5 Health Benefits Of Music

Isn’t it interesting how hearing a particular song can bring back a special memory or make you feel happy or calm or pumped up? People are born with the ability to tell the difference between music and noise. Our brains have different pathways for processing different parts of music, including pitch, melody, rhythm, and tempo, and fast music can increase your heartbeat, breathing, and blood pressure, while slower music tends to have the opposite effect.

Music can make us feel strong emotions, such as joy, sadness, or fear. Some will agree that it has the power to move us. According to some researchers, music may even have the ability to improve our health and well-being.

Improves mood:
Studies show that listening to music can benefit overall well-being, help regulate emotions, and create happiness and relaxation in everyday life.

Reduces stress:
Listening to ‘relaxing’ music has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety in healthy people and people undergoing medical procedures, for example, surgery, dental, colonoscopy.

Improves exercise:
Studies suggest that music can enhance the aerobic exercise, boost mental and physical stimulation, and increase overall performance.

Improves memory:
Research has shown that the repetitive elements of rhythm and melody help our brains form patterns that enhance memory. In a study of stroke survivors, listening to music helped them experience more verbal memory, less confusion, and better-focused attention.

Provides comfort:
Music therapy has also been used to help enhance communication, coping, and expression of feelings such as fear, loneliness, and anger in patients who have a serious illness, and who are in end-of-life care.

Top 3 Haunted Places In Hyderabad

Hyderabad- the city of Nizams famous for its biryani and cyber hubs, happens to have a store of spooky sinister secrets in store. So, get the ghost- hunter in you to work and look out for our list of top 3 haunted places in Hyderabad that might blow your shrieks out.

Shamshabad Airport :
Rajiv Gandhi International airport, located near Shamshabad is popular by the name of Shamshabad Airport. It got established in the wake of various disputes, which lead to numerous deaths. The victims of the violence were buried beneath the airport, and the restless spirits of those bodies still haunt the premises.
Haunting Incident:
A Qatar Airways pilot stopped the plane instantly when he saw a lady dancing in a white saree on the runway. The authorities searched everywhere but in vain. Post such incidents, parts of the airport have become one of the most feared haunted places in Hyderabad.

Golkonda Fort :
Kakatiyas, the ruling dynasty of Andhra Pradesh, built the Golkanda fort in the 13th century. The fort got refurbished according to succeeding ruling parties’ whims, during which the treasure of diamonds got exposed and kept safely in the fort. Spooky-flying the story is the presence of Taramati, the paramour queen of the king. Both died truly in love and were buried together. Supposedly, the queen still dances on her former stage.
Haunting Incident:
Those who stayed back post 6, witnessed images hung against the walls turn upside down by themselves. Shooting late at night, many crew members heard troubling voices and noticed various other paranormal activities, adding the fort to the list of the most haunted places in Hyderabad.

Ramoji Film City :
The second-largest integrated film city with an amusement park for children, Ramoji Film City, was inaugurated by producer Ramoji Rao in 1996. It is believed that the ghost spirits of the deceased soldiers pervade the region as the grounds originally belonged to the Nizams, making it one among the most haunted places in Hyderabad.
Haunting Incident:
Few witnesses claim, while on a film shooting, the workers in the production team managing spotlights from high positions, fell down as if they were brutally pushed. The majority of the occurrences suggest the presence of ghosts in hotel rooms.

5 New Photography Tips

Phone reflection
Reflections can also be used to instill a degree of the atmosphere in an image. The muted tones and misty conditions work perfectly with the gentle ripples of the water, and we see again how the reflections balance the image to give a composition that’s pleasing to the eye.

Flare/Smoke bomb
Smoke bomb photography has exploded in popularity lately. Smoke photography has become so trendy that even wedding photographers are using smoke bombs as a way to spice up their wedding photos.

Paint power
It’s someone to help pass the time, but also watch that your gear doesn’t grow legs and walk off while you’re digging in the camera bag for something. Or someone to stand guard over the camera gear while you’re off painting with light in the scene.

