Alex Phannenstiel

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21 Portraits That Gaze Into Your Very Soul

When it comes to portraits, it's hard to argue against the saying, "it's all about the eyes." The so-called windows of the soul can draw you in like few other features have to power to. There's a reason one of (if not the) most popular National Geographic cover ever was Afghan Girl by Steve …

How To Buy Groceries And Not Waste Them

The 10 best ever podcasts

Ten years since Apple launched a version of iTunes with a new format called podcasting, Pete Naughton selects 10 of the best<p>In June 2005, Apple launched a version of its iTunes software with a new feature which Steve Jobs confidently termed “the next generation of radio”. The technology in question …

Father John Misty

Some Minds feat. Andrew Wyatt

How to Make Your RAW Files Pop With Lightroom

Have you ever opened your RAW files to see that they lack contrast and saturation? This happens due to the fact that the camera doesn't apply any …

Tutorials

L.A.'s 15 Coolest Tattoos — & The Man Behind Them All

In Los Angeles, the only thing harder than scoring a table at just-opened Jon & Vinny's Pizza on Fairfax is getting on the books with tattoo artist …

Five Gorgeous Camera Straps for Your Mirrorless Camera

Beautiful but functional camera straps should accompany your equally beautiful mirrorless camera. It only makes sense to adorn a beautiful Leica …

Cameras

Listen To These 14 Great Rap Albums From 2015 

9 Photo Composition Tips, As Seen in Photographs by Steve McCurry

<b>Rule of Thirds</b>: Place points of interest on the intersections and important elements along the lines<p><b>Leading Lines</b>: Use natural lines to lead eyes …

A Brief Guide to Photographic Acronyms

Sometimes it seems like photography is just one big repository for acronyms. We buy a new lens, it is sold with OS or VR. Our cameras have very high …

Landscape Photography

Best Photography Blogs to Check Out

There is always more than meets the eye when it comes to photography. You can never be quite sure if other people will understand you or your work as …

Photographers

A Short and Sweet Video Tutorial on How to Capture a Night Sky Time-Lapse with Your DSLR

UK-based videographer Cal Thomson recently got into astrophotography and creating time-lapses of the starry night sky. After receiving good responses …

10 Mind-Blowing Hacks for Making Your Leftover Pizza Taste Better the Next Day

Three words: pizza grilled cheese.<p>Gone are your days of eating cold leftover pizza in your pajamas, leaning against your open refrigerator. Make pizza better the next day with these easy tricks.<p><b>1. Reheat cold pizza face down in a pan.</b> Slap your slice of pizza face down on a preheated skillet on …

Recipes

My Top 10 Tips for a Brand New Photographer, From a Slightly-Not-So Brand New One

Hello. My name’s Tom. After two years of tinkering around with DSLR photography, I believe that I may have passed an important milestone and …

The Ultimate Guide to Learning how to use Your first DSLR

In this guide we share tips on how to use a DSLR. It's perfect for beginner photographers with their first camera. You'll be taking great photos in …

Photography

5 Free Online Courses to Improve Your Photography

MOOCs – or massive open online courses, offer free or low-cost access to top-notch courses taught by university professors and professionals. Whether …

eLearning

7 Ways to Handle High Contrast Scenes

Perhaps the greatest challenge you will face in outdoor photography is the high contrast created by the sun and the bright sky versus a darker …

Digital Photography

The Business of Customizing Old Motorcycles

<i>Untitled builds interesting and usable old school motorcycles in a small workshop under the railway arches in north London. And they’re doing a very good job of it too. So when we read an interview with Untitled’s co-founder Adam Kay in Classic Bike Guide, we jumped on it. It’s a great counterpoint</i> …

Motorcycles

How To Spice Up Your Hot Chocolate On A Cold Winter Night

Winter is coming, and some parts of the world are already covered in deep deep snow. The best way to warm those cold toes and hands is a cup of hot …

Top 10 Mistakes that Cause Blurry Photos

If your photos are not sharp, you are not alone! The most common question I get asked by beginning photographers is "how do you get your images so …

Landscape Photography

Top 10 Tips for Winter Motorcycle Storage

<b>Winter Motorcycle Storage Tips</b><p>For riders in the northern tier of the states known locally as “the snow belt”- and other parts of the country about to …

Home Improvement

The New Pornographers Perform "Dancehall Domine" on "Conan"

The New Pornographers were musical guests on "Conan" last night, and they performed "Dancehall Domine" for the live studio audience. Watch the band perform the <i>Brill Bruisers</i> cut below.<p>Embedded content is unavailable.

Sia - Albums, Songs, and News

A gallery of backstage and onstage photos from this year's festival featuring LCD Soundsystem, A$AP Rocky, Deafheaven, Bat for Lashes, Deerhunter, Courtney Barnett, Ice Cube, and more.<p>Your picks for the year's Top Albums and Tracks, Most Underrated/Overrated Albums, Best Videos, Best Album Covers, …

The Manual Photographer's Cheat Sheet [infographic]

Forget the retro filters on your camera phone. Pick up a camera & create the dreamy colours & effects that can only be captured with analogue …

Dear New Photographer…

Dear New Photographer,<p>I’m writing this post because I was up late last night on a Facebook forum, reading close to 200 comments about new …

Flickr Launches 20under20 Award to Shine a Spotlight on 20 Talented Young Photographers

Wanting to recognize some of the most talented young photographers in its community, Flickr today announced 20under20, an annual award that honors 20 …

Arcade Fire's Win Butler Joined Future Islands for "Seasons (Waiting on You)" in Montreal

<i>Photo by Chelsea Mae Hassman</i><p>Samuel T. Herring had some company on stage when Future Islands performed their <i>Singles</i> single "Seasons (Waiting on You)" in Montreal. Hometown hero Win Butler, fresh off of Arcade Fire's recent tour, jumped on stage to sing the song with Herring. Watch it happen below …

40 best iPhone and iPad games of 2014 (so far)

Hearthstone, Monument Valley, Supernauts, Boom Beach, Thomas Was Alone, Threes!, Leo's Fortune and more<p>If you're an iPhone and/or iPad-owning gamer in 2014, you truly are spoiled for choice when it comes to new titles.<p>This year has seen a steady flow of innovative, creative and above all …

The 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far (2010-2014)

• Self-released<p>Instrumental Mixtape<p>100<p>Wherein a part time beatsmith links up with Soulja Boy and the almighty BasedGod on Myspace to lace their stoned earnestness with thick cumulus cover. In peeling away the singularly outré vocals from a dozen of Clams Casino’s finest weird rap nuggets, <i>Instrumental</i> …