How To Sing
Singing is a skill that requires daily training to maintain the muscle memory that is required to perform well. A breath that expands the stomach, rib cage, and back area, will enable you to sing from the diaphragm and give power to your voice. To sing well, you need to practice breathing exercises daily. It is always a good idea that you sing with a piano scale to train your ears. With daily practice, you can become a great singer in no time. Practice makes perfect.
- Warm up your voice before singing. This is essential, because like any muscle in your body, your vocal chords need to stretch to avoid injury when you sing. To do so, you can do a lip roll exercise with piano scales or replace the song lyrics with the lip roll. When doing lip roll keep the jaw relaxed and lips closed and try to make a motor boat sound. When doing lip roll try to keep your stomach relaxed and don't push, just let the sound flow out.Find a voice teacher. Incorrect technique can ruin your singing voice. Investing in an experienced voice teacher is well worth the money. If your voice is weak, know that this is usually caused by under-developed muscles or improper use of the resonators (the pharynx, the mouth, and the nasal cavity). Muscles can be strengthened and with training you can learn how to use your resonators to project a powerful voice. Be careful in your choice of teacher -- there are some bad ones out there. Also, if you are a tenor, consider finding a teacher who is also a tenor, as the technique is somewhat different. If you cannot afford or do not want the dedication that comes with hiring a professional voice teacher, consider joining a local choir.
- Learn your vocal range. This is essential, as singing pieces written for the wrong range may strain your voice. The tone of your voice is much more important than range. People will love or hate your voice based on its sound character, not how many notes you can hit. Never sacrifice tone for range (stay inside your range). Your range can change over time and with maturity and training but vocal chords can not learn to physically change.
- Correct your posture. Stand tall with one foot slightly in front of the other one, feet shoulder width apart. This allows you to breathe easily and to allow maximum lung capacity to allow better notes and phrases. Stand up straight, shoulders back and down, floating over your torso. Make sure that your chest is high to give room for your lungs to expand and contract. Relax your jaw, relax your face.
- Breathe properly. The voice is best described as a wind instrument, because breathing is 80% of singing and proper singing begins and ends with proper breathing. Do not breathe up your chest - breathe in your stomach, so it will "expand" a little. While singing, your stomach should go in.
- Get to know your singing tools so that you are more familiar with how everything is supposed to feel and move.
- Touch the top of your collar bone. About a half of an inch below your finger is the top of your lungs.
- Find your nipple line. This is the place where your lungs expand the largest.
- Find your ribs. Your ribs move like bucket handles attached to your spine and your sternum. When you breathe in, they move upward and make your chest expand, when you breath out, they move downward and your chest decreases.
- Find the place right below your sternum where your rib cages meet. This is the bottom of your lungs and the housing of your diaphragm. The reason your stomach may pooch out when you breathe deeply is because your diaphragm is pushing down on everything below your rib cage, not because your lungs are in your stomach.
- Always warm up before you begin singing or doing practice exercises. You should always warm your voice up in this pattern: middle range, low range, then high range, then back to middle. You should spend at least 10 minutes on each range and do not stress your voice if you're frustrated and cannot hit a note. Warm back down or up to your comfortable range and then try again, carefully. Other things to practice:
- dynamics - Sing a comfortable pitch and start very softly, crescendo to loud then decrescendo back to soft. Do this with many different vowels and pitches. Dynamics are variations the intensity of your resonance (volume, but don't think about it that way). Even the simplest use of dynamics will make your songs come alive, and the more you practice, the louder and softer you'll be able to sing healthily. When reading music, from quietest to loudest, dynamics marks are as follows: pp (pianissimo, very quiet), p (piano, quiet), mp (mezzo piano, medium quiet), mf (mezzo forte, medium loud), f (forte, loud), ff (fortissimo, very loud). When you start out you will probably only be able to sing from mp to mf, but your range will increase with practice.
- agility - Try singing from do to sol to do really fast back and forth, trying to hit all of the notes. Do this in increments of half steps on different syllables. This will help your voice become more flexible.
- Pronounce your vowels correctly. Words are truly nothing but a constant succession of vowels with consonants dropped in occasionally to create meaning. So practice all your vowels at every pitch (high, low and in between). In English there are very few pure vowels. Normally, we will encounter diphthongs which are two or more vowel sounds elided together. In classical singing, the singer will sustain the note on the first vowel and then say the second on the way to the final consonant. In country, singers like to slide through the first vowel and elongate the second vowel on the sustained note. Where as: a classical signer would sing "Am[aaaaaaai]zing Gr[aaaaaai]ce" and a country singer would sing "Am[aiiiiiii]zing Gr[aiiiiii]ce". If you can, always sing the first vowel for as long as you can before letting the second vowel in. Here are some pure vowels to practice with: AH as in "father", EE as in "eat", IH as in "pin", EH as in "pet", OO as in "food", UH as in "under", EU as in "could", OH as in "home". Try singing all of these vowels while maintaining your core sound which is the resonance in the mask of the face. You can do this in many ways. Some examples of singing exercises that use vowels are just singing "mee may maw mow moo" and fluctuating the voice as you go. This warms your voice up and gives you practice with singing vowels.
- Practice scales. You need to do this often if you have pitch problems. Most coaches will recommend 20-30 minutes a day when starting out. Practicing scales will also strengthen the muscles used for singing and give you better control. To practice scales, identify your range (tenor, baritone, soprano, alto, etc.) and know how to find the notes that cover your range on a keyboard or piano. Then practice the major scale in every key moving up and down using the vowel sounds. At some point you can start working in minor scales as well. Solfege (Do,Re,Mi,...) is also an effective tool for improving pitch problems.
- Be reasonable with your self-expectations, regardless of where you are coming from, if you can devote 20 minutes or more a day to practicing scales and songs you can expect measurable improvement within four weeks. Most pitch problems can be corrected within 3-4 months. Understand that your progress is linked to your ability to practice daily (as with most training). If you only do 15 minutes a day, a few days a week, you could spend a year or more. If you devote yourself you could completely transform your voice in three months. Everyone is different.
- Breathe through your diaphragm. There are teachers that teach you to push your stomach when singing, and this is breathing through your diaphragm. You fill your stomach, not upper chest with air. It makes air last longer, and notes much stronger.
- Cool down your voice after singing. Always do the lip roll exercise after singing. Your vocal chords also need to cool down just like any muscle in your body. The more you grow, the better you sing. It happens to everyone.
- Do your research. Try reading Richard Miller's The Structure of Singing, or some of his other books to get a good foundation in your technical knowledge.
- Don't freak out when you sing in front of other people. If you fix your eyes on something and are really nervous then you should breath deeply in and out and calm yourself down.
- Be original. Don't copy a celebrity's personal sound. Always be yourself and have a feel for what you are singing.
- Try your own sounds and songs. dont drink soda before this
- A good practice technique to find resonance is to sing while bent over the back of a chair. Feel the mask of the face (the area around the nose, under the eyes and the top of the teeth) vibrating. This is the body's microphone. Always try to place the tone in the mask of the face.
- The best kind of nutrition for the voice is water. Water will do many wonderful things for the voice and is also very essential to your body. If you are sick, pineapple juice may clear the throat of phlegm but don't make a habit of anything besides water. Don't drink milk or orange juice before singing. Your voice will sound "blocked" by something. Sugar coats your throat. Imagine trying to stuff maple syrup in a flute to make it sound better!
