ComLuv CommentLuv authors show their wares Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:31:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 8 Blog Commenting Dos and Don’ts Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:31:56 +0000 blog commenting

Done right, blog commenting is one of the top techniques not only to drive steady flow of traffic, but also to build your brand, gain trust, as well as get recognized in your niche. The following dos and don’ts will help you avoid the mistakes and make the most out of your blog commenting efforts. […]

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[How to] Root and Unroot Android Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:30:20 +0000 How to Root and Unroot Android

Android rooting is the process of allowing users of Smartphone’s, tablets, and other devices running the Android mobile operating system to get the full control and authority within Android’s subsystem. When you root an Android phone it enables you to act as the administrator of the phone. Android rooting provides you the facility to completely […]

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How to Maintain Consistency in Blogging? Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:34:27 +0000 120822_consistency-is-key_500_youanew1-500x3701

We bloggers wanted to share and help people (That’s is Our Goal), But not all the bloggers blog for helping others. There are many bloggers who blog for different reasons like, Some blog for Money, Some blog for Fame and respect, the list goes on. But the only think is that Consistency in blogging. It […]

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Improve Your Home and Your Happiness Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:32:44 +0000 cover

It’s no secret that we consider our home to be a sacred place that is designed not only to protect us from the outer elements, but it also serves as an emotional sanctuary, and it is only natural that we spend most of our time there. That is why everyone is always searching for the […]

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How to Choose a Workout Depending on Your Fitness Goals Sat, 23 Aug 2014 10:31:30 +0000 traning woman

Going to the gym four times a week and doing 30 minutes on the treadmill every day is not something that everyone is going to be able to fit into their schedule, nor do most people have to do this to achieve their goals. Even if you have the time, an hour of slow-paced cardio every single day and a circuit training may not be ideal for the kind of results you are going for. There is a particular type of workout for every specific fitness goal, and you need to tailor your workout program according to your needs. This is the most efficient way of getting what you want from your training.

In this article, we will look at a few of the most common reasons why people train and provide some information on the right kind of workout for getting the best results in the shortest period of time for each one of these. Proper programming is just as important as choosing the right exercises and rep ranges, as it enables you to push your body close to its limits and leave it plenty of room to recover.

The strongman/woman

If your main focus is becoming stronger, be it so that you can perform better in your chosen sport or if you are just a recreational lifter, than you will need to work with challenging weights at lower rep ranges, doing mostly big compound movements. The 3-5 rep range is where you will be setting up shop, doing something like 5×5 or 4×6 and focusing on the dead-lift, squat, bench press, bent over rows and military presses. As far as the diet goes, you’ll need to be in calorie surplus to ensure optimal strength gain, but many strength athletes do slow clean bulks, adding only a few pounds a month and dieting down to a reasonable body fat percentage when they start getting a little too bulky. Here is an example of a good strength building program for beginners.

The endurance freak

For those focused more on muscle endurance and optimal cardiovascular conditioning, a fair bit of movement is necessary. Your training will be based on whether you run, cycle, swim or play a sport – specificity in training is the key to becoming better at what you do – and whether you are focused on a mid or long distance. As for weight training, compound movements are still an excellent choice, but you will need to increase the repetitions and do fewer sets. Doing 15-20 repetitions can be beneficial, but switching between this and the 10-12 rep range can help you build muscle and endurance, which is useful for mid distance athletes. You will be burning a lot of energy doing this type of training, so a diet high in carbs – 60-70% of your total calories – is recommended. You can look into some of the different types of aerobic endurance training to get an idea of what would suit you best.

The sexy beach body

Some people don’t really care about gaining too much strength, speed or endurance, and are focused more on looking and feeling good. If you’re in it for basic health and developing a sexy beach body, then you’ll need a quick and effective workout that allows you to be in and out of the gym in 45 minutes flat. With three sets in the 8-12 rep range, doing either full body or splitting your workouts, e.g. upper/lower body or push/pull movements 4 times a week, you can finish the work quickly. As long as you stay in a slight calorie surplus and focus on progressive overload, you will make good progress. You need to build up your muscles first before you can show them off, so expect to be a bit bulky for a good part of the year and then shed the excess weight gradually over 2-3 months to keep all your muscle while looking lean and hard.

