All posts by Dwight Hopkins

23Jul/18

Wedding Altar Tips

As you all know, one of the most important thing that needs to be photographed when it comes to the wedding is the ceremony. This is where you will get your first kiss, your vow exchange, and of course the happy exit. Majority of the photos will be taken in this part of the wedding venue, so making it extra beautiful would definitely be ideal.

Some people don’t know that the wedding altar is as important as the wedding reception. It should have all of the factors for it to be picture worthy. Fortunately, Anna Price Olsen is here to give us the best wedding altar tips that there is to share:

Well, since you asked, we searched our real weddings on Brides.com, Instagram accounts, Pinterest pages, and more to find 60 examples of unique wedding altars. That’s right: We searched high and low for the prettiest, jaw-dropping, and just downright cool wedding pergolas and wedding arbors around. Below, you’ll find it all—from a rustic birch teepee to a overflowing floral canopy—so we recommend going in with an open mind. 

Now, with that mindset, we must also note a few things before you start. In this gallery, you’ll also find the newest wedding décor trends around. A few that stand out: Circle installations, palm frond-covered statements, Persian rugs, and macraméanything. But even if being in-the-know isn’t your thing, that’s OK. We have a flower-covered altar that rivals all for you romantic ladies; a retro, modern one for any of you with an old-school music theme happening; and if you’re all about enhancing a naturally beautiful setting, we have that for the mountains, beach, desert, and more. See full post here..

No matter hectic you can get with the wedding preparations and such, it would be best to pay attention to your wedding altar.…

19Jun/18

Weird Traditional Weddings Around The Globe

As you all know, weddings are known to be a universal celebration. There are also different traditions available and these traditions will depend on the country and the culture. In western places, cutting the cake and throwing the bouquet are a staple. But when it comes to other cultures, they do things differently.

There are a lot of wedding traditions worldwide and you might get surprised as how weird they can get. Hello Magazine, talks about the different wedding traditions that are known to be weird and wonderful all over the globe:

China: shooting the bride
In China’s Yugur culture, grooms shoot their future brides with a bow and arrow — albeit minus the arrowheads — three times. The groom then breaks the arrows to ensure the couple stay in love forever.

Mauritania: fat farms
In Mauritania, girls aged between five and 15 are sent to “fat farms” before their wedding to pile on the pounds. If a bride had stomach rolls, stretch marks and overlapping thighs, it signalled her husband was wealthy enough to keep her satisfied.

Scotland: blackening of the bride
Scottish brides-to-be are taken by surprise by their friends ahead of the big day, and pelted with all sorts of rubbish such as curdled milk, dead fish, spoiled food, tar and feathers. She is then tied to a tree and after taken for a night of drinking. The belief is that if she can withstand this kind of treatment, she can handle anything that comes her way in her marriage.

China: crying for the groom
Brides of the Tujia people in China are required to cry for an hour a day, every day, for the month preceding their wedding. Ten days into this ritual her mother begins to join her, then her grandmother. This is thought to be an expression of joy as the women cry in different tones.

Korea: beating the groom’s feet
Korean tradition dictates that the groom has his feet beaten with fish or a cane before his first night as a married man — to test his true strength and character.

India: marrying a tree
In parts of India women born as Mangliks (an astrological combination when Mars and Saturn are both under the 7th house), are apparently “cursed” and thought to be likely to cause their husband an early death. In order to counter this, they must first be married to a tree and the tree cut down to break the curse. See full post here…

09May/18

Ideas For Your Wedding Altar

One of the most important parts of the wedding is the ceremony, which usually happens in from of an altar. This is also where your first kiss and the exchanging of vows will happen. Of course, while saying your vows, photographers are actually everywhere. So it would be nice to ensure that your altar is extra presentable and photograph worthy.

With the many imaging app today and with the majority of you taking photos in every occasion that you go to, it would be nice to ensure that everything looks extra. Fortunately, Anna Price Olson is here to give us altar ideas for your wedding!

