All year long, skiers wait for the winter snow ski season. While others are lounging at the pool during the summer time, skiers long for the soft power, high slopes and hopefully clear, bright blue skis. Whether you prefer to freestyle down the mountain performing back flip after back flip or if you’d just like to simply get down the mountain without falling, I have the skier friendly workout for you.
Just The Basics
Goal: Increase enjoyment of recreational skiing and get down the mountain in one piece.
Exercise: Side Squats
Step one: Stand with your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart. Take a big step to your right.
Step two: Squat down on your right leg, while keeping your left leg stationary. All of your weight should be on your right thigh and butt muscle.
Step three: Push towards your left with your right and stand straight, balancing on your left leg.
Step four: Pause in the balance position and repeat the move to your right. Take a quick break and repeat the exercise on your left side.
Goal: Increase strength for back flips and twists
Exercise: One leg oblique twists.
Step one: Balance on your left leg with your right leg out in front of you.
Step two: Hold a medicine ball straight out in front of you.
Step three: While keeping your balance, slowly rotate your arms and upper body as afar as you can to your left and right.
Step four: Switch legs and repeat without resting.
Need For Speed
Goal: Increase speed down the mountain.
Exercise: Bosu Squat-Tucks
Step one: Hope on your Bosu and perform 10 squats.
Step two: On squat number 10, stay in a low ski tuck and move your legs left to right, as fast as you can, for up to 30 seconds.
Step three: Return back to your squat position and perform another 10 squats.
Repeat the exercise up to 5 times.
Goal: Increase pace, endurance and balance throughout mobile
Exercise: Jump Lunges
Step one: Raise your right leg and stand on your left leg.
Step two: Jump to your right by pushing of with your left leg. be sure to land on your left leg.
Step three: Jump forward by pushing off with your left leg.
Stepfour: Jump to your left, again by pushing off your left leg. Be sure to land on your left leg.
Stepfive: Jump backwards to starting position, again with your left leg, landing on your right leg. Repeat exercise on right side.
Skiing is a fun pastime, but it is also a sport. Just like any sport, you can train in the gym and be better on the filed, or in this case, you can be better on the slopes!
It can be tough to get rid of things. There are fears of letting go of the past and worries about wastefulness. Once you overcome these obstacles, you’ll be amazed by how much purging and uncluttering frees up the spaces in your life — both mental and physical. With the arrival of spring comes the opportunity to refresh your surroundings. Here are some simple tips to help you rejuvenate and reclaim your surroundings.
Toss the trash
Take a look around you. Be honest: how much of the clutter is actually trash that hasn’t yet made it to the curb? Walk around with a trash bag and start filling it. It’ll feel good and your house will seem spacious and airy again. Some of the usual suspects: Junk mail, magazines, old toys,
broken appliances and furniture — and have you looked at how many unclaimed power cords you’ve been saving? Were you planning on bequeathing those to your eldest son? Toss ’em.
Now toss again
Now that you’ve taken your first step, go through your house again. Getting rid of all the junk will clear your mind and give you more room to get more done. You can spread out the purge: try to grab five items to get rid of every day this month. At the end of the month you’ll have tossed 150 items.
A good cause
Call a local charity to pick up boxes of gently used stuff. Toss in old clothes, small appliances and other items that are in good condition. Set a goal and see how many boxes you can fill. Start the tax year with a charitable deduction write-off.
Sign up with a local freecycle group online. When you post, be sure to accurately identify the quality of your items; for example, large bread machine in need of repair. Soon you’ll find a new home for stuff you no longer need.
Plan to scan
Paperwork is the enemy of organization. Put your paperwork in check once and for all: invest in a scanner. Scan old paperwork and store it either in a cloud system like Dropbox or on the hard drive of your computer. If you haven’t switched to online bill paying and banking, you should seriously consider it. It’s safe and it saves an awful lot of trees and clutter.
Preserve real memories
So what about the real treasures? Preserve real memories using your digital camera. Take pictures of all your children’s artwork, creations, and various artifacts and preserve them in a quality photo album. As a bonus, your family can enjoy reminiscing over the album on the cocktail table. That’s the true beauty of preservation. (And yes, you can keep some of the most treasured items. Just be sure to choose wisely.)
