Vinyl Wraps vs Paint for Food Trucks

While many are still unable to find out which option is best for their respective purposes, I’m here to give a brief description on both vinyl as well as paint and the pros and cons to using it on your food truck. In my time as a food truck owner I’ve used both, and I certainly have a preference.

Depending on the look, durability and environmental impact, one may be preferred over the other, as we will see.

Vinyl Siding vs Paint Siding

All about Vinyl

I’m going to start with vinyl siding. Vinyl car wraps are more expensive when compared to commissioning an artist to paint the truck – however that’s not the main reason it does not work properly for some. It looks good for at least 10 years, however, and if the installation is done accordingly to the book, it will look fine for at least 12 years. You’ll definitely have to change it after that – granted 12 years is a long time in the food truck (or restaurant) business. This is the main upside to using a vinyl wrap over getting your truck painted – it tends to last a lot longer. So when you consider the cost over the life of the wrap it actually becomes cheaper than paint. However, you need to carefully consider is your truck going to last that long? There is a pretty good chance your truck will break down before the car wrap does. If you’re looking for a company to help you with a car or food truck wrap I would recommend Speed Pro Signs – they’re all over the country and their franchises have been terrific to work with.

Power to the Paint

The main reason people choose to use paint is because it is relatively inexpensive when compared to vinyl. The disadvantages, however, are many. Paints will deteriorate more rapidly, so if the food truck is constantly under direct sunlight – as is natural – then it’s a big problem. Using a proper primer and the correctly paint can go a long ways in ensuring it lasts. That said it will likely never last as long as vinyl.

Pros of Vinyl Wraps

  • It doesn’t peel off, unlike paint.
  • It will typically last longer than pant if the installation is done properly.
  • Depending on the installation, it will afford the body of the truck the additional benefit of weather resistance.

Cons of Vinyl Wraps

  • It’s more expensive when compared to paint siding.
  • Vinyl can show a build-up of grime and dirt depending on where you are operating it, so it has to be cleaned regularly.
  • Vinyl is still a controversial material, so a lot of people do object to it.

Pros of Paint Siding

    • Paint is less expensive, so it costs less to paint a food truck than install a vinyl truck wrap.
    • High quality paint can last as long as your truck does.
    • People won’t object to it.

Cons of Paint Siding

    • It takes longer to put on.
    • It requires an artist, as it doesn’t come ready-to-use like decals.
    • Depending on the quality of the paint you use, it may fade and chip earlier than you expected.

So there you have it: the choice is a mix of personal preference and financial consideration. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but both are equally popular.

My personal preference is vinyl, I find it gives a bit more of a professional look. When you’re running a business branding is everything. Whether you’re dealing with signs, banners or truck wraps it’s essential you get it right and get your message across.

Lose those Pounds; Feel Better

Fitness Goals!

One of the most difficult challenges in my life has always been to maintain a healthy weight. Even through childhood I found it a struggle to keep off the extra weight. At first it never really bothered me as being the ‘big’ kid had its advantage but as I got older, it bothered me more and more. I remember in middle school when boys started becoming interested in girls and girls were starting to become interested in boys. No one was interested in a tubby kid like me. It bothered me tremendously but I didn’t really know what to do. Of course I knew the basics- fruits and vegetables are healthy! But when your 12 or 13, your views as a whole as to what is healthy are completely skewed.

I brought my extra-weight into my early adult life and I began to take a passion to nutrition. I loved reading about it and learning how different foods affected the body in different ways. I figured that the key to losing the weight was to begin eating better and that’s exactly what I did. I cut out bread and pasta and replaced it by eating more vegetables and other healthy proteins. I also began to drink a lot more water throughout the day in an attempt to stay hydrated; providing my body the tools to work properly.

Although I began to lose weight, I also felt the need to begin exercising more. To accomplish this I hired a personal trainer from a studio in Burnaby who could help me develop some goals along with a plan so that I could get in better shape. I began working out 4 times a week with my personal trainer and although it was a bit tough on the pocket book, there was no doubt that I was getting in shape. My arms began to take shape, my core was getting tighter and my calves were looking fantastic in a pair of running shorts. Te best part about my new personal trainer is that he continually adapted my plan to keep it interesting for me. He even gave me homework like the 8-minute ab work out to do on my own time.

