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Home photo studios: how to shoot pro-quality portraits with a basic studio kit

You don't need to spend thousands on lighting equipment to get professional looking portraits. In this tutorial we'll show you ways to use a basic …

Attention, Amazon! Students Have Designed The Perfect Cardboard Box

Two Cooper Union undergrads constructed a box that’s less wasteful, easier to pack, easier to open, and good looking, too.<p>While some companies, like Ecovative, are tooling around with highly sustainable alternatives to shipping products around the world, two undergrads have just reinvented the …

Product Design

Five Best Programming Languages for First-Time Learners

If you're thinking of learning to code, the language you decide to pick up first has a lot to do with what you're trying to learn, what you want to …

Programming

WordHippo Finds the Right Word You're Looking For

Web: A dictionary tells you the meaning of a word. WordHippo tells you the meaning and also finds synonyms, antonyms, words that rhyme with it, …

Practical Math Shortcuts For Everyday Life

It turns out, your school teacher was right. You need math on a regular basis. While most people won't typically have need of orthogonal …

33 Gorgeous and Informative Photography Links

Another wonderful week has passed in the world of photography and Toad Hollow Photography has been busy searching for links to tutorials, special …

Landscape Photography

5 Unconventional Ways to Improve Your Photography

Photography books, schools, websites, and even your local camera clubs are your main source of help when it comes to improving your craft. There is a …

This Is the Best of Lifehacker 2013

At the end of every year, we take a look back at our most popular posts to reminisce (and catch up on any stuff you might have missed). Here's one …

Jelly Bean

Infographic: The Meaning Of Life Explained In 95 Simple Shapes

This book on philographics presents simple, elegant visual representations of mind-bogglingly complex philosophical theories.<p>If you’ve been looking for a quick visual cheat sheet for a Philosophy 101 exam, you’re in luck. Philographics–distillations of mind-boggling philosophical theories into …

Philosophy

Teacher Vows to Complete Doodles on Student's Exams

Redditor Squeezymo is a teacher at an all-girls Catholic school in Bangkok, Thailand who has vowed to complete or add to any drawings that students leave on homework assignments or exams. The quirky educator manages to add drawings and text in red ink to the young pupils' doodles, turning them into …

Drawing

5 Ways to Improve Your Photography (+5 Ways For Instant Success*)

Ramon Bruin's New 3D Illustrations Spring to Life

Dutch artist Ramon Bruin, aka JJK Airbrush, continues to create optical illusion drawings that make animals and objects seem as though they're popping off the page. The illustrator's skilled visual effects transform flat surfaces into seemingly three-dimensional subjects. Bruin gives depth to the …

Drawing

Sign Into Multiple Accounts on Any Web Site with This Extension

Chrome: It's ridiculous that you have to open multiple Chrome profiles or incognito windows just to sign into different accounts on the same web …

Incredibly Elaborate Illustrations by Victo Ngai

New York-based illustrator Victo Ngai creates captivating illustrations with elaborate narratives. Her unique style features swirls of lines and colors that are alive with energy and movement. In much of her work, Ngai uses a signature palette of oranges, reds, greens, and browns to create the …

Graphic Design

Let’s Appreciate The Planet – Graphic Poster Series by jDstyle

Let’s Appreciate The Planet.<p>This graphic poster series by Ukrainian graphic designer Yevgeniya Glova aka jDstyle is a tribute to mother nature. Each …

Graphic Design

New Emotionally Raw Portraits by Andrew Salgado

Quick, thick brushstrokes and bold colors make up these impressive figurative paintings by London-based painter Andrew Salgado. Focusing more on the broad concept than on the precise details, Salgado produces emotional portraits that convey feelings of sadness.<p>In his work, he explores color and …

Art

28 Practical Yet Clever Gifts That Are Anything But Lame

Give 'em the stuff they had no idea they even needed.

The 28 Most Flawless Emma Watson Moments Of 2013

She is the most perfect human being. No arguments.

Real-Life Fox And The Hound Best Friends Will Melt Your Heart

This is the cutest friendship in the history of friendships. The lucky photographer who knows this pair is planning to release a children's book.

Pets

The 23 Most Adorable Puppies Of 2013

OMG I CANNOT.

Best of the Week: Drones, Illustrations, Paintings and more

It's time for our best news of this week. We have a lot of graphic and web design, a bit of architecture, ads, tech news, awesome reads and other …

Morgan Freeman

Photographers Beautifully Illuminate the World

Our partners over at National Geographic just created an inspiring new gallery with the photos submitted to their Your Shot community. Called National Geographic Travel's Your Shot Illuminating the World gallery, it contains spectacular, light-filled images taken by photographers all around the …

Photography

Learning New and Unfamiliar Skills Can Improve Memory

It's no secret that if you want to improve your memory (or any brain function), you have to work at it. A new study, however, shows that specifically …

Hypnotic Fusion of Portraits by Antonio Mora

Spanish photographer Antonio Mora fuses standard portraits with landscape, animal, and abstract photography, resulting in extraordinary combinations. His ongoing <i>Dream Portraits</i> transform two separate images by combining them into one frame and thereby reconfiguring their visual power.<p>Playing with …

Photography

Incredible Photorealistic Illustrations by Karla Mialynne

Artist Karla Mialynne achieves such impressively realistic details in her illustrations that viewers often wonder how she does it. In order to satisfy the natural desire for information, Mialynne has started aligning the tools she uses directly next to the images that she creates.<p>As a result, …

Digital Art

10 Tips for Taking More Interesting Photos

The end of one year and the beginning of another is always a time for reflection, and for many people a time to make New Year’s resolutions about …

Beautifully Detailed Photoshop Paintings by James R Eads

I came across the works of artist James R. Eads and was blown away not just by their sheer beauty but by the level of detail in each of them. While, like many artists, his process begins with a sketch, Eads creates these pieces, not with traditional tools like paint and paintbrushes, but with …

Painting

Aww-Worthy Photos of Tiny Animals on Fingers

<i>Tiny Animals on Fingers</i> is a Flickr set curated by Specklet that delivers exactly what you'd expect–adorable pint-sized creatures resting on mere fingertips. While the diverse breeds of species differ in proportions and physical appearance, they share their tiny stature. These little guys featured …

Cute Animals

New Ornate Insects Drawn by Alex Konahin | Colossal

<p>Latvia-based graphic artist and illustrator Alex Konahin (previously) recently completed work on a new series of ornate insect drawings titled …

10 tips and tricks for your iPhone 6 camera

The iPhone just seems to get better with every new iteration of the device - seemingly leaving the humble compact camera far behind in its wake.<p>But …