PassTools.com https://passtools.com Amazing Tools, Kits & Gadgets to Maximize Your Life Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:33:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 Techniques for Excellent Underwater Photography Ventures https://passtools.com/techniques-excellent-underwater-photography-ventures/ https://passtools.com/techniques-excellent-underwater-photography-ventures/#respond Tue, 10 Oct 2017 07:31:17 +0000 https://passtools.com/?p=2155 The interest for underwater photography increased by a significant percentage every day. It is a type of photography that provides an ideal way to see and capture the vibrant and exciting world that we rarely get the chance to explore. Who doesn’t like to see and take images of beautiful corals, fishes and all amazing […]

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The interest for underwater photography increased by a significant percentage every day. It is a type of photography that provides an ideal way to see and capture the vibrant and exciting world that we rarely get the chance to explore. Who doesn’t like to see and take images of beautiful corals, fishes and all amazing creatures of the sea?

The best part of underwater photography

Everyone can get access to underwater photography, irrespective of whether you are a beginner or professional. It would be appropriate to at the very least to give it a whirl.

You don’t necessarily need some of the high-end cameras to do this activity. Basic equipment and desire to get the best are enough. This kind of photography is fun and provides numerous unique, viewpoints and creative compositions.

But in most instances, you will realize that any level of photographer enjoys their area of photography. Nevertheless, regardless of your level of experience and the types of equipment that you use, the principles of underwater photography are still the same.

You can get stunning underwater shots in no time if you adhere to conventional composition rules.

I’m sure you want to know the best techniques for exceptional underwater photography. Apparently, you are at the right place, just continue scrolling down this article. You will be surprised it’s not as hard as it looks.

The basic principles of underwater photography

1. Find the ultimate camera

waterproof camera

SeaLife Micro 2.0 Waterproof Camera

The first thing that you need to do is to ensure that you get the best underwater camera. If you are new to this particular venture, read the manual carefully. Why is this important? Because it helps you to understand the dos and don’ts of using a camera if you’re a beginner.

You also need to know the right type of equipment that you should have. It is what makes it possible for you to get the best out of underwater photography.

Several types of underwater photography cameras are available in the market. The price for each varies depending on different aspects. It is essential that you choose one that suits your needs whether as an amateur or professional. The bottom line is that you must have a good camera that will guarantee you high-quality images.

In this case, good simply refers to a camera that will help you get desirable images. Most people would think a good camera must be expensive one or manufactured by some of the highly regarded brands. On the contrary, there are high-quality cameras that are fairly affordable. But the quality and results you attain from using them are epic.

2. Learn how to dive

how to dive

Learn how to dive

You know the deep sea divers, right? Or probably you have seen them may be on films or documentaries. What they do is an art. Perhaps you won’t necessarily go that deep but basic diving skills in underwater photography is a prerequisite.

Also, you must also know how to be flexible when diving. In a sense that you can dive, take images and focus on other aspects of photography all and more at the same time with relative ease.

Using camera under the water, often cause distraction. A new diver can easily crash into a reef or worse still float to the surface unknowingly. If you cannot master buoyancy well then getting well-composed photos will be a daunting task for you.

Underwater photography can be fun and mad fun. This can make it possible for you to lose track of time once in a while. Now you can imagine how dangerous this can turn out to be.  Probably because of limited air supply as well as bottom time related to decompression illness, you may be pronounced dead! This should not scare you, it rarely happens, but it is ideal to have it mind, isn’t it?

3. Be patient

Patience is a virtue, not only in underwater photography but almost all aspects of photography.  What you have to know is that shooting under the water is relatively difficult than shooting on land. It’s not as easy as it appears, especially when you are a beginner. Some people get too frustrated during their initial attempts and give up at the end of it all.

However, the easiest way of progressing rather fast is by taking large volume of photos. When you do this and experiment with your lighting and settings, believe me, the experience will be amazing!

The world has evolved, and so is technology. Nowadays, you can literally take up to 1000 images using digital cameras. That’s one great thing about digital photography.  After that, you can review them one after the other using suitable software and choose the best.