It was finally starting to pay off. With both my exercise program running efficiently and my new healthy diet complimenting my fitness, I was finding myself in the best shape of my life. No longer was I the tubby kid that none of the girls wanted to date but for the first time girls wanted to date ME! I felt like it improved every aspect of my life and I am definitely all around a happier person.

A Twelve Year Lesson

A New Habit: Get Moving

I woke up this morning and went through my normal routine. I had a glass of lemon water, drank a green smoothie and cooked up a few eggs and finally I had my coffee. After all of that is done I jump in the shower and start preparing for my day.

I’m no longer a young spring chicken and things hurt a little bit more then once did and my body is starting to sag a little bit more. For some reason on this particular morning it hit me harder then it usually does. Maybe, this moment I was experiencing was/is my mid life crisis. I really hadn’t experienced such a crisis yet and thought maybe because I had such a devastating year in my fourth year of business that I would never get hit by this elusive “mid life crisis”. In any event as I starred back at my body the fat guy started to leave and in his place the skinny returned. The conversation went something like this.

“You should stop dragging your ass and do something about it. What you’re sad because after twelve years of busting your ass at work and exercising once in a while you no longer like your body!?”

So while I had this internal conversation I sat down at my desk and wrote down some health goals. The first one was very easy and very broad. It simply said “move more”. I get so caught up at work and trying to expand my business often times I forget to get outside. It’s the summer time so it’s easier – I’ll spend hours at the beach on my stand up paddle board. If you’ve never tried SUPing I seriously recommend it – you can check out this website for my information on how to get started. But during those winter months it’s tough to drag your ass out of bed to go for a run when you can see your own breath outside. But without the proper care I know this once sculpted bod (okay it was never really sculpted) will turn into a hemp of saggy flesh. I aint got time for that!

So as I wake up each day hurting more and sagging a little bit further it’s vitally important to move more. To exercise more. To eat healthier and to cut back on my hours at work. There is a great quote “owning a business is either an enjoyable business to run or the world’s worst job”. This is so accurate. It took me almost six years to learn that lesson – after all my sweat and tears I was stuck with the world’s worst job. So, I went about changing that and now six years later I have something else to change, which is my health. I eat relatively well, but I have to move more. I have to lift more. I have to sweat more. Even if it means spending an three or four hours less at the office. As always I’ll revisit these goals in 3 months and check in.

Do you have any goals you’re itching to work on?

 

Top 5 Food Photography Tips

Taking great food photographs can take time to get the hang of, but by following a few simple steps, you can achieve wonderful results.

Tip #1: Experiment

You may have an idea in mind of what you want your photograph to look like, then when you take the photo and have a look, it really isn’t what you imagined. Don’t be afraid to try different things. If you have baked a beautiful cake, why not sit it on a table surrounded by some of the utensils and appliances such as one of the Best Cuisinart Food Processors around it. This will give your photograph a homely feel. Maybe you want a more modern look, so why not try a more minimalist approach.

Tip #2: Style your product

Misting your food or glassware may be the perfect way to add a little sparkle. By adding shine to something that might look quite dull in a photograph will make it look more appealing to your audience. Another option to create shine is to use oil, which you can wipe or spray over the food.

Tip #3: Shadows are a good thing

You don’t want to use a flash that will fill you photograph with too much light that will dispel all of the natural shadows. Shadows create depth and by creating depth, your photograph will look more natural and relatable.

Tip #4: All into one

If you have a lot of the same food product, you don’t need to cram it all into one picture. This will make your photograph look over-crowded and too busy. You want it to look natural and convey the message that you want to present. If there is too much going on, it will be distracting and will lose its appeal. It is better to choose the best few and use them in the photo. You can place them together or spread them around. By choosing the pieces that look the best, it can enhance the shot, as if any are blemished or marked, this may spoil the shot. Remember, sometimes more is less.
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Tip #5: Keep it fresh

If your photo shoot takes a long time, you will need to consider what the food looks like after it has been sitting for half an hour. You may need to replace some elements of the plate to make it look more appetizing or keep it looking fresh. For example, salads will wilt, meat will release juices, and melted cheese will harden. You might want to consider this before your shoot, and make sure that you have enough replacement products on hand.

For more tips on food photography, check out this guide.

Flipping Homes: A Side Business

House Flippers

I’m a pretty handy guy, a few years ago I decided to spend some time flipping a few houses. I did a lot of the work myself, I framed the basement, did the HVAC and electrical work and installed the plumbing. There are a couple of tasks which I refuse to do though – painting and mudding & taping.

