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Diving Into Splash Photography With Bill Cahill Photography

Water photoshoot

Bill Cahill is a still life and product photographer who specializes in the art of splash photography. This interesting concept requires a sharp, technical eye and plenty of patience to obtain the perfect shot. We’re pleased to partner with Bill for this week’s guest blog post as we dive into the concept of splash photography.

Water photography settings

Splash photography has been around for years. However, back in the days of film, splash photography was much more complicated. Creating splash images for clients meant we first had to shoot a splash on Polaroid to get the lighting and technical aspects repeatable and aesthetically pleasing. What inevitably happened was a client would fall in love with a specific Polaroid.  With the inherent nature of splash photography, no two splashes are alike; we can only approximate what was in that hero Polaroid. Every aspect of splash photography needed to be rigged and as repeatable as we could get it. This involved lots of compressed air, solenoids, motors, and lasers that could create splashes over and over.

To capture images, we needed strobes that could flash at greater than a 1/2000 of a second for most applications. Some applications required flash durations in excess of 1/8000 of a sec. The only strobes that could do this at that time were Ascor Sun Guns.  These were lights that were used during war time and were loaded in bombers to shoot large amounts of  light on the ground for aerial photography. Because of this, the tubes on the lights were large, and were able to handle up to 80,000w/s of light. When used at lower power levels these strobes had an incredibly fast flash duration. However these lights were huge, with stackable packs weighing hundreds of pounds and rising 6 feet high. These were cumbersome lights and very dangerous as you would have to plug direct power from one pack to another to adjust power. Broncolor eventually came out with a viable alternative to the Ascors. They were able to cut off the tail end of the flash and made an incredibly fast t.01 flash. I have tested all other alternatives and no other flash creates such a sharp image. With the arrival of quality digital imaging, splash photography has become almost commonplace. We are now able to take a sketch from a client and create anything that is desired. This has created a new world of commercial photography, where creativity isn’t hindered by the real world.

Water photography model

Creating new content and experimentation is key to splash photography, product, or any photography. As a commercial photographer, we are dead in the water if we don’t have new content to show. Most of my new content comes in the form of personal tests. I try to test whenever I have time and ideas to do so. Many times these are just simple tests like trying new lighting on a can of beer or mixing different color paint, or seeing how wind affects a certain type of splash. Most of my commercial work is product , and I love my clients and all the images I take, but I think when preparing a portfolio to show, what is well received is the personal tests.

Creating a quality splash image for a client takes more than just technical expertise. Many times clients have never shot liquids before. Especially if it’s a highly technical splash, we have to work with the client on what is possible within certain restrictions, whether those restrictions are creative, time, or financial. This becomes a fun process where we get to work out a strategy as to how we will accomplish this image. To explain our process briefly, once a project is approved we begin testing. Because many times the client isn’t sure how something is going to look, we make sure to create mock ups from our test shoots. We experiment with different techniques of splashing to achieve the appropriate type of splash. Once we have decided on our main technique we break it apart and see how many shots it will need to be done in.  Just showing the clients a bunch of splash shots and asking them to visualize doesn’t exactly work. So what we do is create mock ups using our tests, and show them why we need to shoot the project this way and how all the pieces will be going together. This helps the client visualize and has something to bring back to their clients with. For me as a photographer, my goal is to always to exceed the clients’ expectations.

What Should Photographers Wear At Weddings?

What to wear for a photoshoot outdoors

Weddings are all very different. Some are more casual, with the bride and groom wearing less formal clothing, or even a nice pair of jeans! Others are as formal as they come with the bride, groom and bridal party all in tuxedos and designer dresses. The photographer plays a very specific and incredibly important role in the wedding process. Generally speaking, it’s important for the photographer to blend in, but this is accomplished differently for each and every different wedding.

what to wear for a professional photoshoot

General Dress Code

With regard to wardrobe for the photographer, it’s a very safe bet to say that men should always wear slacks and ladies should also follow in that direction. Don’t ever show up wearing shorts to photograph a wedding. Even if other guests are there wearing shorts, you should still avoid this. Remember that you are a professional and working in a professional role. While your job is not to be the center (or even off-center) of attention, remember that there are potential future clients at the wedding. Anyone looking ahead to another wedding will be taking notice of the logistics, including you. At even more formal weddings, remember that you need to be comfortably dressed, because you are moving around a lot more than anyone else. You aren’t expected to be dressed in a suit, but make certain that you look respectful of the general dress code. A tie is not a necessity, unless they ask you to wear one. At a formal wedding, ladies should wear comfortable, but dressier pants, with a nice top. Men should wear dress pants and either a button-up shirt and sweater, or possibly a button-up shirt and jacket. This allows you to look professionally dressed, but still able to move around comfortably.

