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The Magnetic Field Is Shifting. The Poles May Flip. This Could Get Bad.

The shield that protects the Earth from solar radiation is under attack from within. We can’t prevent it, but we ought to prepare.<p>One day in 1905, …

Magnetism

These Photography Tricks Will Help You Shoot CGI-Free Fantasy

Erik Johansson premieres new photographic optical illusions in an exhibition in the south of Sweden.<p>Shards of mirror-smooth water shatter against a lake bed. A mountaintop post office is visited by a mail delivery hot air balloon docked on a cloudy platform. Workers wearing white uniforms and …

Hot Air Balloons

A World Without Work

For centuries, experts have predicted that machines would make workers obsolete. That moment may finally be arriving. Could that be a good thing?<p><b>1. Youngstown, U.S.A.</b><p>The end of work is still just a futuristic concept for most of the United States, but it is something like a moment in history for …

Great Depression

How to Blend 3 Bracketed Exposures for Greater Dynamic Range

Want to learn how to blend 3 bracketed exposures of the same scene to create a single photo with greater dynamic range? Here’s a great 17-minute …

This image of terror should not be photo of the year – I voted against it

Its impact is undeniable, but the winner of the World Press Photo of the Year furthers the compact between martyrdom and publicity<p>On 19 December last year, the Turkish photographer Burhan Özbilici went to a press conference in an Ankara art gallery. He had been on his way home from the office and …

Freedom of the Press

The Best Photos of 2015, from the 59th World Press Photo Contest

The World Press Photo Foundation, an organization committed to “developing and promoting the work of visual journalists,” recently announced the …

No one could describe the color 'blue' until modern times

It's about the way that humans see the world and how until we have a way to describe something, even something so fundamental as a color, we may not even notice that it's there.<p>Until relatively recently in human history, "blue" didn't exist, not in the way we think of it.<p>As the delightful Radiolab …

Linguistics

How a Single World War II Photograph Was Used to Support Both Britain and Germany

<i>This post is in partnership with History Today. The article below was originally published at HistoryToday.com.</i><p>From September 1940, the Luftwaffe …

World War II

How to add light sources easily in Lightroom

One of the most important skills of photography is <i>Patience</i>: Waiting for the right moment, and snapping that photo when all the elements work …

The 20 Most Popular DSLR Lenses Among our Readers

Over the last few days we’ve published a post revealing the most popular DSLRs among our readers (based upon what they’ve been buying in the last few …

Cameras

How to Fake a Snowy Landscape in Photoshop

The rise of Photoshop has made us question almost every photograph that we see on the Internet. And I still don’t think we realize just how many …

5 Photography Books You Will Want to Own

The sources of education and inspiration available to photographers today are seemingly endless, thanks mainly to the digitized world in which we …

Could Liquid Lakes Form on Mars Today?

Despite its frigid temperatures, Mars might be able to host lakes of water on its surface today, a new study suggests.<p>Although extremely small …

American Astronomical Society

A Prehistoric Murder Mystery: Earth's Worst Mass Extinctions

<i>Paul Wignall is the author of "</i>The Worst of Times: How Life on Earth Survived Eighty Million Years of Extinctions<i>" (Princeton University Press). He</i> …

How to Use the Local Adjustments Tools Inside Lightroom

Whenever you take a photo, no matter what the subject, it would be extremely unusual if it couldn’t be improved in some way by making local …

Why You Should Learn to Love Your Wandering Mind

Daydreaming is actually good for you, according to the latest brain science.<p>In a world of beeping smartphones and overstuffed to-do lists, focus can seem like the most precious commodity around. That's why we're all so desperate to kill distractions and learn to control our attention.<p>Experts of all …

Mindfulness

Science Says People Who Talk To Themselves Are Geniuses

I talk a lot to myself. It helps me to keep my concentration on the activity on hand, makes me focus more on my studies, and gives me some pretty …

Polls: Americans believe in evolution, less in creationism.

Few issues have divided the American public as bitterly as Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. Since <i>On the Origin of …

Religion

There's a mission to this mysterious water world that could detect the first alien life

Their spacecraft, called the Europa Multi-Flyby Mission, would orbit Jupiter, taking frequent passes by Europa for a close look at its surface.<p>But there is another important piece of the puzzle that NASA is exploring, and in a recent conversation with US Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas), Ars …

Astronomy

If Non-Photographers Were Asked to Work For Free…

Requests for free work come in more ways than one. Would you agree to work for free? The visual art industry—including photography—is split into two …

The Problem with Selling Photos on Instagram

A small ruckus emerged on a private Facebook group a few weeks ago when one photographer raised objections over another photographer’s pricing of a …

Selling

Why Dynamic Range Is My Favorite, and Why I Couldn't Care Less About Megapixel Count and ISO

Over the years, camera companies have been going head to head in the battle for the best camera sensor. This battle has always focused around the …

Top 5 Most Common Mistakes in Landscape Photography

If your landscape photography is leaving something to be desired, you’re not alone. Armed with a little knowledge about what’s going wrong, though, …

How to Quickly Remove Power Lines from Photos

Those pesky power lines are the bane of every landscape photographer! Alright, maybe I am exaggerating a bit but I don’t think Ansel Adams had to …

Nature Photography

300,000 High-Res Photos Used to Create the Ultimate Virtual Reality Everest Climb

Want to get a taste of what it’s like to climb Mount Everest without the risk of dying in the process? High-res photography and virtual reality will …

Virtual Reality

Good Crop Bad Crop - How to Crop Portraits

All images © Gina Milicia 2015 “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” ? Pablo Picasso When it comes to knowing what is …

Pablo Picasso

Centuries-old Incan mummy's DNA reveals untold story of ancient lineage

Sequenced genome of boy who was sacrificed by the Inca 500 years ago points to extent of genetic diversity in the Andes before the Spanish arrived<p>Archaeologists and geneticists have sequenced the genome of a boy sacrificed 500 years ago during an Incan ritual in the Andes, finding a previously …

Anthropology

NASA releases wild high-res images of last year's Orbital rocket explosion

This week, NASA posted new high-resolution photos to Flickr of last year's Orbital Sciences rocket failure, showing the nighttime launch pad explosion in even greater detail. The images chronicle the short ascent and fiery disintegration of Orbital's Antares rocket, which blew up just seconds after …

Space Exploration

Why Can’t We Live On Mars? Blame The Sun

Findings from the MAVEN spacecraft suggest solar eruptions helped to destroy Mars' atmosphere<p>Billions of years ago, Mars might have looked a lot like Earth. It had vast amounts of water on its surface, and it was wrapped in a nice thick atmosphere. Now, after losing 99 percent of its atmosphere, …

6 Photographers Asked to Shoot Portraits of 1 Man… With a Twist

Canon recently conducted an interesting experiment on the power of perspective in portrait photography. They enlisted the help of 6 photographers and …