If you read my blog on a regular basis then you are probably aware that I am a massive fan of cryptocurrencies, particularly Bitcoin and with the Bitcoin Halvening coming up next year, we are seeing more and more people get excited due to an expected price increase in the digital coin that may cause the price to skyrocket.
Essentially, the Halvening is when the block reward for the Bitcoin miners will be reduced and for the first time, the amount of new Bitcoin being introduced into the circulating supply each year will be below Two percent, the rate of inflation for many countries. This further increases its value against traditional fiat currency.
We have seen a number of people on social media, crypto related forums, and social bookmarking sites commenting on this with this thread and this thread being posted on Reddit last night alone. The embed of one of the comments below from one of the threads gives a nice little explanation of what is actually happening.
If we look at the historical implications of previous halvenings for Bitcoin, we can see a definitive pattern occurring with a subsequent price surge just after the update. Since the surge in popularity at the backend of 2017, there are many more people paying attention to Bitcoin and with Bakkt supporting Bitcoin with a goal of getting it involved in traditional stock exchanges, I am investing my money with a goal of having it increase this time next year.
The comment from Reddit embedded below also gives an indication of how previous halvenings have affected the price of Bitcoin. The halvening coupled with the factors covered in the previous paragram has me very excited about what will happen to the price and market cap of Bitcoin.
Since the blogging revolution a few years back, we have noticed a number of people reaching out and asking common questions like how you are able to make money and live as a blogger. Well this is the pipe dream of a whole bunch of people these days but the failure rate really is massive when it comes to blogging as so many people burn out before they have the chance to see success.
Our number one tip is dedicated at least one year, YES, ONE FULL YEAR to your blog. The Google sandbox can restrict the traffic that your domain will be able to get for the first six months anyway meaning the traffic that you get from Google won’t really take off until the six months to a year time frame.
Next up is to diversify your traffic sources, yes, Google traffic usually converts the best depending on the keywords that you are targeting but traffic from social media and social bookmarking sites can also be very beneficial to your blog too. Many display networks will pay you per one thousand hits your sit gets so social traffic can help you here.
Use WordPress from the very start! We have lost count of the number of people who use rival services such as Wix or Squarespace but they end up regretting it. Yes, these services are a little easier when you first start out but once you get some experience they can be massively restricting!
With the WordPress developer community being so big, you can quickly google something and either find a plugin to do what you are trying to do or a quick workaround within seconds. This will help streamline your blog and get it working exactly how you want it to.
Secondly, start off with a good hosting service from the start! Although platforms like GoDaddy and Hostgator get a ton of attention, their prices are very high for what you actually get from them and their customer service can be really bad! I have had endless issues with Hostgator just turning my hosting off before I switched to Cloudways and I have never looked back.
I was inspired to make this blog post due to the YouTube video below so I thought it was only right for me to share their video in my article if you have the time, I would definatley recommend that you check it out.
Although extreme sports have been popular for many decades now, they have seen a massive increase in popularity since action cameras became popular as it lets people record what they get up to and then share it on social media sites like Facebook. This gets more eyeballs on the various sports that people are getting up to and increases popularity of them as people essentially want to do the same.
As so many people want to try their hands at these action sports without putting too much cash into it, some people choose to go with an entry-level, cheap action camera and that’s where the V50 comes in. We really do think that it is one of the best action cameras on the market right now even when you take into many of the middle price point cameras on the market.
Due to this, we have decided to publish our own dedicated Akaso V50 review after seeing a number of other people doing it too. We took a bunch of inspiration from this review as well as the YouTube video review below.
Being one of the latest action cameras to market, the V50 supports a bunch of different popular video resolutions that allow you to do a few different things. Its video formats range from 4K@60fps down to 720P@240FPS. This ensures that you can use your V50 in any situation that you may find yourself in while capturing the best footage possible.
The V50 is also able to capture high-quality photographs with a resolution of up to 20MP while also offering great low light performance as well as an adjustable view angle. This allows you to tweak how wide angle the camera is for its photographs allowing you to tweak its performance to whatever you need.
