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    To Be On The Safe Side, Insure Your Musical Instruments

    Life would be meaningless without music – one statement to which all music lovers would agree because there is no one in this world who does like music as all have their own taste of music, As far as professional musicians are concerned, it enliven them and they produce rhythm from their heart that touches the listeners. There are too many genres of music to satisfy every music lover.

    With so many genres of music, there are several numbers of special music instruments that produce different musical sounds. Musicians of all genres admire and are possessive about their musical instruments immensely. It is through the musical instruments that they produce heartfelt music, which also helps them make a living. Musical ornaments been the primary tools of revenue, must be covered under insurance as musical instruments do not come for cheap. Professionally designed instruments demand extra care because most instruments are fragile and prone to get damaged easily if they are dropped or mishandled or destroyed or stolen. Therefore, pricey instruments must be insured if they are not. Insurance for musicians should be one of the top concerns in order to be on the safe side. Once the instrument is stolen, professional musicians would be out of work for the simple reason if they get robbed and, cannot afford new instruments. There have been many cases recently when musicians have been robbed and have lost their precious instruments – to top it all, they were not even insured. Therefore, to avoid such a tragedy, the very first step musicians must take after they purchase a musical instrument is to insure it. For which, a special insurer is required. Music schools, instrument makers or professional music dealers will be able to recommend reliable agents for music instrument insurance. While your search is on, you must also work with an insurance agent and find out the estimated value of your instruments to understand and work on premiums and other legal requirements. Once you find a reliable agent, you will be aware of various other conditions, such as, instruments in the six-figure range requires appraisals from experts.

    The price of your instrument will decide what insurance policy to choose from. For instance, instruments that are rare or high-priced would be costly to insure. Delicate instruments like harp, double basses, guitar, viola, and more must be insured since their repair is also too costly. At times, proper insurance covers devaluation and replacement both which can be profitable to musicians in most cases. Instrument insurance will cover your worry of losing your valuable music instruments and let you create wonderful music with a tension-free mind. Insurance for musicians and/or insurance for bands are a safety measure professionals must opt for.

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    Wedding Photography And The Dangers Of Over-processing

    In the digital age of photography, post-production can be as important as capturing the image itself. And with amazing advances in post-processing software, like Photoshop, an image can be manipulated to astounding degrees – even to a point of being unrecognizable from the original.

    Unlimited possibilities is where some wedding photographers, mostly amateurs but also some experienced photographers, go dreadfully wrong. Of course, it’s great to add some obviously funky effects to a few pictures here and there. But, good wedding photography incorporates post-production in the same way a good wedding make-up artist plies their trade (ie) even if there is a lot of make-up, it’s subtle and tasteful.

    Of course, subtlety and taste are subjective. So, when it comes to selecting the best wedding photography one needs to look carefully/closely at the photographer’s work to evaluate their use of effects after the fact.

    For example, many wedding photographers will do some skin smoothening, especially for the couple shots. This is one of those effects that if overdone looks awful – like the front covers of some magazines that have been over-airbrushed so the subject looks plasticky. Conversely, just the right amount of this effect will nicely enhance the subject. The goal is for the subject to look like the best version of themselves without crossing the line into looking like a mannequin.

    Meanwhile, skin smoothening is just one of many effects that can be utilized to varying degrees to either fix an image or improve it. Other effects that are employed may seem like a good idea at the time but they end up being passing fads that do not stand the test of time – like bad fashion from the 80s. The difference is that bad fashion often makes a comeback, which is almost always not the case with tasteless/misguided post-production.

    The best wedding photographers employ post-production software to produce images that stand out in all the right ways. Make sure your wedding photography is on the right side of the sometimes fine line.

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    Horror Rap On Film Shockumentary And Other Icp Videos

    Horror rap, by its very definition, is not for the faint of heart. How many music fans could honestly say theyd prefer to be scared while listening to music rather than enjoy it sonically? Juggalos will argue the case that they can do both, which may seem absurd at first, but the claim can be legitimized thanks to an early Insane Clown Posse movie, Shockumentary.

