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The human eye is very sensitive to slight visual details. It can see many subtleties and detect dim light through to fairly high intensities. Modern technology, with all its developments, cannot easily capture as much as our eyes can. High Dynamic Range Photography (HDR) goes a long way to bridging this gap.

 

Our earliest attempts at photography taught us that pictures taken in dim light often don’t produce good images. Our eyes adapt easily to the light, while the camera has to be manually adjusted. Often this can be solved with some technique and experience. But matters become more complex when a scene contains both bright and dim elements. Our eyes can handle this well, but our camera can only handle one extreme or the other; either the dim light or the bright light in the photograph looks right, but not both. This is where HDR come in.

 

High Dynamic Range systems capture images of the same scene taken at different exposures; three shots is standard. These shots are them combined to form a final images, with the light and dark details all intact.

 

HDR principle have been used in conventional film, but the process was difficult and the subject could not move between shots less the image be ruined. Some modern digital cameras have started to include a function that automatically takes HDR component shots. The rapid succession of these shots noticeable reduces problems with the subject movement.

 

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The average wedding photo might not benefit too much from the HDR process, but the framed print, or any studio photos might. If we have time to compose a good scene we can usually get superior results from HDR photos. Then again, HDR might well become standard when employing a professional photographer.

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW – QUALIFICATIONS AND CAREERS.

Respectable paying careers that don’t require degrees

Pilot – you need to pass several tests that require a fair degree of intelligence, and you need excellent eyesight. But if you are suited to this type of work that shouldn’t pose a problem. Commercial licenses and transport pilot licences require 200 or 1500 hours of flight time respectively.

 

Crane and life operators- Well paid for construction work, which is always in some demand and the fifth highest industry in Australia. This requires working at heights, a high risk work licence and a traineeship.

 

Mining – Some of the higher positions require degrees, but there are many high paying positions that are suited to those who are able to tolerate extreme conditions and are physically fit and strong.

 

Entrepreneurs – This may be the only field where the less qualified earn more than the over qualified, but there is no way to be sure of anything in this field.  There is no way of ever knowing how many entrepreneurs failed, but it must be a large majority. The successful may become billionaires, but that is only a handful. The field requires a lot of creativity, marketing sense, perseverance, ability to read people, and several personal attributes that nobody has a name for.

 

Best Degrees for Well Paid Careers.

Petroleum engineering –

Actuarial Maths –

Nuclear engineering

Chemical engineering

Electronics/computing/communication engineering.

Because all these things will be constantly expanding in the future.

 

Career Paths that are Fast Becoming Obsolete, or less in demand.

  • Travel agent – Because the average person does this online.
  • Switchboard Operator – because it is almost entirely automated.
  • Semiconductor processor – technology and computers increase, but automation means there are fewer people needed for this work.
  • Door-to-Door salesperson – It all online.
  • Mail carrier- automated sorting, delivery companies and drones will replace most of this.
  • Reporting- for all the education this requires there are fewer jobs, and average pay.
  • Typists, secretaries and word processors – Because IT specialist and managers can type themselves. Personal assistants may still be useful.

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A Little More Motivation a Little More Action, Please. Part 2

Getting Out of a Depressed Rut

This is one of the lousiest things to deal with. It is one of the few time in life where I might recommend lowering your standards, and just encourage you to get tasks done for the sake of some satisfaction. It might be better to enjoy the process, but you can’t when you are depressed. Depression will pass, and connecting with other people will help. Cleaning your house and sorting out daily habits also helps, and means you will wake up to a much better life when you do feel motivated again.

 

Having too many goals will cause you problems. But having one seemingly unachievable large goal is also a problem for motivation. Having a few small goals that can give you a sense of achievement, and a larger task that can be subdivided into smaller pieces for a sense of progress, is probably the best compromise.

 

Smile. Even if you don’t feel great the action actually has a positive effect on your mood. Try holding a pencil between your teeth. This seems to have the same effect. Eating healthy food is essential. Processed food seems to connect to so many mental illnesses; eliminate this possibility. And avoid stimulants as these tend to have bad ‘comedown’ effect a few hours later.

 

Listen to positive music and watch the occasional positive film. Watching a superhero overcome an impossible obstacle does a lot for motivation. Do exercise, and try to wake up as early as possible. Getting up late makes you feel the day is half over and the glass is half full. Getting up early, watching cartoons like we did as children, and realizing you have a whole day to get things done can change many mindsets.

 

Insolvable problems:

This is where motivation overlaps with other problems. It’s partly effort, partly the fact that the answer to the situation eludes us. If there is a deadline this can be extremely stressful. Even if not, we aren’t fully right till we have the answer. Thinking outside the box, realizing the problem does not exist in isolation but is part of the whole interacting cosmos, will help. Our minds tend to divide things into different categories and subjects; but the world is not necessarily divided that way. Try looking at a problem from different angles; try doing something unrelated to the problem and let your unconscious mind do some work. And remember that you may be asking the wrong question. A new problem may not be solved by a traditional method. Remind yourself to be habit breaking.

 

Motivation is getting things done. It should not be confused with knowing what to do; though sometimse both of these problems occur at once. Deciding what to do is important; you need to know what to do before you start putting in the effort.

 

All that being said, never make important decisions in a hurry, or while tired or frustrated. Sometimes it is better to get a solid night’s sleep before attempting something that need’s your full attention. Writing ideas down before bed and reviewing them in the morning will give you some perspective on the mixed nature of tired, stressed thought. Tired thinking is unconventional, yielding creative ideas that can be equally inspired or impractical. You are in a good position to judge this when you cease to be tired. Make decision when you are thinking clearly; do the labour when it has to be done.

 

 

A Little More Motivation a Little More Action, Please. Part 1

Large tasks:

Some things aren’t so much difficult as they are long. Getting through a large amount of paperwork or cleaning a whole house. The age old trick here is to divide it into smaller parts and tick these off the list as you go. There is some measure is satisfaction in this, but not a lot. It helps if the large and time consuming task isn’t the only one you have to do. Have a few other tasks that are personally satisfying, and tick these off the list as you go.

Tedious tasks:

Doing the tax is the classic one. Even when I know I’m in for a refund I still never find myself procrastinating. The tax isn’t too hard to figure out, but I resist it. Thinking of the tax as the end of a process sometimes helps; I’ve done the tax, now the whole year is complete! Else, just find a way to reward yourself when it is complete.

General Tasks:

Thinking about the results helps. Anything you concentrate on before sleeping tends to get into your mind. Think about the end result and how you will feel about it. And when doing a task, try to be a little Zen and enjoy the process.

DIY hobbies:

It is a quirk a human nature that we can avoid something we consider enjoyable. Really, we just want the short term satisfaction. I find it helps if I am waiting on the components of a hobby; the anticipation of waiting for the postman to deliver the next part actually helps. Else, try to get a something small done, and remind yourself that you are supposed to enjoy this.

One technique for this motivation is the 2 minute rule. Find something that can be done in two minutes and do it right now. Not all tasks can be divided into such small chunks, but some can. You may find that you end up doing a lot more than two minutes work.

Motivation is getting things done. It should not be confused with knowing what to do; though sometime both of these problems occur simultaneously. Deciding what to do is important; you need to know what to do before you start putting in the effort. Sometimes making decisions is more important than just pushing ahead.