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First published on Sun 3 Nov 2013 10.29 EST

The Power of Black & White

If you read my articles about long exposure photography and intentional camera movement in the landscape you may have noticed a common theme amongst …

5 Adorable Pet Photos [and How to Make your Shots even Cuter]

Want to get photos of your pet that will make everyone say "aaawwww"? Here are five of my top tips for capturing cuteness.

6 Features of a Successful Photography Website

In a piece I wrote a short while ago about some of the myths concerning professional photography, one of the flagrant fictions included the following:<p>…

How to Use Bulb Mode on a Camera

There is a special setting on all DSLR cameras that allows the photographer to go beyond the longest automatic shutter speed setting of 30 seconds. …

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10 Expert Tips for Aspiring Landscape Photographers

Surrounded by the beauty of nature, many photographers experience a longing to capture those stunning vistas, towering mountains and waterfalls, …

Sands of time: Marc Wilson's ghostly relics of the second world war

The second world war is still on our minds. Every year, another television documentary, another funeral of a war veteran. Remembrance of the war doesn't fade over the years. If anything, the recognition of it increases.<p>VE (Victory in Europe) Day happened on 8 May 1945. Sixty-eight years on, some of …

The 9 Best Weight-Loss Tips Ever!

Those extra pounds will vanish in no time<p>We rounded up the best weight-loss tips we’ve ever published and put them all in one convenient spot. Click through to jumpstart your weight-loss goals now!<p>Don’t Forget to Eat Right<p>Hit the gym all you want, but you’ll still gain weight if you eat more …


5 Ways to Get an Awesome Outdoor Workout

Challenge your muscles using nature as your gym<p>Looking for a body-sculpting, endorphin-unleashing workout you'll actually stick with? Take your sweat sessions outside. Compared with the gym, exercising outdoors has been linked to an increase in overall satisfaction and a decrease in perceived …


How To Do A Perfect Plank

Your guide to mastering the abs exercise.<p>Things that feel like forever: Waiting for the hottie you met last weekend to message you back; boiling pasta; holding a plank.<p>But even though it may not be super exciting, this simple bodyweight move is really effective—not to mention, one of the best ways …


7 Sneaky Beauty Tricks to Get That “Natural” Look

How to nail that fresh-faced glow without loading on the products


7 Healthy Ways to Satisfy Candy Cravings

The next time you find yourself jonesing for the sweet stuff, reach for one of these good-for-you alternatives<p>You <i>know</i> that candy's bad for you, but sometimes a Snickers bar or a bag of Skittles is just calling your name. So what's a girl to do when a craving hits? Simple: Instead of hitting the …

3 Ways to Wear a Maxi Dress in the Fall

Yes you CAN wear this summer style staple right now


30 Low-Calorie Snacks You’ll Wish You Thought Of Sooner

Mind = blown.<p>Getting through a day without a snack is like getting through a day without checking your phone—impossible and boring AF. That's why you need an arsenal of snacks to grab when you need a fix—go-to mini meals that will satisfy your cravings, keep you full, and clock in at 200 calories …

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The 5-Minute Fat-Blasting Workout

Resize your thighs, flatten your belly, and firm your butt—in record time<p>Here's the thing about the relationship between time and exercise: Even if we could all find five free minutes each day (and it's safe to assume most of us can), we likely wouldn't use it to work out.<p>That's because many women …


7 Tips for Super-Soft Lips—Even in Cold Weather

Cold-proof your pout with these expert tricks<p>Love crisp fall weather but hate how it dries out your lips? Don’t worry, we’ve got the fix. We consulted <i>Women’s Health</i> beauty editor Jill Percia for her best tricks to keep your pout super kissable all winter long:<p>Make a simple lip scrub<p>Use a pinch of …


Will Going Vegetarian Really Help Me Lose Weight?

One expert shares her weight-loss wisdom<p><b>The question</b>: Will going vegetarian really help me lose weight?<p><b>The expert</b>: Eileen Dutter, R.D., health educator for weight management services at the Mayo Clinic<p><b>The answer</b>: There are some definite advantages to eating more fruits and vegetables. You’ll get …

4 'Healthwashing' Pitfalls to Watch Out For

Truly unprocessed food doesn't need to toot its own horn with meaningless call outs and claims, nor is it composed of a litany of ingredients, including artificial flavoring and neon-bright dyes. Above all, remember: The front of a product's packaging is pure marketing -- ingredient lists tell the …

Weekend Challenge: Cycling Russian Twist

Try this killer core exercise for stronger abs<p><i>Join the</i> Women’s Health <i>Weekend Challenge to help you meet your fitness goals fast and make your weekend workouts count. Check out our Facebook page every weekend and challenge yourself to try a new exercise. Thousands of women already have. Join them,</i> …


12 Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight

These surprising bad habits are keeping you from hitting your weight loss goals


5 Yoga Poses for Amazing Arms

Do these moves for arms you can’t WAIT to show off<p>Yoga helps to calm the mind and spirit, but it also creates absolutely gorgeous arms! These 5 moves from the <i>Women’s Health</i> Big Book of Yoga by Kathryn Budig will help build strength in your upper back and shoulders without adding bulk. The result: …


7 Warm, Gooey (But Still Healthy!) Cookie Recipes

These cookies are so tasty, no one will guess that they're also better for you<p>When your next cookie craving strikes, whip up one of these more nutritious (but still oh-so-delicious) recipes.<p>Chips Oh Boy! Cookies<p>Vitamin E-rich walnuts make classic chocolate chip cookies taste all the more</i> …


How to Lose Weight in 7 Days

Need to lose weight fast? Like in one week? Implement one simple tweak every day to feel lighter and firmer in just 7 days.<p>7 Days to Slim<p>Looking for a realistic deadline diet? Make these tiny tweaks from <b>Shape-Up Shortcuts</b>, a NEW amazing book from Jen Ator, C.S.C.S., <i>Women's Health</i> magazine's senior …


6 Exercises You Can Do During Commercial Breaks

A total-body workout that you can do DURING your fave TV show<p>Having trouble deciding between a trip to the gym and the newest episode of <i>American Horror Story</i>? Good news: You can watch at home AND still break a serious sweat! We reached out to Helena Wolin, ACE certified personal trainer and …


7 Ways to Eat More Veggies

You’ll get MORE than your five a day with these tips—and that’s a very good thing<p>Struggling to eat your five servings of vegetables a day? The first step is making sure you have plenty of veggies readily available, says Rachel Berman, R.D., health content manager for But that’s not the …


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