Best Woodburning Pyrography Books With Designs 2020

Pyrography design books

Interested in learning about woodburning pyrography? You need books for best results, and we’re here to show you the best of the best that we’ve found for this hobby. There are various ways to approach this new hobby, and each book has its own strengths and weaknesses.

So let’s look at the best woodburning pyrography design books you can buy.

Pyrography Books For Beginners

Learn to Burn by Simon Easton

Learn to Burn is notable because of its step by step approach to woodburning. With it, you can start creating beautiful art with easy to find crafting materials that are widely available.

There are also a total of 14, step by step projects that are segmented by skill level. So as you improve, you can find more challenging projects to work on, so this book will be useful even after you have mastered the basics.

What’s more is the author has added some beautiful photos to show you how the output should look, or you can use what the author has added to create your own enhanced output. You will get 50 bonus patterns along with the 14 step by step projects.

Pyrography Basics by Lora Irish

Pyrography Basics was written by a nationally recognized pyrography artist, so you are getting tips and instruction from a professional. The book delves into the intricacies of choosing the right tools, materials, designs, and projects.

You will have access to six skill-building pyrography projects that are centered on different pyrography techniques. Technique is everything with art, and you’d best start with focusing on mastery of techniques if you want to get anywhere with this new hobby (no pressure, though!).

There are also detailed discussions on using temperature, doing layering, how to write on wood, how to shade on wood, how to create the best textures, and how to create artistic values while woodburning. There are detailed instructions and patterns (step by step) that will hone your skills in the three main pyrography pen tips. Nervous about your output? No worries.

The book encourages the use of practice boards so you won’t mess up more expensive pieces of wood – reserve that when you are ready to commence a project.

Pyrography Designs by Norma Gregory

This book is all about patterns, shapes, lines, and designs.

Containing plenty of art to imitate and get inspiration from, this is the perfect accompaniment to any of the basic books we have discussed so far.

It is 112 pages and is published by the Guild of Master Craftsman.

Intermediate Pyrography Books

When you are done with the basics and you are confident with using the major tips used for the art, it’s time to hunker down and get ready for more challenging projects. The following books are perfect for intermediate dabbling:

Pyrography Workbook by Sue Walters

Pyrography Workbook by Sue Walters features a progressive approach to learning both basic and advanced pyrography techniques.

You will learn about: the proper setup of your workplace, how to work safely with pyrography gear, how to select timber and preparing wood for pyrography, transferring designs to timber, how to best use nib techniques, normal and unusual pyrography patterns and techniques, and how to integrate color in pyrography.

Sue includes three step by step projects, and you will also learn how to burn designs onto leather, paper, antlers, and wood bark.

Additional methods of woodburning are taught: hot wire, torching, engraving, relief, negative, and solar pyrography. Each technique has its own advantages, and definitely need to learn them from the renowned Australian pyrographer, Sue Walters.

Woodburning Realistic Animals by Minisa Robinson

As the title suggest, Minisa Robinson focuses on intermediate to expert woodburners who would like to learn how to create realistic designs on timber.

While everyone starts with geometric patterns and linear designs that are transferred from templates, woodburning realistic-looking animals is another beast altogether.

You will be able to work on a total of 12 step by step projects, featuring the following animals: butterfly, bunny, horse, bobcat, hummingbird, moose, mountain lion, elk, owl, bighorn sheep, zebra, and the African lion.

Additional training on timber, timber preparation and selection, safety while working, and using photos for inspiration, are also included. There are also sections that tackle how you can create your own patterns and designs and how to transfer them to the wood before you even start woodburning. Neat, isn’t it?

Landscape Pyrography Techniques & Projects by Lora S. Irish

Lora S. Irish prepares the pyrography artist for the long haul with this volume: it has everything you need to get started.

The book comes with four practice projects that will help you understand and apply a wide variety of pyrographic effects and techniques, a capstone project for a rustic advertising barn, creative practice board techniques and tips, a comprehensive list of pyrography supplies and tools, and little-known techniques from a master pyro artist.