A few years ago I made the choice to go paperless. Instead of jotting down notes on paper, I type notes and record conversations that I save to my iPad. Most people have switched to digital calendar calendars, and their phone’s contact lists to replace address books. But what is the digital substitute for when I need to just jot something down and possibly sketch something to go with it, like a pen to paper? I’ve tried dozens of apps for handwriting notes. To truly replace paper, an app needs to be simple and fast to use, and/or improve upon the old pencil and paper experience.
Why go paperless? My motivation is the desire to rid myself of piles of little scraps of paper with various notes scattered around my office. I have boxes of notebooks filled with information that I never could retrieve when I needed it. Plus, I’m partial to trees in forests and not in file cabinets.
Simple Handwriting Apps
There are a number of apps that allow you to use your finger or stylus as a pen to jot down notes. My two favorite apps (for all platforms) are Note Anytime, and Penultimate. Both have the features that are important for an experience that mimics pen on paper. They are easy to use and can sync with cloud services– Google Drive, Dropbox, and Evernote–to be shared with my other devices or with other people.
Wrist protection is one important feature for a handwriting app. When writing in a natural position, your wrist will rest on the tablet’s screen. This will confuse the touchscreen so it won’t accept your writing. These apps give you the option to block an area of the screen to rest your hand. While most apps let you choose if you are left-handed or right-handed, Penultimate offers a choice of six hand positions to pick the wrist angle that is most natural to you when writing.
In May 2012, the stand-alone Penultimate app was acquired by Evernote. Evernote is an online cloud where you can save your notes, whether they come from capturing webpages, voice memos, photos, or a handwritten note. Evernote accounts are free. There is an option for a premium account that adds a few other options for saving and retrieving notes.
Evernote has always had the unique ability to identify words in a photograph. If you take a picture of a wine label, or a document that you shoot with your phone, you can later search for words that are in that photo. Likewise, Evernote has handwriting recognition and can search for words in your written notes.
Penultimate has built in that same ability to search handwritten notes without having to add them to an online Evernote account. Imagine if I had that feature with all my old paper notebooks! Recognition works best when you print the words, but it’s pretty good even if the writing is messy. The Evernote premium account promises faster recognition.
Evernote App and Online Cloud to Save All Your Notes
Evernote can be used directly from a computer’s web browser or you can access your notes and create new notes from the Evernote app for Android, iPhone/iPads, and Windows phones. The app gives you the ability to type a note, record and save audio and add photos. It can also recognize different colored Post-It notes that you photograph, automatically organizing them into different notebooks.
By downloading the Evernote tool to your computer’s web browser, a full web page, or just a clipping from part of a web page, is as simple as tapping “add to Evernote.” Another option is to email a note to your Evernote account, including adding reminders to have the service notify you at a particular day and time.
I’ve been using Evernote for five years for saving important statistics and technical explanations I need for stories that I write. It’s great for saving recipes, photos of labels of wine bottles or anything else I see that I want to save for later and be able to find by doing a search.
Join me in going paperless. Clean your office of the plethora of paper notes and reminders. Then go out for a hike and smile that innovations in technology is helping to save trees.
To get the most out of your home workout program, you need equipment that will help you achieve the best results. The best home gym equipment isn’t trendy, but using these must-have pieces of equipment correctly and consistently lets you target individual muscle groups, add variety to your workout routine and maximize gains in strength and stamina. Here are 5 time-tested pieces of workout equipment that are essential for any home gym.
Kettlebells come in a variety of weights, usually starting at 5 pounds; kettlebells weighing more than 100 pounds are also available for more advanced weight lifters.
Many professional fitness trainers recommend these handheld weights for building raw strength and muscle endurance. Many weightlifters find kettlebells ideal for performing biceps curls, triceps extensions, rows and chest flyes. In addition, doing high-rep intervals of kettlebell cleans, swings and lunges is a great way to get a great indoor cardiovascular workout.
If you tend to dismiss jumping rope as child’s play, you’ve probably never tried to make it through a serious jump rope workout. A mainstay of training regimens for boxers, this simple exercise burns a massive amount of calories while building hand-eye coordination. It can also serve as both a warm-up and cool-down exercise for weightlifters. Plus, a jump rope costs very little.
You need a weight bench to perform bench presses, which are bedrock lifts for building upper body strength. An incline bench press allows you to adjust your workout to target your upper pectoral muscles. Be sure to take the bar through the full range of movement, so you get the full benefit from your bench press workout.
