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Top 5 Trends in Green Packaging watch out in 2020


Just like e-commerce and fashion, the packaging industry has always been subject to annual shifts and tremendous technological changes. One moment your favorite bottle of cola will be used to serve drinks; the next, it will become just a small bottle to store water. The global shift toward reducing carbon footprint and sustainability has resulted in a widespread change in the manner we think and design products. And it’s well-known brands that are paving the way.

In 2018, the Coca-Cola Company — the U.S.-based multinational beverage company — pledged to recycle a bottle for every one sold by 2030. The company has also committed to only use recycled materials by 2030 and implement recyclable green packaging by 2025. Furthermore, renowned beauty company Lush has been campaigning plastic-free and naked packaging for quite a while. In over a year, Lush shoppers have saved 800,000 bottles from being dumped in landfills.

Los Angeles-based women’s fashion brand Reformation pledges to replace its clothing with one that is both sustainably sourced and fashionable. Their innovative plant-based compostable route has set the standard for others to follow. Some of the other carbon-neutral trends that dominated last year were the drive towards less single-use plastics, in-store refills, and plantable and biodegradable packaging. For example, famous fashion designer Stella McCartney has eliminated the use of plastics from her packaging and is also associated with the Canopy Pack4Good Initiative, which aims to reduce the impact of the fashion industry on the world’s ancient forests.

Another trend that is on the rise since last year is minimalism (that encourages millennials to cut back on the number of things that they own.) Simple packaging design allows the product to shine through, for example, the simple water bottles made from plastic recycled from the ocean.



We are living in a world where there are social media backlashes, digital transformation, and mass climate change. People are focusing more on shifting ideologies, innovating tech-savvy products, and global transformation. Consumers are more aware of their social responsibility, and companies have to be conscious of how this impacts on the market. A consumer or a brand wanting to create a difference in this world will look to their sphere of influence to decide what they can do to save this planet. According to a study by Unilever, 33% of consumers buy products from brands committed to reducing the carbon footprint. Another research by the Harvard Business Review suggests that 65% of consumers opt for sustainable products.

At present, more and more companies and brands are looking forward to sustainability, not merely because it’s the preference of their customers, but because they are beginning to understand their role in making the planet a better place.

Here are the critical green packaging trends to look out for in 2020.

1. More brands are shifting to sustainable packaging.

In the last two years, many brands have publicly announced their plans to make their packaging more sustainable, primarily because of the threat of losing the social license to use plastics if we do not find a way to recover them and their escape into the environment. This includes commitments made by brands, as well as collective commitments such as the New Plastics Economy.

Most of the companies with similar commitments pledged to achieve them by 2025 or 2030, and hence 2030 represents a drastic turning point for action. The brands will need to formulate strategic plans to achieve their goals and invest resources into implementing them. Organizations that have yet to make any commitment of the sort will join the tribe this year, or else risk falling behind their rivals.

2. Brands innovate to strengthen end markets.

More and more companies who have created packaging by making use of recycled plastics in high levels (more than 90%) have been in the headlines, both from post-industrial and post-consumer sources. The need to create feasible end markets for recycled content of plastics as a way to help meet companies their green packaging goals have been on the rise. This year, recycled plastics will be the path for many suppliers to explore.

Moreover, the number of collaborations across the value chain to improve the processing of recycled plastics in new applications will increase. Partnerships in regards to chemical recycling have reached new heights, including the collaboration with Mars, Recycling Technologies, Nestlé, and Total to produce oil from mixed flexible packaging. The partnership claims to use this oil in producing polymers, creating new possibilities for end markets. Developing these possibilities in the marketplace as well as new end markets is critical to avoid losing the feasibility of recycling for different products.

3. Companies will replace substrates to commit to their goals.

In distress around plastics and meeting recovery goals for plastics, few brands are exploring different options. We have seen an increase in paper-based solutions, edible substrates, and other recyclable and compostable solutions being launched on a large scale. The market is in intransigent mode, which is more likely to carry on through the 2020s.

While discoveries in new packaging designs can be thrilling and encouraging, they can likewise be a negative trend, as plastics often leave a positive carbon impact on other substrates. The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) is a powerful voice in green packaging that advocates for every design to carefully consider the effect of carbon on the environment to avoid shifting the problem to other environmental impacts to achieve the goal of recyclability.

4.Brands are considering reusable packaging more seriously.

The new Economy’s Global Commitment advocates reuse as the main element, and an ever-increasing number of signatories are evaluating their packaging portfolios, seeking better opportunities in reusables. Many companies, including Unilever and Blue Bottle Coffee, have announced plans to commit more to reuse and refill business models.

On the other hand, small economic brands are looking forward to entering the market with reusable models to replace plastic or paperboard packaging with closed-loop models that work beyond B2B. The focus on reducing and reusing, which comes even bore recycling on the waste hierarchy, is again becoming a crucial part of the packaging sustainability conversation.

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5. The importance of material health is increasing in packaging.

Recently, the How2Recycle labeling program announced that any packaging containing per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) intentionally will not be given the tag of Not Yet Recycled. This is one of the many indicators that this year won’t be in favor of PFAS. These substances are commonly used in foodservice packaging and are known as “forever chemicals” because of their persistence in the environment. The scientists are questioning their health impacts, and brands are being pushed over efforts to minimize health risks.

