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7 Jedi Mind Tricks Every Portrait Photographer Should Know

Jedi mind tricks are not just for Jedi. They’re for photographers too. Us portrait photographers face a difficult mission. We must form instant …

Stand Up Comedy

Two Ways to Instantly Make Your Photos Pop Using Photoshop

Have you ever felt like your photos were missing something? In this quick Photoshop tutorial, learn how to make your photos pop with this simple …

Tutorials

Peek Inside This Minimal Eco-Friendly House In Hawaii

More and more, people are choosing to live, build and decorate by the mantra "less is more." One of the more recent and coolest examples of …

Extracted

Choosing the Best Photos for Your Portfolio

Choosing the ideal images for your portfolio can often seem as hard or harder than actually taking the photos in the first place. Most photographers …

Photography

Do you need to warm up before cycling?

<b>Skipping your warm-up may save time, but your performance will suffer</b><p>A warm-up before a training session or race is essential for preparing your body …

Tour de France

How to Develop Film at Home With Caffeinated Coffee

Are you still shooting film? Are you as impatient as I am and wish you could view your film as soon as you get home? If so, then this video is a …

Coffee

How Syria Came to This

A story of ethnic and sectarian conflict, international connivance, and above all civilian suffering<p>Seven years of horrific twists and turns in the Syrian Civil War make it hard to remember that it all started with a little graffiti.<p>In March 2011, four children in the southern city of Der’a …

Middle East

13 Kids Who Did Not Intend For Their Drawings To Be X-Rated

"My 7-year-old likes tits."

Drawing

Quick Tip: How to ‘Auto’ a Single Slider in Lightroom

Lightroom Classic has long had an “Auto” feature in the Develop module that will automatically set basic sliders for you based on the image at hand. …

Tutorials

10 Hidden Lightroom Features That Can Change Your Editing Life

Sometimes we can use software for years without taking the time to dive deeper and unlock its full potential. Here’s a great 12-minute tutorial by …

Tutorials

One Click to Better Black and Whites

Black and white conversion can be a complicated ordeal, and you can find yourself down a deep rabbit hole of theory if you're not careful. There are …

Tutorials

Meet Your Ab Muscles to Find Out How They Work

It seems everyone who exercises is looking for the best ab exercise routine for developing flat, tight abdominal muscles. Every year there are dozens …

Workouts

5 incredible places you have probably never heard of, according to a woman who traveled 100 countries

National Parks

From Seven to The Matrix – why the 1990s is my favourite film decade

The 90s was a decade that saw the rebirth of the American indie and thrilling blockbusters that weren’t reliant on superheroes<p>After the daring American new wave film-making of the 70s and the glittery excess of the 80s, the following decade played out like something of a compromise, with a rise in …

Blockbusters

The Photographer’s Surprising Secret To Self-Marketing | Sony

In the PRO-Files we’ve been diving deep into marketing strategies lately because it’s one of the best ways for a photographer to be proactive to find …

Marketing

Samples of Professional Email Writing for Better Photography Client Relationships

I'll start by saying that I have never been a good writer. Words never came naturally to me, and this became a huge problem when I started having to …

Productivity

This Pro Recommends Underexposing Portrait Photos to “Keep Highlights in Check” (VIDEO)

Portraiture is a very subjective endeavor, with almost as many styles of shooting as there are portrait photographers. And this quick tutorial is …

Photography

Photoshop Basics: 5 Easy Tips & Tricks for Faster Editing & Better Photographs (VIDEO)

Many of us have conflicting goals when we sit down behind the computer and open our images in Photoshop: On the one hand, we want to do a thorough …

Tutorials

Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs: The Finest and Most Reasonable Way to Save your Hearing

Hearing protection is essential when mowing your grass, watching a car race, or enjoying your favorite band. While ordinary hearing plugs will reduce …

Audiophile

I Tried It: Goodbye Gross Disposables, Hello Silicone Sponge

Have you ever picked up your kitchen sponge to do the dishes only to find that it smells totally musty? And not only that, but you have no more …

Minimalism

Taking the helm: An intense, 14-day sailing lesson - from scratch - off New Zealand

Eight days into a two-week sailing course in New Zealand, I felt like the young and ineffectual officer in "Master and Commander" who ends his …

Sailing

Master Photography for Yourself

Master your own style, aesthetics, and vision in photography.Master photography according to yourself, to your own vision; disregarding what others …

Street Photography

Ten games to spice up your rides

Few things in cycling are more enjoyable than heading out for a ride with a bunch of close mates. Good company and good conversation can make long, …

Cycling

How to Choose Flattering Light for Your Client

When a client hands a portrait photographer their hard-earned money, they want to see a photograph of themselves they feel great about. Light is a …

Tutorials

How to Tell a Story Through Your Photos: 6 Photographers Share Their Tips and Experiences

“Every Picture Tells a Story.” You’ve no doubt heard Rod Stewart’s song, but, as you head out the door with your camera, do you ever stop to mull …

New York City

59 Brilliant Romantic Comedies That Are Seriously Underrated

Save this list for a rainy day.<p><i>Note: Submissions may have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Relationships

Give Your Images the Cinematic Look in Just Two Minutes

I find cinematic images to be particularly memorable. I'm sure there's some color theory and psychology behind that but ain't nobody got time for …

Photography

Getting Started With Capture One

I've recently started getting more familiar with Capture One, though I, like many others, used to feel a little intimidated by the interface and …

Tutorials

Venus Optics announces Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D lens

<b>The world’s widest rectilinear f/2.8 lens for mirrorless APS-C cameras has been announced in the form of the Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D lens.</b><p>Third in the …

Cameras

Review: Loupedeck cut my Lightroom editing time nearly in half

When people hire a photographer, they usually don’t realize how much work goes into the editing process. If I spend eight hours shooting a wedding, it will often take me <i>eighty</i> hours to edit the photos.<p>Loupedeck, a hardware device that assigns physical controls to almost all of Lightroom’s editing …