Reality in Modern Art
In a way, Arno’s work simply builds on the psychological foundations laid by the surrealist movement.

The surrealist movement really made a big deal out of the art of the subconscious, that we all have this very personal and very special narrative trapped in our minds. We walk around with this narrative. We walk around with this internal reality, and this reality is brought out into the open not to some sort of grand dramatic gesture.

It’s not like you have a lot of people or an army of people acting in an irrational and abnormal way. No. Instead, it’s brought out in how we read this personal reality or this personal take into the banal and otherwise all-too-common realities of our lives.

Accordingly, you could be looking at an apple and it’s just an apple for eating or an apple for some sort of decoration.

Rene Magritte turned this into his stock of trade. You could look at it as some sort of philosophical sleight of hand. You can look at a symbol as just basically an everyday symbol that you see every single day, but if you are of a philosophical bent or you come from a western religious background, there’s a heavy layer of doctrinal, philosophical, symbolic and other meanings that you can put on an object.

That was the whole point is that we can look at all these common everyday objects and walk away with totally different interpretations and what makes Arno Rafael Minkkinen’s work different from surrealism is that surrealism took place in a part of European history where there are still vestiges of the centrality of truth.

Put simply, when you read in your truth into some sort of external trigger, there is some sort of pressure for your reading to conform to some sort of objective or seemingly objective understanding of that greater truth.

Otherwise, you’re going to fall outside or your interpretation is somehow deemed as abnormal or irregular. That’s change. When you look at Minkkinen’s work, your interpretation is not much different from somebody else’s interpretation, and they’re of equal value. Somebody may look at it at a fairly superficial and optical way, and that’s okay.

Somebody might come into the picture with a tremendous amount of textual, subtextual and other types of meaning and guess what, ultimately, they’re equivalent. There’s really no high and low, no up and down, no black and white, no inside and out. Welcome to postmodernism.

This is the sensibility that Mr. Minkkinen’s work brings to the table. He makes a point that what happens inside your mind can happen inside a camera. Ultimately, his camera is just a midwife, if you will, of your thoughts. You are entitled to your thoughts.

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Regardless of how shallow or how deep somebody else considers them, they are still your thoughts and you are fully entitled to them. Nobody has the right to dismiss your thoughts as inconsequential, abnormal, weak, irregular or boring. It’s your thoughts.
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Vintage Camera
It’s this democratic space of textual and subtextual reading that’s really exciting about postmodernism and Minkkinen’s work highlights the intersection between postmodernism and what came before it.
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Now, this is not a particularly 100% safe intersection. There are still some tendencies in the minds of many people to reduce the world to black and white, to reduce the world to some sort of fixed structure that is easy to navigate.
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Technical Photography
Let’s face it there is something reassuring when we can look at the world and all its complexities and all its particular drama in that particular point in time and space, and simplify it into simple matters of right or wrong, justice or injustice.
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Vintage Photography
There’s something reassuring about that because it’s very easy to navigate when you have fixed points on the map.
Adjusted Aperture
It can even be looked at as a threat, and this is why Minkkinen says art is risk made visible. It’s risk. It’s taking some point, but that point shifts.
Perfect Lighting
Compare that with what we have now which is everything is shifting, everything is moving and there’s really no top nor is there is any bottom.
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Regardless of what you think about modern art and postmodernism in general, it cannot be denied. You can’t say that it doesn’t exist.
Perfect Timing
This is the art of modern art, and this can be quite confusing as well as uncomfortable for a lot of people.
Shooting Mode
You can’t bury your head in the sand and wish it would go away. It’s not going away anytime soon because it really speaks to the social.
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How to view postmodern photographic art?

Cultural and political economic realities that we live in. It is the spirit of the age, like it or not. This is why it’s really refreshing for Minkkinen’s work to embrace this uncertainty.

Is reality an useful concept in modern art?

Really bring it out there because there is a tremendous amount of power in the ability to read in your personal reality into whatever it is you are perceiving.

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Setting up the best glamor photo site requires the right hosting

At arno-rafael-minkkinen.com, we go out of our way to find the very best photography resources and samples from all over the world. We believe in the power of inspiration. When you see high quality photography, you can’t help but be inspired.

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Unfortunately, a lot of people who put up any kind of website, much less photography sites, jump in with both feet, and they end up getting burned. It’s only a matter of time, if you don’t have a fixed set of standards, for you to get burned by your choice.