Simply put, this book has a lot about every necessary domain, with a slant toward creating better-looking landscapes.

Woodburning Realistic People by Jo Schwartz

Nothing comes close to the satisfaction of realism on timber, especially when the likeness of human beings comes close to perfection. Enter Woodburning Realistic People by Jo Schwartz.

Released in 2017, this book teaches people the complex method of doing portraiture on wood minus the usual tools used for portraiture. Portraiture demands mastery of light, anatomy, and the use of specialized techniques to get the best results.

Those who have tried portraiture with charcoal or ink know the challenge – and it’s time that you jumped in if you are getting bored with the usual geometric designs.

You will get expert tips on how to shade, utilize different types of lines, and there are also projects and techniques with step by step instructions (detailed) and photos to help you achieve the best results in the shortest span of time.

The goal is lifelike art, and Jo will take you through the different regions of the human face and give you lessons on skin tone, facial features, eyes, noses, ears, mouths, and hair. Get this book if you want to take your pyrography to the next level.

Best Woodburning Pyrography Pen Tool Kits To Buy 2020

Pyrography

Pyrography is one the most endearing hobbies around, and absolutely anyone can get into it. All you really need to get safely started is a woodburning pyrography tool kit.

And while it is true that you can perform woodburning with improvised pens and even heated wires, if you want to perform the art safely, we highly recommend that you get your own kit.

Here is our rundown of the best woodburning pyrography pent tool kits to buy.

TRUArt Stage 2 Dual Pen Professional Woodburning Detailer

The TRUArt Stage 2 kit is a steal considering you have the option of getting two pens, and you can also easily purchase a spare pen, spare tips, premium tips (this is a separate kit), or a smaller kit with just one pen if you feel that you don’t need a spare.

The 60-watt wood burner heats up almost instantly to deliver the most constant heat needed to create those beautiful markings on the surface of the wood.

The pens come with a digital voltage control hub that will allow the user to make minute changes to the intensity of the power, which affects the temperature of the woodburning pens.

The pens have also be redesigned to be as ergonomic as possible, which is important if your wrists hurt and you have trouble keeping your hands steady for prolonged periods of time.

The advantage of buying the kit with two pens is you can load two different tips and switch between the pens whenever you need to.

TRUArt Stage 2 boasts of fast heating and fast cool down, two of the things that you truly need to get ahead in your newfound hobby.

TRUArt Wood and Leather Pyrography Pen Set

For absolute beginners who are not yet fully committed to the hobby just yet, they have the option of purchasing “stage 1” from TRUArt, which is marketed as both a wood and leather pyrography woodburning kit.

This essential set has a lightweight woodburning pen with an ergonomic grip, a total of 35 different pent tips, and an e-guide that you can reference if you have never used a pyrography woodburning kit before. There are two main advantages when you choose this kit.

The first one is that the pen is not too powerful – it is just right at 30 watts, so it’s not too hot, and the chances of you overdoing your work with too much heat is reduced greatly.

Second, because the heat is not too much, you can use the pen to draw on leather, too, with a reduced risk of burning through the leather.

The second advantage is the number of tips that come with the kit. In woodburning pyrography, the thickness and general look of the stroke is influenced by the tip you are using.

Imagine having a fountain pen with different tips and you see what we mean. Grab this kit if you are just starting out, and you will be able to spring into pyrography with barely a learning curve.

Fuyit LCD Woodburning Kit

The Fuyit LCD Woodburning Kit is extremely portable and guess what – it has a total of 42 different pyrography pen tips to choose from!

The pyrography pen itself is equipped with a digital temperature control function connected to an actual LCD display that shows the numerical temperature of the pen.

Compared to an analog pen that just has a simple dial to increase voltage to increase the temperature, the Fuyit kit is more accurate because you will actually know what temperature the pen is at the moment.

The tip of the Fuyit pen also has six ventilation holes that allows the pen to cool quickly when you cut the power.

This is important because pyrographers tend to change tips frequently because the thickness of the stroke has a huge impact on the final output.

