My mom is a worrier. Since I started out living on my own, she had kept pressing me to get a non-lethal weapon, such as a stun gun, for my own protection. She normally emphasized that stun guns just paralyze an attacker temporarily during direct contact by transmitting a jolt of electricity to the body.
I constantly tell her that I am a big girl already and that I can take care of myself. But when I saw different kinds of stun guns for sale at a shopping mall where we both loved to shop, I just had to have a look. If not one of them could hurt its target for good, what would I have to lose?
A 500,000-volt stun baton was the first that I checked out. Because of its length, it appeared sleek. Stun batons, since they are longer, have an extended reach. Thus, they can send a jolt of electric shock to your attacker’s body at a secure distance.
In addition, low voltage stun guns involve less risk of seriously hurting an assailant considering that they administer a mild electric shock only.
After that, I headed over to a display of a rechargeable lipstick stun gun with a flashlight. I can hear cheers of “Hooray for being fashion forward!” from my girl buddies in case I got one of these disguised stun guns. It poses as a lipstick so it could be concealed easily and can surprise an assailant as it looks far from being a weapon.
Plus, flashlight stun guns come with a built-in flashlight which can help in aiming accurately and stunning a felon at nighttime.
My last stop in the shop was a 2.5 million-volt stun gun. High voltage stun gun can take a mugger down with only a few shots. Needless to say, there is no need to be concerned given that the incapacitation is only for some minutes.
Ultimately, I got myself the lipstick stun gun, which could readily fit in any purse of mine. And since there were plenty of powerful stun guns for sale at the time, I made a decision to get another one for my safety-conscious mother too.
Ellan A DiPaolo has been training people how to operate self defense products to defend themselves for years. There are dozens of options, like stun guns, pepper sprays and personal alarms. He provides complete support and instruction on how to operate the products.
Capturing life’s special moments, in a meaningful way, is possible for anyone who goes out of their way to learn the nuances of photography. Though anyone can purchase a camera, not every person who holds one, will truly master it. Mastering the art of photography is a process that is learned and anyone who seeks out information can become a great photographer. Follow these tips to achieve your maximum potential behind the lens of your camera.
Be careful to capture natural smiles when you photograph people. Often people will put on an obviously fake smile when they know you are trying to get a photo. Assure that their face is relaxed, that the smile is not forced, and the eyes reflect genuine emotion. Take several shots until it is right.
When you are getting ready to show off all of the shots that you have taken to other people, make sure that you are only showing and sharing your best shots. Not everyone will be so kind if they see a practice shot, no matter if it is surrounded by good ones. Show your best to people.
To get the most out of a shot, snap a picture and move closure to the object while continually snapping shots until the frame is filled with the object. The viewer will see the details of the shot clearer, and sometimes the details make the shot more interesting to the viewer.
A great photography tip is to make sure you keep your batteries warm when you’re shooting in the cold. The cold tends to drain batteries very fast so you need to do whatever you can to keep them warm. Putting them in your pocket is an easy way to keep them warm.
To shoot vintage-style photos, smear a dab of petroleum jelly on the outer edges of your camera lens (or use a lens filter, if you are worried about greasing up your actual lens). This technique blurs the edges of your shots, providing a fun, distorted look that mimics old-school photography.
A great photography tip that can help you out is to learn as much as you can about your camera. Try to learn all of its functions so that you can easily select them on the fly. You don’t want to miss an opportunity by fiddling with your camera.
It’s time for your tripod. Take it out of the closet and find the cable release. Still have those neutral density filters? Get them too. You’re going for a night shoot at the school fair. You have arrived. See the pretty colored lighting at the booths and rides? You will photograph the Ferris wheel, exposing not for the overall scene but for the lights. Place the camera on the tripod and attach the cable release. Set the ISO low, at 100 or if possible, lower. Use a shutter speed of maybe fifteen seconds. Set the aperture at f/16 or smaller if your camera can do it this will make pinpoint lights look like stars. Take some test exposures and make adjustments, and use your neutral density filters if necessary. You have a finished product! Thanks to the tripod, everything is sharp except for the ghostly images of fair goers moving about, and the turning Ferris wheel appears as a circular streak of gorgeous colors. The lights at the booths shine like stars.
Now that you have been enlightened by these simple photographic tips, grab your camera and get out there. That “magic moment” is just a click away, and the world won’t stop spinning. So let your imagination run free, then capture the results for posterity. Only you can tell the photographic story that unfolds from your own unique point of view.