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Lightroom Shortcuts for Culling Your Photos

Almost any photographer will admit that they prefer the moments spent in the field with camera in hand over the hours spent behind a computer …

A controversial theory may explain the real reason humans have allergies

For me, it was hornets.<p>One summer afternoon when I was 12, I ran into an overgrown field near a friend’s house and kicked a hornet nest the size of a football. An angry squadron of insects clamped onto my leg; their stings felt like scorching needles. I swatted the hornets away and ran for help, …

Watch and Learn Five Cooking Techniques From Gordon Ramsay

6 Types of Photos Every Photographer Should Know How to Make

While the popularity of some creative photography techniques rises and falls, there are some photo tricks that continue to stand the test of time. …

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 …

Outdoors

Do you know how many toxic chemicals are in your shampoo, your lipstick, your toothpaste?

We've been using cosmetics and personal-care products for thousands of years, from body paint to eye makeup, in nearly every single culture in the world. Egyptians first started using scented oils and ointments to clean and soften skin. They were also the first to use toxic chemicals in their …

31 Undeniably Fantastic Photography Links of the Week

The photography universe continues to expand at an astounding rate with great new artists joining the established ones to create and deliver great …

The first self-propelled vehicle was ungainly beyond belief

It works, and that's the important part. You've read about it but have never seen it in action.<p>117 years before Karl Benz fired up his Patent Motorwagen, a number of people played around with steam-powered contraptions of various degrees of impracticality. None really worked all that well, but the …

‘Supermoon’ lights up the night sky Saturday

Globe <i>readers also shared their photos with the hashtag #globemoon:</i><p>#Supermoon over the F-5 Freedom Fighter Statue at #Kamloops Airport. #globemoon #YKA pic.twitter.com/wPU73IDsPl— Daggerville (@Daggerville) July 13, 2014<p>@globeandmail #globemoon sighting in #sherwoodpark at 9pm. …

How to get your résumé past the electronic gatekeepers

Almost every job seeker can recite the cardinal rules of résumé writing: Keep it to a single page; keep the formatting clean and simple; emphasize your accomplishments; list jobs in reverse chronological order. But given that a résumé's first – and potentially only – reader may be a computer rather …

Photoshop Essentials: What is an Adjustment Layer and How to Use Them to Edit Your Images

Many of us who use products like Lightroom and Aperture will be familiar with the term non-destructive editing. In these programs, the editing …

Tutorial: Short, Sweet Workflow for Editing Street Photography in Lightroom 5

When it comes to street photography, much of the aesthetic appeal is the limited editing that usually takes place (or doesn’t take place, I guess), …

Nikon D3300 Users Guide

Easy Home Automation with the WeMo Light Switch from Belkin

Thanks to Belkin and its line of WeMo products, you don’t need to overhaul your home or build a new one to take advantage of advances in home …

Shoot Pro Quality Videos (Without a Hollywood Budget)

Extra photos for bloggers: 1, 2, 3<p>Whether the Oscars inspired you to shoot like <i>the greats</i>, or displeased you to the point of <i>“I could do better,”</i> NOW …

DSLR Cameras

How Lego Become The World's Hottest Toy Company

They will add to the already gigantic heap of Lego bits: 86 for every person on the planet. The toymaker has enjoyed ten years of spectacular growth, almost quadrupling its revenue.<p>In 2012 it overtook Hasbro to become the world's second-largest toymaker. The number one, Mattel, is now seeking to …

How does Canada's spy agency monitor your life?

Revelations by U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden have shone a light on modern spying activities. So how does Canada's spy agency compare?

id America’s ‘Spark’ In-Ear HD Headphones Are 40% Off, Shipped Free [Deals]

Looking to get a new set of headphones with remote to replace your existing iPhone headphones? Check out id America’s Spark in-ear headphones, …

Apple acquires TestFlight owner, Burstly, shutting down Android support

Apple has acquired Burstly, the parent company of popular mobile app testing platform, TestFlight, for an undisclosed sum.<p>The company announced this …

DIE HARD - 60 Second Animated Speedrun Video

The Valentine's Day Showstopper

<i>Every so often, we get the chance to reshoot one of our favorite recipes from the Food52 archives.</i><p><i>Today: A cake to launch a thousand ships.</i><p><i>This post is brought to you by our friends at Noritake. Noritake’s Cher Blanc is featured below.</i><p>There's a reason there's no such thing as a wedding pie. Don't …

Recipes

'Batman vs Superman': what's with the casting choices?

If there's one conclusion to be drawn from recent events surrounding the forthcoming "Batman vs Superman" movie, it's that Zack Snyder and David S Goyer don't give a monkeys whether fans agree with their casting decisions. First there was Ben Affleck as Batman, a choice that proved about as popular …

How to Throw a Chinese New Year Dumpling Party

From wrappers and fillings to dipping sauces, all you need to know to make dumplings for Chinese New Year, courtesy of Beijing's Black Sesame Kitchen<p>Even before the metaphorical Chinese New Year's ball drops this Saturday night, families across China (and around the world) will already be stuffed …

Food & Dining

Can Andrea Rossi's Infinite-Energy Black Box Power The World--Or Just Scam It?

Rossi--a lone Italian inventor with no real credentials and a history as a convicted scam artist--has convinced a small army of researchers that his box can harness a new type of nuclear reaction. What if they're right?<p>On January 14, 2011, a 61-year-old Italian inventor named Andrea Rossi staged a …

Rogers to Terminate the $50 Hardware Rebate ‘Irritant’ on Feb. 19

Rogers customers who have performed hardware upgrades in the past are well aware of the company’s practice to charge $50 more than your device’s …

Century-Old Photos From Legendary Explorer Found In Antarctica

Film left in Antarctic for 100 years coudn't be developed, right? Wrong.<p>Even after 100 years, a picture is worth a thousand words. So why am I writing these words? Well, I'll tell you why: Because the story behind the accompanying photographs is pretty cool.<p>From 1914 to 1917, explorer Ernest …

The rise and rise of home brewing

Standing behind your hot new espresso machine, stovetop or cold-drip system, you feel pretty smart. You aspire to the beautifully balanced coffees of …

Espresso