New regulations are being passed over Europe and North America. Several brands have already stopped making PFAS packaging products. The products we recycle should be considered safe to use, and then circular.
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Learn to use the Histogram Properly when you are using your camera you really need to learn to use the histogram this is an essential tool to help you get a better balance shot sometimes the screen on the back of your camera might be turned down in brightness or it might be really bright and this can kind of trick your eye a little bit and you might then underexpose if it’s too bright or overexpose if it’s too dark so make sure you know how to read a histogram and make sure you have it on so you know that you’re getting your photograph spot on. Check Your Background when you take a photograph it’s quite easy to miss what’s going on in the background if you’ve got a very compelling subject so you need to keep an eye on your background and what’s in it it’s amazing how easily you can miss something that is so distracting. Go Back Through Your Photos From time to time you need to look through your photos and see if there’s been any improvement try and learn what you’re doing wrong and what you need to work on I do this from time to time and I look through my photographs and then I can work out what I do need to work on there may be skills that I’ve forgotten or there may be things that I’m overlooking that I need to focus more on and looking back through my work really helps me do this. Invest in a Good Photo Editing Programs Invest in a good photo editing program it might be adobe or capture one or dark table and I’m not talking about money but I’m talking about time as well it’s really good to invest time into learning and editing program properly whether you get lessons in it you invest in a course or anything like that once you get that editing program to learn as much as you can about it so you know it inside out. Find a Mentor it’s worth finding a mentor this could be someone online or in-person but having someone that is on the next level or is much better than you having a look at your photos and giving you that critical feedback is really important to help push you and your photography. Learn How to Hold your Camera Properly This photography tips for beginners is a simple one but it’s often overlooked and sometimes I find myself forgetting this one but it’s learning how to hold your camera properly this is not so important when there’s a lot of light about but when you’re shooting into the evening or if you’re on a really long lens you really need to hold that camera properly and that is getting those elbows in holding up to your face so the camera is nice and solid and nice and static. Learn all about white balance Now I’ve already mentioned shooting in raw but once you do shoot in raw know that white balance is not that important in taking the photo but more important in the editing stage now if you shoot jpegs you do need to get your white balance right so it’s worth learning about white balance. Go to a low pressured place and learn manual mode this next tip is more of an exercise and it’s about switching your camera to manual and heading out to a park or somewhere nearby where you live where there is no pressure to get the shot and learn about that manual mode. Set your camera up so it is easy to use now this leads me to the next photography tips for beginners which are learning how to set your camera up properly mainly where to access and change your principal settings and that’s aperture shutter speed and iso. You don’t need the most expensive gears now while we’re on the subject of gear don’t think that you have to buy the best gear straight away photography is a hobby that will last for years and you’ll build up a decent set of gear over time I started off with a camera and a kit lens and I had that and nothing else for quite a while I did buy a few lenses probably a couple of years after that but the camera and the kit lens did a great job and it taught me a lot about photography. Have a small setup you can take with you this next photography tips for beginners again is about gear and it’s having a camera setup that you can take everywhere with you the best camera is the one that you have with you because if it’s sad at home you’re not going to take a photograph with it so make sure you’ve got a small compact setup that you can carry with you this is one of the reasons why I’ve got the a6600 and the kit lens I can easily chuck that over my shoulder it’s really small and it doesn’t get in the way and I can get much better photographs than I could with my camera phone. Plan some photographs you would like to take Now the difference between someone who takes snapshots and someone who takes photographs is planning so plan some photographs you want to take this is a case of finding a location may be online or on some maps and then kind of planning what you’re going to do what you’re going to photograph when you’re going to take it and how you’re going to take it. Go and try to get shots that you have planned now all of that time will be wasted if you don’t actually go out and do the shots that you’ve planned so the next photography tips for beginners is to go and do those shots that you have planned and that you’ve spent all of that time finding those locations to shoot you may have to go a few times but if you do you’ll end up with some amazing photographs instead of snapshots. Work Around your Subject when photographing a subject be a person a place or an object workaround that subject shoot it from different angles different focal lengths and different heights it’s amazing what you can get and how different you can make your subject look. Take Photographs Regularly As well as shooting your subject from lots of different angles you need to take photographs regularly I’m talking like every week if you don’t do this you might learn some skills but then if you don’t pick your camera up for a few months you’ll probably lose those skills so make sure you take photographs regularly. Do a sunrise landscape shoot now if you’re thinking about getting into landscape photography do a sunrise landscape shoot this will either help you fall in love with landscape photography or make you realize you’re not really a morning person and maybe landscape photography is not for you now with your three principal settings that’s aperture shutter speed and iso they all interact with each other. Learn about the Exposure Triangle Learning about the exposure triangle helps you to understand this a little bit better if you get good exposure and you change one of your settings you need to compensate with one of the other two settings and this is what the exposure triangle will teach you. Go and Photograph at Sunset now if you’re not a morning person and you still want to get into landscape photography you’ll need to start photographing sunsets or around about sunset time where you live you’ll be amazed at how different a scene will look from in the middle of the day compared to at sunset or sunrise so if you’re not a morning person photograph sunset. Learn to Photoshop People out of your frame now, this leads me to the next photography tips for beginners which is if you’re not a morning person and you do photograph sunsets learn how to photoshop people out of your photographs you’ll be surprised at how many people will be at a location at sunset compared to sunrise where you’ll probably get the scene to yourself. Photograph Everything the next photography tips for beginners is to photograph everything so if you’re going to party take your camera if you’re going for a hike in a really nice landscape again take your camera and if you’re going to visit friends