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Correcting Color-Fringe in Adobe Camera Raw

When shooting in high-contrast light, all photographers are faced with the unnatural color-shift of chromatic aberration, and likely well-acquainted …

Navdy is portable HUD with smart phone integration and a sense of humor

Automotive head-up displays were once limited to high-end luxury sedans and sports cars, but in recent years they have started trickling down to affordable models like the latest Mini Cooper and Mazda3. Navdy, a startup from San Francisco, is aiming to broaden this tech even more with its new, …

17 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Tired of wasting your time watching cat videos or scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed? Want to be more productive next time you go online?<p>Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>1. Digital Photography School —</b> Read through …

Stack Overflow

Stamplay: An Easy, IFTTT-like Way to Create Web apps

While growing numbers of children learn to code in school, if not in kindergarten, there’s still a lot of we grown-ups whose skills are rudimentary at best and don’t go much farther than basic HTML editing.<p>Although creating sophisticated software and understanding encapsulation, inheritance, and …

30 Brilliant Test Answers From Smartass Kids

When a child’s answer to a question on a quiz or test is incorrect but clever, should they get credit for it? Here are 30 clever test answers that …

5 Incredibly Effective Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder | Inc.com

Regular readers know I definitely believe in the power of hard work. As Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Team Oracle USA, says, "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy."<p>But we can all work smarter, too. And clearly we all want to, as evidenced by the …

Time Management

The Spirit of the Fourth Amendment—and the NSA's Disregard for It

An attorney explains why the phone dragnet is antithetical to a core liberty that America's founding document is supposed to protect.<p>Asked to debate whether Edward Snowden is "a patriot or a traitor" during an event at the UCLA School of Law, Bruce Fein, the attorney representing all of us in a …

SketchDeck Turns Terrible Slide Decks Into Beautiful Presentations In Just A Day

A number of startups over the years have tried to reinvent PowerPoint with services that made it easier or quicker to create a slideshow presentation. Newly launched SketchDeck is taking a different approach: Instead of providing an alternative to PowerPoint or similar software applications, it’s …

Building the ultimate paper airplane, one manila folder at a time

Luca Iaconi-Stewart is building a paper airplane unlike anything you've ever seen before — and it's taking him years to get it just right. He's building a 1:60 scale model of a Boeing 777, one so detailed even the tiny chairs and bathrooms look real. There are even miniature meal carts. He starts …

Print Your Photos For Free With The Simple 'Flag' App

When was the last time you printed your family photos instead of just posting them on Facebook? when was the last time you made a real photo album …

Bored of your normal résumé? Sumry wants to replace it with an interactive timeline

Looking for a job and sending out résumés is a full-time job in itself, and in order to make yourself stand out from the crowd you might be considering adding some flourishes to your existing CV.<p>However, tweaking that existing Microsoft Word template isn’t going to cut it. According to Sumry, a …

How to Drastically Speed Up Your Photoshop Workflow Using Customization

When going through hundreds of photos, workflow processing can be a real pain. Tools like Lightroom can help speed up the process, but nothing can …

Best budget studio lights: 8 tested

When you want to shoot portrait photos indoors, what should you do about lighting?<p>On a bright day with big windows, ambient light might just suffice, …

Google’s New Plug-In For WordPress Makes Webmaster Tools Verification And Placing AdSense Ads Easy

Google today launched a plug-in for self-hosted WordPress blogs in public beta that makes adding AdSense ads to websites easier and makes verifying a site with Webmaster Tools a single-click process.<p>Given that WordPress now powers more than 20 percent of websites, it’s no surprise that Google has …

Pingboard Secures $1.25M In Seed Funding To Modernize Office Management

Office management isn’t exactly an area most startups tackle, but Pingboard, which is launching in beta today, aims to become “an office manager’s best friend.” The company argues that it’s the first really modern service that was built for office managers. Pingboard also announced today that it …

New ‘Nano-Camera’ from MIT Sees Things at the Speed of Light, Costs Only $500

A super-fast, affordable new camera currently under development at MIT could improve everything from video game experiences to driving safety, …

Incredible Light Painting Product Shots Lit Using Only an iPad and an iPhone

This is just awesome: professional-looking product photography done using nothing more than a tripod, an iPad, an iPhone and your camera of choice. …

4 Tips for a Perfect White Background in High Key Photography

4 Tips for a Perfect White Background in High Key Photography author Tony Northrup shows us some tips for making that white background, white!

Photography

Photoshop tips Using the - Blend If Feature

Photoshop tips - Using the - Blend if feature - Photoshop tips, using layers and blending to replace a sky with a new sky.

Photoshop

Robots for iPad Updated: More New Robots

<b>Robots for iPad</b>, the excellent iPad app and guide to the world of robotics, has been updated this week – to Version 1.5.<p>The change list for this latest update is short and sweet – new robots! 7 of them to be specific, and a pretty impressive bunch they are too. One of the new robots is Anki Drive, …

Robotics

Will Visual Portfolios Replace Traditional Online Resumes?

<i>The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. If you would like to have your startup</i> …

How the Innovation Economy is Turning Makers Into Manufacturers

Chris Anderson, the former editor-in-chief of Wired, is the cofounder of 3D Robotics, which sells small UAVs. How did he make the jump from editor to entrepreneur? These are the three factors lowering the barriers of entry.<p><b>Four years ago, when I was a magazine</b> editor, I bought one of the first …

10 Things You Need to Know About Masking in Photoshop

Masking is one of the most important techniques or skills to learn in Photoshop. In this tutorial, we will explain 10 things you need to know about …

Tutorials

This Photo of Morgan Freeman Will Blow Your Mind, Because It’s not a Photo at All

One of the most recent videos to go extremely viral over the past several days involves a behind the scenes look at how a portrait of Morgan Freeman …

The secret of an amazing portrait: It's all about the Squinch! via Peter Hurley

Want to look more photogenic every time you step in front of a camera?<p>The reputed portrait photographer Peter Hurley explains the secret behind his …

Foldio: The Uber-Portable, Foldable Light Box for Smartphone Photography

A new smartphone photography product is making some serious waves on the Internet ever since the launch of its Kickstarter campaign just a few days …

Modern Corporate Headshot Photography Methods

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “corporate headshots”? If you’re like photographer Aaron Nace, you think of words like boring, …

Quick Tip: Using the Background Eraser

The Background Eraser is one of many Photoshop tools that's a little tucked away, and many people don't even realise it's there. As it turns out, …

Tutorials

Photoshop Layer Masks: Refine Mask

Richard Harrington is the CEO of ThinkTAP and the Publisher of Photofocus.He is also the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based …