    Shockumentary rhymes with documentary for a reason its a documentary of the rise of ICP in the early 90s. This Insane Clown Posse movie does not have a plot or anyone acting in it. If thats what youre looking for, then this writer would recommend the Insane Clown Posse movies Big Money Rustlas and Big Money Hustlas (both with plenty of Psychopathic Records artists cameos).

    Instead, the ICP video Shockumentary is an ICP video depiction of the fans and horror rap movement of the time. Rarely has any Insane Clown Posse movie, or any other musician documentary thats not an Insane Clown Posse movie, provided such a candid insight into the behind the scenes life of some of musics biggest stars.

    In fact, most viewers might be surprised that Shockumentary was an Insane Clown Posse movie intended to market the band to those who had never heard of them. I say that because much of the video focuses on parents disapproval of their children listening to the groups horror rap music and message, but then again, this exact point is the reason why the group blew up to begin with. Kids love to do anything their parents hate!

    Shockumentary was so successful that it helped boost the sale of ICP albums from 17,000 a week to 50,000 a week. One of the reasons Shockumentary was such a success, aside from the reasons listed above, is for the fact that it was aired on MTV for its release.

    Now remember, MTV may not be very influential any more, but in the late 90s it was dominant. Getting exposure on MTV for anything was bound to skyrocket your career. Even if youre the Insane Clown Posse and youre demographic is nothing like the demographic that watches MTV. How many one-time haters were converted once they saw the Insane Clown Posse movie Shockumentary or any other ICP video on MTV? Probably many.

    What else has MTV done for the career of ICP? Most obviously, theyve featured a number of ICP videos (music videos, the kind that are traditionally intended to market albums) back in the day when MTV still played videos. Some of the most popular ICP videos are living on YouTube today, first and foremost being Miracles and Hokus Pokus. What was your favorite ICP video? Did you ever watch it on MTV? Where else do Juggalos watch ICP videos?

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    Dont Let Night Time Terrors Become a Real Horror Night Wristbands for Events & Amusement Parks

    As day becomes night, the dead become alive, vampires rise, and the boogie monster comes out of his closet. Amusement parks are no longer reserved for summer sun, most are hosts to the haunted and they become thrill and fright festivals.

    With Halloween just around the corner, amusement parks have extended their parks for haunted events, horror nights, and fright festivals. The entire park may not be part of the Halloween fun, but customers will still have a thrill.

    For Halloween attractions, large crowds can be difficult to keep track of. A rising trend for amusement parks is the use of wristbands. For special attractions, managers can create custom, Halloween wristbands for their customers to keep track of who can and cant enter. For special rides or holiday attractions that require an extra cost, park owners can use wristbands for those as well. That way, employees can see who is allowed admittance easily which will reduce wait times.

    Some great ideas for wristband designs can be the parks Halloween theme printed on the wristbands in different colors. This can also be seen as a marketing opportunity. For example, if a group of people are wearing the wristbands from their night out at your amusement park and continued to wear them, this could attract attention and curiosity.

    During Holiday season, especially Halloween, most people will come in costumes. So for larger groups and families, the probability of losing even just one person is increased. With the use of wristbands, chaperones and/or parents can easily see who is in their group and can keep track to make sure no one gets left behind. Amusement parks can utilize specific color codes for each different group. Group wristbands can be used for easy identification for school groups, corporate groups and organizations.

    To prevent people trying to sneak into amusement parks without paying, park managers can get high security admission wristbands. These security wristbands have a special snap lock that can only be taken off with scissors. That way, people cant slip the wrist bands off to transfer to another person.

    Whether it is for security or organization, wristbands are a cheap and easy way to improve the efficiency of your amusement park. Wristbands can contribute to reducing wait times, keeping track of your customers, aid larger groups and much more.

