybe it’s time that you finally learn how to fix a broken faucet or even fix the faulty light in your bathroom. You can finally cross out your bucket list items that have been there forever. Learn how to drive a car or ride a bike. There are definitely things you don’t know how to do, and you have a lifetime ahead of you to learn. It’s never too late to start learning something new.

3 .Take risks.

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The first step to learning is accepting that you’re prone to make mistakes. Once you’ve accepted that, you’ll have an easier time taking in things and risking everything in favor of your passion. Keeping your 9-to-5 job may keep you secure, but if you’re bored and no longer happy, is it really happy? Submitting an article to your favorite publication in the world may mean rejection, but it can also mean getting published! Stop hesitating because that’s no way to live.

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20 Handcrafted Business Card Templates

Today we collected twenty beautiful business card templates for you to check out. Every single design was made with care and attention to detail. The cards are all fully layered, come in 300 DPI, 3.5×2 inches, have a CMYK color profile, and are ready to be printed right away.

If you’re a frequent reader, you already know the importance of a creative business card. Having a boring black text on white paper business card isn’t going to impress anybody. Unless your service is really good, you can bet that after you walk away your business card is almost guaranteed to become best friends with a trash can. Having an elegant and trustful business card, will separate you from other mediocre businesses.

The following business card templates were all handpicked from Creative Market. Creative Market is a platform for designers and independent creatives to sell their handcrafted digital products. What I love most about Creative Market, is that you get to support people just like you. It’s kind of like shopping at a local small business, rather than a giant retailer. Their community is filled with enthusiastic, supportive, and encouraging people.

Medical Business Card

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Flavor Business Card

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Consonant Business Card

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5 Unique Ways to Make Your Website Shine

For anyone interested in engaging an online following or interest, a website is a portal to an audience. It can help you connect, it can represent your business in a certain way, and it can provide a channel for consumers to find you and do business with you. In the wake of constantly changing search algorithms, web design is now more important than ever in ensuring a high rate of repeat visitors and making sure you deliver an informative and pleasant browsing experience.

1. Keep things clutter free

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Sometimes less is more. The last thing you want to do is overwhelm your visitors with unnecessary effects, fonts, and colors that make the website load longer. Make sure visuals complement each other, colors match, and your images are optimized to display quickly. Organize your information into pages, categories and have main points of focus on your homepage as ‘calls to action’ on your website. These focus points should be concise and clear and ‘above the fold’ – this is the area people land on and are greeted with without the need to scroll.

2. Rich content in web design

Although your page needs to be concise and load quickly, that doesn’t mean it can’t be interesting. After all, you want to pique the interest of visitors and have them coming back as often as possible. This involves publishing fresh content, keeping the language lively/informative, and creating interaction with visitors through comments. The more interaction you provide, the more you can ‘connect’ with your audience.

3. Consistency in web design

It may sound like a given, but it’s surprising how many websites mix things up when it comes to web design. Consistency is important, particularly if you’re considering setting up a business and want to maintain a certain tone or brand representation. It’s all well and good keeping the same language tone but if your web design alters from page to page, the colors shift and the layout moves, it’s going to look unprofessional and be harder for your audience to navigate. Keep fonts bold and consistent where necessary, make sure your menus and page link geography remain the same and keep everything the same color and tone.

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Get the Perfect Shot: Product Photography Tips and Tricks

Most photographers already know the basics of product photography – getting the right lighting, using a white background, changing the camera focus and getting close-up shots. But most of them only know these simple tricks. They don’t make use of other creative ideas which can produce a unique photo. This sort of limited approach can really hurt your product photography.

To help you wit this problem, today we will provide simple yet powerful tips/tricks for taking better product photos.

Shoot at Unusual Angles

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The same angles across several product photos create a generic, plain, and sometimes boring display. It’s a good idea to mix things up in order to achieve variety and uniqueness between different products and product types. It would be ideal to have different angles at least on every product type.

This would allow a better browsing experience for viewers and customers. It’s also important to remember that using different angles may distort a product or hide some of its features. I would strongly suggest to experiment and only use a product photo with different angles if the results look tremendous.

