Dan Schmid

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7 Ways to Get a Sharper Bird Image

Not satisfied with the sharpness of your bird photography?Fortunately, there's a number of tricks you can use to avoid blurry photos. And the best …

Landscape Photography

How to purge all your search histories

Asking for a friend...<p>Every time you run a search online, the websites where you maintain an account can record that information. This data—collected and stored by search engines like Google, social media networks like Facebook, and retail giants like Amazon—won't disappear when you erase your …

Operating Systems

The One Router Setting Everyone Should Change (But No One Does)

The vast majority of home Wi-Fi users don't know the first thing about keeping their routers secure, a new survey finds.<p>Eighty-two percent of 2,205 …

Wi-Fi

Here’s a Stunning 4K Tour of the Moon

NASA has released a new eye-popping virtual tour of the moon in 4K resolution using imagery and data gathered by its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter …

4K resolution

Keeping Your Photos Safe, Part 1: Don’t Touch Anything!

I’m going to get right to the point. Your photo archive is in danger, and you may very well be at risk of losing everything. Be afraid. Be … very … …

Nature Photography

Fun Macro Photography Tips for Beginners

<i>Leo Rosas/COOPH</i>Macro photography is one of those things that I appreciate for how cool it looks, but I don't spend much time doing it.But that might …

Macro Photography

Orbiform Rolls Like A Ball Without Being A Sphere

AltDynamic have machined a mathematically perfect solid of constant width that is capable of rolling like a ball even though it is not a perfect …

Mathematics

Add Depth and Drama to Landscape Photos Using Lightroom

Here’s a 24-minute video from Andrew Marr that looks at how he adds depth and drama to landscape photos during post-processing in Adobe Lightroom.<p>The …

Tutorials

Don’t Bother Trying to Outrun This Creepy Spiderbot That Transforms Into a Rolling Wheel

If the only thing more terrifying to you than a spider is a spider chasing you, you’re not going to want to watch this video of Festo’s latest …

Robotics

Mark Hamill reveals how George Lucas wanted Star Wars to end

Things would be different in the Skywalker family if the Star Wars creator had his way. Plus, that C-3PO wink was all Hamill.<p><b>Spoilers for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" ahead.</b><p>Still unhappy about that big death in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"?<p>Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, says that Star Wars …

Star Wars

With 5 Quick Clicks You Can See All the Data Facebook Has on You (I Was Truly Stunned by What I Found)

It takes just five short steps to download the entire archive. You probably want to do it immediately.<p><i>(Update: Facebook says it's changing how you can access and change your privacy settings. Details are here.)</i><p>Tough times for Facebook--and they're only getting worse. The FTC is investigating, the …

Social Media

7 clever ways to use that USB drive again

Thumb drives used to be so cool. They came in every shape and material, from little plastic rectangles to rubber wristbands, novelty animals, and pens sporting a built-in USB-drive. We used to marvel at the data they contained, easily dragged and dropped into a special icon. They were simple and …

Portable

Enhance the Eyes of Your Subject in Seconds Using This Photoshop Technique

The character of your portraits is conveyed by many different elements, but a crucial one is the eyes of your subject. In this short tutorial, I’ll …

Tutorials

Mastering the Learning Curve of Bird Photography

I don't think it's any big secret that mastering bird photography can be a difficult task.But just because something is difficult doesn't mean that …

Nature Photography

49 seriously good Canon DSLR tips, tricks, time savers and shortcuts

To help you get to the grips with your EOS camera and all the great technology therein, we’ve put together 49 essential Canon DSLR tips and tricks …

This tutorial teaches you how to photograph the moon in only two minutes

There is something enchanting and mystical about the moon. But photographing the moon is a challenge which requires special gear, preparation, …

Landscape Photography

How to Build Your Own LED Softbox for Product Photography and Video

Don't buy, DIY<p>Whether you're taking stills or shooting video, in order to get that "liquid light" effect on a smooth surface you need a diffused …

How to Fit Your Gear and Clothes in One Bag to Travel Indefinitely

Getting ready for your next trip? Travel is hard enough as a tourist, but as a nomadic photographer, a lot can go wrong. Whether the plane runs out …

You Can Shoot Sensual Boudoir Photos at Home with Simple Gear & Natural Light: Here’s How (VIDEO)

There’s a lot of interest in boudoir photography these days, and a recent tutorial on the subject was our most popular story over the past several …

The Most Important Thing to Do Before Sharpening Your Images

The Internet is full of articles and videos telling you what technique will revolutionize the way you add sharpness to your images, but almost none …

How to Photograph Birds in Flight

One of the toughest tasks that a photographer can undertake is trying to capture a clear, sharp photo of a bird in flight.But that doesn't mean that …

Landscape Photography

Ford is updating Sync with Waze and a driving assistant

Ford is updating its Sync infotainment software with a few new navigation options. Sygic is a name we haven't heard in quite awhile, but the GPS company will bring its voice assistant to certain Ford vehicles. If your blue-oval-clad ride has Sync 3 and you've got Sygic's nav app installed on your …

A ‘Star Wars’ Tradition Dating Back To The Original Movie Has Been Retired

“I have a bad feeling about this” (or thereabouts).<p>Lucky number 1138.<p>“May the Force be with you.”<p>These are the phrases and easter eggs that have been in every <i>Star Wars</i> movie, catnip for the hardcore fans. That was the case for the infamous Wilhelm scream, too, until the two most recent films. And …

Star Wars

10 Gmail extensions that can boost your productivity

E-mail plug-ins you didn't know you needed but really do.<p>There’s a reason Gmail has become so popular — it’s free, it’s easy to use and it keeps evolving. To top it all off, Gmail offers even more improvements through the use of extensions, which are optional, user-installed upgrades that add new …

Marketing

10 incredibly useful online sites you didn't know about until now

If you had to guess, how many different websites do you think exist in the world today? From simple blogs to complex businesses, the Internet spans the gamut dispensing and gathering a myriad of information. Keep your answer in your head because, at the very end of this article, I’ll tell the …

Amazon Echo

16 Things All Smart Homeowners Do Once a Year

'Sediment builds up over time at the bottom of the tank, causing corrosion,' says John Bodrozic, co-founder of HomeZada. 'Partially draining it …

The couple that paid $90,000 for a private street in San Francisco reveal how they bought it, and how the rich and powerful neighbors made them give it back

Michael Cheng and Tina Lam couldn't afford to live on Presidio Terrace, one of the most exclusive private streets in San Francisco. But they could buy the sidewalks for $90,000.<p>In an online auction in 2015, the couple from San Jose, California, quietly bought the street, its common area, and the …

Real Estate

How to Build Your Own App If You Don't Know How to Code

<i>In our series</i> Getting It<i>, we’ll give you all you need to know to get started with and excel at a wide range of technology, both on and offline. Here,</i> …

How to Use Split Toning in Lightroom to Accentuate Your Colors

The process of split toning dates back to the days when photography involved chemical baths.<p>In the digital darkroom, aka Lightroom, split toning is …