Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Videography: 4 Accessories to Go Along Your DSLR

More and more people want video footage in their events, not just still photos. If you’re still a budding photographer, then you need these 4 accessories to step up your videography game to get ahead of the curve.

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 1. Stabilizers Tripods. They’re so important in taking video footage. Too many beginners think that it’s cool to shoot your videos handheld. Unless you’re filming a Bourne film, get a tripod to stabilize your footage. 

Computers and storage High resolution videos will eat up a lot of storage. Get as many as you can. With regards to computers, it all depends on which platform you are comfortable using. You either use a Mac or a Windows. But for beginners, a MacBook Pro laptop is the easiest to use. 

Sound Maybe you were used to just shooting still photos, so you wouldn’t think about sound. But in videography, the sound is as important as the visuals. A high-quality video footage will be easily undervalued if it’s coupled with a poor sound quality. Setting up a high quality wireless mic is the easiest setup. 

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Hi, I’m Heather Weber. I’m a college student from Portland Oregon. I wanted to work for Merril Lynch someday. I like making short videos and upload them on YouTube. Visit my Facebook page to know more.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Fill 'em Up: Foods that Serve as Fuel for Runners

Ask different experts or coaches what food you should eat before running, and, chances are, you would be advised with a wide range of food choices. The truth is, no single diet will work for every runner and situation. It depends on how the body reacts to the different types of food, the intensity of the workout, the amount of time before the run, and others.

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There are some food choices, though, that have proven to be beneficial to runners, such as the following:
Wild salmon
The typical American diet substantially lacks the right amount of omega-3 essential fatty acids. These fats boost one’s cardiovascular health, making the blood vessels more elastic and increasing the amount of blood pumped by the heart in every contraction. Wild salmon is one of the best and safest sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
This member of the cabbage family is considered one of the best vegetables for optimal health. Not only does it contain high levels of vitamins and minerals advantageous to runners, including vitamins A, B6, C, and K, iron, and calcium, it also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can reduce the risk of muscle damage.
Some recipes include both wild salmon and kale, be sure to check them out.

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Considered by many runners as among the best pre-workout foods, a large piece of banana contains sufficient amount of carbohydrates, protein, and potassium – and no fat. It is also easier to pack and consume than other types of food.
Portland, Oregon-based Heather Weber here. I am currently in college, and I eventually want to work in Merrill Lynch. I am a huge advocate of proper diet and exercise, which you can read more about on Facebook.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Vlog Like a Pro With These Must-Have Tools

If you want to be the next trending YouTuber, you gotta learn the ropes in vlogging. While technique and charisma are indispensable in this emerging industry, it is also important to have equipment that will make your content stand out. If you’re planning on improving your videos, here are some tools worth investing in:

A camera that produces high-quality videos.

Whether you’re planning on using a DSLR, a point-and-shoot, or a smartphone, it’s important to choose a camera that will capture the images and even the sound clearly so you can tell your story or present your tutorial effectively. If a DSLR is out of the budget, you can opt for a smartphone for now. Later models are good enough for online videos.

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Vloggers are resourceful individuals. Some of them use simple ring lights to adorn their studios while others invest in ring lights and pro lamps. Whether the backdrop is your office, living room, or bedroom, keeping it well-lighted is a must. As the saying goes, “everyone is beautiful with the right lighting.” Put some effort into the lighting and you’ll quickly notice the difference.


Most cameras have a built-in microphone. However, sometimes it’s not enough to capture what you’re saying clearly. When your viewers are listening through their headphones or speakers, sometimes the sound comes out muffled. Investing in a microphone will help them clearly understand what’s going on in your vlog especially when something interesting is happening.

Editing software.

There are lots of video editing software for handheld devices and laptops. Before you choose which one, familiarize yourself with how the different programs work. There are great applications that work best with Mac and PC users. If you find yourself working faster with a particular program, be sure to learn all the tricks until you master it.

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Ready to vlog? With these essentials, I’m sure you’ll come up with something people would love to watch. But don’t do it for the money just yet. Learn to love the craft and the other perks will follow.

Hi there! My name is Heather Weber and I’m a student from Portland, Oregon who eventually wants to work for Merrill Lynch. I am also into creating short content for YouTube. For updates, follow this blog.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Turn Your Idea Into a Viral Youtube Video

Creating online content for the Internet isn’t always easy. Going viral is another feat altogether. On a video-sharing platform like YouTube, there are lots of great videos that deserve millions of views while there are less than stellar ones that have already reached infamy. How can creators like us turn ideas into something the world will watch?

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First, it’s all about the quality. When you have good material, like a really inspiring story for a short film, you have to bring it to life through the video quality, acting, and all other technical aspects. This doesn’t necessarily mean spending thousands of dollars. It’s more about crafting your content with great care that will make people see and understand your message.

