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Mastering Trick Photography and Special Effects

Digital photography is a creative interest that has endless possibilities. You may not even realize it, but the camera you currently own is capable at achieving some incredible effects. You just need to learn how to properly use your camera's manual controls, such as shutter speed and aperture.

Trick Photography and Special Effects is an excellent resource of information. Professional photographer Evan Sharboneau walks you through 9 hours of video tutorials on how to put your camera to the test. Also included is an eBook consisting of 300+ pages of the best photography tips and tricks. The following are just a few expert techniques you can learn:

  • Optical illusions
  • 360-degree panaromas
  • Effective freeze frames
  • Beautiful nature shots

Selling for just $77, you also get instant access to a few bonus eBooks that explain the basics of using an external flash, how to make use of filters, and more. Like most products I feature on my site, Trick Photography and Special Effects includes a 60-day money-back guarantee. Click here to get started. 

Become a Master in World of Warcraft

Originally released in November 2004, World of Warcraft is now widely known as one of the most popular games to ever be created. It could also be referred to as one of the most complicated games in existence. WoW is incredibly involving, which means it requires a ton of time from the player just to access some of the best content. Believe me, I've been there.

Thankfully, Zygor's World of Warcraft In-Game Strategy Guide makes the experience much easier on the player, all while retaining the same fun factor you've come to enjoy. So what exactly does this guide offer? Below is a list of just a handful of highlights: 

  • Power level from 1–90 faster than ever
  • Quickly earn the Loremaster achievement
  • Automatic gear selection based on your character
  • Guides on dailies and events
  • Earn rare pets and mounts

There is so much more that Zygor's guide has to offer. You can see the rest of the features by viewing the on-site tour here. If you're serious about progressing in WoW, this is something you'll want to consider signing up for. It's also a great way of learning things about the game that you may have missed.

Prices start at $35 and vary per bundle, but you can start your free trial at any time. If you are looking to save money, then be sure to select "Alliance & Horde" when making your purchase. This entitles you to a discount at checkout. Click here to begin.

How to Optimize and Protect Your Windows PC

Making sure your Windows computer is properly optimized and protected from malware is vital to having a good overall user experience. However, sometimes it can be easy to fall behind on general maintenance, which can then lead to unforeseen problems. This includes sluggish performance, slow startup times and worst of all — virus infections.

SmartPCFixer is a great Windows program that stops any of these problems from happening to you. Consider it an all-in-one PC suite that keeps things running smoothly, all while running in the background. SmartPCFixer does a wide variety of tasks, but a glimse at some of the best features can be seen below:

  • Scan and remove invalid registry entries
  • System optimization helps speed up your computer's overall performance
  • Detect and remove harmful plug-ins in Internet Explorer
  • Automatic system backup of your files

Available in several packages, SmartPCFixer starts at just $29, plus $9.98 for a lifetime license. This means that you'll never have to worry about paying a monthly fee. And if you're not satisfied with your purchase, the program includes a 60-day money-back guarantee. You can sign up here.

How to Become an iPad Expert

Since originally releasing in April 2010, the iPad has quickly become the world's most popular tablet — and for good reason. Not only is it capable at accomplishing everyday tasks, but it has even replaced notebook computers for some users. Like it or hate it, Apple's tablet is here to stay.

What many users are missing out on, however, is the true potential of the iPad. This is especially true since Apple does not include a manual in the box, forcing their customers to go online and fend for themselves. Because the Internet is so vast, finding what you are looking for isn't always so easy. Wouldn't it be great if there was one place you could watch iPad tutorial videos and not be interuppted by noise? This is where iPad Video Lessons comes in.

iPad Pete, the main person behind iPad Video Lessons, has taken the time to record and publish over 100 videos pertaining to the iPad, its features and so much more. While many tutorial videos tend to apply to just beginners, this isn't the case with iPad Pete's collection. iPad Video Lessons includes tutorials for not only beginners, but advanced users as well.

Because there is so much content included, iPad Video Lessons retails for $97. However, that is discounted off the usual $147 price tag — so you would be getting a good deal if you decide to purchase. Your purchase also includes a 60-day money-back guarantee.

