Big Tents

Consider Camping

Camping is all the rage these days and it’s a great way to see and be part of the great outdoors. There’s nothing quite like the experience of living and sleeping in the wilderness and being part of our great country.

Play SatationAnd it’s by far best vacation you can have, it’s cheap too. Xboxes and PlayStations are of no use here, so children are forced to break the spell of sitting in front of their games consuls all day long. It’s hard for them at first but gradually they come round and it will become their best holiday vacation as well (even though they may not admit it).

Getting Ready

So having made the decision to go camping then you have to prepare and this is where planning comes in. The great thing is that there’s just a wealth of experience both on the internet and from outdoor camping shops, where the sales clerks really have a wealth of experience. All you have to do is ask. 31 tips

So you’ve got your cooking equipment, utensils, clothing gear, hiking boots, etc. Now you need to choose a tent. A big expense. Get it right and you’re home and dry, get it wrong and it spoils what would otherwise be a magically trip.

If your hiking and setting up camp each evening then a small light weight tent is the way to go.

cooking on an open fireBut if your going to stay put in one location then a more ”stately” will come in useful. By stately me mean a larger tent, with rooms and maybe a front covered entrance. They might be a bit more effort to set up but once they’re up they stay there. And they’re great to come back to in the evenings.

Ideally you want to go for a bigger tent than the number of people in your party. This helps with storage. Believe it or not after a week or two you’ll start to accumulate things. The alternative to keeping things inside is to store them outside, which is not always ideal, for a number of reasons.

Large TentLarge 8 Person Tents

Basically you should look for a tent that is two more than your party. Make this the more for five or more people. You can see some good examples for eight man tents here best eight person tent today

As putting the tent up, you’ll need to take it down and pack out away. Sometimes this is more difficult than putting it up. It’s worth doing a few dry runs, both putting the tent up and taking it down and packing it away again. Saves any frustration on the day when time’s at a premium.

Photographers Light Tent

Light tent JewelleryLight Tents – My Story

When taking shots for eBay, I was using an old white bed sheet on the floor in my bedroom. The bedroom was great because it was north west facing so it has a nice soft lighting effect which is perfect. The problem was that I was out most of the day and had to do any photography in the evenings and so had to resort to room lighting, which was not so good.

To get the shots I needed I had to wait until the weekends so that I could take the photos during the day again.

The bed sheet, I would hang from three sides of my bed, using pillows and a kit bag to keep it in place, then drape the sheet over the floor, which created a perfect backdrop for the products I was shooting.

This arrangement was good until I started upping my eBay activity then the whole thing became quite cumbersome and I wanted something more permanent and easier to use.

Light tent ApplesEnter the Light Tent

That’s when I stumbled upon two things that upped my game completely. We have a spare bedroom in our apartment, which my partner likes to keep as a spare bedroom. But we reached a compromise.

So I got myself a light tent, and found mine here Photographer’s Light Tent

And a tripod, check those out here best camera tripod

The great thing is I can leave them set up all the time but they’re really quick and easy to take down. The light tent I leave set up on the dressing table but cover it when not in use to prevent dust settling on it. Dust is one of the worst enemies for product photography and it’s hard to see until you’ve download it to the computer. Always vacuum when you can to keep the dust at bay.

Make sure you get the light Tent that comes with two lights, you place each of these either side of the tent and they shine through the translucent white material giving a soft even light. Very important to get the pro shots that help sell your stuff.

Light tent jamWhat it means is that I can take the lens cap off of my trusty Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX10 II, take photos and have everything is up on ebay in a matter of minutes. A massive time saver and my pictures are better as well.

The camera you want to get, doesn’t have to be expensive but does need manual controls. I just set mine up once, check the image, making sure the product is dead center. Then set the timer, so I don’t jog the camera web when shooting.

Very important, make sure your camera can share photos wirelessly. Most do, but you don’t want to be downloading images. All that fiddling around wastes time. Also take a photos that look good and you can use straight away. Again photoshop just adds time to the whole process and we’ve all get better things to do, right?

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Inspired by Feng Shui

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Balancing Stones

Welcome to our new blog where we share our tips we use for creating harmony in the lives. We use techniques in order to restore balance and order into our being and allow life forces to flow within us and around us. Always seeking unity by design.

This blog will develop over time and we will add more articles as we go along. You’ll be able to see our journey, our successes and failures and hopefully this will act as useful guide for you and journey to find inner peace.

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