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Elgato Game Capture HD60S Review


Elgato’s latest game device, the HD60S can record any signal up to 1080p at 60 frames per second, letting you record it to your computer or stream it to the internet. It’s designed for gamers who want to live stream gameplay to Facebook, twitch or YouTube, its fast USB 3.0 connection and video processing are fast enough to allow you play games via software’s live preview.

It’s small, portable and fulfills all the requirements of a game capture device.

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Why you need a capture device?

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One both have built-in gameplay recording functionality but the recorded clip size is limited and quality is not up to current standards. You can record gameplay at higher bit rate using your game capture card and you don’t have to worry about the size of the clips as long as your hard drive has space.

Design

The HD60 S $149.95 at Amazon is a tiny, rectangular pod, about the size of a SSD and nearly identical to its USB 2.0 predecessor, the HD60. The curved, matte black plastic shell measures 0.7 by 3.0 by 4.4 inches (HWD), with a glossy black stripe running down the length. An HDMI input, a USB-C port, and a 3.5mm audio input sit on one end of the device, and an HDMI output sits on the other end. That’s all you get for any physical interaction with the HD60 S itself; the glossy strip lights up to indicate it’s properly connected and recording, but besides plugging all of the necessary cables in, everything is managed through your connected PC.

Setting up the HD60 S goes through the same process as nearly any other PC-tethered capture device. Plug the HDMI input into your game console, plug the HDMI output into your TV, and plug the USB-C port into your PC. An HDMI cable and a USB-C-to-USB-A cable are included so you can hook the HD60 S into your current game setup without needing to pick up any additional cables. If you want to provide audio commentary over whatever you’re capturing, you can plug a microphone or headset into the 3.5mm port. You can also use your microphone that is plugged in to your PC for commentary.

Software

Elgato offers its own Game Capture HD software for use with the HD60 S as a free download for windows and macOS, and it allows you to both record and stream gameplays. You can record video locally or stream to Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, Ustream, Dailymotion, or any rtmp-based streaming video service. Video capture is based around a single screen for recording, streaming, managing overlays, and adding audio commentary. The software places the video feed prominently in the upper-left corner of the window, with the direct recording and streaming controls arranged below and various capture settings sitting to the right. It lets you follow your current recording/streaming status, audio levels, overlays, and capture settings at a glance.

You can create custom scenes and overlays, or use one of 10 included in the software. The customization options are fairly powerful, letting you add your own graphics, text, webcam feeds, web pages, or even animations. It isn’t quite as robust as XSplit’s extensive scene, transition, and source options, but it’s still very functional for free software, and much easier to set up and use than Open Broadcasting Software (OBS).

Capture and Streaming Performance

While you’ll get the best gaming experience through the HDMI pass-through to your TV, the live capture feed in Elgato’s software is surprisingly responsive. I played Red dead redemption 2 and Fortnite on my PS4 Pro through the live feed on the connected PC. Both games were very playable, with only a negligible lag compared with the HD60 S’s HDMI output to a Monitor.

This is the biggest advantage over the HD60 and previous devices—those 1080p60-capable capture devices can record video just fine, but the capture feed lags far too long to comfortably play through it. With the HD60S you can actually play through your monitor while you record or stream.

Gameplay capture looks excellent. I recorded FIFA 19 and Rise of Tomb Raider off of an Xbox One S. Recordings were captured at a steady 1080p60, with quality settings ranging from Medium to Best.

The lowest 1080p video quality setting produced some minor compression artifacts compared with the highest quality setting. Fine details like the grass, ropes, and string on Lara’s bow in “Rise of the Tomb Raider” were significantly sharper using the higher bitrate preset. I genrally recommend these preset for fine details. Compression artifacts are less noticeable in retro-style games, but anything with modern graphics really demands the Best setting.

Streaming performance is also very strong. I’ve been using the HD60 S for live game streams on my facebook page, and the captured video quality has remained consistently high. The outgoing stream occasionally suffers from screen tearing, but this has been due to the processing of the video as it streams out more than the capture device itself, and vertical sync settings can help alleviate this problem.

Conclusions

The Elgato Game Capture HD60 S is a small, capable game capture device that’s simple to set up and use to both stream and record your games. It can record 1080p60 video with ease, and both its pass-through video to your TV and live video on your PC are responsive enough to comfortably play through. Its only real weakness is a lack of legacy or analog video options. But that’s become a fairly standard aspect of HDMI capture devices. HD60S is a pretty decent useful device if you’re looking to record your console gameplay at higher quality with more power. It’s a valuable streaming and recording tool for gamers.

Aigo MR12 RGB AURA SYNC FANS


Aigo MR12 DARKFLASH

Certainly, When you have a transparent case, there is a need to light up your system components inside the case if you want to brag about your latest build computer. Now, latest motherboards have lights on the board itself. and new motherboards offer Aura Sync and RGB fusion like features to sync all lights in a pc case. Most noteworthy, you can simply change the colors of your rams, motherboard LEDs, GPUs, AIO Cooler, and all accessories in a single click.

Aigo MR12 series of RGB fans offers Gamers cheap Aura sync features. These fans feature rubber vibration dampers on each corner. Fans can be controlled using a remote controller and 8-way RGB fan hub with 2 connectors for RGB Strips and you can also change fan speed using the remote. Honestly, These fans are a huge upgrade for the previous series of fans as these fans offer better build quality, inherit all color modes from the previous series and come with Aura Sync in the controller.

Color and Speed Modes

Aigo MR12 have beautiful rainbow color wave effect similar to Aigo DR12. Similarly, It matches perfectly with the wave effect on the MSI Lightning X 1080 Ti. Similarly, Colorwise these fans have 7 different modes, Skyblue, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet and an additional mode which cycles through all the colors. Moreover, no color glitch animation in these fans, unlike Aigo DR12. While the Aigo DR12 is sometimes stuck between two color modes.

Product
3x Aigo MR12 RGB + Controller with MB Sync
3x Aigo DR12 RGB + Controller 3X SP120 RGB + Controller3x HD120 RGB + Controller3x Ring 12 RGB + Controller3xNZXT Aer RGB120+ Controller
Fan Size120mm120mm120mm120mm120mm120mm
Connection cable6 pin6-pin3-pin4-pin PWM4-pin PWM4-pin PWM
Bearing typeHydraulicHydraulicHydraulicHydraulicHydraulicFluid Dynamic Bearing
LEDs1212412
Speed (RPM)1300RPM1200RPM1400RPM800-1725RPM800 ~ 1500 R.P.M500-1,500 RPM
Bundled controller unitYesYesYesYesYesYes
Price (US)$33$28$61.91$73.79$56.99$81.99

Furthermore, the controller also offers color mode options like Color wave, Double Flash, Flash, Star Light, and Rainbow.