The voice control system on the V50 is also excellent and allows you to quickly and easily give the camera a large number of commands to get it to do what you need without having to touch it. If your sport of choice required use of your hands then this is ideal as a quick little phrase will get the camera to record or capture a photograph for you.
Another one of the V50’s strongest points is its image stabilization. At this price point in the market, even when you include the other, much more expensive point and shoot cameras it comes out on top beating them by far when it comes to its build in image stabilization capabilities. In our opinion, it is also smoother than what the majority of the middle price point action cameras is able to provide too.
One of the main problems with the entry level, cheaper action cameras on the market it that they often end up breaking after a few bumps. Thankfully, the Akaso V50 is one of the most robust cheap cameras going and can take a bunch of knocks without taking damage. This lets you have peace of mind that your camera won’t be breaking any time soon and will last for many years to come even when your action sport can result in it taking a ton of damage.
If you want to join the military then there is no way to get around the fact that you will have to get fit before shipping out for basic training. We have decided to publish this article in an attempt to share as many of our tips and tricks to get fit for military training as quickly and easily as possible.
No matter what branch of service you choose, you are going to have to get your cardio fitness levels up. To do this we would recommend some basic interval training where you run a set distance and then walk a set distance while repeating the process for around an hour, three to four times a week. You will quickly see results and increases in both the speed and the distance that you are able to run for.
In addition to this, pretty much every branch of the military will also require you to do sit-ups and press-ups as a part of their fitness test for entry. We would recommend that you simply set a two-minute timer and smash out as many press ups as you can within two minutes followed by a little break. Repeat this two more times and track how many press-ups you can do, keep doing this every single day and track your progress, do the exact same method for your situps.
Although not all branches of the military will have a pre-joining swimming tests, the vast majority of Navy and Marine forces for the countries of the world will have a swimming test. In all honesty, in our opinion, the best way to get better at swimming it to go out and swim for an hour every other day. If you currently are unable to swim then we would recommend that you do to a professional swimming instructor or check out a dedicated swimming guide.
The final thing that you will probably have to pass when joining either an Army or Marine unit will be the chin up or pull up. In our opinion, this is without a doubt the hardest one to get good as as your current body weight will come into play as you have to lift your self. The lighter weight you are the easier it will be for you to be able to smash out your chin ups and pull ups but try something similar to the press ups and sit ups that we covered earlier to see how you get on.
It seems that Cryptocurrency is definatley having somewhat of a resurgence after the steady climb of Bitcoin over the last Eight weeks. With Monero currently the leading privacy coin by market cap we thought that we would touch on it and what it does as well as if we feel that it is a good potential speculative investment or not.
So, Monero is a privacy coin meaning that it is almost impossible for people to track who you are paying as well as how much you are paying when using the Monero coin. It has some excellent technology behind it to do this that pushes it slightly ahead of the other coins on the market right now that are also in the privacy space.
Although it is rumored that criminals use Monero as their current payment solution of choice rather than Bitcoin but in actual fact, cold hard cash is still the preferred payment by criminals by far. So this leaves us asking what is the use case for the Monero coin?
Well, the coin has seen a solid uptake in use with both left wing and right wing libertarians who don’t like the idea of the government being able to track what they are doing with their money. Many online merchants will also accept Monero as a payment option now too allowing libertarians to purchase a large number of their goods using the coin.
In addition to this, another use case that is steadily increasing with the Monero coin is anonymous charity donations. Many people like to be anonymous benefactors of charities and cash can often be tracked through the banking system that can, in turn, end up with a number of charities spamming you with email or traditional mail to try and get donations from you.
Monero removes the ability for them to do this and as a registered charity is exempt from taxes they can transfer the donation into cash without issue. More about this system is explained in this post.
So this brings us to the question of if you should hold Monero as part of your cryptocurrency investment portfolio. Although there are an absolute ton of people who hold the coin, we personally feel that all privacy coins should be avoided when it comes to the investment mindset.