Photo Credit: SLR Lounge

Blending In

Remember also the important concept of being a “fly on the wall.” You want to see everything, but go unnoticed. The wedding is not about you, as you well know, but you have to observe everything and be able to move around freely. This requires a certain degree of blending in. Try to wear more neutral colors or all black and don’t use this as an opportunity to try a wild new look. Be conservatively, but comfortably dressed. Comfort continues to be a driving force, because the photographer is expected to move a lot, and crouching and bending frequently are part of the job. It won’t be hard for people to figure out who you are and what you’re doing because you’re the person holding the camera and doing a lot of moving. But as mentioned before, blending in is essential. The wedding guests are not there to see you and while you’re serving a very important function by preserving the day for posterity, you must still be respectful of the event itself. Part of the reason to avoid wild colors and patterns in your outfit is because you don’t want to distract anyone at all. The click and flash of the camera will be quite enough of that, so don’t let your appearance get in the way even more. Avoid being in a guest’s way and if it’s absolutely necessary, make sure you apologize quietly and get your shot as fast as possible, then move to another location.


Your shoes are also an important consideration in what you wear. Don’t under any circumstances wear a brand new pair of shoes to photograph a wedding. You won’t be doing your feet any favors to say the least. Because of your need to be on the move, make sure you wear a very comfortable pair of shoes that fits with your outfit. (Don’t wear your yard shoes with dress slacks in other words.) Also, please consider the soles of your shoes. A soft sole is extremely important. Wearing a hard sole shoe will cause a whole lot of extra clicking and clacking and is about the farthest thing from inconspicuous. Rule of thumb is that your movements should be as quiet as a mouse.

what to wear to a photoshoot modeling

These suggestions are general ideas and you should certainly remember to take your cue from your client. If they make a specific reference to what they want you to wear, you should always honor that as best as possible. This is your client’s day of course, and while yours is one of the most important functions at the wedding, you have to remember to be very discreet.

Professional Horror Photographer: Joshua Hoffine

Surreal horror photography

Joshua Hoffine is an internationally renown Horror Photographer. His work exploded on the internet and in numerous magazines and news outlets around the world in 2008 when he released his collection of photographs exploring the nature of childhood fears. Since that time he has cultivated a massive cult following for his meticulously staged photographic works.

Sought after as a photographer, conceptualist, and production designer, Joshua Hoffine is available to hire for CD and DVD artwork, advertising for the Haunt Industry, and product and catalog photography for the Haunt and Halloween industries.

Artist Statement:

My role as a Horror photographer is to show people what they don’t want to see.

I have been working on my Horror photography project for nearly 10 years.  I have come to believe that all Horror refers to the same idea: there are forces of chaos and destruction in the world that can threaten us at any point, and we are powerless (or nearly powerless) to prevent or control these threats.  All monsters, all movie slashers, etc. metaphorically and symbolically represent this ubiquitous threat to our lives, health, and happiness.  The monster’s form may change, but his ultimate meaning does not.

The Horror story is ultimately concerned with the imminence and randomness of death, and the implication that there is no certainty to existence.  The experience of Horror resides in this confrontation with uncertainty.  Horror tells us that our belief in security is delusional, and that the monsters are all around us.

Someday, each one of us, will die.  We are all self-conscious of this unavoidable fact.  Horror faces this knowledge and does not blink. By recognizing the fragility of life, and the suffering of existence, Horror give us a kind of psychological vocabulary for dealing with it.

Tomba Images: Action Sport Photography

Sport photography tips

When asked to put something together explaining what Tomba-Images Photography is, what we do, and how we got here doing what we do, I didn’t realize it would be a trip down memory lane. But of course, to tell stories the fun part is remembering when!  For Tomba-Images, while playing with Joes Nikon F for fun, it was January 2002 that I left the corporate world and enrolled in College of DuPage  (COD) Photography program.  Before getting my degree, I, like most photographers, bounced from subject matter to subject matter. Because of the talented professors at COD, who stressed finding your own style or subject matter, I found that niche in Action Sports.