We also like the fact that Fuyit pens can be repaired – once the heating core is used up, you can remove the spent core and add a new one to keep using the same pen.

Unless the pen is cracked in half, it’s going to provide the same level of service as before since it is operating with a new heating core.

Tekchic Wood Burning Kit

Tekchic earns a spot in our coveted list because of its high-wattage wood burner (60 watts) and for having its own high quality pen stands that make pyrography safer for the user.

The detailer pen has been cut down to be as light as possible while being sturdy enough for prolonged use. The downside is it only has 20 tips in the kit, but if you are looking for durability, we recommend these higher end kits.

Not saying that the other kits will break easily, but we know that some of the pyrography kits are made to be heavy duty because they are meant for professional use.

Each kit comes with a woodburning machine, two lightweight pens, two woodburning stands, two sponges, and 20 woodburning tips.

The pens are also equipped with digital temperature control, so you don’t have to power down every time to cool off the metal if it’s getting too hot – just use the in-pen control to reduce or increase the temperature of the tip as needed.

Walnut Hollow 41992 Creative Woodburner Wire Tip Wood Burning Tool

Walnut Hollow is a well-known brand in pyrography and it is known in the community for producing sturdy woodburning machines and easy to use pens that are gentle on the hands.

The 41992 kit comes with a woodburning machine, pyrography pen, and the following tips: drawing point, universal shading point, ball point, and rounded shading point.

According to the company, the 41992 woodburning machine can go from 600°F to approximately 1000°F in a snap. Comes with a simple pen stand to keep the hot metal parts away from your skin when the pen is not in use.

Learning To Code: From Websites To Cool Apps 2020

Coding

It is never too late to learn how to start coding, and the Internet is filled with free and massively useful resources for every type of learner. We’ve rounded up references, resources, and even apps that you can use to make your study of coding easier.

Coding Websites

If you are interested in website architecture and programming beyond the tweaks afforded by WordPress sites, you need to learn how to hard code.

Luckily, there are websites that are dedicated to newbies who want to know how it’s really done by the pros. We’re not saying that you will master everything in one week, but if other people have done it, why can’t you?

W3 Schools

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W3 Schools is dedicated to providing free resources on HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

It’s a neat website for locating code to accomplish specific things while coding, and it’s a cool reference for all levels of programmers.

What we especially love about this website is that after it provides the instruction on how to code, it has several enrichment sections like exercise and quiz where you can apply the new skill or code, so you can find out if you truly understood the information.

Code Academy

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Java is one of the oldest and most useful programming languages that is used for almost every imaginable application, from websites to creating apps for mobile phones.

The earlier operating systems for mobile phones used Java extensively to deliver rich mobile experiences to users. Java is influenced by C++, its predecessor, and its latest iterations have improved the issues that have bugged it since inception, including slower implementation.

If you want to learn how to code Java, Code Academy is offering its own Learn Java tutorials. Their tutorial includes the Java Program Structure, Variables and Data Types, Object-Oriented Java, and more. There’s also a premium/paid upgrade option for people who want more resources.

Learn Python

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Like Java, Python is a versatile programming language that is used mainly for websites, mobile devices, and other experience-rich digital interfaces. It has been described as easy to learn and vital for the well-rounded programmer.

Several digital boot camps and courses online offer Python, including Learn Python. LearnPython.Org is an interactive training course for people who want to learn how to code Python.

The syllabus includes the basics, data science tutorials, advanced tutorials, and more.

You will learn about variables and types, lists, basic operators, string formatting, numpy arrays, pandas basics, list comprehensions, and other aspects of Python programming that will turn you from newbie to expert in no time.

LearnCPP

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C++ is the grand daddy of programming languages, and remains an important language that every serious programmer should consider learning, right after HTML, CSS, and Java. C++ is used not just for browsers and Web applications, but also for PC games, and animations.

It is one of the most developed languages around, and we owe many of the best games in several generations to C++.

Learn C++ is a free resource for people who want to know more about this programming language. The lessons, which are already laid out in the home page of the website, are divided into chapter and sub-chapters.