Many governments have already expressed the desire to stop privacy coins as they are unable to track what’s happening with them. One point we always see raised by the privacy coin holding community is that the privacy element is hardcoded into the coin so it does not matter what the governments say or do.
On the flipside of this though, all the governments have to do is go to the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world and tell them to delist the privacy coins or cease trading. This will instantly dry up the liquidity of the privacy coin market sending the price into a downward spiral.
Since its initial coin offering Binances token has gone from strength to strength being one of only a handful of the many thousands of coins and tokens on the market right now that was able to actually build on its market share during the recent bear market. With Binance currently being the largest cryptocurrency exchange on the market right now, we can only see Binance Coin (BNB) gaining in value more and more as the years go by.
Although we tend not do give price predictions for coins, we would like to point out that the video below does a solid job of explaining what Binance coin does and what kind of price it may reach in the future.
Although Binance coin was initially released to be used as a way to make fees cheaper on the Binance exchange, its use cases have grown exponentially ever since its ICO. Binance have partnered with a ton of other services and merchants that will accept BNB as a form of payment that further takes up the circulating supply of the coin helping to increase its price.
In addition to this, the new Binance Launch Pad service is essentially a new type of initial coin offering service that is all done via the Binance platform. It is very similar to how Ethereum was used at the back end of 2017 where new blockchain tech companies were able to raise money by trading their token for other coins and tokens.
The best part about the Binance Launch Pad service is that all of the funds that these new blockchain startups raise have to be paid to them in Binance Coin and then all of the BNB that they receive are locked up in a smart contract for a set period of time. This also reduces the amount of BNB that is tradable and pushes the price up further.
At the time of the ICO, BNB had a maximum supply of 200,000,000 total tokens on the market. As a part of the deal, Binance said that they would use a part of their quarterly profits to purchase back tokens and then burn them until there are only 100,000,000 left. This will literally half the supply and further push the coins price up.
With Binance soon moving off the Ethereum blockchain and starting their own main net, Binances CEO Changpeng Zhao has confirmed that multiple projects on the Ethereum network will be moving over to the Binance network. As their traffic will then be using BNB to pay for the fees of the traffic across their service rather than Ethereum, the use cases for Binance coin increase again!
In addition to this, Binance have also added a “dust” feature to their exchange where you are able to convert any small amounts of cryptocurrency that you hold on their exchange into BNB. Although this does kind of restrict the supply of the coin as many account will have tiny amounts of BNB, we feel that it is an excellent way to get people researching exactly what Binance coin is and what it can do! This in turn can lead to more people buying Binance Coin and holding it in their portfolio and further restrict the available supply forcing the price up.
All in all, we feel that Binance Coin is NOT a scam and we actually hold a small amount ourself. In addition to this, Binance have a ton of partnerships now with more being announced on a monthly basis right now. We doubt that these other established companies would partner with Binance if they were scammers.
Do you actually want to make your videos appear great and more masterly? What you are required to have is a camera gimbal. A gimbal however can allow you get out from the use of tripod and take pleasure in the use of handheld photographing, but remove the camera shudder that is conventional with most mobile, portable shoots. You would have certainly come across numerous videos taken with gimbals, if at all you did not notice it. As the mechanics behind gimbals for camera has turned out to be cheaper and more alternatives have become available on the market, they are much more prevalent now in use.
When selecting a camera gimbal, there are some things to take note of. First of all, there are certain gimbals produced specifically for balancing your camera, while some provide numerous more capacities. The most common type of gimbals used for videography are 3-axis gimbals, because they provide the easiest video. There are also 2-axis and 1-axis camera gimbals which are also acquirable as cheaper options. So you will need to reason on what specific qualities you desire, what you will be shooting and what your spending plan is. Other things you should consider include:
Weight of the Gimbal: If the gimbal is handheld, ensure to select the one that won’t let your arm to become weak during filmmaking.
Maximum payload: A good looking DSLR and lens Combo can be quite big, so ensure you select a camera stabilizer with mechanisms that can manage your rig.