Famous sports photography

While photographing the interior of The Garfield Park Field House, I came upon a room with a boxing ring where George Hernandez was training his fighters.  I knew I had found my “photography home” and never looked back.  Starting off with our humble beginnings at the Garfield Park Gym back in 2002 was the beginning of a business that is 100 % Action Sports.  Our primary client list is Professional Boxing and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) promoters, publications such as The Chicago Tribune Hoy Publications Media Group, Ring Magazine, etc.  These images are primarily action shots taken at ring side or cage side during matches.  When shooting for publications, many times speed of getting files to your editor is extremely important in order to meet Saturday night deadlines.  Several times I have been under a ring sending files before a match was over in order to meet an 11:30 PM deadline.  Whenever that happens, I always remember in the COD photography program thinking nothing of spending hours, OK, days on one file.  Now I better “nail it” in the camera because there’s no time or also many editors will not allow any type of Photoshop work or enhancing.

The photojournalism end of Tomba-Images (photographing Action Sports) is the exciting part and what everyone knows what Tomba does.  But in reality it’s approximately 30% of what provides revenue for us.  Anyone who has been a photographer since the film days has seen the dynamics of the photojournalism photography business, if not all photography business’s change in the past ten years. While we still sell prints, due to the amazing quality of the “prosumer” cameras available, phone cameras that everyone has, a generation wanting web files rather than hard prints, bloggers who shoot for sports blogs for free, etc., anyone who wants to make photography a full time business better have something special “up their sleeve”.  We have been so very fortunate to be able to provide studio portrait services for the fighters that have been present and well accepted by their sponsors.  Actually, most of our best work never gets a Tomba logo put on it or has any mention of our name on it but, people in the Action Sports Business know whose work it is!

What does the future hold for Tomba-Images ?  Our goal during the next couple years is to promote and increase the “Action Water Sports” end of our repertoire.

Top 10 Best Led Flame Bulb Reviews

Best led flame bulb review

Are you looking for the best way to set or bring some cool atmosphere into your rooms? Well having the right lighting creates a practically warm and friendly glow. Moreover, in case you crave for efficient and consistent candlelight looks then you are lucky. With the best-LED flame bulb, you get what you want without any hassles and at a lesser cost of other bulbs. The addition easily enhances decor in your space and they are fun to set. The cost-saving and aesthetic benefits will never make you feel like you have gone wrong.  

Buying Guide

Bulbs are tricky, specific and easy to adjust because many people use them for various purposes. Both first-time and long-time home enhancement enthusiasts looking to buy new lights or replace old ones must therefore always get everything right. The uniqueness in creation calls for you to feel the worth of what you invest in while choosing. Finding the best LED flame bulbs however from the current marketplace is tough due to lack of enough information. While searching not only do you need to know what you want but also focus on criteria like:

a. Price

Budget always comes into thought when making any type of investment. Buying of LED bulbs is not different because all you need is to be guaranteed that you will enjoy the quality you are paying for. So, before you decide on a model, have a budget and then search what is in that price range.

b. Lifespan

While searching for your bulbs, it is easy to realize that bulbs have different lifespans. Generally, LED flame bulbs are believed to be long lasting, unlike the standard ones. However, there is a difference in the time between various brands. For ultimate and expected value be careful to choose the ones with longer lifespans.

c. Flexibility

LED bulbs are often known to enhance the beauty and practicality of any space. To achieve this purpose you can search for and buy brands with different modes. In that way, you can select the kind of display needed from the flame bulb. Versatility must be upside-down if you have an interest in aesthetic LED flame lamps

d. Desired Brightness

Every buyer has a desired level of brightness when choosing a bulb. Reading the packages is wise to ensure you get the illumination needed. You can compare wattage because it shows the amount of energy used and not the produced light. Another primary method you can use to compare the bulbs is by using lumens. This refers to the extent of brightness produced, and the higher it measures shows the bulb will be bright enough.

Reviews Of 10 Best-LED Flame Bulbs

Many gadgets currently exist to help in changing the mood of your living space. Yes, the fantasy in such products not only bring ambiance but also add some romantic and relaxing feeling. The LED flame bulbs are popular and widely used with many age groups. The reason is linked to their safety, unlike the open flames and efficiency. Here are the best-LED bulbs the market offers.