or family take your camera again if you photograph as many things and as many different subjects as possible you’ll start to learn intuitively how to use your camera and then you’ll learn what works in what certain setting the more photographs you take the better you’ll get with that camera. Photograph an Event now if this isn’t possible find some events near you and go and photograph those events be it a running event a car race some bikers going down a downhill trail there are a lot of vents around you well as long as there’s not a global pandemic going on that is so events are great because you basically have the subject there ready and waiting for you to photograph you’ve just got to get the right settings and get yourself in the right location to shoot that event. Find Different Locations to shoot the same object now the next tip is more to do with landscapes and it’s about finding different locations to shoot the same subject so say for instance you’re shooting a mountain it’s a very prominent mountain there may be one location that everyone photographs from what I want you to do is go for a hike around that mountain as long as it’s safe and find different angles to shoot that same subject from if you do this through either scouting that location or planning and going and doing that shot what you’ll find is you’ll get a very unique photo that is basically yours. Shoot the same Object at different times of the day as well as changing locations you want to go there at different times of the day you’ll be amazed at how different one subject can look when the light is coming from different angles. Look for shapes to include in your frame when you do find a good composition try and see if you can find some shapes in that composition and try and incorporate them into your photograph it’s amazing when you get certain shapes like circles triangles diagonals into your shots and it makes the shot a lot more compelling. Find Leading Lines to draw the viewers eye as well as shapes look for leading lines to draw the viewer into your shot if you’ve got a path a road or a river or maybe some ripples in the sand these can really draw the viewer’s eye into the shot and towards your subject. Make the sun Burst the next tip is to get the sun into your frame and make it burst a tip here is to shoot with high aperture numbers let’s say f11 to f18 what you’ll find is different lenses will give different star bursts but if you get your settings right with those smaller apertures with those high f numbers the sun will start to burst and any pinpoint lights will burst as well you’ll get those lines coming out of them and it can really make your photographs pop. Start to look for foreground elements when you are exploring your subject when taking landscape photographs look for a good foreground element it might not work to start with but if you do look for them it will start to train your mind to think in the right way and when you do find one that really links in and really works well in your photograph it’ll really make your photograph stand out. Emulate, Then Create now the next photography tips for beginners is to emulate then create if you see a photo you like of a place you’re visiting or a place that is nearby to where you live try to recreate that photograph first of all so that’s where you emulate but then see if you can find a better photograph of that same subject or see what other photographs around in that location you’ll learn a lot by emulating others but then you’ll learn so much and you’ll become your own photographer when you do start to get your own photographs. Try AstroPhotography the next tip is to try astrophotography I have a lot of tutorials on astrophotography but it’s one of those things that if you get into and you actually get to a really dark location with a sky full of stars it’s quite inspiring and it kind of makes you realize that the universe is absolutely massive I could sit underneath the stars and I have sat underneath the stars all night. AstroPhotography will make you lose a lot of sleep the next tip is to realize it takes a few days to recover from a full night of astrophotography. when you have driven to the location you’re awake all night and then you drive back home the next day it’s amazing how much that can take it out of you and how long it takes to recover. Look for something to give scale to your photo if you’re photographing a big landscape try to find something that gives it scale whether it’s a person in the shot a building a boat or a plane just put something in the frame to show how big it is and how grand it looks that one thing if it’s small in the frame will make it look even grander. Remember to look around when you do get to a location and you’re photographing a scene you might be surprised at what you see behind you so make sure you look around and see what’s about because as that sky develops and if you get one of those really nice skies where the sunlight catches the bottom of the clouds you might have an even better scene that’s right behind you and you might miss it if you don’t look around. Backup your photos as soon as possible once you’ve taken your photographs back them up as soon as you can this might not be for a while but as soon as you get home and as soon as you have access to your computer and a hard drive back them up. Format your SD Cards as soon as you back them up and once you’ve backed up your sd cards clear them as soon as you can so you format them in-camera I’ve had so many times where I’ve copied the sd cards and I’ve forgotten which ones I’ve copied but I haven’t formatted them and I end up with a case full of sd cards that are full and I don’t know which ones are formatted and which ones are not it’s a really bad habit to get into so make sure as soon as you back up your photos you format your sd cards so they’re ready for the next time you go out shooting. Delete all of the rubbish The next photography tips for beginners is to delete the rubbish photos and I mean the ones that are really badly out of focus or they’ve got horrible motion blur you just want to get rid of those because they’ll just take up space I’ve got a whole draw of hard drives and I need to go through them and I know there’s a lot of photos on them that I’m going to delete I haven’t done that for ages and I really need to so get into the habit of deleting those rubbish photos and I mean getting them completely off your hard drive. Spend more money on memory cards When you buy memory cards you want to spend more money than you think the speed of the card will really slow you down and it’ll slow you down at the worst possible moment there’ll be something amazing happening in front of you and then your camera will be clearing the buffer and the speed at which it clears the buffer does depend on the speed of card that you’ve bought so spend as much as you can on that sd card. Buy More than one Memory Card and while we’re on the subject of sd cards buy more than one memory card they can and do fail and you’ll kick yourself if you don’t have a backup there’s nothing worse than going out to a location having a card corrupt and then not having a backup card to use so you don’t have anything to save any of the photos too. Mirrorless Camera Help you learn faster Mirrorless cameras have developed so much over the last 10 years and they will really help you learn at a much quicker rate than with a DSLR or with a film camera by this I mean that if you’re looking through the viewfinder or looking at the screen on the back of the camera it’ll show you what the photograph is before you’ve taken it so you can look at it and you can work out how that photograph looks before taking it and this is such a good learning tool and it’ll help you learn photography a lot quicker than if