Netflix is now offering new customers a cheaper streaming plan for $6.99, which lacks support for HD. The cheaper plan also allows only one device to stream at a time, while the standard $7.99 plan supports two simultaneous streams (and, of course, HD). The new plan is being tested and may not be available to all users.
A lot of work can go into taking a good portrait, but it doesn't always have to. You don't need to spend hours getting the perfect lighting setup. As DIY Photography points out, one light can work just fine.
While the type of light varies, a 35" softbox (certainly not the most expensive light you can get) turned out to be the most common single light setup. For $50 and up, you can create some truly stunning studio-quality portraits pretty much anywhere—so long as you use the light effectively. DIY Photography has some tips:
When you are shooting single light set ups, you need to remember to keep things simple.
You can create some great shadows.
Watch out for hotspots from the lights
Try and mix your added light to the ambient light
Using large modifiers can help spread light
Try and keep your lights above the eyeline of your subjects
Either shoot with your light very flat onto your subject or past a 45 degrees angle
Work with the distances. Subject to light source – for the hardness of the shadows & light
Experiment with by shooting 45 dgress to the light source
Move your subjects, not your lights to fine tune the lighting.
It's easy to become overwhelmed by everything you think you need to do to create a great image, but often you don't have to do as much work as you think. Take the light you've got and play with it to get what you want. Often times you can turn your limitations into something amazing.
To see more examples of awesome single light portraits and how they were taking, check out the full post over at DIY Photography.
When you work long hours and travel often, what goes in your bag? For reader Henrik Sverin, a lot to keep him busy and regularly prepared.
I do most of my work as a workers safety and health ombudsman/inspector which means long hours, frequent travel by train or bus (up to 4-5 hours at a time), long meetings in various parts of the country (my employer is nationwide with offices in five-six cities which I regularly visit) so my bag is usually pretty well stocked.
Lots of my work involves taking notes, documenting meetings with management, systematically and collaboratively working out safety procedures and routines etc. Basically it means handling lots of text information, internal documents, presentation material and keeping a vast trove of information neatly and safely organized for later reference.
The bag: I like most Be.ez bags because of their colorful interiors, good quality and because they often provide an ample amount of internal compartments inside a simple, plain, office friendly design.
The largest variant of the Be.ez LE Reporter family (for 13-15" MacBook Pros) is no different in my opinion. It may be a tad on the bulky side compared to some other shoulder carried messenger bags but on the upside it offers generous space, ample padding for a laptop and a colorful (in my case lagoon blue) interior so it's easy to spot what's hidden in the deep recesses of it. There is also a multitude of different internal compartments and it's covered in a rugged waterproofed canvas on the outside. Since my old Be.ez LE Vertigo bag was getting a bit cramped I really did want something larger and roomier this time around and I figured the extra bulk was a well warranted trade off.
Curious about what's inside? We've annotated the image above and you can find the details below. If you have a great go bag with a useful organization scheme and great features, let us know! You can share your bag by posting it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag featured bag or adding it to our Lifehacker Go Bag Show and Tell Flickr pool. Photos must be at least at least 640x360. Please include information about your bag, what you put in it, and any relevant details about how you made it awesome. If yours catches our eye, we might just feature it!
If a cup of hot chocolate sounds good to you, this video from America's Test Kitchen shows you how to make your own "instant" hot chocolate from real chocolate that you can heat up any time you want a cup. Best of all, you can make it using whatever chocolate you prefer, and flavor to your tastes.
The video does the storytelling here, but the recipe is pretty simple—you'll need a 12oz bag of semisweet chocolate chips—whatever brand or cocoa percentage you prefer—one cup of heavy cream, and 1/4 teaspoon salt into a mixing bowl. Microwave for about two minutes, then stir, and repeat the process until it's nice and smooth. Cover it over, pop it in the fridge for a few hours until it's firm. Then you can scoop 2-inch (3 tablespoon) single servings out of it, wrap them in plastic, and then pop them into a plastic baggie for later.
Whenever you want a hot cup of quality hot chocolate that didn't come from a powered packet, you can grab one of those scoops, drop it in a mug with one cup of milk, and then just put it in the microwave. Stir until it's all combined and warm, and you're all set. It's definitely more work and more setup than a packet of powder, but it tastes worlds better, uses better quality ingredients, and hits the spot just as well. Hit the link below for more.