people – How can I get my portrait subjects to look natural and drop the cheesy smile?

Assuming this is PORTRAIT photography (where you have one on one time with no event distractions):

For very natural expressions, the thing I do is aim to make the subject feel SAFE (always). I mean: EMOTIONALLY SAFE. You must demonstrate that you are not judging them and make an effort to understand and appreciate their issues around taking photos. People are more open around people who they feel safe with. Make this a priority. People smile in an unnatural way or pose unnaturally because they haven’t created a relaxed relationship with you yet. I also coach them on being present with their body (more on this later).

I tell my subjects/clients exactly how the shoot is going to go so there’s more certainty. More certainty creates confidence and the feeling of being safe. They know how it’s going to play out. I also ask them some questions that I find super important (because I wish people who photographed me were more sensitive to these topics). As a photographer, I try my best to be a good listener.

Some questions I ask (helps build rapport and helps you know your subject):

  • How do you feel about taking photos?
  • How do you feel about smiling with teeth? (Some photographers assume people like to smile. This is ABSOLUTELY UNTRUE. So many people hate their teeth, hate their smile, or some other issue)
  • What parts of your body do you not like? (They will tell you. And they will probably be relieved that you know this info.)

No matter how beautiful I think they are, I promise them that I will not force them to do anything they aren’t comfortable doing. And sometimes they become so relaxed during the shoot (after we agree on the boundaries of our shoot), I actually do get their beautiful smile.

Here’s an example of what I tell my clients:

“The shoot will take about 2 hours. And it usually happens in three phases. The first phase is where you and I are going to get to know each other. We’ll get some practice shots out of the way. It might be weird because there will be a lot of times where I’m mostly going to be staring at you and not saying anything. If I’m not giving you any direction, don’t worry, it’s because I’m thinking or trying to focus my lens. I’m totally going to be staring at you A LOT. I might get really close with my camera and it’s gonna feel weird. About 45 minutes in, we’re probably going to get our money shots and then if we feel like it, we can be playful and we can even try weird things.”

SO now that I’ve told them how the shoot it going to go, I tell them to pay extra attention to their body. I actually talk to them as if this were a job. “Your job is to chill out. When I’m not giving you direction, just keep doing what you’re doing because I probably really like it. Also, you might be used to smiling or sitting or standing a certain way in front of the camera, I might give you different directions. So your job is to focus: chin down because I want your eyes closer to my lens. People sometimes tilt their head so I may repeatedly tell you ‘head straight’.” Just clue your subjects in on the trappings of unnatural expressions and create the expectation that you may give them repeat instructions.

Create confident clients/subjects and make them feel emotionally safe.

I hope this is helpful.

workflow – How to separate different subjects images automatically?

This is a generally good question — I’d always be interested in an efficient way to “pre-edit” during the shoot. The bad news is I don’t think there’s any easy solution, at least for canon.

My suggestions:

  1. Change your goal from tagging all pictures in a group, to marking the first picture of a group. This can be done with the camera, or in an old-fashioned way.

Camera: On the camera playback mode, assign 1 star to the first picture taken from each group. This is many clicks, but it is a true metadata change to identify a photo. There may be a way to assign the star rating through a custom function or another set-up, but I didn’t find any obvious methods when looking.

Old-fashioned: Signal a transition in the album by taking a picture of an all-black or all-white something. Better, make a cue card and write the relevant meta-data on it for each object shoot. Take this picture before each new shoot, or after, but be consistent. On post-production you still need to visually group the photos. To me this is the easiest and most reliable solution.

  1. Write a script.
    timestamp evaluation
    Let’s assume there is an added delay for tear-down and set-up between shoots. You could write a script that reads the datetime stamp metadata after import, and identifies gaps greater than X minutes in the time the photo was taken, and bins the photos based on this. One better is a function that estimates boundaries between shoots, by identifying a delay that is 2-4 standard deviations longer than the average delay. Head over to the coding stacks for how to make this more robust or customized to your studio’s workflow.

detect all-black picture
Assume you take an all-white or all-black photo between objects, suggested in part 1. On import, (write and) run a script that filters for photos by exposure threshold–a high one if all-white picture is taken, a low one if all-black. Then, pictures between each identified all-X picture are put into respective folders.

The first scripting solution can likely be done with just about any coding language and no special downloads. This one would require some level of photo processing, but would be more reliable.

  1. AI software on computer.
    Google Photos, Apple, and I think Amazon all have some level of object-recognition software that will sort your pictures. It’s likely part of many professional photo management software too. It won’t be fool-proof, but it would probably get within a 95% accuracy, depending on differences in your objects.

Finally,
Some marginal details that could be relevant for other, slightly different use cases: Some cameras and/or software will put photos into separate folders by date and/or geo-location (must be on camera). Useful only if such details are changing between shoots, but at least captures coarse-grain grouping of photos.

forms – Is it ok to use text area for multiple subjects?

When user is answering question with radio buttons that opens new more specific questions. Is it bad idea to wrap those questions in one text area?

In my case user want might add multiple “compensations” so if used text fields there should be feature that enables adding multiple different “compensations”. With text area there’s no need for that feature because user can add all the information in one field.

I think text fields would be more clear in many case but in this one it might be better to use text area, or what you think?