1. CPPSLEE Flicker Flame Light Bulbs 

CPPSLEE is excellent for indoor illumination and decorations. The features it has makes it ideal for lighting indoors, outdoors and even driveways. The good thing is that this bulb functions in 4 modes like breathing, general light, gravity-induced, and flame emulation. This feature makes it cycle automatically even when the bulb is off or on. The modes also provide different enjoyable atmosphere and colors that bring some peace.

The 105 LED’s makes the bulb to efficiently consume power, unlike the traditional types. It starts immediately and has high – brightness with exceptional heat dissipation. The flickering flame effect is intense and true like a burning fire. The item produces 1300K that appears red, orange and like a real fire. Besides, the unit offers longer hours of lightning, 30,000, thus known to have a money value.

Its elements are convenient and safe to transport to any space ad set to a welcoming mood. Of course, the PC plastic used t make it works fine in every weather condition. If used together with a frosty glass shade or a salt bulb it brings enhanced and balanced flaming effect. The design makes it stand out from other brands and it adds beauty to your space and it makes a perfect gift to choice.


  • Shockproof
  • Easy to transport.
  • Comes with a lifetime warranty.


  • Must be used with rated power.
  • Not good for an emergency light use.
  • Bulbs is non-waterproof.

2. Omicoo LED Flame Effect Light Bulb

The Omicoo Bulbs offers the best bang for money due to many obvious reasons. The item comes in a standardized 2 pack that is adjusted as needed to make the LED flame. The bulbs are environmentally friendly as they are not made using harmful materials or processes incorporating UV and infrared radiation.

The bulbs are versatile as you can install them on an LED flame playland or even used for additional purposes. You can create a lasting romantic mood of about 100,000 hours due to its included innovative heat dissipation tech. you can therefore use it well both in inside and outside environments.

The best part is grabbing such a deal from the market is because you will never sacrifice quality over its price. On top of its lifespan, this bulb competes with other brands as it can function in 4 different modes. To see the ability to switch modes, all you need to do is to turn the bulbs on and off. Choose and totally control from flame emulation, breathing, general light, and to upside-down modes.  


  • Extended lifespan.
  • Highly Versatile.
  • Brings mysterious looks to any space.
  •  High wattage produced.
  • Excellent heat dissipation


  • The power control button is not found on the bulb.
  • Bulb goes to flame mode when switched on for 45 seconds.
  • Flickers well life installed in either FROSTED shades, lanterns, or salt lamp.
  • Not suitable for an  emergency light use.
  • Non-waterproof.

3. Hudson LED Flame Effect Light Bulb

The LED Flame Effect Light Bulb from Hudson makes an excellent option for those looking forward to investing in a single bulb and not two. This model is best among the crowd as it has a true flame-effect. That way its surface never shows lamp beads as the other models do.

The bulb can be safely used indoors, outdoors and it brings a unique atmosphere for any occasion. Although it is highly-priced, the bulb help on saving electricity as you also decorate your home. The added energy-saving technology surely makes you to keep to the budget due to its extended lifespan. You can orient the bulb on any lamp however it is best using frosted glass or inside a salt lamp.

Thanks to its design, you can use this bulb for many purposes in the area of your choice. It has no modes, therefore, it only flickers and the imitated flame effect changes when the bulb s flipped. Besides its guaranteed 100% satisfaction, this bulb is accompanied by a warranty for 2-years warranty. In case, something gets wrong, you are covered without worries.


  • Energy-efficient.
  • Very versatile
  • Better design


  • Shorter lifespan
  • Upgrade problem.

4. Hansang E12 LED Flame Effect Light Bulb

This product, Hansang flame bulb, has a 360-degree beam output making it illuminate all around. The 1500K real fire color produced makes it be UL listed thus confirming its safety for use by everyone. Even it is considered as an accessory, it is energy and money efficient. Indeed, it uses only 3 watts and a 2 pack making it valuable.

Its featured flame tip has candelabra LED bulbs that ensure the light is evenly distributed. Unlike the kerosene lamps, hansang brings an attractive it is the best choice in case you want to set a cozy and romantic mood either inside or outside the space. The sleek design outputs warm-colored flame that brings a happy ambiance. Besides, this unit guarantees a 20,000 hours lighting service lifespan and a full money-back guarantee.

