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The 5 Most Common Key Light Patterns in Portrait Photography

One of the most difficult parts of mastering studio lighting is memorizing all the photography jargon. You may hear terms like “loop lighting” or …

Rembrandt

Alibaba is sending 10 same sex couples on all-expense paid trips to US to get married.

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>Gay couples in China don’t get a lot of support. Not from society, which pressures gay people to stay closeted and marry straights. Not from the government, which declines to protect gays from discrimination. And not from prominent Chinese companies.<p>Alibaba, however, is …

Alibaba Group

Macro Photography Tips - Video Tutorials

This time of year is a great time to get out and find some macro photography subjects. So I dug around and found a few videos to help get you started …

Photography

See the American Civil War in Color Photographs

Allan Pinkerton, President Lincoln, and Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand; at the main eastern theater of the war, Battle of<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Alexander …

Pour-Over Primer

Pour-over may sound fussy, but it's actually one of the simplest ways to make coffee at home. It involves nothing more than pouring hot water over …

Coffee

I'm addicted to the gruesome and beautiful photographs on Figure 1, an Instagram for doctors

Figure 1 was created after Joshua Landy, a critical care physician, spent a semester as a visiting scholar at Stanford, studying how doctors were using their smartphones to communicate. It turned out that plenty of them were already exchanging images through email, text messages, and social media. …

The Ferris Wheel Kids

Project info<p>Louis and Jan have always lived the carnival life. They travel from fairground to fairground with their Ferris wheel, living life in constant motion. This portrait series examines life between wheels, the family unit and the unshakeable bonds of brotherly love.<p>This is the beginning of a …

The beauty of childhood is captured on camera by mother and daughter

The Urban Death Project: Designing A Better Way To Die

With her Urban Death centers, Katrina Spade wants to create a more environmentally sustainable way to die. Morbid or brilliant?<p>In her thirties, Katrina Spade* started thinking about death. She wondered what her parents would do with her body if she were to die and realized she had no idea. In …

Urbanism

A Japanese Island Overrun by Hundreds of Stray Cats

In 2014, a documentary film crew set off to Tashirojima, better known as Cat Island, on the northern coast of Japan to capture the strangely surreal life there. While the human population stands at only about 100, the cats number in the several hundreds. (Some say it could be as high as 800.) The …

Photo of a Syrian Girl Surrendering to the Camera Breaks the Internet’s Heart

One of the most widely shared photos on the Internet in the past week has been the picture above by Turkish photojournalist Osman Sağırlı. It’s a …

Lessons of the world’s most unique supercentenarians

There are a handful of people left on Earth who have been alive in three separate centuries, says Rachel Nuwer. What can they – and those of a similarly extreme age – teach us?<p>Reaching a hundredth birthday is always cause for celebration, but these days there are so many centenarians around that …

Go Inside a Newly Public Trove of Rare Civil War-Era Pictures

Members of the Marion Light Artillery cleaning a gun in one of the batteries on Coles Island, S.C., circa 1861.<br>Osborn & Durbec—Robin G. Stanford …

Luxury San Francisco Commuter Bus is a Coffee Shop on Wheels

With a coffee bar, free WiFi and a distinctively laid-back vibe, the newest luxury bus line to hit San Francisco's streets offers all the comforts of your favorite caf on wheels. The recently launched company Leap lets you travel in style, socialize and get work done all at the same time. An …

San Francisco

How to Perfectly Capture Steam in Food Photography

I normally hangout at a local coffee shop editing photos because it’s easier for me to concentrate (plus free electricity and air condition… not …

Photographer shares candid moments with celebrities in the '90s

Entertainment photographer Dave Benett has been a mainstay on the London party scene for most of his 30-year career.<p>Among more than 300,000 …

Photos of 15 famous authors writing in their rooms

Most writers spend their time indoors because: 1) there are actual people outside. And people are scary. 2) they prefer to write great literature in …

Artist Creates Incredible Watercolor Portraits Using Coffee

Artist Maria Aristidou creates incredible portraits of famous figures using a surprising material: coffee. The United Kingdom-based painter initially stumbled upon the medium as a substitute for traditional water coloring, but now she's developed it into a kind of science. She's experimented with a …

Coffee

“The Fine Art of Photography,” Part 1

21-year-old fine art and fashion photographer Morey Spellman is not one for sitting still. Known as Ptolemy on Flickr, he set out last summer to …

New Mexico

3 Drinks Give You Liver Cancer, But Coffee Protects

Researchers looking at the causes of liver cancer say they’ve narrowed down just how much alcohol you have to drink to risk giving yourself the disease: three drinks a day.<p>But coffee seems clearly to protect people from liver cancer, which killed 746,000 people globally in 2012.<p>Other risks, …

Daily Coffee Consumption May Help You Avoid Clogged Arteries

<b>By Dr. Mercola</b><p>Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in America, with more daily devotees than even soda. According to the National Coffee …

Go Inside East Germany's Stasi Archives

Enforced reenactment of an escape attempt in the trunk of a car, no year.<br>Arwed Messmer<p>1 of 14<p>During the Cold War many countries had agencies set up …

40 Fascinating Black and White Portraits of Frida Kahlo From Between the 1930s and 1940s

“I paint self-portraits, because I’m so often alone, because I am the person I know best.” – Frida Kahlo.<p>Artist Frida Kahlo was considered one of …

Art

The Week in Review: Benefits of Coffee

Coffee drinkers received some good news this week from new research pointing to the benefits of the popular beverage. A new study from scientists in Korea found drinking between one and five cups of coffee every day is good for arteries.<p>Calcium deposits in arteries, which cause blockage, were at …

24 Rare Historical Photos That Will Leave You Speechless

21. Fidel Castro and Che Guevara fishing in 1960.<p>Advertisement<p>22. The aftermath of D-Day as two boys watch from a tree while American soldiers drive …