- If you are serious about singing, consider investing in proper singing lessons. You can learn a lot from a certified voice teacher, books, or online lessons.
- There are two different registers of the voice, the head voice and the chest voice. In popular music, singers rarely produce sound for the head voice since it is harder to sound like you are speaking in your head voice. Popular singers do not like to venture much from the speaking voice. The chest voice actually feels like it is coming from the chest. You can feel the registers change if you sing up a scale from your lowest note to your highest note. Your head voice is what you will be using primarily in classical singing. Even though there may be breaks between your registers, you can train and practice to eliminate those breaks. An advanced singer can continually move from chest to head voice and back again without any vocal disturbance.
- A big area of concern will be the break in your voice. Women and men both have that. It is called the passagio ("passage" in Italian). This place is different for each singer and can be trained to not break when sung through.
- Get in shape. You'll be able to breathe better if you are in good physical health.
- Avoid a nasal sound-sing from your diaphragm. If you think you have a nasal sound, try breathing through your nose and your mouth at the same time.
- Avoid screaming when you are singing. To do this, raise the soft palate (as in drinking through a straw or yawning) and place the tone in the mask of the face.
- Visualize a column of air rising from your diaphragm, through your chest, and up through your facial mask. This technique will help your vocals be strong and present, and will greatly enhance the ease of singing.
- It is helpful to imagine a gumball in your mouth. Think of a large round gumball or any object that is round, like a bouncy ball. Thinking of this creates a space in the back of your mouth, allowing a deeper, more mature-sounding voice.
- Always remember to just be yourself while singing. Remember that even if others don't say so, you will always have a beautiful voice.
- Sing your heart out. No one knows you better than yourself. If you make a mistake, just remember, nobody's perfect.
- Emoting isn't about how your face looks, it's about how you feel about the song!
- Don't yell too much because it can damage your singing voice.
- Try not to sing from your nose because the sound will not sound well.
- Don't whisper! Whispering tightens and strains your vocal chords.
- Do not compare yourself to other singers. Everybody has a different voice, so if you're not as good as that famous popstar - it doesn't matter. Nobody's perfect. Just be grateful you have a talent! You have to put your heart and soul into the music. It makes its sound a lot better!
- If you are nervous about singing by yourself, try first singing with a group of people.
- Being healthy will help you in all aspects of life and all aspects of singing. Do not smoke, do not drink excessively, do not gorge yourself, do not do any kind of tobacco or nicotine or any drugs, do not put things in your body that you do not want people to hear when you sing!
- Dairy impairs your vocal quality, so don't eat/drink milk, yogurt, cheese, et cetera within a few hours of rehearsing or performing. Also, while drinking water is good for your voice and your body in general, drinking it right before a performance will decrease your vocal quality as well, so drink a lot about 1-2 hours before and stop all food/liquid intake about 45 minutes before performing.
- When you are building the muscles used in singing, you will feel a little bit of movement and the muscles will slightly tense and release. You never want to feel tension in your throat. If your voice begins to hurt, stop singing for an hour, warm up, then try again but more relaxed. Not only does this damage your vocal chords, your voice will sound 'stressed' and not pleasant.
- If you are trying to sing a low note and produce a raspy sound, you are damaging your voice. Basically, your vocal cords are rubbing against each other. A node is like a callous on your vocal cords, and it won't go away without surgery or prolonged vocal rest (more than a year). Don't get one.
- Tension in your jaw, shoulders, neck muscles and all surrounding areas can hurt you. Make sure you are completely relaxed before you sing.
- A raised larynx is a leading problem for many aspiring singers. If you put your finger on your Adam's apple and yawn, you will feel it move up and back down. The lower position is where you need it to stay. Try to sing up a scale with your finger lightly touching your Adam's apple; if it rises more than 1/2" then you have some problems. A raised larynx will make it so your throat closes making high notes impossible, it will also make it hard to produce resonance, vibrato, etc. It's something you need to work with a qualified vocal coach to verify and correct. Try singing in front of a mirror to make sure you do not develop any physical problems.
- A small minority of people are tone deaf. Ask someone who is not tone deaf to play or sing a pitch for you and try to match it. If you can not tell if you are matching the pitch or if you are too low or too high, you may be tone deaf. This is not a fate worse than death. All you need to do is just to keep on practicing your muscles until they have been regulated to sing on pitch. Keep on practicing, you will get there! Don't give up!
How to Get Your Life Back in Order
Whenever in doubt, humans all across this huge, people-filled planet resort to bending out of shape instead of empowering ourselves to get up and pick ourselves up! Although it is not very healthy for you, it's just what we do! Men and women all alike do this, too, so you have nothing to be ashamed of. Now, you have the power to conquer emotions and inner negativity! This guide will suggest ways in which you gain control of your life again. I got my life back in order, and you can get yours back too.
- Get rid of the negativity in your life. Put family and friends which bring too much negativity toward you on freeze for now. Don't start any trouble with them, but be less reliant on them. Also, cut back on negativity yourself! Whenever you think something negative, say to youself, "That's negative and unneccessary." Keep saying that to yourself until your brain stops completely.
- Cut back on unnecessary activities to free up time. Any activity that does not produce a tangible result or lead you to success you can put on freeze. For example, cutting back on a movie or going on the computer to go on AIM half as often would suffice. But be careful about choosing which things in your life are important to you and which are not. To avoid common errors, first make a list of things (on paper!) that you normally do on a daily and/or weekly basis and put how much time you spend on each activity. Then, take the items on that list and lightly cross off the things that are useless in your life and you spend too much time on. For example, if you watch TV for 5 hours a day, you're definitely wasting some time in your life. If it has something to do with another person, specifically family, do not cross it off as doing this could affect the other person badly. Next, look at all of the things you crossed off and then at the things you still have on your other list. Does this seem reasonable? Could you live without the things you crossed out? Our main goal is to get you to stop spending too much time on useless things.
- Create a weekly goal list using three colors.
- A black priority would be something that has to be done at a certain date and time, without any exceptions.
- A red priority would be something that has to be done by the end of the day.
- An orange priority would be something that has to be done within less than one-seven hours. Don't look past 7 days until the priorities are met.
- Buy a few hundred index cards, or 2-3 packs. Keep at least a half of a pack with you at all times. They are valuable in social events and allow you to capture ideas onto paper, so you will never forget anything. Knowing that all of your problems are in your pocket will take away stress because you can stop thinking about them and start thinking about other important things.
- Organize most of your computer files into 5-15 folders to make sure you have your digital priorities straight. Example folders: Work, School, Research/Reading, Personal Writings, Weekly Goals, Music, Photos, Reminders.
- Write down 10 strengths you have and how you can use them to your advantage. Write down 10 weaknesses you have and how you can improve them. Try to improve yourself a little bit everyday but at the same time keep this quote in mind: "Complete perfection is bliss, but when perfection is met with humanity, it's useless." Never use the work "perfect." Use "improved" instead. The process of improvement is slow, but if you try to improve yourself everyday, in 6 months, the next list you write will be very different.
- Build self-esteem. Don't compare yourself to other people and do not limit yourself to the standards of the consensus. To a certain extent, forget judgmental strangers and give yourself enough room to grow.
