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Simple Life Hacks & Habits You Can Copy From Billionaires

– Billionaires are super successful, but how do they become successful? Many billionaires are self-made, and along the way they figured out simple habits and life hacks to save money, boost productivity, and make great decisions. Intrigued? Keep watching as to learn these 20 simple habits and life hacks you can copy from billionaires. – Amazing! – Number 20, scheduling and productivity hacks. Apple founder Steve Jobs believed in honing in on the best three projects at a company and disregarding all the others. The big three is the ultimate productivity hack to simplify a complex life. For your own life, choose three things that can be reasonably accomplished within the day. Ideally, they would be things that have fast-approaching deadlines, like paying a bill, things that have been causing you stress, or things you’ve been procrastinating about. You’ll feel great once they’re all done. Repeat every day for unparalleled productivity. You can also get the most out of your day with some high-octane scheduling, Elon Musk style. He schedules his time in five minute blocks, but then he is running two very notable companies, Tesla and SpaceX. In order to save time changing between the two companies, Musk spends two full days each week at each one, and Friday is divided between the two.

Knowing exactly what you need to be doing and when saves time procrastinating about what task to do next. Here’s another one. Do you suffer from Monday-itis and spend the day procrastinating about the week ahead? Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, doesn’t. He hits the ground running on Monday by spending some time on Sunday reflecting, strategizing and preparing for the week. Try it, and you’ll find your productivity will spike and the transition from weekend to working week is that much easier. Number 19, invest in time. Do you know that very successful people spend a lot less time watching TV than the average person? That’s because they have a greater understanding of the value of time, like the richest person in the world, Warren Buffet, who made his wealth by taking a long-term approach to investments. But he also knew how to prioritize in the short term. Buffet once advised his personal pilot to ignore any goals that weren’t in his top five. That way, he wouldn’t be distracted, and would be more likely to achieve those goals.

While our goals may not be as large as a pilot’s or a billionaire’s, it doesn’t mean we can’t use the principle. Just like Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, who has eliminated TV watching from his life. It’s easier when you don’t even have one. Number 18, avoid alcohol and smoking. You might expect someone as ostentatious as U.S. President Donald Trump to have more than a few vices, but you’d be wrong if you thought drinking alcohol and smoking were among them. Trump believes in a straight-edge lifestyle as a precursor to success. Without distractions like alcohol and cigarettes, you not only increase financial stability, but are likely to be in better health and receive a better education, and not miss out on opportunities to succeed.

Number 17, eat healthy. It’s hard to be at the top of your game when you don’t feel your best. While some larger health issues may be outside of your control, a healthy diet is easily achieved and can work wonders on your energy levels. David Murdock, Chairman of Dole Foods and CEO of Castle and Cooke, believes his healthy diet is a huge factor in his longevity. In fact, Murdock believes he is going to live to 125 years old. He has been a vegetarian since the age of 60, and at 93 years old, he has the health of a much younger man. He’s not only interested in furthering his own health, but the health of others through collaborating on science research and wellness programs. Number 16, take public transport. You’ll be starting to pick up on a trend that many billionaires pay attention to how they spend their time, money, and also have concern for the world around them. This brings us to the next simple habit of taking public transport or using self-powered transport like walking or cycling. Two billionaires known for this are David Cheriton, founder of Distributed Systems Group, and Chuck Feeney, co-founder of Duty-Free Shoppers Group.

It’s so easy to implement in your own life. You’ll be saving dollars and reducing your carbon footprint in no time. Number 15, adopt a glass-half-full mentality. Elon Musk’s shoot for the moon attitude is particularly evident in the work of his company, SpaceX. He is literally shooting for Mars, which he hopes to colonize one day. Musk believes his undying enthusiasm gives him an edge over less optimistic competitors. His lesson is that if you don’t have hope for the future, it will meet your expectations and never be better than what it is now. So think positively and help yourself achieve greatness. Number 14, meditate. Want a super easy habit to incorporate into your daily life that is popular with billionaires? Try meditating, as well as reducing stress levels and improving memory, science has also shown meditation can boost the immune system.

