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19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.<p>writer

Hiking

Natural Looking HDR in Photoshop and Lightroom in 5 Easy Steps

HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography was developed out of necessity to overcome limitations of photography equipment, mostly in digital cameras’ …

Photography

National Geographic Travel

Travel

Your European Vacation Just Got Cheaper: 8 Ways to Explore a Now-Cheaper Europe

<i>Enjoy Europe for less now!</i><p>You know what's the best thing when you're a budget-conscious traveler? When something happens that makes your entire trip cheaper, without you having to change a single thing on your itinerary. That something, in this case, is a steep drop in the value of the euro, making …

The best books of 2014

The must-read novels, memoirs and history books of the year: if you're looking for a new book to read, this is a good place to start<p>Looking for something new to read? From the best children's and poetry books to failsafe gift and cookery books, you will find exactly what you are looking for.<p>There …

Books

5 Stunning Debut Novels To Add To Your To-Read Pile

A writer's debut is her crucial first chance to introduce her style and themes to a potential readership -- a task that undoubtedly results in absurd amounts of pressure. (A lukewarm review of David Foster Wallace's debut led to several agonizing days holed up in his bedroom.) A critical flop may …

The science behind the perfect cookie

It doesn't have to be trial and error. Learn how to manipulate ingredients to make the perfect cookie time and time again<p>Whether you like them soft and chewy, thin and crisp, oozing with melted chocolate, or thick and cakey, the perfect cookie remains an elusive beast that many have yet to …

Dessert

15 amazing adventures for 2015

Hot Springs

Where can my Canadian dollar go farther on vacation?

When it comes to the United States, a popular destination for Canadians at this time of year, the loonie is currently as effective as a paper teapot. But that doesn't mean you should cancel your vacation plans. Instead, aim for parts of the world where our dough still has some room to stretch.<p>"Asia …

Europe's Most (And Least) Affordable Cities: The European Backpacker Index For 2015

A newly released ranking of 56 major European cities by price aims to assist budget-minded travelers plan and easily compare destinations.<p>The European Backpacker Index for 2015 could not come at a better time, according to Roger Wade, founder of Price of Travel, a website that publishes the index …

European Travel

How to Make the Best of Low Light Using Slow Shutter Speed: 6 Stunning Effects

Photographing in low light is often accomplished using a long shutter speed. To be able to use faster shutter speeds, you need lenses with wider …

Shutter Speed

7 Creative Photography Tricks to Achieve Amazing Results

Whether you’re a beginner in photography or pursue it as a hobby, we're pretty sure you’re always eager to learn some interesting tricks that will …

Photography Tutorials and Photo Tips | Creative Inspiration

Last updated on June 7th, 2017 at 04:28 pm<p>Looking for Photography Tutorials?<p><b>You can find many great photography tutorials and creative inspiration by</b> …

3 Easy Steps Using Photoshop to Making your Images POP

Having taught in-depth image post-processing workshops for Photoshop users, I’ve found that three of the simplest techniques are the ones that people …

Photography

How to do Exposure Blending Using Luminosity Masks

Luminosity masks break an image down into channels of luminosity and allow making specific selections in Photoshop based on how bright or dark an …

Photoshop Versus Lightroom Which is Right for You?

en_US<p>article<p>As a photographer, whether it be professional or hobbyist, you have several skill sets to juggle and many hats to wear; you’ll need to be …

Photography

How to Use LAB Color in Photoshop to Add Punch to Your Images

Have you ever wished you could stretch out the color palette of your picture? Or that you could separate colors that looked too flat or close …

How to Use LAB Color in Photoshop to Remove an Unwanted Color Cast

In a recent article about the LAB colorspace, I covered the basic LAB move to enhance colors. Hopefully that gave you an idea of the power of the LAB …

Tutorials

4 Techniques that Will Help You Master Dodging and Burning Your Photos

If you have 30-minutes to spare for a tutorial, check out this one by photographer and retoucher Michael Woloszynowicz on the techniques of dodging …

How to Make Colors POP in Photoshop

This technique is perfect for a photo that is dominated by one or two Colors, especially if those Colors are complimentary.

Tutorials

Contemplating a road trip? See Canada, save money

The smart money vacation choice of 2015 is a l-o-o-o-n-g driving trip in Canada.<p>Visit St. John's and then drive to Gros Morne in Newfoundland this summer. Make the trek from Central Canada through the Prairies to the West Coast. Tour the Maritimes, or wine country in Niagara or the Okanagan. …

10 Underrated National Parks In America

<i>By Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Looking for the beauty of Yosemite and Yellowstone without the crowds? These under-the-radar American parks deserve a spot on your bucket list.<p><b>1. North Cascades National Park, Washington</b><p>© Terry Donnelly / Alamy<p>If you want to see glaciers and temperate …

Are you ready to finally ENERGIZE your runs, drop those last 10 pounds & fuel right for your workouts (with NO "dieting")?

<i>Nutrition for Runners</i> is the most comprehensive fueling and diet program that exists for runners. See how to dial in your nutrition and nail your …

The Secret To Correct Exposure

Are you just starting out with photography? Have you ever wondered why that expensive, brand new, professional grade DSLR in your hands is betraying …

The cheapest time to book a flight? New app thinks it has found the secret

A new app promises to save travellers money by pinpointing the cheapest days of the year to take a flight.<p>Hopper, available in the App Store since yesterday, claims to analyse “billions” of prices before identifying the cheapest time to travel on thousands of routes. Hopper believes it can save …

BlazingBlock Portable Outdoor Wood Bonfire | Fire Starters & Fatwood

Plow & Hearth Exclusive<br>Fire up any outdoor gathering instantly with our portable BlazingBlock bonfire. No firewood or kindling necessary! Our …

The trip that changed national parks forever

Retrace the path of a legendary naturalist across California, a journey that would alter the landscape of conservation around the world.<p>Facing the setting sun, a buck with a towering rack of antlers stood silhouetted at the top of a rise. I’d surprised him, and he’d certainly surprised me. Somehow, …

National Parks

5 Under-the-Radar Spring Break Getaways

When it comes to spring break family vacations, it's easy to follow the pack and head for a popular amusement park or beach where you'll find crowds, lines, and high prices to go with both. Happily, the United States is a big country with many fun and fabulous destinations that fly under the radar …

No Kids Allowed: 8 Adults-Only Hotels in Secret Spots

We suggest heating things up this winter with a visit to a sexy, sandy, and secluded (say that five times fast) adults-only hotel. Whether you need a spot for the long Valentine's Day -- er, we mean Presidents' Day -- weekend, or a remote locale for a romantic rendezvous this spring, one of these …