you’re shooting with film or you’re shooting on a DSLR with a DSLR you’re looking through the lens and you’re kind of looking with the dynamic range of your eye so you’ll see a lot more detail through an optical viewfinder of a DSLR whereas with a mirrorless camera that’s a readout of the sensor so it will give the dynamic range of that sensor. Mirrorless Cameras can make you lazy now on the flip side of these mirrorless cameras will make you a lazy photographer and that’s because of what I’ve just said you’ll be able to look at the back of the camera and work out whether it’s a good shot or not and this really does make you lazy I started back in the 90s on film and the learning process was really slow I then transferred across to DSLRs but I still had a lot of those skills I learned back in the 90s and now I have some of those skills that I learned on DSLRs but now shooting with mirrorless cameras a lot of those skills have kind of gone by the wayside I don’t need them anymore and I’m not developing them anymore so it is making me a bit of a lazy photographer. Turn off the built-in flash A lot of entry-level cameras will have a built-in flash if you do have this turn it off completely there’s nothing that will make you look more like an amateur than if that flash pops up especially if you’re taking a photograph of a massive landscape. Read the manual now every camera comes with a manual and it’s well worth reading that manual it may surprise you as how much your camera can actually do even the entry-level cameras have so many functions nowadays and if you don’t utilize all of them or you don’t know about them you won’t know which ones you can use to help you get better photographs you won’t know which ones that you don’t really need at all so read the manual and learn all about your camera Get Critical Feedback the next photography tips for beginners is to try and get some critical feedback now by this I don’t mean your mum saying she loves your photographs or the numerous gushing comments on Facebook or Instagram this is a professional looking at your photographs from a professional’s point of view. Don’t take the critical feedback personally however, when you do get that critical feedback don’t take it personally they’re trying to help you become a better photographer, and as long as it is critical feedback you can learn from what they’re saying by looking at your photograph from another person’s point of view. Share your photos online to boost your ego! now if you have got some critical feedback recently and your ego does feel a little bit bruised what you want to do is share your photos online all of those gushing comments will probably make you feel a little bit better again. Spread out the times when you share your photos now when you do share your photos online don’t share them across multiple Facebook groups the same people will probably be in those groups and the last thing they’ll want to see is five of the same picture in five different groups they’ll normally pop up on the feed at the same time now if you’re adamant about doing this just share them on different days now I know you need to promote yourself online as a photographer but spread it out and do it logically people can really see through this and even though you’re being genuine and sharing your work people might not see it that way. Shoot at the eye level of your subject the next tip is to shoot at the eye level of your subject so if you’re photographing kids get down to their eye level if you’re photographing dogs get down to their level if you’re photographing say snakes in the grass or anything like that gets to their level. Learn about the Shutter / Focal Length Rule the next photography tips for beginners is to learn about the shutter focal length rule when shooting handheld and then see how much you can break this rule by this is basically where you take your focal length and you match that number to your shutter speed so let’s say you’re shooting with a 50-millimeter lens you keep it at 1 50th of a second this is with full-frame cameras so you need to work the conversion if you are on crop sensor cameras but if you are doing this see how far you can drop that shutter speed by if you hold the camera properly you should be able to drop it lower and also if you’ve got good ibis that’s in-body image stabilization you should be able to drop it a bit more but it’s good to know how slow you can take your shutter speed for a given focal length then you’ll know when you can shoot handheld and when you might have to stabilize the camera in another way. Know when to use a Tripod now this brings me on to the next tip and it’s knowing when to use a tripod. tripods are great because you don’t have to start bumping up your iso you don’t have to start compromising with other things the tripod will keep your camera perfectly steady you can keep that iso low and get a really nice clean crisp image I’ve got some of my favorite shots by using a tripod at night or when the light is dropping a lot. Carry Less Gear now when it comes to gear you want to try and carry less of it when you’ve got a bag full of stuff it’s an absolute nightmare and if you do that for years you’ll end up with a bad back so try and carry less gear. Shoot with just one lens now if you have more than one lens just try and take one lens with you on one day it’s amazing how free you’ll feel not having a bag full of camera kit I try and do this with different lenses on different days just to see how i feel about those lenses and also you’ll learn a lot about shooting with that one focal range when you have that one lens on your camera and you won’t have the choice of any others. Scout the location now this next photography tips for beginners relates to planning your photographs but if you have a shot in mind scout that location to see if it’s any good you can then use the app photo pills or a planning app like that to see where the light will be coming from and it’ll help in that planning stage by scouting that location. Go out in bad weather now sometimes the weather can be absolutely awful and the last thing you want to do is go out and take photographs but this is really the time that you really should go out it’s amazing how different locations can look in bad weather even if you have to buy a jacket for your camera to stop it from getting wet. Aim for the Golden Hour now I’ve already talked about shooting at sunrise and sunset and that’s because of the golden hour the light in this time can be absolutely fantastic and you can get some really nice shots and it can make your job as a photographer a lot easier so if you do go out make sure you try and go out in the golden hour just to see how different they’ll look compared to the middle of the day. Break all of the Rules now in photography, there are different types of rules to help you and guide you along the way but you do need to know that you can break all of the rules when you want to but you do need to know them first especially the rule of thirds. Take your time now the next photography tips for beginners is to take your time learning photography and learn to enjoy the process of learning I look at other people’s work sometimes and I think I’m a rubbish photographer and then I look at my photos from years ago and realize how far I’ve come in taking time to learn photography and taking years to process this art you’ll really come into your own and you’ll really develop that photography and develop your photography skills. Down get yourself down by looking at other work now this next tip links into the last one and it’s not to get yourself down by looking at all of the great work that’s already out there especially with the likes of Instagram and photography sites like that there’s some amazing work there and