I’m significantly slower than a lot of contractors, for example it might take me twice the time as an HVAC guy to do all the ductwork. However, with that said I know they’re charging me anywhere between $80-$120/hr plus markup on the materials. So for me to charge out $35/hr for my own time it still makes sense for me to do the work myself. I also quite enjoy a lot of the work, it’s nice to get my hands dirty as I rarely do that these days. I spend most of my time running a business and very little time in the kitchen these days so to do something hands on is always a plus for me.

However, mudding & taping I’m incredibly slow and I know I can find a solid contractor at $30-$40/hr if I do my homework. Suddenly charging out $35/hr for my own time doesn’t make any sense. Not to mention if you’ve ever mudded and tapped you know it’s some of the most painful work going. Painting I can probably move as quick as a painting contractor, and they charge about $40/hr. Logically this would be a task that would make sense for me to do but I can’t bring myself to do it. After taking on the painting work during my first flip I knew I never would do that again. Since then I’ve always hired that work out.

So when I bought my first vacation property in Vancouver (I fell in love with Vancouver after visiting for the olympics), I decided to outsource that work. I found a quality Vancouver Painting Contractor who completed the job on time and was very professional, a rarity among that trade. If you’re looking to hire someone in Vancouver, try the North Shore Painter.

The only other task I ever outsource is flooring. Crawling around on the ground all day is too painful for this guy :). I admire guys that can do that because it’s a trade I would never wanted to get into. Not to mention, it’s a disaster whenever I have to grout tile. I make a bloody mess, the clean up is just as long as putting the tiles down. Scrubbing grout off the tiles for a solid few hours.

5 Popular & Awesome Fitness Food Trends of 2014

Making a New Year’s resolution to diet and exercise more often falls by the wayside as spring nears. Many find themselves falling back to a morning jog, grabbing a morning sweet, then falling away from diet and exercise entirely. Having a plan with a sound nutritional map including a proper diet and supplements (read more by clicking here) is the most beneficial way of reaching a healthy goal. Here are 5 popular fitness food trends for 2014, designed to experience steady weight loss and to keep your body functioning properly.

  • GMO Has Got to Go

Genetically modified organisms have been used in the US, for over 20 years, as a way to improve the yield of crops by making them disease and insect resistant. The problem lies with the introduction of bacteria into otherwise, stable and organic seeds. There is no proof of the long-term effects of playing with nature, but over 60 countries have banned their use. Anything that is strong enough to kill a resilient insect, has to be playing havoc on the human body. Using only organic seeds in growing foods has created quite a market for people looking to live GMO-free lives.

  • Gluten-Free Diets

Transitioning to a gluten-free diet is not for the faint at heart, but many are discovering the amazing power of lessening illness and disease with cutting gluten from meals. Gluten is found in wheat, rye and barley and is intolerable to much of the Western population. Stomach disorders and colon problems can be the result of regularly ingesting this contaminated substance. Some celebrities, like Chelsey Clinton, have found that life can be much more enjoyable without the constant fear of internal pain and illness.

  • Social Juicing

Juicing items like fresh fruit and vegetables is nothing new, but sharing a day around the pool with friends and a strawberry-melon cooler, is. By serving a burst of vitamins and energy, no one gets sluggish and tired. Juicing fresh vegetables is also an excellent way to make soups and sauces. Instead of using canned broth, filled with sodium and preservatives, vegetable juice will keep your body in balance.

  • Yoga and Brain Food

Yoga is growing popular for relaxing and expanding the mind. Almonds, cherries and green tea will stretch the molecular structure and keep the brain and hormones healthy. Shopping for foods that are low in the glycemic-index is forcing many food manufacturers to include on their labels.

  • 21-Day Challenge

Being able to withstand a change in routine is said to take an average of 21 days. Deciding to head into a healthier way of life is never easy, but using the right ingredients of fresh organic foods and a daily exercise program, the pain of change can turn into a better life. When change is made by incorporating protein, vitamins, minerals, and a goal, a positive outlook, trimmer figure, and less illness is the result. If you have problems with getting up and getting your workouts in the morning going, check out a good pre-workout supplement similar to these at this site.

The food trends of 2014 are not fads of starvation or cleansing means, but point to healthier ways of living, now and in the future for yourself and your family.

My New Passion: Guns & The Shooting Range

One thing most of my friends don’t know about is I’m an avid gun lover and collector. I really love old pistols and rifles I’ve amassed quite the collection over the years.

