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Five must have DSLR accessories for better photography

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DSLR cameras these days come for a price similar to that of a premium smartphone. Even a cheap DSLR can capture striking shots if you know a few basic yet essential photography tricks. But just buying a camera and volleying into the wild is not enough to get exceptional output. A professional photographer understands the necessity of important peripherals that are required in specific situations. But in case if you are new to this field, you must have these basic accessories that play the perfect supporting cast to get better images and make your shooting more easier.

UV/Protection filters-

A UV/protection filter helps saving your precious camera lens from any accidental damage. The filter also protects against dust, scratches on the front element of the lens. Some photographers say that using these filters create flare or cause loss of light, however, if you choose a good quality filter it won’t affect the image quality.

 

Choosing lens-

Most photographers like to shoot landscapes, architecture, while some like to indulge more in wildlife, portraits or ‘close sports.’ The right camera lens is necessary to capture sharp, captivating photographs with good details. There are several lenses available in the market, however, you need to understand what each lens is capable of shooting, the type of subject you intend to click and the most important factor – your budget. Most cameras come with the default 18-55mm lens which does the basic day-in day-out shooting. But if you want to capture good portraits, product shots with sharp details and blur background, a prime lens can help you get the best out of it. A prime lens basically has a fixed focal length with high aperture value.

If you want to take shots from a distance, then picking a telephoto lens will be an ideal option. These lenses are heavier than the standard lens, but are helpful in situation when you want a close range but can’t go near the subject (mostly in sports and wildlife photography). Meanwhile, wide angle lens is an answer to those who desire photographing landscapes, coloured interiors etc. The wide-angle lens has short focal length that can fit in more elements into a scene. These lenses are ideal for action sports as well.

Tripods-

While taking photos in low light or during night, a tripod is a must to avoid shaky images. A good sturdy tripod is also useful while capturing landscape. But while tripods save your treasured night shots, picking a good quality tripod is a must to also save your DSLR equipment. While purchasing a tripod, place the camera on the tripod and check whether it can handle the weight. Ideally, a tripod should be able to handle twice the weight of your DSLR and lens.

Remote Shutter Release-

The remote shutter release is another important ingredient to save camera shake. While capturing photos with slow shutter speeds, a single vibration can cause blurred image. A remote shutter release comes in handy in such situation, where instead of touching the camera you just need to tap the button and it will trigger the shutter. There are dozens of remote shutter release available that are lightweight and some with wired option too.

Lens cleaning kit-

If the front element on the lens has dust or dirt on it then there is a fair chance that you may get hazy or dusky images mostly while shooting in daylight or in bright light condition. Besides, wiping off lens with any cloth might lead to scratches and thus permanent damage, which is why carrying a lens cleaning kit is a must. There are plenty of brands that you can choose from depending on your budget.


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Google Assistant Can Now Wake You Up by Gradually Turning on Your Smart Lights

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Google Assistant has received a Gentle Sleep & Wake feature that will enable your Google Home device to set a routine and gradually turn lights on or off over the course of 30 minutes. The feature will work with Philips Hue smart lights to gently wake you up in the morning or go to sleep at night by adjusting the lighting in your room. This essentially mimics a sunrise and sunset. Google has initially brought the smart feature in Australia, Canada, India, Singapore, UK, and the US in English only.
Utilising the new addition, you just need to ask “Turn on Gentle Wake up” after activating Google Assistant on your Google Home device by saying, “Hey Google.” This will automatically pair your daily morning alarms with gradual brightening of your Philips Hue lights. However, it is worth noting here that you need to speak the Gentle Wake Up command on the same Google Home device on which you set your alarms on.
Similarly, you can ask Google Assistant “Sleep my lights” to gradually start dimming your Philips Hue lights. You can also programme the command for up to 24 hours in advance. Further, you can precisely tell Google Assistant to dim lights of a particular room by saying, “Hey Google, sleep the lights in the living room.”
Google Assistant can also gradually brighten your Philips Hue lights at the time you set and can be set up to 24 hours in advance by saying, “Hey Google, wake up my lights at 6:30am.”
Additionally, Google has made the Google Assistant smarter to enable your Google Home device to tune out ambient noises. You just have to say, “Hey Google, play white noise” and see the new change in your room.
Google Home in your room can also help you try out a short meditation or a sleep exercise. You have to ask, “Hey Google, tell Headspace I’m ready for bed” or “Hey Google, I want to meditate.” This will trigger Google Assistant to give you recommendations such as healing sounds and sleep sounds through your Home device.
For someone who wants to enable Google Home Hub to save step-by-step recipes for later use, Google has made a “My Cookbook”. Google Home Hub can also play workout videos by saying “Hey Google, show me barre workout videos.” Moreover, Google Home devices can also read out audiobooks for you once you say, “Hey Google, ready my book.” You can also say, “Hey Google, stop playing in 20 minutes” to set a timer for bedtime reading each night.

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Asus ZenFone Live L2 With 3,000mAh Battery, Gradient Finish Launched

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Asus ZenFone Live L2 has been quietly introduced by the Taiwanese computing giant. Currently listed on the Asus’ global website, the smartphone is a successor to the company’s ZenFone Live L1 phone that was launched in May last year. Asus ZenFone Live L2 runs on obsolete Android 8 Oreo and sports a dated design with massive top and bottom bezels. There is no word on the pricing or availability details of the phone at this point.
According to the official listing, Asus will be releasing the ZenFone Live L2 smartphone in two colour options – Rocket Red and Cosmic Blue – both of which come with a gradient finish.
Asus ZenFone Live L2 specifications
The dual-SIM (Nano) Asus ZenFone Live L2 runs on Android Oreo with the company’s ZenUI 5 on top. The phone features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1440 pixels) IPS display with 18:9 aspect ratio, 400 nits brightness, and 82.3 percent screen-to-body ratio. It will be powered by quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC, depending on the market, paired with Adreno 505 and Adreno 308 GPU respectively. Additionally, the ZenFone Live L2 packs 2GB of RAM, 16GB/ 32GB of onboard storage, and a dedicated microSD card slot (up to 2TB).
On the imaging front, Asus will be offering a 13-megapixel or 8-megapixel primary camera with an f/2.0 lens. There will also be a 5-megapixel f/2.4 selfie shooter as well on the front.
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, 4G LTE support, and Micro-USB 2.0. Further, ZenFone Live L2 includes a 3,000mAh battery and a 3.5mm audio jack. The dimension of the phone are 147.26×71.77×8.15mm and it weighs 140 grams.

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Microsoft unveils new Xbox all-digital edition

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Microsoft has unveiled its Xbox One S All-Digital Edition for $249 which would be available starting May 7.
This is a new model that will be sold alongside the original Xbox One S and the more powerful Xbox One X.
“A disc-free, completely digital Xbox One is no longer just a rumoured pipe dream for cord cutters and the current generation of Fortnite fanatics who’ve never had to set foot inside of a GameStop.
“The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition will hit retailers on May 7 for $250 (that’s $50 less than the Xbox One S) and it’s available for pre-order today,” Engadget reported on Tuesday.
The new console comes with three popular Microsoft-owned titles, namely Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 3 and Minecraft.
“The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is $50 less than Xbox One S and we expect to maintain at least this price difference between the two consoles,” Jeff Gattis, General Manager of Platform and Devices Marketing at Microsoft was quoted as saying by The Verge. There’s also a special offer on Xbox Game Pass, the monthly subscription service that includes access to more than 100 games.

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