Patrick Sicard-Nortez

111 Added | 24 Magazines | 9 Likes | 7 Following | 4 Followers | @PatrickSica12v6 | Married to Angelito. We have two Savannah kitties (Kchloe & Alliyah). Psychologist (Clinical & Forensic). Private Practice . Living in Calgary, AB.

7 things you should do every day with your significant other to make your love last

Due to the daily pressures, distractions, and dynamics of modern life, a romantic couple doesn't have to be dysfunctional to grow distant over time. Long working hours and the demands of raising children can push date night, sex, and romantic vacations to the last place on the priority …

Relationships

Thought Patterns to Avoid If You Have Social Anxiety Disorder

Unhelpful thinking styles are thought patterns that have the potential to cause negative emotions and behaviors. People who suffer from social …

Cognition

How do I stop being lonely? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Every day millions of people ask Google life’s most difficult questions. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries<p>Loneliness is a stealthy bastard. It can settle in on your soul without you even noticing, until the texture of the words appear on your tongue one day: “I’m lonely.” It’s a …

Psychology

Al-Qaeda Has Rebuilt Itself—With Iran's Help

Interviews with al-Qaeda members and bin Laden’s family reveal a pact that allowed the group to prepare for its next phase.<p>The last Islamic State redoubts have been falling in quick succession in recent weeks, with the U.S.-backed coalition taking the caliphate’s self-declared capital of Raqqa last …

Middle East

Top 5 Misconceptions About Evolution And Why They're Wrong

Most science lovers are used to defending the evidence when the subject of evolution comes up. But even the most enthusiastic of us can get tired of …

Biology

Harvard scientists think they might have pinpointed the source of human consciousness

Human consciousness has been defined as awareness, sentience, a person's ability to experience and feel, but despite the important role it plays in our lives and making us who we are, we actually know very little about how consciousness works.<p>Scientists currently believe that consciousness is …

Consciousness

Alzheimer's: Brain's protective mechanism revealed

Buildups of "clumpy" proteins in the brain are well-known hallmarks of Alzheimer's, but not everyone who has them goes on to develop this …

Photography, Poetry, Music and Philosophy: The Medium from a Critic’s Eye

<i>Sean O’Hagan has been writing about photography for well over a decade, including a long-running column in The Guardian titled “On Photography.” Before that, he primarily focused on music while frequently interviewing other cultural figures. He has been recognized with numerous awards for both his</i> …

Street Photography

Photographer Profile: Stephen Allen Schultz

<i>“Aura.” Location: Florida Studio. Equipment/Exposure Settings: Canon EOS 5D, ƒ/14 at 1/125 sec., ISO 250</i><b>Photographer:</b> Stephen Allen Schultz<b>Studio</b> …

Canon EOS

You can all stop asking about camera settings now. Here's all of them

If there’s one thing of which we can be sure, it’s that if we post a photo to social media, <i>somebody</i> will ask us what settings we used. Tony Northrup …

8 fascinating ghost documentaries you need to watch in October

We’ve been looking forward to the month of October all year long. Not only is it the first real month of fall, it also kickstarts the countdown to …

7 Smartphone Tips for Shooting Photographs That Will Make You Proud (VIDEO)

We tend to avoid “shoot-like-a-pro” headlines (like the one is this video) when speaking about smartphone photography. But the seven great tips in …

15 Amazing Photos That Will Make You Appreciate Juxtaposition as a Creative Composition Tool

There are various composition techniques that you can use in your photography to frame a subject or the different elements you are trying to capture. …

Photography

THE ONE SECRET Lightroom feature EVERY photographer should be using

One of Ted Forbes´favorite features in Adobe Lightroom is the mobile syncing function. His favorite use in addition to syncing to the mobile app is …

Lightroom

Photo Basics: This Super Helpful 2-Minute Tip on Color Space Will Change Your Photography (VIDEO)

The more we understand about the inner workings of our camera, the better our images will be, right? In the video below, you‘ll see a quick …

Photography Essentials: Post Editing Process

When it comes to creating great outdoor images, ensuring that you’re familiar with your camera and all of its features is vital for getting the most …

Tutorials

Watch: How to Take Better Golden Hour Portraits Using Only Natural Light

The golden hour may be the most prized piece of the photographic clock, but shooting portraits during a rising or setting using only natural light …

Natural Light

Portrait Tips: Deep Drama With One Light

Every time you make portraits you should make one shot that pushes your limits or gives you a little thrill. The client may not like it, but it will …

Channel Your Ultimate Inspiration by Retouching Old Photos From Your Archives

We all have them, those cloudy days when you just can't create no matter how much you want to. As normal as this is, it's very frustrating. I'll …

Tutorials

8 Creative Ways to use Gels

Color gels are great for adding a stylized look in your films. Not only that, but Gels can be great for adding a specific tone and mood in your …

Photography

The Sony Xperia XZ1's camera has pleasantly surprised me

After using and reviewing the Sony Xperia XZ Premium earlier this year, and being squarely disappointed by the camera considering its flagship …

Phones

Why a white backdrop is the only portrait background you'll ever need

I often see people asking what colour they should paint their new studio, or what backdrop should they get. My advice, if you only have to pick one, …

6 ideas to help you start using color gels

The use of color gels expands the possibilities and helps you create plenty of different looks. If you’re just discovering color gels, Ted Sim of …

A Close Look at the Quality of iPhone 8 Plus RAW Photos

A few weeks back I ran some tests on the RAW files taken with the latest iPad Pro. Frankly, I was pretty impressed, the quality was indeed …

What Is Color Space and Which One Should You Use?

Do you know and understand the different options of color spaces you can use for photography? Did you know you could set up to the camera to shoot in …

Photography

Learn to Make Boring Night Photos Look Spectacular with This 5-Minute Lightroom Tutorial (VIDEO)

Dramatic photographic opportunities abound once the sun drops below the horizon and a whole realm of colors, lights, and moods begin to appear. If …

Could your child be a psychopath? Six signs to watch out for

Around one in a hundred children display psychopathic traits, an expert has warned, but what are the signs you should watch out for?<p>Professor Stephen Scott, from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, says one per cent of children display callous-unemotional traits, a condition he …

Scientists Link ‘Cat Parasite' to Common Human Neurological Disorders

A new study shows that <i>Toxoplasma gondii</i>—a brain parasite often transmitted to humans by cats—triggers various changes in the human brain which …

Neuroscience

15 Brave Quotes to Inspire You to Be Yourself

There’s something special about a person who knows—and shows—how unique they are. Whether it’s an eccentric sense of style or a mind full of unusual …

Motivation

Psychologists studied 5,000 genius kids for 45 years — here are their 6 key takeaways

Follow thousands of superbright kids for four and a half decades, and you learn a thing or two about how to raise a high-achiever.<p>One of the biggest takeaways: Even kids with genius-level IQs need teachers to help them reach their full potential.<p>Since it began in 1971, the "Study of Mathematically …

Education