I’ve got rifles, shotguns, old hammer style guns. I’ve also got a few newer guns and recently I’ve taken a fancy to those as well.

American Standard .38

American Standard .38

It all started when a friend of mine noticed my collection of antique guns and asked if I ever go shooting. I told him no, and he quickly suggested that we should go to the range sometime. Now this guy is a gun lover, scratch that he’s a tactical equipment lover. He used to be in the military and has a ton of his old tactical gear from when he served. He has the best tactical flashlight I’ve ever seen, many of which are worth more then a number of my rifles. His assault rifle is one of the most intense weapons I’ve ever seen, it’s littered with scopes, weapon lights, extended mags. And of course he’s got all the small accessories as well, including one of the best tactical pen I’ve ever seen. These things could do a load of damage and of course they write beautifully.

Weapon Lights

 

Anyhow, he convinced me to go to an indoor shooting range initially. I was a bit skeptical, I loved collecting guns but I wasn’t a huge fan of firing them. I had only fired a fire arm on one other occasion and wasn’t exhilarated to the point where I couldn’t wait to do it again.

The first thing he taught me was how to hold a gun correctly, as he put it “don’t hold it like a thug” which simply meant with the gun cocked sideways. I was a little taken back by the remark at first but after thinking about it, it’s how it’s always depicted in movies and on TV. Two hands on the weapon, steady your breathing and squeeze. Block everything else out he told me. After firing four or five rounds I suddenly understood. When you hold a pistol (they’re my favorite) it becomes an extension of your hands. And I don’t mean this in a threatening way, I’m not the type who has a gun bedside in case of an intruder. Frankly, I don’t know if I’d want to have a gun if an intruder broke in. In fact I keep them locked away except when I’m going to the range or skeet shooting (which might be the funnest activity I’ve ever tried). It’s like duck hunter, but better.

 

If you’re not a gun person, do yourself a favour and go to the shooting range one day. You might be surprised how much fun it can be.

A Few Of My Top Chicago Food Trucks

With the summer coming up, it’s that time again. Us Chicagoans LOVE our food trucks in the summer. What a great idea! Sell premium food out of a truck at a decent price. If I had an SUV and not a bicycle, I would do it as well.
However, with all the food trucks out there, how do we choose which one? Is there comprehensive guide to all the food trucks out there in Chicago with all their delicious options?
Luckily, our friends at ChicagoMag made a list.
First, what are all of our options? They are: Haute Sausage, The Southern Mac & Cheese Truck, Getta Polpetta, E.Leaven, Tamale Spaceship, and Dokkaebi Tacos. Sure, there might be more out there. However, these are the most popular, and in my opinion, the most delicious. Unfortunately, there isn’t one specific place you are going to find one of these amazing trucks. They are like large yummy unicorns prancing around the city giving away tacos and tamales.
This summer, there are (at least) 18 trucks feeding the streets of Chicago, dishing out sandwiches, sausages, tamales, tacos, and even the odd plate of pancakes. It’s actually kind of the new thing in town. Until last July, incredibly, it was illegal to cook food on a truck in Chicago. The rule stated that food had to be prepared beforehand and kept warm. The old rule that a truck can’t park within 200 feet of a restaurant still stands, and now there are also designated food truck parking spaces.
Would you like to start a food truck of your own? Why not? If you have the recipe and a truck, or at least the money to buy a truck, it can be incredibly lucrative. You just have to make sure you abide by the local laws (I can’t help too much with that). However, they have become extremely laxed in the past year. Also, obviously, you are going to want a good recipe that is different and original. People come to these trucks because the food is unique and you can get it quickly. And if there is one thing that Cicagoans enjoy especially, that is unique food and quickly.
Here’s what you can expect them to hand you from the windows of your competitors (courtesy of ChicagoMag.com; all credit goes to them):

Brown Bag Lunch Truck (312-857-4221, @brownbagtruck)
Chef Joaquin Soler’s traveling barbecue spot mixes American (smoked brisket and pulled pork) and Korean (bibimbop and ddukbokki) traditions. Each order comes with two slices of white bread (not necessarily for sandwich construction).
Beavers Doughnuts (773-392-1300, @beaversdonuts)

