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Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Your own digital, photography based, home business could start here. . .

*  LINE DRAWINGS.  Line drawings are easily made from digital photos.  And can be used for illustration purposes  Where before an artist was commissioned to produce the drawing, now you can do it with an image, a computer and cheap software. Cards, letters, club flyers, adverts anything that lends itself to an illustration rather than a photograph, can be done easily at home. Look around for the market that attracts you and that you see using drawings.

*  CD &DVD LABELS.  CD & DVD labels are not just for the music industry you know,  although if you know any artists!  Maybe theres a rehearsal room near you, or a community centre. If so there may be budding musicians, singers, performers who are thinking of bringing out a demo disc. Don’t forget the press. But I digress, other businesses produce dvd’s and cd’s to promote their products, they are looking for someone to take the photo add some imagination to it and produce their labels. What industry do you know?

*  TRANSFERS.  Anything can have a photo transferred onto it these days, without complicated darkroom techniques, or expensive equipment. Wood, slate, phones, bags, flags, tags, placemats (for cafes/restaurants), playing cards, labels, kites.You name it, it can have a photo on. And a business to boot (baby boots?) !

*  CALENDARS.  You see them in the shops, but there is another huge calendar market that you don’t see. Personalised calendars, business promotion calendars, special event calendars, how about wedding calendars with calendars that start on the day of the wedding? Use your imagination, check the local paper, if theres something going on, they may need a calendar!

*  PAPER MASKS.  Ideal for parties, kids or otherwise! Could combine with other photo-based printed products for the complete party package. Or as stand alone novelty items, Boris Johnson masks? Halloween masks? You decide.  

*  TIES.  Ties make great presents and promotional items for small businesses. Bridge clubs, golf clubs, chess clubs, tennis clubs, schools, restaurants. I am sure you can add to the list. Source a cheap supply of ties of the appropriate colour, or they may already have,  produce your image or logo, arrange as many as you can per page and print onto transfer paper. Looks and feels great.

*  RUBBER STAMPS.  You don’t have to think of rubber stamps as being just words. Any image can be reduced to its simplest form, like a pen and ink drawing and made into a rubber stamp. There are lots of rubber stamp makers online, or in the press. A rubber stamp can personalise a dreary letter, or invoice.

*  GIFT WRAP.  Create an image,keep in mind the size of gift its for, repeat the image. How many people can you think of who would like their own gift wrap? Private householders maybe, to go with the calendars, cards you offer. But what of small shops, flower shops?  Experiment with paper, legal paper, or roll paper for the bigger wraps, if your printer accepts it. Have fun.

*  CANDLE CUPS.  Decorate your own votive candle cups with patterns printed on backlight film, make sure to put the film on the outside of the cups. Can be supplied as individual items, or in sets. Again personalised or how many candle selling outlets do you know? Make great Christmas gifts.

*  PHOTO SOAP.  Print out a copule of small photos, with a suitable embellish, stick them back to back. Protect the images with clear tape.  Fill up a soap mould half full and put your photo in. Use a clear glycerine soap mixture, fill the mould!  Personalised soap, or how many small hotels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants would like their own soap? Probably at a competitive price too. You could clean up here!

There are a lot of craft ideas here, with a sprinkling of high street businesses scaled down, thrown in. But rest assured this is just the tip of the photographic opportunities available today

This is just to get your creative juices going and your brain storming with ideas!  The internet has opened up a never ending need for images, of anything and everything. Stock photography has changed, gone are the highly professional, large format shots of models and beaches, that had to be technically perfect, well they are not gone, but they are not the only opportunities for aspiring photographers who want to make a living with their hobby, their passion. Images that you wouldn’t believe started life as a photograph end up everywhere these days and the ability to transform these images is available to everyone, and in the comfort of their own home.

Don’t forget a lot of well known high street businesses started life on a kitchen table, why not yours?

Bio.? Ged has over 30 years experience in Photography, with a special interest in Photography based Business Opportunities. He is a published Expert Author and has written about many of his experiences, Photographic Tips and Lessons for the newcomers. Covering all aspects and adding new information all the time


Start Your Young Golfer on the Right Foot

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

It can be great fun introducing a child to golf, and the fun can last a lifetime. Getting off to the right start and making it fun is important. Providing the youngster with age and size appropriate equipment is a big help in that regard. Here are a few simple principles to guide your purchase of that first set.

The child’s height dictates the shaft length. There are a range of age-appropriate sets on the market, from kids’ golf clubs, to junior sets, to teen golf sets up to adult. Since all kids grow at different rates, let the child’s height rather than age dictate the club length. Thankfully, that’s how most manufacturers market their junior sets. Online vendors, such as Linksman Golf, have size charts to match the child’s height with the right starter set.

It’s OK for a child to choke up an inch or so, enabling you to get more than one year’s use of the clubs. Choking up two inches or more will lead to flawed swing mechanics. The game is tough enough.

A common approach in the past was to take an old set, cut the shafts down to size, and turn the kid loose. But a cut shaft is too stiff for a youngster. The grip will be too big and the club head will be too heavy. The result will be a flawed swing, low shots and a youngster learning the game with more frustration than we want. The game is tough enough.

All the game-improvement technologies that work for adults work for young people starting out even more so. Think big, oversize, offset heads. Graphite shafts are a must. Hybrids are easier to hit than long irons. The lighter the club, the easier to swing and the easier it is to learn. Shafts should have lots of flex. Grips should be thin. If the club feels like a baseball bat, the child will struggle. The game is tough enough.

Buying a major brand endorsed by the pros for a beginning child is frankly a waste of money. The quality of the clubs from the budget manufactures is quite good. There are some fine sets available that provide a full complement of clubs, light weight bag and a few balls and tees — everything to get your child started — and it shouldn’t set you back much more than the price of a round of golf or two.

