Great Community Service Opportunities

community serviceIn today’s society, the call to help one another has been sounded again and again. There are so many great causes out there that it can be hard to see what good you can do as an individual. Everyone deserves to have a little help in their lives, and whether you are passionate about children, animals, veterans, or any other facet of life on this earth, there are things that you can do today to start making a difference in your community. If you know that you want to start participating in community service opportunities but you don’t know where to start, here are a few questions that you might want to ask yourself as you keep looking for ways to help.

What can I do? While giving community service is largely about helping other people, you have to go through a fair amount of introspection before you can really understand the contribution that you are able to make. If you are talented in any way, you can use that to help people. If you are passionate about something, use that passion to uplift those around you. You have many chances to help people, but if you choose to participate in a way that isn’t right for you, it will be easy to think that you don’t matter as a helper. It’s not true; you just have to apply yourself in the right way.

Where can I go? Knowing how you can help is a big step, but if you can’t find a place to apply yourself in that way then all that introspection will have gone to waste. Whatever you are passionate about doing to help people, there are other people out there with the same passion, and oftentimes there are organizations set up that already do the things that you are hoping to do. Seek out these organizations. Right now, there are dozens of organizations in your area that are looking for more help doing what they do. Organizations that help veterans are especially in need of volunteers because there are so many veterans who are in need of help. Finding these organizations is as easy as a quick internet search and a phone call.

How can I help? Leaders of organizations often have specific needs that volunteers and community service providers can take care of. While they might not be the exact tasks that you had in mind, you can rest easy knowing that you are helping an organization that makes the world better for people in your community. If you cannot find an organization that helps people according to your passion, don’t be afraid to start one. Petition people in your community to help you make a difference!

Tips for Taking Photographs of People

woman in natureEveryone loves a good snapshot. Photos bring back memories of happy days; family reunions, weddings, outings and many other occasions. If you are doing photography as a hobby or are planning to go commercial, you must be in a position to give it your best shot. The following tips will be of great help as you hone your photography skills:

Keep your subject closer

If you want good photographs, always focus on the subject. It could be an individual or a group of people. Let the select location become the backdrop not the other way round. For instance, you should not make people seem like tiny objects standing in front of a castle, the sea or a vehicle. Don’t squeeze in all the objects in the background. Instead, let the people you are photographing stand out amidst the background.


This is very crucial in every photographic work. Take photos when it is cloudy and overcast. During this time, there is softness in the light. At the same time, people will not be forced to squint as a result of strong light from the sun. When shooting portraits, choose late afternoons when the sun is low. Let your subject face the sun. As for scenic photos, the best time is late in the afternoon or early morning. This is because the main source of light, the sun, is near to or emerging from a horizon.

Encourage people to do something

Photos taken while people are doing something usually come out beautifully. They are more interesting than those where people have posed. For kids, give them toys or teddy bears while adults can act like they are talking or interacting. If possible, capture images of people walking, hugging, kissing or even playing. Such pictures will have spontaneity than any other you have taken before.

Know when to turn the flash on and off

When photographing a large area and your subject is over 15 feet away, it is best to switch off your camera’s flash. A good example is a baseball game. If the flash stays on, the photograph’s foreground will appear bright while its background will be dark. Conversely, for people standing at the front of large sceneries, leave it on. The flash will illuminate the dark shadows appearing on their faces. However, the flash range varies depending on the specifications and model of the camera you are using.

Getting great facial shots

Since the main focus of a facial shot is the face, the photo will look great if people take a shave first. This is especially true for men. Ask your friend or spouse to do the needful. After shaving, applying after shave lotion will enhance the looks on his face. Try applying these tips and note how great your photos look!

Shoot Amazing Photos with These Top 5 Android Apps


HDR Camera

HDR stands for high dynamic range and this app offers Smartphone users the option of taking better photographs. The camera takes pictures at different exposures and combines the shots into a finished image. While some apps require steady hands for clear, crisp photos, HDR features de-ghosting technology that provides awesome pictures despite slight movement. The app offers brilliant colors and fine detail along with the capability of controlling tone, contrast and exposure. The paid version additionally provides flash control and geo tagging.


Many agree that Vignette is the best app going for taking Android pictures. Many willingly spend $4.00 for the app after trying the free demo. The program provides professional looking photographs with numerous capabilities. Open Vignette and immediately see a viewfinder screen. The right side features border, light, pixel and timer adjustments, which set the scene before taking the shot. The app additionally contains over 60 settings for adjusting color, grayscale, adding cinematic and vintage effects or choosing frames. The only drawback revolves around having different menus for effects.

Camera ZOOM FX

This $3.00 app appeals to anyone who enjoys adding artistic touches to otherwise ordinary photographs. The free version limits the image size while the paid version offers up to five megapixel quality pictures. Take awesome photographs using auto focus, a voice activated timer, stable shot or burst mode functions. Afterwards, choose art, color, distort and frame effects to alter the image. Add borders, celebrities, props or skins during editing.

Fast Burst Camera

Shutterbugs who enjoy capturing action shots really like the Fast Burst Camera app. By merely pressing the shutter button, or anywhere on the screen, the camera takes up to 30 pictures per second. Tapping the screen captures single shots. While in rapid capture mode, the viewfinder features a corner gauge that monitors buffer memory. Once the gauge empties, users resume taking photos. The user-friendly app comes in free and paid versions. At $4.00, the app also provides digital zoom, flash and focus functions.

Photaf 3D Panorama Pro

For around $4.00, this application easily creates 360-degree panoramic views manually or automatically by seamlessly blending a succession of photographs. From the main menu, geo tag photos using the phone’s GPS function. The app then asks whether the user desires taking the photographs manually or prefers that the camera perform the function. Viewing panes provide perfect alignment and an audible beep signals when to take the shot. Once completed and stitched, merely touch the screen and view the panoramic view. Users must upload images to the Photaf public gallery for viewing and sharing.

Author Bio

Kip is the manager of a Portland based cell phone store where he sells mobile phones and mobile accessories. Away from work, Kip can be found hiking and taking photographs of nature.