This newcomer to the Chicago French Market is still holding on to its food truck roots with mini doughnuts doused in gourmet toppings such as s’mores, Nutella, and PB&J.
Haute Sausage (312-269-5300, @hautesausage)
You won’t find these sausages at the local deli. Rich Levy blends African flavors (beef and lamb sausage with chakalaka, a South African vegetable relish) and exotic meats (alligator and wild boar) for a unique sandwich experience. Update: This truck is temporarily out of commission and its plans are up in the air.
Bridgeport Pasty (773-254-7441, @bridgeportpasty)
This comfort food truck (technically a Mini Cooper) was born via a trip to London where owners Carrie Clark and Jay Sebastian discovered pasties, a traditional English pastry filled with meat and vegetables.
Starfruit (773-868-4900, @starfruitcafe)
Forget about those red, white, and blue rocket popsicles. This ice cream truck is scooping frozen kefir with your choice of fresh fruit, nuts, or candy topping.
5411 Empanadas (773-755-5411, @5411empanadas)
Find these Argentinean empanadas ($2.25 each) during the lunch rush in the Loop. Avoid lines by calling in your order before 10:30 a.m. and picking it up at the truck. Babycakes. Pancakes on the sidewalk. Why not?
Babycakes (773-517-4454, @babycakestruck)
Chef/owner Leah Wilcox has created more than 150 sweet and savory pancakes, which include strawberry margarita, maple bacon, and chipotle chicken tamale.
La Adelita (312-869-4413, @adelitatruck)
Brothers Alexis and Teddy Vegar revive Mexican street food with a menu of Yucatan-style pulled pork, chicken in a creamy chipotle sauce, and summer squash and zucchini tacos.
Bombay Wraps (312-739-9727, @bombaywraps)
Indian street food served in portable wraps, such as samosa, chicken tikka, or lamb curry in a flaky paratha or whole wheat roti.

Meatloaf-A-Go-Go (773-698-6667, @meatloafagogo)
Savory cupcakes are the star here. Chef Cynthia Kallie’s meatloaf cupcakes range from traditional (the Mother Loaf: a beef, pork, and veal topped with mashed potatoes) to unconventional (Loaf-A-Roma: beef and Italian sausage loaf topped with angel hair pasta).
The Southern Mac & Cheese Truck. Goo to go.
The Southern Mac & Cheese Truck (773-342-1840, @thesouthernmac)

The mac ‘n’ cheese changes daily in the hands of executive chef Cary Taylor. Varieties can include spinach and artichoke, Mexican chorizo, and pulled pork with barbecue sauce.
Getta Polpetta (312-804-0405, @gettapolpetta)
Owner Anna Caterinicchia is serving up an Italian family favorite: meatballs. In fact, the recipes come from her own Italian mother.
Taquero Fusion (773-321-6777, @taquerofusion)
These tacos have a twist: ground beef with plantains, or shredded chicken with adobo and potato.
Dokkaebi Tacos (202-316-7793, @dokkaebitacos)
Barely a year ago, this truck started serving Korean tacos: Korean-style barbecue beef or spicy pork with Asian slaw on a corn tortilla. No word from them lately on Twitter—fingers crossed we’ll see them again this summer.
The Tamale Spaceship (312-909-7009, @tamalespace101)
One of Chicago’s original food trucks, you can find the Spaceship’s tamales (pork, beef, chicken, poblanos and cheese, and roasted veggies and mushrooms) around the Loop most weekdays.
E.leaven (312-202-0899, @eleaven)
The everything-from-scratch bakery takes to Chicago streets for breakfast and lunch: bagels, artisan breads, homemade soups, and sandwiches.
The Slide Ride (312-925-1911, @theslideride)

Executive chef and owner, Nida Rodriguez, creates mini sliders ($3.50 each) made with certified Angus beef.
Curried (312-977-9999, @getcurriedaway)
This truck features classic South Asian curry dishes: chana masala, saag paneer, chicken tikka masala, and more.
Giordano’s (Multiple phone numbers, @giordanospizza)
Hitting the streets of Chicago for the first time on Tuesday, June 4, this local institution’s new truck served its debut deep dish at Michigan and Congress.

How to Shoot Great Skin

Most photographers are aware of how difficult it can be to take really good quality photographs of a subject and enhance their skin’s look and appearance. I shoot many weddings and engagement photos and the number one thing that the bride or bride to be says to me is “Please make my skin look glowing and pretty”. Let me tell you, that can be a very difficult task, but I believe that I have found some great processes to ensure that my photographic subjects will have glowing, beautiful and smooth skin in my photos.