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    Process Involved in CG Animation

    Computer graphic (CG) animation refers to the process of animating or creating an illusion of movement of computer generated imagery and graphics with the help of various software applications. CG animation has evolved considerably in the modern times. Nowadays, 3D CG animation is widely used in almost all the industries; though 2D CG animation is not obsolete.

    In this modern time, CG animation is not only used in movies and television programs, but also in short films and commercial advertisements. Moreover, it is also used in various other industries such as architectural industry, automobile industry, video games, space application, scientific research, etc.

    Computer animation is a tough task and involves many processes before getting the final animated product. CG animation includes:

    1.Rough Sketches – a series of rough sketches are drawn from a vague description of a character, model and background environment. 2.Finalising Art – from the series of rough sketches, a character, model or / and background environment is finalised. Then the artist creates an illustrative art of the character and the world filling in with visual details like colours of landscape, characters, etc.

    3.Convert 2D art into 3D – the final two dimensional arts is fed into the computer software applications and transformed into three dimensional models. Then after the transformation, models are given hinges or Avars that will be used by animator to make the character or object move.

    4.Actual Animation – a 3D model of a character or an object are choreographed into pre defined movement using various computer graphic animation software applications such as 3dmax, Maya, cinema 4D, Mudbox, Zbrush, etc. This software application creates in between frames that can be adjusted by an animator as necessary.

    5.Shading Set and Characters – shader refers to the process of adding colours and textures to the character and sets. With the help of shader software application, customized effects can be applied to the characters or sets such as shining effects, blur effects, etc. 6.Digital Lighting – a digital lighting creates the same effect as real stage lighting. Digital lighting highlights the mood and emotions of the character.

    7.Rendering – rendering refers to the processing of all the information of the file that makes up 3D model, colours, sets, digital lighting, etc. into a single frame of animation.

    8.Quality Check – after the rendering is done, the animation is almost complete. The only thing remaining is the quality check for glitches if any.

    CG animation is a creative process. It takes considerable time to complete an entire project, but once it is done, it will have a mesmerising viewing experience for the viewer.

    Author Bio: Imaginar offers 3d animation, 3d illustration, cg animation, cgi illustration service in London UK. We are a unique group of professional CG artists, who have joined together from around the world to offer various CG animation services. For more information, visit us at

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    Solar Chargers For Photography

    Are you in search of for portable power for photography that are new, powerful & works in many outdoor conditions? I will present to you with some quality impressive solar kits that photographers as well as outdoor adventurers are using to stay powered up.

    From my experience, some of the concerns that I have come across while taking pictures in nature is either weather, fog in the lense, enough room on my SD flashcard and power. After I have taken so many shots like hundreds if not thousands my camera starts to die and you know that each time you have to check the images, and sort through them, it takes up power. That is one reason that solar power chargers that I will mention below are super for photographers.

    First of all, anything solar powered is a brilliant and sound investment as long as proper research is done and the solar chargers purchased have good specifications like charge times and the assurance of not damaging our electronics. Another goodcharacteristic to remember is if the solar panel chargers that we purchase can still charge in somewhat cloudy weather and that they are lightweight. I have enough weight as it is and I would not like to bring more weight if I can avoid it. The first portable solar battery charger I will advise with are for those photographers who sit in nature. They are the ones that observe birds, eagles and other wildlife and they need to avoid moving often or they won’t be able to get a good shot.

    The Solar 2 Go Solar Charging Kit is one I recommend for a couple reasons. First it comes with your choice of either a 5, 10 or 20 watt portable solar panel which is mono-crystalline, 300 watt inverter(which is optional in case you have your own inverter), a 12 volt battery, solar charge controller, a LED lighting strip and a carrying bag. This entire set weights less than 12 lbs and the charge time is an average of 2-8 hours of head-on sunlight. It also has a stand for the panel so you don’t have to hold it. Having that kind of profession is sometimes very relaxing and a perfect way to reduce stress as you sort of become one with nature. But one of the problems that come up is power, but not anymore as this solar kit work well in all outdoor conditions. Of course you do not want be foolish and leave it in the rain for the same reason that you don’t leave your windows down when its raining. I think that really brings this solar panel into play is the producer, Interplex Solar. A company who has been in the solar industry since 1986 and have made solar products for some time now. Knowing this can help reduce the stress that sometimes comes up when consumers want to try new products, they want to make sure that they actually work. A company like this has been making consumers happy for over 20 years. If you’re sitting in your area waiting on the wildlife and that is your primary reason for doing photography it would make sense to reduce the cost of the solar kit and instead of paying 600 dollars, this Solar 2 Go Kit costs with the 300 watt inverter is $299.