Create a Story or Scene

Having a story behind a product photo will most likely make it more attractive and interesting. People are intrigued by the scene or story behind a photo. In short, it stimulates ‘eye to brain’ interaction. However, it should be kept in mind that creating a scene requires various props or more objects inside a photo. Be sure not to shift the viewers attention away from the actual product itself. Remember that soft lighting (fewer shadows) should be maintained despite the additional props within the photo.

Use Interesting Backgrounds

When it comes to product photos, it’s considered normal to use plain white backgrounds to focus on a product. However, many photographers forget that some backgrounds other than a plain backdrop create a better and more unique feel to a product, specifically the ones that complement the featured product. Thus, using different backgrounds is not only a good idea but a great one.

When picked correctly, a background can improve how desirable a product is and how interesting it looks. In this regard, it’s ideal to use a variety of prints, back props, and colors to experiment with the effect that it produces. Showing how the product will function outside of the packaging, will entice people to imagine themselves using it on a day to day basis.

Hang Products

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Suspending products is not usual for taking product photos, but when used correctly it produces a unique and beautiful effect on the product. It allows a better view of it, provides a unique look, or creates an excellent style. This trick is known as creative suspension.

Hanging a product to take a shot from an angle below, putting it on a wire, or suspending it upside-down or sideways are only a few of the ways creative suspension can be used. Just remember that there is no limit when going for a humorous, grotesque, or sexy theme. It’s good to play around and take more photos than usual so that there will be a lot of different choices when you start editing.

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Why You Should Get Rid of Your TV

A study of American households shows that there is an average of 2.55 persons in one home and there is an average of 2.73 televisions per household. So basically, American homes have more televisions than people inside. This study also shows that an average American spends more than 4.5 hours watching television daily.

This news reveals the sad reality that watching television is now considered the norm. It means that the days when kids played hide and seek and parents spent time with their children are almost gone. When I was a kid, I would go outside and play with my friends, make mistakes, get into trouble, explore, and learn from my mistakes. Now kids stay inside watch brainless programs and play video games.

I know I sound like an old Grandpa, however “back in my days” things were much different than today. I don’t want to sound like a “hater” or a “downer,” but it doesn’t take a genius to see where things are heading. Don’t get me wrong, I used to play numerous video games and enjoy Saturday morning cartoons. It just seems like now this is the only thing kids do, and they barely go outside.

Being bullied, getting beat up, and getting into trouble all have made me the person I am today. I know those things aren’t pleasant, however boy am I glad they happened to me. Without those confrontations I would be a completely different person. What’s life without mistakes right?

Let’s move to adults now. Many people enjoy various television programs and movies, is there anything wrong with that? No. I personally enjoy Games of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Walking Dead, Eastbound & Down, and many more. The thing is that I watch those in moderation. I’m not constantly focused on them and make them a part of my life.

There are much more important things in life than “entertainment.” If you’re an achiever or entrepreneur, I’m sure you have a list of goals you’re working on. The reality is that life is short and time is priceless. Wasting your time watching TV is basically throwing your life away. Focusing on what’s important to you, should be your number one priority.

Once again I always use this analogy. When you’re on your death bed, you’re not going to wish that you would’ve watched more television. You will regret that you didn’t do what you wanted to in this life.

It’s not absolute that having a television or televisions in your home is a bad thing. It’s just that you’re better off without one. Do you honestly think that famous people, fashion models, music producers, movie stars, singers, major business men, CEO’s, and athletes simply sit in front of their television everyday? No. They’re out there working their butts off to make something of themselves. To support that claim, below are reasons why you should get rid of your television.

Bad for the eyes

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First off, watching television is normally bad for your eyes. Although a lot of experts can agree on the fact that watching TV doesn’t leave a permanent effect on your eyes, they can also agree that it doesn’t have a good effect on them either. Additionally, studies show that focusing your eyes on one thing for a prolonged period can cause eyestrain – which is temporary but still irritating.

Let’s just say that you watch television for more than four hours every single day. Well, you don’t need a medical professional to know that this routine would strain your eyes daily. With that being repeated for a long period of, let’s say, 3-5 years, common sense would tell you that it would have adverse effects on your eyes. This situation can be described by the phenomenon of depreciation – which essentially means that the more you use something, the faster it breaks.