Static
MR12 vs DR12
Single MR12 Fan
Fan Controller
Remote
Corsair 750D

Fan Controller

The LEDs and the fan motors are powered by an RGB controller unit, which can, to power up to 8 separate fans. Also, This unit comes with remote with 9 buttons on it for Colors, Modes, Brightness, and fan speed. luckily Remote performance is on par with the Aigo DR12 Fan controller. Moreover, I was able to change colors from a distance of about 12 feet and you don’t need to point it towards the controller.

Fans are silent and have a max speed of 1300RPM. Even 3 fans all together are quieter than the Corsair H80iGT’s 2 radiator fans. Furthermore, You can use it with liquid cooling radiators with any issue of high temperatures. I was getting 35-40C in winter using these fans while on stock fans temperatures stays around 30C. Consequently, It’s Corsair fans which have no comparison for the Aigo fans in terms of speeds and Airflow. Moreover, Corsair fans can hit 2435 RPM while Aigo MR12 can go as high as 1300RPM.

Speed Test

The fan speed of the MR12 fans is greater than the Aigo DR12 fans. So there is around 25% increase in the Airflow when you switch to MR12. Also, MR12 fans have fewer fan blades but blades are rigid and have better edge design which results in high airflow and speed. Hence, Airflow of these fans is 34.34CFM, half as compared to Corsair H80’s fans.

Conclusion

Fans have the awesome build quality and Dual Ring RGB LEDs. Also, there are total 12 addressable RGB on both sides which makes possible some new light effects. Probably the prime features of this package are an Aura sync controller. Above all you don’t have to point the remote towards controller for working, and you can change colors using your Bios or Motherboard Utility. Moreover, you get 3 RGB fans with one controller that supports up to 8 fans sometimes and 4 RGB LED Strips in only 33$.

7 beautiful Lakes of Pakistan

7 beautiful Lakes of Pakistan

Lulusar Lake

Lulusar is a group of mountain peaks and a lake in the Kaghan Valley,  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. It is one of the largest lakes of Pakistan.

The highest peak has a height of 11,200 ft (3,410 m) above sea level. Lulusar Lake also is a lake at 3,410 m (11,190 ft). The lake is 48 kilometers away from Naran on the Naran-Babusar road.

The lake is surrounded by snowcapped mountains, making it a natural tourist attraction.  In summers, when the surface reflects its surroundings sharply like a mirror, a large number of domestic and foreign visitors makes it a popular destination.

You can take any car to the Lake due to the carpeted road. Lake is right on the Road going to Chilas from Naran.

Lalusar Lake is the main source of the Kunhar River, which flows through the entire Kaghan Valley through Jalkhand, Naran Valley, Kaghan, Jared, Paras and Balakot until it joins the Jhelum River.

Lulusar Lake, Kaghan Valley

Saiful Muluk Lake

Saiful Muluk is a mountainous lake located at the northern end of the Kaghan Valley, near the town of Naran in the Saiful Muluk National Park. The lake is a source of the Kunhar river. At an elevation of 3,224 m (10,578 feet) above sea level, the lake is located above the tree line and is one of the highest lakes in Pakistan.Saiful Muluk is located in the Mansehra district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, about 9 kilometers (5.6 mi) north of Naran, in the northern part of Kaghan Valley. Malika Parbat, the highest peak in the valley is near the lake.

The lake is accessible from the nearby town of Naran during the summer season but access during winter is limited.

Saiful Muluk was formed by glacial moraines that blocked the water of the stream passing through the valley. The Kaghan Valley was formed in the greater Pleistocene Period dating back almost 300,000 years when the area was covered with ice. Rising temperatures and receding glaciers left a large depression where glaciers once stood. Melting water collected into the lake.

The Lake Saiful Muluk is named after a legendary prince. A fairy tale called Saif-ul-Muluk, written by the Sufi poet Mian Muhammad Bakhsh, talks of the lake. It tells the story of the prince of Persia named Prince Saiful Malook who fell in love with a fairy princess named Princess Badri-ul-Jamala at the lake.‎

Saif ul Maluk Lake, Kaghan Valley

Ratti Gali Lake

Ratti Gali Lake is an alpine glacial lake which is located in Neelum Valley, Kashmir, Pakistan at an altitude of 12,130 feet (3,700 m). The lake is fed by the surrounding glacier waters of the mountains.

As the lake is fed by glaciers, it does not have any designated inlets for springs and rivers and the route to the lake is easily accessible in the summer months. The nearest village settlement which serves as a base camp for the tourists who wish to visit the lake is Dowarian. The flora and fauna of the area are well known throughout the world. Small animals such as otters are usually visible during the trek and large birds such as hawks. Flowering plants cover the valley during the summer season but during the snowed months there is almost no shrubbery to be seen. However, the large trees continue to thrive.

Ratti Gali Lake, Azad Kashmir

Rainbow Lake

Rainbow Lake is in Domel Region of Gilgit Baltistan. It’s in the restricted area so you’ve to take NOC from the army to visit it.

To go to Rainbow Lake, You’ve to travel to Chillam Choki from Astore. Then after crossing Burzil Pass at a height of 13808 ft you enter into Region which is somehow part of Kashmir. The first town on the way is Minimarg where you get internet and all basic facilities. In winter, snowfall here is average 10-20ft. From Minimarg you can go to Domel in Jeep and its 45min-1 hr Jeep Drive. You reach the lakes after crossing a series of check posts.

The lake was known as Yeldram Lake. Over the years, the spectacular appearance of two rainbows after every rainfall and the presence of rainbow trout in its water made it be known as “Rainbow Lake”.

Rainbow Lake, Domel

Naltar Lakes

Naltar is a valley near Gilgit, Hunza, and  Nomal , Gilgit Baltistan in the Gilgit–Baltistan province of Pakistan. Naltar is 40 km (25 mi) from Gilgit and can be reached by jeeps. Naltar is a forested region known for its dramatic mountain scenery.

Skiing is a popular sport in the Mountains of Naltar. Ski resort of Naltar usually holds Ski competitions every year. There are two villages of Naltar valley; Naltar Bala, and Naltar Pine. Furthermore, Naltar Pine is at a distance of 34 kilometers (21 mi). And Naltar Bala at 40 kilometers (25 mi) from Gilgit. There is the main village known as Nomal between Naltar valley and Gilgit. A road from Nomal goes to ‘The Silk Route’ to China.