The bulb comes in two modes, lighting, and flickering light modes. It automatically cycles between the options through the easy operation, either turning off or on.

Furthermore, installing and using this bulb is very easy. The standard E12 base cuts the need for expert skills and tools for correct fitting. It can serve as a decorative or chandelier antique lamp and fills the room with orange warm flame when switched on.


  • Easy to install and use.
  • Advanced light quality
  • Superb lifetime service


  • Competitive price

5. Y- STOP LED Flame Effect Fire Light Bulb

There are few bulbs that provide magical flame effect and looks warm during winter and so it is fortunate one is available. Y-STOP has 4 modes including flame emulation, breathing, general light, and upside-down modes. That way, you get to confidently install the bulb in any position and have the flames automatically adjusted whenever you turn it on or off.

Considering its perfect accent, the bulbs fit well for various uses including home decoration, Christmas and patio lighting among others. Its welcoming orange flame makes any space to look beautiful and full of a romantic atmosphere.

The flame bulbs are majorly used both indoors and outdoors. It ideally decorates houses, showrooms, shops, restaurants and teahouses, outside buildings, cinemas, and gardens.

The designs offer a distinctive quality as the absence of harmful substances, UV or infrared radiation makes it eco-friendly and save up to 90% of the power. Well, the features make it an excellent substitute for traditional bulbs and candles.


  • Safe and energy-efficient.
  • Unique feeling
  • Excellent light distribution


  • Nonrealistic flame
  • Poor quality control

6. Flame Tip LED Filament Bulb

Another interesting bulb option to add flavor to home lighting and also reducing electricity costs is the Flame Tip. With its natural flame, the unit has a candelabra that provides exciting lighting experience. This accessory has E-12 bulbs and perfectly works in lanterns, indoor and outdoor fixtures, chandeliers, ceiling fans among other perfect places. Moreover, it has low-temperature filaments that provided no flickers and extended service.

This product is eco-friendly because it applies no UV or mercury to add to its safety. Also its featured flame tip during design projects at 270-degrees which is ideal. Its omnidirectional brightness makes the bulb easy to adjust and super bright for a cozy and comfortable feeling.

The standard E26 base makes it fit well and easy to replace when the bulbs are old. Alongside, the 15,000 hours lifetime service the manufacturer offer an added 3-year warranty to cut re-lamp rate.


  • Superb light supply
  • Extended product life
  • Unique feeling


  • No holes to discharge light

7. LUXON LED Flame Effect Light Bulb

Another quality entry in the market is the LED flame effect light bulb that has an artificial fire flickering. This light relies mostly on the led light source to produce its fire flaming effect at a 360-degree beam angle.

The design of the item is cool and makes it work well as an outdoor bulb. When installed, it generates a true natural flame having bright illumination. Moreover, the product is multi-purpose and can be used during the day and at night. As an accessory, it will work well not only in clear glass but also frosted ones.

Furthermore, this model makes an ideal outdoor decor addition especially at the house front or your patio. The consumption of 5W makes it save electricity and also offer efficiency in energy use.

With its 3-mode lighting including breathing, stable lightning and flickering fire modes, it has better flickering effects. And to get the best effects, you can install the bulb either in frosted glass, lantern, or even salt lamps.


  • Provides enhanced decorative effects.
  • Charming product design
  • Good bulb warranty.


  • Non-waterproof
  • Installed when the power is turned off.

8. YEAHBEER Fire Effect Light Bulb

Among the latest types of LED flame bulb, YEAHBEER is listed. The brand has 4-Mode models including gravity-induced and general light providing different lighting options. The auto on and off switches helps you to adjust from one lighting effect to another.

The accessory is completely safe and with a green energy-saving device. This maintains and leverages heat dissipation thus providing eco-friendly effects to the environment. Furthermore, this product consumes between 90-265V making it energy efficient. This bulb can be perfectly used on various lamps including salt lamps, frosted lamp, and lanterns to get improved flickering service.

This magic light bulb, YEAHBEER, has filaments that bring warm and comfortable light to your space. The design fits most decorative lights or chandelier to excellently dissipate heat. This protects its elements and increases its lifespan to 50,000 hours while only 1.2 watts is used, unlike regular bulbs. The reduced power consumption makes it start instantly and bring vivid flame effects.


  • Easy to install.
  • Lasts for long.
  • Cut on electricity use.
  • Antique design that provides a unique home lighting quality.