Matching qualities: If you intend to pull out and refix your camera regularly, select a gimbal with either a fast release platform or other characteristics that allows it simple to make your cameras appropriately steady on the gimbal.
The Zhiyun Crane 2 is what can be regarded as the most ideal Canon 80D stabilizer for virtually all forms of shooting/recording. This gimbal has been regarded as one of the major brands of the gimbal product for quite some time. They have actually succeeded in managing the products and built a good name for their brand.
The Zhiyun Crane 2 has an awesome and great reputation within the filmmaking and photography world, that alone shows hints of becoming powerful as time goes on. It actually contains a max weight of 7lb/3.18kg placing the Canon 80D’s 16.1lb/0.73kg weight inside its capacities, at the same time also allowing a fair chance for your lens of choice too. Even though uncommon with a gimbal, this enables you to make use of some pretty large lenses for your gimbal record and still have numerous of burden weight extra.
This is quite uncommon for most of the leading gimbal brands on the market presently and this actually makes it look like the Zhiyun Crane 2 is the right canon 80d camera gimbal for virtually all forms of recording. It has three lithium-ion batteries inside it, that are fast and simple to both attach and pull out from the gimbal. The batteries included enable the gimbal to work up to 18 hours or more at a go, though this is dependent on the settings you have made. For the Canon 80D, it is advisable that you choose either average or high machine power based on the lens you have chosen.
There is no doubt about it that both the Sony a6000 and the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS are very popular within the Sony camera body owning community and that both have managed to earn themselves an outstanding reputation. We feel that Sony has managed to smash it out the park with the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS as its price tag is pretty low, its build quality is high, it offers a ton of performance, while also providing a ton of functionality too.
When it comes to the depth of field of the lens, it is also ideal for use on a portrait lens offering a nice level to the image that will help to draw your attention to your subject. In addition to this, the level of bokeh control on the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS is ideal for a portrait photographer too. You can quickly and easily adjust the level of bokeh that is added to the image without having to waste time and when on a busy photography shoot with a bunch of models and paying clients on location, this can help keep the whole session flowing smoothly.
The auto-focus technology on the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS will work directly with your Sony a6000. This offers a really quick and easy to use auto-focus system that will help to save you a ton of time over the course of your career when using the lens. The auto-focus is sharp and clear while you also being able to customize some of the level of performance.
That said though, if you are a purist then the manual focus level on the lens is also excellent. The actual control ring is smooth and easy to rotate when required allowing you to perfect your levels of focus of your subjects portrait before capturing the actual image. The ring also has a decent level of resistance on it too that helps you smoothly rotate it as required without accidentally over rotating too.
Moving on to the actual low light performance of the lens as we know that modern day portrait photography may not always be done in some photography studio with optimal lighting. The f/1.8 aperture on the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS ensures that the image quality of the portraits that you capture is excellent in poor lighting conditions helping to keep your paying clients happy with your work no matter what the lighting conditions of your location are.
As the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS is an official Sony camera lens and not some third party product, it comes with the Sony E-mount connector to allow you to seemlesley mount it directly to your Sony A6000. As the lens mount on the Sony 50mm is made from full cast metal, it will keep its shape over time without warping due to ware and tear. Although this may not seem like a big deal, if your lens mounts warps in shape it can end up damaging your camera body while also being a total nightmare to mount and unmount from your A6000.
The lens also comes with 49mm lens filter threads to allow you to quickly and easily mount any lens filters to it to customize its performance as required. There are a large number of lens filters on the market that all do different things to improve your image quality. At the minimum, we would recommend that you at least use a UV lens filter to help protect the front lens element on the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS.
Speaking of the front lens element on the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS, it is made from high-quality Japanese glass that not only provides some of the sharpest images possible for your portrait photography with your A6000 but is also very robust. If for whatever reason you choose not to use a UV filter with your lens then the actual front lens element will be able to take plenty of bumps and knocks without breaking or scratching.
