I Used a Windows Phone in 2018 After They Were Discontinued

I used a Windows Phone for a week and here some of the things that I feel like I share on my blog.

I have had a hidden love for Operating Systems and Graphic Interface. Whenever I get to hear about a new OS, the first thing I try to do is get my hands over it to see what unique features it has.

So, that’s why I decided to do with my dad’s Lumia Windows phone that was lying in his drawer. I have had used a windows phone before but it was at least five years back, and that experience was certainly not over the top.   

Just to make this post super interested I tried to write this blog post on the window phone itself, and then the keyboard didn’t appear on the screen, so I waited for some minutes. And finally, happy to say that it worked like a charm. 

Taking a walk down with a window phone, that has been discontinued, here are some the amazing things this superphone is capable of doing.  

 

The Live Tiles of Windows Phone

Windows phone’s tiles are one of the most innovative things that have been used in the phones. It’s like android widgets but somehow looks cleaner and more useful.  

On a home screen, the live tiles keep on updating all the information, and that’s why there is no need to actually open the app. Reminder, notes, things to do and nearly everything can be pinned on the screen. Yes, this certainly can be done in android but unfortunately, android widgets don’t ever come close to windows live tiles.  This was the only one week this year when I didn’t forget any birthday. 

 

Windows App Store

This is one of the important reasons responsible for the downfall of the window mobile empire. But let’s be honest, there is no way it can only be counted in its cons. As Newton once said, while he was burning the Cuban cigar that his uncle had bought as a birthday gift, “Everything has an equal and opposite reaction”.  

The apps store of windows is perfect for the celibacy against applications. What is Celibacy against application? 

Celibacy against applications is a practice used in Zen Buddhism, where you try to detox your soul by not using any apps instead of that you try to use to the browser. And why even do that?

I personally have felt that the Windows App Store still has everything that is required to be productive. I can easily reply emails, see calendars, or read an article on the internet. And ask lame things to my old friend Mr. Cortana.

In fact, I can also edit my website on the browser. While I just took it as a challenge to completely use a Windows Phone for a week, I realized that there are so many things that can actually be done on any smartphone.  

Detoxifications

Windows Mobiles don’t have a perfect support for social media. So, it still is perfect if you are trying to stay away from it. Like I have done in the past. The path of great social detoxifications starts with a mobile that doesn’t have support anymore. eBay is a great place to buy detox mobile phones.

Keeping in mind, it does have support for productivity-based applications. Windows phone contains all the features that can be used for productivity.  I certainly won’t hurt your work. 

Graphical User Interface of Windows Mobile 

Windows phone does have a satisfying interface. Some of the swipe gestures that I have used in this phone are really amazing. Ease of usage in windows phone was made to make sure it very user-friendly. No, I am not comparing it to Android. Android is just too good. But unlike Android, windows phone didn’t have varieties of customization, but still, its native interface is very appealing.
 

Futuristic interface

Windows Phone’s interface was too futurist for this time, in fact, there are chances that in future, some inspiration will surely be taken from it to make something that is really unique. Something so unique that it ought to be used in the futuristic version of Star Wars.

Minimalist design

It’s more like saying that the interface used in the windows mobile is simple and it does the job. Not too fancy and confusing.

Windows Phone Keyboard

Windows phones are my second-best place to type rather than using Blackberry. Windows phones have a great keyboard and they don’t do useless autocorrect mistakes. In fact, I couldn’t type faster and with great accuracy. I can type faster than blackberry. I know, you might be thinking why have I put blackberry first then?

I can type on blackberry without looking at the keyboard, I can look at the screen and feel like that my words are appearing on the screen. Not much of a big reason for anyone but I personally love looking at the text while typing, instead of staring at the keyboard.  

 However, SwiftKey falls under the subsidiary of Microsoft and pretty sure that it might deliver the same typing experience as in the Window Mobile. 

 

A final verdict on using Windows Mobile in 2018.

It was that one week that made me realize that how I surely would have considered getting a new windows phone if Microsoft would have planned to make some in future. Somehow, windows phones are considered to be discontinued. But It will continue to serve its purpose until the support is gone.

I remember how my first Windows PC that I owned had a Pentium 150-MHz processor and ran on a 32 MB ram, and it did the job as well. I definitely couldn’t play Battlefield in it.

