How to find great colors that work well together

How to find great colors that work well together

As transcribed from my video https://youtu.be/RLNoSYFbmp8

“Is your design sense somewhat challenged at times? Here are some great websites to check out.

Cool Site Spotlight E3 Finding Color Palettes Design Colour David Papp

There’s a website called design-seeds.com which is amazing where basically you can explore by color, by collection, by the seasons of nature, and different kind of use. What they do is they show you a sample photo like a landscape scene, and then they show you all of the colors in that color palette so you know that those are the colors that appear and  are very complementary to each other. So you don’t even have guess, they’re telling you.

Another great website is by Adobe. They call it color.Adobe.com. Amazing website that you can see what’s currently trending, what are the popular color palettes the people are saving on their website. And see these sets of five colors that work well together.

If you’re like me and a bit design challenged, when it comes to choosing colors and you want it to look great, these are some great sites that you can go for some inspiration and use some of the colors that are suggested in those Palettes.”

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What to talk about in your online posts

What to talk about in your online posts

As transcribed from my video https://youtu.be/QKoUrwomZwA

“Have you ever wondered what to talk about on your blog post, your videos, and those social media posts that you put out there? There are some great websites that can help you out.

One of them is trends.google.com. When you go to the Trends website for Google, you can actually see what’s trending worldwide. What are the hot topics? You can drill it down by geography, country, certain topics and actually see what are the hot topics that people are talking about.

A second website that is absolutely amazing and it’s going to look a little weird when you land on it, it’s answerthepublic.com. Answer the Public has this guy on the cover who comes on the screen but you basically put in any kind of topic, like leadership, and it gives you all of the top questions that you could use in order to title your blog. These are common queries from people.

Another great one that I love is title-generator.com which comes up with like 700 headlines that you can use, again based on a word. You just pop it in there, and it gets you some headlines.

These are all free tools and you’ve got all these amazing ideas.

Last but not least, another great one is the Google Auto-Complete. You know how you just start typing something in the Google Search and then as you’re typing it in, it starts completing your sentence? You can use that as well because Google is telling you what the top search terms are based around that keyword.

These are some great, amazing, free tools that you can use in order to help you figure out what are some great headlines, titles, and topics for your posts that you can use for the stuff that you’re putting online.”

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Where to get free images for your projects

Where to get free images for your projects

As transcribed from my YouTube video https://youtu.be/lMZEc1z2aIE

“Do you struggle to find appropriate images to use for your blog posts and your social media posts? Let’s face it, nobody wants to look at boring words when you have a post… they also love to see some pretty pictures. That’s where Instagram really flourished.

Where do you go to get these great images?

Two websites you should consider, which are free, when it comes to stock photos are Pixabay.com and Pexels.com ; Great websites where you can search for images and download them. And they’re covered by the Creative Commons license so you’re know that you’ve got these royalty free images you can use. If you wanna step it up a bit and you find a paid website that you can go to obtain some good images, the latest one that I personally use is a site called 123RF.com which stands for 1-2-3 Royalty Free. Very inexpensive. You buy credits on their system or you can get a monthly subscription. You can keyword search. They also have video clips and audio clips, as well as still images and some vector art that you can download on their website.

I highly recommend you consider these three websites as resources when looking for that next great image to compliment a post that you’re going to put out there. Let’s face it, we shouldn’t all be using just boring little thumbnails or what YouTube uses as the default generated thumbnail on a video. You should always be uploading a custom thumbnail image, or creating something using a tool like Canva in order to help you create that image. It because it really elevates the value of your post and the eye candy that it has so that people are more likely to read what you’ve posted.”

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The Top Do’s and Don’ts of 2019 Job Searches!

The Top Do’s and Don’ts of 2019 Job Searches!

What you need to know about Job Search in 2019! Can employers check out your online activity? Do you need a LinkedIn profile? What about resumes – how long should they be and how hard should you be working on improving it? David is in the Mtek Digital studio talking with Eagle recruiter Lak Padem about the 2019 Job Seeking landscape, and what candidates need to know about the Do’s and Don’ts of landing that big job!

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How to Avoid Shaky Smartphone Videos

How to Avoid Shaky Smartphone Videos

As transcribed from my video: https://youtu.be/aDiDzkPpsd0

“What kind of selfie stick should you purchase in order to get better video? And why would we do that? We call that the shaky cam effect where you’re doing a self-recording of a video and you are hand holding the camera which is shaking a bit.

Options For Avoiding Shaky Cameras

Options For Avoiding Shaky Cameras

There are stabilized selfie sticks. One name brand is called the DJI Osmo. The DJI Osmo version 2 is the latest version and there are many other equipment manufacture (OEM) no-name brands of selfie sticks that you can buy again on Amazon for under a hundred dollars. The DJI costs a little bit more.

The way it works is you put your phone in, you clamp it down and as soon as I power it on, you’re going to see that it’s going to level itself out. No matter what I do with the selfie stick, it’s keeping the phone level. I can go like this and it will be a very smooth video experience that it is recording of me. I can even move it with my thumb to control what direction I would like the camera to go. This enhances the video watching experience regarding a video that you quickly recorded.

You should also have solid audio. I have an explanation of audio in a separate video.

Another option that you can consider are little flexible tripods, mini tripods, that are easy to travel with. Maybe you don’t want to spend a $100 to $200 on a stabilized selfie stick but rather want to place down your phone at some location. This one you can see is very tiny and this other is more heavy duty. The reasoning behind that is the weight they can hold. If I put my phone on here, it might crumble because of the weight. The beauty of these is that you can wrap it around a post, a guard rail, a tree branch. You can put it on a picnic table, you can put it on a beach or a rock, you can go and put it on the table in front of you, and it is a great way so that you don’t have to carry a full-size tripod with you, but you can achieve very stable video being recorded of yourself.

Remember the goal behind all of this is to avoid you handholding your phone otherwise you get the shaky cam effect.

These flexible mini tripods are very inexpensive. One brand is the Joby GorillaPods and there’s many other OEM versions of this. They even have even heavier duty versions that can hold a full DSLR camera with a microphone on it. Pretty cool to look at if you want shop around, but I would recommend something very simple like this if you’re traveling and you want be able to have stable video recording yourself.”

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