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Chinese students join 1,000 high schoolers in bot wars at Ventura College

CHUCK KIRMAN/THE STAR Students from Nanjing, China, work in the pits of the FIRST Robotics Stronghold regional competition at Ventura College. …

Robotics

60+ Fast and Easy Vegan Dinners That'll Fill You Up

Vegan fare is sometimes — incorrectly — perceived to be rabbit food. And sure, that can be the case with some salad, pasta, and grain-based recipes, but it doesn't have to be. (And frankly, plenty of dishes made with dairy, meat, or eggs won't keep you full either.) To dispel that myth, we've …

USB Type-C: I've Never Been So Excited About a Dumb Little Port

The future of cables is finally coming and it's god damned fantastic. Welcome to USB Type-C.<p>By now you've no doubt heard how USB Type-C is the single …

NASA's New Rocket Booster Is A Firebreathing God of Thunder

NASA successfully live-fired the new booster for its Space Launcher System today. It's the largest, most powerful booster ever built, putting one …

50 Incredible Travel Destinations to Consider for 2014

Where will you go in 2014? We can't plan your vacations for you, but we can certainly help you narrow your wish list of destinations with our annual Top 50 Travel Destinations list. No, we don't propose that you visit all 50 in a year -- although, hey, that's an admirable goal -- merely that you …

500px Blog

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 …

Photography

What Is Aperture in Photography?

Aperture refers to an adjustable opening in your camera lens that is able to limit the amount of light passing through the lens and hitting the …

Portrait Photography: How to Photograph People in the Harsh Midday Sun

Great tips and tricks on overcoming the harsh mid-day sun to create beautiful portraits on either side of the “golden hours” The Golden Time The best …

Photography

How a Professional Photographer Packs & Organizes His Gear for Any Situation

Have you ever seen a photographer in the airport and wondered, “What equipment does he have with him, and how much did he bring?” Traveling to a …

Camping

Talented Father-Daughter Duo Shoot Creative Portraits Together

Not too long ago, photographer Nagano Toyokazu’s series called <i>Kiss Me Please Project</i> charmed many of us with a little girl kissing her way through …

Cute

Portrait Tips and Techniques by Wayne Radford

Facial Recognition<p>In this ebook, you will find information on how to fine-tune and simplify the essential skills necessary for quality portraiture. …

eBooks

The Art of Portrait Photography: Expression and Exploration

Humans have been creating portraits of one another since the beginning of time, when rocks served as canvas and paints were made from charcoal and …

Alzheimer's Disease

6 Reasons To Consider Renting Photo Gear

There are several instances where renting gear should be a no-brainer , and yet many photographers are reluctant to do so. Perhaps it’s because they …

Five Self Assignments That Teach You To See

In my 20 years in photography, I’ve seen a lot of different assignments teachers have given their students. Most I have heard, or been given myself …

Aperture

Programmed Auto: A Helpful Overlooked Exposure Mode on DSLR Cameras

In order to be a truly creative photographer, you need to take your camera out of the automatic exposure modes and put it into either Programmed …

Aperture