it’s quite easy to let yourself feel down and kind of look at your photographs and think they’re rubbish when you do look at those bits of work but try not to get yourself down by looking at them too much. Work out how others have taken their photos Again this leads into the next tip and that’s to look at the amazing work online and try and figure out how they took it so instead of feeling down about all that amazing work tries and work out how they took it to work out when they took it and work out the location they took it then you can emulate their work and then create your own bits of work may be at that location or maybe at another similar location but then you’ll make it your own. Learn about Light by watching tv now one unlikely place you can learn about photography is by watching tv and watching tv-series and films it’s amazing how much effort they put into the lighting in every one of their scenes I sometimes annoy my wife by telling her exactly how a certain scene in a favorite show was created or I sometimes point out the lighting faults in that show and then she can’t help but spot them but this is a great exercise to do so when you are watching an interview or you’re watching a drama try and see how they’ve lit certain scenes I really enjoy doing that and it does teach me so much about lighting. Tell a story with a group of photographs Now the next photography tips for beginners is to tell a story with a group of photographs. sometimes you’ll go to a place or you’ll be at an event you’ll take a load of photographs and then you’ll just dump them all online it won’t really tell a story but if you can narrow it down to 20 to 30 photographs at most and tell a story say if you’re an event you’ll get some shots of people getting ready you’ll get some shots of the start you’ll get some shots of the people competing then maybe crossing the finish line you’ll have a story arc and if you narrow this down to 20 shots it’ll make your photographs a lot more compelling. Try to tell the story with fewer photos now this links into this next tip and that’s trying to reduce the number of photos you need to tell the story you’ll find that some photographers will get one photo that tells the story of that whole scene and then other photographers might have to take a few more it does all depend on the subject and it does all depend on the story you want to tell but try and tell that story in as few photos as possible. Play with shutter speed to create motion now as you get to know your camera you want to start playing with shutter speed to create motion you’ll find as you drop the shutter speeds by increments when you move the camera you’ll start to create a bit of blur. Learn to pan with slower shutter speeds now if your subject is in motion you can learn to pan with the motion of your subject and if you drop that shutter speed you can then start getting those speed blurs in your shots. Work out how you got your best shots so the next tip is to learn to pan with the motion of your subject if you get lucky with a great shot but you don’t have a clue how you got it to go back over the settings that you took and what you might have done to get that photograph in doing this you’ll learn a lot from it then you’ll be able to emulate that and start getting those shots purposefully instead of fluking them. Shoot the same subject at different focal lengths if you shoot with a zoom lens which you probably might do if you’re a beginner because that kit lens is a zoom lens try shooting the same subject at different focal lengths say wide from near and far and then telephoto from near and far and then mix up the height you shoot from as well again you’re getting that same subject from different perspectives different focal lengths so it’s amazing what you can actually do with the zoom lens. Add layers to build depth now we live in a 3d space and try to record it on a 2d plane so you need to add depth by layering your photographs this is done by adding a foreground element or maybe adding a background element or getting that background out of focus by adding more and more planes you’ll add more and more depth to your photographs. Try breaking the rule of thirds for a day as I’ve already mentioned the rule of thirds is a great tool to use to kind of layout your photograph but if you try to break that rule for a day or maybe a week what you’ll find is you’ll think about it more often and it’ll become more of a subconscious thought as to whether you follow that rule or break that rule. Use burst mode for fast-moving subjects now when you’re photographing quick-moving subjects use burst mode you’ll find that as that subject goes past you might try and get that fleeting moment and if you just click one photograph it’s almost impossible to get whereas if you’ve got it in burst mode especially with these newer cameras that have really high burst modes you’re more than likely to get the moment that you want. Shoot Verticals as well as horizontal photos now when photographing a subject it’s quite easy just to shoot it all in landscape or all in the portrait mode so make sure you get the same subject in both portrait and landscape so that’s horizontal and vertical then you’ll find out what works better when your camera is in that vertical position and then what works better when the camera is in that flat position. F8 and be there now if your subject is unpredictable shoot in aperture priority with iso auto and at f 8. there was a famous photographer called Arthur ouija Felix and his quote was f 8 and b there now what he meant by that at f 8 you’re more than likely to get your subject in focus and capture that moment and that’s what we’re talking about and that’s what photography is about a lot of the time is capturing that moment. Shutter priority for fast-moving subjects now if your subject moves really fast shoot in shutter priority this will give you control over how fast that shutter is and how you freeze that fast motion if you want more blurriness in your shot you drop the shutter speed whereas if you want to phrase that motion you raise the shutter speed but in shutter priority, this gives you control over the shutter. Photograph something different now there are so many different genres in photography and if you stick to one genre try shooting something you haven’t photographed before photographing something in a completely different genre can really bring more tools and bring more skills back to what you normally photograph as they say a change is as good as a break so you’ll still be learning camera skills and photography skills but doing something completely different and you never know you might find a different genre that you like and then you add to your repertoire. Fill the Frame this next photography tips for beginners is a quick one and it’s to fill the frame so if your shots are looking boring and the people or whatever you’re photographing in the frame is small get closer to it or zoom in and get it filling that frame. Get closer to the details This next photography tips for beginners links to that last one and it’s getting closer to the details if you do get closer to your subject and you fill the frame with your subject you’ll be able to show the details the texture and the really intricate bits to your subject. Study the masters next study the masters of art you’ll learn a lot about composition and lighting from ancient works of art it can be photography it can be renaissance paintings or anything like that it’s amazing how good some of the masters are at capturing light and capturing an amazing composition. Use your lens hood properly the next tip is another pet peeve of mine and that’s to turn the lens hood around if you’ve got it on your lens you might as well use it because then it doesn’t get in the