Two billionaires who profess to daily meditation are media extraordinaire Oprah Winfrey and Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square. Sessions of stillness can also result in improved creativity, sharp focus, and a more positive outlook, all vital to productivity. So how often do they do it? Well, Dorsey opts for 30 minutes upon walking, and Oprah manages an impressive 20 minutes twice per day. Feeling more encouraged to try mindfulness now? Number 13, be brave and fail. Sounds crazy, do you think? Not for a minute, according to these billionaires, who believe both bravery and failure cannot be underestimated in the path to success. Richard Branson is likely to be the first billionaire that comes to mind. Not only is he brave when it comes to physical adventures like hot air ballooning, but he also uses the same philosophy for entrepreneurship, like when he started Virgin Airlines, despite having never worked in the aviation industry.

Sir Richard’s theory behind his success is that his burning desire to be creative leads him to do things not for money, but the act of creation. Similarly, when Michael Bloomberg, CEO of Bloomberg LP, was fired at the age of 39, he branched out and started a new company based on an unproven idea, the epitome of brave decision making. He doesn’t believe in wasting time worrying about failure. Number 12, play hard. They say all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Well, though Richard Branson and Elon Musk are considered to be so passionate about their work they border on obsessive, they are in no fear of being dull. Elon Musk celebrated his 30th birthday by renting a castle in England for his friends to join him and play the hide-and-seek game, Sardines. And that’s just one example among occasions like costume parties and driving fast cars. Aside from his passions for kite surfing and record breaking, Richard Branson tends to have a lot of fun with his work.

This usually happens when he has a fantastic marketing ploy to execute, like driving a tank down Fifth Avenue, or driving an amphibious car all the way from England to France. His spirit of adventure is a crucial aspect of his creativity and success. Number 11, exercise. Now, we all know we’re supposed to exercise every day. These billionaires provide the proof that we should. Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban does on hour of cardio at least six days a week. Exercise is great for boosting memory and focus. Richard Branson gets up at AM to exercise, and believes the energy and motivation it provides manifests as four extra hours of productivity every day.

So, before you blow off the gym again today, just think, what would a billionaire do? Number 10, act now for long-term goals. If you don’t make decisions in the short term with your long-term goals in mind, they will be impossible to achieve. Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, nailed tough decision making in the short term for incredible success. Take a look at eBooks, for example. While everyone else was selling eBooks for the same price as print editions, Jeff Bezos saw an opportunity and grabbed it with both hands.

He foresaw eBooks having a lower price long term, so he made the move to drop Amazon eBook prices early on. He lost money, and it was an unpopular decision, until it wasn’t and he was proven right. After all, Amazon is the top choice for eBooks these days. To implement in your own life, make sure you have at least one defined long-term goal. Think about the smaller decisions that could affect that goal right now. Maybe there was a course you want to study. Instead of spending your last $5 for the week on a coffee, save it towards your course. Number nine, pay attention to relationships. It’s important to give time and energy to the people close to you. Fostering good relationships is not only great for business in a direct sense, but great for mental well-being, which engenders success. Billionaires like Bill Gates believe in giving back through relationships. Although he had a fierce reputation in his early career, Gates became a valued mentor to some of Microsoft’s top leaders.

Mark Cuban knows the important of every single person who featured in a successful ride to the top. He realized he never would have achieved it without help, so he was and still is charming to everyone. No room for jerks here. Number eight, be thrifty. You may be under the impression that billionaires would be inclined to live large, but that isn’t always the case. Some billionaires continue to live by the habits that helped them achieve their success. No matter your income, it’s important to live below your means. Like Mark Zuckerberg, who continues to drive an entry-level sedan, or Warren Buffet, who prefers to use a flip phone, despite technological advances and the fact that a top-of-the-range smart phone costs about the same amount of money he makes in a second.

Yes, that’s right, only a single second. Also, buy cheap clothes like early Google investor David Cheriton, who sticks to jeans and t-shirts rather than designer labels. Carlos Slim, one of the richest men in the world, believes in being mindful of how you spend any of your extra money. If you find yourself in possession of a windfall, think like Slim, how can I invest this for a bigger return, rather than spend it immediately? Slim is known for his frugality, resisting any urge to purchase luxury items like a yacht or a plane. Number seven, be self-sufficient. Wouldn’t it be nice to afford a restaurant-quality lunch every day? Well, yes, it would.