  • Must be used under rated voltage.
  • Cannot be applied as an emergency bulb.
  • Non-waterproof.

9. Golspark LED Flame Effect Light Bulb

One popular LED flame bulb in the market is Golspark with a reason that makes it talented and rate at the top. The 2pack has high-quality because of its excellent features, unlike the new entry offerings. The bulb is forgiving and the design is excellent for starters who must feel confident as during purchase.

The bases E26 and E27 make it easy to install without any problem. This feature makes the bulb a realistic atmosphere maker with a lot of romantic and comfy. The full vintage decorates home spaces very well. It makes the lights look cool especially id used in a little frosted glass. You can also put the bulbs in porch lanterns, outdoor lamps, entryway lights, FrontDoor headlights, on the patio, garage sides to change how the place looks. 

The bulb has 4 modes such as Flame emulation, Breathing, Full Brilliance, and gravity-induced modes. The product closely costs to gas as it is not hot, has no UV or infrared radiation. So you protect your family members from Lead if you install the units.


  • Convenient to run and install
  • Light distance is stronger
  • Safe and ecofriendly.


  • Cannot be used as an emergency bulb.
  • Lamp life is poor.

10. DILISENS Flame Effect Light Bulbs

DILISENS makes another industry’s heavyweights and the best flame bulb brand. The accompanying superior blue light makes it n absolute champ.  It readily illuminates once it is purchased making it a nice choice. The model appears extremely bright when on due to its added special lamp that powers it on without vibrating the lights.

Another notable thing is how adjustable it is that makes it comfortable and heat-free. The bulbs are actually interesting and amazing for both both upright and upside-down use. The design simulates flames that burn in the correct direction, upwards. The warmth from its flames gives your house a mysterious, better and true fire colors. This effect brings comfort and warmth making the model suitable for illuminating indoors and decorating inside and outside.

Its 4 Modes including Flame Emulation, Gravity Induced, General Light and Breathing Modes are included to meet your every need. This is more satisfying when you switch on or off the bulb. You can install it in opals, salt lamps, frosted glass fixture to provide enhanced flickering effect,


  • Easy to run and install
  • Light operates uninterrupted
  • The light range is sensational.


  • Only used under rated voltages. 
  • Cannot serve as emergency lights. 
  • Non-waterproof. 

Why Choose Led Flame Bulb

Before you invest in the best-LED flame bulb, it is necessary to know what you plan to gain from the use of such bulb types. Some of the reasons to choose LED lamps include:

a. Energy Efficient

Unlike traditional lamps, LED bulbs are efficient and long-lasting. The superb energy efficiency feature is the leading attraction towards their considered use. Instead of consuming a lot of electricity using regular bulbs with dim light, you can enhance your space and get a high value. The bulbs use between 2 to 17 watts of energy, which is lesser than what standard bulbs use.

b. Cost-Effective

While you are saving energy you will also need to save money. Although LED flame bulbs are affordable on the start, the units are long-lasting than the standard ones. Besides, the amount of energy used is little making it affordable. At the end of its long-time use, you get to save financially.

c. Cool

Any home having children or even pets should consider using LED flame bulbs. This is an excellent choice since it helps to avoid risky accidents. Of course, the lights are cool to the touch, unlike the standard types. The lights generally produce less heat making you not to feel like you need to start your air conditioning during the warmer seasons.

d. Versatile

LED flame bulbs can be used almost everywhere that incandescent lights cannot be applied. You can use the lights indoors or outdoors in fixtures, tracks, ceiling, and porch for various purposes. The types available range from four-way to the two-way mode setting lamps.

Final Verdict

Finally, there is no need to spend a lot of money to enhance the beauty of your living space. With a flame bulb, you get indoor and outdoor lighting and also improve aesthetics especially at night. Well, the listed products above are the best-LED flame bulbs available in the market today to purchase. The systems provide high light illumination, adjustable color shades, extended lifetime use among other benefits. Considering the affordability, keep in mind to not only light up your home but also get add more to your mood. Although there are many options, from the reviews you will get your top and right pick. In my opinion, Dilisens is among the best all-time decorations in the market.

Best Way to Name Photography Files

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As a photographer you have to worry about many things, from consultations before the shoot and what happens afterwards. Consider this hypothetical scenario that could happen to any professional photographer:

You were a rock star on the shoot and the client is very happy. The images look amazing and not only is the client happy, but their client is even happier. If you’re a wedding photographer, the whole family loves you!