- Make physical changes to remind yourself that you are a new person. A haircut and new clothing would suffice. Also, cleanse yourself spiritually and mentally to begin a lasting new lifestyle. Meditation is a good way to do this.
- Spend 10-20 minutes a day thinking about what you did, what you are doing, and what you will do. Think about ways to save money, become healthier, and improve yourself. Don't spend any more than 20 minutes a day thinking, otherwise that will lead into procrastination. Try to think during downtime such as waiting on a line or riding a bus.
- The company of friends and herbal remedies are perfect solutions to stress.
- Self-discipline would only help.
How to Decide What to Do With Your Life
Life is hard. Deciding what to do with your life is harder. There are the fortunate ones who know from the day they are born that they want to be lawyers or doctors. However, for the other 99% of the population it is not that easy.
- The question really becomes WHAT can I see myself doing for the next 20-30 years, five times a week, for at least 6 hours a day? Sit down, ask yourself this question until you can come up with an honest answer. If your answer is "nothing" your not thinking hard enough.
- Ask yourself What do I love to do? Keep it realistic. You may love to pick lint from your belly button but thats not going to be a good career to write home about.
- Next ask What am I good at? You may not be able to make it into Major League Baseball but there are other jobs and careers in that field.
- Ask for input, you might not want to hear what family and friends have to say about your future but in actuality they may think of something that you never thought possible.
- Stay positive. Life is not that serious NO ONE gets out alive.
- Experience all that you can and have fun.
- If you have an opportunity to intern or volunteer, why not? you never know where it will lead.
- Good Luck!
How to Avoid Getting a Divorce
Your marriage looks like its over and your spouse has told you s/he wants a divorce. Perhaps s/he's even moved out. Maybe s/he's even having an affair. How do you stop fighting? How do you get him/her to change his/her mind and stay?
- Act Happy. Your spouse fell in love with a happy person whose world lit up every time s/he walked into the room. It's understandable you're unhappy that s/he's pulling away from you, but the more you cling, need, and desperately try to hang on, the more unhappy you are (since it's obvious by now that s/he's leaving you), and the less and less you are the person s/he once fell in love with. Be honest with yourself: Would you want to spend the rest of your life with someone who's been acting the way you have been acting lately? If you're happy, carefree, lighthearted, freindly, and fun to be around, s/he will want to be around you. S/he will start to gravitate (slowly but surely) back to you. But since right now you're not verry happy at all, Act Happy.
- Agree to everything your partner says. Does you partner want to empty the bank account and buy a sports car? Say "I agree, it would be great fun to buy a flash car. Let's go to the auto show this weekend, pretend we're filthy rich, and go for some test drives." Notice how you bypassed (for the time being) emptying the bank account and instead focused on his(her) feelings. Does your partner say you don't do enough chores around the house? Say "Yes, I agree, I don't do any where near as much work around the house as you do. I understand how upset that must make you feel at times." Notice how you bypassed (for the time being) actually doing the chores, and instead focused on her(his) feelings.
- Please write the rest of this article! We need advanced agreement techniques for when your partner wants to spend beyond your means or empty the bank account on a sports car! We need advanced agreement techniques for when your spouse "backs you in a corner". We need most of all how to address the bypassed issue when it rears it's ugly head!
- Agree to everything your partner says. If your spouse calls you a lazy good for nothing bum, say "Yes, I'm no Donald Trump (Condolezza Rice), that's for sure!"
- Shut up. A lot.
- Listen. A lot.
- Do not defend any of your actions.
- And our final tip is the same as the first step: Act Happy. Because remember, if after doing all the steps and tips listed here, the marrage still ends in divorce, the best revenge is living well.
- You should not try to fix a broken relationship if you spouse is or has physically harmed you, your children, or your family or given any sign of physical aggression. Instead, you should seek immediate protection from physical harm. Contact your local shelter, police, family, or freinds and tell them you need help.
How to Enjoy Time for Yourself
Somehow our natural pace has progressed to a state of constantly rushing around! We have perfected multi-tasking into an art, trying to accomplish more than the day before. We seem to have forgotten how to relax and enjoy ourselves. It's rare that we set aside time to be refreshed. To be healthy in mind and spirit, allow a time to be just for you!
- Decide upon how much time. It can be once a week, once a month or even one hour.
- Make an appointment with yourself.
- Find a babysitter.
- Find a day where no one is home.
- Decide to travel away from home.
- Nourish your mind and soul.
- Listen to slow, relaxing music.
- Relax with only pleasant thoughts.
- Fill your mind with visions of youth.
- Walk quietly in the woods, enjoy the sunshine and breathe the fresh air.
- Sit at the ocean to watch the waves and listen to the surf.
- Leave your problems behind for a little while. They will still be there when you return and you will be able to handle them with a more relaxed state of mind.
- Nourish your body.
- Do what you have always wanted to do. Just getting away from the usual can do you a world of good!
- Relax surrounded by others enjoying themselves at an eating establishment. Relax with a coffee at an outdoor cafe, or have lunch at a new and inviting restaurant. Be sure to choose a place that has a calm and low-noise atmosphere; loud eating places with fast turnover is neither relaxing, nor conducive to slow and healthy eating.
- Have a "no technology day." Turn your cell phone off.
- Unless there's an emergency, wait until after your time of relaxation has passed before talking on the phone.
- Do not tell anyone where you are going to prevent interruption.
How to Find Consistency In Life
If you want to find consistency in life, you need to be consistent in your methods, habits and way of thinking. What are you trying to achieve by being consistent? This is a question you must ask yourself first. Hopefully rather than trying to be a perfectionist, you are aiming to be truthful, honest, reliable, trustworthy and dependable. And in turn, you are seeking such consistency to be returned to you, in the way of karma
- Be honest. Consistency breaks down with lies. And lies have a life of their own and are soon a web of deceit in which you become enmeshed, unable to pull yourself free. If you are honest and do not make up stories, you will be considered consistent. Moreover, life will also seem far more consistent to you, as you are not wondering all the time what might be about to trip you up.
- Enjoy routine. Routine is the mother of consistency and peace. Routine is good for you, it enhances your experience of life by anchoring you with life's essential mundanities. It is not necessary to make all of your day a routine but at least some of it should consist of habitual rituals that calm, center and fulfill you.
- Keep organized. This may seem inane and obvious but it isn't. And it isn't about being tidy. It is about being sure of what you are doing today, tomorrow and next week. In fact, for some it is about knowing what you will be doing in a year's time and even in a decade's time, although those goals are much more about directing yourself to a good future rather than a certain exactitude as to what you will be doing. Being organized removes artifices in your life and enables you to concentrate on what matters. This in turn brings great consistency.
- Be a good and solid friend. Friendships are a good means to obtain consistency in life but you must put in the effort to be a good friend in order to keep a good friend. Someone reliable in whom you can trust, who can also see you in the same light, will bring much consistency to your life.
- Be flexibly certain. Perhaps this seems a little odd at first but it is about being certain of yourself and where you want to go but to also have the flexibility to realize that we all change, that circumstances change and that dreams change. If you can be flexible within your life's direction, you will find consistency greets you wherever you turn.
