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Use Photoshop to Give Your Landscape Images the Glowing “Orton Effect” with This Video Tutorial

Have you ever wondered how some photographers add a dreamy, ethereal look to their landscapes photos? More often than not, this soft glow is a result …

Want To Be A Better Photographer? Harvard Just Uploaded A Free Photography Course Online

No filter needed.<p>Thanks to the arrival of the smartphone, we’ve become a generation of amateur photographers, sharing our best #nofilter efforts with …

How A Horizontal Wood Fence Can Impact The Landscape And Décor Around It

Having a house with a white picket fence used to be the dream a while ago but times change and so does the design of the fence. The horizontal fence …

Eight Was Enough

IT wasn’t supposed to end this way for Democrats.<p>Eight years ago, Barack Obama won the presidency promising to transform America. A supremely self-confident politician, Mr. Obama was the object of extravagant hopes that he nurtured and encouraged.<p>After his Super Tuesday primary victories in 2008, …

Demystified: An In-Depth Guide to Your Camera’s Histogram

If you ask 10 photographers what camera feature they are least comfortable with, what do you think they’d say?Hands down, my bet would be the …

Vietnam: The War That Killed Trust

In the early spring of 1967, I was in the middle of a heated 2 a.m. hallway discussion with fellow students at Yale about the Vietnam War. I was from a small town in Oregon, and I had already joined the Marine Corps Reserve. My friends were mostly from East Coast prep schools. One said that Lyndon …

How America's "war on terror" was (unwittingly) designed to last forever

"We've created in the war on terror a perpetual motion machine." —Mark Danner, author of Spiral<p><i>“We cannot use force everywhere that a radical ideology takes root; and in the absence of a strategy that reduces the wellspring of extremism, a perpetual war</i> <i>—</i> <i>through drones or Special Forces or troop</i> …

Geopolitics

Will Trump Discover Why So Many Americans Were Left Behind?

In the first part of this article, “The Five Whys Of The Trump Surprise,” I argued that the root cause of Donald Trump’s surprise win in the presidential election was economic: too many Americans – particularly white Americans in rural areas – have been left behind and so they registered a protest …

Economics

On Election Day, the history of fascism matters

In the run-up to the American election, there’s been a lot said about the dangers of demagoguery and nativist politics. Analysts and historians have trotted out various parallels, likening the campaign’s most surprising — and, to some, alarming — candidate, Republican nominee Donald Trump, to …

Loupedeck

Photographers rejoice! Most photography professionals and graphic designers can likely relate to the tedious and mundane process of post production, …

Photo Editing

Commentary: Don't be so sure Russia hacked the Clinton emails | Reuters

Last summer, cyber investigators plowing through the thousands of leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee uncovered a clue.<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin (C), Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (L) and Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Alexander Bortnikov watch events to …

National Security

The Corruption of Capitalism by Guy Standing review – work matters less than what you own

Our unfair system benefits rentiers, those who live on income from property and investments – from Goldman Sachs to Uber to landlords. Can capitalism be purified?<p>The time would come, Marx and Engels thought, when there would be only two classes, the proletariat and the bourgeoisie, and all people …

Economics

Germany Warns of the Danger of War

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Oct. 8 that the situation between the U.S. and Russia today is more dangerous than it was during the Cold War. As he put it, "It's a fallacy to think that this is like the Cold War. The current times are different and more dangerous." Since …

Why The Golden Ratio Is Better Than The Rule Of Thirds

A long time ago I was a young art student, being told about the “Rule Of Thirds.” I was told it’s one of the most important fundamentals of art and …

Landscape Photography

How to Create a Calm Home Using Feng Shui - 8 Useful Tips

If you are looking at decorating your home to give it a peaceful and relaxing ambiance, using Feng Shui can help. The ancient Chinese system has …

The Histogram – One of the Most Useful Tools in Photography

by Zack SchnepfI think the histogram is one of the most important and useful tools in all of photography. It’s a tool I rely on throughout my entire …

War in the media age: Hysteria over Trump’s supposed Russian ties made headlines, but the “story” is remarkably flimsy

A case study in how a co-opted press manufactures foreign policy consent<p>From one week to the next, I note with mounting anxiety the media’s habit of using innuendo, loaded suggestion, assemblages of proximate facts, implication short of assertion and omission to avoid factual news reports. We, the …

About those “experts”: Take a close look at the foreign policy insiders denouncing Trump

The possibility of a true outsider upending Washington’s unspoken consensus has thrown elites into hysteria<p>This latest open letter from 50 Republican “national security experts,” wherein Donald Trump is denounced as “dangerous” among many other things, is simply too much. One does not know whether …

Before-and-After Photos Reveal the Destructive Effects of the War in Syria

On July 19, 2012, the Syrian Civil War made Aleppo, the country's largest city, its battlefield. Barrel bombs dropped from helicopters, killing thousands of people and forcing many more to evacuate. The destruction was immense and immeasurably devastating.<p>Aleppo's own Olympia Restaurant has just …

Heres How You Can Create DIY Bath Bombs to Clean Your Toilet Bowls At Home

Generally, we should all strive to keep our homes as neat and clean as possible for at the end of the day it is the place that we will rest and relax …

When will our politicians accept the reality of Islamic terrorism?

We are enduring a summer of terror, but our leaders are in denial<p>How is your Merkelsommer going? For now, Britain seems to be missing the worst. True, a couple of men of Middle Eastern appearance tried to abduct a soldier near his base in Norfolk for what was unlikely to have been an interfaith …

Extremism

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It’s simple, really, or so we keep being told by people who should know better. Inequality is surging, and this is the root cause of the revolutionary political change that we see all around us, from the Brexit vote to Donald Trump’s terrifying success in the race for the White House. Some even …

Architects’ Secrets: 10 Ideas to Create Privacy in the Garden

A fence is the obvious choice, but there are many other ways to design for privacy in the garden. We turned to members of the Remodelista + …

Landscaping

FBI Negotiator Chris Voss: Win a Negotiation with One Magic Question

<b>Chris Voss:</b> The secret to gaining the upper hand in negotiations is giving the other side the illusion of control. And the illusion of control is …

Coyote coexistence is a lifestyle California should export

In late 2014, California became the first state to ban the most controversial form of rural entertainment since cockfighting: coyote-killing contests, wherein hunters won prizes or gambling pots based on the number of the wild predators they killed in a weekend. Some no doubt saw the move as …

Wildlife

In our pursuit of passive income, too many of us overlook an opportunity for wealth

Who doesn't want to earn money while they sleep?<p>Entrepreneur Pat Flynn, for instance, earns up to $170,000 a month through his business "Smart Passive Income." Financial planner Neal Frankle writes that everyone needs some sort of passive income.<p>Ramit Sethi, author of "I Will Teach You To Be Rich," …

6 Gadgets to Keep Your Home Safe From Intruders

Summertime, and the living is easy — especially for burglars.<p>While you’re out of town chasing the sun, it’s easier for thieves to case your house for …

Our military, and political, disarmament

Canada has a major problem with its understrength, overstretched and underequipped Armed Forces. But our biggest problem is our incapacity to have an …

Making America work again – for Trump’s family

On July 19, 2016, Donald Trump was formally nominated as the Republican candidate for president of the United States. It was a moment that would live in infamy, if infamy, in 2016, weren't fully booked.<p>Mr. Trump did not appear in person at his Cleveland coronation, a night his team had christened …