You will learn about compilers, linkers, and libraries, and how you can configure these three important aspects of C++. There are also tutorials on the technical aspects of C++, like the statements and structures of a program, and how literals and operators work.

Coding Android Apps

Android apps are actually built using different programming languages, with Java receiving the most support from Google at the moment. Which is not to say that you are stuck with using “just” Java. You can also use the following programming languages, like Kotlin, C/C++, C#, BASIC, Corona/LUA, and PhoneGap.

Kotlin is considered the ‘second best’ language for Android programming, as it also uses the Java Virtual Machine and is lauded for having a system that is easier to read and its code is also more streamlined.

Kotlin is great for people who are just beginning to learn how to code with Java, because it doesn’t even mind if you don’t terminate lines with the semicolon. For beginning programmers, any bit of help is important.

Developers Training

Developers Training

This is one of the best places to get free training on Java and Kotlin, specifically for creating Android apps. You will start with Android Kotlin Fundamentals, followed by Android Developer Fundamentals, Advanced Android Development, and more.

The modules are self-paced, and you can take as much time as you need in each modules if you are a self-taught programmer.

They also have an Android Development for Beginners course, and an Android Basics Nanodegree program that you can sign up for. All in all, the Developers Training page is a pretty neat resource for anyone who wants to create Android apps.

Udacity Android Basics

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Udacity is also offering several courses on Android development, including its Android Basics course.

We recommend websites like Udacity (because there are several other online schools that offer similar courses) if you want a very structured approach to learning.

Some people like the freewheeling method of learning, of getting resources from different sources at varying speeds. Others simply don’t thrive with this approach, so if you are one such programmer, then there is no harm in signing up for more structured classes.

BONUS: Apps for Developing Android Apps (What?!)

It was bound to happen of course. There are now apps that help developers code and test their apps.

Open your Play Store and check out the following apps to see which you need right now to get started:

  • Android Studio
  • ADB (Android Debug Bridge)
  • AVD Manager
  • Eclipse
  • Fabric
  • FlowUp
  • Gamemaker: Studio
  • Genymotion
  • Gradle
  • IntelliJ IDEA
  • Instabug
  • LeakCanary
  • NimbleDroid
  • RAD Studio
  • Stetho
  • Source Tree
  • Unity 3D
  • Unreal Engine
  • Visual Studio with Xamarin
  • Vysor

These are all powerful and useful apps with different uses, and each one contributes to a different phase in Android app development.

DIY Fragrance: How To Start Making Your Own Cologne Scents

Fragrance Bottles

How do you go about making your own diy fragrances to have your own personal cologne? That’s something we are going over inside this article.

Colognes and perfumes are probably the most special of gifts that you can give anyone, more so if you prepare the gift yourself. Is it possible to craft beautiful scents, colognes, and perfumes at home?

The answer is yes, because the process of creating perfumes is actually simpler than you may think. The methods and materials aren’t that expensive either.

Of course, you can always scale up your production if you feel like experimenting with signature scents. Is that a small and meaningful enterprise peeping around the corner? We think so!

The science of scents

A single perfume is a blend or mixture of different scents, with one or more scents representing a layer or level within the harmony of scents.

The various levels of scents are called “notes” and each level of notes has a different function and impact. The three levels of scents or notes are: base (or foundation), middle, and top.

Base notes

In terms of proportion, the volume of oils that produce the base notes is the highest, followed by the middle notes and top notes.

Base notes are also responsible for giving the perfume its lingering power, and this is what you smell four or five hours after the application of perfume, when the middle notes and top notes have all evaporated.

Base notes are memorable and usually milder than middle and top notes. Patchouli, sandalwood, cedarwood, and musk are all used frequently as base notes for all kinds of perfumes from DIY to expensive signature perfumes.

Middle notes

The middle notes are sandwiched between the base notes and top notes. What middle notes do is they set the theme for the perfume.

In music, we can compare middle notes to bass, as bass gives body and character to music even if we don’t really discern the middle notes that much when we apply perfume.