It makes you fat

While you spend hours watching different channels and shows you can sometimes forget that you are just sitting or lying down on your sofa. This fact cuts the number of hours that you can spend doing other activities such as exercising and doing some chores. Additionally, while you’re just moving your body once every few minutes while watching TV, you probably eat while doing so. With this, you double the chance of getting fat because you’re not burning the additional calories you are taking in.

Reduce the radiation

Medical professionals can attest that televisions emit radiation which can be absorbed by you while watching that home appliance. This radiation is not harmful at a certain level. However it can be a cause of infertility or other health problems when the radiation level is high. So, if you get rid of your TV, you reduce the risk of a radiation level that can have adverse effects on your body.

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5 Best Portable Hard Drives for People On the Go

When talking about storage problems on the go, the following questions stand out: Have you ever tried travelling to another city and lost your phone, but you didn’t have a back-up for your important files? Or have you ever run out of memory on your laptop while on a vacation? Or did you want to bring along several movies when you traveled but your laptop or tablet didn’t have enough memory?

If your answer is ‘yes’ to any of these questions then you have to get yourself a portable hard drive. But if your answer is no, here’s a follow-up question: Do you want the situations above to ever happen to you? Of course not! So it’s always good to be prepared and have a portable hard drive in your travel luggage.

In the modern age, traveling with an extra hard drive is a must. I’m not saying that every single person has to own a hard drive. I’m simply stating that if your job or hobby has something to do with computers, then it’s pretty wise to invest in some extra storage. SSD and HDD memory have come a long way. I’m sure SSD will get even cheaper in the future and HDD might die completely, but this isn’t about that.

I remember back when the PSP came out in 2005, I spent my hard-earned $100 from cutting grass on a 1GB Memory Stick Pro Duo. $100 freaking dollars! Now I don’t even want to know how much it is, probably less that $10 or $5 bucks. I know I can’t change the past, however it’s just so wild to think about how things have changed so fast in such a short period of time.

Now, I can get a ridiculous amount of storage on Amazon for only a fraction of that. Because I’ve recently did some serious research on purchasing a hard drive for myself, I decided to share my findings with you today. Below I’ve listed my top 5 picks for a portable hard drive. If you’re constantly on the go and need your data to come with you, the following hard drives won’t disappoint.

Silicon Power Rugged Armor A80

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On top of its waterproof and shockproof capabilities, this hard drive from Silicon Power is an excellent device to store ample amounts of data on the go. This model has a storage capacity of one terabyte (1 TB) but similar models from this brand have 500 GB and 750GB. It’s USB 3.0 capable which allows ultra-fast data transfer of up to 5 gigabytes per second.

It has an LED light that indicates data access or power on. Moreover, this hard drive has passed through US military specs for sturdiness and durability. It has gone through drop tests of 4 feet and water resistance tests in 3 feet of water for 30 minutes. Additionally, its small USB cable fits right inside the casing which eliminates the chance of leaving it behind. And if that’s not enough, this device comes with a 3 year warranty.

Buffalo Ministation Extreme HD-PZ1U3B

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Another great hard drive option is the Buffalo Ministation HD-PZ1U3B. This device is intelligently designed with its integrated wrap-around cable. This design also prevents damage whenever it is dropped with its rugged chassis. It comes in three different colours (silver, red, and black).

It features USB 3.0 compatibility and it is also backward compatible with USB 2.0. This model can store 1 terabyte of data but similar models are also available in 500 GB storage option. Additionally, this portable hard drive has a hardware encryption which increases its reliability and dependability from hacks and unauthorized use.

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5 Tools to Create Beautiful Infographics

Creating beautiful infographics cannot be accomplished without using the right tools and software. Photoshop is a great weapon of choice, but it takes a very long time to create your inforgraphic. Thanks to the whole infographics craze, and some very intelligent people, we now have access to powerful infographic tools to make your job easier.

Today we will present you with the most powerful infographic tools on the market. The tools and application mentioned below don’t require you to be a designer to create high quality infographics. So if you have important data you need visualized, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s take a look.

