One of the most popular choices for wedding entertainment these days is a photo booth. If you’re interested in owning your own photo booth and making some great money, you’ll definitely want to check out Strike a Pose photo booths for sale.
There are a lot of things you’ll want to consider if you’re thinking of starting a photo booth business. Owning your own photo booth can be very profitable as long as you know how to wisely promote your business to your target customer and charge the right amount for your services. In most cases, weddings are the biggest chunk of your photo booth bookings. That does not mean you shouldn’t consider marketing for other events like birthdays and graduation parties. Also, a lot of large corporations host events where they enjoy having a photo booth. While cases will vary, the average Saturday night event will usually gross around $850 – this leaves your profit around $700 when you account for photo paper and ink, which is a very good amount of pay for one day’s work. This is just for one booth – owning multiple photo booths would require additional help, but it would increase the income you earn exponentially.
If you do decide buying a wedding photo booth is the right choice for you, there are several options to choose from with Strike a Pose. The first is a freestanding photo booth. This is the first, most basic option available, and purchasing it gives you access to their exclusive graphic software and programs. With this package, you’ll get a Canon T3 camera, a digital photo printer, a 22-inch touch-screen interface, an Acer Aspire One Laptop, pre-installed photo booth software, user interface customized with your business name, a user manual and troubleshooting guide, and videos tutorials that show you how to setup your booth.
There are two additional options if you want to take advantage of some of the special extras they offer. The Strike a Pose photo booth gives you all of the same benefits you get with the freestanding photo booth, but you also get a wrinkle-free instant canopy, a continuous full-spectrum lighting system, and a nice red velvet backdrop. The Turnkey Business Package takes it a step further, also giving you a step-by-step business system. You’ll be able to take advantage of your own website, a list of suppliers and online tools, field tested email and ad words campaigns, and training videos for advertising, sales, and more.
Check out Strike a Pose photo booths and start making extra money today!
Recently the 2013 shortlist in the Professional, Open, and Youth categories of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards were announced by the World Photography Organisation. These spectacular photographs will be on display at the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition which is being held at the Somerset House in London from April 26th until May 12th. Just having your photograph included in this shortlist and hung as part of this show is a major accomplishment in and of itself because there were in excess of 122,000 entries from photographers in 170 different countries, the most in the history of the competition.
The quality of these photographs is unquestionable and the diversity of subjects in nothing short of incredible. There is a life and death moment captured forever in time as a frog leaps away from a predator. Far less dramatic moments also make spectacular photographs like the one a photographer captured as Barack and Michelle Obama shared a laugh over ice cream sundaes in an intimate wooden booth.
If you can’t make it to London this year or just don’t want to wait until April to see the work of these skilled photographers a preview has been made available online for free.
One of the most unique and interesting places in the world to visit is the Kalaupapa National Historical Park located in Hawaii. It is a peninsula reachable only by hiking the steep, uneven, and occasionally muddy 3.2 mile long trail, by joining a guided mule tour, or flying into it. Kalaupapa is a small community that limits visitors to only 100 daily, for half day tours only, so you need to plan ahead if you want to see it. All visitors must be over the age of 16.
Kalaupapa is undeniably scenic but also very somber. It is the burial ground for about 8,000 Hawaiians as well as a few white settlers and missionaries whose only crime was being sick. Beginning in 1866 any Hawaiian, whether they were young children, mothers, teenagers, grandparents, or anyone else, that showed signs of being infected with leprosy, was taken from their family and placed in permanent quarantine. Forced quarantine ended in 1949 and today the community welcomes a small number of visitors who want to reflect on what happened here.
Although free to go now some elderly people who suffer from the disease chose to live out the rest of their lives in the only home that they know.
Most cell phones are capable of taking a picture that will at least allow you to share something you saw. They may not be spectacular photographs but the other person, in most cases will be able to tell what they are looking at. Modern cameras can do a much better job, but in many situations even they cannot capture the true colors and stunning imagery that our eyes can. How many times have you heard someone say ‘the picture does not do it justice’?
When you use HDR photography techniques you can create images which allow the details of the images to shine through under a greater range of lighting conditions. If you take a photograph of a beautiful tree in full fall foliage against a bright sunny sky you run the risk of the sky being a little too bright and the trees to dark to show off their true colors.
In HDR photography you combine a darker picture, a lighter picture, and a normal exposure using software creating a composite image that is as close to standing there next to that tree looking at it with your own eyes. Of course, you will need to practice to get this technique down but it is not difficult. Visit www.hdrphotography.org.uk and you’ll quickly feel motivated and ready to get out there and try this stunning technique.
These techniques are especially useful anytime you are dealing with a scene that has a great range of bright and dark areas. Traditionally there have been three ways to deal with this situation. You can take the photograph during the so-called golden hour which is usually an hour before sunset or an hour after sunrise but this is obviously not always possible. You could also use graduated filters to darken the bright areas of the scene. This usually results in a photograph that will require some editing afterward to achieve the best result. The third method is to choose the exposure time carefully but this basically only allows you to choose the one part of the scene you care about the most.
HDR photography techniques allow you to create a composite image which will result in the most natural looking image possible; the one closest to what you actually saw when you were looking at it without your camera. If you choose to you can also use this technique to create a highly stylized image.
Diamonds a cut and graded in a lab for final sale. Standards in the industry use either GIA or AGS to value their stones. When buying a diamond it is important to understand grading systems and how they are used in the industry. GIA stands for the Gemological Institute of America. AGS stands for American Gemological Society. These are the two main labs and are considered to be the most credible in terms of valuation. Other small labs exist, but they are not considered to be as credible as these two grading entities. When I bought my first diamond, I did not know the difference and as a result found out the diamond was not worth what I thought it was. I don’t want that to happen to you, so here’s an explanation.
GIA is considered to be the foremost authority on diamonds and their grading. Many consider them to be the standard for color and clarity. Many labs around the world depend on the GIA for master sets to compare color and clarity grades. When in doubt, many other labs default to GIA standards.
The GIA is considered the authority in terms of color and clarity, but the AGS sets the standard for precise measurements of cuts. Its measurement techniques help to determine how close and diamond is to its ideal, standard proportions. Some feel that their color grading is superior to GIA. Many feel that due to stricter clarity grades, the AGS diamonds are a better value than those graded by GIA.
Understanding the grading systems used by various labs is the only way to assure that you’re getting the best stone for your money. Not all diamond grading systems are the same and it is important to understand where the differences lie. It is not that one can compare AGS vs.GIA standards and determine that one is definitively better than the other. They both have their strengths and weaknesses.
In a side by side comparison, 9 times out a 16, AGS reports turned out to be better deals for buyers. These differences were mainly result of stricter clarity grades. This is only one study and many still consider GIA to be the standard because they are stricter on cut. The difference between AGS vs. GIA is their approach to grading systems. The cut of the diamond is the only factor that is controlled by man, and is the most difficult for the consumer to judge. All other factors are result of nature and can be more easily distinguished by the buyer. Cut is one of the biggest factors in determining the value of the diamond. Therefore, AGS may be a better judge of the diamond’s real value.