Some weight benches can be adjusted so that the upper torso is at an incline. Performing a chest press in that position transfers a good portion of the resistance to the upper pectoral muscles, fostering greater overall muscle gains in the chest area.
Doing squats is the best way to build strength in the legs, glutes and lower back. While it is possible to lift a lightweight bar from the ground up and across your shoulders, you need a squat rack to advance to squatting any significant amount of weight. You certainly will never max out your squat if you only use weights you can power clean.
Pull-ups are a crucial part of any workout regimen, and the only way to perform these exercises is to use a pull-up bar. Using an overhanded grip with your palms facing away from your body primarily develops the lats, while using an underhand grip with your palms facing inward directs more strain toward the biceps. Both variations help you develop grip and arm strength.
The April 15th deadline for filing federal income tax forms is fast approaching. However you plan to complete the task, getting an early start is key to reducing what you owe or maximizing your return and reducing the risk of enduring an audit. Here are important steps you need to take.
List all sources of income
You need more than W2s from full- or part-time jobs. Federal taxes also get assessed on interest earned from banks, investment returns, lottery winnings and income earned from self-employment and contract work even if no official 1099 payment records get generated. Adding up the money you earned from every source will give you an idea of how much you might owe the government. It also protects you from forgetting an income source and having the Internal Revenue Service send a letter asking why you failed to report payments the agency knows you received.
Gather your receipts
Many business, medical and mortgage expenses can be deducted from taxable income if you document them with receipts. In the age of online shopping and banking, you may think such records will be available for printing out if you ever need them. However, many companies make free account statements available for only a few months. Get paper copies of every receipt you might need when filing your tax return as soon as possible. Keep those printouts and all other receipts in a clearly labeled file. Scanning them into your computer can reduce clutter.
Check your tax preparation options
Whether you long ago resigned yourself to toiling for hours to do your own taxes or have hired an accountant each year, it can pay to consider a new option. Tax preparation software has gotten much more accurate and easier to use. Shop around and compare rates. If you make less than $58,000 per year, you can go to freefile.irs.gov to fill out all the necessary forms and submit your documents for free.
Coordinate with your spouse and working-age children
You and your spouse need to decide whether filing a joint tax return will benefit you more than filing separately. You also need to check with teenage children and your kids in college who earned taxable income during the past year to discuss the pros and cons of claiming them as dependents. These decisions affect how you should fill out tax forms and whether the IRS is likely to flag you for underpaying taxes.
Fund your retirement accounts
Contributions to most retirement accounts can be deducted from your taxable income for the previous year even if you make them as late as January 30, or later in some instances. Do what you can to maximize last-minute deposits into IRAs, 401(k)s and similar accounts, especially if you have money left over from a year-end bonus, financial gift or an already calculated large tax return.
Plan for next year
When you get an idea of how much you owe in federal income taxes or how much the IRS will send back to you, start planning. If you owe a lot, you may want to increase your tax withholding or pay estimated taxes throughout this year. If you expect a large return, consider reducing your withholding or estimated tax payments so you can put your money to better use as you earn it rather making an interest-free loan to the federal government.
Basketball season officially takes place during the cold winter months, but most Americans enjoy this high-paced, fun sport outside, in the summertime. While you’re waiting to hit the sunny courts this winter, try these 4 basketball exercises to increase your speed, agility, leap and endurance.
Squat, Press, Calves
Goal: increase vertical jump height and power
Step one: Stand with your feet slightly wider than hip-width distance apart with your core engaged and knees slightly bent, holding the basketball in your hands close to your chest.
Step two: Shifting the weight into your heels, push your hips back and bend your knees as you squat, lowering down until your thighs are parallel or almost parallel to the floor.
Step three: Slowly press through your heels as you straighten your legs and rise up to a standing position, pressing the basketball above your head as you straighten your arms.
Step four: Complete the move by rising up onto your toes before lowering back down to your starting position.
One Arm Medicine Ball Push-ups
Goal: Increase chest pass speed and strength.
Step one: Begin in a kneeling position and place both palms on a basketball.
Step two: Slowly shift your weight forward until your shoulders are positioned over your hands and press up into a plank position with toes on the ground, or opt to keep your knees on the ground with the feet lifted.
Step three: Keeping your core engaged and head aligned with your spine, slowly lower your chest toward the basketball, keeping elbows close to the sides of your body.