    For those adventurers and photographers who are on the go, need different angles and several battery packs then this next portable solar kit will be very important to you. The Sherpa 120 Explorer Kit is a powerful portable solar charger that has an a 27 watt solar panel and an included 100 watt inverter which is upgradeable and a 120 watt battery pack. This is chosen for those who change out batteries on a regular and are in the outdoors. Because it has so much power you can also charge your laptops and other useful photography equipment. This is excellent for those who need to upload images in order to free up space on their SD cards. If your a traveler then you know that if you want to stay on the go, having solar power kits for your cameras as well as other needs would be a perfect fit. This solar panel can fold up, the inverter and battery will fit into your bag without hassle and you can move freely. There is a charge controller but it is referred to as Smart Technology which controls the power and keeps it from over charging your devices. The solar panel is a mono-crystalline that has eight panels and is 27 watts. The charge time is 1-6 hours depending on the device and weights about 10.5 lbs This particular solar kit is perfect for outdoor adventurers, campers, survivalists as well as photographers. With 120 watts of portable power, 27 watt solar panel and an inverter, this is truly a powerful multipurpse solar battery charger. The prices are going up and down in this market and the plans for them are to go up as the demand is increasing because everyone has mobile gadgets, cameras and laptops. Currently they go for $699 dollars.

    As you already know there are hectic situations that may before us and it is smart to prepare now even if we know that it might be a long time until anything happens. That is one reason that I also recommend solar power, because you can still use it for our careers, passion and fun but also be prepared in case of those unforeseen situations. When you purchase solar power chargers, you are not just buying solar energy but you are buying the assurance of safety for your family, power for your homes when there are outages all the while you are pursuing and moving forward with your true passion, photography!

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    Essentials Of Event Photography And An Event Photographer

    Can anyone exactly define good event photography? Well, everyone believes that a perfect event photograph should cover up the entire occasion within a single frame. Of course, when it comes to good event photography, its a false belief that a given photo must be a representative of the entire event condensed down to a few well-framed shots. But the real process is quite equal and opposite. The secret of successful event photographs is to mislead the viewer into by portraying a few highly manipulated sensational moments reflect the larger context by pleasing the eye with consciously undetectable illusion.

    Well, we all know the duty of an event photographer but the essential qualities? Certainly most of them wont be much aware about the things to be noted while hiring an event photographer. You need to look on the versatility of their shooting style, communication skills and motivational level of an event photographer. Motivation cannot be restricted as just the willingness to do a job rather finding a way to appreciate to bring the best out of it. Of course these should be the must have qualities of a good event photographer because you do not want to have someone who is inert and sitting around simply missing all the good pictures they could be capturing. Spending over time is one of the best and proven ways to build up your skills in event photography.

    Every event photographer has their own style and angles to shoot an event. Generally, there are two extreme styles followed by most of the event photographers. Traditional style and Wild styles are the two style sides of event photography. The Photos of the bride and groom, and the wedding party are the best examples of traditional style of event photography. Wild styles can be any ranging from terribly serious pictures to absolutely funny snaps or may be the blend of both. Events do not include weddings alone. It can be any from parades, sporting events, award ceremonies, corporate functions and black-tie galas to political rallies, product-release parties, and anniversary celebrations and so on. While shooting celebrations like Christmas parties and other holiday celebrations, change the focus of the photos frequently depending upon the mood and the lightings. Try to avoid sticking to a particular angle. Make the Christmas tree as the main subjects of all photographs. Shoot some photos from unusual angles for a different look. Always make yourself comfortable with the photographer which is the very essential thing needed to capture the precious moments. Being tensed spoils the entire mood of the function and so your photographs.

