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The Fundamental Considerations of Basic Portrait Photography

Portrait photography has and always will be a huge source of fascination for photographers, but there are quite a few tricks to getting a great …

Hit the Slopes: The Best Ski Resorts and Hotels in the U.S. (Photos)

Powder & Pampering<p>At the end of a long day on the slopes, there’s only one thing you can think of: a comfy bed to fall into. At these top 10 ski …

Why Men Should Give a Damn About Appearance

You can talk all you want about fashion, but most men still won't give a damn.<p>That's partly because there's a lot of silly, useless information out there that confuses, and as a society we've tried to push the mantra -- it matters how you perform, not how you look.<p>And yes, in a perfect world that …

Da Vinci's String Organ Must Be Heard To Be Believed

The man who painted the Mona Lisa, and was the first to sketch out the helicopter and the submarine, also dabbled in music. So here's the question: What musical instrument did Leonardo da Vinci design?<p>There isn't an easy answer. His 15th-century sketches indicate something between a harpsichord and …

Nokia Loses All Its Social Media Points with 'F*** You' Tweet

Last week, we gave Nokia props for its mastery of Twitter with a zing against rival BlackBerry, but we’re now rescinding those points after the @NokiaNZ account tweeted a simple “F*** you” today.<p>As you’d expect, the post has since been deleted. We can think of a few explanations for it, such as …

24 free things to do in San Francisco

Contrary to what you might expect from such a well known, tourist-heavy city, San Francisco quietly delivers a lot for the money. Many of its hotels offer comfort and location for a third of the cost of a comparable New York or London hotel; public transit is part of the fun (cheaper Market Street …

San Francisco

The Path to Better Photography

Ed Verosky is a professional photographer and author based in New York. In this article, Ed presents his recommended path to learning photography. If …

Photography

How to Be a Pro Tourist in San Francisco

I’m lucky to wear a lot of different hats in my professional life. In fact, some days I feel like I’m having an identity crisis.<p>As a <i>photojournalist</i>, my goal is to be a fly on the wall, observing and waiting for moments to happen. When I’m working as a <i>travel photographer</i>, I’m striving to capture …

Nikon Officially Unleashes the Df: F-Series SLR Styling with D4 Power Inside

The time has finally arrived to do away with terms like “rumored,” “soon-to-be-announced” and “expected” and replace them with the term “official” …

Understanding The Basics of SLR Photography

Knowing how to use your SLR is not as awkward as it would seem. Imagine that your camera is a box that lets in light. On top of that box is a …

How to Develop and Share Photos with Lightroom

Photographers have long favored Photoshop for editing digital images. Because the software is so powerful, many artists don’t much consider other …

Photoshop Tutorial: Retouching Shiny Skin

Without a makeup artist at your disposal, even a great portrait can be ruined by shiny skin. So if you’re looking through the results of your most …

A Guide to Understanding ISO in Photography

Learning photography is a difficult process that requires a lot of patience and practice. This photography lesson concentrates on the basics of …

What Do All These Camera Modes Mean?

The mode dial on a modern camera usually includes a bewildering number of letters and icons. I can never remember what 90% of those modes do, and …

Shutter Speed

How to get epic photos from your time in nature

COLBY BROWN is one of the most followed photographers and photo educators on the internet. Nearly 2.9 million people seek his advice on Google+. He’s …

7 Creative Ideas to Spice Up Your Photography

Human beings are creatures of habit; we seek out patterns, we search for comfort and contentment, we settle into routines. These aren’t necessarily …

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 …

Top 10 Tips on How to Take a Great Photo

1) Start with a clear view. This first tip might sound very obvious, but it is key to make sure your camera lens is clean and if you are using a …

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …

3 Ways to Guarantee Good Exposures

There is no excuse for coming home from a photo shoot to discover that your images are over or under exposed. Your camera’s light meter will guide …

Photography

5 Tips For Photographing Moving Water

All of us have seen those amazing, silky, cotton candy seaside scenes or milky, white waterfalls falling down a rock face. They all look so …

What Camera Filters Do You REALLY Need?

In the days of film, filters were often regarded as essential tools for the photographer. These days, the likes of Photoshop and the use of third …

The 10 Best Coffee Shops In San Francisco

Our friends at Yelp have helped us assemble a list of San Francisco's best coffee shops.<p>While some popular local chains dominate the top ten, there's also tons of variety among the small shops.<p>And these shops don't just serve your standard cappuccino or latte either. From mint mojito espresso to …

Depth of Field Simplified

Depth of field (DOF) is probably one of the least understood principles of photography. Most photographers seem aware of its existence, but few seem …

How to Create a Porcelain Skin Effect with Boudoir Photography

The human body has been a common subject of photography since the 19th century, when boudoir “artist studies” first served as substitutes for live …

Tutorials

Photoshop King Erik Johansson Uses Photography to Capture Ideas, Not Moments

Erik Johansson, a Swedish photographer and retouch artist, spends countless hours editing his images in Photoshop, adding layer upon layer mask, …

What If Quentin Tarantino Wrote Classic Disney Movies for Samuel L. Jackson?

Where to Eat in Austin Now

In recent years, Austin has managed to boast a never-ending list of hot new restaurants. So we took it upon ourselves to try them all and provide you …

36 Cool Photography Tuts and Articles That Will Rock Your Week

As another wonderful week passes us by, Toad Hollow Photography has been looking everywhere online for the very best links to tutorials, special …

How to Travel Solo

It's an invigorating idea we've all pondered at some point -- leaving everything behind to embark on a solo journey. Thanks to memoirs like Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love and Cheryl Strayed's Wild, traveling alone has a reputation for fostering self-discovery. Without the crutch of friends or …