If you are interested in giving iPad Video Lessons a try, you can sign up here.

Introducing GearPop 2.0

Less than three months ago I launched GearPop, my largest website project to date. For those not in the loop, GearPop is a community driven showcase featuring the best technology products this world has to offer. In an age where something new is introduced just about every day, why should you as the user struggle to find what's best for your needs? To put it simply, you shouldn't. GearPop aims to make the experience for the user easier and best of all, enjoyable.

Now that I have had the time to monitor the site's overall usage, its pros and cons, and determine what the users want, I am proud to introduce GearPop 2.0. There is a lot to talk about, so let's jump right into it.

Pushing the Words Together

"Gear Pop" is now known as "GearPop." While a small change, this is something that makes sense. Not only have users already been referring to the site this way, but it's also easier to remember. Why make things more complicated? As I like to say, simplicity is key.

Completely New Look

The biggest change of all is the appearance of GearPop. Not only is everything much cleaner, but the site is now easier to navigate. This especially applies to how product pages are presented. For example, check out the Panasonic HCV700MK. Information has been condensed into tabs and share buttons are now immediately visible, making the overall experience much easier on the eyes.

You will also notice that the GearPop logo itself has changed a bit.

Responsive Design

GearPop proudly introduces support for the latest trend in web design, and that's responsive design. This means that no matter which device you visit GearPop.com on, the software will automatically optimize your experience. No longer will navigating through products on a small device, such as an iPhone, feel difficult. Go ahead — give it a try. Pretty neat, huh?

Amazon Customer Reviews

Embedded on every product page is now a tab for Amazon customer reviews. This is great if you're ever looking to get a second opinion on a product you are not 100% sure about. Oh, and the best part? Customer reviews are automatically pulled in from Amazon, so you can always count on having the latest and most accurate information.

Related Products

Tieing in closely with customer reviews, users now have the ability to view related products simply by clicking on the appropriate tab. This is especially useful if you are keeping an open mind on which product to purchase and how alternatives compare. After all, isn't having choices a good thing?

Integration with TechBargains.com

Remember that partnership with TechBargains.com that I annnounced a little while back? Well, this is exactly what I had in mind. I am excited to announce that GearPop now has a dedicated section in the sidebar that features the best deals for some of the world's largest retail chains. This includes brands like Amazon, Best Buy, Dell and yes — even Apple.

If you are looking to save money on your next tech purchase (who isn't?), this is something you'll want to keep your eyes on. Links are automatically updated with the best available deals, coupons and promo codes — so be sure to check back often.

Discount Finder

Included in the sidebar is something called the Discount Finder. This does exactly what it sounds like. Input keywords related to what you're searching for, select your discount amount, and GearPop will take care of the rest. This feature includes all of Amazon, so you are not only restricted to the products you see on this site.

And of course, if you do come across a product that is not already listed on GearPop, feel free to suggest it via the Submit page.

Popular Forum Posts

With nearly 500 registered members and over 6,600 total posts, the GearPop Forums have proven to be quite successful. As a quickly growing community, I want even more users to take notice of the hundreds of conversations that are going on. To help make this happen, GearPop now lists in the sidebar five of the most popular topics being discussed in the forums. If you're ever looking to voice your opinion on something that catches your eye, feel free to register and jump in. It's free!

Oh, and speaking of the forums, a new default theme has been applied. Users have the ability to choose a theme that pertains to their liking, but I think you'll enjoy this new look.

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As you can see, GearPop 2.0 is not just a small update. I went back to the drawing board, thought about how everything could be improved, did some research, and this is where I ended up. Needless to say, I am very happy with the outcome and where things are going. User engagement has not only been awesome, but I have been receiving some amazing support from those who truly enjoy the site for what it has to offer.

While GearPop has already come a long way since its launch, I still consider this to be just the beginning. Through the power of modern web design and user participation via social media, the future as a whole is looking bright. I cannot wait to see where things go.

Like with any project, I always encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or comments. Also, be sure to follow GearPop on both Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates.

For more information on today's updates, please view the video below.