The fighter

This is someone who’s main goal is to improve their fighting skills and become a better fighter. One aspect of this is gaining some size, as thick muscles will help absorb powerful strikes, but you will also need explosive power and plenty of muscle endurance. This is a tricky thing to train for, as you need to be fairly quick and explosive over an extended period of time, all while staying in motion. Good basic exercises are dead-lifts, squats, bent over rows, bench press and military press in the lower rep ranges, 3-5 for 5-8 sets, as well as explosive exercises like jump squats, power clean and medicine ball throws. A good amount of core work, neck and grip training is also advised. Plenty of carbs will be needed for energy, but you will want to switch to a high protein diet when cutting weight since higher carb intake will make you retain more water weight. A good example of an all-encompassing fighter’s training workout is MMA legend Georges St-Pierre’s workout.

I just want to look reasonably fit and stay healthy

This is the everyday Joe or Jane, looking for a little more than good health and a decent body, without spending a whole lot of time and effort to get these things. Chances are you aren’t able to fit in more than 2 workout sessions per week, and you can only squeeze in some 40-50 minutes of gym time. You can go the traditional bodybuilding route and do a 3×10 program, but there is a nice little routine by YouTube fitness guru and science guy Jason Blaha, which is specifically geared towards busy average people with modest fitness goals. You have to be at the gym twice a week, it’s no problem if you miss a workout, and you don’t have to go for maximum intensity and punish your body each workout session. As far as food goes, just try watch your calories as much as you can and stack your fridge and pantries with healthy food.

There you have it – a little bit for everyone. Exercise can lead to a lot of different goals and can be made to fir a huge variety of lifestyles and preferences so, pick your poison and stop making excuses.

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Untapped Tips To Write A Killer Blog Post Title Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:13:31 +0000 Think before writing

Are you exhausted to find how to write a killer blog post title? You’re at right place. Here, you’ll promptly find out amazing tips to write a killer blog post titles that will attract visitors and grab them to your site. Blog post title is a crucial factor for getting visitors to read your blog […]

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Tips for New Parents Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:10:53 +0000 Young Family Having Fun In Park

Being a parent is one of the biggest responsibilities an individual can encounter throughout his or her life. A proper way of raising a child doesn’t just include feeding it, clothing it and keeping it warm, it should also include working on his or her personality. Many young parents let their children be brought up […]

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Purchasing Process: I bet Your Posts are Not Targeting Buyers! Sat, 16 Aug 2014 07:08:56 +0000 purchasing process

Before create a Sizzling Post you need to consider your audience! Are they buyers or are they researchers. This can be the difference between making money or creating lots of informational content on your website – which is great if your website is your hobby. The purchasing process determines when a person is researching for […]

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Tips for New Businesses – How Not to Step on Your Own Toes Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:06:17 +0000 business

When people search for tips on how to successfully start a business, they are actually asking how to start up a business without the risk of it going on pause permanently. Unfortunately, there is no bulletproof way to start a new entrepreneurship, meaning that there is always a risk that your investment can go down […]

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Ten tips for selling your travel photos to the tourism industry Tue, 12 Aug 2014 07:05:21 +0000 L'Ile Rousse, Corsica

Are you a travel blogger who enjoys photography? While travelling have you built-up a huge collection  of beautiful images from around the world. Have you ever thought of selling your photographs to the tourism industry through a photographic library or by approaching the tour operators themselves? And if you already have tried this, but without much success, are you wondering why your photographs aren’t selling?

Having worked within the industry for many years, as a photographer and a photographic editor, I would like to share some hints and tips on how photographs are selected and how you can improve your chances of selling your photographs to the tourism industry. And don’t forget the small independent tour operators who specialise in specific destinations. The Association of Independent Tour Operators has a useful list of UK companies.

