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Fantasy Lighting 101 In Detail by Ben Von Wong

Smugmug and their crew invited Benjamin Von Wong out for a simple photo shoot as long as their staff could experience the entire thing themselves by …

San Francisco

The Story Behind That Picture - How to Win Photo Competitions

<b>As a photo competition judge I occasionally get asked, "What do you look for?” In this article I will give you an idea.</b><p>I have always avoided putting …

Vietnam War

Ancient Egyptian Hair Extensions Are 3,300 Years Old

Hair extensions may seem like a modern fashion trend, but it turns out they've been around a whole lot longer than most people realize, as a recent discovery out of Egypt shows.<p>The skull of a woman who lived more than 3,300 years ago was uncovered with roughly 70 hair extensions still in place.<p>"The …

DIY Tip: Using a Shower Curtain as a Diffuser

Sometimes we’re left working with inconsistent or otherwise less-than-ideal light sources. And while we can’t always make bad light good, we can …

Duplicating Smart Objects

Overview<p>Smart Objects in Photoshop are wrappers that can contain layers or an original RAW file made with a camera. They are non-destructive. They …

Tutorial: Medium Format Astrophotography Without a Medium Format Camera

In this tutorial I’ll show you how I use a standard 50mm prime lens to make medium format sized astrophotos with a regular small format camera.<p>The …

King Richard III's bones reveal fatal blows, scientists say

Richard III was the last English king to lose his life on the battlefield. Scientists who have been testing his remains -- found under a parking lot in the English city of Leicester -- now believe they know how he died.<p>The 15th-century king was best known to modern Britons as the hunchbacked …

Can You Spot a Fake Smile in a Photograph?

“Smile” is a common command uttered before pressing the shutter and snapping a photo, but it’s not always a real smile that gets captured in the …

Yes, it's official, men are from Mars and women from Venus, and here's the science to prove it

In his fascinating new book the developmental biologist Lewis Wolpert argues that there is actually hard science behind many of our stereotypical gender roles<p>In My Fair Lady Professor Higgins sings a song about the difference between the sexes, “Why can’t a woman be more like a man?” It comes from …

Psychology

Samsung Galaxy S5: the camera review

Five generations in to the Galaxy S range, Samsung has equipped the S5 with some pretty strong photographic street cred.<p><b>Five generations in to the Galaxy S range, Samsung has equipped the S5 with some pretty strong photographic street cred. Let's see how it performs in the real world.</b><p>The Galaxy S4 …

Mobile Photography

Polarr is a Smart and Versatile Browser-Based Photo Editor that Learns Your Technique

As cloud-based storage options expand in size and numbers, the battle for browser-based photo editors is equally under way. One of the newest and …

Ethereal Swirls of Smoke Photographed by Bohman+Sjöstrand Photography

With a passion for all things natural and elemental, photography duo Bohman+Sjöstrand Photography capture ethereal wisps of smoke flittering against …

Video: How to Build a Powerful $500 DIY LED Light Panel for $70

Whether you’re using one to shoot video or stills, LED light panels are a wonderful tool to have in your arsenal. But while they are available from a …

Nighttime Lights Reset Birds' Internal Clocks, Threatening Dawn's Chorus

Brighter nights shift hormones and other biological cues for mating, singing, and finding food.<p>Streetlights and the light from shopping centers, stadiums, and houses turn night into day, a "loss of night" that is shifting the internal clocks of birds worldwide. Now, scientists are trying to …

Who Owns Asteroid Rights?

Tomorrow's Congressional hearing will discuss the exploitation of a new frontier<p>Congress is back in session and getting right down to work on pressing science and technology issues like education funding, Net neutrality and ... oh wait. Actually, the House is holding a hearing on Wednesday to …

Space Exploration

How to Get Soft Light in Portraits

By definition, soft lighting has to do with the quality of the shadows. Generally, the darker the shadows and the less details that you can see in …

Focus stacking in Photoshop - How to get any depth of field you need

<b>Left:</b> Single exposure (focus on the front-most droplet) <b><br>Right:</b> Focus-stacked and post-processed (entire subject in focus)<p>In the video tutorial below, …

Tutorials

Hit the Road! Must Have Photo Accessories

Portland Camera Strap<p>The Portland Camera Strap will keep you comfortable as you sling your camera around outback trails or down city alleyways.<p>The …

Road Trips

How to create HDR images using only Photoshop layer masks

Slide back and forth to compare<p>Creating an HDR image is typically involved with a quite time-consuming workflow that consists of merging, …

Tutorials

35 Premium Photoshop Tutorials: How to do Photo Manipulation

Learning all the ways you can edit your photos and images is like someone that finally learns the proper drawing techniques. Before, the person was …

Tutorials

How To Make Colors Pop In Photoshop

Almost universally, it’s agreed that one major mistake many a photographer makes in post processing is over-saturation. From skies to eyes, to …

Tutorials

Portraits of Eight Beautiful Celebrities Morphed into a ‘Perfect’ Composite

Photoshop and other image manipulation software has become an interesting tool in the quest to define ‘beauty.’ Often used to sculpt and create false …

Become A Better Photographer In Your Spare Time With These 5 Free Online Courses from Top Universities

Most of us probably have full time jobs that don't allow us to spend as much time learning about our beloved photography as we'd like. And, wouldn't …

Ivy League

When to Save As What - Photoshop file formats explained

When it comes to editing your photos, Photoshop might already seem complex enough. But have you ever given any deeper thought as to which file format …

Tutorials

How to look after your lenses (aka summer is coming)

<b>How to look after your lenses (aka summer is coming)</b><br>Heat and humidity are the biggest enemy of any precision instruments, and even your lastest and …

Which Three Lenses do You Need for Photography?

Two things occurred to me When I read Phillip VanNostrand’s article The Only Three Lenses You Need for Travel Photography. One, is that his choice of …