That pretty much rounds our article covering what we feel is the best lens for portrait photography with a Sony a6000. That said, there are a ton of other reviews online that you can read if you wish. Some are in article format whereas some are in video format on YouTube like the video review of the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS below.
In addition to the video above offering an external, truley third-party opinion of the lens, there is also the video below that goes over some excellent little tips and tricks that you can impliment into your portrait photography with your Sony A6000 to help improve your image quality. We all know that the better the image quality, the happier the clients, and in turn, this can lead to additional work in the future as well as an increase to your reputation as a photographer.
We have lost count of the number of people that we have seen saying that the entry-level, more budget-friendly gimbal stabilizers are a total waste of time and money. We have decided to publish our Feiyutech A1000 review in an attempt to dismiss this myth as, although it may have been true five to ten years back, the developments in gimbal motors and gyroscopes have totally changed the game.
The Feiyutech A1000 was one of the first gimbals in the entry level sub-niche to be released with these overhauls and was launched into a bunch of stigma from the community due to the performance of the entry level gimbals of other brands. Thankfully, the Feiyutech A1000 has managed to establish itself in the community and is proving to be a solid option and has earned its well deserved positive reputation within the community.
Over the years, its excellent performance and solid build quality have led to a number of people posting their own reviews of the A1000 online as well as people making YouTube videos based on it too. We have embedded the video below as we feel that any of our readers who are interested in picking the A1000 up will do well to watch it and its only short while providing tons of value.
Thankfully, Feiyutech looked at the higher price point gimbals on the market and looked at their key features that were making them so popular and then looked at how they could best implement these in their own gimbal range without having to sacrifice quality while keeping costs low. In all fairness to them, they totally smashed it out the park with their new range of gimbals being excellent in all fairness to them.
The built-in anti-shake technology is easily able to outperform the tech on some of the older generations of their competing gimbal competitors that are still priced much higher than the A1000. It offers some smooth image stabilization without putting undue stress on the motors in the A1000 meaning they are quiet when in use and don’t drain your battery life quickly.
If you are planning on using your Feiyutech A1000 then the auto-follow technology will be a great help. It has the ability to optimize the stabilization of the gimbal to focus your camera on a set subject. For example, if you are planning trailing someone down a mountain on a snowboarding trip, you can set the gimbal up to focus on your subject while you follow behind them. Although this may sound like a basic feature, you can definatley tell the difference when comparing two runs, one with it turned on and one without.
If you are trying to reduce costs on your initial business set up and want to work towards becoming a professional videographer then the A1000 can supply you with some solid image stabilization for the vast majority of entry-level cameras. In addition to this, its 3.75-pound payload weight will also help to future proof your gimbal when you choose to upgrade to a middle of the ranged mirrorless or DSLR camera too.
If you have been involved in the extreme sports scene for a long period of time then chances are, you are already aware of the things that you should be looking for in any decent action camera that is worth your time. Unfortunately, the DVR917HD falls short of pretty much all of these making it a total nightmare to use in anything even close to real life situation. In all honesty, we could probably conclude our Vivitar dvr917hd review here and tell you to go with any other entry-level action camera and end up getting a better deal but we will try and go into a little bit more detail for anyone interested.
Although Vivitar has attempted to make a solid contender for the entry-level action camera market, they have simply underperformed with their offering while the competing brands in the niche have managed to absolutely blow it out of the water with their entry-level action cameras. This essentially leaves the DVR917HD as a useless action camera that does not really have a niche due to people choosing cameras like the Akaso EK7000 over it due to it as it outperforms the DVR917HD while also coming in at a cheaper price point.
Another thing that has turned the community off about the DVR917HD is the fact that it is meant to be an action camera but it is not very robust at all. It has that “cheap” feel to it that many entry-level products can have but you can clearly tell that Vivitar has not even tried to make the camera body robust at all. This could lead to the camera easily breaking if you bail on a jump or tip over while using it.
In our honest opinion, the DVR917HD should be avoided as should all other entry-level Vivitar action cameras. There are plenty of competing cameras on the market now from reputable brands that are cheaper than the DVR917HD while offering much better performance.