Author: Kayleigh Lawson

Shutterbug 2.0: ISO — What it stands for, how it works and why it matters

Once upon a time, back before the words “digital” and “photography” went together, photographers had to really think through what they wanted to do before buying a roll of film. Back then, you had to know what ISO you needed for a given photo shoot because the film was rated for different “film speeds,” a.k.a. ISOs. With the advent of digital photography, it has become easy to change camera settings to different ISOs. So now there no longer is a need to worry about film sensitivity. But it still can be helpful to photographers to know more about this setting and how it works. What is ISO? What does ISO mean in the world of digital photography? Well, let’s first take a look at what ISO means in general. ISO stands for the International Organization for Standardization, which is an international governing body that standardizes sensitivity ratings for camera sensors — along with many, many other things. You might be wondering why the acronym isn’t IOS… Well, to quote directly from the International Organization for Standardization website: Because “International Organization for Standardization” would have different acronyms in different languages (IOS in English, OIN in French for Organisation internationale de normalisation), our founders decided to give it the short form ISO. ISO is derived from the Greek “isos,” meaning equal. Whatever the country, whatever the language, we are always ISO....

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Enjoy a little taste of Hungary with this recipe for walnut kiefles

Like many people in America, my husband’s ancestors hail from a variety of countries. His maternal grandmother has some Hungarian forebears and her family has cooking traditions that spring from that. One such tradition is kiefles. When Andrew and I were celebrating our first holiday together, he became very excited when his mother said there would be kiefles at a family gathering. Now, I had never heard of kiefles before, so while my reaction obviously was found underwhelming, I blame the fact that I had no idea what they were talking about. I soon was set straight on the amazing-ness that is this Hungarian nut cookie recipe. Kiefle dough ingredients 2 cups butter 2 cups cottage cheese 4 cups flour Eggs Kiefle filling ingredients 1 cup ground walnuts 1/4 cup sugar Instructions for kiefles Mix walnuts and sugar together, then separate out 1/3 of the mixture for topping. Add hot water — a little at time — to the remaining filling mixture, until the paste is not too thick or too watery. Mix together dough ingredients. Divide the dough into quarters. Keep the unused portion covered and refrigerated. Roll out a quarter of the dough at a time into thin sheets. Cut the sheets into small rectangles. Spoon 1/4 teaspoon of wet filling into the center of each rectangle. Wrap dough in thirds over the filling, pinching the ends...

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In Paradox Bound, Clines weaves time travel tale with deft, expert touch

I first discovered Peter Clines when I received a copy of The Fold for review. I ended up loving it and since have kept my eyes open for new novels of his. I was doubly excited when I found out his new novel, Paradox Bound, centers on one of my all-time favorite subjects. The novel follows Eli and a mysterious woman named Henry as they search for the “American dream” through time. If that premise doesn’t grab your attention, then consider that they are on the run from literally faceless bad guys looking to stop them. Clines’ writing is very visual and it would be the perfect source material to adapt into a movie. Faced-paced and hitting all of the notes you’d expect, Paradox Bound is a highly enjoyable tale with cameos from famous figures and a new spin on time travel. I really enjoy the way that Clines uses time travel in the story, taking it and giving it his own flavor. In the hands of a lesser writer, time travel can become a tired and overdone trope, but Clines handles it with expert ease. I enjoyed the characters of Eli and Henry, and was thoroughly engrossed in the outcome of the story. Fans of alternative history and science fiction should give Paradox Bound a shot — it’s worth the time. About Clines Peter Clines has published several pieces...

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Hanson marks 25 years of making music with magical new Christmas CD

Hanson gets a bad rap. The family trio first appeared on the music scene in the ’90s — the decade of boy bands, Britney Spears and the pop music explosion. Then, in the summer of 1997, something unusual happened. Three home-schooled brothers from Tulsa, Oklahoma, released their debut album, “Middle of Nowhere” (1997), and hit it big. The album went quadruple platinum and the first single, “MMMBop,” held the Billboard No. 1 spot for three weeks. In November of that year, Hanson released their first Christmas album, which included a mix of holiday staples and new songs. It has become an enduring Christmas tradition for many fans. Now, 20 years after their initial success, Hanson is celebrating with a new Christmas album. Not gone at all While many think they disappeared into obscurity, Hanson actually have been steadily building a catalog of music that most musicians would envy. The band always has had a loyal fan base, which they keep by continually connecting with them via their membership site, Hanson.net. Hanson now have eight albums, two demos, two live albums and a greatest-hits collection in their discography. Thirteen albums in 25 years is nothing to sneeze about for any band, much less one that went independent after their second album. Independent, you say? Decades before this move was considered viable, Hanson created their own production studio so the band’s...

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100 Days with Jesus a great way to a deep understanding of His nature

How do you capture who Jesus really is? What words would you use to describe Him? Explore the endless possibilities with these 100 names and attributes, pulled directly from Scripture, and presented with uncommon clarity and depth. Full in scope. Rich in devotion. Through prayers and insights that widen your view of Jesus’ nature and purpose, you will see Him in ways you’ve perhaps never noticed before — specific to your need, complete in His love for you. You won’t just be informed. You’ll be transformed. One day at a time, 100 days in a row, inspired toward a deeper, more knowing sense of worship … for a lifetime. Diann Cotton’s 100 Days with Jesus is a great way to dip your toes into a deeper understanding of Jesus’ nature. Each of the 100 entries starts with a word, such as “intercessor.” It then provides verses, definitions and explanations regarding why each facet of Jesus is important to us. These lessons are short and don’t take more than five to 10 minutes on their own, depending on whether you want to read the verse in a preferred translation. While the lessons themselves are not very in-depth, they provide a good jumping-off point for those looking for a little guidance. And they are great for those who are just beginning to learn more about the nature of Jesus. The book...

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