How to Live ! The 25 Secrets to Good Life
Each of us has our own way of life, “differences” as they call it.However, even how different we are and the way we live, there is still one universal truth, values and principles that are governing our world. These truths are both simple and general that if you try to learn and apply them in your life, a great change can happen. These universal truths, values and principles gave other people a chance to find their place in this world and to live their life to its fullest, while others lead their life to dullness, hardship and misery.This article will present to you twenty-five (25) principles that are simple and easy to follow. Knowing these can be an eye-opener for you to see a different perspective. Further, living these principles into your life is ultimately, the key for you to enjoy and live a life to fullest.Let these principles serve as your guiding post in your day to day life. You may print it and post it in a place where you can easily see it in your daily activities. Plus, you may be a light to others burden by sharing the principles written here.
- Live Today. Past can’t be brought back and the future will always be uncertain. Today is yours, so make the most of it.
- Maintain Balance. Your life is affected by the four aspects that are mental (brain), emotional (heart), spiritual (faith) and physical (body). Learn to maintain balance of the four aspects, for as Spice girls have sung, “Too much of something is bad”.
- Forgive and Forget. The only person that suffers when you do not forgive is YOU. The other person is probably caring less of what you feel. Be kind to yourself and forget about it.
- Accept Change as Part of Life. The more you can adapt to change, the easier your life is because change can open bigger and better possibilities for you, if only you’d accept it.
- Visit places you’ve never been. Seeing a new place let you discover and learn more of other things in your life. It helps you expand your perspective and horizon.
- Read Books. The best way to live is through continuously learning. Try to be better than “normal” yourself. Keep expanding and growing.
- Attend Classes. Just like the swimming lessons you’ve always wanted to take back in high school. Remember that you’d never be too old to learn and discover where you really can win and be happy.
- Take Time to Make Memories and Keep Your Journals. We should not wait for memories to happen, we should make memories happen. Find time to create memories with others. Make a note of each moment you do not want to forget, both the good and bad. Read your journal once in a while to see how far you’ve gone along. Surely, it will make you SMILE.
- Capture the Moments. The ability to retrieve a memory decreases exponentially unless boosted by artificial aids like photographs and videos. Start taking those pictures you’d like to look back in your old days.
- Smile. Nothing beats a cheerful heart and mind. Be happy regardless. Make the world a better place to live in. Start sharing your sweet smile.
- Join a Club. To learn more about yourself is by being more exposed in to new people and learning from them. It will help you and everyone else grow; we evolve at the rate of the tribe we are plugged into.
- Learn to Give. The old saying would always be true, “The more you give, the more you receive”. Our value as human being resides on what we can give and not on our capacity of receiving. Start spreading goodness by giving.
- Spend Time With The Young Ones. There’s no better stress reliever than the joy and positive feeling given by the free spirit of a young one.
- Open Your Ears to the Elders. Listening to the old ones makes you a year wiser. Remember, the best way to learn and avoid extreme failure is through the experiences of others.
- Accept and Manage Failure. Do not be afraid to make mistake. Most successful people have gone thru multiple failures. A great treasure of wisdom is hidden on every failure.
- Take Risk. Life is full of chances and you do not live if you do not take chances. As they say, the higher the risk the higher possibility of success.
- Cry. Who said that boys and big girls don’t cry? You need to cry, it eases the burden plus it will keep you from having diseases that’s caused by emotional pains.
- Respect Other’s Opinion. Who wins in an argument? Keep yourself from arguments. Nothing is solved with a heated talk. Learn to listen to what others may say without necessary believing and taking them as true for you.
- Take a Break. Reward yourself for a days’ work. Take that break, you deserve it and you need it in re-energizing yourself to another day of work.
- Work Smart, Not Hard. The most stressed people are those who do not know how to work smart. Do not take the entire task to yourself. Remember, you are not alone in this world. Learn to maximize and trust the abilities of others. It’s not a weakness to ask for help.
- Be Yourself. Don’t try to act like someone else just to please everyone. You don’t have to, plus you can’t. Stand firm to who you are. Eventually, you’d discover who are worth keeping in your life from those who are not.
- Start Caring. People don’t care how much you know, they want to know how much you care. Start caring and let the people know that you care. Remember, that relationship is more lasting than accomplishments and prestige.
- Meditate. Take a time to be with yourself and be silent. Such can relax the fast-pace life you are in and helps you discover more of whom you are and who you can become.
- Discover Your Definite Purpose. Life is a journey. As you go along your journey, set your maps. Discover the right you at the right place and time. To help you discover, ask yourself, “If there was no praise or criticism in the world, then who would you be?” Once you know the answer, you are right there.
- Live Life with the World. Do not live for yourself alone; remember that there are other people and creatures that surrounding this world. Even if unaware, every move and action you take creates an effect to others. Learn to take responsibility of your actions. And start contributing your knowledge and experience for the benefit of the whole world.
- Life is not easy nor that tough neither. Having a good life and living our life to its fullness is merely a choice. So make that choice to live life to it’s fullest.
- How? Is a long list! And unfathomable life is, the list is surely have not covered all the ways.
- You too have your own share on how to live life to its fullest. Feel free to start contributing it here.
How to Enjoy the Ups and Downs In Life
How to enjoy life, when it's a roller coaster ride every time, there's ups and there's down. Well, here are some ways, that you can do, to make you feel better about your day.
- Think Positive about the situation that you're in. Not many of us, think positive all the time, which results in many of us worrying too much over a small situation and getting all obsessive over it. So, to think positive, just close your eyes, clear your mind and tell yourself, think positive. Look on the brighter side of the situation. Don't think of things passively or negatively, it'll just give you more stress thinking about it and it will lower your self confidence at the same time.
- Appreciate everything that you have.You probably heard this before, but not many of us actually do. Try it. It works. By just taking a few minutes of your day, to just think about what's in front of your eyes, what you have now, for eg, your friends and family. Appreciate each and every one of them, as they are always there for you, and they have your back.
- Smile. Smiling doesn't hurt you at all.
- Know that life's a journey, not a destination. Know that everything happens for a reason, maybe we're just meant to learn a lesson from all the bad situations that are going on, or maybe it's there to make us realize something big, that we couldn't see earlier.
- Remember all the good things and the good times that you'd done and been through today.At the end of long and tiring day, before dozing off to bed , think of all the good things and the good times about today. It should put a smile on your face, and make you feel accomplished. And then, kick out the bad thoughts out of your mind, and just close your eyes, relax, and sleep.
- Be Optimistic
- Appreciate every thing in your life.
- Be happy!
- If all these steps are applied, every day, you should be feeling happy and not, depressed and sad, and a burden to you waking up every morning. In fact, you'll love life even more, and realize, what you have been missing out on. =) Give it a try.
- Everything has its pros and cons, use these steps on appropriate situations only. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. But it differs for different kind of people. You never know, it might help you at the end of the day.
How to Balance Your Professional and Personal Life
Life can be pretty hectic sometimes! So much so that you fail to find time for yourself, for your loved ones... This hurts the worst when you are a working woman! How do you strike a balance in your professional life and personal life?
- When you wake up in the morning, prepare a list of tasks you need to complete for the day both professional and personal. This need not be a physical list of to-do's but can be a list formed in your mind
- As you step in the office prioritize your tasks. Plan your work for the day. Plan in a way where you have buffer time left for yourself.