Honestly, you cannot fail to get the best out of all if you have that burning desire. For that reason, if you have to succeed in underwater photography, regard patience and resilience as key elements to your trade.

4. Get closer to the subject

Let’s face it, if you have to get superlative underwater images, you must just get closer to the subject. This is regardless of the quality of camera you are using. I know there are some cameras with very powerful lenses and can still capture images from a distance. But also remember, to whom much is given, much is expected!

If you have a camera with powerful lenses, expectations are that the images have to be superb. So either way, you will just have to get closer to the subjects.

The fundamental principle when shooting underwater is to ensure that you shoot through a minimum of water. The reason is that water is about 800 times denser than air. This density can suck out colour from the full spectrum of light, therefore, hindering contrast, clarity and colour brightness of your subject.

Bottom line: There is no two way, you have to be closer! Ultimately, to attain this, you have to be calm, relaxed and learn ways of not spooking creatures. You should also learn how to allow them to get accustomed to you. If you don’t know, during all these, you must control your breathe and make an approach with the camera already up.

5. Shoot upwards

Consider yourself an expert in your way once you are capable of diving, balancing and holding your camera underwater. But a trick that will work wonders for you when capturing images is to, ensure that you shoot upwards in almost all cases when under the water.

The essence of this is simple; you wouldn’t want to get out of the water and realize you have messy pictures. Is it really worth the toil, risk and efforts?  I guess no! Water bodies have limited light. Aiming the camera downwards to shoot never gives attractive images.

So to save you the hassle, if you can dive, balance, hold your breath and set your camera underwater, you simply cannot fail to aim the camera upwards.

Upward angles are vital in ensuring that your subjects are isolated against the water column. And if you are keen enough, you ought to have realized that most photographers often opt to use 45 degrees or 90 degrees viewfinders that are relatively expensive.

Additional Fundamental information about underwater photography

Most of the resources that provide underwater photography tips always aim at persuading you to take a try in the art. All words will be used to portray how it is easy to take epic images under the water. However, if there is one thing they will never tell you is how this art requires more than just the basic photography knowledge.

Again, some of these tips are basic.  If you happen to ignore them, then you will probably be so disappointed after that long and tiresome attempt of finding desirable underwater images.

First things first, you have to get the right camera for the task. This point can never be emphasized enough. It is a primary requirement, and of essence, you also have to know how to operate it.

Secondly, you do not just wake up one day and decide to go for underwater photo shooting. It is a learning process. You need to learn gradually by taking the pictures on land using your camera. The great underwater photographers you see out there also took time, patience, practice and resilience to achieve what you now admire.

It is a fun activity, but observing safety measures can never be overemphasized enough.

For beginners, it is vital to go together with your friends, who are relatively experienced in this particular venture. They may be of great help when the need arises especially when deep inside the waters. You should also not be too adventurous and overambitious during your initial days as an underwater photographer.

Start small, practice more and grow into this art. As long as you have right tools and enthusiasm, you will certainly become a better photographer.

The good thing about underwater photography is that you always have that room for advancing. You may start as an amateur, but through experience and categorical interest, you will always learn as you go.

You do not necessarily have to buy a very expensive camera and other related underwater photography equipment when starting out because you will learn as you forge ahead to understand some of the aspects surrounding this type of photography that works for you and gets rid of those that do not work in your favor. Experience is always the best teacher!

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Types of Android Apps Equivalent of Apple Wallet https://passtools.com/types-android-apps-equivalent-apple-wallet/ https://passtools.com/types-android-apps-equivalent-apple-wallet/#respond Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:30:28 +0000 http://localhost:88/passtools/?p=2049 Let’s face it; mobile phones have revolutionized the world in regards to the manner in which several businesses and other related operations are carried out. Gone are the days when mobile handsets were a preserve for making calls, receiving and replying to short text messages. As a matter of fact, these gadgets have turned the […]

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Let’s face it; mobile phones have revolutionized the world in regards to the manner in which several businesses and other related operations are carried out.