Step four: Pressing upward through your arms, return to your starting position.
Basketball Side Steps
Goal: increase agility.
Step one: Stand with your feet hip-width apart holding the basketball close to your chest, as if you were about to throw a chest pass.
Step two: Without lifting your left foot, take a lateral step out to your right and stop, keeping the ankle, knee, hip and shoulder in alignment.
Step three: Return back to your starting position and repeat this movement with the left foot, stepping out to the left side as you keep the right foot planted.
Upper Body Rotation
Goal: increase cross pass court speed and power
Step one: Stand with your feet hip-width distance apart and hold the basketball in front of you at about chest height while keeping the core engaged.
Step two: Lunge forward with your right foot, lowering your hips down toward the floor while at the same time rotating your upper body to the right.
Step three: Rotate back to center and firmly push off with the front leg to return to your starting position and repeat on the opposite side, leading with the left leg as you twist left.
This winter, train, train train, so this summer, you can impress, impress and impress.
Noodles are typically made from flour, water and salt. Mostly Italian, Chinese or Japanese in origin, some noodles include eggs instead of water, while others are made with gluten-free flours such as rice or buckwheat. (Yes, despite its name, buckwheat is a gluten-free whole grain). Some noodles are flavored with vegetables such as spinach, asparagus or roasted red peppers, which also makes them colorful. Thick, thin, round, flat – the options are endless, as are the possibilities for using them.
As a main course, one pound of noodles typically feeds four people. Noodles are easy to prepare at home. Bring four quarts of water to boil for every pound of noodles you are cooking. Add salt to the water – enough so that it tastes like the ocean. This gives the noodles flavor. Once the water has achieved a rolling boil, add your noodles to the pot. You may have to break them in half so that they are completely submerged, but that’s okay. Cook the noodles until they are “al dente,” meaning that are soft and chewy but there is still some bite to them. Once they are cooked, drain them in a colander and use them immediately. DO NOT pour cold water over them. If you are concerned about them sticking together, simply toss them with a few drops of olive oil.
Noodles are usually sold fresh, pre-cooked or dried. Fresh and pre-cooked noodles should keep in the refrigerator for up to three days, wrapped tightly in plastic. Fresh noodles can also be frozen and cooked straight from frozen, without thawing them first. Dried noodles keep well in a cool, dry place for up to a year. Fresh noodles cook more quickly than dried noodles. Some noodles, like dried rice noodles, require some soaking before cooking – just check the package instructions.
Italian noodles are typically served with sauce. Spaghetti, fettuccini, and angel hair pasta are delicious tossed with marinara, pesto, or simply olive oil topped with fresh chopped herbs and shaved Parmesan cheese. Spaghetti noodles are also great in soup like Chicken Noodle Soup. When used in soup, noodles tend to absorb liquid. To account for this, when I prepare Chicken Noodle Soup, I prepare the soup and then cook the noodles separately. I then portion the noodles into bowls and top them with the soup. Delicious!
Most of us are familiar with Italian noodles, but the latest noodle craze seems to be all about a Japanese noodle called ramen (and I don’t mean the instant ramen that requires hot water and a seasoning packet to become soup). The hype is about authentic, fresh ramen in a rich pork-based broth served with toppings. In Brooklyn, a chef took ramen to another level by serving a now-famous burger that is a beef patty smashed between two fried ramen noodle buns. Then there was the short film, called Ramen Dreams, which garnered the acclaimed noodle lots of attention. Now, ramen bowls are all the rage across the country. You can enjoy them at home too with a savory broth with all sorts of toppings.
I regularly use soba and udon noodles for dishes at home. Some soba noodles are made with buckwheat flour (only, no wheat flour) and water. Udon noodles are made from plain wheat flour and water. I find them at some grocery stores in the international aisle and at Asian markets.
All kinds of noodles are delicious served with braised meats, such as pork, or the classic, Beef Stroganoff. I also use noodles for cold salads. I make pasta salad using spaghetti, olives, chopped salami and chopped mozzarella. I make a cold soba noodle salad by tossing sugar snap peas, sliced carrots, and sliced green onions with soba noodles and a soy sesame dressing.
If you saw my last post , you already know you can make your own noodles using a stand mixer. You can use the mixer to mix the dough and then buy attachments that turn you, quite literally, into a noodle factory! Let me know if you do it!