There are three lakes in Naltar Valley known as Naltar Lakes (Urdu: نلتر‎) or Bashkiri Lakes at an altitude ranging from 3050–3150 m. The first Bashkiri Lake is located at a distance of 12 kilometers (08 mi) from Upper Naltar (or the Naltar Bala).

The first lake is also called Satrangi Lake due to its unique blend of colors. Maybe the aquatic plantation is the cause for these colors.

Second Lake is also Called Blue Lake and it has a unique Azure color.

The road up to the lakes is a non-metallic dirt-road alongside a rivulet, flowing down the valley. The lakes are surrounded by dense pine forests, during winters it becomes almost impossible to reach the lake with any vehicle due to the heavy snow (10 to 15 feet high) on the road.

DJI Mavic Air review

Most wanted pocketable 4K drone in 2018

DJI Mavic Air packs 4K video recording, a three-axis gimbal, an upgraded obstacle avoidance system and onboard storage into a compact and foldable form factor that easily slips into a pocket or jacket or trousers.

MERITS

  • Portability
  • 4K video at up to 100Mbps; 12MP HDR stills
  • Obstacle avoidance (APAS)
  • 8GB internal storage and MicroSD Card Slot

DEMERITS

  • Could have better range
  • Need multiple batteries for a great flying experience
  • Initial Flight Setup takes time

DJI Mavic Air

The DJI Mavic Air is no doubt the hybrid child of the very successful Mavic Pro and the compact and user-friendly Spark. It’s a consumer drone that boasts some high-end features and shows DJI commitment to innovation. DJI Mavic air inherits the tech and foldable arms from the DJI Mavic Pro and the small form factor and portability of the Spark. It also has a remote controller, unlike the DJI Spark.
  • DJI Mavic Air at DJI for $799
The Mavic Air hovers perfectly above ground, offering high-end specs at a lower price point than the Mavic Pro. It has just about everything you could ask for, from 4K video and 32MP panoramic pictures to a 21-minute battery life. DJI Mavic Air is easy to fly, thanks to an improved object avoidance system and gesture controls, giving this drone more mainstream appeal.

Price and availability

  • Available now
  • $799 for the drone and accessories
  • $999 for the Fly More Combo
With a starting price of $799, the Mavic Air is cheaper than its bigger Pro sibling. You get the drone, a battery, the proprietary charger, redesigned remote controller, a small carrying case, four propeller guards and two full sets of propellers for this price. Due to limited flight time, you might want to reconsider investing in multiple batteries if you want to enjoy the full experience of flying. To get that out of the box with the Mavic Air, Fly More Combo priced at $999. It bundles the drone, three batteries, a remote controller, a travel bag, two pairs of propeller guards, six pairs of propellers, a battery-to-power-bank adapter and battery charging hub. Even though the starting price is a high investment for a gadget with a 21-minute battery life, the upgraded chassis with the tech housed within, makes the Mavic Air quite attractive, especially since it’s cheaper than its bigger brother. The Mavic Air is available via DJI’s online store and at major retailers.

Design and build

  • Compact and foldable form factor returns
  • Recessed gimbal adds protection, but the clip-on cover is awkward
  • Removable joysticks on the redesigned controller
  • USB-C port for data transfer only
The Mavic Air might resemble the Spark in terms of size, but that’s basically where the similarity ends. The new drone’s arms are foldable, like those of the Mavic Pro, taking portability to a whole new level. When folded up, the Mavic Air can quite easily slip into a large pocket – cargo pants or a big jacket. Weighing in at 430g, it’s heavier than the 300g Spark but lighter than the 743g Mavic Pro. The drone’s zip-up case reinforces how small it really is – it easily slips into a backpack or a camera bag with plenty of room to spare for the rest of the gear. Despite looking like a toy, the Mavic Air is solid and well-built. The recessed gimbal, with its clip-on camera cover, adds a layer of protection, making this a great travel companion. However, popping the cover back on after use can be a bit untidy, with no perfect way to clip it back on. You’ll just need to ensure the camera is facing straight ahead or you won’t get the cover aligned properly to slide into position. Taking a page out of Spark’s design, DJI has launched the Mavic Air in three colors: white, black and red. Although the colors are a playful touch, we found that the red and black versions were fingerprint magnets. The white version looks the best, but it can become more easily lost at a distance against a bright sky. The Mavic Air is the first DJI drone to introduce USB-C for content transfer. Sadly, the USB port can’t be used to charge the drone. For that, you’ll need to plug around the proprietary charger. Of course, it also comes with a microSD card slot, but this time there’s 8GB of onboard storage as well. So, if you forget to carry a card or manage to fill it up real quick, you can continue shooting with just a single tap. Another remarkable yet simple innovation that adds to the new drone’s portability is the redesigned remote controller. Out of the box, the joysticks for the controller are hidden away under the foldable smartphone clips, giving the new controller a flat surface that allows it to slide into the pocket at the back of the drone’s case. Just remove and screw them on, then unscrew and store away. The controller lacks the Mavic Pro remote’s built-in screen for flight telemetry, but squeeze your smartphone into the foldable clips and, you have access to a live video feed and every other piece of piloting information that you need.