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This is a mystery to a lot of people. They don’t know how to select the right hosting company. Again, it doesn’t matter what kind of site you have your eyes set on, you have to have the right methodical and strategic approach to service selection. Otherwise, your website is going to fall flat.

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The Ifighthard blog proves that great boxing photographs are not easy

I don’t about you, but I love old school boxing photographs. These are black and white and grainy photographs from the turn of the 19th and 20th century.

They truly are amazing because they really highlight what goes on in the boxing ring. We’re not talking about modern boxing rules here. We’re not talking about the hot lights, the disciplined, but huge crowd. We’re talking about getting transported to an earlier time with its own sense of emotional urgency and the crush of the stakes.

You have to understand that old school boxing was oftentimes a life or death affair. It truly lived up to the concept of a blood sport.

Back in the day, when two guys get into a ring, usually only one guy gets out on both feet. That’s how harsh old school boxing was but hey, let’s be honest, it’s also more authentic. Real boxing is an endurance test. It’s all about being able to fight your fears long enough to come out on top. That’s the bottom line.

Nowadays, the phrase “blood sport” is used in a very negative way. There’s a tremendously negative connotation with that phrase, but back in the day, it really highlighted the human ability to push himself to the breaking point and emerge a winner.

That’s the kind of urgency that you get when you watch really old footage from the turn of the century. That’s also the kind of sense you get when you see these really old photographs.

Unfortunately, finding collections of these photographs that really highlight the human drama behind the blood, sweat and tears of a typical high quality boxing match are few and far between. The Ifighthard blog has some great photographs and footage of how boxing used to be.

Now, we can debate all day and all night regarding whether modern boxing rules work or not, we can discuss the specific wisdom of such rules, but you really can’t debate the fact that the Ifighthard blog does a good job of creating historical context regarding mixed marital arts, boxing, and all sorts of physical sports.

Do yourself a big favor, if you are in any way, shape or form, interested in human combat sports, check out the Ifighthard blog. They not only have great stories as well as reference sources for everything and anything related to mixed martial arts and martial arts in general, you also get the context. You get the humanity of what it’s like to fight with your fists and to fight with a solid heart.

That’s really the bottom line of any kind of martial arts. It’s whether you fight with heart and courage and conviction.

Merkem.ca is the home of the best bed bug photos

Now, you may be thinking to yourself, taking insect photographs is actually pretty straightforward. After all, if you were to get a butterfly net, go out in the field somewhere, look for some butterflies, put them in jars, add the right chemical gas in there, you have yourself very nice insect models. Done deal, right? Well, not quite.

You have to understand that the insect world is huge. These six-legged creatures have many members in their family. Not every member is as easy to handle as beetles and butterflies.

If you’ve taken pictures of butterflies, you were probably taken by how beautiful they are. And believe me, butterflies are some of the best creatures on the planet in terms of photography. They are really Mother Nature’s perfect all-natural insect models.

In fact, they’re so easy to shoot that it really would be quite incompetent for you to fail to even shoot one passable shot. In fact, if you invest in even the smallest amount of training and attention to detail into your photography hobby, you can walk away with semi-professional or even fully professional shots of butterflies. That’s how easy they are to shoot. Unfortunately, this is not the case when it comes to bed bugs.

Now, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “why on earth would I be taking pictures of bed bugs?” If you’re like most Americans, the idea of bed bugs probably makes you want to throw up. It probably turns your stomach, and I can’t say I blame you.

If you’ve ever been the victim of bed bugs, it’s not a pleasant experience. It’s not like a trip to Las Vegas. Instead, it can feel like a trip to hell because when you wake up in the middle of the night sweating and you see these fat blood-gorged insects happily and slowly crawling through your stomach, you don’t feel like a happy camper. You don’t feel like a million bucks. In fact, you feel like crap.

And don’t even get me started on the itch. It’s something to write home about. And I’m not talking about writing home with a lot of hope and happiness in your words. I’m talking about writing home in a very depressed way.

And this is no surprise that a lot of people don’t want to take pictures of bed bugs. But if you find yourself in a situation where you have to take pictures of bed bugs, maybe it’s for some sort of science assignment, you are going to find yourself in a tough spot.

First of all, you need to find a place that still has bed bugs. Also, you need to make sure that the shots are clear. In most cases, you probably don’t need to produce the bed bug photo yourself. Maybe you’re giving some sort of school assignment presentation, maybe you are participating in some sort of group effort and you just need to come up with bed bug photos.