way and it actually does the job that it’s designed for there’s nothing worse than seeing a person who has a really expensive camera and the lens hood is on backward it looks amateurish so don’t do it. Don’t worry about the megapixels now when it comes to megapixels there is still an ongoing battle like you’ve got the a7 r4 that shoots at 60 megapixels it’s crazy but megapixels matter less than you might think you could give a camera that has a 6-megapixel sensor to a really good photographer they’d still be able to get an amazing shot so megapixels matter less than you think. Shoot with a prime lens now if you want to try something new get a prime lens and shoot with it for a week it’s amazing how limiting a prime lens feels to start with but then how much it makes you think about photography and think about your framing a lot more a prime lens is a fixed lens so it’s not a zoom lens it is fixed to one focal length and that’s it so if you can’t get the framing you need to move yourself to get a better framing or to get the framing that you want and it does teach you so much about photography. Try long exposure photography the next photography tips for beginners is to try long exposure photography it’s not for everyone but it is another thing to add to your set of skills either in the city at night if it’s safe that is a fireworks event or a landscape under moonlight or if you’ve got some and filters try it with some strong and filters on the front of your lens in the middle of the day like I’ve already said long exposures aren’t for everyone but you might find that you might really enjoy taking long exposures. Look for reflections now if it’s been pouring down with rain this is a great time to look for reflections and even if it hasn’t been raining look for puddles look for small pools and look for lakes when it’s perfectly flat you can get a perfect reflection in that and it doesn’t matter if the pool is really small you can sometimes get a tiny little puddle and if you get low enough to it you’ll get a perfect reflection in that water. Keep the horizontal flat now when you’re photographing it’s sometimes easy to let the horizon drift out a little bit so the next tip is to keep an eye on your horizon you need it either perfectly flat or you need to tilt it out by around about 10 degrees but if it’s only out by a few degrees it just looks like you’ve made the mistake now if you have made that mistake reframe it when editing it’s very easy just to reframe it and flatten it out but just make sure your horizon is flat in your photographs before you put them online. Learn to edit your photographs now tip 99 is to learn to edit your photographs it’s one thing to know how a program works and it’s one thing to know how your camera works but you need to bring those two together so every time you go out and take a set of photographs make sure you edit those and make sure you put some time into learning to get the best out of them. Don’t worry about making mistakes now we finally got there this is tip 100 photography tips for beginners and that’s to make mistakes and don’t worry about making them and actually not encourage making them but when you do realize you’ve made a mistake kind of laugh at yourself when you realize what you’ve done if you can do this you’ll learn so much from those mistakes and before you know it you’ll become a very very good and a very accomplished photographer. So have I missed anything at all I think I pretty much covered most of the photography tips for beginners that you’ll ever need as a photographer if you can think of any others let me know in the comments below and if you like this blog about photography tips for beginners.
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Based on end-user, coding and marking systems market is segmented into food & beverage, electrical & electronics, automotive & aerospace, chemical, and healthcare. Know more about this report https://www.databridgemarketresearch.com/reports/global-coding-and-marking-systems-market Coding and Marking Systems Market Country Level Analysis Coding and marking systems market is analysed and market size, volume information is provided by country technology and end-user as referenced above. The countries covered in the coding and marking systems market report are U.S., Canada and Mexico in North America, Germany, France, U.K., Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Russia, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Rest of Europe in Europe, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Rest of Asia-Pacific (APAC) in the Asia-Pacific (APAC), Saudi Arabia, U.A.E, Israel, Egypt, South Africa, Rest of Middle East and Africa (MEA) as a part of Middle East and Africa (MEA), Brazil, Argentina and Rest of South America as part of South America. North America dominates the coding and marking systems market due to the rising expenditure on research and development activities along with adoption of advanced technology. Asia-Pacific region is expected to hold the largest growth rate due to the growing number of industries in the region. The country section of the report also provides individual market impacting factors and changes in regulation in the market domestically that impacts the current and future trends of the market. Data points such as consumption volumes, production sites and volumes, import export analysis, price trend analysis, cost of raw materials, down-stream and upstream value chain analysis are some of the major pointers used to forecast the market scenario for individual countries. Also, presence and availability of global brands and their challenges faced due to large or scarce competition from local and domestic brands, impact of domestic tariffs and trade routes are considered while providing forecast analysis of the country data. 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The major players covered in the coding and marking systems market report are · Markem-Imaje - A Dover Company. · Overprint Ltd · Hitachi, Ltd. · LIMITRONIC · Danaher. · ATD Ltd. · RN Mark · Squid Ink · Engage Technologies Corporation · ID Technology, LLC. · Hitachi, Ltd. · Dover Corporation · ITW Diagraph · Matthews International Corporation · Domino Printing Sciences plcs Leibinger Group · ProMach · Greydon. · REA Elektronik GmbH. · SATO America. · Videojet Technologies, Inc. among other domestic and global players. Market share data is available for global, North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific (APAC), Middle East and Africa (MEA) and South America separately. DBMR analysts understand competitive strengths and provide competitive analysis for each competitor separately. 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What COVID-19 Impacted on Cleaning Robot in Semiconductors & Electronics Industry ?