1. Blue skies and sunshine

It may seem obvious but the aim here is to sell holidays and tour operators will want their brochures full of glorious sunshine and clear blue skies (maybe with just a few fluffy white clouds). Even a skiing brochure is full of photographs with brilliant blue skies. A moody sky with interesting cloud formations may create a much more artistic image that would look superb hanging in a gallery but in the main it won’t sell holidays.

2. Shoot a variety of subjects

Don’t just limit your photography to landscapes, cityscapes and the obvious iconic symbols of a destination but extend your collection to all the things that represent that destination. Images of traditional cuisine, flower stalls, shop window displays, smiling locals, interesting architectural details and so forth all make useful supplementary images. That doesn’t mean you should not take images of say, crumbling buildings if they are evocative and beautiful, but keep in mind that the aim is to sell the destination.


Apples, rue Montorgueil, Paris

Fish Benechin, The Gambia

Tour operators often send photographers on assignment to not only capture destination shots but also images of properties such as hotels, villas, swimming pools and interiors so if this is something you would like to do, build up a selection of appropriate images for your portfolio and then approach companies directly. Perhaps they would like to hire you to photograph some holiday homes in an area you are about to visit.

3. Create space for copy

L'Ile Rousse with text

When a designer is laying out a page they will sometimes want to use an image that has large uncluttered areas of uniform colour where they can lay text over the top so that it will still be clearly legible. This is common on front covers of magazines and brochures but also on internal spreads. So remember to take some extra shots of that stunning view that intentionally allow for this.

4. Take both portrait and landscape orientation shots

Taking this one step further, where possible shoot both portrait (vertically) and landscape (horizontally) orientated photographs to give the designer the greatest choice of layout.

5. Leave space for cropping

Don’t crop in too tight to your subject. Designers are often working with fixed templates where the photographs are a certain shape and size so you should leave space around the main subject in your photograph to allow for it to be used in a variety of picture box shapes.

Holiday Apartments, Corsica

6. Wide angle lenses

Using a wide angle lens is great for capturing interiors or making swimming pools look large but be careful to not overdo this so that a pool looks Olympic sized when it is no more than a splash pool. For interiors don’t use a lens that is so wide that it creates distortions.

7. Photo enhancement

Most photographs can be improved upon after they have been taken by tweaking the levels, sharpening etc. The best software is Adobe Photoshop and even Photoshop Elements, which isn’t too expensive, will allow you to do basic enhancements. Lightroom is another popular choice by professionals. The tourism industry generally likes bright, saturated colours but, as with the sharpening, don’t overdo it; keep things looking natural.

8. When to use digital manipulation

While it is perfectly permissible to alter images for fine art purposes, photographs that are to be used within the tourism industry do need to be an accurate representation of the subject. By all means remove unwanted items from a photograph, such as rubbish on a beach, or even the odd person or two to make it look a little less crowded but never remove an object that is a permanent feature. While it is fine to remove something that is temporary such as a crane, scaffolding or a car, it is not OK to remove overhead cables or telegraph poles that are permanent structures.

9. Model and property release forms

The rules vary slightly from country to country and even from state to state within the USA but if possible always get a signed model release form from anyone that is recognisable in a photograph and this doesn’t just apply to professional models. For minors the form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Likewise it is advisable where possible to obtain a signed property release form stating that the owner of a certain property, such as a building or even a pet, has given you consent to take the photograph of that property and to use it.

Sometimes this just isn’t possible but not having a release form will limit the saleability of an image to editorial purposes only and will entirely exclude some uses including advertising.

More information on property/model release forms can be found on various stock photography websites. Sample forms can be found on Shutterstock. Some photographic libraries require model release forms for ALL images in which a person is recognisable even if you cannot see their face.

10. Less is more

It has been said many times before but it is so often overlooked that I felt I should include this point; it is possibly the most important and applies to all areas of photography; be selective and super critical. When choosing images for submission or for an online gallery only show your very best work and only show a few variations of the same subject (see points 4 and 5). You may have many superb photographs but these will be hard to spot among a sea of mediocre images and even just a few poorly selected images can ruin an otherwise first rate collection.

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