Facebook Addiction: A Scourge on Productivity

I have a bit of a confession to make. I am a Facebook addict.

Not just Facebook, actually – all social media. Instagram, Youtube, Pinterest, Twitter – I spend way too much time on all of them, and it kills my productivity.

One of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2016 is to cut out these time sinks once and for all, starting with Facebook. It’s proving to be a lot more difficult than I originally imagined.

I came across a site called HowtoQuitFacebook.com, which has been incredibly useful in understanding why I’m so addicted in the first place, and how to take steps toward quitting. I’d highly recommend that anyone considering cutting back on their social media use take a look at this site.

I haven’t quite brought myself to deactivate my account yet, but I’m hovering around the idea. On the one hand I can see how it would be immediately beneficial. On the other, I know I would miss the distraction – which is absurd, right?

Taking Better Pictures of Products

One of the things people ask me to take pictures of are their products. E-commerce is a hot thing today and more and more people are taking their businesses online and great product pictures help in enticing consumers to buy what you are selling since they are unable to personally see the products.


So, how do you take great pictures of NZ duvet covers, for example? To start with, you need the right equipment. Well, of course you will need a good camera, tripod, white background, a table and tapes. Once you have collected all your gears, you need to set up your shooting area. The table must be placed near the window so as to let as much natural light in. The closer you are to the window, the softer the light will be. However, you wouldn’t want direct sunlight hitting your set because it is hard and it does not look good on people or on products.

The product must be set up in the middle of the surface and it must be positioned correctly. What I do is after taking a picture, I evaluate how they look like. You will be able to see what is working and what is not working. There are plenty of ways to take a picture and you can experiment with these different methods and see what works best for you.

There are also various post production software such as Photoshop and Lightroom which you can use to make your pictures look their best.


Getting Great Photographs of Your Date

Going on a date and finding someone with whom you can share things with is a precious thing. This is one of the many reasons why people like going on a date and why many people go on dating sites and a lot of people seek New Zealand dating advice.


Most people like to take picture of their dates for posterity and as commemoration of how far their relationship has gone. This is a good thing as the couple has something to look back to and cherish. When taking photographs of your date, you need to at least know the basics because you want the pictures to turn out right. You wouldn’t want pictures which are not straight or pictures which are wrongly focused.

You do not have to be a professional to take decent pictures. Knowing the basics will do and knowing the basics will go a long way. There are various articles online, as well as training videos which can help you improve your skills in taking pictures. If you have a friend who is a professional photographer, you can also ask them for tips and advice.

Great pictures will also impress your date. Who knows, you might get a second or even a third date? Or even a long lasting relationship.

Starting a Successful Photography Business

If the science and art of photography is something you love and you want to turn your passion into a business, you need more skills than just taking great pictures. Aside from capturing excellent photos you also need to manage the business side of things too and this is where a lot of passionate photographers fail because it is not as simple as most people think.


If you want your business to prosper, you must manage your finances well and this means incorporating your business and setting up an account to your business name. You may also need to take out a small loan to kickstart your business. One of the things you will need is a good accounting software such as Acclaim software.

Another important aspect of your business is your staff. With a good staff your business will be able to achieve a lot of things. Choose the most competent and friendly people you can find for they are the face of your business. They should know how to accommodate customers and they should know how to establish clear contracts, as well as have a strong rapport together.

Advertising is another important factor because if people do not even know that your company exists, you will not get any money through your door.

Hire a Professional Photographer for Important Events

It is important to have keepsakes of the most important events in lives. Most people take photographs for remembrance and posterity. Fortunately today, it is easier to take photos thanks to digital cameras and smart phones. However, this does not mean that everyone is a photographer. If you want tastefully done and beautiful Christchurch photography, you should hire a professional for the job.


Photographs are forever and they have the power to ruin what would have been an otherwise gorgeous event. It is of utmost importance to leave videos and photographs to the hands of the expert so that you will have something to look back on when you are older. When you look at the photos you will remember the laughter, the smiles and the well wishes and not turn red with anger because of the odd angles of the photos and the people who were seemingly cut from the photos.