Shoot in RAW:

Shooting in the RAW (there is not an acronym for RAW. It simply means that the data type is more raw and unfiltered) is one of the best ways to really bring out beautiful skin tones in your photographic subjects. Shooting in the RAW is now even better than using other photo formats since camera processing speeds has gotten so extremely fast. There are many reasons to shoot in the RAW to enhance skins tones, but the main reasons are: you are able to adjust color temperature (cool and warm skin tones require different lightings to bring out the best in them) and the amount of data contained in an image shot in the RAW is much larger than that of other photo formats like a JPEG file.

Use great lighting rather than a great background:

When shooting it is always best to opt for better lighting over a great background. You may have the most beautiful background possible and still have poor quality photos due to poor quality and quantity of lighting. You want to be able to make the best out of your photographic subjects. Nothing is worse than a picture of a beautiful person with muted skin tones and a pretty back drop. It is really all about the quality and quantity of your lighting source. Different skin tones are enhanced by different types of natural light and you may also use hand held lights at different angles to enhance them even more. You may even want use yourself to test the lighting and how it will look on your subject’s skin. Put yourself in the spot you will shoot and see how the lighting looks on your own skin. This will help you determine if you need any hand held lights to improve the quality of the photo and your subjects skin tones.

Exposure:

The most important element to taking beautiful photos of your subjects is exposure. I cannot stress enough the importance of proper exposure. Do not under estimate the importance of using proper exposure techniques. One of the great benefits to using the RAW data format is that you can make exposure mistakes and easily correct them. It is obviously better to use the proper exposure right out of the gate so that your photos require less editing and manipulation, but at least when using RAW data you have a bit more cushion that with other formats. Definitely use a histogram when shooting in natural light as it will help you determine the proper exposure to shoot glowing and beautiful skin tones. The use of a handheld light meter is great when you are shooting in an indoor setting for the most part, but does have some added benefits when using natural light. I always keep both in my camera case and use them whenever possible. I like to edit my photos as little as possible, so I try to get the lighting right from the get go.

Overexpose:

Yes, that’s right I said overexpose…but just a little. This is one of the tricks to shooting skin tones. Our eyes confuse brightness for smoothness and a slightly overexposed shot will create gorgeous, smooth and brighter skin. This is however a very delicate and tricky thing to do as overexposing too much will lead to a very hazy and unattractive picture.

Photography – What is it and what do I need to learn?

Being a photographer can be a long and bumpy road but it can be a rewarding skill. You can begin a business, you can have your own photo collage or even a photo exhibit or you can just capture magical moments with your friends, family and the places you went.  Whatever your reason for starting to venture into the world of photography, expect to have ups and downs but lots of enjoyment while learning the trick of the trade.

Many found that photography is also an art, which can be a source of great happiness, gloominess or other emotions. When you go to online photography websites, you can see images that can move your emotions, they can make you laugh or cry depending upon the setting and shot. That’s why being a photographer is much like being a painter: you need to know how to capture a moment, place, thing or person in order to bring impact to those who will admire and look into your work. If you want to be a good photographer, there are certain things and rules that you need to learn.

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Basic Photography Tips, Jargons and Techniques

The first and foremost is the Rule of Thirds. Photos are better if your subject isn’t centered all the times. The rule of thirds is observed by dividing the image into thirds both horizontally and vertically so that you have nine parts. The main reason of this rule is to discourage the placement of the subject in the center or to prevent the horizon from appearing to divide the picture in half. This will encourage a viewer to move through your photograph to stimulate interest.

Then, we have the ISO/Exposure, which defines how sensitive the camera is to light. Generally, higher ISO will make it possible to take photos even in low light; however, the resulting photograph will be grainy or noisy. Lower ISO will be better, but it’s only great for a well-lit situation.

Aperture is what determines the focal length. This is the size of the lens’s physical opening. A higher number will result in sharper, focused background because of smaller hole letting the light in. A lower number will result on a non-focused background.

Shutter speed tells how long the shutter will remain open, which will allow more light in. If you allow it longer, motion will be shown to the photo while in shorter speed will capture a single moment.

There are also different camera modes such as manual, automatic and programming. Manual more lets you specify everything, adjusting each setting to your liking. Automatic will let the camera take the best settings for each photo. Programmed are a set of predetermined settings. If you want to be a professional or good photographer, I advise you to stay away from the latter two: automatic and programming, and try to learn to configure settings for yourself. This way, you can apply settings that you think will be the best for your style and subject.