Well, since you asked, we searched our real weddings on Brides.com, Instagram accounts, Pinterest pages, and more to find 60 examples of unique wedding altars. That’s right: We searched high and low for the prettiest, jaw-dropping, and just downright cool wedding pergolas and wedding arbors around. Below, you’ll find it all—from a rustic birch teepee to a overflowing floral canopy—so we recommend going in with an open mind. 

Now, with that mindset, we must also note a few things before you start. In this gallery, you’ll also find the newest wedding décor trends around. A few that stand out: Circle installations, palm frond-covered statements, Persian rugs, and macramé anything. But even if being in-the-know isn’t your thing, that’s OK. We have a flower-covered altar that rivals all for you romantic ladies; a retro, modern one for any of you with an old-school music theme happening; and if you’re all about enhancing a naturally beautiful setting, we have that for the mountains, beach, desert, and more. See full post here..

Choose amongst the wedding altars presented to you above, and you will surely be the envy of many brides to be in the future! Who knows, you can also become their inspiration right? 

12Apr/18

Alternative Wedding Ideas For a Quirky Bride

Gone are the days where brides are only focused in just one color, white. White is a symbol of purity, which therefore means that it is perfect for weddings. But as the fashion industry evolves, brides are getting more and more liberated when it comes to their ideas. These ideas may raise eyebrows, especially with the older crowd, but if it’s not their wedding, then there’s nothing to worry about. Your wedding, your rules! 

In this article by Scott Taylor, he talks about the different wedding ideas for a quirky bride:

Has the normal, white on white (maybe a purple twist?) wedding just become a little… dull for you? Are you bored of hearing the same old songs? Lauding over the same old floral centre pieces? Or, are you simply not a fan of cake? Well, if you’re a Bride who dreams of hosting something a little different; a wedding which has a multitude of quaint moments that make your guests go ‘woah’ or ‘aww’, then you’re in for a treat! Take a look at these 10 alternative wedding ideas below and note down any of your own ideas in the comments section. See full post here…

With these wedding ideas, your wedding will surely get to standout! 

05Apr/18

The Spatial Sound Of High Realism In Immersive Audiovisual Environments

The visual and sound sensations that they create in the audience must be approached with a high degree of similarity to what is perceived in the real context they intend to recreate.

High realism audiovisual environments

To achieve total immersion, the audiovisual interface must include both image and sound in the same way that the user would perceive in a real situation. For both stimuli, the human perception system can obtain a three-dimensional sensation of space using two sensors, that is, two eyes and two ears. It would, therefore, be possible to recreate the relevant feelings if a realistic perception of the image in space is provided in conjunction with a sensation of spatial sound.

Regarding the image, two technologies are usually used to produce stereoscopic images: those systems in which the user uses special glasses (polarized, sealed or anaglyphics), and on the other hand, auto stereoscopic viewers that provide three-dimensional perception without glasses specials or alternative device.

Regarding sound, the
simplest and most widespread method for providing spatial audio is stereo,
which has been used for the last 50 years as an added value of sound
recordings, especially in music.

Since the mid-70s have
been used in cinemas initially and at home in recent years, the surround sound
systems ( surround ) that try to provide a better feeling than the stereo using
more channels of reproduction

However, these systems
are only intended to increase the sense of spectacle in film projections by
artificially adding in the production processes, special effects, explosions,
reverberation in rear speakers, ambiance, etc.

But they do not provide a real sense of 3D sound. Also, the useful listening area ( sweet spot ) is practically restricted to the center point of the speaker circle, degrading the perception outside the center. When it comes to realistic multimedia immersion in video conferencing, these systems are not suitable since their purpose is to reproduce effects in movies and subsequent speakers do not add any significant contribution to the meeting.