Thank you for reading. Please share your feedback with any outdated Operating System that you believe has features better than any available OS, or something that you would like to include in your futuristic portable device.

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Type of Photography Genres Focusing on Models

There are few photography styles where the focus is more on the model than the product. We have to remember, fashion is all about selling clothes, accessories etc. But fashion portrait photography has some part where models are supposed to steal the limelight.

So, below mentioned photography types will come under a set that falls outside the set of fashion photography. Even though these are not exactly fashion photography, it borrows many elements from that to make a shoot successful.

Modelling Portfolio Photography / Portfolio shoot /Modelling Shoot

As a modelling portfolio photographer, I do my shoots in such a way so to enhance the look of the model. Making sure that the clothing, accessory and makeup to not overpower the model. As in this type, we are not selling the product, but we are selling the model.

As a result, photography style needs change according to it. It may or may not include fashion portrait photography. these types of shoots have a certain requirement as imposed by the modelling agency. I avoid doing too many photo-shoots at a time just to make sure that the modelling agencies are getting the best. Get in touch to check my availability.

Glamour Photography

Glamour Photography focuses more on the glamorous and seductive elements of pictures. pictures of models shot at different types of locations. A photographer tries to highlight the beauty as well as sexiness of the model in these pictures. It sometimes has implied nudity and these are very popular in men’s magazine like maxim etc. or calendars.

These types of photography are close to boudoir photography. But somehow a bit different – check out my boudoir page to know more about that. Nude photography is a bit different than but somehow still falls under this category.

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Three Habits I Quit Last Year

3 Habits That I Quit Last Year That Lead To Psychological Freedom

 

My notes are flooded with so many random thought, concepts, chord progression, to-do list, and poetry. Yes, I do write lines now and then. I read somewhere, “Bless me with the verse.” And it left a huge impact on me.

Not everything that I have written on my notes makes sense. Averagely, I write 3-4 notes every day. Writing notes had been my secret pleasure. But the procrastinator in me just lets it stay there for ages.

I have zillions of notes. And I have no words to express what sort of a mess it is to go back and relive old memories – checking them. But I made it happen yesterday, I decided to do it. Took a head torch, and a ski pole and then slid across the horrendous mountains that were ice-capped with words.

There was one note that grabbed my attention. It was a list of things that I had quit in 2017. It was incomplete but fortunately, I was about to figure out the rest that I actually had quit.

So here is the list of things that I succeeded in quitting in 2017 and that, directly or indirectly affected my mental freedom.

 

1) Procrastination – The Real Enemy

“Procrastination is the thief of time: Year after year it steals, till all are fled, and to the mercies of a moment leaves the vast concerns of an eternal scene.”
By Edward Young

Pretty aware of one thing, the only person who I have considered as my enemy is the procrastinator me. Procrastination is one infection that you will not be able to find out unless it is too late. I know people who have a desire to succeed but they would rather grab a beer with their friends than to actually take a pen and make a list of things that need to be done.
The only way I could leave procrastination behind was with sheer discipline and following steps like rituals. Like why would I write this blog when there is a youtube video of a Dog drooling over a burger. Oh God, why would I do this!

15 minutes later.

Years of procrastination leads to professional procrastination. And that, my friend, leads to relapse. Constantly focusing on your goals do work, but as said, requires discipline. The Internet is a fun place for cats and dogs. Like the funny video of a dog who doesn’t want to take a shower. God damn!

  1.1 Excuses – The Better Half of Procrastination

In a conversation with the social worker and Director, Dheeraj Sharma once told me: ” The lies you tell yourself are the worst.”
Sometimes, it’s the excuses that stop you from doing anything you want.

As life is short why shouldn’t I watch the video of a dog Dancing to Hey Ya – Outkast.

The weather is just too pleasant today to actually get out and get my new startup registered.

One thing, that I learned the hard way was that everything can be done if you just don’t make excuse for it.

 

2- Quit Sugar – Lost 10 Kg Weight

“Bro, sugar is like cocaine. You shouldn’t take it. It’s highly addictive and kills a lot of people every year. ” – Someone, I guess.