Perfume experts also call the middle notes the core or spirit of the perfume, and they comprise the powerful layer of scents that appear when the top notes begin to fade away.

This layer of scents also determines what general category a perfume belongs to.

A perfume can be considered woody (usually the theme of long-lasting men’s colognes), floral (very common with scents for women from different age groups, but the nature and concentration of the middle notes differ depending on the target market), oriental (usually comprised of a combination of themes and some hints of spice), and so on.

Examples of scents used as the middle layer of perfumes include jasmine, ylang ylang, geranium, lavender, and coriander.

Top notes

And finally, we have the top notes. The top notes represent the fragrance that hits you first when you apply perfume. This strong layer provides a lot of impact on first application, but soon disappears after a quarter of an hour.

Take note that top notes are not the heaviest of the scent layers; it is often striking, but it remains relatively light and ethereal compared to middle notes and base notes.

The main function of top notes is to get the person interested in the perfume. The quick dissipation of the top notes is also necessary as a transitioning from the introduction of the perfume toward the core or spirit of the perfume.

Examples of top notes include clary sage, lemon, grapefruit, strawberry, and so on.

Preparation and blending guidelines

Creating DIY colognes and perfume at home would be more fun if you can follow our best practices for blending scents and oils. Don’t worry, they’re easy to follow.

1. Before buying the essential oils

Familiarize yourself with the different levels or notes, and then the commonly used essential oils for each type of note.

If possible, visit an aromatherapy or perfume supply store to sample and smell the oils yourself. Through constant exposure you will be able to understand how scents affect each other, and how interactions between notes occur.

2. Blend the oils in the proper order.

The first one that goes into the beaker are the oil/s that comprise your base notes, followed by the middle notes. The final layer will be the top notes.

In terms of ratio, the base notes should comprise only twenty percent of the total, followed by the middle notes at fifty percent, and finally, thirty percent for the top notes.

You might be wondering: why is there so much more of the middle notes than the base notes? The reason for this is that base notes often have long lingering power, and you wouldn’t want to overpower the concoction with the base notes.

3. Blend the right number of scents.

You can combine up to four different scents at once.

The ratio of your blending will determine which scent belongs to which level. There are no hard and fast rules in combining, but if you are after a particular scent, check out recipes online or in books.

4. The base notes do not correspond to the carrier oil.

The carrier oil, or the oil that combines all the different notes, usually have a very mild or almost neutral scent.

A perfect example of carrier oil for perfume would be jojoba oil. As long as the oil is nearly or virtually odorless, it can be used for making perfume.

The mixing of the different oils is also easier if you add alcohol to the mix. Surprisingly, perfume makers use ethanol (the kind of alcohol you can drink) but in high proof versions.

If you can find 80-proof or 100-proof vodka, that would be perfect for creating perfumes. The vodka will be the catalyst that allows the entire concoction to come together seamlessly.

5. Use only glass containers when creating perfumes.

Dark or colored glass is preferable especially if you are not familiar with how certain oils interact with heat and light.

Keep your raw materials and perfume-making supplies safely stored away from direct sunlight and from pets and small children. Droppers and beakers should also be stored well away from small hands and animals.

Creative Tips for Live Streaming Games on Mixer 2019

Computer Gamer

So you want to create the perfect channel for live streaming your games, and monetize on Mixer.

While YouTube has recently restricted its policies with regards to monetizing videos, it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to succeed, even if it might take a while before you reach the kind of viewership that you’ve dreamed of. This is why I would look at Mixer or Twitch for live streaming.

We all begin somewhere, and it’s imperative that you have the right kind of mindset to keep on keeping on with your dreams of being a successful Mixer act.

Here are our tips to make your live streaming of videos more engaging and interesting to your videos:

1. Do it like the champs

The best gamers on Mixer have a lot of views and subscribers simply because they love the games they play and they can entertain the viewers at the same time.

Watch how the older channels did it and emulate from the point that they began attracting millions of views.

There is a period of learning required before gamers get the hang of it, but this learning curve doesn’t have to take months or years. By paying attention to the best practices of other channels, you stand to succeed more quickly than others who want to reinvent the wheel.