If any of this is the case, go to merkem.ca. This website has all sorts of bed bug photos. They’ve taken photographs of bed bugs in a wide range of contexts. We’re talking about different lighting settings, we’re talking about different angles.

Regardless of your perspective and regardless of the specific nature or orientation of your assignment, you need to get those photos because I have yet to find another place on the internet that has such professional quality photos of bed bugs.

It’s easy to see why this is the case because bed bugs are not exactly very popular in the insect world. Most people would rather take pictures of beetles, lady bugs and butterflies. If there was some sort of totem pole or some sort of ranking system, bed bugs would probably be near the bottom, next to cockroaches.

So do yourself a big favor, if you need photos that you don’t necessarily have to shoot yourself, head on over to merkem.ca and get your bed bug game on.

Even the best vibration machines need photo touch-ups

The moment you mention the phrase “photo touch-up,” photographers, regardless of their skill levels, get sensitive all of a sudden. In fact, a lot of people get moist. Why? Well, we’re supposed to be artists. We’re supposed to take pictures that are the products of inspiration.

We’re not supposed to use any sort of prop. We’re not encouraged to use any kind of technical crutch. Last time I checked, when photographers use filters or use editing touch-ups on their photos, they cease to be photographers. Instead, they become Instagram wannabes.

I don’t know if you are already aware of this, but in the world of photography, whether it’s amateur photography or professional photography, there are two camps. There are people who are real photographers. Yes, these are people who really take photography very seriously. No joke. Real story. In fact, there is a significant segment of the online photo hobby niche who live, eat, talk, photography. Everything and anything they talk about has something to do with the right gear, fstop, frames, lenses, that kind of thing.

And I emphasize the fact that the word “real” has quotation marks around it because hey, what’s “real” to you might be flat out fake to somebody else and nobody’s the wiser, okay? That’s the truth there. But nobody wants truth bombs. Everybody wants to live their lives with their own comfortable set of delusions, okay?

So with that said, the other camp, of course, are everybody else. We are, of course, talking about Instagram wannabes. These are people who use filters for their photos so their photos can look their very best. These are people who really have no talent, but they just use all sorts of cheap tricks to create passable quality photos. In other words, this is the kind of photographer you don’t want to be.

And this really is too bad because there are certain subject matters that don’t look good with raw photos. It doesn’t matter how expensive your camera is, it doesn’t matter how great the lighting is, it doesn’t matter whether you caught the shot at the perfect time with the right angle and with the right amount of light. None of that matters. If you don’t believe me, vibration machines are one of these subjects.

Try taking pictures of even the very best vibration machines in full operation and see what you get. The pictures, as awesome as they may seem to you, don’t look clear enough. They don’t fulfill or meet basic quality requirements of “professional photos.”

This is why I would argue that you need to do photo touch-ups. Pay attention to the word “need.” This is by no means a first option. This is by no means a shortcut. This is a necessity. And until or unless you are ready to overcome your purist tendencies, your pictures of even the very best vibration machines would look downright amateurish and incomplete.

This is the cold, hard truth that too many photographers simply don’t want to listen to. And it really is too bad.

Lipo laser machines make any model look good

If you’ve been taking a lot of pictures of models with their top off, and I’m talking about male models here primarily, you probably are disappointed. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you believe that all males, from all over the world, and of all ages, and from all backgrounds, should look like Greek gods. They don’t have to look like Adonis.

I know, that’s hard to believe, but a lot of people would agree with me. People don’t have to be perfect. But with that said, they also have to look good enough. And this is where the challenge lies.

As you probably already know, there is an obesity epidemic gripping America. You don’t have to be some sort of health researcher to understand this or to be aware of this. This is just the cold, hard fact.

More and more people are just eating too many calories every single day and they end up storing a lot of those calories. How come? Well, most Americans are very sedentary. They don’t really do much of anything except look at a screen eight hours or more per day.

This is the reality for most office workers in the United States. Even blue collar jobs involve more computer screen time and, guess what? Waistlines are expanding for those Americans as well.

It seems that nobody is immune to this. It doesn’t matter kind of work you do, it doesn’t matter where you’re from in the United States, it doesn’t matter the context of your work, if you are not careful, you will get fatter and fatter and fatter. People have just been exploding the size of the pesky spare tire they’ve been carrying around for a long time.