Performance and control

  • Improved obstacle avoidance system
  • Gesture controls
  • Top speed of 68.4 km/h (40 mph)
  • Maximum transmission distance of 4 km (2.5 miles) with controller; 50m with mobile device
Setting up the Mavic Air isn’t hard if you’ve used a DJI drone before. If you haven’t, you’ll need to install the DJI Go 4 app on your phone (available for Android or iOS) and then follow the steps on screen to connect to the drone, either directly via Wi-Fi or by linking to the controller. Once set up, flying the drone is smooth as butter. And it’s fast, or at least feels that way because of its diminutive size. In Sport mode, this pocket rocket can reach a maximum speed of 68.4 km/h, or 40 mph. At such speeds, however, if the camera is facing sideways, you’ll capture the front propellers whirring, which may not necessarily be what you want in your video. That said, this isn’t a problem unless you’re pushing the drone to its top speed. Everyone, however, will experience the fact that the Air is loud compared to the much more expensive Mavic Pro Platinum with low-noise propellers. You’ll actually hear it before you see it when it’s just a small drone body in the distant sky. Novices don’t need to worry too much about the drone zipping around, either – the Mavic Air is harder to crash thanks to its seven-camera vision system and three-direction environmental sensing. DJI’s brand-new Advance Pilot Assistance System (APAS) doesn’t just stop the drone in its tracks when it comes against an obstacle – it’ll chart an alternate route and continue flying safely. However, for the APAS system to work effectively, the drone needs to fly around and survey the location for a bit, picking up information to process from its surroundings. That’s the only prep work involved, but it’s automatically done by the drone. During testing, we flew our drone towards stone columns in an abandoned quarry and the Mavic Air smoothly flew over some and around others without us letting up on the controls. That doesn’t mean the craft is completely crash-proof. There are no sensors on the top and sides, so there could still be a few close calls if you aren’t too careful. You’d expect that due to its small size and weight, the Mavic Air would have a hard time staying stable when hovering, but DJI promises it should be just fine in winds of up to 35 km/h (21.7 mph), and we were pleasantly surprised to find those claims seem to be accurate. Flying it by the seaside, when winds can pick up suddenly, the little craft remained remarkably stable in the air. The transmission range for the Mavic Air is limited to 4 km/2.5 miles using the controller. The Mavic Air relies solely on Wi-Fi instead of also using radio frequency (RF) to for its drone-to-controller connection. This has had some people at the time of the drone’s announcement worried that the drone connection would suffer. We didn’t experience that in our testing of three different drones on three continents. But, if you’re planning on pushing the Mavic Air to its distance limits, you may experience some dropouts in the video feed. Like the Pro, the Mavic Air features a three-axis gimbal, but it’s a redesigned one that makes this new drone much more stable. Although gimbal control while panning sideways is smooth, moving the camera up and down is still a tad jerky. To keep the footage as smooth as possible, it’s best to switch to Cinematic Mode on the app – designed to slow the drone down and reduce braking so video is smoother – but even this takes a lot of practice before you get a steady capture. It’s also able to track up to 16 subjects at the same time. When using ActiveTrack, our DJI Mavic Air review unit was able to track six subjects standing within the frame individually. However, when switching to QuickShot mode, you’ll need them all together, or choose one individual as the focal point. What made last year’s Spark a heck of a lot of fun to use was the addition of gesture controls. DJI has taken those smarts and improved on them and also given the Mavic Air better SmartCapture functionality. Using your hands, you can make the bite-sized quadcopter land and take off from the ground, fly towards and away from you, or get it to follow you around as you move. Making a peace sign takes a still shot while holding your thumbs and forefinger in a frame will begin and stop video capture. What’s a lot more fun than SmartCapture (and great for sharing on social media) are the additional QuickShot modes – called Asteroid and Boomerang. Like the older QuickShot options available on both the Pro and Spark, Asteroid and Boomerang have preset flights paths that capture short videos with a subject as the focus, and work with just a few taps on the app, no composition required. In the former, multiple shots are taken, then composed in-camera into a 10-second blip beginning with the subject and ending in a spherical bird’s-eye view of the locale. In Boomerang, the drone pans around the subject, then returns to its original point after a 360-degree circuit.

Image quality

  • 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor and 4K video at 100Mbps
  • 12MP HDR stills; 32MP panoramas
  • ISO100 – 1600 for video and stills; ISO100 – 3200 for still in manual mode
  • Narrow ISO range doesn’t affect image quality except in low-light conditions
Of course, top flying tech and a stable gimbal amount to nothing if the built-in camera isn’t up to the mark, and thankfully the Mavic Air’s does not disappoint. The Air shares the same 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor as the Mavic Pro, but has a narrower ISO range than its bigger brother, meaning it doesn’t do as well in low-light conditions. The Air’s capable of shooting 4K video at up to 30fps at a bit rate of 100Mbps. Drop the resolution and it can capture 2.5K at 60fps and Full HD at up to 120fps for slow motion. Those specs are great, but it’s the high bitrate that really makes the images pop with life, color and detail. In well-lit conditions, the Air’s videos are crystal clear, with near-perfect saturation, and there’s plenty of dynamic range to work with despite the small sensor size. In a gloomy setup we did lose some of that vibrancy, however, and our footage looked a tad washed out. Moreover, the gimbal helps keep everything we shot super stable, so even when the winds picked up and the drone got tossed around a bit, we couldn’t tell from the video. While you can shoot 12MP stills in HDR, the Mavic Air is also capable of taking panoramas. In addition to the horizontal, vertical and 180-degree panos, the Air can take a series of 25 shots of a scene, then stitch them together in-camera to produce a 32MP panoramic image.
Lulusar Lake, Kaghan Valley

Lulusar Lake, Kaghan Valley

Ratti Gali Lake, Azad Kashmir

Ratti Gali Lake, Azad Kashmir

Battery life

  • 21 minutes of battery life (fully recharges in 55 minutes)  
  • Closer to 18 minutes of true flight time per battery
  • 3 hours for the remote battery life (recharges in 3.5 hours)
  • We recommend Fly More bundle’s three batteries and charging hub
The Mavic Air battery life offers increased flight time over that of the Spark. It’s all thanks to the fact that DJI was able to squeeze a 2,375 mAh battery into what appears to be the same size battery as the Spark’s 1,480 mAh battery. The Mavic Air is rated for up to 21 minutes of flight time, though, realistically, you’ll squeeze 18 to 19 minutes of true flight time from a single battery. Like all of DJI’s drones, the Air lands automatically when battery levels are critically low (under 10%). I generally received a low-battery warning at around 15%, which gave us a couple of minutes to do what I was doing and then land it myself, or just wait for the automatic safety feature to kick in. All of this is still better than Spark’s 16 minutes of battery life. It’s also just six minutes shy of the more expensive DJI Mavic Pro flight time of 27 minutes, which is supported by a larger 3,830mAh battery and, for consumers, the top-tier Mavic Pro Platinum’s 30 minutes. If there’s one area in which the Mavic Air makes a small sacrifice, it’s here, but you’re going to have to spend a lot more for six for nine extra minutes in the air. This is why we recommend Fly More Combo for the Mavic Air with three batteries (and other accessories). It comes down to this: in many countries, especially in cities, it’s difficult to find a legal area and safe space in which you can fly. So hauling this drone somewhere – while ultraportable – for just 18 minutes of flight time is less than ideal. We monitored the charging time for the DJI Mavic Air battery and found it takes 55 minutes to charge each battery, which syncs up with DJI’s official specs for the drone.  With three batteries (and a nearby outlet to charge them), you could run the Mavic Air almost non-stop. At least until the controller gives out. That lasts three hours and takes 2.5 hours to charge.