But it’s nicer to have completele independence and be self-sufficient, according to self-made billionaire Charlie Ergen. The Chairman of the Dish Network makes his own lunch every day. It’s usually a sandwich and a Gatorade. It’s great to have support, but billionaires usually get to where they are by holding themselves accountable in every aspect of their lives. Number six, wear the same clothes every day. Most people seem to dislike uniforms, but billionaires can see the beauty in not having to waste time choosing what to wear every morning. Rather than agonizing over coordinating pants and shirt, or selecting suitably-appropriate attire every day, Mark Zuckerberg simply selects one of his gray t-shirts. This helps keep his focus on what he does best, serving the Facebook community. After all, he already makes so many decisions that making any more could cause fatigue. Mark Zuckerberg isn’t the only billionaire who does this, though. When Steve Jobs tried to implement an Apple vest, modeled on Sony’s idea of bonding employees to the company, Apple employees resisted. Jobs then took to wearing his own uniform of sorts, the now-famous black turtleneck and jeans combo. Number five, follow your passion obsessively. When you think about obsessively passionate billionaires, Steve Jobs would be at the top of many people’s list.

Jobs believed that you need to find what you love in order to generate enough passion to lead you to success. Success takes a great deal of perseverance, but it’s difficult to persevere if you don’t love what you do. Another billionaire who believes in doing what you love is Hewlett Packard’s CEO Meg Whitman. Whitman doesn’t think you can be happily successful if you’re forcing yourself to pursue something you don’t naturally enjoy. Number four, read widely, every day. Billionaire investors and business partners Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger are the best examples of how reading leads to success. They are continuous learners, which means they have developed as independent thinkers who can solve problems in different ways to most people. Buffet has also developed an incredible rationality, which allows him to make decisions which appear risky but result in incredible success. He estimates that he spends 80% of his work day reading and thinking. Now, while that may not be practical for the average person, you certainly can read something every day and continue to get smarter. Alternatively, you can follow Munger’s path to becoming an expert generalist. Instead of focusing on one field and studying that intensely, Munger has studied a large variety of fields in depth, from psychology to microeconomics to biology.

Munger combines knowledge from everything he reads to make better investment decisions. You too can see the world more accurately and have more breakthrough ideas by reading every day widely. Start by reading something you wouldn’t normally read. Or even better, just watch all our videos. Number three, find a mentor. Successful people choose to surround themselves with positive, smart people. One person who can prove indispensable in the road to success is a mentor. In fact, you’ll often find that billionaires become mentors to future billionaires or other successful people, like Steve Jobs, who mentored Napster founder Sean Parker and Mark Zuckerberg. Smart people know they don’t have all the answers, so embrace support and advice from others. You don’t need a fabulously-famous mentor, though, to receive the benefits. Mentors come in all forms and from all walks of life. For a student, a member of the faculty could prove to have mentor qualities. At work, try seeking out someone who you respect and is a couple of levels above you.

You don’t even have to find another person to be your mentor. Books can provide wonderful mentoring. Try reading a book about a successful person you admire instead. Number two, develop multiple streams of income. Most people have one job. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. But looking at the most successful people in the world, you realize they usually have multiple streams of income. This is useful because additional sources of income give you security if something happens to your main job, as well as boosting your financial situation overall. Richard Branson is the ultimate developer of multiple streams of income, as founder of Virgin Records, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Virgin Airships, Virgin Mobile, and Virgin Australia, to name just a few.

Try putting your eggs in multiple baskets. Save at least 10% of your net income to invest in options for passive income, such as rental property, stocks and bonds. Also, try to develop a side business in addition to your main job. Number one, get up early. Really, getting up early is our number one hack? Well, it might seem obvious, but this habit is the easiest one to implement, and can have impressive results. Unless you’re an adamant night owl, mornings are generally the most productive time of day. Your brain is sharp and motivation is high. It’s a no-brainer that the earlier you get up, the more you can accomplish that day. An overwhelming number of billionaires know this to be true.