Next, think about your audiences. Will they understand what you’re putting out there? Do you think they’ll be able to last through the entire video? Viral videos have reached their status because audiences have found something that they can share with others. Whether it’s a funny line or an interesting cover of a song, you have to do something that will make them press that share button for the rest of their network to see.
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One of the coolest things about YouTube is that you’re the one who controls your content. It’s a playground for creators. After setting up your channel, feel free to explore your talents. Experiment with your shots and editing. Don’t stop until your videos reach a wide audience.

Hello there fellow netizen! My name is Heather Weber and I’m a student from Portland, Oregon who eventually wants to work for Merrill Lynch. I am also interested in producing short films for YouTube. Follow this blog for updates.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Take note of these injury prevention tips when running

Running is a sport you can practice with little equipment. The exercise is great for those who want to start their fitness regime but are unsure how to begin. Done correctly and diligently, running can shed those unwanted pounds and build physical resistance and strength. This does not mean that there are no risks to running. Take note of these tips to prevent common running injuries.

Stretch: This is the most important tip runners should remember. Even a fit athlete can pull a muscle or tear a nerve if they do not properly stretch. These pre-running exercises make muscles pliant and better able to handle the strain of the bouncing and repetitive motion.

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Adding strength: It can appear as a chicken-or-egg dilemma but runners need to ensure that their bodies are strong enough to run. Strong muscles and ligaments protect against injury but improving form and leading to a consistent gait. Remember that running places pressure on one’s knees. This area in particular is prone to injury especially among obese runners. However, steady running - even if the speed is slow at first - helps remove excess weight which improves health. Runners are encouraged to supplement their activities with strength-building exercises.

Improve form: Do not gauge your running ability through speed. What is more important is form. There is a lot of controversy around this. Some runners believe that there is a right technique for running; others believe that each individual has their own way of running. Regardless of how one feels about running form, you should never feel pain or pressure when doing the activity. Legs should move in a smooth manner.

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For novice, it is best to start with a running buddy or mentor. This person should be able to guide you gain confidence in your running.

Heather Weber loves to run. She is a student from Portland, Oregon who eventually wants to work for Merrill Lynch. Learn more when you follow this blog.

Friday, December 30, 2016

The weight loss formula: The meek palate and the agile feet

Everybody wants the “ideal” body weight. Apart from looking better, losing weight can keep certain diseases away such as hypertension and atherosclerosis. But to lose weight, exercising is a must.

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For most people, their go to work out if they want to lose weight would be jogging or running. Running is fine and all, but everyone who is partaking in the workout needs to know that to lose weight more effectively, there is more to it than making the feet more agile. A healthy diet plays a crucial role as well. 

When people lose weight, it means that their calorie expenditure is greater than their intake. This is where dieting comes in. Since carbohydrates have the most calories due to their high glucose content, runners need to avoid them. Instead, they should opt for more proteins such as meat. Fruits and vegetables are also a staple in weight management. There are numerous calorie calculators online for a more comprehensive guide on how much calorie should be taken in so that the basic energy needs of the body won’t be neglected. 

Apart from dieting, strength training will also hasten the weight loss process. When muscles are put to work, they use stored energy. The bigger the muscles, the more energy they consume. This will also improve the metabolism of the body. So incorporating strength training into the plan will help greatly as well.  

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As a health buff myself, I put significant attention on my physical activities and the things that get into my tummy. For more fitness tips, follow me, Heather Weber, on Facebook.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

‘Tis The Season: Nutrition Tips To Avoid Weight Gain During The Holiday

The year is almost over, and that means a whole lot of holiday eating. Typically, the last few months are when people gain more than a few pounds due to parties, feasts, and events that occur around this time. Nutritionists say that people gain an average of one pound mid-November to mid-January. This does not seem a lot until one realizes that people don’t lose the weight they gain over the holidays and is a major reason for yearly weight gain. Here are some nutrition tips to remember:

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Watch portion sizes: Holiday binge-eating is common, particularly because plates become bigger and the amount of food available increases. One should watch their portion sizes carefully. It is okay to indulge once in a while, but remember that you don’t have to finish what is on the plate. If you feel adamant about cleaning off plates, remember to use a smaller plate and only have one serving.

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Smart snacking: Christmas cookies and other goodies become readily available during this time. It is usual for many people to munch on these snacks, even if they’re not hungry. This is also because the holiday season means people do not have so much work to do. The extra time causes people to become bored and eat to fill in the time. One must also be very careful about snacking while in front of the television.

Sleep: One of the reasons for weight gain is sleep deprivation. Parties can last until the early morning hours, with people going to work the very next day with only a few hours of rest. This lack is compensated with excessive amounts of eating. Additionally, sleep deprivation changes hormone levels, which lead to higher caloric intake.

Remember that just because it’s the holidays is not an excuse for unjustified eating. One must still be mindful about what they place in their bodies.

Heather Weber is a college student from Portland, Oregon, who dreams of working at Merrill Lynch after graduation. Aside from her passion for her studies, she is also a staunch advocate of healthy eating. More articles on proper nutrition and diet can be accessed on this Facebook page.