Gone are the days when mobile handsets were a preserve for making calls, receiving and replying to short text messages. As a matter of fact, these gadgets have turned the world into a small digital village.

Nevertheless, the continuous innovation of various document management mobile phones apps is becoming the order of the day. This is rather becoming advantageous to most regular travelers.

Advancement of document management apps – Passbook the pioneer

There was a utility iOS app known as Passbook which launched by Apple in September 2012, which allowed you to book your flights, your hotels check-ins, cabs, shopping and other essential aspects of traveling.

It allowed the user to add all the important information simply by scanning its QR code. In addition, Passbook also enabled users to have an easy selection of all their passes from the sidebar since it organizes them in categories. Essentially, the info icon allowed you to view all the information as well as adding them to appear as calendar events.

Passbook in a great way helped in reducing the hustles associated with accessing electronic boarding passes, coupons, and cards among others. However, advancement in technology would see Apple coming up with the Apple Wallet app, perceived to be a better improvement of Passbook since it contained more additional and epic features.

Apple Wallet

With Apple Wallet, it is rather easy to use it in bringing up passes with Passkit API, post them on a web page or even send them through mail. This app also gives you an option of setting time for an item to appear.

The wallet is an iOS app ideal for storing a wide-range of documents especially to those who like traveling the world. It is a sort of an application that helps you to organize quite a significant number of documents such as digital passes, reward cards and tickets among others.

The essence here is that you can as well use these passes for saving your movie tickets, showing reward cards as you check out in various shopping stores and check in for flights among much more.

Simply put, Apple Wallet is an app that helps you to organize your documents and store them appropriately such that it becomes easy to access them whenever need arises.

It also helps you to reduce the massive paperwork that is conventionally associated with such transactions, given that everything is now well organized on your phone and can be accessed with relative ease.

Similar apps but for Android users

And how about for Android users? Are there any Android apps that offer similar quality and efficiency like the Apple Wallet?

The thing is since Android is an Open Source platform, it makes some of the developers out there create some apps that almost equal with what Apple offers with Apple Wallet.

Here are some of the Android equivalent of Apple Wallet apps giving you same user experience you get from iOS wallet;

1. Pass2U Wallet

Pass2U wallet

Pass2U Wallet one of Android Apps Equivalent of Apple Wallet

This is the other idea Android app equivalent to Apple Wallet. Irrespective of whether or not you are used to the Apple Wallet before, the experience you get when using the Android’s Pass2U Wallet is sensational.

It works more or less similar to iOS in the sense that whenever you try to open the information by a simple click on any available button on any of the passes, you realize that there is an option that allows for the passes to be displayed on the lock screen.

The other great feature of this app is that it instantaneously detects and adds passes on email and web automatically.

Critics argue that you get better user experience when using this particular app than the iOS wallet. The categories in this app are also organized accordingly in the sidebar.

Furthermore, it is also easy to search for your passes and coupons which simply makes it time efficient especially when you have lots of passes, and you are in a hurry to get one.

The other great thing regarding this is that all the files contained in your Pass2U wallet can be backed up on Google drive and also restore them to your other preferable devices.

2. PassWallet – Passbook + NFC

PassWallet Passbook NFC

PassWallet Passbook + NFC

This is the other type of mobile ticketing app supported by Android and offer similar qualities and features of Apple Wallet. It imports all the admission tickets and vouchers of Passbook to make it easy for you to have them on your mobile handset.

Passbook is downloaded from Google play store then stored in PassWallet. But importantly, you should understand that this particular app is used in managing pkpass files cannot necessarily create passes from other document formats and links or web pages.

This app also makes it possible for you to create security copy of pass tickets of the Passbook such that you may have them on all your mobile devices since they are supported by Google Drive and Dropbox.

This particular app has been integrated with several companies and businesses to makes it easy and faster when it gets to carrying out transactions on such platforms.