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    Models And Task Capabilities Of Monarch Label Guns

    There is a wide variety of Monarch label guns on the market today, and an even wider variety of labels made for these devices. Those looking to replace their older Monarch Paxar labelers should be aware that the company is now owned by Avery-Dennison, fortunately the products remain as reliable as ever. There are four basic types of Monarch label guns, and several models of each type. The biggest differences between models are the number of printable positions, and the amount of labels each gun can print before reloading.

    Simple One-Line Label Guns

    The simplest pricing guns print on a single line. The most basic Monarch Paxar label gun is the Model 1110, which offers six standard print positions. The Model 1110 allows the user to choose numbers, currency signs, and other standard pricing symbols. Some Model 1110 label guns can be customized with up to eight positions. This is one of the lightest labelers available, at 270g when loaded with a fresh roll of 1063 labels. The Monarch Model 1130 label gun prints in six positions like the Model 1110, but holds a larger roll of labels and more ink. The similar Model 1131 label gun also holds a roll of 2,500 labels, but offers eight printing positions. Both of these labelers are much heavier than the Model 1110, at over 400g each.

    Two-Lines, More Information

    There are five different Monarch Label Guns capable of printing two lines of information. These tend to be heavier than the one-line models, but allow more information per line. Models 1136 and 1115 print two lines with eight positions each, Model 1135 prints two lines with six positions, 1142 prints ten, and Model 1155 offers the greatest number of positions with twelve per line. The Monarch 1135 is the lightest of the two-line labelers, while the 1155 prints on the largest labels and offers the most printing options.

    Three-Line Labelers and Special Labels

    There are only two Monarch labelers capable of printing three lines of information on a single label. Model 1153 is very similar to the 1155 two-line label gun but offers three lines of print with twelve positions. Monarch Model 1158 is specifically designed to print on special two-layer labels. These are intended to be peeled off at purchase and can then be stuck in an inventory book for easy record-keeping.

    Eye-Catching Promotional Tags

    Avery-Dennison offers five different Monarch labelers capable of printing on large tags intended to draw attention to sales and special pricing. While the rest of the product line only prints characters up to 5mm in height, these pricing guns print characters up to 8mm in bold fonts. Model 1138 prints five positions on colorful tags in unusual shapes, Model 1156 is very similar but instead offers seven printing positions. The Monarch 1151 and 1152 each print on very large tags in up to 12 positions. Monarch Sure-Sell labelers prints a selection of attention-grabbing words instead of numbers, and Model 1159 is designed to use pre-printed labels.

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    Highlighting Winter 2013 Atlanta Symphony Concerts

    The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, under the musical direction of Robert Spano, has a full winter season of concerts planned. The symphony is one of the leading orchestras in the South. They perform in the Woodruff Arts Center in midtown Atlanta. Single ticket prices range from $23-$75, depending on seating level. Here are some of the highlights of the 2013 winter season.

    The symphony will start the New Year with a world premier work commissioned by the Atlanta Symphony. On January 10-12 Laura Ardan, principal clarinetist for the Atlanta Symphony, will perform composer Michael Gandolfis The Nature of Light, a work for clarinet and string orchestra. Gandolfis previous works have been performed by leading orchestras including the Boston Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. The program will also feature Rimsky-Korsakovs Scheherazade and Prokofievs Piano Concerto No. 5, with guest pianist Juho Pohjonen. A sought after performer all over the world, Pohjonen is one of the brightest young talents from Finland.

