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6 "Hidden" Camera Features You Will Be Glad You Discovered

How well do you know your camera? Do you know everything that it’s capable of? It’s certainly possible you know your camera like the back of your …

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Using Photoshop Workspaces

Richard Harrington is the CEO of ThinkTAP and the Publisher of Photofocus.He is also the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based …

11 Photo Lessons Every Pro Learned the Hard Way

Avoid making an embarrassing or expensive photographic mistake with these top tips from the pros. We spoke to professional photographers in a number …

10 songs to add to your playlist in 2014

Chan Marshall released an uncharacteristically happy record last year called “Sun.” After struggling with alcoholism and personal problems, the …

5 Tips for Better Long Exposure Landscape Photography

5 Tips for Better Long Exposure Landscape Photography - learn some things to do and some to avoid when doing long exposures.

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Beginner's Guide to Waterfall Photography - Digital Photography School

Beginner's Guide to Waterfall Photography - Learn the tips, tricks, and techniques that will help you improve your waterfall photography.

Landscape Photography

The 3 Ingredients To Making A Successful Comic Book Movie Franchise

Some might assume that it was the A-list casting, the immense budgets, or the high-quality visual effects that fueled these broad audience spectacles, but based on so many high-profile disappointments of late, it should be clear that nothing can be taken for granted.<p>Let's decode Hollywood's comic …

3 of My Favorite Photography Books

We are all familiar with the old refrain, “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. Those who can’t teach, teach gym.” I’m still not sure about …

2,300 homes evacuated as wildfire burns in Idaho

HAILEY, Idaho -- Fire officials say a wildfire pushed by strong gusts and fed by dry timber and brush made a push north and forced more evacuations …

How to Turn a Smartphone Panorama Into a ‘Tiny Planet’ Photo

Ever since Google released the Photosphere feature for their Nexus devices, I have been obsessed with making tiny planets. The photosphere feature …

Street Photography Cheat Sheet For Your Travels

If you are new to street photography, or even if you’re not, remembering settings, nailing the composition, getting idea inspirations, and just …

Filter Fakers Tumblr Exposes Instagram #nofilter Fraud

There are several very popular hashtags that make their way around Instagram daily, and one of them is #nofilter. It’s the hashtag that proclaims to …

How to Use Lines in Photography Compositions

A very powerful method of improving the composition of photos is the use of lines. Properly used, lines can significantly increase the impact of …

How to Make a Mini Light Studio Using School Supplies

When school’s out, most kids are thinkin’ “Oh man, summer’s here!”<p>Us? We’re thinkin’ “What are we gonna do with <i>all these binders</i>???”<p>Staring at …

Poppy Turns Your iPhone Into an Easy-to-Use 3D Camera and Display

Remember the old ViewMaster toys? All you had to do was put in one of the special cartridges and you could go “sightseeing” in 3D. A new invention by …

Photography 101: An Essential Photography Infographic for the Beginner

The folks over at Accredited Online Colleges contacted us and shared this infographic with us. If you’re just getting into photography, we strongly …

It’s Hardly Noticable: Photographs That Represent the Feeling of Anxiety

Photographer John William Keedy has had to deal with an anxiety disorder for some nine years now. Never feeling like he quite fit in, and at times so …

4 Essential Ingredients for Great Landscape Photographs

When you are out in the field and you’re not sure if your the image you are making is any good, go through this quick mental checklist to see if your …

A long exposure captures a star-filled sky above the moai on Easter Island. (Photo by Kevin Hu) See more shots from the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest: http://on.natgeo.com/14xnpcN

Tips for Using Contrast in Photography

Good photography depends far more on skill than it does gear. Good cameras don’t guarantee great photographs, and several professional photographers …

Why Are Pearls Round?

How can an oyster rotate pearls so perfectly when it's basically just a giant booger?<p>Not all pearls are round, but many are, and these are the most prized. But given that the creation of a pearl happens within the locked-tight shell of a living creature, we don't really know exactly how they're …

A tsunami might have struck the East Coast earlier this month, and few noticed

You have probably heard the old adage, "if a tree falls in a forest, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" Now imagine that same thought experiment, except with a tsunami instead of a tree. That's the intriguing question facing scientists at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric …

6 Awesome Aircraft From The 2013 Paris Air Show

Last week, the airplanes of the future filled the sky over Paris. Here are our favorites.<p><i>Click here to enter the gallery</i><p>The future of aviation was on display at the 50th Paris Air Show, a biennial exposition of aircraft that has happened every other year since 1909, with exceptions made during WWI …

Going (Really, Really) Green: Earth's Plant Life, as Seen From Space

Satellite images of vegetation can help to forecast droughts and fires and even diseases.<p>The Earth is the "Blue Planet" because more than 70 percent of its surface is covered in water. But what does the Blue Planet look like without the blue? How would Earth appear as ... the Green Planet?<p>Something …

CNN Warns Consumers of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 ‘Gadget Spam’

Two months after the release of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone — remember that superficial show? — buyers now hitting the stores are shaking …

Humanity takes millions of photos every day. Why are most so forgettable?

These days sure seem like a golden age of photography, don't they? All these slim iPhones and stout digital SLRs sporting near-infinite memories and built-in photo processing, with first Flickr and Facebook and now Instagram and Snapchat giving more and more practised photographers a place to …

6 Apps to Unleash Your Mobile Photography Creativity

<i>“The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.”</i> – Ansel Adams<p>The connected camera and mobile photography currently …

22 Great Pictures of People Feeding Pigeons

Like skyscrapers and taxis, pigeons are so common in cities that you might naturally begin to ignore them after a while. That is, until you start …

Is Smartphone Photography Killing Our Memories and Experiences?

If you’ve gone to a concert or public event or even certain art openings recently, you’ll notice that something is amiss. In the past, people would …