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How to Use Depth Of Field For Better Compositions

Depth of field is one of those aspects of photography which is present in every single picture. Whether there is very little depth or almost …

Top 10 places to shop in Tokyo: a neighbourhood guide

Tokyo shopping has it all: high-end and offbeat fashion, traditional crafts, vintage wares, all manner of only-in-Japan souvenirs, and that gadget you didn't know existed but now desperately want.<p>Whether you prefer department-store browsing or rummaging for secondhand treasures, there’s a Tokyo …

Japan

Here's The One Thing Dermatologists Wish You Would Stop Doing

<b>By Renee Jacques, Allure</b><p><i>(Photo: Delphine Achard/WWD)</i><p>You follow your skin-care routine with religious dedication but still don't have the Neutrogena-commercial-perfect complexion of your dreams. That could be because you're still making one of the mistakes dermatologists dread most. We asked eight …

Skin Care

How Understanding Clarity and Vibrance in Lightroom Can Improve Your Images

Adobe Lightroom offers two excellent tools for increasing the apparent contrast and saturation of an image without resorting to taking everything to …

You Don’t Have to Like Dolls to Enjoy This Kokeshi Doll-Making Video

Yasuo Okazaki is an amazing woodworker that makes naruko kokeshi dolls. If you are unfamiliar with these toys, Collectors Weekly has a great write-up about them. Kokeshi dolls are originally from “rural Tohoku, in northeast Japan, during the Bunka-Bunsei eras (1804-29).” Since the second world war, …

How To Master Indoor Photography With Natural Light

Whether you’re a street, portrait, still life, raccoon, or landscape photographer you’ll undoubtedly benefit from practicing indoors from time to …

Landscape Photography

47 Tokyo Neighborhoods

posted by John Spacey, July 12, 2009 updated on July 23, 2015<p>Tokyo neighborhoods are identified by their train stations. When people ask you where …

Yamanote Line: Tokyo's 29 Downtown Neighborhoods

Yamanote is a loop line (train) around central Tokyo. The neighborhoods on Yamanote line are considered part of downtown. Areas within the loop are …

Essential Tokyo Maps: Understand Tokyo Geography in 90 Seconds

It only takes 90 seconds to understand basic Tokyo geography (as well as any local). The first thing you need to know is that Tokyo is centered …

8 Spa-Like Bathrooms Designed to Instantly Soothe

Let these airy oases across the globe spur some ideas for creating your own refuge.

Finding Cheap Flights 101

I've been traveling pretty intensely for many years. When I had a full time entertainment job with minimal pay, I took at least twice monthly weekend trips and bi-annual overseas trips. When I had a more remote job, I roamed for long periods of time. As a result, when I catch up with friends who …

Air Travel

10 Mistakes You Make When Booking Airfare

If you're wondering why you never manage to bag a flight for quite as cheap as the next guy, or you're pining for a getaway but really need to keep the cost down, or you're simply super-interested in all the intricacies of airfare pricing (OK, well, at Hopper, we are!), then this list of 10 …

Air Travel

Wandering Tokyo, part 2

Shopping for uni at Tsukiji.<p>No trip to Tokyo is complete without a visit to the famous <b>Tsukiji Fish Market</b>, the oldest and largest of its kind in the …

Japan

3 Perfect Tokyo and Kyoto Itineraries

While there are countless worthwhile tourist destinations spread throughout Japan, like Osaka, Hiroshima, and Mount Fuji, most travelers only have …

Japan

11 tips for your Japan trip | CNN Travel

Fun dining at Japan's street food stalls

My eighth amuse bouche arrived in a porcelain bowl that looked like it belonged in the British Museum. The "potage of Kyoto red carrot in the image of New Year's rising sun" was from a 17-course kaiseki menu – the haute cuisine of Japan, derived from the elaborate 16th-century rituals of the tea …

Tokyo on a budget: tips for making your yen go further

You don’t have to live off vending-machine coffee and rice to experience the grandeur and excitement of Japan’s singular capital. Here are our tips for doing Tokyo a budget.<p>Finding a place to stay<p>Shop around online months ahead for Tokyo accommodation, as rates can fluctuate dramatically. The best …

Japan

5 tips for visiting Japan with kids on a budget

In September we took our five kids on a holiday to Japan.<p>It was only brief; we stayed three nights in Osaka and three nights in Tokyo.<p>None of us had …

Japan

50 Things to Do in Tokyo

From the well-known staples to hidden gems, here is a compilation of 50 things you must do in Tokyo. Be sure to check it out before you head out on …

10 Sensational Stops for Japanese Food in Shinjuku, Tokyo

If you're visiting Tokyo for business or pleasure, there's a good chance you'll be staying in the Shinjuku area. Arrive at night, and you'll feel like an alien (or perhaps a replicant?) amidst all the neon in the Blade Runner-like atmosphere. And while amazing Japanese food surrounds you, that …

Watch the Masters at El Faralito Make One of Mexico City's Best Al Pastor Tacos

Unsure of what to eat for dinner tonight? After watching this stunning video, the the answer will most definitely be tacos. Set to dark jazzy music, it's all about the tacos al pastor at Mexico City's "cult eatery" El Farolito. The video provides a close-up look at the process of making what <i>Swallow</i> …

Mexico