The other great element of this particular app is that as a utility app, it allows you to organize and store digital documents on all your mobile devices. This can be to your benefit when traveling, shopping, obtaining discounts and entrances in outlets that accept Passbook system.

And more significantly, PassWallet allows scanning of QR codes of the various documents hence enabling you to avoid carrying too much paper, which is often uncomfortable.

 

 

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Passport Security Wallet to Protect Your RFID-Enabled Passport https://passtools.com/passport-security-wallet-protect-rfid-enabled-passport/ https://passtools.com/passport-security-wallet-protect-rfid-enabled-passport/#respond Fri, 08 Sep 2017 13:50:12 +0000 http://localhost:88/passtools/?p=1793 Any regular traveler understands the significance of having their passports ready all the time. Traveling to foreign nations for various purposes can be fun but at the same time can be hectic. Nowadays several countries offer RFID-enabled passports, which essentially means that all your personal data can be accessed from the document just by a […]

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Any regular traveler understands the significance of having their passports ready all the time. Traveling to foreign nations for various purposes can be fun but at the same time can be hectic.

Nowadays several countries offer RFID-enabled passports, which essentially means that all your personal data can be accessed from the document just by a simple scan. It thus needs you to be careful and actively cautious when moving around with your passport.

How do you protect your passport?

You must treat your RFID-enabled passport as sacred thing because unwanted persons can encrypt your information without your knowledge.

While many governments always assure their citizens that they will take care of their security concerns regarding personal information on passports, it is imperative as an individual to put adequate measures to safeguard your data from hackers.

Remember security starts with you! The key thing in this case is to find a way of preventing hackers by blocking the radio waves so that they cannot get access regardless of the method they would use whether by a powerful scanner or any other gadget or whether they are within close range to retrieve your data from the ePassport.

A better idea is that you can improvise this by taking aluminum foil and using it to cover the RFID-enabled passport. It works wonders and protects you from unwanted persons who may have intentions of encrypting data from your passport and credit cards too. It might look unappealing to the eye but the essence here will be achieved.

You can cover your passport with aluminium foil to block the RFID signal

You can cover your passport with aluminium foil to block rfid signal

The surest ultimate way of safeguarding this from happening is by using passport security wallet. You can never go wrong with this type of wallet. They are designed to ensure that the RFID chips on the passport are not exposed such that they can be hardly accessed by strangers without your consent, especially when you are on the move.

How RFID-blocking wallets secure your information

You need to know that RFID chips work using radio waves technology to relay information. It thus means that it can be accessed from a distance without your knowledge. The RFID-chip is a small rectangular shape that has a circle with a line, more or less similar to those found on credit cards.

If your passport contains this kind of chip, then you are certainly at risk because it can be read from certain distance with scanner. The reason is that these chips contain tiny electromagnetic fields, which allows them to trigger communication anywhere as long as the distance is favorable.

But the good news is that radio waves can be blocked, and the role of RFID block wallets is to interrupt radio waves such that a stranger can never trigger communications in an attempt of reading your personal information through RFID scanners. These wallets have been designed using impermissible materials that bar or interrupt radio waves from being accessed to any scanners irrespective of the proximity.

Additional benefits cover your passport with anti RFID Wallet

Remember that other than exposing your passport or card details to RFID reader and other scanners that hackers may use, this type of wallet also prevents the document from wearing out.

A regular traveler knows the number of passport checks that usually takes place at airport immigration check, some hotels and other security control points. The officials in such points keep on asking and touching this traveling document all the time hence exposing it to damage as a result of poor handling or perhaps humid weather conditions.

These wallets prevent your ePassport from damage that might result from such exchanges and exposure at customs and other check-outs.

So next time you are thinking of better way of protecting your data from third-party hackers who use powerful passport RFID reader, look for a wallet that will protect your password and credit cards information from strangers without your knowledge.

Some personal data can be critical, and you never know when you will be the next target for these notorious hackers. You may also end up losing vital elements or linked up to illegal associations that might put you in trouble that you cannot get out of easily. It is always recommended to stay safe than sorry, especially when traveling to foreign nations.

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