Final verdict

The DJI Mavic Air gets a big thumbs-up from us. It’s the best drone for most people thanks to the fact that it fits top specs inside a pocketable drone form factor. We were able to slip it straight into our backpack without having it weighing us down. Getting 4K video at 30fps, better battery life, improved smarts and better obstacle avoidance for $799 (£769, AU$1,299) makes this drone a great value. Although the camera could have been better (DJI sadly hasn’t used the Pro’s 28mm f/2.2 lens on the Air), the footage it captures is still excellent.While the Air is capable to record at a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 (4K UHD) at 30fps. The more expensive Mavic Pro is capable of Cinematic 4K (4,096 x 2,160) at 30fps. It also flies further and the Pro Platinum version is much quieter. For drone newbies, the Spark may seem like a great starting point, if you’re okay with 1080p images. Novice pilots might find it a bit hard to simultaneously pilot the drone and operate the gimbal smoothly. But it doesn’t take long to get used to it. And, by using the more automated QuickShots and tracking features, anyone is capable of pulling off an amazing shot.

Best Mechanical Keyboards of 2018

Keyboards are essential part of our computers, we’ll be going over the distinctive sorts of mechanical switches, what sorts of switches you can use for, what kinds of Keyboards are available and more about Keyboards. The objective is to illuminate you about each type of the best mechanical keyboards so you can make an educated buy.

Try not to fuss, however!We’ll have a rundown of prescribed keyboards for each category that one might want. From spending plan to gaming, media and that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
Running from a wide range of gadgets, there are a substantial number of console varieties. Early cell phones even had keyboards on them, really. PCs regularly have chiclet-style keyboards —however, a few, exceptionally costly models offer mechanical keyboards. With regards to work areas, however, there are two measures in the field of mechanical keyboards: full-size, and TKL.

RGB lighting mechanical keyboard

Most of the mechanical Keyboards accompany some type of backdrop illumination for the keys; more premium Keyboards will offer what is called RGB Lighting. This means the Keyboards LEDs are fit for delivering 255 shades of Red, 255 shades of Green, and 255 shades of Blue. Altogether, each key can create more than 16 million hues. Some RGB keyboards will offer lighting zones, (this implies just certain arrangements of keys can be changed). However, most will offer per-key lighting, enabling you to change the shade of every individual key on your keyboard.
The keyboard will enable you to program the lighting on your Keyboard just using capacity keys + certain key blends, and the profile will be put away in the installed memory of the keyboard itself.
One drawback to RGB is that RGB lighting can’t create unadulterated white, not at all like conventional white LEDs. This implies in the event that you set your keys to white, it will generally resemble an off-shade of blue. Besides, RGB lighting will for the most part increment the cost of the keyboard by a critical edge. But still is considered one of the best mechanical keyboards in 2018.

Best Overall:

Corsair Gaming K95 RGB PLATINUM

The Corsair Gaming K95 RGB PLATINUM is to the exclusion of everything else, the best full-measure gaming mechanical keyboard you can presently buy. It includes a standard design, strong form quality, Macro/Media keys, RGB lighting, and that’s just the beginning.
The only problem is that it is extremely expensive. The Macro keys are consummately put with simply the appropriate add up to be used without expanding the span of the Keyboard or being hard to reach. It comes in both Cherry MX Brown and Speed variations, to guarantee that most people will be agreeable while composing on it. RGB Lighting Macro / Media keys, Robust build quality, Comfortable, double-sided wrist rest, Cherry MX Brown / Speed variants, Textured keycaps for better grip and USB pass-through on the rear of the keyboard are the pros of this incredibly expensive keyboard.

Ducky One TKL RGB

The Ducky One TKL RGB is a conservative, amazing little keyboard that highlights a spotless plan, standard design, (sans numpad) and RGB lighting. It additionally has an exceptionally vigorous Macro framework. That permits both keys to be customized, and also the greater part of its lighting impacts, all without independent programming. The keyboard likewise arrives in a Cherry MX Blue variation; however, you will lose the RGB lighting.

Ducky, while a moderately obscure organization to the majority, is very much regarded in the mechanical Keyboard scene. TKL mechanical keyboard offers superb items with noteworthy form quality and are trusted by numerous.
Robust build quality, Advanced Macro and Media controls, Standard keyboard layout and RGB Lighting are the pros of this pricey keyboard.

Budget:
Rosewill RK-9000v2

It offers a certifiable Cherry MX involvement with a sticker price under $90. The keyboard comes in Cherry MX Blue, Brown and Red variations. Blue and Brown variations additionally offer a discretionary blue backdrop illumination for some additional. The Cherry MX Red variation is the most costly, coming in at $90. While you can buy the Blue and Brown variations for as meager as $75.
Affordable, Cherry MX Blue, Brown and Red variants and Standard keyboard layout are the pros of this keyboard.

How to unlock disabled iPhone X via itunes?

If you’ve kids in the house, you’ll probably end up in this situation someday. iPhone X has a security feature that if you enter the wrong passcode 10 times it locks your phone to save your data.
The only way to unlock the phone is via using iTunes. You surely have iTunes if you’re an iPhone user to keep your contacts, Photos, and Settings synced to your laptop or computer.
If you forgot your passcode, or if a message says that your device is disabled, follow these steps to remove your passcode.

Unlock disabled iPhone X via iTunes :

First of all, you need to shutdown your iPhone. For this, you have to do a force restart. To force shutdown, press the volume down key and side key on the iPhone X.

Next step is to connect iPhone X to the computer using Lightning cable.

Later boot iPhone in recovery mode. To do this Tap Volume Up and Volume Down key then Hold side key until you see the recovery mode screen.

On an iPhone X, iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus:

Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Then, press and hold the Side button until you see the recovery-mode screen.

On an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus

Press and hold both the Side and Volume Down buttons at the same time. Keep holding them until you see the recovery-mode screen.

On an iPhone 6s and earlier, iPad, or iPod touch

Press and hold both the Home and the Top (or Side) buttons at the same time. Keep holding them until you see the recovery-mode screen.

Now download the software update or restore file from the iTunes. It will take time depending on your internet connection speed. Size of the restore file is around 2.77GB. Once the restore file is downloaded, click on the restore button in iTunes. It will reboot your iPhone to start the restore process.

You can also update the iPhone software but it will not unlock your iPhone. It is better to back up your iPhone occasionally to save the important data in such situation. You can use the latest backup to restore your iPhone.

When you see the option to Restore or Update, choose Restore.

Restore process will take around 15 min.

When the restore process is completed. Your iPhone will boot like a new one and you’ve to do the initial set up. Restore will also delete all data on your iPhone.