Jack Dorsey wakes at AM to ensure he has time to meditate and exercise before his work day. Likewise, Richard Branson wakes at AM to exercise and spend time with his family. Other billionaire early risers include Jack Ma, Chairman of Alibaba Group, and Mark Zuckerberg. If you’re the type of person who leaves things to the end of the day only to find you’ve run out of time, try getting up early and turning your day on its head. Your productivity will skyrocket, and you’ll feel great. Now that we’ve inspired you with the life hacks of billionaires and some easy ways to incorporate them into daily life, it’s time to begin. Which life hack could you use in your life? Let me know in the comments below. Also, if you enjoyed this video, please subscribe to Be Amazed. We’ll be making more videos like this in the future. Thanks for watching.

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8 BRILLIANT CLOTHES HACKS FOR GIRLS

Nothing is worse than waiting too long to catch up with one of your best friends… except embarrassing yourself with sweaty, yellow pit stains. Yikes! Take a regular shawl or pashmina and put it over your head. With both hands, pull the corners under your arms and in front of your chest. Tie them together in a knot, like so. Now here’s the fun part – take this knot and slide it over your head. Check it out! You’ve got a new funky vest to hide those unsightly pit stains! Take that, summer weather. Ever go from Netflix and chill to Netflix and clothing malfunction? Don’t stress, you can fix this. Just take a pair of scissors and a pinch of creativity. It feels good being helpful, doesn’t it? Place the torn pair of pants on a table in front of you. Fold them in half so one leg is on top of the other. Find the corner sticking out – that’s the crotch of the pants that needs mending. By making this rip even bigger, you can now place your entire head through it! Now put your arms through what used to be the pant legs – they’re now sleeves! Wow, they actually fit pretty nicely.

And there you have it! A cute new crop top you can wear to work out in! Or lounge around and watch more Netflix – hey, we don’t judge. You’ve been looking forward to this party for weeks! Oh hey girl! Wait a minute… she stole my look! Ugh!! Lucky for you, you have a creative mind to back you up. Side that skirt up over your chest.

Snag a belt, thin or thick, and cinch it to accentuate your waistline. Top it off with a cute denim jacket and voila! You’ve got an adorable party dress that no one else will have. Go on, give us a twirl, you know you want to. See? No need to fight. Here’s to creativity! Cheers! Ever wake up like this? Oversleeping is the worst! Will you have time to get ready? Time to turn these PJs into a look. Slip the pants off and put both legs into one side. Now pull them up over your chest. Take the unused pant leg, scrunch it up and slide your head through.

Woah! Super sylish for PJs, that’s for sure! Ha, sucker. Add a cute pair of heels and a bag and you’re all set. And the best dressed award goes to… At work, it’s easy to get in the zone! You totally forgot about happy hour with the girls! Don’t stress! Take the straps of your cotton undershirt and slide them over your head to either side. Like so. That’s it! Who knew going from daytime to nighttime could be so effortlessly chic! And it can be your little secret. Oooh! It’s time to get dressed to go out. What to wear, what to wear… This? Nah, too warm. A sweater? Not quite right. Oh! I totally forgot I had these cut-off shorts from last summer. Super cute. Yup, we’ve found a winner! Yup they totally fit. Wait! Oh man, my entire but is hanging out! These are a lot shorter then I remember! Try this! Squeeze some glue along the backside of the edge of the shorts.

Snag some scraps of your favorite fabric – lace is a great choice! Press it firmly on the glue. Oops! Don’t forget to wrap it around the front the same way. Glue, then press! Guys what DIYs and crafts would you like us to make? Leave a comment below! Don’t forget to give a thumbs up if you want to see more of our videos soon! Who knew an old pair of shorts could look so cute? Congrats! You avoided an embarrassing booty slip. Well done! Ah, nothing like spending your afternoon watching the same sitcom you’ve seen 100 times. Hey! Um, we have plans, remember? Get it together, Helly! Save time by wearing your oversized t-shirt in a new way! Slide your arms through the neck and down to your waist.

