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5 psychological tricks to make people buy your stuff

Over the years, psychologists and marketers alike have conducted extensive research to figure out what it is that makes us tick. Why do we do what we do? What influences our decisions? What causes us to change?<p>After all, by understanding the motivations behind a purchaser’s decision, it becomes …

Understand These 7 Types of Investments and You'll Practically Be a Pro

<i>When it comes to your finances, do you take a head-on or head-in-the-sand approach? If you identify with the latter, the good news is you're not</i> …

What’s new in watchOS 4? Hands-on with 50+ features and changes [Video]

As we did with the beta release of iOS 11, we’ve taken some time to walk through many of the new features and changes found in watchOS 4. While the Apple Watch software isn’t busting at the seams with new features like iOS 11, there are still quite a few new goodies and changes to be found. In this …

WatchOS

Take Cinematic Photography with your iPhone & Android

<b>Introducing SANDMARC Drama & Scape Filters</b><p><b>Drama & Scape Filters</b> are Polarizer & Neutral Density filters designed to help you <b>capture cinematic</b> …

Probably the Most Useful Photo Editing Skills You'll Ever Need

Photo Editing Skills to Propel Your Photography Once and for All<p>Are there many photographers out there who showcase their straight out of camera …

Tips for Growing Your Instagram Account and Getting Featured

As an account owner and admin of a small sized Instagram community page, I thought I would share some tips as both a photographer and an Instagram …

How an Award Winning Photo is Made, All 27 PS Blending Modes Explained, Useful Editing Skills and More!

A few days ago I received an email telling me that my photo “Windermere Morning” had won the Olympus Global Photo Contest 2017. Apart from the kudos …

How To Care For Your Lens: Clean the Back

How many times have you cleaned the back of your lenses? Sure never. Canadian photographer Oz Yilmaz explains the proper way of doing and why is …

How to Shoot a High-End Cosmetics Photo with Cheap Speedlights

If we wrote it once, we’ve written it a thousand times: you don’t <i>need</i> expensive equipment to capture high-quality studio photography. As photographer …

Using Tonal Contrast for Better BW Photography

This photo is almost entirely blue tones, but because of their contrasts, it translates into a beautiful BW image.<p>When we are out in the world seeing …

Photographers, it's Time to Give Your Photographic Composition a Proper Overhaul

When was the last time you actually took the time to learn some basics about composition? I mean, aside from understanding light it's most certainly …

Try to be The Dumbest Photographer In The World

I always say the Universe’s favorite hiding place for the most awesome stuff is right behind fear. Isn’t that a little unfair? Why doesn’t the …

The Exposure Triangle: Making Sense of Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO

How important is exposure in photography? What are the components of exposure? What is the “Exposure Triangle”? These are the questions I will …

7 Tips for Making Lightroom Run Faster

Not happy with Lightroom’s sluggish performance on your computer? Here’s a helpful 15-minute video in which photographer and instructor Anthony …

Putting Together a Photography Portfolio - It Really DOES Matter How You Do it

“Portfolio” is a word you've almost certainly heard already in the context of photography.<p>We can define a portfolio as “<i>a group of work collected in</i> …

How A DIY GOBO Can Transform Your Portraiture

Modifying and controlling your light truly makes you the master of your scene. Cinematographers and photographers have been analyzing light and …

Tutorials

5 Simple Tips for Shooting Better Interior Photography

Whether you’re interested in lifestyle photography, real estate imagery, or something in between, knowing how to capture great photos of interiors is …

5 Professional Product Photography Tips

As the digital marketplace grows, the demand for good content and eye catching media increases with it. More and more brands and entrepreneurs are …

Working with Models: A Beginner’s Guide

Running a shoot from start to finish can be pretty demanding—working with creative staff, managing your camera, adjusting settings, directing, and …

What No One Tells You About Traveling to Cuba

As the plane lifted off the runway in New York and began the three-hour journey to Havana, Cuba, the excitement among travelers was palpable. The …

Great Portrait Advice from Award-Winning Photographers, Part 2

<i>In the lead-up to the LensCulture Portrait Awards 2017, we reached out to dozens of former winners and finalists from prior editions of the LensCulture Portrait Awards to ask them for their advice on how to make a great portrait.</i><p><i>We ended up receiving so many insightful and inspiring replies that we</i> …

Saturation Vs. Vibrance: The Tips You Need to Know

When I first learned Photoshop, the saturation adjustment was one of the first tools I used.Why?Well, to put it simply, I already knew what …

Tutorials

Want to Know how to Take Amazing Group Photos?

Sure, everyone wants to know how to take amazing group photos – and if you're the <i>“photographer”</i> at the time, and your friends are like, “hey grab …

Complete Lightroom and Photoshop Portrait Retouching Tutorial

Most online photography tutorials focus on one thing—how to sharpen better or how to retouch shiny skin, for example. This video goes way beyond …

3 Easy Ways to Get Better Portraits by Separating Subject from Background

One of the most common beginner mistakes in portrait photography is not separating your subject from the background. Fortunately, it’s an easy skill …

The Best Travel Reward Credit Cards According to Experts

The New Year’s resolutions “spend less money” and “travel more” seem to contradict each other. But travel experts know there are certain tricks to …

Personal Finance

8 Types of Trips You Should Take Before You Die

What type of traveler are you? Do you love to roam through a new place with little more than a compass and a backpack or do you prefer the five-star …

How to Plan Your Dream Trip to Niseko Japan on a Budget

<i>This feature originally appeared in the November issue of TransWorld SNOWboarding magazine and has been updated with photos and videos. Subscribe</i> …

The 13 best novels of 2016

2016 will go down in history as a year that changed America’s political landscape forever. And it gave us books that grapple with that changing landscape, fiercely and provocatively; books that delve deeply into the American identity and change the way we see it.<p>But it also gave us books that allow …

How To Tackle Landscape Photography With Your Mobile Phone

Without a doubt, landscapes are one of the most popular subjects for photographers of all ability levels. From professional photographers whose …

Landscape Photography