Lightroom CC Review

I resisted paying for Lightroom CC subscription for a long time. However, in my quest for a perfect photography workflow, I finally signed up for it. Lightroom CC storage vs Google Photos, Apple iCloud, Amazon Photos The main reason was the offsite backup. I was looking at various sync solutions. Now sync is not same as backup but I have local backup on NAS. So I just wanted my data synced offsite, just in case.

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Simpler Food Photo Logger App

Couple of years ago, I was diagnosed with IBS. Nothing too serious, just major GI discomfort when I ate the wrong food. My doctor asked me to keep a diary of food intake and symptoms to identify which foods were causing reactions. I tried several popular apps but they were targeted towards people who were looking to lose weight. These apps were focused on macros and caloric intake. Logging symptoms of IBS was not even possible in many of these apps.

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Pumpkin Patch

Our first time at a Pumpkin Patch. I had no idea it was even a thing. We went to Hall’s Pumpkin Farm. It is a lot of fun. A lot of good opportunities for photography. The best part is it is free. They do have paid maze and hayrides but we didn’t try these. Next time.

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Your Kid’s Apps Are Crammed With Ads – The New York Times

In apps marketed for children 5 and under in the Google Play store, there were pop-up ads with disturbing imagery. There were ads that no child could reasonably be expected to close out of, and which, when triggered, would send a player into more ads. Dancing treasure chests would give young players points for watching video ads, potentially endlessly. The vast majority of ads were not marked at all. Characters in children’s games gently pressured the kids to make purchases, a practice known as host-selling, banned in children’s TV programs in 1974 by the Federal Trade Commission.

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Letting Sunlight Indoors Kills Disease-Causing Bacteria : Shots – Health News : NPR

What they found surprised them and confirmed what your grandmother already knew: Rooms exposed to daylight have fewer germs. In fact, the study showed that the lit rooms had about half the viable bacteria (those that are able to grow), compared with dark rooms. Rooms that were exposed only to UV light had just slightly less viable bacteria than ones exposed to daylight. Their research was published Wednesday in the journal Microbiome.

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Growing Up Surrounded by Books Could Have Powerful, Lasting Effect on the Mind | Smart News | Smithsonian

Research has already suggested that opening a book may help improve brain function, reduce stress, and even make us more empathetic. Now, a team led by Joanna Sikora of the Australian National University is looking into the benefits of growing up around a book-filled environment; as Alison Flood of the Guardian reports, the researchers’ expansive new study suggests that homes with ample libraries can arm children with skills that persist into adulthood.

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The Dangers of YouTube for Young Children – The Atlantic

To be clear, it’s hard to make videos that very young children can learn from. (Johnson’s doctoral adviser, Georgene Troseth, was part of the team that demonstrated this.) Children under 2 struggle to translate the world of the screen to the one they see around them, with all its complexity and three-dimensionality. That’s why things like Baby Einstein have been debunked as educational tools. Most important for kids under 2 is rich interaction with humans and their actual environments.

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How to Organize Videos

I have done a lot of research on how to best organize videos. It seems most of the people organize videos by a project. They might have a folder hierarchy like this: Video top-level folder Project 1 Project 2 Raw videos Finished videos Soundtracks and music Graphics Photos and Still images This might be ideal when you are shooting for a specific project. But when you are just starting out shooting stock videos and trying many things, this structure seems too restrictive.

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Stock Videos Sites

There are 100s of stock video sites but for now, I am trying out only Pond5 & Fotolia. I am also uploading videos to YouTube, Vimeo, and Instagram. Pond5 Pond5 has pretty neat video uploader. Other sites require you to use ftp for larger files but not Pond5. Which makes it super easy to upload files from iPad since iPad is my main device for creative work. Also you can set your own price for videos on Pond5.

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Parent Savers Podcast

Lately, Parent Savers is my new favorite podcast. It usually has different set of guests discussing various topics related to new parents, infants, and toddlers. While books are teach you what is perfect, this podcast shows what is reality. It is a great relief when some of the experts say that they are not perfect. Also there is a lot of practical tips that books don’t really teach you. Like should you go to emergency room on sunday night?

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