Impact of COVID-19 on Cleaning Robot in Semiconductors & Electronics Industry ANALYSIS ON IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE MARKET The pandemic started with its epicenter in China in 2019 and has been continuously spreading by then to all over the world, so far 216 countries and territories have been affected with Covid-19, the U.S. being on the top with cases reaching about 4.38 million, followed by Brazil, India and then by many European countries such as Russia, Spain, Italy, and others. The COVID-19 cases reaching to the big named countries with strong dominance in the global market which has adversely affected the economy globally. The spread of the coronavirus has led to the global recession, many companies are being bound to take stringent actions of laying off their employees, small businesses are being shut, and manufacturing facilities are being put on hold. There has been a disruption in the supply chain of many industries due to restrictions in logistics and the closing of manufacturing facilities. In addition, the slowdown in the economy has lowered the spending capability of individuals and people are saving money for emergencies. However, now almost in every country, the factories are started to reopen by taking some prevention such as 20% -50% employees on the field, social distancing, extreme hygiene measures, and others to support the economy. It is supporting the economy and helping to lower the recession rate at a certain level. COVID-19 highly impacted the personal and domestic cleaning robots market due to the recession gripping the world and a decline in disposable income, the demand for personal and domestic robots declined. Also, the behavior of the individuals has certainly changed in the pandemic, people are now more concerned about their health and spending for future use due to incurred losses which lead to a decrease in the sale of cleaning robots. However, cleaning robots have a huge demand in the healthcare sector. During the time of social distancing, hospitals are demanding mobile robots integrated with UV-C light disinfection equipment to sanitize the wards and rooms to minimize any physical contact. For instance, In June 2020, According to the founder and chairman of Milagrow Robots, there has been a huge surge in demand for floor and window cleaning robots. The total sale is expected to be 300,000 to 400,000 cleaning robots in 2020 when compared to 10,000 cleaning robots in 2019. STEPS TAKEN BY MANUFACTURERS DURING COVID-19 SITUATION As the COVID-19 crisis continues to expand, makers would possibly face challenges on varied fronts. Producing firms would be searching for immediate measures to stay their workforces safe and their businesses solvent. Makers would conjointly have to be compelled to look on the far side of their economic viability. Because the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies, makers would possibly face continued downward pressure on demand, production, and revenues. They would continuously face cash-flow liquidity challenges and difficulties in managing debt obligations. In December 2020, LG Electronics announced the launch of the autonomous robot with disinfecting UV light for various B2B applications. This robot uses ultraviolet (UV-C) light to disinfect high-touch, high-traffic areas and is designed for hospitality, education, corporate, retail, restaurant, and transportation customers to reduce exposure to harmful bacteria and germs The pandemic may drive the enhancement of automation, digitalization, and artificial intelligence (AI) in almost all sectors. In a situation like social distancing automation and robotics could reduce dependence on human labor and increase productivity, preventing the chances of losses. The pandemic has boosted the growth of healthcare industries. As people need to maintain physical distancing, manufacturers can gain the advantage of this norm to address the mass public in hospitals and crowded places. Manufacturers were engaged in product development with advanced technologies, partnerships, and collaborations to gain a competitive advantage in the market. For instance, In January 2021, SAMSUNG announced the launch of new AI-powered robotic vacuum and laundry products. The new JetBot 90 AI+ features smart technologies that optimize the cleaning route and respond to its environment. The JetBot 90 AI+ is the world’s first smart robotic vacuum that helps to automate home cleaning in these Covid times IMPACT ON DEMAND The behavior of the individuals has certainly changed in the pandemic, people are now more concerned about their health. The government is also working on research and development to develop a vaccine and avoid any further pandemic as such. The government is using augmented and virtual reality for the known disasters which can help in reducing the effects of the disaster. The pandemic has boosted the digital transformation of industries, companies are focusing more on a digital platform to interact with their clients and customers. The pandemic has brought a huge demand for cleaning robots to ensure safety as COVID-19 has put cleaning and disinfection front and center in facility maintenance and at other places. Huge adoption of technology, automation, and smart buildings is gradually increasing the scope of growth for the cleaning robot market. IMPACT ON SUPPLY CHAIN The pandemic has brought a huge impact on the supply chain of the cleaning robot market. The logistics and transportation of assets deteriorated a lot. The supply chain was adversely affected as the lockdown prevailed in many regions globally, the government has limited the workers. Companies are making their operations work according to the government regulations by making limited workers work in different shifts. The supply chain is experiencing disruption in Chinese parts exports, large-scale manufacturing interruptions across Europe, and the closure of assembly plants in the U.S. The manufacturers were facing a shortage of raw material, shifting of production to other countries, liquidity crunch to delays in availability of models, and deferred launches. However, now there is an improvement in the supply chain as most of the facilities and travel restrictions have opened and working in most optimum capacity. CONCLUSION As the Covid-19 prevails the cleaning robot market has witnessed a gradual increase in the demand for cleaning robots and services. Most of the manufacturing facilities were closed bringing down the production of cleaning robots which leads to disruption in the supply chain. However, as the markets are getting digitally transformed and people are being more reliable on digital sources the market seems to be growing. Organizations operating under this market were building up new strategies to maintain all the safety measures at facilities and focusing on technological up-gradation to boost the growth of the market. Even after the pandemic automation of industries will continue to increase which acts as a major driver for the market. Growing demand from the healthcare, media & entertainment, and retail sector will act as a major boosting factor for the growth of the market in this pandemic.
Larix kaempferi - Japanese larch, Karamatsu (Japanese)
Conservation Status Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern This species has a fairly restricted range in central Honshu, Japan. It is an extremely important timber tree and although it has been heavily exploited over time, there has been supplemental re-planting of the species essentially for commercial reasons. The provenance of the supplemental material is unknown, and it is likely that this comes from forestry sources, which is most likely improved or at least had some selection involved. It is impossible to distinguish natural trees from planted individuals, and there is also inter-breeding, so effectively the whole population is slowly being altered over time to being of mixed genetic origin. To what degree this genetic contamination results in any genetic decline is not known. As it is impossible to distinguish between the wild population and the introduced population, the species has to either be assessed as Data Deficient or Least Concern. Larix kaempferi is a species of mesic sites, occurring from the hills to high in the mountains (500 m to 2,300 m a.s.l.), on the south face of Fuji san it reaches 2,900 m. Unlike the other NE Asiatic larches it occupies better soils, often of recent volcanic origin, and is never found on peat. It is commonly found in association with other conifers, e.g. Pinus densiflora, Picea jezoensis subsp. hondoensis, Tsuga diversifolia, Abies homolepis at lower elevations, and Abies veitchii at higher elevations, but it is clearly a sub-climax