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For quite some time, I have been a seller on a rapidly expanding and incredibly popular website called Fiverr. And while I love the site, it does limit the number of services an individual can provide. That being the case, You can now find more services being offered though a similar site called Fiverup.com.

These currently include the following options:

  1. App creation
  2. Spot color effects
  3. Formatting e-books
  4. Editing .pdf files
  5. Blog ads
  6. Product reviews
  7. Removing glare from pet eye photos
  8. Animated .gifs

 

If you even causally follow entertainment news, you will almost undoubtedly have heard about the three covers of this years Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. And, whether you are a fan or not, there is one thing that is indisputable. This issue made history.

Let’s start of by saying that three are essentially three things that mean a female model (and a photographer) has reached the pinnacle of success in their career. If you are a runway model or photographer or one who works in the fashion clothing modeling, it doesn’t get bigger than working for Victoria Secret. If you are in the glamour genre, no matter how you may or may not feel about it, Playboy is tops. And finally, if you’re a swimsuit model, you know you’re reached the top when you appear in the pages of the SI Swimsuit Issue.

So, in case you haven’t heard, the 2016 edition has for the first time featured three covers each featuring a different model. That in itself is new but even more importantly on both an artistic and social level these covers include:

  1. The first plus-size cover model (Ashley Graham)
  2. The first athlete primarily rather than model (Ronda Rousey)

The third cover is of your classic beauty and traditional model Hailey Clauson.

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The editor of the issue MJ Day explained it like this –

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Guest post by Amy Oestreicher

I’ll be taking my own story to Boston College next week to show students that a detour is not a dead end.  Somehow I’ve managed to cram more surgeries than I can count into a one-woman autobiographical musical, a presentation on mental health, and a takeaway that difficulties can truly make you stronger.  Ten years of uncertainty and setbacks were frustrating and difficult, but the lessons I learned from that beautiful detour – yes, you heard that right – are truly immeasurable.

Managing Difficult Thoughts on a…”Detour”

A Detour: You’re on a road, and you have to make an unexpected turn.  Sounds like life, right?

I’m the only person in the world that feels this hopeless. 

How can things ever get better?

 I must be crazy.

I feel so alone.

These thoughts raced through my head for years.

When Life Takes A Detour…

These were thoughts I had when my “thought-out” life took a detour.

What’s a detour?

A detour is a curve in the road, a bump in a path, a big sign in the middle of your trip that says sorry, you have to go THAT way.

Nobody expects a detour to happen in life. Its what happens when we think we have things planned and all figured out, and then we’re thrown a curveball.
Believe me, I didn’t expect to be in a coma my senior year of high school.

It’s a mouthful, I know.  That was my detour. I thought that in just a few months my path would lead right to college.

The most important thing I learned about a detour?  You can still live a happy, healthy fulfilling life.  I even got to college – at 25!

But the great part about a “detour”?  You get to travel a route you never would have expected.  The road may be tough, long, winding, and seemingly out of the way, but what I finally realized is, it’s the twists and turns in life that ultimately make us who we are.

Now that I’m also in my third year of college, I’ve realized that physical and mental health issues are things we all think about, even if we don’t label what we experience as an “illness”.

We all need to learn how to cope when life doesn’t go like we expect it to. We all could use a few tips on learning how to love who we are.  We all have detours in our lives, and we become empowered when we trust that we can travel those detours and come out okay – even better! This “detour” in my path has turned into the richest time of my life and I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. That’s why I call it my “beautiful detour.”

The Secret to Finding Your Way on a Detour…

Sharing your story.

Seriously.

Gutless & Grateful, the honest one-woman musical story of my life, shows the great and not so great aspects of a “detour” in life.  How I traveled my “detour” was by trial and error – and it still is.  But what I realized is that when I finally spoke up ,asked for help when I needed it, and shared my story, I was finally able to heal and move on from it.  Gutless & Grateful is the story of how I became a Detourist.