Bus long exposure
Shooting long exposures effectively requires that you should be shooting in Manual mode as much as possible. If you are not sure how to shoot in Manual, take a look at Getting off Auto Manual, Aperture and Shutter Priority modes explained to learn more about these modes.

Glass shield
Photography can be an exciting and rewarding hobby. Finding simple objects around the home and making interesting images is challenging. Glassware is especially challenging.

Capital Punishment In The United Kingdom

In England, it had been commonplace for people to attend public executions for hundreds of years. Particularly during the 18th- and 19th- century reign of the Bloody Code, a set of laws that made 200 crimes punishable by death. A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found by Frances Larsen, as many as 5,000 people would attend your average public hanging in London.

But the mid-1800s brought the proliferation of an innovation that made it so people wouldn’t have to wait until there was local execution about the train. And what quickly followed the expanding British railway system were train excursions. Thomas Cook, the founder of the eponymous travel agency, arranged his first train excursion a trip to a teetotal rally.

But even this was preceded by an excursion that ran between the two Cornwall towns of Wadebridge and Bodmin so that visitors could witness the execution of William and James Lightfoot. The performance of the brothers attracted roughly 20,000 spectators, approximately 3,000 of which had arrived via the train excursion.

The popularity of these grisly displays was undeniable. On November 13, 1849, 30,000 people were in attendance at the execution of Marie and Frederick Manning. As was routinely the case, these weren’t tens of thousands of solemn-faced onlookers overcome by an all-too-human morbid curiosity. These were rowdy occasions that brought out the worst in attendees. Charles Dickens was so fundamentally disturbed by the behavior of the spectators that had come to watch the hanging of the Mannings that he wrote a letter to The Times condemning the practice.

The horrors of the gibbet and of the crime which brought the wretched murderers to it faded in my mind before the atrocious bearing, looks, and language of the assembled spectators. They use to be solemnly convinced that nothing that ingenuity could devise to be done in this city, in the same compass of time, could work such ruin as one public execution.

England’s final public hanging would come just over 20 years later in 1869.

The Healing Power of Music

Whether you’re listening to it or creating it, music can reduce stress and anxiety, distract you from negative feelings and emotions, and even relieve symptoms of health or mental health conditions. Music has been used to reduce physical and emotional pain and increase the quality of life in medical and psychiatric hospitals, drug and alcohol programs, assisted living facilities, and cancer centers. These same music practices can be worked into your daily life, especially with the guidance of a counselor, coach, or licensed music therapist who can assess your needs and use specialized and research-based techniques to help guide you towards reaching your therapeutic goals.

These tips are intended to be fun ways to reduce stress and increase wellness. If you are worried about your stress level, anxiety, or depression, you should seek out a mental health professional.

Music is a great way to express what’s going on inside. You can make music whether you play an instrument, hum, or tap a box – or you can take existing songs and make a mix that conveys how you feel. Another great musical technique for self-expression is writing lyrics that send your thoughts or emotions. You can either write to a melody you already know or create something all new. You don’t need to be a trained musician or composer to get the healing benefits of creating music. It’s not about what you are creating, but the process of creating it. So go ahead, tap your foot, shake a box of oatmeal, and express yourself.

A song can instantly bring you back in time to moments from your past. That song you knew every word to as a child, and still, do. The tune you heard while on a first date. A song you danced to on a special night. Compile a mental playlist of songs with positive associations that you can reference any time you need a quick pick-me-up.

Music can be used to help you calm and meditate. Some people who have trouble with silent meditation find that music helps silence inner dialogue allowing for a more powerful experience. Music therapists can provide more personalized music-assisted relaxation tips, such as progressive muscle relaxation; however, here is a basic exercise you can try. Sit comfortably in a quiet place with your body relaxed. While listening to calming sounds or music, take deep breaths to the rhythm, and let the sound melt away the chatter. You can imagine your body relaxing one muscle at a time as the music fills you.