I use a stand mixer almost everyday. I bake professionally, but regardless – I would be lost without a stand mixer. Even at home, I use my stand mixer once a week, if not more often. Designed to mix, whip and knead, a stand mixer is a workhorse in the kitchen. In addition to performing basic tasks with ease, a variety of attachments available for purchase can turn any stand mixer into a valuable and time saving tool for making pasta, freezing ice cream, slicing vegetables, grinding meat or juicing citrus.
Stand mixers are sold in a variety of sizes, referring to the size of the mixing bowl, typically ranging from 4.5 to 8 quarts. A 4.5 quart bowl is perfectly adequate for an average home cook. Someone who bakes a lot, or cooks in large batches, might be interested in a larger mixing bowl. Stand mixers usually come with three basic attachments – a flat paddle, a whisk and a dough hook. Designed for mixing, the flat paddle is used for preparing batters, cookie dough, pie dough, frosting, mashed potatoes or meatloaf. The whisk attachment is perfect for whipping egg whites or cream, but can also be used for tasks like making mayonnaise. The dough hook is a wonderful option for kneading yeasted dough.
Stand mixers are a powerful tool and will require less time to perform tasks you may have performed using a hand mixer (or your hands!) in the past. For that reason, you may want to adapt recipes you commonly use for your stand mixer. It is likely that it will take half the time to mix cake batters you formerly mixed with a hand mixer. How will you know? Most recipes provide visual clues such as “mix until soft and creamy.” If you are new to a stand mixer, I suggest relying on these visual clues until you get the hang of it.
Stand mixers have several speeds ranging from low to high. I always find it makes sense to start the mixer on low and gradually increase the speed. If you are adding flour or other dry ingredients to a mix, stop the mixer first, or add them very slowly in order to avoid a mess. When adding liquids, start slowly and adjust the speed as they begin to thicken or incorporate into the mix. Some stand mixers come with a “pouring shield” designed to avoid making a mess, but I find that working with a slow speed at first and then gradually increasing the speed works just as well.
The attachments sold for stand mixers hook right into the front of the mixer motor hub. If they are designed for your machine, attachments will work for your machine regardless the size of the mixing bowl. Imagine your stand mixer being converted into a pasta maker! A variety of pasta-related attachments enable you to roll, cut and shape pasta at home (this, of course, is after it has mixed the dough for you!). If you want to take pasta making to a totally new level in the land of do-it-yourself, you can use a mill attachment to grind your own wheat for flour. You can also use the mill attachment to grind other whole grains such as oats, corn and rice into flour.
This time of year, living in California, I use the citrus juicer weekly to prepare fresh orange juice and lemon juice. With a built in strainer, it makes juicing citrus a breeze. I use fresh lemon juice for baking and making salad dressings. I freeze whatever is left in ice cube trays for future use. The orange juice, well, I can’t make it fast enough!
The food grinder is great for grinding your own meat. Grind a pork shoulder, add some salt, pepper and dried sage, and make your own sausage patties. Grind beef for making meatballs or grind turkey for making white chili. If you buy cuts of meat in bulk and want to add some variety to how you can use it, the grinder might be a good attachment to have on hand. You can grind some of it and freeze it for future use.
The slicer and shredder attachment makes short work of many tasks for which I usually turn to my food processor. This attachment really increases the every day versatility of a stand mixer by allowing you to shred large amounts of hard cheeses or slice hard vegetables in bulk.
Last, but certainly not least, we come to the ice cream maker attachment. The ice cream maker attachment is an insulated bowl that you keep in the freezer. When it comes time to make ice cream, simply prepare your mix and then finish it in the insulated bowl using the flat paddle. My ice cream comes out rich and creamy with no ice or rock salt required. Revolutionary.
Garage storage has come a long way since the old days of standard shelf brackets and metal wire racks. Now, you can creatively explore many ways to repurpose and reuse objects to get the most out of your garage configuration. However, there are plenty of instances when good old-fashioned shelves are exactly what you need for your garage. Garage shelving doesn’t have to be boring in order to do the job, which is why you can choose between many different styles for your garage shelves. Ideas abound when you think outside the box.
Standard shelving is a basic option that still holds true for many handymen and tinkerers alike. Nothing beats a shelf when it comes to storing paint cans or other items that need to be stored on a level surface. Track and bracket systems allow you to change and customize your shelves as your needs differ over time. Floating shelves look stylish in a sleek, garage-based man cave. And standard shelves on regular brackets are sturdy enough to stand the test of time.