When you reach the Set-Up screen while restoring your iOS device, tap Restore from iTunes backup. Select your device in iTunes. Look at the date and size of each backup and pick the most relevant one.

Now, Your iPhone is unlocked and ready to use.

 

Intel core i7 4790K still best buy for 1080P Gaming

 Author’s Opinion :

Here is my opinion on this in form of a short story. I got my hands on this beast Intel Core i7 4790K in 2015 when I switched to this from my old Intel Core i3 4130. At first, I ran this on the bundled stock cooler. I was shocked to see the temperature touching 100C at full load so I turned off the Virtualization and Turbo Boost from the Bios, afraid of burning the processor. Next month I bought an MSI Z97S Krait SLI motherboard and Corsair H80i GT Liquid cooler than I was able to run it at full potential. I was able to overclock mine to 4.7Ghz without playing with Voltages. Bundled it with Gigabyte GTX 970 and I tried almost every game at ULTRA settings till 2017.

I wasn’t able to run games at max settings due to the lower VRAM of the GTX 970 (Only 4GB). With the launch of latest Intel Core i7 8700K, 6 core processor, I finally made up my mind to trade this chip for the next generation as I also upgraded my graphics card to GTX 1080Ti. I was trying to get everything maxed out at 4K. Otherwise, Intel Core i7 4790K was still able to handle everything.

Intel Core i7 4790K vs Intel Core i7 7700K

Intel Core i7 4790K aka Devil’s Canyon is the most powerful processor of the 4th generation, We’re talking about i7s here. It has 4 cores and 8 threads. It was released in Q2’14. The processor has a base frequency of 4.00Ghz and max turbo boost frequency of 4.40Ghz, this processor features a smart cache of 8MB. Core i7-4790K, codenamed ‘Devil’s Canyon’, has both faster base and boost clock speeds than its predecessor, the Intel Core i7-4770K, compared to 3.5GHz and 3.9GHz. The i7-4790K can operate at these higher clock speeds thanks to extra capacitors that help deliver power to the die and a new thermal interface material to improve cooling.

Otherwise, there is little difference between the chips. Intel Core i7 7700K also have the same core count and cache but it has a higher base and boost clock speed. Intel Core i7 4790K has a TDP of 88W while 7700K have TDP of 91W. Bus speed of 7700K is higher than core i7 4790K. Intel Core i7 7700K supports Intel’s Optane memory.

If you’re not concerned about integrated graphics than there is not a huge difference in both processors. The Core i7-4790K is based on a 22nm process and has four CPU cores, as well as an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 graphics processor while the Core i7 7700K has Intel HD 630 graphics processor. Newer Intel core i7 processors also have intel optane memory support.

A powerful processor and the Core i7 to buy, but it requires real effort to overclock it.

Intel Core i7 4790K vs Intel Core i7 8700K

There is no competition between the devil’s canyon and Intel’s 8th generation beast core i7 8700K. Due to increase core count, Intel Core i7 8700K is far ahead in the benchmarks and multithreaded performance. But we can compare the gaming performance of both chips by coupling them with the same high-end graphics card. As seen in different games there is not a huge difference in frames using both processors when coupled with Nvidia GTX 1080Ti.

No doubt the fastest Intel Core i7 to date, Beast for Gaming and Content Creation due to higher core count as comparred to previous Core i7s.

Clock Speed:

This quad-core processor features a 4.0GHz base clock with turbo boost of 4.4Ghz.

Additional CPU features:

The Core i7-4790K carries two professional features that the Core i7-4770K lacked. It provides support for Intel’s Transactional Synchronization Extensions (TSX) and I/O virtualization (VT-d). VT-d allows a virtual machine to assign specific I/O devices to a particular virtual machine. Both of these are specialized features, particularly TSX, which offers programmers the ability to design multithreading applications that scale more effectively than current software—if the CPU supports TSX already.

Overclocking Potential:

According to user benchmarks, Average overclock of Core i7 4790K on liquid cooling is around 5Ghz. Most of the processors are able to achieve 4.7Ghz stable without changing the input voltages. I was able to overclock mine to 4.7Ghz using Corsair H80iGT liquid cooler.

Performance:

I tested the Core i7 4790K using MSI Z97S Krait SLI edition motherboard with 16GB DDR3 Corsair Vengeance memory, used a Transcend 250GB SSD for storage. MSI overclock utility is used for overclocking. I’m naive regarding the overclocking scenario of processors. So, at first, I only used basic settings and simply overclocked my processor to just 4.6Ghz to be on safe side. At next step I overclocked it to 4.8Ghz and ran the benchmark using MSI Overclock Utility, that was stable but when I ran Benchmark using CPUZ the system rebooted. After this, I lowered the clock speed to 4.7Ghz and repeated the same benchmark and stress tests. It was stable at 4.7Ghz and I also ran Cinebench and Geekbench at this clock speed. There was around 100 point difference between stock and overclock frequency.

Gaming Benchmarks

The Core i7-4790K failed our 1,920×1,080 Dirt Showdown benchmark and produced an average frame rate of 31.2fps in Dirt Showdown at a resolution of 1,280×720, with graphics detail set to High and 4x anti-aliasing. You may be able to play some older 3D games if you’re willing to compromise on graphics quality and resolution. But the Intel HD Graphics 4600 GPU is better suited to watching videos, browsing the web and running productivity applications than serious gaming.

Bundled with Budget GPU

  • Intel Core i7 4790K 4.4 Ghz
  • Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR3 1866Mhz
  • Gigabyte GTX 970 4GB

Bundled with Most powerful GPU

  • Intel Core i7 4790K 4.4 Ghz
  • Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR3 1866Mhz
  • MSI Lightning X 1080Ti 11GB

I’ve tested several games, here are the FPS using both Graphic Cards.

It was able to run all games at max settings with 1080Ti. Although it struggled with 970 while playing PUBG and Rise of the tomb Raider.

CPU Benchmarks

Cinebench

  • 879 Points

Cinebench Open GL (3D)

  • 104.35 Points

Unigene Heaven

  • FPS 173.6
  • Score 4374

Unigene Valley

  • FPS 118.4
  • Score 4955

Conclusions

We’re not comparing all aspects of this processor with the other processors, Newer processors are meant to be fast as compared to this 4 year old chip. But if you’re tight on budget you can pick this up for your next build as other components like DDR3 rams are also cheap. Moreover, you can also couple this with some cheap liquid cooler. There is not a huge difference in FPS if you’re using a discrete GPU with this processor. You can run almost every game with Ultra settings if your GPU is powerful enough.