Another much more realistic strategy is to reproduce directly in the listener’s ears the signal that the listener would hear if it were in the acoustic space to be simulated. The sensation obtained by the listener depends on the fidelity of this reproduction. This strategy is commonly called binaural signal reproduction and can be done with both headphones and speakers. Also, the 3D sound signal can be synthesized if the listener’s HRTF ( Head Related Transfer Function) function is known.

As this system is susceptible to variations in the position of the listener concerning the optimal reproduction position, in practice, they are only valid for a single listener and in highly controlled listening environments, e.g., a user in front of the screen of a computer.As an alternative to surround sound systems, there are more advanced systems such as Ambisonics or Virtual Surround Panning that are suitable for more or less restricted listening areas, although always somewhat more significant than binaural systems with cross-talk canceler.

. The solution to extending the listening area in these systems involves increasing the number of speakers used, with the complexity and difficulty included, as well as making the transmission formats more flexible.…

04Apr/18

Bit Audiovisual 2018 Will Show The Latest Technology For A Sector In Continuous Transformation

Professionals visiting the Hall will be able to see first-hand the latest solutions from manufacturers, distributors, integrators and service companies with proposals for both traditional broadcasting and new audiovisual environments.

Throughout a large exhibition area, professionals visiting the Hall will be able to see first-hand the latest solutions from leading international manufacturers such as Canon, and its wide variety of cameras and lenses, or Riedel Communications with an extensive portfolio of solutions for intercom and audio, video and communications networks.

It should also be noted that another year of AEQ, a manufacturer based in the Technological Park of Leganes (Madrid) and that exports its automation and production systems worldwide (broadcast monitors, intercom, Audio Codes, consoles, commentator systems, reporter units …)

On the other hand, in the radio area, it is worth highlighting the participation of World Cast Systems that will exhibit its latest proposals in coding and audio processing, transmission, signal monitoring.

In BIT Audiovisual 2018 you can also learn about the solutions that for virtual studies, augmented reality and integration of social networks in graphics is developing Brainstorm, a company that under the seal “made in Spain” is breaking barriers in five continents.

No less critical and essential are the companies dedicated to the manufacture of wiring and connection solutions such as Lemo or Person whose developments are allowing to transport and manage signals with 4K and higher resolutions.…

03Apr/18

Wave Field Synthesis

However, the most promising system nowadays to provide a sensation of sound immersion in a vast area is the so-called Wave Field Synthesis ( WFS ), whose fundamental difference is that the sound field is synthesized using a system of loudspeaker arrays for the entire audience area, eliminating the preferred listening area. In this way, a listener can perceive the same sound sensation anywhere in the listening area. Also, WFS synthesizes the acoustic field that a listener would see in the actual listening area, including naturally all the localization tails and effects that the wave would cause in the listener.

This technique of sound reproduction, which is based on the propagation of waves, consists of recreating an acoustic field within a volume from the signals recorded on a surface, by analogy to holography and according to the Huygens principle. According to this, a wavefront of a point source behaves as a set of several secondary sources, which in practice are replaced by loudspeakers. Thus, the algorithm for calculating the signals with which each of the speakers is fed takes the audio signal that would arrive from the virtual source to each secondary source as the data source. Therefore, the WFS system must consider numerous data such as source coordinates, number of fronts and side speakers, speaker spacing, etc.

One of the distinctive characteristics of the surround above audio systems is the suppression of the preferred listening point. This feature is very desirable for various multimedia applications, such as real-time video conferencing, in which multiple participants located at different locations in a room interacting with other remote participants, also spatially distributed in a place. The sense of realism is assured by providing listeners with the amplitude and direction of arrival of any sound message that comes to them, both from the speakers in the same room, as well as from the remote office.

However, there are still open problems to solve, which are currently being studied by researchers, and are based on the practical simplification of the technique. The distribution of secondary sources is not infinitely dense and continuous, but a finite set of individual loudspeakers that receive limited band signals and which, in turn, form a limited reproduction area in space. These two effects compromise the performance of real systems, creating imperfections in the generated wave above a limiting frequency, called spatial aliasing frequency.…