For a garage that looks completely neat and tidy, it’s best to tuck away even the items that must rest on shelving. This is easily done via mounted cabinets or even stand-alone structures. Cabinet doors are great for hiding the mess and giving you a surface on which to hang project notes or shopping lists as well. Add chalkboard paint to the outside of your cabinet shelves for a dynamic and creative storage option.
Sometimes you need shelves with a little bit of lip on the side to keep the contents corralled while keeping them level and in plain sight at the same time. Repurposed window planters make great storage shelves that also double as bins. This creative shelving option is affordable and easy to install with a few simple screws.
If you use your garage as a working carpentry studio or car repair site, you may wish to move your tools around as you work around the shop. In this case, you may wish to opt for mobile stand-alone shelving on casters or wheels. This way, you can move your shelves exactly where you need them every time. If you already own stand-alone garage shelving, you can easily convert it to mobile shelving by attaching wheels to the bottom of each leg.
It’s easy to get your garage in shape when you hang and organize your power tools throughout the space. Garage shelving can keep things visible and easily accessible in the midst of an organized oasis to help you can save time and keep everything in sight day after day.
A number of easy-to-use cameras have features that will help you be a better photographer. Imagine that you never have another blurred shot (if you don’t want it), or a portrait that is composed the way a professional might shoot the picture. But, if you never venture past taking photos on the auto setting of your camera, you may miss many features that enable you to take pictures beyond your own abilities. Choosing a scene can automatically change camera settings for the best Landscape, Portrait or Sports. Many camera have Scene settings for specific situations that may include a Macro mode for extreme close-ups, a scene to create beautiful photos of autumn leaves, of brilliant flower colors, and more.
Explore your camera to see if it has other features that automatically improve photos. Look through the menus for odd-named features and you may find that your camera can shoot beautiful photography that will make you look like a professional photographer. The Nikon 1 and Sony NEX-5R (and newer) are two models with features that will give your photography a boost.
No more blurred photos
When shooting photos in low-light situations (e.g., indoor or evening shots), the camera must have a slow shutter speed. Keeping the shutter open often results in blurring because the subject of your photo (person or object) has moved, or because you have moved the camera. While many cameras have a setting to reduce camera shake, or have an anti-blur that simply changes the ISO light sensitivity to shoot at faster speeds, the Sony and Nikon take it much further to ensure that your photo isn’t blurry.
Anti Motion Blur- This feature is found in the menu of the Sony Alpha NEX-5r mirrorless cameras. With Anti Motion Blur turned on, the camera shoots six photos and combines them in layers to create a photo that is clear and without noticeable blurring. I’ve shot a fashion show with no flash and the models came out perfectly.
Best Moment Capture Mode & Smart Photo Selector— This is Nikon’s version of an anti-blur feature that lets you choose your favorite shot. By pressing down the shutter halfway to focus, and then pressing and holding the shutter down halfway again, it activates Best Moment
Capture on the Nikon 1. The camera shoots a series of photos for 1.33 seconds. At the end of the capture time, the photos are slowly displayed in a slideshow. When you see the photo you like best, press the shutter button all the way down.
Live View Blur – This Nikon 1 feature doesn’t remove the blur, but it does let you know exactly what your photos will look like. When looking at the LCD screen to shoot a photo, many cameras can show you the exposure (i.e., whether the photo will be too dark or bright), and the depth of field (i.e., what will be in focus). Live View Blur also shows you what objects are moving that will be blurred in the final photo. This allows you to eliminate the blur by putting the camera in the speed priority mode, and choosing a faster shutter speed.
Let your camera teach you how to take better photos
To make it easier to find the right settings, you’ll find an item called “shooting tip list” in the menu of Sony Alpha NEX cameras. Look through items for basic techniques, portraits, landscapes, night scenes, close-up macros, buildings, moving water, avoiding washed out photos, shooting in aquariums, and more. Follow the simple suggestions to improve photos for dozens of situations. Many DSLR cameras and others have a similar feature to give you photography tips or tips to use your camera by pressing an info button.
These features are only a small example of what these cameras can do. Check your camera manual to see if you have any similar features to improve your photography and test it out before you need it for a big event or exciting adventure. You may become a better