2. Have a solid concept every time

People click on videos because they find the premise or concept behind the video interesting.

So you can’t just publish the same type of stream again and again without at least highlighting what is important or memorable for that particular stream. Whether it’s a fierce battle or a weird occurrence on Minecraft (this really depends on what you’re actually playing), give the viewers something to be excited about even before they watch the video.

3. Try to be as unique as possible

While no one can be completely unique especially if they are just streaming games that other gamers are already streaming or recording, you can be unique in how you present your perspective of the game itself.

People love perspective, because it gives them something to focus on. Even if the execution is less than perfect, selling a concept to people or perspective, at least, will go a long way. While it’s true that people don’t watch other gamers play badly, “playing well” can be recast again and again in different ways.

4. Develop a skill for creating killer thumbnails

While this doesn’t have anything to do with the actual streaming, your video thumbnails actually play a huge role in determining the success of a video if you are after a lot of views, fast.

People expect to see a summary of sorts of the video when they look at the video thumbnail. In short, they want to get a feel as to what the video is about by gauging the only image they have prior to clicking the video link. As much as possible, get them in the mood for watching by presenting something odd, crazy, unique, or funny that has occurred in the video itself.

We want people to think that they are in for a treat when the click the video link. However, we do recommend to live streamers that they should be careful about overpromising. We don’t want to overpromise – we simply want to entice people to click and watch.

If your video thumbnail and the actual content of the video are two planets apart, people will likely be angry and you will have no control on the dislikes. You can turn of commenting on the video, but we don’t really want that. Comments are a signal for ranking videos on Mixer and as much as possible we want people to interact with you or with other viewers in the comments thread.

5. Pay attention to how you project yourself

You don’t have to be ruggedly handsome or extremely pretty to get views (though we can’t deny that these help build a following, especially in the gaming community). What you may lack in rugged handsomeness or prettiness, you can definitely make up for in personality.

People love personalities in the online world and it doesn’t matter if the personality that you are using while gaming has nothing to do with your real life personality.

Think of yourself as an actor in a movie and just perform for your viewers. This is a good mindset when diving into this world because ultimately, we want to be people pleasers as much as possible. People have to love the character you are projecting and the accompanying personality before they can be loyal to your channel and the video content that you are producing.

6. Be a natural

Yes, we know that not everyone is a natural when it comes to being on camera, and gamers can be really demanding. But that’s the thing: if non-actors have done it in the past, why can’t you? The trick is to be comfortable in your own skin.

You can’t really offer the world anything that you are not, you can just show them the products of your creativity. But as to who you are on camera, that’s totally, one hundred percent you.

If you feel that it’s tough being alone in a room and trying to entertain a crowd that you can’t see, think of the process this way: you have a friend in the room (the camera) and you really want to hold an entertaining and light conversation with this person.

Think of the other person as someone who is really interested in what you have to say and you should be good. If your mind is in the right place when you shoot videos, your verbal language and nonverbal language will follow suit.

You will smile more frequently; you will try to make “eye contact” with your viewers, etc. These are the basics of a good conversation in the real world, and the rules don’t change when you are shooting a video of yourself playing a game.

Picking Gear for Beginner’s Photography 2019

Photography Gear

Photography is an amazing hobby to pick up, and for decades now, people have found happiness learning about this wonderful art.

Whether you are a beginner or intermediate practitioner of photography, it pays to know the different types of gear needed to perform specific actions while photographing subjects or objects.

The Camera

There are two general types of cameras in the market: the DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera and the point and shoot camera.

DSLR cameras are more expensive, but offer the highest level of adaptability when you are challenging yourself to accomplish more things with your photography.

This is not to say that point and shoot cameras aren’t dependable; the common user shoots with a PNS camera and endless photos have been produced, and memories kept, with these lower-cost cameras.

The main advantage of higher-tier DSLR cameras is they are able to render RAW files (great for post-processing) instead of just JPEG (many experts now say that high quality JPEGS are rivaling RAW files) and you have the option of switching lenses.