Now they’re calling you so that they can do additional licensing or maybe they need to make a huge print. They’re willing to make sure you are compensated well for the additional use or the print, which is great news for you. But, when you go to look for the image, you can’t find it. You don’t remember what you named it or you simply didn’t store it properly. The image is buried in a pile of unorganized hard drives named as one of the generic camera defaults.

Just like that, you go from being absolutely thrilled about making easy money to spending days looking for the correct file. The worst case scenario is that you lost the file because it was not archived correctly. How do you make sure this never happens again?

Preventing this sort of situation from occurring is very simple. All you have to do is dedicate a little bit of discipline and effort when processing the images so you never have to worry about it again. Taking these preventative measures at the beginning of the shoot, or as soon as the images come off your memory card, means that every file that gets passed around for people to see or edit will have the same name. If you send out files before handling this process, you are sending out orphan images that you will then have to manually match up to the parent file.

The file name of an image serves one very important purpose purpose: to identify the file and keep all files organized. A good file naming system for photos is essential.

The 4-step file naming system

  1. Put the date the image was taken at the beginning of the file name to keep all files in a hierarchical order. Your images will fall in order because the number at the beginning is incremental. I like to reverse the date, using the year, then month, then day. For example, “20140101” stands for January 1st, 2014. This is then separated from the next section of information with an underscore – the universal file name separator. Remember not to use odd characters like “/” or “:” because these are file path directions in some computer systems.
  1. Put the subject name. As a portrait photographer I use the last name then first name. For example: “Scorsese_Martin”. If you shoot weddings you may want to use the last name of the bride and groom. If you shoot cars, use the car model and year. You can use any name you’d like, but know that the name is the backup if you can’t find out the date the image was taken.
  2. Use an acronym for your company. Mine is MGP – Michael Grecco Photography. I often send my clients files from which to edit, so this helps me be able to identify my work from everyone else’s images.
  3. Since we do not shoot just one frame, each frame of the day need individual identifiers to differentiate them. I use a 4 digit sequence because I have never shot more than 3000 images in a day so going past 9999 is very unlikely.

I set up Lightroom to name the files as they come in and set the file number to 0001 because I try to capture tethered as much as possible. If you shoot to a Sandisk card, do the same thing when you bring the images into the computer for the first time, or you can use the camera number for the frame number.

I use a software called A Better Finder Rename. It enables me to format thousands of file names in mass quantities so that I can do things like keep the original camera number on the file if I want. Please keep in mind that if you are doing a two camera shoot, the file numbers might overlap (two files with the same number) so sequencing the numbers from 0001 and sequencing them by creation date is a good solution.

Here are some sample file names:


These files are stored in a folder named:

20140101_Scorsese_Martin_MGP on one of my archive drives with a second copy as a backup. In this folder are three more folders:

  • 20140101_Scorsese_Martin_MGP_Jpg
  • 20140101_Scorsese_Martin_MGP_DNG
  • 20140101_Scorsese_Martin_MGP_Selects

The folder 20140101_Scorsese_Martin_MGP_Jpg contains the 1200 width images we sent the client to edit from. We also used these images to make 450 width images for the copyright office for copyright registration.

The 20140101_Scorsese_Martin_MGP_DNG has the raw files in it all converted to DNG. Personally I don’t like to archive in camera raw formats because I fear that I might not be able to open them someday (The Adobe DNG format is the format that Adobe is designating as its long term Archival/Universal raw format).

Lastly, once we retouch the images we put them on our server/Raid on the office network. I also keep a copy of the retouched images in the shoot folder on the archive drives. Since I have a set of archive drives in the office and one out of the office, it gives me offsite safety of my images.

Best Voice Translator Device Reviews

Translator toolkit

Although knowing languages ​​always opens doors, it is also true that we cannot have an absolute command of all the languages ​​that we will ever need in our lives. Fortunately, we have the best electronic translators.

A business or pleasure trip, a meeting with foreign investors … there are many situations in which it may be necessary to speak another language. Technology also helps us with communication so that language is not a barrier, and that is why this time we bring you a guide with the best electronic translators. What will you find in this guide?

