Sunday, April 5, 2020

How Students Spend their Leisure Time

Everyone have their own likes and preferences when it comes to leisure time activities. However, there are many leisure activities that do not have age limits. Such an activity as reading is applicable for anyone, young and old, and this is one of the best and most beneficial leisure activity for students.

I spend my leisure time mostly reading, but I also crochet, and I love going out for walks, especially in the woods. My grandfather used to spend his mornings reading the newspaper, and he loved nature, so he spent plenty of time outdoors, walking. He passed away almost a year ago, in March, and up to a month before he passed he still kept up those two activities. My grandmother, on the other hand, loved to spend time indoors, and she spent plenty of that time crocheting. In fact, she’s the one who taught me to crochet, when I was six.

A friend of mine from high school loves knitting, whereas her grandmother has been a yoga instructor for decades. Another friend’s grandfather learned to ski over ten years ago, when he was 65, and still goes skiing every year.

I think there are a lot of hobbies and leisure time activities that have no age limit; let’s take reading as an example. There are books for young adults, books for adults, children’s books, fiction, non-fiction, biographies, you name it. I know older people that spend their afternoons reading, and if I think back as far as age six, I’ve done the same whenever I get the chance. So I don’t know if I would answer a definite yes, but there are many young people and old people that do spend their leisure time in the same way.

Leisure time can be either good or bad, depending on how effectively the time is utilized. Leisure time can be an ideal time for developing skills, stress reduction and many other positive developments that one can gain from the leisure time activities they take on. At the same time, leisure time can be detrimental to development, if used in an irresponsible way. Students need to be keen on the way they spend their leisure time to avoid the downside effects.

On one hand, positive use of leisure is linked to identity development, increased coping skills, stress reduction, activity innovation, increased physical activity, socialization, academic and community engagement, well-being and health.

On the other hand, there is a flip side to leisure. Free time can be used negatively. Negative use of free time is coupled with eating disorders, stress, limited coping skills, physical inactivity, social isolation, aggression and violence, academic and community disengagement and excess alcohol consumption and other substance abuse.

Empowering students with the knowledge that during their free time they can take personal and positive control of their lives is, therefore, of critical importance.

It is time for Penn State and the broader community to step beyond simply providing recreation programming, encouraging volunteering, fostering collegiate sports and promoting club membership.

We need to help students understand why it is beneficial to engage in positive leisure pursuits and how to put their values toward positive use of free time into action.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Latest Innovations in Photography

Technology has never failed to amaze us with its continuous advancements. It has been applied to many different fields including the field of photography. Photography has been improved dramatically through time and more photography advancements are still being developed till present. Before there was only still photograph or pictures but now, a camera can shoot and record videos as well as do many other functions most people do not ever know exist.

There are other advancements in the photography industry that will be most helpful when selecting your main photography tool, the camera.

Video Capable

Most point and shoot cameras now have video capabilities which can record up to 1080p HD videos. There are just a few high-end professional cameras with this capability though, as most professional photographers were not really interested in video recordings. However, recently there seems to have been a realization that both still photographs and videos are useful even for professionals. Canon has contributed a high-end professional camera with video capabilities. It released the first DSLR with full HD video capability, the EOS 5D Mark II and now Canon released Mark III. Mark III features a 1080p30 full HD video with stereo audio ability. This was proven by the recently released DSLR camera from Nikon. Nikon’s D800 DSLR is audio/video capable and can record a 1080p full HD video.

Another technology applied in the photography field is an addition of a GPS unit on digital cameras. GPS units are able to automatically register locations where your photographs are taken, complete with the longitude, latitude, and altitude data as well as time. This has been a popular and well-loved feature in digital cameras not only by amateur but professional photographers too. Landscape as well as wildlife photographers are able to exploit this feature as they are able to return to good spots for more beautiful pictures which may not be easily tracked without GPS.
Wi-Fi Ready

Probably one of the best advancements of cameras today is the automatic registration of photographs in cameras which no longer needs developing so images may be viewed. This advancement is even further enhanced as many digital cameras today are Wi-Fi ready so you can immediately share or upload photographs to social media sharing sites or image hosting sites without the need to print, scan or upload the images in computers.

On-Camera Photograph Editing

Most digital cameras are also equipped with in-camera editing software which can help enhance the photographs you have taken. Canon’s EOS 7D firmware has been improved to have added on-camera photograph editing features such as peripheral illumination, chromatic aberration, distortion, white balance adjustments, picture style and sharpness, instant resizing and more.

The photography industry has gone a long way with advancements and innovations but there does not seem to be any sign of stopping as the photography developers are going for more each month. More and more promising improvements are being developed to make photography life easier and finer with the help of digital cameras both for professionals and amateurs alike.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Some Fresh Ideas For Students

College life can be very hectic and challenging. Once you get into a higher education institution, you get sucked into the whirlpool of lectures, assignments, workshops, conferences, and new acquaintances. At time, you may feel overwhelmed by this new breakneck pace of life and reluctant to go on your education quest.

Water Drops

Is there anything instilling more tranquility and appeasement in beholders that the sight of water drops? You can capture the reflection of the outside world in a small raindrop or shoot a dewdrop sliding down a rose petal. Such tender images represent the quintessence of nature’s beauty, innocence, and inherent purity.

You can also easily create and shoot droplets in your studio (or a dorm room.) All you need is a container of liquid, which may be colored or transparent. Tilt you container slightly and let water drip off its walls. You may take advantage of your zoom lens and shoot a stunning macro image of the drops. Alternatively, you may take a bowl, basin, or even a teaspoon filled with water and drop a stone, fruit, or any other object into it. Shoot the resulting splash. Feel free to regulate the size and frequency of the drops to your liking.

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