species. Several broad-leaved tree genera are present at the lower elevations, e.g. Quercus, Fagus and Betula. Pure 'scrub stands' may occur at the upper limit of trees. Has been heavily exploited in the past for its timber – was used for house building, etc. But after logging, seedlings were planted back in the area again. So although the natural population has been logged, because there has been supplemental planting the exploitation can be considered not to have been that damaging as far as we can tell. The question is whether or not the seedlings were from the same subpopulation or were from a different subpopulation, or worse yet, from cultivated (improved) sources. Without further knowledge about the provenance of the seedling material one has to assume that these are introductions and thus over the long-term the population remains fairly stable. Phytopthora ramorum has been recorded to be sporulating in Larix kaempferi plants planted in Europe: if this were to spread to the native population in Japan, it could pose a problem. Japanese larch is an important timber tree in Japan and in Europe (Scotland), where it has been introduced in 1834. The wood is similar to that of European larch and is used for construction, railway sleepers, pit props and the pulp industry. It is also a frequently planted amenity tree in parks and large gardens and a limited number of cultivars are known. In Scotland, a spontaneous hybrid occurred around 1900 between Larix kaempferi and Larix decidua which was named Larix x eurolepis Henry (but is correctly named Larix x marschlinsii Coaz based on an earlier crossing event) and shows marked F1 hybrid vigour or heterosis. Its seed cones resemble those of Larix kaempferi with recurved scale apices, but are larger. This fast growing hybrid became much favoured by foresters and has been propagated and planted widely in many parts of Europe, often involving back-crosses with either parents. Despite this greater production of timber per ha/year of the hybrid, Japanese larch remains an important plantation tree for timber on poorer soils, where neither the hybrid not the other parent do so well and where much of Europe's plantation forestry is situated (the better soils being occupied by agriculture mostly for food crops). Part of the range falls inside a protected area, but much is outside. Larix kaempferi has also been planted back into the Yatsukaga-Chushin Kogen Quasi National Park. https://conifersgarden.com/encyclopedia/larix/larix-kaempferi
A Love Letter To My Favorite Break-Up Songs
Break-ups happen, you know. And no matter how idealistic or happy you are in the moment, unless you're planning on getting married, you know things don't last forever right? When you're young and in love, or you think you are, things end up getting a little bit rosier. You see things not for what they are, but for what t hey should be. As time progresses and we learn, we notice that our partner might not have our best interest at heart. Maybe they're an opportunist, maybe our ideals never marched in time, maybe we just didn't work. Despite the reason, break-ups are an inevitable reminder that we as humans must move on, whether it's to a new person or to singledom, things change. Every artist and listener wants to write or hear a big, sweeping break-up song. Whether you're crying to Adele while eating ice cream in a bathtub or you're throwing yourself around your crappy apartment while listening to the Arctic Monkeys, one thing is for sure, music can get you through. As a younger person, I relied way too heavily to the pretty rhythms that came out of my headphones. For that three or four minutes...hours, I wouldn't have to think about the mistakes and the failed phone calls. I remember one night, in college, I was sitting on the fire escape of my overpriced apartment looking out into the streets below, and nothing was keeping me together. I had two break ups within two months, one from a 4 year long, slow burning failure of a relationship that started out idyllic and innocent and ended in flames...the next from a rebound that I though I really did love. The next few months would be a collision course to self-destruction, and music was right by my side. We all have those songs that ease the pain, that present our thoughts and feelings more eloquently than we ever thought possible. It's in these songs that we can find the hope that we'll find another person, and the process could start over again. I loved listening to Natalia Kills' album "Trouble" while I was dealing with all of this emotional baggage. It's basically a story type album in the vein of Lana Del Rey or the like, but more edgy and honest. She basically chalks up all of her issues to her own irresponsibility and recklessness. Which, is how I felt, exactly. This song, Saturday Night was the perfect anthem for my feelings, getting out and forgetting about everything was the only way to survive. The tipsy melody and the vivid soundscape made it hard for me to listen to anything else. You know how you get, when nothing else matters but the song in your headphones. You play it on repeat, for as long as your roommates can tolerate. You cry on your floor, you drink, you find something to fill the void. You make yourself up and you hit the small town bars so you can feel like an important person. But nothing matters, because in that moment you feel like the most lonely person on the planet. What you don't realize though, is that the music will viill the void, ease the pain, and before you know it, you'll be better. Another track that made me feel less alone was "Can't Stand Me Now" by The Libertines. Written during the band's break up, it's a musical love letter between the two frontmen, Peter Doherty and Carl Barat. They were living through the song, trying to communicate with the melodies what they couldn't say in real life. The band was no more after the first live performance of this song, until earlier in 2015, people thought it was going to be the death rattle of one of Britain's most promising bands. And it stands to me, as the last call from my last boyfriend, ringing in my ears. The doom of it, you know? It's okay though, we all move on and get stronger, but for a second it's okay to wallow in the melody right? The final song I an remember is this melancholy tune from Green Day called "Rusty James" It's one of my favorite songs of theirs to date. For some reason, the words really connected with where I was coming from. There comes a point in every break-up where you forget about the person you've lost, and you think about yourself. You think about the youth you lost, or the time you wasted, or the fact that you've lost their mutual friends...or you've lost a bit of innocence. To marginalize break-ups as acts soely focused on another person would be foolish, because we know they're an introspective nightmare. We start questioning our behavior and our way of life. We start to wonder if we broke up because we were the flawed one. We start to question our life's path. "When there's no one left around / and you're the last gang in town / and your heart can't even break / when it doesn't even pound." We even question our nature: "Well, if I hadn't screwed this up, maybe I'd have a significant other now. Maybe I wouldn't be alone. Maybe, if I didn't hide all the time, and met more people, I'd be happier." Break ups are a turning point, and as this song suggests, there are a few ways we can go: we can hide in plain sight, cradling our lost memories and our doomed relationships or...we can own what happened, use the experience for good, and try to create a new path. We can place the old memories in a lock box behind our eyes, and traipsing onward, hoping to find someone just as flawed as us, who can replace the music, and ease the pain.