Alison Leigh Dowle

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5 Secrets Every Photographer Should Learn

<i>Pedro Quintela is a history teacher, talented photographer, and one of the most motivational people on 500px. His latest piece of advice is for</i> …

The Four Factors that Affect Depth of Field

Last week, Max Bridge included me in his article entitled 7 Mistakes From Professional Photographers That Held Them Back. I wrote about the fact that …

How to Photograph Reflective Surfaces

Photographing reflective surfaces and objects is usually quite challenging, and can easily turn the work of the photographer into a frustrating task. …

Photography

The History of the Ballet Body: From Anna Pavlova to Misty Copeland

“Ballet is woman,” said George Balanchine, the inimitable Russian choreographer who is credited with bringing ballet into the great American artistic oeuvre. It’s a legacy that tonight the American Ballet Theatre will continue to push forward with the debut of its fall season. Among its talented …

Dancing

What Henri Cartier-Bresson Meant by This Quote

<b>“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”</b><p>Continuing our series on deconstructing iconic quotes and applying them to modern photography, today …

Street Photography

7 Simple Steps To Lower Your Stress (No Meditation Or Exercise Required)

What's the best way for me to piss off a stressed-out client? Tell them to manage his stress by getting more sleep. Or eating better. Or fitting …

Pictures That Tell Stories: The Street Photography of Jack Simon

Jack Simon has worked as a psychiatrist for four decades. Ten years ago, he began a personal journey in photography, and these days he rarely goes …

Photography

What It's Actually Like To Be Really Sensitive

I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying.

Emotional Intelligence

10 Photographers Share 'An Image That Changed Everything' And The Stories Behind Them

<i>A single image can change everything.</i><p>This is the concept behind Magnum Photos’ newest project, in which its 60 active photographers were challenged to select an image that served as a turning point in their lives or careers, and explain why.<p>Leading up to Magnum's 68th Annual General Meeting, iconic …

Mindfulness has lost its Buddhist roots, and it may not be doing you good

Harry Koopman (CC BY 2.0)<p>Mindfulness as a psychological aid is very much in fashion. Recent reports on the latest finding suggested that …

5 Steps To Lasting Life Changes and Personal Growth

You are going to do it this time, you are going to lose that weight, dust off your resume and get out of your soul sucking job, stop getting into …

Are You Willing to Forgive?

According to <i>A Course in Miracles</i>, forgiveness is our only function.<p>Forgiveness sounds easy but can sometimes feel really daunting.<p>A great tool that has helped me on my journey to forgiveness, I learned from Louise Hay.<p>She shares many affirmations focused on and about forgiveness and one my personal …

7 Habits of People Who Don’t Stress Over the Little Things

What’s your favorite f-stop?

When I was a photo student at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, we had a parade of photography legends come through and speak. But the …

9 Ways To Stop Trying to Change Other People

Most of the people we’re surrounded by every day – our loved ones, friends, colleagues, neighbors, etc. – have flaws. There are things in their …

How To Create A Morning Routine That Changes Your Life

Through high school and the first years of college I always had problems sticking to habits and getting things done.<p>I can still remember sleeping in …

3 Reasons to Befriend Your Anxiety

Throughout time, people have done whatever they could to quell anxiety. When we are anxious, we are less sure of the decisions we're making and more likely to do something to make that uncomfortable feeling go away -- even if it's dangerous or impulsive. Yet by befriending our anxiety, we may be …

7 Things You Should Absolutely Stop Apologizing For

Unless you’re perfect (and we certainly aren’t!), apologies are a necessary part of life. And those two little words—“I’m sorry”—are quite powerful. …

Self-help

Emotional Intelligence: The Social Skills You Weren't Taught in School

You’re taught about history, science, and math when you’re growing up. Most of us, however, aren’t taught how to identify or deal with our own …

Emotional Intelligence

4 Steps to Less Stress -- and a Happier, More Loving You

<i>credit: maridav/123rf.com</i><p>Awareness brings its own reward.<p>Most of us have no idea how stressed we are because we've been that way so long. For years I had no idea how bad it was. Even when I knew that I needed to do something about it, I didn't. Besides I'd heard that for people who really want to …

Mastering Your Own Life in 19 Difficult Steps

Life is full of great days and supremely awful days. It's on those bad days that we need a little lift. A logical pick-me-up, if you will, that gets us out of a slump.<p>This guide works when bad things happen. Someone trolls you online? Read this. Someone hates your writing, your product, or your …

How to Protect Yourself Against Narcissists

In 2011, a group of researchers conducted a computer analysis of the three decades of hit songs. The researchers reported a statistically significant …

3 Simple Ways to Beat Stress and Boost Happiness

<i>Unlocking happiness may be as easy as these three tips from YourTango.</i><p>Are you going to let stress ruin your life? Hell no! Start doing these small rituals . . . ASAP!<br>Stress is powerful — manage it or it manages you, right?<p>How many times has stress overtaken you, depleting your energy and stealing …

Immune System

Street Photography Tips for Beginners

It is a very natural urge for photographers to document the swirling life around them. We often find ourselves drawn into, as observers, a number of …

12 Essential Life Tips That Are Counterintuitive But True

<i>On Quora, the social question-and-answer site, someone asked: "What life lessons are counter-intuitive or go against common sense or wisdom?" One of the most popular answers came from Quora contributor Alan Rutledge. (Share your own answers to this and other questions; we'll feature the best</i> …

How to Build Self-Discipline in 4 Easy Steps

Harry S. Truman once said, “In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves… self-discipline with all …

5 Surefire Ways To Make A Powerful First Impression

Presenting a positive and powerful first impression is important to many aspects of your personal and professional life. In a job search, however, it is <i>the</i> critical factor determining your potential for success.<p>Experts disagree as to the amount of time it takes for people to form an initial …

Sleep better with six minutes of bedtime yoga

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sometimes, sleep eludes us.<p>Maybe our brains won't shut off or we find ourselves tossing and turning all night, unable to get comfortable. Whatever the reason for your lack of sleep, it takes a toll. Studies abound linking sleeplessness with increased risk of serious health problems such as …

Yoga

4 Questions That Can Revamp a Sensitive Soul's Health

<b>“Quality questions create a quality life.” ~Tony Robbins</b><p>Have you ever wondered, maybe even worried, “Why is it easier for others to take care of …