Tips For Photographing Aquatic Animals

Animal portraits can often be tricky photographs to achieve, but with the added challenge of creating underwater photos, it can often seem impossible to get close enough to get the authentic and colorful images you envision.

Not only do diving conditions complicate the process, but they also make it impossible to stay still. Changing tides, currents, and visibility means that both you and your camera are always on the move, often scaring away the creatures that you are trying to photograph. In spite of all these issues, there are still many ways that you can simplify the process, and some of them might not be what you expect.

Understand Your Subject
It can be frustrating to both find and photograph underwater creatures, as many are masters of camouflage and those that are not can move at speeds you could never compete with. Something which will massively improve your underwater portrait photography realizes the importance of knowing about your subject. Getting to know your subject will prepare you for when you meet them and help you approach them in a non-threatening and proactive way.

Try to Get Closer
When shooting on an underwater macro lens, you usually have to get extremely close to achieving a good photograph. This can become problematic when your subjects are either afraid of you, or skilfully hiding amongst luscious corals, kelp, or the shadows of a rocky ledge. Getting close enough for a beautiful portrait shot is often a tedious waiting game, but there are a few tricks that can speed up the process.

Capture the Personality
When photographing underwater, it’s essential to remember this purpose when finding a subject to photograph. Which creature is holding eye contact with you? Which one looks like it’s smiling slightly? These factors are the making of a kind portrait photograph: an image that essentially makes the viewer feel something more emotive than just intrigue.

Have Patience
As frustrating as it is, we have no control over the underwater environment. There will still be some dives where the wildlife is only not cooperating at all and others where every other diver saw a sea creature that you had been searching for, but it somehow evaded you.

Beautiful portraiture is about capturing a candid moment with your subject, and this has to be on their terms.

5 Ways to Take Great Photos of Your Cat

Snapping a great picture of your cat can be a challenge. Often the cat is moving so fast the shot is blurry, or he’s looking in the opposite direction, or he darts out of range, and all that’s captured is the tip of his tail.

Here are five more simple tips for getting great photos of your cat.

Keep the background simple.
Your cat should be the focal point of the picture, so opt for a backdrop that is not busy. Pull your cat forward and away from the background to make him stand out more. Perhaps the shot you want is of him sitting on his favorite perch; if so, move the pole away from the wall or other furniture to make your cat the focus of the photo. Using a shallow depth of field setting also helps; it will focus the camera on your feline while blurring out the background.

Choose the best lighting.
Ideally, opt for soft, natural light. Indoors, an area with a large window, often works best. Overcast days make for the best pictures; the bright sun can cast odd shadows or make the background too bright. If you are shooting on a sunny day, the best images often happen when the sun is low in the sky. Avoid using a flash if possible; in addition to causing the dreaded red-eye, it can make your cat uncomfortable.

Choose a comfortable setting.
Your cat may get uncomfortable if he is forced to stay in a particular area or position for too long. Make the area where you are photographing your cat, relaxing and quiet, and he will be more likely to stay put. Choose an area the cat is already accustomed to, such as his cat furniture. Tasty treats or toys can make staying in this one place more appealing.

Create a calm atmosphere.
Soft classical music can help your feline relax during a photoshoot. Synthetic feline facial pheromone products can be sprayed on surfaces the cat is resting on to promote relaxation in some cats.

Get down on your cat’s level.
This may mean lying on your belly to snap a picture you almost want to be looking up at your cat when you photograph him, rather than looking down at him. If it’s easier, shoot him on a climbing structure or perch anything that puts you both at the same eye level. To get your cat to look at the camera, try making a strange noise. You may want help to get the cat’s attention; have a helper stand behind you and rustle a paper bag or bounce a feather toy.