Now tuck those pesky arm holes in.. Well, what do you know, cute pockets! Seriously, easiest outfit change ever, right? Let’s go! Tap the notification bell to know when there are new videos from our channel! Ah, the ol’ coffee dribble on the white shirt situation. Yikes. Lucky for Helly, all hope’s not lost. Check it out. Take a marker or pen and outline the stains. Seriously, stick with us here. Your clumsiness just turned into a fantasy coffee island! Pretty impressive! Is it just me or is this way cuter than the plain white T-shirt was before? How’d you like these clothing hacks? Pretty awesome right? And if you don’t get them right the first time, don’t worry. It just takes a little bit of practice! Whether you’re running late, or in an outfit-outfit-matching crisis, All it takes is a little creativity and plenty of deep breaths. You got this, fashionista! Thanks for watching! Please subscribe to our channel! .

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10 LIFE HACKS for SUMMER

>> Guys. Summer is here, and we’ve got 10 cool life hacks and we’ve got 10 cool life hacks to help you have fun in the sun. TKOR: THE KING OF RANDOM If you use loose ice to keep all of your food cool, you’re gonna end up with a puddle of water, and all of your food floating in it. Instead of that, use some frozen water bottles to keep your food cool. The ice will stay contained in the bottles, and once it melts, you can just drink the water For a fun twist on a summer treat, you can actually carbonate many types of fruit using dry ice. Some of my favorites are strawberries, grapes or sliced pineapple. Put your fruit in a cold safe container on top of the dry ice, separated by a piece of cardboard to prevent excessive freezing. Cover the box with a sheet of foil.

You don’t want to use any sort of lid that will allow the pressure from the dry ice to build up. After about half an hour, the fruit will have absorbed a lot of carbon dioxide out of the dry ice. It’s pretty hard to see on video the difference in the fruit. But as you eat it, it fizzes just like a soda. Maybe more. Using a watermelon, a couple of plastic plumbing parts and a few simple tools, you can make a fun drink dispenser that’s sure to delight. Tiki torches are a great outdoor decoration, but the standard lamp oil that they use only burns in one color. Try using methanol as a fuel. Add boric acid for a green tint. Or the lithium from a lithium battery for magenta Always wear gloves when you’re handling the lithium Don’t let it get wet. And if you’re going to be burning the fuel Make sure you’re doing it somewhere outside where you won’t be breathing in the fumes. Yogurt is a delicious summertime treat But there can be a couple frustrating things about it.

The first is its tendency to squirt out some yogurt as you peel back the foil By lifting up the foil with the edge of the spoon All of the escaping yogurt will be caught right where you need it Occasionally, you may find after finishing a cup of yogurt that your spoon is too heavy and you can’t get it to stay up. To avoid getting yogurt on your table, and keep your cup from tipping, simply turn your spoon upside down.

The redistribution of weight should make it stay up. If you’re a big fan of Wendy’s frosties, but don’t live anywhere near one of the restaurants. Here’s a simple recipe you can follow to make your own. Start with 2 cups of chocolate milk 3 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk and if you want to add just a little bit extra that’s not going to hurt. Add 1 tablespoon of malted milk powder Finally, add one cup of Cool Whip. Mix together until it’s all smooth. If you own an ice cream making machine you can easily pour the whole concoction into that and let it sit for about 15 to 20 minutes.

If not, you can pour all this into a Ziploc bag surround that bag with ice and salt in a larger bag and mix it up until it’s the consistency you want. If you’re ever on a road trip, and wondering how long it is til you arrive. Just look for signs that say how many miles it is to the next city. When you see a sign that says distance to your city, take the number of miles times 60, then divide it by your speed in miles per hour to get the time remaining. For example, if it’s 35 miles to the next city, multiply that times 60, and you’ll get 2100. Divide 2100 by 80 miles per hour, and you get which is the number of minutes. Just over 26 minutes until you arrive at your destination.