Sharing Our Detours

Why am I sharing my detour? It takes “guts” to talk – and sing – about my sexual abuse ,my anger, my guilt, how I lost hope in things ever getting better.  But I share to show that things DO get better with patience, trust and resilience.

I share to give courage and a sense of belonging to people who are struggling with all kinds of mental health or physical challenges, but also to help build a campus that gives everyone the kind of awareness and generosity of spirit that makes that world a better place. If we all share our “detours”, we see that our detours are not detours at all.  Every road leads somewhere – we just need to hang in long enough to catch the flowers along the way. The more we share our detours, the more we realize we’re not alone. 

How Will You Share Yours?

Just talk.  Share.  Sing a song, do a dance – or if you’re not a theatre ham like me, draw a picture, journal or tell a friend.  Heck, post it on Facebook.  (But careful with the oversharing.) Your story – your detour –  is worth sharing  You never know if someone else is struggling with a very similar detour – or at least feeling the same kind of uncertainty when a path doesn’t go as you expect.

“Life may be nothing but a series of detours.” 
– Marty Rubin

My detour is taking me to Boston College 2/29.  From there, well, the beauty of a detour is you don’t where it may lead.

Just remember to:

  1. Show up.
  2. Trust that you are capable.
  3. Be curious to see where the detour may lead.

Detours lead to new, unexpected and amazing opportunities.

What will you find on your detour today?

All artwork was created by Amy to take care of her own mental health. Learn about her mental health advocacy programs, her art giveaways for students, and find out how to take part in the #LoveMyDetour movement, striving to create compassion through stories.

 

 

 

Image Converting

There are a ton of different file types out there when it comes to images and photos. Some that you might know are .jpeg, .gif, .tiff, .raw and more.

If for some reason you want to, or have the need to, convert images from one format to another, maybe due to file type restriction on social media, file size issues or something else, this handy little site can help you.

Online-covert.com

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It may seem pretty apparent that in photography, just like any art that is meant to appeal to our sense of vision, the use of angles can be very important. But, while this notion might come across as obvious in some cases, there are number of ways to use angles that you may not have considered at this time.

Sure, making certain that the subject is positioned well to match the lighting that is available and noting that off-center images actaully tend to come across as more appealing are pretty common notions. But here are a couple that are a little less known if you will.

Tilted angles provide a new look

Not only do titled angles give a different and unique perspective but that can also produce greater levels of symmetry when your subject itself is somewhat tilted.  For example, a subject tilted to from left to right can be balanced out with an angle going from right to left.

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Shooting from above the subject

When working with people, especially women, shooting from above the subject brings out the softer and often more feminine features while minimizing those that are more harsh and rugged.

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Shooting from a low angle

This can have the exact opposite effect as the one mentioned above. So, if you want to bring out the tough or hard features, this is your best approach.

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Bearing Down (A Poem)

Newest poem entitled Bearing Down

The cold iron bearing down
Upon my tightening flesh
Presenting the subtle cracking echo
Of deteriorating ribs

Breath now growing heavy
Heart pounding as a hammer
A feeling unknown
To those who live in bliss

But for us here
And for us now
Each day we know the ache
That only this conveys

Pet Photography

Working with pets in photography can be quite a challenge.

In my opinion, one of the best approaches to take to this type of photography is to look at the subject as almost like working with a small child. Why? Well the obstacles you may face are often the same. Both children and pets move around a lot, have short attention spans and sometimes have difficult times when it comes to taking direction. Here are a few photography tips that might help.

Make sure you have a lot of light

If you have lots of light it will make it easier for you to shoot at a proper exposure level with a reasonable shutter speed. This will help to reduce blur if the pet moves quickly.

Use props

Having toys or something that can visually stimulate a pet or engage one of their other senses may help to keep the animal more focused which will help to make your job easier too.

Shoot fast and often

Because animals move frequently, shooting in burst mode or without attempting to adjust setting between shots will make in more likely that you will end up with some shots you like.

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My dog Cinny.

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