- Keep an eye on your schedule, if you are going slow on your tasks, reschedule immediately. Push some tasks for the next day, if the task is too important and has to be completed the same day, then send a note home that you will be late...Sending a note early home will keep them updated! Your coming late won't be a hassle or a surprise for your family.
- When you leave the office, wipe your mind! Yes it is pretty difficult initially but over a period of time you will get used to it.
- Talk to your family as much as you can. Remember your work in office and the effort and energy you spent in office shouldn't become a punishment for your family
- Make your weekends and holidays memorable. Do something new for your family every time. Prepare good food one weekend, Invite friends the other time, go out for a long drive, go for a movie etc
- This will take time. Don't panic the first few days! Time is the key. Give yourself a lot of time!
How to Balance Your Life As a Busy Teen
Got no time left for yourself? Need to sort out your time as a student with hobbies, jobs and chores to do as well as keeping some time for yourself? Read on about how to do it...
- Sit down, and make a list of things that you need to devote part of your time to. This can include walking the dog, sports clubs, or even just a chore that you need to remember like feeding a pet.
- Get a sheet of paper and put 7 columns and two rows on it - the first row for the name of the day, the second for what needs doing on that day.
- Decide when each thing should be. If you have a certain day for, say, playing tennis or vacuuming the house, write that in the box for each day. Something that can be done any day of the week can be left til last, so that when you've filled in decided events, you can put that in a day which doesn't have as many 'things-to-do' in it.
- Allocate a time span to each thing you've listed. It doesn't need to be a certain time, but just how long you should spend doing it. Make sure that you can stick to that amount of time. For instance, if there is a double bill of your favourite TV show on, if you know that you'll watch both episodes anyway, don't write down that you will only watch one.
- Decide what order you shall complete those jobs/hobbies in. Leave free time til last, so that you can properly relax about how you have finished everything you need to do for that day.
- Don't stick to your schedule too closely, it's just a guide - your life shouldn't be extraordinarily structured - you need to live a little!!
How to Be Patient
It has never been easy to be patient, but it's probably harder now than at any time in history. In a world in which messages can be sent across the world instantly, in which seemingly everything is available for immediate purchase with a few clicks of the mouse, it's hard not to always expect instant gratification. But patience remains a valuable tool in life. We don't always get instant gratification, and some of the best things in life require years of hard work and waiting. Fortunately, patience is a virtue that can be cultivated and nurtured.
- Try to figure out why you are in such a hurry. We tend to lose our patience when we're multi-tasking or when we're on a tight schedule. If you're stretching yourself too thin, you should reconsider your to-do list before you attempt to change your natural reaction to an overwhelming situation. Try to spread out your tasks so that you're doing only one thing at a time. Delegate responsibilities to others if you can; this in itself may be a test of your patience, but you have to learn to share the load.
- Pinpoint the triggers that often make you lose your patience. Impatience creeps in insidiously, and if you feel anxious, worried, or unhappy you may not even realize that the underlying cause of these feelings is impatience. To reduce the frequency of impatience, it helps to be aware of it. Which events, people, phrases or circumstances always seem to make you lose your cool? Sit down and make a list of all the things which cause you anxiety, tension, or frustration. At the core of most triggers is a reality that we have a hard time accepting. What are those realities for you?
- Overcome bouts of impatience. In the long run, developing patience requires a change in your attitude about life, but you can immediately make progress by learning to relax whenever you feel impatient. Take a few deep breaths and just try to clear your mind. Concentrate on breathing and you'll be able to get your bearings.
- Look for patterns. Being aware of your impatience also gives you a chance to learn from it and perhaps uncover a relationship or circumstance that is simply not healthy or constructive, and that you may have the power to change. Figure that out, and you can then think logically about the problem issue and decide whether or not your impatience is warranted or helpful. It usually isn't, but when it is you can then figure out ways to fix the root problem rather than simply feeling stressed about it.
- Let go if you can't do anything about the impatience trigger. If there isn't anything that you can do to resolve whatever has triggered your impatience, just let it go. Easier said than done, yes, but it's possible, and it's the only healthy thing to do. Initially, you will probably find it difficult to let go if the matter is important to you--waiting to hear back after a job interview, for instance--but you should be able to alleviate impatience that's caused by issues of less consequence (i.e. waiting in line at the grocery store). If you make a concerted effort to be more patient in relatively inconsequential, short-term situations, you'll gradually develop the strength to remain patient in even the most trying and enduring situations.
- Remind yourself that things take time. People who are impatient are people who insist on getting things done now and don't like to waste time. However, some things just can't be rushed. Think about your happiest memories. Chances are, they were instances when your patience paid off, like when you worked steadily towards a goal that wasn't immediately gratifying, or took a little extra time to spend leisurely with a loved one. Would you have those memories if you had been impatient? Probably not. Almost anything really good in life takes time and dedication, and if you're impatient, you're more likely to give up on relationships, goals, and other things that are important to you. Good things may not always come to those who wait, but most good things that do come don't come right away.
- Expect the unexpected. Yes, you have plans, but things don't always work out as planned. Accept the twist and turns in life gracefully. Keep your expectations realistic. This applies not only to circumstances, but also the behavior of those around you. If you find yourself blowing up over your child or your spouse accidentally spilling a drink, you're not in touch with the fact that people aren't perfect. Even if the occasion is not an isolated incident but is instead caused by their repeated neglect and carelessness, losing your patience isn't going to make it any better. That's something to be addressed with discussion and self-control.
- Give yourself a break. The meaning of this is twofold. First, take a few minutes to do absolutely nothing. Just sit quietly and think. Don't watch television; don't even read. Do nothing. It may be hard at first, and you may even feel pretty impatient after a minute or two, but by taking some time out you can essentially slow your world down, and that's important to develop the attitude necessary to develop patience. Second, stop holding yourself and the world around you to unreachable standards. Sure, we'd all be more patient if babies didn't cry, dishes didn't break, computers didn't crash, and people didn't make mistakes--but that's never going to happen. Expecting the world to run smoothly is like beating your head against the wall. Give yourself a break.
- Remember what matters. Not focusing on what matters most in this life fuels impatience. Move the world toward peace by being kind, generous in forgiveness of others, being grateful for what is, and taking full advantage of what matters most. When other less important things fuel our impatience, taking time to remember any one of these items reduces our tendency to want something different right now.
- Always remember that you will eventually get what you want. (not really, and it requires maturity and patience to understand and accept that !
- Boredom can make it difficult to be patient. If you're waiting in the doctor's office and the only thing you can concentrate on is the ticking clock, good luck trying to be patient. If, however, you can read a book or do a crossword puzzle, time will fly by (or at least creep less slowly). If you've nothing to do while you're waiting, just try to appreciate the fact that you have nothing to do. In a fast-paced world, opportunities to do nothing are rare and should be cherished.
- Once you are able to change your attitude so that you are a patient person, you will find that patience can help you endure any tribulation, no matter how long-lasting or difficult. More importantly, perhaps, patience can help you achieve your goals.
- Many people find that meditaton and yoga helps patience
- Being patient with others is a form of respect for them. Nobody is perfect, and if you want to be a good parent, boss, spouse, or friend, it's important to recognize this and to be patient with people. "Don't sweat the small stuff" is a good motto. You and everyone around you will be more relaxed and able to get along much better.