Of course, most people these days have GPS but it’s a cool trick to know just in case you don’t. Ice does a great job of keeping drinks cold But if you’re really in a hurry to cool down a can or a bottle, it works a lot better to use ice, salt and water. The ice by itself measures a temperature of about 32… maybe 33 degrees Fahrenheit. Whereas the ice with the water and the salt on it is measuring a chilly 21 degrees Fahrenheit. You can see that after only about two minutes, the can in the salty ice water is almost 10 degrees colder than the can in the ice alone. We don’t just have to rely on the thermometer, let’s give it a taste test. Noticeably cooler, doesn’t really seem like it just came out of the fridge though.

Ice and salt water. Noticeably colder and it only took about two minutes. You’ve used plenty of lighter fluid but your barbecue charcoal is still taking too long to light Shorten your prep time by using the blower function on a shopvac, a hair dryer or if you don’t have electricity a simple balloon pump. These balloon pumps are great because they work as a bellows that push air out on both the pull and the push. If you’re looking for a way to keep your drinks cold without watering them down. Try freezing a few different types of soda Fruit-flavored ice cubes work pretty well in all the fruit flavored sodas. And I find that cream soda works well in all the other flavors Creamy. Hey guys Thanks for watching. If you’re not a subscriber yet, just hit the bomb to get in the club. If you missed our last video or want to see it again, click up here at the top.

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Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey

In this video I’ll show you how to use a mirror to make it reflected portrait in your small home studio. Hello I’m Gavin Hoey, and you’re watching AdoramaTV, brought to you by Adorama, the camera store that’s got everything for us photographers, and today you join me in my small home studio, where I’m going to show you how to turn this household mirror into some amazing reflective portraits. So all I need to do is to get the mirror out of the frame, then we’ll get a light set, let’s get a model in let’s get shooting.

Check me out today, I’ve got the amazing Jas, Jas is gonna be the model for this, and we’re all set up for the shoot, but before I get going, let’s talk a little bit about the mirror, so I’m using a glass mirror. This is just a standard household mirror, if that’s what you’re going to use as well, make sure you do some preparation before your model gets here. Make sure the edges are all nice and soft, just to make sure they are safe. Next is going to be cleanliness, you honestly can’t clean your mirror enough, so make sure you have a cleaning spray and a soft cloth because you’re gonna have to clean this constantly. Next thing to do is, think about the size and shape of the mirror, basically you want the biggest mirror you can get… I’ve got this one, so this is what we’re going to use.

I have a rectangular mirror which means I’ve got two ways of possibly shooting. I can have it either wide or long. Now the obvious answer is to have it wide.. As you can see, this works really well. We have a nice reflection, we’ll talk about the background in a little bit, but you’ll notice that the length of my mirror is quite short… so if I want to get more reflection…. More at the front, I’m actually gonna spin this mirror around. So let’s just rotate that around like that, and I’ll take the same shot again. So now I’ve got a lot more reflection and mirror in the lower half of my frame, but obviously I’ve lost a lot of width, and that means I’m gonna have to crop these shots a little bit tighter.

Personally I prefer it, because the more you have coming towards the camera, the more of a reflection you’ll have to play with. The background in this shot is my white pop-up background, and you probably notice in the pictures, it’s not really coming out white… it’s sort of a muddy grey, and that’s because of the light at the moment. I’ve got a single eVOLV 200 lighting Jaz, but by the time the light travels to the background, it’s lost some of its intensity, and the background is under lit. So if you want a pure white background, and I do, you need to light that background separately. So I’ve got a second eVOLV 200. I’m gonna pop that right behind Jaz, pointing at the background. Now for this to work I need a lovely evenly lit background, and in a big studio that would be fine, but in my small home studio, that could be a problem. Let’s take a picture and have a look. So as you can see in the center, it is beautifully white. That works really well, but by the edges it’s dropping off to a gray vignette, and in the reflection that’s even more obvious, because the mirror is going to reflect all of that background, even the bits that aren’t directly behind Jaz.