Gradually the tools we have to translate are better, which means that we can already enjoy intelligent voice translators who do their job very well. It is true that they are not 100% reliable, but they are very helpful. If you want to know the best, I invite you to read the following list.

6 Language Translator Device Reviews

Carpuride smart voice translator

I start talking about a professional translator who will give you good results. You can translate in real time up to more than 30 languages. But to get the idea, you can translate the most used languages ​​such as Chinese, French, English …

The operation of this small machine is very simple. Just press a button and start talking. Once the button is released, it will begin to translate what you have said in the language you have chosen. It is a small device that you can always take with you and you can easily join the mobile. I can assure you that as soon as you try it you will fall in love.

Vbestlife smart voice translator

Another system that will help you translate in multiple languages ​​with really good results. It is a good option for people who want to travel to a country that speaks a language they don’t understand. Thus one can defend oneself and consequently one can live a good experience, thanks to the fact that one can easily break the language barrier.

It has a 2.4 inch capacitive screen that will allow you to easily see the information. Moreover, with this screen everything will be much easier.

Bidirectional intelligent voice translator

This model has the function of being able to translate up to 30 languages, among which we can find the most important ones.

It has a bi-directional real-time intercom system. This helps to make communication more enjoyable and more fluid between both parties. It also allows you to connect to a mobile phone through bluetooth technology, as long as the distance between the translator and the mobile phone does not exceed 10 meters. Do not forget that it has wide compatibility. Surely you can connect it to your mobile, regardless of whether it is Android or iOS. And all this with the advantage of knowing that it includes a long battery life.

Winsale smart voice translator

A device that is characterized by being of high quality. It is true that the price is slightly higher than other models, but the truth is that the price difference is also noticeable when using it.

As you can see, the quality of the translations will be high, while you can have the guarantee of knowing that voice pickup will be of high quality. Do not forget that it is very easy to use, so it has everything we can look for in this type of products. And since it is small and light, you can always take it with you on a trip.

Bulary smart voice translator

Now I present a portable voice translator in two directions in real time. Not only will it help you to communicate with other people outside the country, but it will also help you learn other languages.

It is a good tool at an economical price. Some companies are using it and are giving very good results to workers who need to communicate with their customers without mastering the language. It has a 750mah battery, but since it is low power, I can assure you that it will give you a good autonomy. The truth is that for quality price is a great alternative.

Kobwa smart voice translator

To finalize the list I want to talk about a model that will allow you a good communication in real time, thanks to its intelligent translation system. The screen is small, but I can assure you that you can read it easily. Thanks to the letters being well illustrated.

Everything has been designed to offer ease and comfort to the person who needs it. Moreover, it can be used in meetings thanks to the great autonomy it has. About eight hours of autonomy. It has simultaneous text and voice output system. Another alternative that will not disappoint you and give you a good experience.

Tips for buying a smart voice translator

Now that you are clear about the best intelligent voice translators, it is time to see a series of tips to be sure that you are buying what we are really looking for.

To begin it is important to consider the use that we are going to give it . It is not the same to use it professionally than to use it domestically. In the latter case, with a simple and quality model it can be more than enough.

Electronic translators are especially useful for those people who travel a lot or who for other circumstances have to be continuously in communication with people who speak other languages.

If you choose well it can be a very practical device and you can get a lot of performance (tourism, language learning, business, etc). Therefore, before making the purchase decision, the following aspects must be assessed:

1. Response time.

2. Languages

3. Portability.

Response time

The current electronic translators are usually in real time, this implies that they are able to translate almost immediately, to get the conversation to develop as naturally as possible. Most of these devices capture the message and translate it in just a few seconds.


The number of languages ​​handled by such a device is also important. Today, languages ​​such as Spanish, English and Chinese are indispensable for anyone who moves around the world. But there are many other languages ​​that can be important, such as German, Vietnamese, Greek … the more languages ​​you can translate, the more versatile the device will be and the more performance you can get.


A few years ago, real-time electronic translators were large and uncomfortable and in the end were very impractical. The current models are of much smaller and smaller dimensions, they even have a current and elegant design that makes them attract the attention of technology lovers. In addition to its size, you also have to pay attention to the life of your battery, to know the maximum usage time with each charge.

And once you’re sure of the model you really like, it’s time to buy it. You can buy a cheap smart voice translator online. It seems a lie, but the price can vary greatly from buying it online to making the purchase in a physical store.