How does this impact the photos that you take as a professional photographer? You already know the answer to this. The impact is very negative.

And unfortunately, when you take a picture of a model and you submit it to the publisher or to the agency, they would send it back. They would say, “find a better angle.” If you tell you them that you have done everything you could do to make the model look good, they would still tell you, “find a way.”

Believe me, this is not theory, nor is it speculation because it has happened to me time and time again. I’ve taken what I thought was an awesome yet realistic picture of a heavier than normal model. Sure enough, the modeling agency gives me a note in response. They tell me, “we don’t care what you do, make the model look good.”

And this is precisely the point where many otherwise professional photographers drop the ball. When they get the idea that they’re supposed to “do whatever you can do to make the model look good,” they think that this automatically means Photoshop. And guess what? Nine times out of ten, Photoshop just makes the problem worse.

The better approach would be to get your model, whether female or male, to use lipo laser machines. These machines are very effective in shaving away fat painlessly and easily. Do yourself a big favor, if you want to take awesome abs shots all day, every day, invest in lipo laser machines.

Get the best free stock pictures at Avopix

You may be thinking to yourself, “why would I, as a photographer, be interested in free stock pictures?” Believe me, I get this question all the time since I use stock photos and my other photographer friends know it.

They might be thinking that this is a form of plagiarism. They may be thinking that I’m just basically ripping off the compositional and other elements of these pictures so I can step my game up. Well, this is how most people think, and thankfully we don’t have to listen to haters. Thankfully, we don’t have to let critics ruin and run our lives.

The reality is that you stand to learn a lot from stock photos. There, I said it. It’s not popular, a lot of people don’t sit up on mountaintops proclaiming this to the world, but this is the absolute truth.

I know you probably don’t want to hear this. I know you’re probably covering your ears and screaming. Maybe you are on the floor in a fetal position, rocking yourself to comfort yourself. I understand that. These are the reactions I normally get when I say to people, “yes, if you really want to step up your expert photography skills, you need to go to https://avopix.com/ and check out their free stock pictures.”

I get this reaction all the time because people are essentially dreamers. Really. They’re overly romantic. They have this ideal vision that great photography somehow, some way, happens by chance.

That’s right. I know it sounds crazy and, let’s face it, at many different levels, it’s stupid. They think that you just need to take pictures and all of a sudden this thing called “amazing photography” will happen out of nowhere.

You can’t control it, you can’t predict it, and there’s really no way you can see if it’s right around the corner. It just happens. If it happens, it’s going to happen. If it doesn’t happen, tough luck.

I can’t even begin to tell you how stupid that idea is because you know and I know that great photography is something that happens because you control the situation. It’s something that happens because you have put in the time and the effort to make it happen. In other words, you paid your dues.

And to believe that somehow, some way, you just stumble into amazing photography is really a disservice to people who have paid their dues—people who have gone through the process and who have invested countless hours to hone their craft.

I know it’s politically incorrect, but studying pictures taken by other people can clue you in on the proper attitude as well as the technical settings you need to master for you to produce similar level pictures. That’s how you make progress.

Go to avopix.com and sink your teeth into some of the most awesome free stock photos currently on the internet. Use these materials to inspire you.

You are not in any way, shape or form asking people to copy and paste compositional information. I’m not saying that you should just rip off other people’s work. Instead, I implore and strongly encourage you to be inspired by them.

Last time I checked, being inspired by somebody’s original work is very different from just simply copying and pasting and otherwise stealing that work. I hope you can see where I’m coming from.

Great photography just got easier, thanks to globalgrapher.com

If you are into photography, you probably have heard of globalgrapher.com. It’s hard to ignore this skills exchange platform website because a lot of people who know their way around a camera have been tempted to open a profile at globalgrapher.com.

Why? Well, first of all, everybody could use extra cash. Who can’t use a few extra ducats in their bank account, right? Make no mistake about it, the skill set that you have is not common. It’s not like it’s something basic as being able to pick up laundry or dry cleaning. It’s not as basic as just driving a car.

You have to have an eye for composition. You have to be able to dynamically and randomly come up with design elements for each shot. You also have to have a natural sense of angle and perspective so you can bring out the very best in your subject matter.

Whether you are taking portraits or you are shooting nature scenes or natural features, you have an eye for making whatever it is you are shooting really stand out. It kind of grabs people’s eyeballs, shakes them around, and really gets them to think about the subject matter.