So what I’ve done is, I’ve added a third eVOLV 200. So now I have the background lit by two lights, they’re a little bit further back from Jaz, so none of these lights are gonna actually reach Jaz, they’re only gonna light the background and give me a nice even illumination, but how much illumination is the right amount? Well I could do trial and error, but if you’ve got a flash meter, you can meter this exactly, and get a nice clean white background without losing any detail on your model. So the way it works is this, I know that the light on the front of Jaz is f/4, we metered that earlier. How much light is on the back is what I’m really interested in, so I’m going to get my flash meter. I’m gonna meter off the back of Jaz’s head, and at the moment, with the flashes on their lowest possible power, I’m getting f/2. So I want to go up to f/4, so I’m going to increase the power of both of these lights the same amount until I reach f/4….

Bingo. There I am… so with that set, I should have perfect exposure straight out of camera with my very first picture. Let’s have a look and there we are… first picture, absolutely pure white background. Then there’s the position of the main light, I had it in front of Jaz, but of course you don’t have to keep it there. It made sense, it’s sort of a beauty lighting look with a reflector below. But what happens if I move it behind, well this should give a much more intense slightly more shadowy look, which could work really well with the reflected image.

Let’s try it see how it goes, and that gives a very different look and feel to these pictures. So that’s the lighting setup. What we need to do now is to take this basic idea, and mix it up a little bit so let’s do a shoot. Jaz are you ready? Here we go…. You look right down… so you’re going to look right down on top, into the mirror. Okay that will probably two hands in it’s gonna be symmetry in there.

And bring and arm up and lay it out to the side Then the head slightly… With this one it’s a bit more direction of the light is…. behind… by bringing your other hand in as well. For this shoot I spent time getting the lighting right… ages cleaning that mirror, we even had a hair and makeup artist in, so you might imagine there’s very little post-processing to be done, and you’d be basically right, but there’s always something! Let’s have a look…

So at first glance this picture looks great. But look a bit closer, particularly at the reflection, and you’ll notice some odd things like the weird highlighted reflection, and if I go to the right hand side, yep, I missed a large chunk of mirror just there, now both of those problems are fairly easy fixes, using either healing or cloning here in Photoshop. So to do that, I’m gonna go to layer…new layer… I’ll give it a name you don’t have to, but I’ll call it clone and then I’m gonna use not the clone tool, but the healing brush. With the healing brush I’ll check that ‘sample all layers’ is available, and then all I need to do is sample a good bit of the image… hold the Alt key or the option key on a Mac click somewhere where it’s not damaged, and just paint over the top. remember to re-sample, move your sampling point around and build the effect up.

I think what that is is… just a reflection off the glass. It’s the angle of the light and the low quality mirror, and maybe I just didn’t clean that bit well enough, but this area is all down to me, where I missed a large chunk of mirror… bit more tricky to do, but all I need to do is sample the line of the arm… so I’ll sample there, hold the Alt key and click and then I can line that up, and just paint it in, and it should all line up and look pretty good. Again just remove any weird areas like that… Okay, there we go, so that’s fixed, what about the mirror itself, well the mirror I was using was a thin glass mirror, and that means I’ve got two reflections from the glass, and the mirrored surface below other mirrors will have different effects, but when you look close, it doesn’t quite work how I want.

At first, glance it’s okay, but if you look at it, it’s it’s definitely blurred, that makes sense from the double reflection, but it’s not completely blurry, and it’s not completely clear. I want one or the other, so to make that blurrier I’m actually gonna apply an effect, but first thing to do is to remember to either save this image, or if you’re confident just go to layer and flatten it down. Right, filter there’s lots of ways of doing this. I’m gonna use blur and tilt shift. Now this is a really simple filter, it’s got four lines, and I’m gonna get rid of two of them by getting this upper line and dragging it up above my model. That leaves me a Center Point… a solid line and a dotted line. The solid line is zero blur, and I want to line that up really with the models arm, and then the lower dotted line is 100% to the effect that we dial in.

I’d like this just to graduate out a bit like a depth of field effect. Which is what this whole thing is designed to actually make. The amount of blur will vary, depending on the resolution of your image. I’m gonna go for something mid to high twenties something like that, and then just click OK, and that’s it done. The effect takes a moment to apply, and with a few other adjustments and tweaks, there it is. There’s my final reflected image completed. I’ve always thought that having a mirror in a small home studio is a really bad idea because of reflections, but it turns out if you’re using the mirror as a prop, it’s a great idea.

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