- Developing patience is not easy, and you've got to be motivated to become more patient. You can do it, however, and you should. Patience can reduce your stress levels and improve your health and longevity, and patience can actually make you happier. Whenever you find yourself growing impatient, think about the positive effects of patience, and remember that impatience only makes things worse.
- Instead of becoming annoyed by a distraction (such as a crying baby on a long flight), try just being a passive observer. If you make it daily practice to observe things and events without judging or forming an opinion, being able to acknowledge something without allowing it to annoy you will become easier with time.
- People that are patient tend to have better lives.
- Remember, for every minute you are angry you lose 60 seconds of happiness.
- One way to release stress is to write about it. Studies have shown that people who write about their emotions tend to become more calm and learn to accept the emotions that they are experiencing. so, the next time you feel angry, just write about it and try to meditate over why you would be so angry.
- A quote from James Clavell's Shogun: “Karma is the beginning of knowledge. Next is patience. Patience is very important. The strong are the patient ones. Patience means holding back your inclination to the seven emotions: Hate, adoration, joy, anxiety, anger, grief, fear. If you don’t give way to the seven, you’re patient, then you’ll soon understand all manner of things and be in harmony with Eternity.”
- Patience should be no excuse for procrastination. While patience can help you be OK with doing nothing, it's important to understand that idleness breeds impatience and stress.
- Be patient with others who display little patience; if they bother you too much, make an excuse to locate yourself somewhere else and take a break from their anxiety-inducing behavior.
- Imagine yourself when that specific period of time is up.
How to Have Fun on a Holiday
Having fun on a holiday is about being ready to enjoy yourself by having good plans for things to do.
- Pack the right gear. It is important to wear the right clothes so that you're comfortable when holidaying. If the weather is hot, wear cool clothes, if cold, wear warm. Take rain jackets, umbrellas, sunscreen, etc., as needed. Remember to take insect repellent if needed too.
- Find out what is happening in the place you are visiting or living in. Good places to check include:
- Activity centers, community centers
- Swimming centers, water fun parks
- Bowling alleys, laser game centers, video arcades, etc.
- Organize to spend time with people you like being with. It is important to go to your activities with people you enjoy being with, as this will ensure lots more fun.
- Plan for meals and snacks. Don't neglect refreshments as needed, to maintain energy.
How to Flirt on Face book
Dating sites aren't the only place where you can meet potential dates on the Internet. This article will offer some advice on how you can forge a romantic connection on Face book.
- Send a friend request only when you have a real life connection. On Facebook, people are much less likely to accept friends requests from people they don't know. So when you send a request, add a friendly personal message, and remind the person of your connection:
- If you've already met, mention the occasion: "Hey! We met at the office Christmas party. How are you doing?"
- You have a mutual friend. Note that this friend should be someone you've actually spent time with in real life. "Hi there, I'm a friend of Jackie's. I'm surprised we haven't met yet!"
- If the person came up in the "Suggestions" section (because you have mutual friends) that's worth mentioning when you send the request.
- You're in the same class or work in the same setting. This is a bit of a stretch, and might come off a little creepy. It's better to strike up a conversation and introduce yourself in real life before becoming friends on Facebook.
- You go to the same school, work for the same company, or have a similar interest. Don't be surprised if your request is ignored; some people simply aren't interested in meeting new people through Facebook. Pairing your request with a question is a good idea here: "Hey, I go to MHCC too. What's your major?" or "I noticed you're into foreign horror movies too. Have you seen 'A Tale of Two Sisters' yet?"
- Comment on some, but not all, of their updates and pictures. You don't want to give them the impression that you're eagerly reading every update, and poring over every picture. (And if you are, that's not good; read How to Stop Being Needy.) You also shouldn't always be the first person to comment. Another thing to consider is that if you comment too often, their co-workers, family, and/or friends might notice, and ask the person "What's going on with you and so-and-so?" which might make the person you're interested in feel uncomfortable about you.
- Keep your comments short, sweet, and appropriate. Writing a novel is bad. One or two sentences are enough. Look at how other people comment - and how the person responds - to get an idea of what's appropriate and what's not. Some people keep their Facebook profiles clean and professional; others don't really care. Generally, comments are the cyber equivalent of small talk. Save the getting-to-know-each-other for chat and private messages.
- Know when to back off. If this person responds to other people's comments but not yours, they never comment on your pictures or updates, and they don't respond when you say hello via IM or private messages, they're probably just not interested. Leave them alone.
- Take the flirting off of Facebook. If you're actually interested in dating this person, and they're flirting back, see if you can move the flirting offline.
- When you're going out with your friends, start an event (here), and invite the person you've been flirting with. This is a good approach because it's a group event, and doesn't have the pressure of a one-on-one date. It helps, of course, if you have friends who will actually RSVP and show up! Bonus points if a mutual friend will be there.
- Post pictures of the places you go and things you do. If your prospective date comments and shows interest (e.g. "Wow! That's an awesome view" or "I've never tried that! Looks like fun!") respond saying something like "It is! You should come next time" or "I was planning on going there next weekend. Want to join me?" If they respond positively, send them a private message asking for their number, or giving them yours.
- If the person uses apps, try using the the same ones too. It's another way to interact.
- If you are trying to say a clever line when you chat on Facebook, make sure to use proper grammar and punctuation. They are more likely to say yes to "Hey, I was just wondering if you wanted to go to a concert Friday?" than "Y0_eye WA$ J$T wndrinG If u wnted t0 g0 t0 cncrt FRYDY???!!!"
- Having very few friends and pictures on Facebook might make people less receptive to flirting, and some might even think you're a spammer.
How To Develop Your Personal Elevator Pitch
Many structured interviews, particularly those at large companies, start with a question like "tell me about yourself." The interviewer doesn't really want you to go back to grade school and talk about your childhood. This is a specific question with a specific answer...in two minutes or so, the interviewer wants to get you to relax and loosen out your vocal cords, understand your background, your accomplishments, why you want to work at XYZ company and what your future goals are. Here's how to narrow your life down into a brief but relevant and professional answer.
- Spend about 1-2 hours writing down your top five work or personal experiences. These experiences should follow this format - situation/task, action, result (STAR). What was the situation, what did you do, and what happened?
- Narrow each down to a paragraph. Think about the STAR format on a 100 point scoring pie: Only about 15-20 points should go to the "situation" with about 40 points going to your actions and 30-35 points on the results.
- Think about the themes that come across. Are you all about growth, customer focus, sales excellence, product innovation, etc. and how do the themes come through? How do your experiences reflect a recurring theme?
- Pick your top themes. What are the top 1-2 things you want the interviewer to remember about you? When you have finished answering the question, the interviewer should know clearly what these top 2 things are.
- Put it together. A good way to finalize this is to use the word-count feature on your word processor. At 150 words per minute, you should not use much more than 350 words for your pitch. You'll generally want to start with undergrad, unless that was a very long time ago. Quickly move past undergrad and launch into your work history, keeping in mind that you want to highlight your top 3-5 experiences and not every last thing you did in each job. Keep your undergrad and work history to 75% of your time. Save the last moments for why XYZ company and what your future goals are. These goals should match the new position and/or the opportunities at this company.