Gary Tubes, author of the book – “The Case Against Sugar” said that sugar leads to diabetes and obesity, and it’s responsible for more deaths than tobacco. So when I quit sugar and mixed my lifestyle with intermittent fasting and workout, I noticed that I easily was able to shed a few extra kilograms that I had been carrying. To be honest, it was not as hard as I thought it would be. The Sugar that I am talking about is refined sugar. That white powder that looks like crystal meth.

I know some people are thinking that you can even lose weight when you limit your sugar!

In 2014, I shed a few pounds, but I didn’t quit sugar. In 2016, I was back to the square one. The same weight. My body was smart and got back to exactly where  I started.

But when I did this without sugar, I never gained my weight back. Also, I forgot to mention other benefits like alertness, being more productive and not being pointlessly sleepy. It was not as hard as I thought it would be. It also includes making healthy food choices, making my own food, and limiting refined carbohydrates.

 

3) Smoking – The Filthy Habit

“Every time you light up a cigaretteyou are saying that your life isn’t worth living.”

Anonymous.

 

In my life, I never came across a single person who smoked and loved it. Deep inside they all hate it. Except for teenagers, kids and the Thai monkey who smokes all day (Relapse trigger! You know what I am saying?)

There was a time when I smoked more than 50 cigarettes a day. Yes, and trust me when I say this, I have never been this wrong in my life. Cigarettes are the more useless things that can come in your life. They are expensive, if you count your yearly consumption, and don’t have a single benefit.  To say in Warren Buffet’s words, “It’s a bad investment in oneself!”

Instead of giving confidence it leaves you dizzy. Instead of relieving stress, it gives you stress if you don’t have one.

I can’t find a single reason why cigarettes are good.  I quit smoking in a bang, I know most people won’t believe it, but nicotine addiction is a hell of an illusion and nothing else. “An Easy Way To Quit Smoking by Alan Carr”. This is one book that I recommend to everyone who is struggling with nicotine addiction.

Please do share your suggestions, or share a story of anything that you quit. If you want you can also send an email. Approaching my directly in public also sounds convenient.

 

Thank you for reading!

Neeraj Agnihotri

 

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How to Make a Perfect Coffee for Retouching?

A RETOUCHER’S GUIDE TO A PERFECT COFFEE

You have put your pen tablet on right, the computer is plugged on, photoshop (Gimp ) is running. Soft music coming from the speakers around you, and you are about to remove the first blemish.

And yes, you have done it. A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. A celebration is on your mind, stretching your hand to pick up the coffee mug that’s been luring you for so long. Finally taking a relieving sip, and then saying the three words of despair.

 

“What the hell is this?”

 

As a retoucher, you have to spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen, that too truly is a blessing. Especially for people who are related to graphics and digital photography. The only kind of desk job I love. Once, I am done with a shoot, it actually is quite relaxing to sit and glance at the picture, or make a pattern of how the editing will be done.

 

There is a part of my job where I have always lagged behind. Yes, you have guessed it right. It’s how to make a perfect cup of coffee. Because as a caffeine addict – this needs to be done.

 

There are basically three types of Coffee in this world.

1- WTF Coffee

2- Normal Coffee

3- Dream Coffee

After so many years of experience as a WTF coffee maker, I was nearly proficient in it. I had the alchemy of turning a Dream coffee into a WTF one, only with the touch of my hand. The farthest I could go was to accidentally make Normal Coffee some days. And because of this, I was losing my obsessive grip over it.

 

Before I waste more time mentioning the topics that are not even minutely related to this post, let’s go ahead.

I was doing numerous mistakes while making Coffee. I realized that Making Coffee is a mixture of science and art.

 

How to get started-

 

A 10 minute warm up, followed by 100 pushups, 30 chin-ups, and 100 crunches. I know I have literally made this blog cheesy. God help me!

 

Water Should be Hot not Boiled

1)- First you need hot water. It should be between 91 to 96 degree Celsius, anything above 96 will burn coffee and it will start to taste like drinking coffee made up of ash. Anything, that goes below the 91 marks will give it a perfect depth and blend.

 

Boiling water will burn the Coffee

This is the one mistake that I have always made, I had to go through the internet to look for the mistake and was happy to know what I have been doing wrong. It’s all about the right amount!