12 Quick Tips to record quality videos

12 Quick Tips to record quality videos using Smartphone

We’re in 2017, Now smartphone cost as much as an entry-level DSLR. Smartphones camera have improved a lot in recent years. You’ve good smartphones camera around you – in fact, they’re everywhere. Using mobile phones for video recording have several advantages :

  1. Mobile phones are part of our lives and we carry them to everywhere we go. So You don’t have to take to camera gear everywhere instead you can use your smartphones to create video content anytime.
  2. Many apps are available for both iOS (Apple) and Android (Google) mobile devices that extend the functionality of the video camera, provide sophisticated editing and digital effects capabilities
  3. With phones becoming more capable, video entrepreneurs are opting for that much more affordable device, too.

1- Lighting is very Important

As you know Smartphone camera have smaller images sensors and lenses so light has a huge impact on the video quality. It’s advised to shoot the video in brightly lit areas. This will help you to avoid unnecessary shadow and grainy areas in your video. Try not to point your camera to the bright light source, it will cause lens flare and overexposed footage. Lighting must be stable and steady; the image sensors of mobile cameras are not too much sense to quick light changes. Try to play with the backlighting and white balance settings if the light is still not enough for quality videography. Make sure to focus the most important aspect of the video, the automatic exposure control will have an easier time making small adjustments if lighting condition begins to change.

Tip: If you press to hold the focus square/circle in your camera app, it will lock the AE/AF to that specific object.

2- Stay Close to your Object

Stay close to the object, it will help you to record better audio as well as there will be less noise and better focus in your video. Try to avoid using digital zoom as much as you can. If you have dual camera setup in your phone like in iPhone 8+ and Samsung Note 8, You can use a telescopic lens to get more details in your shot.

3- Always Use Landscape and Avoid Portrait Orientation

Most of the people hold their phones vertically while shooting the videos. Say no to portrait orientation, no matter what, always use landscape orientation as it looks better, and somehow professional, on all platforms as we have wider displays everywhere.
If you want people to be able to watch your video at full size on a monitor or TV screen, keep your smartphone horizontal when you are recording. Shooting a video clip with your phone upright doesn’t seem like an issue at the time because you’re watching it on a device with a vertical screen, but as soon as you want to play the video anywhere else, your clip will be fighting for space with two black bars on either side of the screen.

4- Use Tripod to avoid unnecessary Motion and Blurry Frames

While you record video with your smartphone or other cameras, don’t handle or shake your mobile device a lot; it will only make the audio quality, as well as the video quality, worse. Unnecessary handling of the mobile, while you are recording, will cause a lot of unwanted noise. For better audio quality use a tripod to keep your smartphone or external microphone or digital recorder steady and free from unwanted handling or vibration while you are shooting video.
Here are some of the tripods you can get on Amazon.

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5- Keep it Near Source

Keeping the microphone you are using to record as close to the audio’s source as possible is, perhaps, the most important tip for getting better audio for your videos I can give you. Distance creates problems for both video and audio. While shooting far away from your audio source, you will record more ambient or unwanted noise and the audio levels of the sound you do want, begin to drop dramatically after it leaves the source. So, if you are shooting an interview, it is better to keep your audio recording device close to your subject to keep their voice focused, clear and audible.

6- Use Flash or External Light when required

Smartphones, you see, come equipped with LED lights that are too bright and can easily skew the color temperature of photos. Also, the video will often time still come out poorly lit in the end. If you want to record a photo at night, you’ll have to find another light source.
Get creative with available lights such as a neon sign or jukebox. They can add a little bit of needed glow while also jazzing up your video with color. If you record on your desk mostly, Try to place a Backlit Keyboard in the background to give a beautiful blurry effect.

7- Use Computer or Mobile Apps for video improvement and additional Stabilization

The camera app on your smartphone may do a good job but there’s more to video recording than what most of them have to offer! Some third party apps are very intuitive with great features for those new to developing video content while some others unlock professional-like features. While you will find some pretty good free apps, investing in a couple of apps that cost a little bit of money can pay huge dividends.

8- Be prepared for the right moment

Before you begin recording your videos, make sure that you have all of the gear, props, scripts, actors and shooting locations ready to go. Additionally, make sure your phone is charged and that you have enough storage space (available memory) to store the footage – high definition (HD) video files can get large and will drain a battery quickly.
Try to take multiple shots from different angles if you have plenty of storage and battery. Don’t forget to use a decent stabilization gear.

9- Use an external Audio recording device

There are some great external microphones available for your mobile device. You will use this external microphone as a replacement for your internal smartphone microphone while shooting your video with your cellular smartphone or mobile device’s camera. If you use an external microphone or handy digital recorder while recording your video footage, you will be able to get an excellent audio quality for your recording if you keep the rest of our tips in mind. Many of these external mics are more directional and designed to cancel out ambient or unwanted sound while you are recording.
Here are some of the mics you can get on Amazon.

10- Edit your audio and add background music if required

If you have already recorded very nice video, but the audio is less than ideal, it is a good idea for you to edit your video with a better audio track. For the new audio track, use a high quality audio recording device to ensure that you get an excellent result for your recording. If you cannot replace dialogue consider adding a voiceover or soundtrack; music, sound effects, and ambient noise might all be a good replacement. Then, you can use your favorite video editing tool to simply remove the camera’s recorded audio with the better audio track. This can solve your poor audio problem quickly and effectively.

11- Avoid Backlighting

There’s something else you should keep in mind when thinking about flash and lighting in general: avoiding backlit-settings.
You may be able to see people and their faces when they’re backlit, but your smartphone camera usually can’t and will output footage with a bright light haloing a dark figure. That figure will also have no visible features, meaning you just missed whatever it was you were trying to capture.
To avoid this situation, try configuring a basic light setup. Those of you who are recording on the fly can also improve a backlit situation by moving to one side or another. Although some stock camera apps try to reduce the effects of backlighting, you should try reducing the effects on your end as well.

12- Mix it up

Although a video made up of a single clip might show what you intended, a video made up of many shorter clips often makes a more interesting watch, and you can pick out some smaller details, not just the overall scene.
Whatever your subject, think about what other shots you can get to complement your master shot, and add to the story. It can be as simple as shooting your subject both from close up and further away or getting someone to repeat a performance (like a cartwheel) a few times so you can capture it from a variety of angles. You’ll end up with better video as you’ll find better angles to shoot from.