So, now we get down to the real value and power of the Elevator Pitch. And, to the value and power of "key questions." First we will discuss the length of the Elevator Pitch and how to shorten it or end it with a key question. Then we will discuss "key questions" and their power to win the job in the job interview.
As an introduction, at the interview opening, "So, tell us a little about yourself," 2-3 minutes may be fine, as long as you see you are keeping their attention. But most people stop listening at 45-60 seconds (1 minute). After all, there's that last interview the interviewer is thinking about and the next interview he has scheduled but isn't here yet, and the argument the interviewer had with their spouse, going out the door this morning and the boss who wants that report by COB today. TV commercials are only 30 - 60 seconds long because it's been proven that if longer, we will change channels or "tune out." So, if you see the interviewer "tuning out," the only way to bring him or her back is by asking a related question. When you ask someone a question, their mind automatically re-engages in the conversation so they can come up with an answer. Then you can go on. The controversy then is, should the Elevator Pitch be 30-60 seconds or 2-3 minutes. To answer this, you must understand where else the Elevator Pitch can and should be used.
The term "Elevator Pitch" began as a term used to describe a planned and rehearsed 30 second pitch you could give in the short time you would have when you meet someone on the 20th story of a high-rise building elevator and you have until ground floor to tell them of your job hunt and get them to offer a key connection or referral (30-60 seconds). That conversation usually starts out something like this. "Oh, Hi Harry. What are you doing on the 20th story of the XYZ Building"? Or, "What brings you to the grocery store today?" By your answer, you will either waste the next 30-60 seconds or use it to give your "Elevator Pitch" and get another contact or referral to further your job search. That's called "networking ."
This networking or job search Elevator Pitch should be a condensation of the job interview opening Elevator Pitch discussed above. It must be more conversational, 30-60 seconds and end with a key question, "Do you have any friends or connections I should talk to in this job search?"
This 70-150 word, 30-60 second Elevator Pitch (credentials, skills and work experience) should also be used on your resume' cover letter and/or on the top of your resume' in what we used to call the "Objective" section. The only purpose of a resume is to get you an interview. 'Doesn't matter how long the resume is, if that top summary section doesn't grab them, they will never read the rest.
Further, in the body of your resume' each work experience in the resume should start with a short Elevator Pitch summary following the STAR model, discussed above. Then put the traditional bulleted activities and tasks you performed (Again with benefits, results or savings to the company where possible, or the individual bulleted tasked can clearly detail the "A" actions you performed to get the results described in the STAR model summary.)
WOW! You see then how utilizing this STAR model or planned Elevator Pitch serves as a powerful "golden thread" increasing the effectiveness of your; job search person-to-person networking, online job search posts, face-book posts, Craig's List posts, etc., and onto your resume' cover letter, your resume, and it can be the winning difference in your job interview opening introduction.
Now, about those "key questions" to help you keep the interviewer's attention, to bolster your perceived expertise and to "win" the job interview. This is going beyond the scope of "elevator pitch" except that you might need one or two key questions to break up a good 3-5 minute Elevator Pitch and you should always end any person-to-person Elevator Pitch with a key question.
First, ending a well planned Elevator Pitch with a well planned question not only allows you to quit talking and open a conversation, it also closes the Elevator Pitch and gets you the contact, referral, or information you want.
Second, most interviewers are poor interviewers. They are just people. And, most people would rather talk than listen, would rather express our opinions than ask questions. The interviewer also wants to know if you are interested in the job he has to offer and interested in his company. Therefore, with your STAR structured Elevator Pitch and your STAR structured resume clearly in mind (something the interviewer does not have), you can keep their attention and focus on the interview by asking them "key questions."
"Key questions" are those which move the conversation through a process or preplanned area of concern, or from one intended job related topic to another. Key questions also boost your credibility. When you ask, "Does your company do this, or does the job include this or that task? Or, do you use this or that tool?" When you ask it, they perceive that you must know about and have some experience and expertise in that task, activity or with that tool."
Example: If I ask you, "Does your company or your department do gap analysis?" And as input to your gap analysis, "Do you use "predicted" or "assessed" values to compare to the target or requirement?" And, "to determine your "predicted" values, do you have good historical data or do you use credible reference data?"
By my asking you those "key questions," you automatically perceive that I have considerable expertise in "gap analysis" and that I understand various ways of doing it. By asking these questions to someone that should be doing gap analysis, I learn more about their company and how solid they are in gap analysis and they are probably thinking, "we should hire this guy because he knows this stuff." Actually I have little more than conversational understanding of gap analysis. But, having asked the questions, you perceive I have considerable expertise in gap analysis. By asking you the questions, my credibility has gone up! On the other hand, had I simply spouted off what I know about gap analysis, to impress you, you may have taken issue with one of my statements, disagreed, or justified your way of doing it and my credibility (in your eyes) went down. "Key questions" can be more powerful than statements to build your credibility.
If gap analysis were one of three key activities involved in the job for which I am applying, then I can insure a good interview by asking a few "key questions" about each of these three activities and in that conversation throwing in two or three of my STAR experiences, so that I am not "all questions." I have just steered the interview toward my resume and toward the job listing descriptions, kept it going, learned more about them and how they do things and view things, and I just won the job, because they view me as expert or at least credible in each of those activities. They enjoyed the interview because they didn't have to worry about what to ask next and you kept their attention by asking them questions and letting them talk (less talking for you). That's a good interview, with better chance of getting the job.
In summary, STARs, Key Questions, and a good Elevator Pitch are key to your finding, key to your resume' key to your securing interviews, key to your interview introduction and key to your securing a job from the interview. If this was worth reading about, it is worth studying, doing, practicing and putting into practice. Only then will you see just how fast the Elevator Pitch and key questions actually get you the job you are seeking.
- Once you have your personal elevator pitch, practice it in front of the mirror. If possible, try to video or audio tape yourself, and watch it in fast forward. You'll be amazed at your nervous habits!
- Even though you've prepared and practiced, keep it natural. Remember to breathe and smile.
- Rehearse it, but make sure it doesn't LOOK rehearsed
How to Make 3D images Using Stereo photo Maker
All you need to make your own 3D photos is a camera and photo editing software. This tutorial will walk you through the process of making 3D images using freeware available for PCs. StereoPhoto Maker (SPM) is a freeware program for Windows and Intel/PowerPC Mac that allows for cropping and aligning a stereo image pair to make it suitable for comfortable 3-D viewing. Once aligned it will let you save the pair in a variety of viewing formats, including "anaglyph" -- the one that uses the cyan and red 3-D glasses. AutoPano works with StereoPhoto Maker, and finds thousands of features in your left and right photographs that allow SPM to automatically align the two images for you.
Take your pictures
- Find a subject with a foreground and background objects to give the photo depth. Unless you're using two digital cameras at the same time, you're going to be pretty much stuck with taking still life shots for now. You can try asking a friend to hold still between shots, but good luck having it work with kids or animals. If you plan on viewing your 3D pictures with red-blue anaglyph glasses, it's best to avoid photographing things that are red or cyan.
- Take a photo 10 to 15 feet away from the main subject. Then slide the camera about 2.5" to the right for the right eye picture.
- Try to be consistent. If you sometimes take the right picture first and sometimes the left first, you'll have a hard time knowing which is which. Make it a habit to always take the left picture first.