A good example of a camera body with an 18-55 mm stock lens, 2 pieces SanDisk 32 GB memory cards and additional photography accessories would be the Canon EOS Rebel T7 Camera Bundle.

Different kinds of lenses accomplish different feats. Your regular stock lens (the one that came with the camera body that you purchased) is usually alright for basic landscape shots, portraits, and a little macro photography if you like taking photos of flowers and smaller objects.

However, they aren’t good for taking close-ups of far away objects, and it would be difficult to shoot some wider scenes with stock lenses. For the former, you’d need a telephoto lens, and for the latter, a wide angle lens.

What about point and shoot cameras? Point and shoot cameras have just one, built-in lens and the zooming function is digital, meaning, the lens isn’t the one doing the magnification, it’s the built-in computer.

Basically, when you zoom in an image while shooting, the computer in the camera just cuts away portions of the image and magnifies it. What results is often a grainy shot with lower quality light and color.

There are different makes of digital cameras, so we don’t recommend that you get the cheapest ones as that would usually mean they sacrificed on the optics side of the gadget. Check out Canon’s take on the classic family point and shoot: the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Digital Camera that comes with a SanDisk 64 GB memory card, point & shoot camera case and flexible tripod.

The Tripod

If you are tired of shaky and bad-looking shots, it’s time you learned to shoot with a tripod. Tripods are mechanical stabilizers, and they keep everything as still as possible while making a shot. Whether you are shooting portraits or landscape scenes, a reliable tripod would be your best partner while practicing photography.

If you are rocking a DSLR with a heavy lens, we recommend sturdier tripods like the Vanguard Alta Pro or the Neewer Carbon Fiber tripod.

If you are using a point and shoot, you can still use these heavier tripods, but if you don’t want the heft, you can opt for smaller versions like the Geekoto 77” Tripod.

Remote Shutter Release

The remote shutter release connects to your camera via infrared and triggers the completion of a shot. There are wired and wireless versions of the remote shutter release. Why do you need this?

Well, some shots are better made with the image composed on the display and no one touching the camera body. Using a remote shutter release eliminates shakes/vibrations that can have small but visible effects on the final product.

Many remote shutter releases are universal, meaning they work with most brands of cameras like Nikon, Leica, or Canon. Others are made for specific families of cameras, like the VILTROX wired/wireless shutter release, which works for the Canon 80D, 77D, 60D, T6i, etc. Then we have Nikon-dedicated shutter releases like the AODELAN Wireless Shutter Release for the D5300, D5600, D7500, and so on.

External Flash Unit

While it’s true that balancing light with the cold light of flash can be difficult at times, an external flash unit is an absolute blessing when you are shooting objects and some portraits.

External flash units can be mounted on a tripod and activate when it senses the built-in flash from the camera body, or they can be triggered via IR manually using their own remote control. You can also mount an external flash unit on the camera body itself, as an alternative to the smaller and weaker built-in flash.

There are many off-brand external flash units available for photographers and each one has different features that will help enrich your experience with photography. Some great examples of these would be the Neewer TT560or the Altura Photo Professional Flash Kit.

Diffusers

Diffusers help spread light more evenly and reduce the harsh glare associated with the bright white light of camera flash. There are many types of diffusers; some are designed for the built-in flash of cameras while others are built for the external flash unit.

The most basic take on the diffuser would be the single-unit diffusers like the Movo Photo SB3 Universal On-Camera Pop-Up Flash Diffuser. Then there are more ornate designs that cover the entirety of the speedlite, like the Neewer Camera Speedlite Flash Softbox and Reflector Diffuser Kit.

The majority of diffusers are made from plastic, so they will be pretty cheap, unless you are using a ring flash, which goes around the lens of the camera. An example of this would be the PLOTURE Flash Light with LCD Display Adapter Rings and Flash Diffusers.

We suggest you get a few of them and try them out first to see which ones are the best for your specific uses. The effect of diffusers will vary slightly from one design to another, and it’s essential that you are able to compare the performance of different diffusers before settling on using one more frequently.