If your youngster has been playing for a few years and advancing smartly in skill, there are more sophisticated junior golf clubs available to match his or her abilities with more precise lengths, heavier weights and higher performance.

Let’s not forget that the most important part of the game is the social aspect, having fun with friends. Many courses offer youth golf clinics where kids can learn the game while making new friends. Call the courses in your area. The staff will me more than happy to steer you in the right direction.

(c) 2009 Linksman Golf, LLC

Mike Blair plays and writes about golf. Find out more about junior golf club sets at Linksman Golf

How to start playing golf? 8 winning tips for amateur golfers

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

So youve always wanted to play golf but your boss never asked you on a game before? Don’t worry. Everybody can and should enjoy this wonderful sport. Sure, golf can be expensive and hard to learn but if you know what you’re doing you’re up for the time of your life.

When you want to play basketball all you need is’ well’ a basket, and a ball. But golf requires more equipment than just a ball. Like in any sports, golf equipment spins an entire industry and you can find anything from clubs to gloves, and they usually come with a nice price tag.

So here’s Tip No.1: Don’t spend all your kids’ college money on equipment until you know how to play and if you want to play. Don’t buy a 5000 dollar manatee leather club (it’s illegal!) instead, go for mid range sports manufacturers that sell 100 dollar clubs.

Even if you are a pro on the Pirate Mini Golf and you beat your children every time – it doesn’t mean you know how to golf. Tip No.2 will be: take golf lessons. You’ll find group lessons with golfers in your skill range and you might make friends to golf with. There are also individual lessons with a private instructor or your town’s pro golfer. While private lessons focus on your individual skills, they can be quite expensive and take more time than group lessons. Remember that after you get the basics – the real lessons are on the field.

Tip No.3 is to continue practicing at home. No, not in your back yard. Golf has much to do with technique and watching instructional videos can help a lot. You can also go online and find many tips and clips that can improve your game.

Tips No. 4, 5, 6 : Grip, posture and stance. The three essentials of golf. Grip means how you hold the club and the better you grip the better you play. Posture leads to a proper swing and maintaining balance is essential. Having a stable golf stance and footing will help you control the ball and get it where you want it to go.

If you don’t want golf balls flying at your direction, you better know Golf Etiquette and that’s our Tip No.7 ! Golf Etiquette covers the basic golfer’s code that will ensure everybody is having a pleasant time whether they are pros or amateur golfers. Golf Etiquette urges you to be patient and respect your fellow golfers; speak in normal voice and don’t shout or laugh too loud; check your ball number to avoid winning (or loosing) someone else’s game; don’t stand too close to the swing zone of other players and the list goes on and on.

Tip No. 8 is to simplify your golf learning process and get the reinforcement you need to sustain the positive advances you make. Work on your swing and short game, and dive deep into the mental aspect of the game, shoring up any weak links you may have found difficult to hurdle with previous instructional techniques. designs, customizes, and promotes safe and fun adventures all over the world.

Junior Golf Instruction – How To Start Your Child

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Your kids are getting to the age that they would like to start to play golf and you are wondering when to start a junior golf instruction program. Knowing when to start and how to find the right junior golf lessons for a child are crucial components to building an environment for your child to enjoy and succeed in the game of golf.

Begin by asking yourself, not your junior, some questions about what your motivation might be for getting their junior golf lessons. Four reasons that parents want junior golf lessons for their young child (under eleven) typically are the following:

Because of golf’s reputation for rules, fair play and self-policing, the parents have a genuine interest in seeing their children attempt to play the game.

A babysitting service, parents get a time out from their kids for a while.

Parents want to spend more time with their child and have decided that golf will be the vehicle to do this.

As so many do, parents feel that their children must be in as many activities as possible.

Whatever your reasons are for wanting your child to begin to play the game of golf, the important thing is to ensure the kids have fun and enjoy themselves. Golf is a great game that can teach your child many life skills and is a game they can play the rest of their life.

The most important thing to do is ask your child if playing golf is something that they would like to do. If the answer is no, do not push them to play. You do need to make sure that they understand the option is always open for them to play. It make take you asking multiple times and giving them the information they need to feel comfortable to begin playing the game.

Once your child decides that they do want to play golf here are some steps to take to get them started and to keep the game fun for them:

Begin with a real junior set of clubs. Many people think that by making a club shorter it will fit a junior golfer. This is NOT true. You need to find a company that specially and properly weights their junior golf clubs depending on the size of your child. In addition, you do not need to buy a whole set. Most companies will allow you to purchase junior clubs one at a time.

Find a qualified junior golf instructor. You can contact your local PGA Section or a local club or golf course either by phone or online. If a Certified PGA Professional is available in your area, he or she would be a good place to start.

Make sure that your series of junior golf lessons include sessions on the rules of golf as well as golf etiquette. Depending on their age, the rules and etiquette situations do not need to be deep in the heart of the rule book. It has always amazed me on what a child at any age can retain when they want to learn.

Your junior does not have to play a “real golf hole” to have fun. Make the putting green the goal. This is a good way for the younger junior golfers to get started and as it reads only count the shots that it takes to get to the green to determine a score.

The hole does not need to be the end of the hole. What does this mean? Some smaller juniors find it more fun to hit it into a bunker than onto a green.

This may seem counter-intuitive to many golf purists however, once you think about it, typically the bunkers are smaller than the putting greens. This can only make them better later. In addition, they LOVE to climb into the bunkers and this gives us a chance to teach bunker etiquette.

Max Johnson writes for VGS Golf. Click for more Junior Golf Articles.