Tips For Photographing Moving Water

All of us have seen those fantastic, silky, cotton candy seaside scenes or milky, white waterfalls falling down a rock face. They all look so professional and challenging to shoot. Now, equipment may play a small part, but it’s simple to shoot moving water. The key is finding the right water to shoot and mastering your technique.

Choose the right location.

The necessary foundation for successful flowing water images, especially waterfalls, is choosing the right place for the shot. Waterfalls are notoriously difficult to access because, most times, they are found in rugged terrain. Be careful when selecting your location. It’s much better to approach a waterfall from below than from above; look for a route down near the water. By watching the light, you may find there is a perfect time for shooting.

Choose the right format.

Horizontal and vertical formats, also known as landscape and portrait, can both work well for seaside water shots. But, for waterfalls, most times, it’s best to use vertical or painting, because on most occasions there is more height than breadth to the image.

Choose the right shutter speed.

To create the milky white or silky smooth water shot, you need to choose the right shutter speed carefully. The variance between 1/30 and 1/15 of a second could be the difference between a great shot and just a good shot. Here, a problem you’ll experience is too much light, which won’t allow you to use a slow enough shutter speed. It may necessitate using an ND gradient or a polarizing filter to reduce the glare a little. You’ll need to experiment to get the right gear for the scene and lighting conditions.

Why We Love Music

Music impacts us in ways that other sounds don’t, and for years now, scientists have been wondering why. Now they are finally beginning to find some answers. Using fMRI technology, they’re discovering why music can inspire such strong feelings and bind us so tightly to other people.

How music makes the brain happy

How powerful? In one of her studies, she and her colleagues hooked up participants to an fMRI machine and recorded their brain activity as they listened to a favorite piece of music. During peak emotional moments in the songs identified by the listeners, dopamine was released in the nucleus accumbens, a structure deep within the lower part of our human brain.

There’s another part of the brain that seeps dopamine, specifically just before those peak emotional moments in a song: the caudate nucleus, which is involved in anticipation of pleasure. Presumably, the anticipatory pleasure comes from familiarity with the song you have a memory of the song you enjoyed in the past embedded in your brain, and you anticipate the high points that are coming. This pairing of anticipation and pleasure is a potent combination, one that suggests we are biologically driven to listen to music we like.

Musical rhythms can directly affect your brain rhythms, and brain rhythms are responsible for how you feel at any given moment. That’s why when people get together and hear the same music, such as in a concert hall, it tends to make their brains synch up in rhythmic ways, inducing a shared emotional experience, he says. Music works in much the same way language work using a combination of sound and dynamic variations to impart a precise understanding of the listener.

Classical Music for Studying

Everybody’s approach to studying is different. How we study and where varies from person to person as no two people learn in quite the same way. But most importantly, when you have found the best method, stick to it. Some students prefer to work in libraries, others at home.

Some prefer to study in silence, while some prefer ‘sounds’ in the background. A survey made by the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2012 found that 30% of 18-24-year-old listen to classical music while reading, which can suggest they do so for studying as well, given their age.

The 1993 book “The Mozart Effect” by Don Campbell, which deals with developing a higher IQ when listening to classical music from a young age, has been proved a myth by some researchers. Some studies have revealed that listening to classical music doesn’t improve your IQ but does improve one’s state of mind and sleep patterns, which makes studying more effective. It has also been found that listening to music helps to release certain chemicals in the brain. One such hormone, dopamine, lifts our moods and raises spirits, making it easier to focus, retain information, and study longer.

Also, different studies reveal the number of time individuals can maintain concentration while studying. These studies have shown that music with lyrics can be disruptive, diverting attention away, preventing us from comprehending long or complicated texts with complex ideas discounting much popular music. Ideas for playlists vary but when exploring ideas of your own, choose music which is slow to moderately paced, emotionally restrained, mostly quiet and not too long. Avoid pieces that are fast and have too many instruments, as these can prove too distracting. Overly popular tunes, however, can break concentration.