And then adding coffee in the hot water, I prefer adding 1.5 gram of coffee in a small cup. But that’s just me, some people would add 10 grams, and some would like to snort it directly through the nose and then drink a small cup of milk.

The journey is completed if you like drinking coffee without milk and sugar. Continue ahead if you want to add milk.

 

Sweet Spot of Milk

Finally adding milk. Perfect amount of milk is the key – directly responsible for the perfection.

 

Funny Coffe quote by Sun Tzu

“Add less milk and the coffee would taste bitter, add too much and it will taste like milk.”

Sun Tzu – The Art of War of making a Coffee.

 

Journeys like these exclusively dependent on the taste of an individual. Some love bitter and some like mild. I like the knob in between. I don’t add sugar.  But I am sure it’s just like adding milk and then looking for the sweet spot. And, this is how, my friend, you will get a perfect retoucher’s cup of coffee.

 

But can I also make the same way if I am not a retoucher, Please?

Certainly, you can, I was just told by my Marketing and Seo manager, that happens to be my sister, to use the word ‘retouching and photography’, in your blog. So I am just following to work in a pattern. I guess you will even like my new blog. “How to enjoy your life? As a retoucher.”

Or “How to know if your child is a born retoucher?” or, one more, “Are retoucher safe to date?” Okay, this will be the last one, “How to spot a retoucher by his clothes?”

 

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E-Commerce Retouching for Brands

E-Commerce Retouching for Brands
Retouching for Webvixxen Design
California Retouching Agency, Venice retouching,

If I look back, till now- June 2018, I have edited more than thousands of pictures for e-commerce usages, and I can very confidently say that the images do not require an extreme amount of editing at all. E-commerce retouching is more about selling a product. So, when retouching, that one thing that needs the most attention. Detailing and enhancement of a product.

E-commerce Retouching  Helps in Selling

Keeping in mind, if the product has extreme retouching it will be returned by the buyer claiming that, ‘It is not even close to what I bought’.  It has also become one of the most common reasons for a refund. Also mentioned in nearly all the e-commerce websites that I have used till now. Apart from that, I have a good experience even dealing with people who wanted to make their product look superficially good, so that the product will look so good on the screen and then the buyer will be tempted to buy it. And in most care, utterly disappointed when the product reaches him/her.

Too Much Retouching is a Mistake

In 2017, I received a query from a startup brand that was dealing with lingeries for online sale. From the list of changes, improving the quality of the fabric was also there. When I first send them the retouched images, this is what I received from them?

“Can I make you improve the texture of the fabric so that it looks elite?” So I did as they wished.

However, the difference between the first and the final product was massive? It was not even close to what It was before. I have had numerous incidents like this before. And it has taught me the importance of not manipulating the product too much.

Product Return Rate due to Retouching

According to online return rates articles. (Data from www.invespcro.com/)

  Product Return Rate retouching, ecommerce retouching rate According to another website that also showcased the same data, claimed that 22% of the returns were because of the product images, it was because the product looked very different in person, whereas in pictures it was entirely different. Having great-looking pictures for any product will surely bloom the sales. But when it intersects with an extreme form of editing manipulation, it creates a massive difference between the actual product the digital images. Greatly retouching images might look great for some people why they indeed are a disappointment for a buyer. Anyway, I haven’t heard about that company again. Intact, their website is not active, and the other sections of e-commerce websites where they were listed contains no items. Last update on Instagram was in 2017, and the previous blog was written on 12th April 2016. My only attempt here is to shed light on the competition in the e-commerce industry, and how retouching plays an essential part of it.  

Views on ‘Best E-Commerce Retouching’

E-commerce retouching is something that should be used for enhancing the product. If I have to be honest here, e-commerce retouching is not a very complicated form of retouching though it does require a good amount of knowledge. Anyone who is experienced for a year or so can do it. But the fine line between, where the image starts to look cooked is something that only an experienced person can maintain. Earlier in my retouching days, I used to spend so much time on fixings different elements of the pictures, but now I feel, ‘Why not use the same efforts of retouching and think like how you will be able to sell? It indeed is the most important element.  

Share your Views

If you would like to share about how retouching boosted your sales or any experience related to retouching of a product, please share in the comments below. You can also write me at info@neerajagnihotri.com, and I would love to write back.  
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