It may seem like you just took a picture of a duck, but it’s actually very deep because of the perspective, the angle, and the lighting. That simple duck picture actually can resonate with childhood memories, dreams of the future, psychological and philosophical issues, the whole nine yards. That’s the power of highly effective and highly competent photography. You know this.

Well, when you go to globalphotographer.com, there are people who appreciate this skill set. In fact, they appreciate so much that they’re willing to pay you cold, hard cash for your services.

Make no mistake about it, if you want top notch photography for whatever event—maybe you are holding a wedding, maybe a kid is going to their first communion, maybe a husband and wife or a wife and wife or husband and husband is celebrating their anniversary—whatever the situation or the event may be, make things so much more awesome by having photographs that celebrate the event. The best way to get high quality photographer services without burning a hole through your pocket is to go to globalphotographer.com.

If you are on the other side of the equation and you provide these types of services, going to this website can help you get a lot more clients, and it can also help you network with other professional photographers so you can step your game up.

Make no mistake about it, high quality photography is a calling. That’s right, it’s a profession. It’s not a hobby. It’s not something that you just do on the side. It’s not something that you engage in because you have nothing else better to do. It’s not something that people do to waste time. And accordingly, it is worth paying for.

So do yourself a big favor, if you’re looking for great photography, go to globalphotographer.com.

Pregnant models need a prenatal massage for the best photos

One of the fastest rising fields of commercial and personal photography involves moms to be. A lot of moms want to have professional photographs taken of them before they have a baby. Maybe they would get these pictures taken a month, three weeks, or even a couple of weeks before they are due to give birth.

It’s easy to see why a lot of women are buying this type of service. It’s because they create a narrative for their baby. It really would be awesome for a teenage child to be shown a scrapbook of his or her mom before, during, and after the pregnancy.

It really is a great way to bond with the child because taking pictures of a would-be mom, in all her pregnant glory, really highlights how important the child is. It really highlights how important the relationship with that child will be for both parents.

Regardless of whether you are in a same-sex marriage or in a hetero marriage, it doesn’t matter. You need high quality prenatal photos to really seal the deal. You want to create a total experience and a total context for the new life you’re bringing to the world.

Sounds good so far, right? Well, unfortunately, a lot of ideas that sound awesome on paper fall apart when implemented. Unfortunately, prenatal photos are one of these ideas. They may seem easy when you’re planning them, but you will quickly find out how difficult these shots are.

Because maybe the woman’s tummy doesn’t look right. Maybe it has different contouring. Maybe it just doesn’t match the compositional requirements of model photography. Whatever the case may be, you need to step up. You need to roll up your sleeves and do your part to ensure that the photos of the would-be mom’s belly looks the very best it could be.

How can this happen? Well, one way to do this is through prenatal massage. By massaging the stomach as well as the bottom part of the stomach, you really go a long way in making this part of the future mom’s body stand out.

And it’s not just a matter of rubbing oil. It’s not just a matter of making sure it’s clean and the lighting is just right. You have to look at the complete picture. You have to look at the whole package.

That’s how awesome prenatal massage is because it actually goes a long way in setting the model mom at ease. She feels like she’s doing something perfectly natural. She feels that she’s not going out on a limb. Everything is smooth, calming and easy.

That’s the kind of environment that produces the best pictures. This is not just about technical issues. This is not just about the light hitting the stomach the right way. This is not just about the skin contouring looking awesome from many different angles. It’s also about the environment that’s created, thanks to the soothing and restoring nature of a well done prenatal massage.

Obviously, you’re going to have to contact a professional to do this, but believe me, the cost is more than worth it.

For the most photogenic canopy tents, you need to research at canopytentreviews.com

The first time I took pictures of camp grounds, I really did not have much of a plan. This website is all about helping you become a better photographer.

As you probably already know, after reading my articles on proper composition, when you’re taking pictures of outdoor subjects, you have to create context. It doesn’t matter how focused your shot is, it doesn’t matter how well you crop it, context has to be part of the equation. In fact, I like to say to my photography students that effective photography really boils down to three things: context, context, context.

Now, this sounds awesome, right? You just need to have a wide angle or a distinct shot and you’re good to go. Well, absolutely not. It doesn’t work that way. You also have to pay attention to whether the shot is photogenic or not.

Context can only take you so far. It definitely does a lot of heavy lifting. It takes care of a lot of the issues that people demand to be addressed when they’re viewing pictures. But it can only go so far. It’s a partial solution at best.

