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Bumblebees in the Balance

<b>We</b> all need bumblebees – and perhaps no one’s more well-versed in the reasons why then UK-based conservationist and professor Dave Goulson. With the …

SHORTLISTED: The 2014 PEN Literary Awards

Spanning fiction, essays, science writing, biography, sports writing, translation and children's books, the 2014 PEN Literary Awards celebrate the best of literature from around the world. PEN extends their congratulations to the writers and translators who have been recognized in this round of …

Top ten summer crime fiction reads

<b>That Night</b> <i>By Chevy Stevens, St. Martin's, 384 pages, $19.99</i><p>Long summer days and taut psychological thrillers go together like gin and tonic. Vancouver's Chevy Stevens delivers one of the tightest thrillers of the summer, set in quiet little Campbell River, B.C. Toni Murphy wasn't one of the …

What God does to your brain

The controversial science of neurotheology aims to find the answer to an age-old question: why do we believe?<p>When neuroscientist Andrew Newberg scanned the brain of “Kevin”, a staunch <b>atheist,</b> while he was meditating, he made a fascinating discovery. “Compared with the Buddhist monks and Franciscan …

The Brain

Winners of Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize announced

Prize-winning authors including Evie Wyld and Naomi Wood each receive £5,000 prize to celebrate British fiction<p>The eight winners of the £40,000 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize were announced this evening.<p>The winning titles include Evie Wyld’s All the Birds, Singing, <b>which received the 2013 Encore</b> …

We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart, review

E.Lockhart's YA novel We Were Liars, set among a rich New England family, is mysterious and powerful<p>The goings-on within a rich and spoiled New England family, as they spend their summers in a gorgeous private island off Martha’s Vineyard, might not sound like the basis for a gripping <b>young adult</b> …

Books

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

Headshot Photography Techniques

Peter Hurley believes he has the coolest job you could ever have. He arrived at his headshot photography career through trial and error. Just like …

Photography

5 Ways to Take Better Smartphone Photos

When you think about smartphone photography what comes to mind? My guess is you probably think about Instagram, photo filters, bad selfies and any …

Chirp Lets You Send Photos from Device to Device Using Sound

The thinking behind the new Android and iOS app <i>Chirp</i> is that if animals in nature communicate through sound, machines should too. And so, the four …

8 Simple Ways to Improve Your Photography Skills Starting Today

“Practice makes perfect,” they say. It’s such a clichéd statement — most people probably roll their eyes when they hear it. Me too.<p>But guess what? …

New Fluid-Filled Lens Combines the Best Traits from Human and Insect Vision

Engineers at Ohio State University have imitated aspects of human and insect eyes to create what may turn out to be the next big advance in camera …

Extremely Essential Camera Skills by Rob and Lauren Lim

The fastest route to better quality photography isn’t buying a new and expensive camera with all the latest bells and whistles. It’s by mastering the …

Landscape Photography

These Are the Ways to put the WOW Factor into Your Portraits

Most photographers, at some point in their career, make a decision to begin photographing people. Your decision may be simply to include people in …

How to Take Great Portraits Outdoors

Have you ever taken a picture outside only to realize afterward that the sky is white instead of blue? Or the subject of your image is too dark? Or …

A Roundup of April Fools’ 2013 Jokes in the World of Photography

April Fools’ Day: the beautiful (or painful) day of the year on which the Internet is teeming with fabricated stories designed to fool and humor. We …

Review: Lomography Diana Flash+

As much as the Diana F+ is Lomography’s idea of an artsy and hip yet unmistakably serious and powerful medium-format film camera, the Diana Flash+ is …

Impressive Stop Motion Photography Tour Through Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Brewery is hitting the US with its MASH Tour – a festival of food, film, music, books, and beer that’s coming to eleven cities across …

Camera Support Tips for Sharp and Clear Photography

At one point or another all of us have probably heard something to the effect that using a tripod is the best way of getting clear, sharp photos. …

Landscape Photography

Fujifilm X100S Announced - Exactly The Same But Better

Fujifilm’s X100 rangefinder-style compact camera was one of the surprise successes of the past couple years. With a fast prime lens, APS-C sensor, …

The Guide to Telephoto Zoom Lenses for Non-Professionals

Telephoto lenses are those considered to be around 70mm and greater. They come in both zooms, primes, variable apertures and fixed apertures. …

How To Get The Most From Your Lenses

These days, camera lenses are available in every shape and size and to fit every budget. From the most basic kit zooms to exotic professional primes, …

Using the Sun As A Compositional Element

For the most part, as photographers, we avoid shooting into the sun for fear that we’ll get some unsightly flaring. The sun DOES present some …

A Year of Forest Life Captured with Timelapse Photography

While living on the outskirts of Bloomington, Indiana, filmmaker and photographer Samuel Orr started collecting short bits of timelapse footage of …

Repetition and Patterns in Photography

The root word of repetition is “repeat”. When you repeat a certain size or shape or color you add strength to the overall image. Repetition is a …

Review: Fujifilm X100s

The Fujifilm X100s is the successor to the very highly regarded X100. We had a first impressions experience with the camera during CES 2013, and were …