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How to Edit Dramatic Portraits in Photoshop

Following his recent film showing you how Sean Tucker shot the Mentor Portraits project back in South Africa, this is a follow up tutorial showing …

A Nobel Prize-winning economist thinks we’re asking all the wrong questions about inequality

America is trying to come to terms with its economic inequality. Does inequality spur growth or kill it? Is it a necessary evil—or necessarily bad? Angus Deaton, an economics professor at Princeton, and the recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in economics, is asked questions like these all the …

How About Erecting Monuments to the Heroes of Reconstruction?

Americans should build this pivotal post–Civil War era into the new politics of historical memory.<p>Given the sheer number of Confederate memorials, …

Civil Rights

How a slave made off with a Confederate war ship — and became an American hero

For weeks, Robert Smalls had been watching them. Noting their comings and goings. It was risky, but it was the only way his plan would work.<p>The year …

It puts kids to sleep — but teachers keep lecturing anyway. Here’s what to do about it.

By Valerie Strauss<p>Valerie Strauss<p>Reporter covering education, foreign affairs<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Walk into any lecture class at any high school or college, and you are likely to find a good number of students doing something other than listening to the teacher. Dozing, perhaps. Shopping online. While …

Pedagogy

Why ‘Unlearning’ Old Habits Is An Essential Step For Innovation

Teachers are increasingly being asked to embrace new ideas and styles of teaching, but schools don’t always give their educators time or the mental …

Research-based Strategies to Help Children Develop Self-Control

It all started when psychology professor Walter Mischel was watching his four closely-spaced daughters growing up. He realized he had no idea what …

The Confederate flag largely disappeared after the Civil War. The fight against civil rights brought it back.

By Logan Strother ,<p>Thomas Ogorzalek and<p>Spencer Piston<p>Last week, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu oversaw the removal of four Confederate monuments. It was just the latest chapter in the contentious battle over the official display of Confederate symbols.<p>By now, the debate is familiar. People who …

Civil Rights

Here’s How to Use Exposure Blending in Photoshop to Make Your Landscape Photographs Pop (VIDEO)

We’re all familiar with the common dilemma when shooting landscape photos where a compromise has to be made between a blown-out sky and an overly …

Donald Trump is a big Andrew Jackson fan — here's how the 7th president of the United States ran the country

During his presidency, Andrew Jackson's populist rhetoric and popularity with "the common man" earned him the nickname "King Mob."<p>Today, he seems to have one new addition to his fan base.<p>President Donald Trump has placed a portrait of the seventh US president in the Oval Office and criticized the …

Thinking Strategically About Study Resources Boosts Students’ Final Grades

College students who participated in a self-administered intervention prompting them to reflect about their use of classroom resources had final …

Shooting video with the Fujifilm X-T2, Zhiyun Crane and Blackmagic Video Assist.

Shooting video on DSLR’s and mirrorless cameras has become more and more popular in the resent years. The video quality has been improved immensely, …

FUJIFILM

Why Street Photography Matters in 2017

“Street photography is dead”, declare forum threads and thinkpieces far and wide. The Internet and phone cameras have watered the quality down. The …

Blackmagic Web Presenter makes it easy to use any camera for live webcasting

Have you ever wanted to use your DSLR, mirrorless, or other high quality camera for live video streaming on platforms like Facebook Live, Skype, or …

Infographics: How To Take Perfect Travel Photos

<b>Do your photos</b> look as if they’ve been taken by your cat?<p><b>Don’t lose focus.</b> These infographics by luxury travel company Ampersand Travel about taking …

Don’t Let Blown Out Clouds Ruin Your Landscape Photos: Here’s an Easy Photoshop Fix (VIDEO)

We’ve all been there: You’re shooting a beautiful landscape with bright billowing clouds and some interesting shadow detail, so what do you do? You …

Follow the “500 Rule” to Take the Best Pictures of the Night Sky

Night sky photography is a lot of fun, but it’s also challenging. Provided you have the right equipment, it mostly comes down to tweaking your camera …

Shutter Speed

Historian Perfectly Calls Out White America's Amnesia of Its Brutal History Toward Black People

A white historian is trying to understand how white Americans can seemingly forget about the overwhelming discrimination many nonwhite Americans have …

How America fails to learn from its racist history, in 2 paragraphs

Germans are taught that their historical horrors were collective failures. Americans, on the other hand…<p>Both the US and Germany have committed horrific racist atrocities in the past. But Americans learn about their own cruelties differently than Germans do, writes Megan Carpentier for the …

The Orton Effect Explained

There are countless techniques and tools to make your image stand out but few have become as popular as the Orton Effect.The Orton Effect is both …

Putting the Bill of Rights to the Test: A New Student Workbook

<i>This primary source-based workbook helps students explore concepts found in the Bill of Rights.</i>Today is Bill of Rights Day — and this year we …

Teachers Rework Lesson Plans After Donald Trump’s Election

History and government classes are being revised on the fly, with some taking a more radical approach<p>As some students protest the election of Donald Trump and others rejoice, teachers are wrestling with how best to educate them on a significant event that has split the country.<p>Textbooks have yet to …

Donald Trump

6 Great H.W. Brands Books for American History Buffs

University of Texas historian H.W. Brands has criss-crossed back and forth across the American experience in his more than two dozen histories and biographies — from the American Revolution to the Great Depression, from Benjamin Franklin to Ronald Reagan.<p>“I’m trying to tell the story of the …

War

Quick Tip: A Cleaner Way to Sharpen Your Photos in Photoshop

When you sharpen a photograph, what you’re doing is adding contrast to the edges in an image, but unfortunately, that often leads to black and white …

Tutorials

Digital Photography

An introduction to the scientific, artistic, and computing aspects of digital photography. Topics include lenses and optics, light and sensors, …

Dodge and Burn for Dramatic Wedding Photography

Dodge and burn is a well-known technique amongst the retouching community. Most retouchers will use it to smooth out transitions and micro-contrast …

Wedding Photography