What is ISO in Photography?

If you have used a digital camera, you have probably heard of the term “ISO”. But what is ISO in photography? To break it down in the simplest terms, ISO is the camera’s level of sensitivity to light. The higher the ISO, the greater the sensitivity of the camera, and the lower the ISO, the less sensitive the camera is to light. The component inside your camera that can change sensitivity is called “sensor” or “image sensor”. This is the most expensive part of a camera and is vital for gathering light and transforming it into images.

Sylwia MajtczakEach camera has a “Base ISO,” which is the lowest ISO setting on the camera. The lowest setting is the best one to use if you want to get high-resolution images. However, that might not be possible if you are working in areas with low light. ISO numbers start at 100-200 which is the “Base ISO” and increase in geometric progression. When you increase the ISO sensitivity, it doubles the sensitivity of the image sensor which means that ISO 200 is twofold more sensitive that ISO 100.

When to Use Low ISO?

When there is sufficient light, you should stick to the lowest ISO setting on your camera, it will retain maximum detail, and you will have high-quality pictures. However, if you are shooting pictures in a dark environment, or if you are using a tripod, you might need to change the ISO of your camera. If you are shooting pictures indoor, and there isn’t sufficient light, you should increase the ISO to be able to quickly capture images. If you have no flash, and you are shooting indoors, increase your ISO to a higher number to freeze motion.

Sylwia Majtczak is an avid photographer and has taken several beautiful pictures.


What You Need to Succeed in the Corporate World

You don’t just need the right qualifications to succeed in the corporate world. There are several other qualities that you will need if you want to climb the corporate ladder and make it to the top. Managers are looking for the right mix of qualification and qualities, and you will have to make sure you have what they are looking for if you want to rise to the top.

Sylwia MajtczakBe Prepared

To rise to the top you have to prove to your bosses that you have what it takes, and being prepared is one quality you should exercise. When you go for the staff meeting, make sure you have the presentation and training modules ready because bosses look for eagerness in their staff. Your presentation material will be scrutinized, and your performance will be based on what you provide your superiors. The advantage of being prepared is that you can stay focused on what needs to be done. Take the time to prepare you presentation material properly if you are looking to impress them with your work.


No one wants a leader who is irresponsible. You should be a person who is quick to take up responsibilities and effectively carry them out. Do not be afraid of taking on new responsibilities. If for some reason you failed at a particular task, be ready to stand up and accept the responsibility and apologize. You should be not only ready to shoulder new responsibilities, but also be ready to bear the consequences in case of failure.

Sylwia Majtczak has been in the travel industry for several years and is currently serving as the Senior Corporate Agent for Altour.

Travel Tips You Can Use

Traveling can be an exciting time or a stressful time, depending on how you plan your trip. If you have thought things through and have prepared as best you can, you might just be able to pull off an exciting leisure trip. However, if you thought that you’d just pack a bag and go, you might not have a successful trip. Here are a couple of travel tips you can use.

Sylwia MajtczakBackup Your Files

Before you travel, you might want to keep hard copies and digital copies of your driving license, travel documents, passport, health insurance, etc. You will have to take the original travel documents along with you, but it is recommended to keep a copy of all documents with you, including a set of soft copies on your external hard drive. You could also backup a copy of your documents in the cloud. In case of an emergency, you will not be stranded without your documents, but you will have access to it via your external hard drive or cloud storage.

Rewards Program

If you are a frequent traveler, you might want to consider joining a rewards program. Members of reward programs often receive priority booking, check-in, first-class upgrades including other benefits. You could also benefit from rental car rewards as well.

Non-Stop or Direct Flights

There is a difference between non-stop and direct flights. Non-stop flights are better as it means less transit time at airports. However, you will have to decide which to choose. Non-stop flights might be a bit more expensive than direct flights.

Dressing Up Right

While you do not need to wear a business suit to travel, you might want to dress up appropriately for better service on your trip.

Sylwia Majtczak is the Senior Corporate Agent at Altour and has been in the travel industry for several years.

Simple Gardening Tips You Never Thought of Before

Gardening is an interesting hobby that anyone can enjoy; however, it does require patience, and you shouldn’t worry about getting your hands dirty. Here are a couple of gardening tips you never thought of before.

Sylwia Majtczak
Sylwia Majtczak

Tip #1

If you are into gardening, you have probably noticed the salt deposits that form on clay pots. To remove the salt deposits, mix equal parts of rubbing alcohol, water, and white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it on the pot. Use a small plastic brush to brush off the salt deposits. Let the pot dry out before you plant anything in it.

Tip #2

If you don’t like getting dirt under your fingernails while you work in the garden, there is a simple trick you can use. Before you start working in the garden, take a small bar of soap and draw your fingernails across it, this will seal the underside of your fingernails. When you are done gardening, use a nailbrush to remove the soap from under your nails and your nails will be clean.

Tip #3

If you get frustrated with your string trimmer constantly jamming or breaking, a simple tip will help you. Spray a bit of vegetable oil over it before installing it in the trimmer and you will see that it does not jam or break easily.

Tip #4

If you’ve been having trouble with aphids, there is an easy way to control them. Give them a blast of water with insecticidal soap and they will go. Another way is to get some tape and place it on your hand, and gently pat the underside of the leaves with the sticky side of the tape, and get rid of them – permanently.
Sylwia Majtczak has been gardening for several years and believes being amidst nature helps you relax and de-stress.

Hotel Discount Tips for Travelers

Apart from your airplane ticket, the biggest chunk of your expenses when traveling abroad comes from your accommodation. There are several websites through which you can book a hotel or guest house, but there is no guarantee that you will get the lowest prices when you book online. However, there are a couple of tips you can use that might help you get a discount on your hotel booking when you travel.

Sylwia Majtczak
Sylwia Majtczak

Off Season Travel

Try traveling during the off-season if you want to get quality accommodation at discount rates. If you are traveling to a “business city” you might want to travel during the week, as weekdays are when you can get discounts on accommodation. Call the hotel and check the prices, you might find that the hotel might give you better rates than what you see online.

Anonymous Hotels

There are several anonymous hotels, or hotels that are not so famous. Staying at an anonymous hotel will work out much cheaper than staying at one of the popular hotels in a city. Staying at a hotel away from the city center might also be a bit cheaper than staying at a hotel in the city center.

Reduced Rates

Several hotels now charge for parking, and for a variety of other services such as coffeemaker in the room, gym facilities, Internet access, etc. If you are not going to be using these services, you might want to ask the hotel for reduced rates. You might also want to call the hotel before you leave, just in case the rates have gone up.

Sylwia Majtczak has traveled to several exotic destinations around the world.