I’ve had my fair share of scrapes and bruises in my adventures while out shooting the things that I shoot. Once, I witnessed a grand thunderstorm, a massive storm sitting right over the Peace River. It was pitch black and pouring rain. I had brought an umbrella with me. I got out of the car and quickly opened up the umbrella. I used it to fight the wind while I grabbed my gear. I unfolded my tripod and got set up as quick as possible and—pop!—my umbrella turned completely inside out.
Shooting a great photo is rarely a spur of the moment occasion. Most great photos are searched out and planned. I do a lot of searching. My spidey-senses goes berserk when I find it something that I can see in my mind laid out on canvas. When I’m out searching, I look for certain aspects including the three most important pieces of a great photo: foreground, subject, and horizon.
Getting into flash photography is a whole new skill that one must learn to achieve great results. There a place and time to use it or destroy a great photo because you shouldn’t have. One place not recommended to use flash is indoors in small rooms. Your result is usually a nice bright photo of cousin Bill eating popcorn, but he has a black outline because of the shadows created by a super tiny bright light sitting on top of your camera.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".