Infogr.am

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There’s a reason that this is one of the most popular infographic tools available: it’s free to use and you have the ability to produce amazing outputs without breaking a sweat. With Infogram you’ll be able to easily illustrate your data, edit the built-in spreadsheet, download your infographics as PNG or PDF files, share & embed your infographic across the web, and last but not least be done in a few minutes. I’m not trying to be a cheerleader, but trust me when I say you should give it a try.

Creately

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Built with thousands of sample designs, more than fifty diagram types, and real time collaboration, Creately is another tool for making a beautiful infographic. It also features one-click creation, a wide selection of colors and themes, easy navigation, simple editing, and flexible online or offline usage. Additionally, this tool also features a large library of more than 100,000 diagram samples and hundreds of specially created template designs.

What about me?

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A tool for personalization that combines social media (youtube, twitter and facebook) with its infographic creation capabilities, “What About Me?” is another addition to the ingenious tools of the modern era. The great thing about this is its seamless connection to the social networks that allows users to instantly share an infographic to the aforementioned social outlets. There is no question that this tool packs some awesome features. Why? Because it was developed by Intel.

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5 Best Mirrorless Cameras on the Market Right Now

What are mirrorless cameras?

A mirrorless camera, better known as Mirrorless Interchangeable-lens Camera or MILC, is a different type of digital camera. This class of cameras features a lens mount which is interchangeable but does not have an optical viewfinder. For this reason, most of the cameras in this class are small and compact.

Mirrorless camera’s interchangeability provides versatility for photographers and its lack of a viewfinder limits this class of camera’s user interface. Other terms used for this class of camera are MSC (Mirrorless System Carmera), CSC (Compact System Camera), and DSLM (Digital Single-lens Mirrorless).

What is the difference between a mirrorless camera and a DSLR?

When you view your pictures through the DSLR viewfinder, you’re actually looking through the lens. The mirror inside the camera bounce up the light up through a prism, which flips the image the correct way and presents it to your eye. So that when you view the image you’re view it like you see it in the scene.

To put it simply, a mirrorless camera has “no mirror.” The light travel directly through.

Why are mirrorless cameras better than a DSLR?

Because of the mirrorless design, the camera body is much smaller and easier to carry. Unlike traditional DSLR’s, these cameras have been designed differently, thus allowing lenses for these cameras to be smaller and easier to manufacture. Because of this, high quality lenses can be made at lower costs. These savings are passed down to you as a consumer.

Many mirrorless cameras use the LCD screen in place of an optical through-the-lens viewfinder. This allows photographers to get a larger and more accurate idea of what the final image will look like.

There are several manufacturers of mirrorless cameras that produce mediocre or top notch cameras. The cameras from different brands have their similarities and differences. However, the best one comes down to a few criteria – quality of lens, resolution, sensor, price range, overall picture quality, and ease of use. Based on this criteria, below are the best mirrorless cameras from five major companies.

Sony NEX-3NL/B

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Produced by Sony, the NEX-3NL/B is definitely one the best mirrorless camera from this manufacturer. The NEX-3NL/B is tagged as the world’s most lightweight (coming in at just 1.6 lbs.) and smallest (with dimensions of 5.2 by 5.4 by 6.5 in.) interchangeable lens camera. It comes with an Exmor sensor with 16.1 megapixels that captures top quality images and videos in every detail. It is capable of recording superior quality videos with its 60i or 24p shooting in full high definition.

It has image stabilization for smooth movements, advanced noise reduction for great audio and anti-motion blur for professional looking video outputs. It features a pop-up flash that makes dark images bright, natural and detailed. It also features 4 fps fast capture to catch fast moving objects. Additionally, it has a battery life which can last up to 480 shots, enough for taking pictures from sun up to sun down.

Olympus OM-D E-M5

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Created by Olympus, the OM-D E-M5 is a beast. This device comes with a 16 megapixel lens with an image processor, true-pic vi, which allows clear, sharp and natural-looking images, and a sensor, live-mos, that provides rich and tonal images. This camera is considered to be the world’s fastest auto focus camera.

It has an electronic viewfinder providing 1.15x magnification which allows full view of the subject and a 3-inch oled display perfect for viewing the captured pictures and videos. The 3-inch display can be tilted for easier use in capturing difficult angles. It features in-body image stabilization for blur-less stills and videos. It also features 9fps fast capture to catch fast-moving subjects and sports motions. Additionally, it’s built to withstand splash and dust which makes it a versatile mirrorless camera that can be brought wherever you desire.

