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Cannes 2018: Here Are the Cameras Used To Shoot 32 of This Year’s Films

Cinematography Survey: The world's best cinematographers explain how they created looks for Terry Gilliam’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” Spike …

Cinematography

‘Biswin Sadi’: How I came of age in the 1960s with long-gone Urdu magazines and books of the time

Jamil Urfi recalls the inimitable Urdu literature of his youth and how it fell out of popularity with the turn of the century.<p>Was it because that …

Books

How to Change the Color of Anything in Photoshop

There are many ways to change the color of an object in Photoshop, but in certain instances, these methods fall short of accomplishing your goal. …

4 Creative In-Camera Transitions You've Got to Try

Spice up your videos with these sexy in-camera transitions.Wipes, fades, and traditional cuts serve an important purpose in filmmaking, but every now …

Videography

How Filmmakers Are Making Text Graphics Pop in 2018

Here are some of this year's trendiest text graphics (so far) that might give you some new ideas.One thing that all great films have are really good …

TV shows

These three strategies can help you master any subject

I learned a lot in 2017. I learned about how the European Union works, because Britain decided to leave it. I learned what a social media-obsessed presidency looks like, and the distinctive outlines of a political party that picks power over principle. I learned that a Trump presidency can force a …

Pedagogy

The Best Apps for Photographers

Man, is it fun to be a photographer right now.<p>I don't mean to say that photography wasn't fun before, but if you ask me, we're in a golden age of …

Mobile Photography

Bright Idea: This Lamp Harvests Its Own Energy From Plants

Now that's green energy. Dutch product designer Ermi van Oers and her team are working on the first atmospheric lamp powered by living plants.<p>The …

Clean Energy

How Kipling helped quell an Indian mutiny in first world war trenches

British intelligence enlisted Jungle Book author to counter German propaganda by rewriting soldiers’ letters home<p>He was one of Britain’s most celebrated writers of the 20th century, the Nobel prizewinning author of <i>The Jungle Book</i>. But Rudyard Kipling’s work for British intelligence during the first …

World History

12 everyday stretches that will help you stay flexible and fit at any age

When it comes to stretching, there are a lot of options to choose from.<p>But what are the best everyday stretches for anyone looking to avoid sore muscles, get more flexible, and protect his or her muscles from injuries?<p>We turned to Marilyn Moffat, a professor of physical therapy at New York …

One reason India’s ambitious fertiliser subsidy reforms stumbled – Aadhaar authentication failures

Using fingerprints to verify customers is adding to delays outside fertiliser shops. Retailers have found a solution but it defeats the purpose of …

India

Why India's farmers want to conserve indigenous heirloom rice

India <i>is</i> rice country: the cereal provides daily sustenance for more than 60% of the population. Half a century ago, it was home to more than 100,000 rice varieties, encompassing a stunning diversity in taste, nutrition, pest-resistance and, crucially in this age of climate change and natural …

Agriculture

Brothels and blossom: Japan's grandest journey – in pictures

From mystical mountains to snowy passes, from samurai swordsmen to sex workers in shop windows, two woodblock artists in the 1830s depicted the astonishing sights on the ancient route from Edo to Kyoto

Art

The best album of every year since 2000, according to critics

Since the turn of the century, the review aggregator Metacritic has compiled an annual list of the year's best-received albums, assigning scores based on their composite critical reception.<p>We selected the top album from each year, starting with 2000 (and including the best album of 2017 so far). …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Army general among Thais convicted in Rohingya mass graves case

A Thai court has found dozens of people guilty in the country's biggest ever human trafficking case, which began in 2015 after the discovery of 30 …

Over 200 Free-To-Download Design Masterpieces From The ‘Golden Age Of Posters’

Composite image by DesignTAXI. Left image by Ferdinand Andri (1906) via MCAD Library, right image by Berthold Löffler (1908) via MCAD Library<p><b>The late</b> …

American Tech Companies Are So Afraid Of Offending Indians That They're Censoring All Their Products

In the world’s largest democracy, Amazon Prime Video deletes most nudity and profanity, Google bans retailers from buying ads for erotica, Amazon and Flipkart refuse to sell adult products, and Tinder suggests its users should get parental approval for their dates.<p><b>For a Bollywood movie,</b> Gaurav …

India

The other Ghalib: Meet one of the last calligraphers of Old Delhi’s Urdu Bazaar

Near Old Delhi’s Jama Masjid, there are food vendors of Urdu Bazaar and, in a small makeshift shop sits Mohammad Ghalib — one of Delhi’s last Katibs …

Calligraphy

No One Can Agree on What to Call People Displaced by Climate Change

The legal definition of a certain set of asylum-seekers worldwide is blocking access to lifesaving aid.<p>Climate change is coming for everyone, but the first people it will come for are the poor. The areas hit hardest and soonest will be tropical low and middle-income countries, which also happen to …

Nikon 100th Anniversary: 12 iconic cameras that defined the brand

<b>With Nikon's 100th anniversary just around the corner, we're rounding up 12 of the most important and influential Nikon cameras to grace our hands</b><p>One …

8 Camera-Less Photographers You Need To Know

These shutterbugs have eschewed traditional photography in favor of their own techniques, sans-camera.<p><b>This article was originally published on June 30, 2014, but we think it still rocks!</b><p>Many photographers whole-heartedly align themselves with either analog or digital photography; some even consider …

Too fast, too soon: how China's growth led to the Tianjin disaster

The 2015 warehouse explosion in Tianjin was one of the worst manmade disasters in Chinese history – and exposed the darker side of rapid urbanisation<p>This article is a project of UBC’s International Reporting Program<p>It was almost midnight on a summer Wednesday in 2015 when Hu Xiumin was jolted awake …

China

What 19th-century Calcutta’s street cries revealed about its food and politics

From culinary habits to gendered norms, our interactions with street vendors lie at the intersection of private and public.<p>In 1708, an anonymous poet …

Popular Mac App Developers Issue Urgent Malware Warning

It’s been a rough week in Mac security. First, Checkpoint warned users of a Trojan spreading in Europe that was the first of its kind. And now, one …

How Four Powerful Rulers Decided the Fate of a Continent

<b>FOUR PRINCES</b> <b><br>Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, Suleiman the Magnificent and the Obsessions That Forged Modern Europe</b><br>By John Julius Norwich<br>288 pp. Atlantic Monthly Press. $27.<p>The decade of the 1490s was a hinge in European history. In almost the same breath that Europe crossed the Atlantic and …

World History

Get better at figure drawing

When I got the call from ImagineFX’s editor to draw a person – a life model – for the cover illustration, I was filled with energy and excitement. …

Drawing

Time Out: The Beauty of J. A. Baker’s “The Peregrine”

Last fall, like many people, I felt overwhelmed. A friend I loved had died at the end of the summer, and I had quarrelled with and parted from another. I found myself unable to unhitch from the four or five or six news feeds that I was checking daily, then hourly, and I was travelling a lot. In the …

The Great Hokusai - Why do We Still Obsess over that Japanese Wave Painting ?

April 15, 2017<p>Smirna Kulenović is an Art History and Philosophy graduate, developing video and sound art projects, in love with improvisational …

Wild Parrots Raid India Poppy Fields To Get High On Opium

Farmers say even firecrackers won't keep the birds from their fix.<p>Polly wants something stronger than a cracker these days ― a lot stronger.<p>Wild parrots have been raiding poppy fields in India in order to get high on the flowers’ opium.<p>As can be seen in the video above, the dope-craving birds will …

Birds