Happy Saturday, everyone! I hope your weekend is off to a splendid start. A weekend is a perfect opportunity to catch up on a TV show or read a good book.
I recently read #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, the owner and and founder of Nasty Gal, a multimillion dollar fashion company. By reading her book, I have learned so much, not only about female empowerment, but also a number of helpful life lessons.
1) Be assertive
I have always struggled with being assertive. It really is an important quality to acquire, and I am very jealous of those who possess this. In Amoruso's book, as a CEO of a multimillion dollar company, she has obviously had to fire people, be demanding and assertive. As she writes about her experiences,
2) Pay attention to the tiny details
As a photographer, she really made me realize that the tiniest things in an image can make or ruin your image. In #Girlboss, she write about how she posed the models and took pictures herself--hence she paid attention to the tiniest of details.
3) Stick to it
Perseverance is a crucial quality to have as a person. It is often easier said than done. I learned from #Girlboss that if you believe in it, you gotta stick to it.
4) Be confident, but not overconfident
I've learned that being a #Girlboss means you are positive and confident, but not too the point where you are cocky and arrogant.
5) You will fail
Failure is something that everyone will deal with in life. It is a horrible, but yet, a great thing to experience. You learn more through failure. Like many others, I knew this, but #Girlboss showed me how I can improve and learn.
#Girlboss makes the reader realize what potential she/he has. It is truly an inspiring and motivating book.
Manual photography is one of the main and best parts about DSLR photography. It is quite useful in many cases--whether you are doing night photography, portraits, closeups, etc. I have prepared a quick, easy guide for y'all who would like to learn about manual photography.
1) Shutter speed
Shutter speed is the speed at which the camera shutter is exposed to light. An example of a shutter speed value is "1/100", which means that the shutter is open for 1/100 of a second. The faster the speed, the less light the shutter will be exposed too. Furthermore, the comparison between the shutter speeds of "1/50" and "1/3200" is that 1/50 will create a lighter image and 1/3200 will produce a very dark one. For blog photographers, you would most likely want a lighter photo, so your shutter speed would be relatively low. To capture quicker actions with no blur, you would want a faster shutter speed. In order to still integrate light into that image, you would want to adjust the aperture,
Aperture is controlled by a hole in the camera lens. On your camera, you should see a value starting with the letter "f". That number is the aperture. The higher the aperture, the less light you are allowing your camera to take in. Similarly, if you would like to capture a lighter image, a conventional aperture is f5.6, but you could decrease the value if desired.
3) Manual focus
This step is complete optional. I have horrible eyesight, so I don't always use this function, unless I am filming or if I would like the camera to focus on something else entirely. To turn manual focus on, there should be a small switch on the side of your lens, usually with the letters, "M" and "A" (manual and automatic). This function is very optimal for filming.
4) ISO sensitivity
ISO sensitivity is a value which can be usually altered in your camera's settings. This number is the level of light that is exposed to your camera. The higher the number, the more light is exposed.
Go out there and do photography! Take risks, experiment, and play around with the settings of your camera. Practicing is the only way you will ever learn how to manually photograph.
I'm a high school student, so I'm still learning, but in the past couple weeks, I've realized a few things about AP classes that set them apart from other classes one might take in high school. Last school year, I was a freshman, so the only AP class available to me was AP Human Geography. This year, I'm taking AP European History and AP Computer Science.
1) DO: Take detailed notes.
Better said than done, but use multiple resources, besides your textbook. Sources can range from handy websites to other credible AP books.
2) DON'T: Throw papers from previous units away.
This might be the biggest mistake you can make when taking an AP class. All the worksheets, handouts, lectures, etc. will be super useful when studying for the awaited AP exam in May.
3) DO: Come prepared for class.
This is obviously a no-brainer, but when you enter the classroom with the right mindset, you will have the ability to soak in more information.
4) DON'T: Start reviewing two weeks before the AP test in May.
Instead, have mini review sessions throughout the school semester. If you start reviewing two weeks before the exam, you may not have enough
5) DO: Pre-read, pre-read, pre-read. Oh, did I say pre-read?
Pre-reading helps your mind PREpare (notice the emphazise on the "pre") for the topic. This is especially useful for history classes because it helps connect the past unit and the next unit together.
6) DON'T: Rely on your textbook
If you wish to get a higher score (4 or 5) on the AP exam, I would recommend purchasing AP exam study books. You can find these in almost any book store and online. Also, don't be afraid to Google something if you don't understand it. Remember, everyone who is taking the class in the nation might also be confused on something. There are PLENTY of resources online from other students and teachers.
7) DO: Try different studying methods.
Because it is the beginning of the year, there could not be a better time to explore different study methods. Examples include: flashcards (online or actual flash cards, typing your notes, reciting important details, etc.
Best of luck on your AP classes!
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