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National Geographic Travel

A First Review of the $40 Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 ‘Nifty Fifty’ Clone

I will be the first to admit that I am not a street photographer, not a wedding photographer, and don’t generally shoot in low light, but I wanted to …

Portraits of the Pacific Crest Trail

Returning from a summer weekend in Tahoe, photographer Ian Tuttle passed a few strangers on the side of the road and asked if they needed anything. Just beer, they said. Tuttle’s new friends were doctors hiking the Pacific Crest Trail whenever they got a few weeks off work. The group shared some …

Hiking

The ultimate travel bucket list: 31 things to do in your lifetime

75 Flickr Best Entries Of October 2014

A Grand tribute to all our Flickr fans, who has been submitting their wonderful pictures to our group pool. We have decided to bring a post every …

2014 National Geographic Photo Contest, Part II

National Geographic Magazine's annual photo contest, is nearing the deadline for entries this year—the final day will be October 31, 2014. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters to participate in its annual photography seminar. National Geographic …

27 Great Indie Romantic-Comedies From the Last 10 Years

<i>This post originally ran in November 2014. We are rerunning it with Valentine's Day coming up.</i><p>"The romantic comedy is dead" is a narrative we've come …

Pulitzer Winning Photographer David Turnley’s Advice to a Class of Photojournalism Students

I had a wonderful opportunity today in that I got to enjoy the company of Pulitzer Prize-winner photojournalist David Turnley in the setting of my …

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The Neuroscience Of “Harry Potter”

Or, what happens to your brain when you’re lost in a book.<p>Let’s do a casual experiment. Here’s a brief passage from the first book in some obscure fiction series called <i>Harry Potter:</i><p>A bush on the edge of the clearing quivered. … Then, out of the shadows, a hooded figure came crawling across the …

Books

Cool facts about your biological clock

Feeling tired after turning the clock back? That’s because the internal clock that controls your circadian rhythms needs time to adjust.<p>Circadian …

24 of Our Readers’ Best Camper Vans

We asked and you delivered. Searching for the best outdoor rigs and a little inspiration to hit the road, we asked our followers to share their adventure vehicles on Instagram using #OutsideMobile. Here are 24 of our favorite setups.<p><i>Photo</i>: Our winning shot! Courtesy of …

RVs

Mylio: A Compelling New Way to Organize and Access All Your Photos from Anywhere

One of the most interesting products at this year’s PhotoPlus wasn’t a camera, or a lens, or a quirky accessory hiding in one of the out-of-the-way …

A Year in the Life of Pro Photographer Forest Woodward | Outside Online

Photo: Forest Woodward<p>Forest Woodward has an enviable travel schedule. In the last year, the climber, surfer, and pro photographer has visited half a dozen countries, including Spain and Peru, and about 20 states in the U.S. Here are a few of the best shots he's taken over the past year. Don't be …

Adventure Travel

Ski on the Cheap

The ticket-window price at major ski resorts this season will be well north of $100, especially during peak times like Christmas and Presidents Day weekend. That’s not to mention the $7 pints of beer, $12 burgers and that $10 can of peanuts you can’t resist grabbing from the minibar at 1 a.m. after …

Skiing

Cartography of Extremes: In Search of the Wild - Photographs and text by Emmanuelle Blanc | LensCulture

When Chris McCandless journeyed into the far reaches of Alaska, he was going Into the Wild. But if Chris had been French, would there have been any place for him to go?<p>French photographer Emmanuelle Blanc was intrigued by the same question: does France have any wild left? Yes, the country has …

Study Skills

Kodak Pixpro SP360 Action Camera

This gives "wide angle" a whole new meaning. The Kodak Pixpro SP360 Action Camera moves beyond the typical front-facing lens to give you a full 360º …

Videography

National Geographic Travel

The 80/20 Rule: When You Should Train Less Intensely

For more than a decade, HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, has been touted as a miracle workout for its efficiency. We've been told that HIIT produces the most positive training effects in the least amount of time: improving VO2 max, burning fat, raising resting metabolic rate, and lowering …

Exercise

Stairway to Heaven: the story of a song and its legacy

Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven continues to prop up best-ever lists. But what made it great? Jimmy Page and some of the song’s admirers explain its magic<p>Glenn Hughes’s band Trapeze were playing at Mother’s in Birmingham one night in autumn 1971 when John Bonham came barrelling through the doors, …

What Books Do for the Human Spirit: The Four Psychological Functions of Great Literature

The question of what reading does for the human soul is an eternal one and its answer largely ineffable, but this hasn’t stopped minds big and small from tussling with it — we have Kafka’s exquisite letter to his childhood friend, Maurice Sendak’s visual manifestos for the joy of reading, and even …

Are Writers Born or Made? Jack Kerouac on the Crucial Difference Between Talent and Genius

<i>“All of us, we’re links in a chain,”</i> Pete Seeger observed in pondering the nature of creative work. Mark Twain put it much less mildly in his lively letter of solidarity to Helen Keller: <i>“Substantially all ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources, and</i> …

5 Unexpected Ways to Use Plastic Wrap

Tasting Table | Jolene Bouchon<p>Plastic wrap: It isn't just for (barely) covering casseroles anymore. In fact, the stretchy stuff can be more useful when put to work in other, more unexpected ways. Try one of these tricks:<p>Controlled ripening: Some fruits, like apples, avocados, cantaloupes and …

Flavors

25 Tiny Cabins We Long For

Cabin Envy Is Real #OutsideCabins<p>25 of our favorite hideouts submitted by our Instagram followers. Sometimes, we wish we never asked.<p>@ontippytoes: The prettiest @duntonhotsprings cabin<p>Ice shack #nofilter<p>(@krestiadegeorge)<p>The warden has a nice view from his stoop #explorebc …

Vacation Homes

Couple's Extraordinary 550,000-Mile Road Trip Across 177 Countries Over 26 Years

In 1988, before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Gunther Holtorf and his wife Christine set off on a monumental road trip that would span 26 years, 177 countries, and nearly 550,000 miles (885,139 km). The couple originally planned to spend just 18 months touring the African countryside in their …

Travel

How to Photograph the Moon (Part 1)

Ever since I’ve owned a camera I’ve wanted to take photos of the night sky. When I first got a DSLR camera 5 or so years ago I thought getting decent …

The Apple Accessory We Never Saw Coming

First-world problems: As a frequent air traveler, I was confident that I had my pack-and-go routine dialed in, and it was only by the time that I was …

MacBook Pro

Adventure Bike Surf and Turf Touring Trip in Mexico

Riding motorcycles in Baja with a surfboard lashed to the side is an idea that was born to me in my early twenties. Those were the days of first …

5 Woodworking YouTube Channels You Should Subscribe To Today

Woodworking is a highly visual craft. There’s just something photogenic about lumber getting cut to size, dry-fit, glued or tacked together, and …