You also have to pay attention to the other component of highly effective photography, which is photogenics. And unfortunately, a lot of photographers, especially the ones who are just beginning or the ones who are wet behind the ears, are completely blind to this.

They take shot after shot of things that they think are sleek, awesome, cutting edge and modern, but when they see that stuff printed, it falls short. In fact, in many cases, it looks downright horrible. This is especially true if you’re taking outdoor shots.

Maybe you are taking pictures of a campground, maybe you are taking pictures of a nature trail—whatever the outdoor shot may be, you need to make sure that you pick a photogenic subject matter. You also have to establish context early on.

The good news here is that the photogenic element of a picture is actually taken care of fairly easily. It really is. In fact, in many cases, it’s supplied by the thing you are shooting. Yeah, I know it sounds crazy, it may seem like it invites laziness, but it’s also true.

If you are looking for the most photogenic canopy tents, you need to, of course, pick the right canopy tents. No big mystery here. This is not brain surgery.

So do yourself a big favor and make sure that you get the right selection by going to http://canopytentreviews.com. This website lists a tremendous amount of canopy tents, so you can mix and match regarding the specific look you’re trying to establish for your shot.

By giving you a choice of different models, you can go a long way in ensuring that the canopy tent that sits front and center of your photos is the most photogenic. This is how you play the game. This is how you skew the photography process towards the outcome that you are shooting for.

If you’re looking to add a lot of solar style to your picturesque home, read solar panel reviews first

I don’t know if you’ve been taking a lot of external shots of homes, but you probably have been noticing quite a bit of a pattern lately. This pattern actually jumps out at you. It’s very hard to miss. In fact, in many cases, it’s totally obvious. I am, of course, talking about solar panels on rooftops.

Now, a lot of people may be thinking that these panels all generate electricity the exact same way for the exact same purpose. Absolutely wrong. You have to understand that there are many people who install solar panels on their rooftops not because they want to generate electricity per se. Instead, they generate heat to warm water.

I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing more enjoyable than a hot shower in the middle of a cold, winter morning. It’s really a great way to wake up. And if you have a water heater solar panel up top, you definitely will be able to enjoy that hot shower without paying an arm and a leg.

With that said, solar panels can be a problem. They really can. Just like with any other type of product that involves fancy technology, you really have to be on top of your game to be able to spot the right product.

Make no mistake about it, you worked hard for your money. It really would be a shame if you were to throw good money after bad.

Unfortunately, this is very easy to do when it comes to solar panel products because hey, let’s face it, a lot of manufacturers talk a good game. A lot of them use the same keywords. A lot of them use the same jargon. It’s very easy to be in over your head and be unable to make the right call. This happens all the time. That’s right, this happens to even high IQ people.

So how can you make sure that you buy the absolute best solar panels for your home? Well, it’s actually quite simple. In fact, it’s almost brainless. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s true. It is a no-brainer, like it or not. How? You just need to read the right solar panel reviews.

Now, pay attention to what I just said. I said you have to read the right solar panel reviews. These have to guide your decision, but they must be right. This is where a lot of people fail. They think that any solar panel review is just as good as all the other solar panel reviews out there, and they end up buying the wrong product time and time again.

You have to understand that these types of reviews are not created equal. Not by a long shot. People write them for a wide variety of reasons. You have to pay attention to their motivations because these go a long way in ensuring whether you get your money’s worth or you end up wasting your time.

So what’s the inside scoop? Well, it’s actually very simple. You need to look for conflicts of interest. If the reviews of solar panels you keep coming across keep recommending the same type of product, research that product.

Is it really the best? In most cases, that product is not the best. Not by a long shot. Why? The person writing the review actually is just out to make a commission. The more people buy the product using an affiliate link, the more money the review site makes.

This type of arrangement does not put your interest front and center. How can it? All these reviewers’ care about is making money.

Now, this is a serious issue if you’re taking a lot of picturesque pictures of homes. And you might think that your home looks awesome. You might even get a lot of fans on Instagram. But make no mistake about it, you need to read solar panel reviews first.

You need to make sure that you buy solar panels that not only look good, but deliver solid real value over the long haul. Otherwise, you’re just going to basically be burning your hard earned cash and unfortunately be completely clueless as to why this is the case. Do yourself a big favor, don’t put yourself in that situation.

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