Perfect Pictures

To take a good picture there are a lot of components that you need to focus on. Everyone thinks that taking a picture is easy but it actually isn’t that simple. Phones are the most used devices to take pictures these days because if you are going somewhere without knowing what you are going to see there it comes in handy to use the phone.

Here are some ways that can help improve pictures:

  1. Positing Camera (Landscape vs. Portrait)
  2. Zoom (Far vs. Near)
  3. Brightness and contrast (Varies depending on place)
  4. Filters/Effects (Sepia, negative, grayscale, etc.)
  5. Modes (Normal, Panorama, etc.)

And there are a lot more but I believe these are the most important because if they were used correctly they are going to make the pictures look better and less boring. Think about it, if someone is looking at pictures that are all amazing with amazing backgrounds and natural scenes it will be great but also if you took a picture of a scene you can make it more effective by adding an exciting filter rather than just taking a normal picture which was taken by thousands before you. Make the picture yours. This can be done by using one of the options listed above. It is going to be really helpful but remember this depends on each person’s personality and how he likes things done, some people just prefer simple while others prefer fancy and others prefer formal. Everyone has his style in living and it becomes part of the personality.

I’ll go quickly over the 5 options:

1. Landscape vs. Portrait

For example, this picture looks better in landscape view than portrait view and most natural scenes are better in landscape if the place where you are standing permits.

2. Near vs. Far

In this picture zoom depends on what part the scene you like/need. If you like the vase in which the flowers are put, then you are going to shoot the picture on upper right and if you like the flowers themselves then you are going to shoot the bottom picture. But I think the picture on the upper left is so plain.

3. Brightness and contrast

I found this picture as a great example to demonstrate brightness and contrast. Although it is a little blurry, it shows clearly brightness and contrast. The left part of the picture shows a regular picture while the picture on the right shows high contrast and high brightness leading to a more clear exciting image.

4. Filters

This example portrays the image with several filters and again it depends on the style each one likes. For me I like the one on the bottom left corner because it adds more effect by making the sun shine more bright and have a greater effect on the sky. Which one do you like the most and why?

5. Picture modes

These modes are helpful if you want to take a professional picture of a certain scene at a specific time of the day. These modes are available on Samsung galaxy phones, especially S5, which has a very wide variety of modes. I’m not sure if these modes are available for IOS but there are a lot of apps that can apply these cool features.

All these functions and features were created to help you take better pictures so you should start using them in the right way to improve your results!! Try them all and decide which ones work best with you and when.

“Take great pictures, save the good memories and be proud of yourself” -Me

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History of Lebanon

Lebanon-Flag-Grunge-1024x640Geography and History of Lebanon

Although it’s a small country, it is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Lebanon is a country in Western Asia located on the Mediterranean between Israel, to the south and Syria, to the north. The region was under control of the Ottoman Empire from 1516 to 1918, which collapsed after World War I. The Phoenicians are the creators of the alphabet which is very important in our lives now. The official language spoken there is Arabic and French is also widely spread as a second language because of the control of French over Lebanon for 20 years. Lebanon, finally gained it’s independence from France in 1946. However, Lebanon still never gained it’s peace after that due to the start of a civil war 1958 with two sides fighting each other. The Muslim factions led by Kamal Jumblat and Saeb Salam rose against Lebanese government under the lead of Camille Chamoun, a Maronite ( branch of Catholic Christianity dominant in Lebanon). Soon after the civil war was settled Lebanon got into a destructive war against Israel, which began in 1982 and continued until 2006 with the UN settling it. Lebanon never really had peace for the last couple of years and the conflict is still going on now but this time between the terrorist group, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS is trying to take over Lebanon as well. Lebanon was never granted the rest that it deserves from political problems.

Places that you should start visiting to explore the Lebanese culture and history

Lebanon is one of the countries with the most beautiful nature where you can see the mountains, beach, sky, and the country itself all at the same time in one scene which is amazing! Lebanon has a beautiful weather which is cool in the summer and colder during winter. Lebanon is full of attractions that represent the Lebanese (Phoenicians) culture and other attractions as well that are known for their beauty. For example, Jeita Grotto which is an underground cave that is naturally carved and contains water in which boats move to take you into a tour inside. It is literally the coolest natural cave I ever saw in my life.

Another attraction that you can go visit is the Byblos Castle which is one of the most ancient buildings. It was built by the Crusaders in the 12th Century and is still there to visit until now standing high on the ground. It is a great place to visit if you are interested in history and ancient buildings. Also the City of Sidon is a wonderful place to go to because this ancient Phoenician city has been of great religious, political and commercial value; it is said to be inhabited since 4000 B.C. It was built by the crusaders in the 16th Century as well.

Do you want to know the Lebanese culture? Then you absolutely need to go to the Byblos Wax Museum which This museum displays wax statues and life scenes from the Phoenician era to the modern times. It displays many of the important figures in Lebanon and there is a guide that tells you who is each person and a brief about what they did which I thought was really interesting.

  

Lebanon is a really beautiful country and that was a very brief tour of it. Although it is a small country, it is full of wonders and culture. I recommend visiting Lebanon because it is a good place to spend vacation and enjoy every moment of it. I have been to many other places even more relaxing and worth visiting but I chose the places above to demonstrate the Lebanese culture and history rather than attractions to visit. I love Lebanon!