    On January 24 and 26, the symphony will present Gluzmans Bruch and the Scottish. The evening will begin with the Overture from Euryanthe, a German romantic opera by Weber. Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman will be the featured soloist for Violin Concerto in G minor by Max Bruch. Gluzman regularly appears as a soloist with symphonies around the world, including the Chicago Symphony, the London Philharmonic, and the Munich Philharmonic. He plays a Stradivari violin on extended loan to him through the Stradivari Society of Chicago. The program will conclude with Mendelssohns Symphony No. 3, Scottish. Guest conductor will be Kazushi Ono, Music Director of La Monnaie, the Royal Opera House of Belgium.

    Xian Zhang, Music Director of Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, will be the guest conductor on February 7, 8, and 10. The program will feature two works by Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet Overture Fantasy and Symphony No. 2. The symphony, known as Little Russian was inspired by three Ukrainian folk songs. Guest artist Milos Karadoglic, classical guitarist from Montenegro, will be featured in Rodrigos Concerto de Aranjuez.

    On February 21-23 the Atlanta Symphony will perform Overture to La Forza del Destino, Verdis opera. Guest pianist Olli Mustonen will be featured in Respighis Piano Concerto. The program will also include Symphony No. 2 by Brahms. Alexandra Arrieche will be the guest conductor.
    The Woodruff Arts Center is located at 1280 Peachtree Street NE. Parking is available in the Woodruff Arts Center garage. The Arts Center MARTA Station is located adjacent to the Woodruff Arts Center.

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    Photography in Harrisonburg VA

    Photographs most possible will not be acquired that are only taken with a basic digital camera, therefore it is extremely necessary that you have high-high quality products, simply because superior high quality devices produces greater excellent photographs.

    To find out additional information on how to be a thriving freelance photographer, search the internet, as there are many website that are certain to present you with a good deal of ideas. Also, advertise in your nearby newspaper if you would like to appeal to buyers. With the correct study, you are convinced to make a excellent freelance photography status.us.

    Photography is a vast earth. There are quite a few unique forms of photography and lots of diverse types of persons that appreciate it. It’s a pastime that be somewhat inexpensive or a person that you can make investments a good deal of cash on. Images are so particular simply because they give us recollections of instances and places and activities in our lives. We can maintain onto these memories forever with a photograph.

    As very much as persons really like images, many individuals really like taking them even more. Regardless of whether it’s a mother who normally requires pics at every of her children’s moments in everyday living (to begin with smile, initially step, first spaghetti meal) or possibly it’s the father who never forgets his camera for a football or basketball game, or possibly it’s the young woman who loves nature hikes with her digital camera these persons are not exceptions. They all have an eye for these particular moments and they all enjoy the camera’s ability to capture that second and freeze it in time forever.

    – What is Freelance Photography?

    What if you really like photography so a lot you wish you could do it for a dwelling? I necessarily mean, you in fact get paid for your photographs! But you work solely for your self, offering every single photograph or sequence of photos individually. You don’t have a boss. You do the job sometimes on assignment and you may sell to magazines. That is freelance photography.

    Freelance photography may be your complete career or it could commence out as some thing you do in your spare time but begin creating cash from it. It’s just like freelance writing in this feeling that a lot of individuals turn it into a vocation and delight in the freedom of functioning effectively for on their own on their own time and creating money performing anything they enjoy undertaking anyway.

    – How to Develop a Portfolio

    To start off finding jobs as a freelance photographer, you want a portfolio. A portfolio will exhibit samples of your work. Even if you have certainly not had photographs published or publicly shown, you can start out a portfolio of your most effective work and then add onto it if you win photography contests or commence receiving compensated work.

    – How to Get Employment

    As we brought up, creating a portfolio is the first phase in submitting your operate for shell out but when it arrives suitable down to it, it’s the excellent of the picture that will decide if you get paid for it. Some people have much more of a organic expertise for taking good photographs than other individuals but it is a skill that any person can discover. There are educational institutions committed to the artwork of photography and you can even get a degree in it.

    Mike Miriello is a professional photographer located in Harrisonburg, VA – he currently serves the Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Staunton, and Waynesboro areas. Whether Mike is shooting a wedding, family portrait, senior portrait, or covering an event, his primary focus is telling the story through pictures.