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I Am A Formerly Homeless Teenager Who Became An Award Winning Wedding Photographer

My life right now is spent hopping from one fancy wedding venue to the next, but it wasn't always that way.<p>I picked up my first camera when I was 11 …

Wedding Photography

12 Top-Rated Hiking Trails in California

California is a hiker’s paradise, with an incredible diversity of landscapes. The nature sites are so sublime that simple descriptions only hint at …

Hiking

18 useful Lightroom shortcuts for beginners

Adventure and lifestyle photographer Lucy Martin put together this useful little video that goes over her favorite Lightroom shortcuts. There are 18 …

25 Free Things to Do on Your Next Visit to Los Angeles

Tourists flock to Los Angeles for a behind-the-scenes peek at the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, but there’s so much more to this SoCal city beyond …

Travel

Easy Backpacking Trips for Beginners

You don't need to be an expert to enjoy these scenic trails.<p>Everyone who has read Cheryl Strayed's <i>Wild</i> has probably envisioned themselves heading out …

Hiking

Five Ways to Fake the Sun and Add Interest to Your Images

As all wedding and portrait photographers have experienced, things often don't go as planned. Two common scenarios are, 1) timeline delays that cut …

MummyPod keeps you warm and cozy while hanging around

Outdoor Vitals is billing the MummyPod as an integrated "sleep system." It's made up of three basic parts, all of which can be purchased separately …

Camping

Mix it Up With These 30 Composition Styles for Photography

If there is one thing I like about budding photographers, it's their fresh way of looking at stuff to photograph. In this analytical process of …

Swan Lake

Just a Dazzling Tiki Bar From the Melrose Umbrella Co. Crew

Remember when you used to go out on Hollywood Boulevard?<p>Then you didn’t go out on Hollywood Boulevard so much?<p>Then you were a little frightened of …

3 Levels of Sharpening You Should Be Applying in Photoshop

My name is Jake Hicks, and I’m an editorial and fashion photographer based in the UK. In this article, I’ll share a look at some of the sharpening …

America's Most Scenic Campgrounds

<b>The Site:</b> Right on the banks of the White River, this campground affords amazing views of Mount Rainier (at least, whenever the clouds deign to …

This Video Explains All 27 Photoshop Blending Modes in Detail

There are 27 different blending modes in Photoshop, and unless you’re a real retouching junkie, chances are good you haven’t explored each and every …

Playing with Shadows Using Natural Light in Boudoir Photography

Playing with shadows is not a new concept however in the boudoir community is has become a beautiful new trend. A recent group competition brought …

The Best Way to Create Dynamic Luminosity Masks

Luminosity masks are well known amongst landscape and nightscape photographers but often underrated by many other creatives. They are an incredibly …

How to Use Google Maps to Plan Your Next Trip

For some, the best part of a trip is sipping on a margarita with their toes in the sand and hair in the breeze. For others, it's the anticipation …

How to redesign a van to live out of it

A new generation is bringing back an old trend: Turning classic Volkswagen and cargo vans into full-on campers.<p>RVs and camper vans give their owners …

Home Improvement

Learn Photoshop Tricks in One Minute with Adobe’s ‘Make it Now’ Series

I once read a Quora question that went, “What can I learn in one minute that will be useful for the rest of my life?” I don’t know about the rest of …

12 Really Quirky Staycation Rentals in L.A.

<b>12. Axl Rose’s Rock & Roll Cabin</b> <br>We all come to L.A. fantasizing about becoming a famous rock star, but how many of us actually get the chance to …

Focus Stacking in Photoshop: How to Get Pin Sharp Macro Shots

The HDR trend has come and, for many, gone, but what came of it is the easy-to-digest concept that creating one photograph may actually require …

Landscape Photography

Could omega-3 foods help cut damage caused by pollution? Oily fish, soy beans and spinach may reduce disease risk by up to a half, experts say

• <b>Researchers at Harvard Medical School say toxic particles can penetrate lungs</b>• <b><br>Poor air quality is a major cause of disease and death and increases</b> …

Mount Whitney Expert

At an elevation of 14,501 feet, Mount Whitney is the tallest mountain in California AND the tallest peak in the Lower 48. Beyond the physical …

Guns

Infographic: Regrowing Fruits & Vegetables from Scraps | RECOIL OFFGRID

The following infographic shows methods for regrowing fruits and veggies from trimmings and scraps. These simple gardening techniques can save you …

Off-grid

You Only Need 10 Minutes to be More Creative

Modern culture often labels creativity as natural gift. Artists get showered with praise and proclamations of “you’re so <i>talented</i>,” but truthfully, …

28+ epic hiking trails in California

As the third largest state in the US, California has innumerable hiking and backpacking trails that crisscross all of these wilderness areas. Some of …

Hiking

This $350 Backpack Will Keep You Alive

Survival is so hot right now. That means there are lots and lots of charlatans hawking crappy gear that won’t get the job done in an emergency.<p>This comprehensive kit from Uncharted Supply Co. claims to be different. We put it to the test.<p>What Is It?<p>“Everything you need, nothing you don’t,” reads …

9 Genius Hiding Places for All Your Valuables

Just in case you haven't had your fill of troubling news lately, try this: Today's thieves are smarter—and more brazen—than ever. More than half of …

Christmas Ornaments

5 midcentury-style sofas under $2,000

And two under a grand<p>In case you missed it, one piece of furniture—the $1,200 midcentury-style “Peggy” sofa from West Elm—has been in hot (internet) water over the last week, and it all started with a scathing review of the couch on the Awl. Written by a displeased Peggy owner, the article called …