You can use multiple lights to overcome the low light situations. If you’re recording in door keep your device plugged in and when you’re on an adventure, try to keep some power bank with you.

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10 Quick Tips to take better Photos

10 Quick Tips to take better Photos

10 Quick Tips to take better Photos

Digital photography has gone wild from last 2 to 3 years due to the innovation in smartphones cameras. Now almost every smartphone has a camera that can take pretty decent photos. More people are taking more photos than ever before, and they’re sharing them online with friends and family to show love and affection. It’s easy to place the blame on the camera (or your smartphone) if your images aren’t as nice as some others you see online, but by following a few guidelines you can improve the quality of your snapshots—without spending $1000 for a new camera. Keep these 10 easy tips in mind next time you head out to capture the world around you. And if you have any tips that have helped you take better pictures, please share them in the comments section.

1. Get Basic frame right.

The most important and first thing while taking a photograph is its composition an framing —the position of different elements in a frame.The easiest way is to keep your concerned object right in the center while not missing the other surrounding details. Basically, you’ll want to break your frame into nine squares of roughly equal size. Try and align the subject of your photo along these lines and intersections and imagine the main image divided over these nine boxes. Many cameras have a rule of thirds grid overlay that you can activate when shooting.

2. Adjust Exposure Compensation.

As long as you aren’t shooting in full manual mode, your digital camera is making decisions that determine the exposure of a photo—in Simple words, how light or dark the shot appears. Generally speaking, a camera looks at a scene and tries to determine the appropriate exposure based on the correct lighting of a gray card, which is why there are special scene modes for snow—without them, the camera would try to make the white snow gray.

If a photo is too light or dark you can either navigate through different scene modes that are available in modern point-and-shoot cameras or simply dial in a bit of exposure compensation. Many cameras have a physical button or dial for this, identified by a +/- symbol. If your photo is too dark, move the scale up above zero; if too light, move it down a bit. You can also change the exposure later using any software. Now even smartphones have some apps that can alter the exposure settings.

Adobe Lightroom is the recommended app if you don’t have a manual mode for capturing photos on your phone.

3. Choose the Right Mode.

Your camera is likely to have plenty of shooting modes, ranging from fully automatic operation to very specific scene modes. If you’re shooting fast action you can put the camera into Shutter Priority (“S”) mode and increase the speed at which a photo is taken—setting it to 1/125 second or faster will help to freeze action, and for really quick subjects (like the hummingbird below), use as short a speed as possible to freeze motion. You can capture bright streaks of the tails and headlights of cars using low shutter speed.

In lower light you can use Aperture Priority (“A”) mode to make sure as much light is entering the lens as possible, or if you’re shooting landscapes on a tripod you can close the lens’s iris to increase depth of field, keeping everything in sharp focus from the foreground to the horizon. If you’re a D-SLR shooter, you’re more likely to use the A or S modes, while point-and-shoot cameras will often feature more specific modes that cater to activities like sports, low-light use, or landscape shooting.

4. Think About Lighting.

Pay attention to how much light you have and where it’s coming from when taking your photos. If you’re shooting outdoors, be careful not to take photos of a person when the sun is at their back. If you’re grabbing a photo in front of a monument or landmark and don’t have the flexibility to adjust your position you can use the camera’s flash to fill in shadows. You may have to manually activate the flash, as there’s a good chance that the camera will think that it’s unnecessary on a bright day.

5. Use Your Flash Wisely.

Many a photo has been foiled by a flash firing too close to a subject. If your friends and family look like Casper the Friendly Ghost when you photograph them, chances are that you’re too close when snapping your photos. Back up a bit and zoom in to get the proper framing, If you need to activate the flash. In case things are still too bright—or too dark—check and see if flash compensation is an option. Many cameras allow you to adjust the power of the flash, which can help to add better balance to your flash-assisted photos. Adding just a little bit of light makes it possible to fill in shadows, resulting in a more natural-looking photo. Try to avoid flash as much as you can, without flash photos have natural colors. You’ve to keep a close eye on the colors while taking photos with flash.

6. Add a Flash Diffuser.

If dialing down flash power isn’t an option, you can also add a diffuser to help spread the light out. Smaller flashes aren’t able

If dialing down flash power isn’t an option, you can also add a diffuser to help spread the light out. Smaller flashes aren’t able to spread light across a large surface area, giving your subjects a deer-in-the-headlights look. Point-and-shoot users can tape a bit of wax paper over the flash to soften its output.

7. Watch Your White Balance.

Your camera will try and set white balance automatically based on the type of light in which you’re shooting. Different light casts different types of color—sunlight is very blue, tungsten lighting is yellow, and fluorescent is a bit green. In many cases, the camera will automatically detect what type of lighting you’re under and adjust the color in photos so that they look natural. If you’re shooting under mixed lighting, or if the camera is just having a hard time figuring things out, you can set the white balance manually. On most point and shoots you’ll have to dive into the shooting menu to adjust this, but many D-SLRs have a dedicated White Balance button, often labeled “WB.” You can correct color in iPhoto or Picasa later on, but you’ll get better-looking photos if you get the white balance right in the first place.

8. Use a Tripod or Monopod.

Sometimes, the best way to get your shot perfect is to take some extra time. Using a tripod will allow you to set up framing, and can come in handy, along with your camera’s self-timer. You can get away with an inexpensive tripod if you’re a point-and-shoot user, although spending a bit more on a brand will result in much less frustration than with the bargain brands that you’ll find at the local five and dime. D-SLR users should definitely put care into selecting a tripod, sturdy enough to hold the camera are paramount.

If you’re more of a run-and-gun shooter, a monopod—which is just like it sounds, a tripod with two of its legs missing—will help you stabilize your shots. Great for use at zoos and sporting events, a monopod is supplemented by your two legs in order to add stability to your camera.

9. Be Selective.

With the evolution of camera technology, now you can capture thousands of photos on a single memory card. But it’s not a wise act to upload all photos to the social media. You should spend some time going through your photos to eliminate redundant shots. Also, discard photos that may be out of focus or poorly composed. It’s better to post a few great photos than some good photos hiding among hundreds of not-so-good ones.

10. Don’t Forget to Post-Process.

Consider using a program like Photoshop or Lightroom to organize your photos. Either will allow you to crop, color-correct, adjust exposure, remove red-eye, and perform other basic editing tasks. Performing some very basic editing on a photo can help improve its quality drastically. Cropping a bit can help with composition, and you can also rotate a photo so that horizon lines are straight. Getting your photos right in-camera is the larger goal, but there’s no harm in a bit of retouching.

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