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reference request – Books that teach other subjects, written for a mathematician

Say I am a mathematician doesn’t know any chemistry, but would like to learn it. What books should I read?

Or say I want to learn about Einstein’s theory of relativity, but I don’t even know much basic physics. What sources should I read?

I am looking for texts that teach subjects that are not mathematics, but I do not want to read through standard high school, undergraduate (and beyond) material. I am looking for recommendations of sources that teach a scientific theory from a basic level, but not from a basic mathematical level. Strong preference would be to concise, terse texts that are foundational but totally rigorous.

Not sure if these exist, but I often wish they did.

mysql – A average Mark overall for all of one student subjects

Lets say i have a student table , a enlistment table that shows SubjectId and Results for each student how would i get the overall average mark for a student that has more than 3 subjects

Create table a_Student(
StudentId int(5) Not null,
StudentForename varchar (30) Not null,
StudentSurname varchar (45) Not null,
PRIMARY KEY(StudentId)
);
Create table a_Enlistment(
StudentId int(5) Not null,
SubjectId char(6) Not null,
results char (2),
primary key (SubjectId,StudentId),
foreign key (SubjectId) references a_Subject(SubjectId),
foreign key (StudentId) references a_Student(StudentId)
);

insert into a_Student (StudentId,StudentForename,StudentSurname)
values (“33447″,”Alan”,”Burns”),
(“33672″,”Mark”,”Harrison”,);

Insert into a_Enlistment (StudentId,SubjectId,Results)
values
(“33447″,”TMP243″,”78”),
(“33447″,”AWD169″,”45”),
(“33447″,”IIA887″,”48”),
(“33672″,”TMP243″,”57”),
(“33672″,”AWD169″,”67”),
(“33672″,”IIA887″,”48”),

So i want lets say Alans overall mark for his 3 subjects how would i do that?
Any help is welcomed thanks a lot

learning – Which two of these four subjects should I take if my goal is to do distributed systems software engineering?

It’s my last semester of my master’s programme and I’m really struggling to decide which of two of these four subjects I should take:

  1. Cryptography
  2. Computer & Network Security
  3. Software Foundations (logic, formal verification and PL foundations using Coq proof assistant – same as this)
  4. Statistical Inference (same as mathematical statistics)

My goal is to become a software engineer doing distributed stuff, preferably in the blockchain or ML space (leaning more blockchain).

I’ve done a few systems courses (OS, Distributed systems, Networks) and ML/Math related subjects (ML, NLP, Calc 1-3, Linear Alg, Probability), as well as functional programming in Haskell.

I find all 4 that are interesting and struggling to pick two. Which two should I pick and why?

is live view or mirrorless suitable for telephoto shots of moving subjects?

(I know we’re straying into the world of video here, but I feel it’s still relevant)

Why is live view harder than “TTL”?
because you are not using the senses you were born with – that your eye & hands are easily co-ordinated to match direction, distance, speed & focus (of attention, not sharpness of image).
Catch a ball. No maths required, you just do it.
Catch a ball whilst watching your live view… maybe not.

Will you improve over time?
Yes, otherwise the entire movie industry would be full of missed shots. Almost no cinematographer has his eye right through the lens these days, there’s always some remote aspect to it – in effect, live view. Watch a steadicam operator, gazing towards his feet, where his monitor is, whilst his camera is pointed firmly at the action in front of him.
There’s a dual purpose in that, he can see what he’s shooting whilst not falling over anything.
Many pro video cameras have the same as DSLR or mirrorless cameras, a TTL & separate moveable screen(s) for remote viewing. The use of the eyepiece is becoming much more rare, the remote ‘live view’ is more common.

So, for stills what does it mean?
Mirrorless cameras currently still have both options.
The “TTL” viewfinder is a teeny TV screen, but it’s still really “through the lens”, with your face pressed against the camera, the same as ever..
The live view you’ll still have to train towards, just like every ‘movie’ cameraman working today.

Your potential pitfall, for fast action, is the frequency with which your live view updates on your screen. Modern high-end cameras have truly ‘as live’ playback; no discernible delay at all. An old entry-level consumer DSLR is going to be pretty laggy by comparison.

Subjects – Woocommerce Ajax add to cart Forwarding to homepage

I use Woocommerce 3.9.2, WordPress 5.3.2 and the Phlox Shop theme (version 2.4.22) and I have a problem adding AJAX to the shopping cart.
When I go to the shop page and click Add Random Project to Cart, it will go to the home page. But when I go to a single product page and then press "Add to Cart", it works as it should.
Where could the problem be?
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Subjects – Blood sugar and urine sugar difference

"Some believe that they eat healthily because they eat tons of fruit that a diabetic should consume moderately and use vegetables and vegetables. In addition, they must limit the consumption of bread or rice that is a priori healthy, but has triggered refined carbohydrates and aldohexose. "In this sense.

Blood sugar and urine sugar difference

For diabetics, there is nothing worse than cooked rice that is almost like sugar or sweets. Although it sounds funny, a small dish is desirable because Sofrito oil delays the absorption of carbohydrates. "You should use vegetables and vegetables and moderate the consumption of fruit with all this information, which is straightforward for non-diabetics or prediabetics, ie those with a glucose level below 100 mg, if they consume carbohydrates that it is." Slash-slash absorbs, increases the probability of polygenic disease.