Check the professional photographers in your area and call them up for their rates. It is also advisable to take a look at their reviews. You want a photographer who you can trust to take beautiful photos for you. If their previous clients have nothing but good things to say about them then you can trust that you will end up with good things to say about them too.

Homestay Abroad

Doing homestays abroad is one way where you can immerse with the local culture of the country that you are visiting, and that is the true essence of travelling. There are plenty of things that you can do with your sponsor family, like create figurines out of plaster, cook and eat together with them, go to famous tourist destinations with them, going to the roads less taken and seeing the world from the perspective of a local are all very exciting experiences.


But before you go on a homestay in a foreign country, it is always best to study about their culture and their beliefs so as to avoid offending them inadvertently. You might want to say one thing, but they might misconstrue it and take it against you. When you do get to visit your host family’s home, you might come across some beautiful homes which might have been designed by top notch plasterers, as homes in different companies have their own unique architecture. Try to contribute to the chores, and do try make yourself useful, and you will be bound to have a wonderful during your homestay abroad.

Saving on Travel Expenses

Travelling has become an expensive proposition for others, but that need not be the case. You don’t need to spend a lot to enjoy your travel. As the adage goes, “all the best things in life are free”, and I truly believe in that, you just need to look in the right places to enjoy yourself. If you bring your own toiletries, preparing your photography equipment beforehand, and doing the proper research will do wonders for your trip.

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Before you travel, make sure that you do your research on your destination, there are bound to be either free or inexpensive places where you can go, like for example, if you go to the park, then you are bound to see lush greenery, and the occasional family photographer taking the family portraits, or if you go the back streets, you’re bound to find a good place to eat just around the corner. Just do your research beforehand, and you will have an enjoyable journey that will be friendly on your pockets.

On my recent trip to New Zealand, I found the budget travel guide www.nztravelsecrets.com immensely valuable for helping me make the most of my money.

The Art of Travel

There are a lot of people who travel all over the world, some for business, most for pleasure. There a lot of places to see, historical landmarks, cultural traditions, and the different foods are definitely reasons why people make the effort to travel, and during the course of their voyage, travelers tend rent a house or a room, rather than book a hotel because it’s economical.


Travelling can be a lot of fun if done properly, just make sure that you bring along enough money, know the culture of the places that you plan on visiting, and always get travel insurance because you never know what’s going to happen, you might eat something that doesn’t agree with you, or you might feel under the weather due to the changing climate.

When you visit different countries, and you choose a place on where to stay, it’s always important to get in touch with a company who is credible, this is to ensure your stay is both safe and comfortable, so make sure that you get in touch with Pukeko Rental Managers when you’re in town so that you’ll have one less thing off your mind when you travel.

Preparing for a Friend’s Visit

My friend is coming over the weekend. And I feel like I need to be a great host especially because I haven’t seen this friend of mine in a long, long time. So I did some shopping this morning to make sure that everything’s covered. I bought the things I need and the things I think I’ll need. Just to make sure. But shopping some supplies doesn’t cut it. I need to make the home more homely. I need to make my friend really feel relaxed and at home during her stay.


I think I’ll do some minor changes in the interior. Like changing the arrangement of the furniture and appliances. I’ll also change the sheets and do some cleaning. Maybe I can replace or add to the paintings and decors on the wall. I am also thinking of getting some new Venetian blind. I will definitely make my place the best. I should make it look more modern and refreshing. Now, where to start?

Someone’s Visiting


Airport Transfer

A friend from Sydney recently called that she will pay a visit here in Auckland this weekend. I was so glad to hear about her visit because she is one of my closest friends and I haven’t seen her in ages! She asked me to pick her up at the airport so I could drive her around the city.

I pointed her towards my favourite Auckland budget travel guide before she came so she could get an idea of some of the best things to do here before she arrives.

The thing is, I am not available on her scheduled arrival. Sure, I can show her around and I could even let her stay at my place. But I just couldn’t pick her up at the airport due to a conflict in schedule. So asked another friend who is from Auckland if she happened to know a reliable company for Auckland airport transfers. And she immediately recommended a company whose services she had recently experienced. So I phoned back my friend that she has nothing to worry about and that everything’s paved for her. Problem solved!

I am now so excited for the weekend to come because we have lots and lots to talk about. We have years of “not having seen each other” to catch up to.