5 Reasons To Travel Off The Beaten Path.

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Travelling off the beaten path doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to go out there in search of an island that nobody has ever heard of before. It’s simply choosing to explore beautiful places that usually don’t get as much hype as Paris and the likes.

Also, it’s very important to choose destinations not because they are popular, but because they have the kind of environment you’ve always wanted to be in.

Like if I was given the opportunity to visit either London or Cappadocia, I’d choose the latter because of how much I adore nature! 🙂

Here are a couple of reasons why you should consider travelling off the beaten path:

1. Less crowded.

Nobody likes crowds.

2. Way cheaper.

Mostly if it’s within your region.

3. Authentic experience.

These places have very few expats living there and therefore the experience you get is quite raw. From the cuisines, to the interactions you’ll have with the locals and everything else in between.

4. Everything is fresher.

The air. The food. More like a little bit of heaven.

5. Feels more like home.

Off-the-beaten-path destinations are usually calmer, quieter, peaceful and more private than popular tourist spots.

Always be kind.

Dee.

How To Haggle Like A Pro.

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We all love markets, don’t we? 🙂

Thing is, markets also come with very flexible prices and at times sellers exaggerate them way too much. Especially if you look foreign. Or a little naive. So here are a couple of tips and tricks to help you with that:

1. Engage the seller in simple conversation.

Be kind. Find out how they are doing. How long they’ve been in the business. Whether or not they made the goods they are selling by themselves. If so, a compliment won’t hurt. 🙂

2. Make it look like you are just casually looking around even though you have something specific in mind.

If they notice that you are being a specific in any way, they’ll assume that you must have come prepared (financially) and that you’ll leave with whatever it is that you’re eyeing at any cost.

3. Ask for the price of the item you are interested in.

Very, very, very casually.

4. Gasp a little and ask if they can sell it for half the amount they mentioned.

You know. Because that’s all you have to spare. And because what you’ll be left with will be your transport money or something like that.

5. Meet them in the middle.

As they slowly reduce their price, increase yours a little. Until you settle on a price that both parties are okay with.

There you go! Now you have whatever it is that you really wanted to buy and a few extra coins in your pocket for lunch too! 🙂

Always be kind.

Dee.

How To Take: Stunning Pictures Of Wildlife.

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Hey there! 🙂

Hope you are all doing great.

Today, I’m gonna share a few tips with you on how to take amazing pictures of wildlife.

1. Blend In.

Make an effort to blend in with the environment. It will increase the chances of you getting a more natural shot. You know. Since you are not sticking out like a sore thumb in the wilderness.

2. Angle and Lighting.

Most animals love seeking shade under trees and all. This makes it hard to take pictures of them since they may appear darker than they should. So you need to work your way around those shadows. Go to the other side of the animal maybe. Very smoothly though. Then take your shot.

3. Composition tells The Story.

Get as much of the natural habitat as the animals you are capturing into your frame. This lets viewers have an idea of what’s going on without having to say a word.

4. Steady Hands.

Wildlife can be unpredictable. One minute they’re “posing” for a shot and the next they are running away from you. As much as you would love to run after them and shoot, you’re much better off standing still and zooming in. While keeping the camera very steady so as to avoid blurry images.

5. Timing and Persistence.

Those “Magic Shots” don’t just happen. You have to be really patient. Observe the wildlife. Admire them. Enjoy the moment. Take it all in. And take a couple of pictures as you do so. Your “Magic Shot” will be in there somewhere when you finally relax and go through the photos you took.

Always be kind.

Dee.

Photography for Beginners: 5 Ways to Get the Perfect Shot.

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I’m no professional photographer or anything but my passion for photography has always made me look for ways to improve my shots.

There’s nothing I ogle at more than photos that ooze originality and creativity.

Here are a few tips and tricks to get your photos looking just as good:

1. Composition.

Your picture should be able to tell a story so consider what’s going to be in the frame. You could have one or two subjects in one photo and a couple of complimentary objects around them to spice up the shot. But always make sure to focus on what you need to stand out.

2. Lighting.

Very essential in photography and it takes a while for one to be able to understand how to play around with it. In basic photography, the source of light (e.g the sun) should always be behind the photographer, while the subject of the photo (e.g a baby) should be in front of the photographer. That allows just enough light to fall on the subject without casting a shadow over the photographer’s lens.

But then again, for those who enjoy testing their creativity, you could change those positions to get some cool effects like silhouettes. This occurs when the subject is between the source of light and the photographer.

3. Angles.

Now, in as much as I love straight up shots, they do tend to become a little bit boring. It does help when you mix them up with aerial and side-angle shots.

4.  Take multiple images.

One is just never enough. Because you might get home, upload the picture to your computer, see the magnified version, dislike it, delete it and cry. But then if you have a couple of images to choose from, that saves you the tears because you’ll definitely end up loving one, if not a couple of the pictures you took.

5. Edit.

Finally, get creative and edit your picture. Crop it, add some saturation, level out the brightness, add some highlights and you’ll have that photo looking like it was taken by a professional! 🙂

“The best camera is the one you have with you.” – Unknown

Hope this has been helpful.

Always be kind.

Dee.