We had a great week of weather this week and we were sent some excellent photos from all around the country but we got a lot of photos from around the county Wicklow area so we decided to write a little post and put up some of the great photos that were sent in.
One of our friends Jenny sent us in some great pictures of the sugar loaf. The sugar loaf is a great day out and it’s so close to Dublin that we think it is still very much under used! There are actually some great areas to visit within an hour of Dublin such as Glendalough, Powerscourt , the sugar loaf (obviously!) and Avoca.
These pictures were taken on her iPhone 5 and the quality is really good. Although embarrassed to say it Jenny recently got a selfie stick and used that to get some of these pictures. We have been meaning to post about the selfie stick as it is the new trend in picture taking.
For those of you who live under a rock a selfie stick is an extendable stick that allows you to attach your camera or phone to the top via a clip. Most of them are bluetooth and come with a remote control which makes it easy to take pictures. I got one a few weeks ago and find it great. At first I thought it was just a bit of a fad but I find myself using it fairly often these days..much more than I would have thought!
For those of you who are interested they are about €20.00 so not going to break the bank by any means. I got mine from a UK website http://www.shopselfiestick.co.uk/and delivery took a few days but was free :).
Anyway that’s probably another posts work to be honest but said I would mention it here anyway. Enjoy the pics!
Most individuals are looking to add a little spice to their television usage. While you will find a limited selected of media players available to you, it may be challenging to find one that is suitable for your needs. Below you will discover why you should download the Kodi media player software, today. The kodi system is most popular on the relatively new product like the android tv box which as you know we are a big fan of as it acts as an all in one entertainment system.
One of the great benefits of the Kodi is it is customizable. You will find an assortment of third-party skins to select from, which will alter the entire appearance of the software to suit your preferences. There are also a variety of plug-ins that will openly allow the user to utilize and access many online streaming media services such as Crackle and YouTube.
While Kodi, which was formerly named XBMC, was compatible with the Xbox gaming console, it no longer offers this option. This is the reason for the name change, but it is important to note that this open-source media player has now been upgraded to Helix 15.0.
You can download the Kodi 15.0 version from the Google Play store, which is compatible with all Android devices. Once the download is complete, you will notice some minor changes across the platforms. The chapter selector window is definitely a great addition to the software, since it will allow you to flip through and choose chapters directly from MKVS.
I am not the most technical person when it comes to setting up new pieces of technology that come out, especially over the last few years but the new android TV boxes on the market and pretty straight forward to use. I have read that I am able to watch live TV, sports, movies and TV shows on demand and have been putting those claims to the test.
I read online that the minimum internet connection I needed was 3mbs and as far as I am aware I have about 25mbs so that should not be a problem. When I got the box I was surprised at how compact it was. I was expecting something similar to a UPC tv box or a sky box but instead it is smaller than my internet router that sits beside it. To get started all I had to do was plug it in and connect the TV to the android TV box via a cable.
The android tv box came with several apps that are needed including netflix which is always a great one to have but the subscription is still needed. I have also noticed that it is possible to cast from my android phone to the android tv box. Once setup you can download any android app just as if you were using your phone or tablet. I already had apple tv even though I am not really an apple guy and I guess that this is the android answer to the apple TV. Apple TV is a bit easier to use but you also have to pay for the movies as you watch them which is quite expensive. I will continue to play around on the TV box and see if I can figure out more tips and tricks.
We often hear horror stories of people hiring photographers and not being happy with them. Unfortunately anyone can call themselves a photographer but not anyone can be a professional photographer. It takes years of experience and a passion for the art.
Obviously there are several things to consider such as costs, time frame, availability and quality of past work. There are several associations for Irish photographers which can be helpful when hiring.
Some things to look out for when hiring a photographer:
1. Experience levels:
We understand that new photographers have to start somewhere but they should also be honest about their experience levels. Ask the photographer for past work and if they can’t produce any but claim they are experienced then alarm bells should be ringing. If they are honest and telling you they are only starting out then see if you can get them to send on some samples.
Obviously a very important point here. Pay peanuts and get monkeys so if a photographer is quoting way below the norm then something is wrong. Don’t shop on price alone but try to get the best deal you can.
3. Personality of the Photographer
Meet up with any potential photographers and talk about other things than just photography to see if you can build a rap ore with him/her. If you don’t get on with the photographer then move on to the next one.
4. Timeframe and Delivery
Get a clear time frame for delivery of the end product. A good photographer will be able to give you a more precise time frame for having your photos ready and may offer different options such as various framing.
Most photographers will take a percentage up front in order to guarantee the slot. Some will ask you to sign a contract which is a good thing in case they don’t turn up!
Some of these points might seem obvious but you would be surprised about the amount of horror stories we hear so use your common sense and follow the above :).