- It's best if your camera is on a tripod, but if you are doing this hand-held try to keep the camera as still as possible as you move to take the second shot.
- Keep the overall framing of the pictures the same while you are shifting. Try to keep whatever is touching the bottom of the frame the same in both images to minimize vertical error.
- Move the images to your computer. If you're using a digital camera, it's useful to organize the images for easier processing later. Create a folder called "3D Photos". Inside 3D Photos create some sub folders. One might be named "Original Right" or "OR" and "Original Left" or "OL". Create another folder called "Anaglyph" and perhaps another called "SideSide". These are for storing your finished work.
- Move the images from your camera into the 3D Photos folder, and then move the right shots into the "OR" folder and the left shots into the "OL" folder. There should be the same number of shots in each folder.
- Rename the files. Suppose you've started by taking five pairs of images. You might name them Photo1-L, Photo1-R, Photo2-L, Photo2-R, Photo3-L, Photo3-R, and so on. If you've taken 10 or 20 or 50 or several hundred "stereo pairs" of images, renaming them individually would take a long time. There's a way to rename a whole folder full of files (Multi-Rename) in SPM that's described later in this tutorial.
- Go to the SteroPhoto Maker website and at the top you'll see:
- StereoPhoto Maker Ver4.01 836KByte 22/May/2009
- StereoPhoto Maker Ver4.01 include help file 11087KByte 22/May/2009
- Click on one of those links to download StereoPhotoMaker. The program itself is amazingly small in size, at only about 700 Kilobytes. There is also a help file which can be downloaded, and it takes up about 5 megabytes. This has extensive illustrated instructions, and is strongly recommended both for help and tutorial.
- Save the file. A box should pop up asking if you want to open or save a file named "stphmkr310.zip". Hit the Save button. A box titled Save As pops up, asking you where to save it. In the "Save in" section, save it on your desktop so you'll be able to find it easily.
- Once it's downloaded, open it. A folder containing the file "stphmkre.exe" should open. Drag it onto your desktop so that it will be easy to get to later on. You can now close the StereoPhoto Maker website window.
- Selected 3D photos Choose File, Open Left/Right Images. The program will guide you, asking where it can find the left image, and then where it can find the right image. After you've selected the images, both will appear side by side.
- Initial Easy Adjustment Click on the "Easy Adjustment" icon (K)(the red square overlapping the blue square ). It takes you to a window that displays both images semi-transparently. You can then drag one until it lines up well with the other.
- Preview the anaglyph. The multicolored icon to the left of the vertical red-blue icon is there to see your image as an anaglyph. Now that you've aligned them, click on that and put on your 3D glasses. To get a big view, click on the icon that looks like a rectangle with an X through it . That will give you a full screen view. After you've had a good enough look at it, to go back to the regular program screen, hit the Esc key. Make any adjustments in aligning the images until you're happy with it.
- Save the image. Choose File, Save Stereo Image, and put it into your "Anaglyph" folder. You may want to change the name to that it doesn't have a -L or -R on it.
- Auto Alignment in process. Don't be concerned at the little black screen. Experiment with the Auto-align. Again, choose File, Open Left/Right Images, and tell the program which files to open. Then select Adjust, Auto-Align . If it ever asks if you want to use previous report files, always click No. The program will perform its magic comparing the two images and lining them up as perfectly as it can. If you want you can save this image also, perhaps with another name. You can later look at the two images and see how they compare.
Batch rename photos with Multi-Rename Multi-Rename is located in the FILE pop down menu (File > Multi-Rename). This will allow you to rename groups of images from the cryptic number names given by the cameras (for example: DSC000561) to more useful names such as Name001_L and Name001_R. Even if there were holes in the original number sequence due to deletions, the batch rename function will number them 1 to the total number in the file, consecutively. This is very useful. It will make if much easier to identify the two images that form a stereo pair, and is essential if you use the Multi-Conversion function in StereoPhoto Maker, which can automatically batch process countless stereo pairs.
- 1Select your files. Once you've chosen File, Multi-Rename, a box comes up. In the Look In box, browse to the folder where you stored your original LEFT files. Select Full Rename.
- 2Provide information about the files. Suppose these are some desert images you just took, and/or maybe you want to indicate when you took them. For the moment let's suppose you've taken 25 stereo pairs, and that the left images are in a folder called OL and the right images in a folder called OR.
- In the box that says "Stereo" you could replace "Stereo" with Desert2007February or with any meaningful notation you wish.
- In the numbering box that shows "0001", you could replace the "0001" with "01", since you really only need two digits for 25 images.
- In the box that contains "_B.JPG", leave the "_" and the ".JPG", but replace the "B" with "L" or "OL" when renaming the LEFT files, and with "R" or "OR" when renaming the RIGHT files. Do this for both the left and right image folders, and now it will be much easier to identify your files.
- Double check your images. If you've done a multi-rename of LEFT and RIGHT image folders in preparation for doing a multi-conversion, be sure to look at how many files are in each folder. It's not uncommon to have made a mistake or to have an unequal number of files in them. Doing a multi-conversion in such circumstances will be a mess. If you have an unequal number, you may need to look through them to remove "stray" single images, and then run multi-rename again.
- Select File, Multi-Conversion. In Multi-Conversion you tell the program which files you want it to work on, how you want them to be saved, and where to save them. For this tutorial we're assuming that you're starting with two independent images files. As you become more advanced in working with StereoPhoto Maker this may not be true, but for the purpose of this tutorial let's start there.
- In the Look In box, browse until you've brought up the folder containing the LEFT image files you want to work on. You don't need to choose a file name or file type.
- In the Input File Type (Stereo) box, choose Independent (L/R). When you choose this, just below it a box saying Right Image Folder appears. Check that box and a Browse window appears. Click on Browse and choose the folder that contains your RIGHT image files. Leave the L Normal and R Normal boxes as they are. You'd use these if you needed to rotate the images or flip them..
- Choose Output File Type. For the sake of this tutorial, choose Color Anaglyph . After you've run this conversion sequence you may want to do it again and choose Gray Anaglyph , Side-by-Side , or Independent L/R, but for the moment choose Color Anaglyph.
- 6In the Adjust box, select Auto-alignment, Auto Crop after adjustment and Auto Color Adjustment. There are lots of other options that you can explore later.
- Near the bottom you set the Output Folder box. This is where you tell the program where you want the new files you're creating to go. Remember at the beginning of this tutorial we suggested that you create folders called "Anaglyph". Hit the Browse button and choose that folder. Even if you didn't create those folders before, it's not too late. Go to Windows Explorer and create that folder, and browse to it.
- Click on the Convert All Files button. If it asks you whether you want to use the "previous report files", click on No. Now just walk away or watch if you must. You'll see no dramatic graphics, just the computer running madly through its paces, trying to make sense of your stereo pairs. Depending on the speed and configuration of your PC it can take from 5 seconds to 3 minutes per pair. The program will automatically adjust the images for a correct stereo window, corrects image rotation, size differences, and vertical difference errors. If you've been careful taking the two images here should be no problem in the majority of the images it produces.
- You can optionally save the choices you've made so that the next time you run Multi-Conversion you don't need to click on all the same choices again. Just click on the Save box on the lower right of the window, and give it a name. To use those setting another time you'll click on Restore(File) and choose the file you saved.