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NFL Redesigned: 32 Fresh Football Team Logos

While I was on Reddit the other day, I ran into something pretty incredible. I found a very talented designer named Max O’Brien. Over the off-season he decided to take on a personal project of redesigning all 32 NFL team logos. His passion for football clearly shows, because you must have some serious dedication to redesign every single logo completely out of love.

Personally, I find these logos to be fantastic. Although I don’t agree with every single design, I must admit that they’re very well thought-out. This beautiful project will look great on his portfolio, and I’m sure he will get hired to redesign some team’s logo in the future. I managed to collect every single logo he created. Enjoy!

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Tips For Getting Active Instagram Followers

Instagram is one of the most rapidly growing social networks, with more than 100 million active users. Whether you simply wish to impress your friends, possess some Internet influence or make your business widely-known, you may need real Instagram followers. Below I’ve highlighted some useful tips to help you get them rather quickly.

Though my tips can be used to get followers for almost any social network, I will mainly focus on Instagram, as it’s not overwhelmed with spammers and has a visual interface that can help you get additional exposure.

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Make your account public.

The need for authorization can turn away many users, who just putter around and aren’t interested in anything particular. Many people will follow you simply because they liked some random photo of yours, and if it’s hidden they won’t simply see it.

Follow other users.

If you want to get people follow you, you have to do the same thing for them. The best idea is to follow users with less followers, since they tend to follow you back much more often.

Be unique.

The photos you provide have to stand out from the crowd. First of all, think about their value to your followers (truly useful pictures will get you followed much more likely than a “look-at-me photo”). Next, your photos have to high quality, so be selective. The other important thing is uploading photos within one niche: this will make you look professional. Use the sniper approach, rather than a shotgun. Also, try to include call to actions below your photos like “Witty comment here.” This will make users engaged and get you more exposure.

Post photos on right time.

An Instagram image usually lives for about 3 hours and then goes away. So, the best time to post it is 1-2 hours before most users will connect. The best time would be somewhere around 5-6 pm (your audience’s local time, of course). Posting on the right time will get you maximum exposure and attention.

Use hashtags.

Hashtags are used to organize photos and help users find them easily. The best way is to find what hashtags are popular today and act accordingly. Even if the tag is totally irrelevant, but your photo is attractive, you’ll most likely be followed or at least liked for it. You can also use geotag to tag your images. People are usually more interested in photos from their location.

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6 Steps to Stay Productive All Day Long

Staying productive at work, or while working from home, is a challenge. Our burden can be lessened by learning some key lessons about ourselves and our bodies. “Personal productivity is a key differentiator between those who succeed in their chosen field and those who do not,” says Brian Tracy, author of “Eat that Frog: 21 Ways to stop Procrastination and get More Done in Less Time.”

Generally most people complain how they’re not successful or wish they could be like “fill in the blank,”but the secret is that there isn’t a secret. You have to work hard, stay productive, and use your time wisely in order to succeed. Let’s take a look at how you can boost your productivity and get more done in less time!

1. No breakfast – No energy

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Certain breakfast foods increase your productivity, and give energy for a good start of the day. Having a good source of vitamin B in the morning can also improve your concentration and help you think more clearly. If you are in a hurry, get at least a glass of water and a glass of fresh juice. You will help you organism not to dehydrate, and get a vitamin boost from the early morning. This is way healthier than a cup of coffee on an empty stomach.

2. Plan your work!

Have a To-Do List for the day. You should prioritize the urgent tasks, and take on pending issues from the previous day. This way you’ll be able to concentrate on bigger projects and tasks. Not having a plan will hinder your concentration, and you might miss important tasks. Thus it is advisable to do small, urgent, or irritating tasks first to have the rest of the day with an open and clear mind for more creative tasks.

3. Say NO

It’s always good to help your colleagues and friends, but a day only has 24 hours. A lot of people have a hard time saying “no” to others, and end up taking on a bigger load than they can handle in a day. Getting interrupted, shifting to doing something else, and then going back to your task can really hurt your productivity. Moreover, in order to stay productive, you also need to rest, thus you cannot fill all your day with work tasks.

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