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Russian Hacktographer's Crazy Cheap, Super High Quality Macro Shooting Set-Up

How can something that beautiful (above) be captured with something this ugly (below)? Those unbelievably detailed macro photographs of snowflakes …

18 things you should do immediately to best prepare for the next five years

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What Can People Start Doing Now That Will Help Them A Lot In About Five Years?</i> <i>Answer by David Cannon, Founder, Solutionbank.org.</i><p>There’s already a lot out there, but I couldn’t resist writing a note to my 23-year-old self:<p>If you do anything, do this first …

Crucial

Here's How to Decide When a Photo Should be Black and White

Imagine this scenario: you've had a productive and enjoyable day out shooting — a couple of landscapes and cityscapes, some architecture shots, a bit …

Landscape Photography

How to Photograph Rainbows

The song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” recalls for many of us the thrills we experienced the first time we saw “The Wizard of Oz”. Decades later, the …

Landscape Photography

A layman’s guide to focus points

What focus points and why are they important? If you’re new to photography you might understandably have a few questions about some of the technology …

Photography

Morpholio Journal is a Digital Sketchbook for iOS with Tools for Photographers

Need a digital sketchbook to document your photography shots and ideas? Morpholio just launched an iOS app for you. It’s called Journal, and is a …

Apps

Liking Windows 10 so far? Here's how to make it even better

Windows 10 is great; if you’re on a Windows 7 or 8 PC, there’s virtually no reason not to upgrade.<p>That said, there are so many new features and settings that sorting through them all can become overwhelming, and you could be missing out on making the most of your Windows 10 experience.<p>Don’t worry …

OS X

When to Use Matrix & Spot Metering

Matrix (Nikon)/Evaluative (Canon) metering is the standard go-to choice of the metering options. Many photographers select Matrix metering and never …

New free tool detects Hacking Team exploits

If you're concerned you may be the unwitting victim of the firm's exploits, download this free tool.<p>A security company has released a free tool to users who suspect they may be a victim of Hacking Team's exploit cache.<p>Hacking Team is a secretive Milan-based firm which specializes in the sale of …

3 (More) Ways To Stack Images for Photos With the Wow Factor

In a previous article, I discussed 4 ways to stack images in order to get better results. That's not all, however. There are more things that you can …

5 facts that explain cyber warfare

America has spent decades and trillions of dollars building up the greatest military force the world has ever seen.<p>But the biggest threat to national security these days comes from not from aircraft carriers or infantry divisions, but a computer with a simple Internet connection. That much became …

Cyber-attacks

8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M.

Life is busy. It can feel impossible to move toward your dreams. If you have a full-time job and kids, it’s even harder.<p>How do you move forward?<p>If …

10 pro photography tips that only come with experience

While it’s relatively easy to wrap your head around the controls of a DSLR and get to grips with the fundamentals of digital photography, there are …

Landscape Photography

10 Incredible Photography Tips & Tutorials from Pro Photographers

We always love to hear some tips an advice from Professional Photographers. In this article, we have collected 10 incredible photography tutorials …

Landscape Photography

How to Create Intense Portraits in Lightroom

Many times when you are processing portraits in Lightroom or Photoshop you are working towards a soft, pleasing look. However, with some portraits …

Tutorials

4 Tips to Help You Get the Perfect Exposure in Your Photographs

In photography, light is everything. However, the most important element thing to remember is the amount of light that should be utilized in creating …

Landscape Photography

21 tips, tricks and shortcuts to help you stay anonymous online

Avoiding being tracked online is nearly impossible, but here are a few ways to reduce the risk<p>1. SECURE WEBMAIL WITH EXTENSIONS<p>If you’re using a popular webmail service, such as Gmail or Yahoo Mail, and you don’t or can’t make the switch to a more secure service, then consider installing …

You have 8.8 seconds to impress with your CV. Here's how

New research has shown that you have less than 9 seconds to grab the attention of a potential employer. On the UK's busiest day for career development, Louisa Symington-Mills, unpicks the best way to make yours stand out<p>If one of your goals for this year was to take charge of your career, then …

Employment

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots<p>One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being …

Consciousness

Can you live a normal life with half a brain?

A few extreme cases show that people can be missing large chunks of their brains with no significant ill-effect – why? Tom Stafford explains what it tells us about the true nature of our grey matter.<p>How much of our brain do we actually need? A number of stories have appeared in the news in recent …

The Brain

New Windows 7 Patch Is Badware, Disables Graphics Driver Updates And Windows Defender

*<i>Due to some valid complaints regarding my usage of the term “Malware,” I’ve updated the headline with a more accurate description of the Windows Update: “Badware,” which is unintentionally harmful software.</i><p>If you have Windows 7 set to automatically update every Tuesday, it may be time to …

10 Reasons Our Universe Might Actually Be Virtual Reality

Physical realism is the view that the physical world we see is real and exists by itself, alone. Most people think this is self-evident, but physical …

Quantum Mechanics

Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

This fits your .<p>to make sure this fits.<p>The Canon EF200mm f/2L IS USM Telephoto Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras.<p>It realizes a large aperture of f/2

How to use your new digital camera

If you've been given a new camera as a gift, or splashed out on one yourself, you're no doubt itching to start taking photos.<p>Our guide to setting up …

Cameras

Is A Simulated Brain Conscious?

Scott Aaronson's answer has implications for C-3PO, the universe and the odds that you are a Boltzmann Brain.<p>Imagine standing in an open field with a bucket of water balloons and a couple of friends. You've decided to play a game called "Mind." Each of you has your own set of rules. Maybe Molly …

The Best Browser Privacy Tools (That Don’t Make Life More Difficult)

In a year when social media giants and governments alike have made headlines for tracking users online without their consent, battening down the …

Earth's Water Is Older Than The Sun

Why that’s good news for alien hunters<p>Since water is one of the vital ingredients for life on Earth, scientists want to know how it got here. One theory is that the water in our solar system was created in the chemical afterbirth of the Sun. If that were the case, it would suggest that water might …

Creative flower photography: how to shift the focus using layer blending techniques

<i>In this tutorial we show you how to get creative with your macro flower photography by adjusting the focus in three separate exposures, and blending</i> …

Five discoveries taking science by surprise

If you thought dying of loneliness was just an old wives' tale, or that genetic inheritance is fixed – think again. Michael Brooks on science's most unexpected findings<p><b>1 | Lifestyle can change genes</b><p>We have come to think that if something is "in our genes", it is our inevitable destiny. However, …