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9 ways to detox naturally in the New Year

It’s the New Year, which means everyone’s talking about “cleansing” and “detoxing” after a bit of holiday bingeing. But the truth is, your body detoxes just fine on its own: Your liver, lungs, kidneys, skin, and digestive track are programmed by Mother Nature to keep your body clean 24/7.<p>But you …

A Line Of Jewelry Inspired By Illicit Drugs

We are craving Designer Drugs: a new line of jewelry from Aroha Silhouettes, designed after the hybrid molecular structures of illicit substances.<p>These wearable vices were inspired by a “fantasy laboratory” where dangerous drugs are turned into glitzy bling. Hailing from New Zealand, designer Tania …

How To Save An Underexposed Photo Using Lightroom

To save an underexposed photo there are a few different things we can try from working with what we have to converting to black and white and more.

Today is the last day of the International Dark Sky Week! Unfortunately I've been swamped with my upcoming projects I haven't had time to post here in a few days. From the comments I've read on earlier posts, some people don't understand why losing the dark matters. Light pollution interferes with living systems in many ways, causing, for example, sea turtles to lose their way to the sea, migrating birds to become confused and strike buildings, and plant seasonal cycles to be disturbed. It also affects human hormone cycles and our day-and-night cycles of sleep and wakefulness. Using light carelessly wastes energy, resources used to make the energy, and interferes with everyone’s visibility not only of stars but also of things on the ground that we need to see. The last image, or images I would like to share in honor of IDSWeek is a body of work by the artist Thierry Cohen (http://thierrycohen.com/). He photographs major cities, noting the precise time, angle, and latitude and longitude of his exposures. He then shoots the sky at the same angles from remote places at the same latitude, and digitally combines the images to show what the night sky would look like if we could turn off the lights. I want to thank the International Dark-Sky Association for all of their support and hard work promoting dark sky awareness! Celebrate the Night! Light Right! http://www.darksky.org/resources/109-international-dark-sky-week Goldpaint Photography www.goldpaintphotography.com For more information, please read below. Light pollution and human health In the USA today, 56% of children between the ages of 8 and 12 own their own cell phone and many are able to download and use astronomy apps. However, only 1% of those children will be able to see the majority of the objects shown by those apps because of light pollution. This makes for many disappointed, and disillusioned children; uninspired to pursue science. Not only is that frightening from a social and cultural standpoint, it is also terrifying as a health concern. Being exposed to light at night continues to be shown as a factor leading to health problems including obesity, depression, and even cancer, among others. Glare on the Eyes Bright points of light from poorly designed roadway lighting produce a condition known as “disability glare.” Disability glare is so intense that it causes us to avert our eyes from the veil of light being scattered across our retinas. This condition can temporarily cast everything except the light source into virtual invisibility. Older drivers are especially vulnerable to disability glare, because as we age the eye loses its ability to quickly adjust to changing levels of illumination. Fully shielded roadway lighting reduces this hazard and creates a safe and more pleasant driving experience by distributing the light evenly. Circadian Rhythm The 24-hour day/night cycle, known as the circadian clock, affects physiologic processes in almost all organisms, including humans. These processes include brain wave patterns, hormone production (melatonin), cell regulation and other biologic activities. Disruption of these rhythms can result in insomnia, depression, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. In 2012 the American Medical Association has recognized light at night as a carcinogen and a health risk. More information may be found at: http://www.darksky.org/assets/documents/AMA_2012_report.pdf Melatonin Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone which is released by darkness and inhibited by light. It serves many functions in the human body, primarily regulating the daily cycles of our systemic activities. Reduction or elimination of light at night can help maintain a robust melatonin rhythm. While any kind of light can interfere with melatonin production, the short wavelength, blue portion of the spectrum is the most potent for melatonin suppression in humans. Sleep disorders Exposure to the artificially extended daytime of our lighted modern world can lead to desynchornization of our internal rhythms. According to the National Institution of Health (NIH), a shift in our clocks impairs our ability to sleep and wake at the appropriate times and leads to a decrease in cognitive and motor skills. A good night’s sleep helps reduce weight gain, stress, depression, and the onset of diabetes. The NIH believes humans function best when they sleep at night and act in the daytime. If outdoor light is shining into your window and disrupting your sleep, it is recommend you block out the light or request that the light be shielded for everyone’s benefit. Emerging Research

NASA Announces Asteroid Identification, Capture and Sampling Initiative

Understanding Camera Lenses

When shopping for a DSLR camera, people often overlook or skimp on lenses. Lenses serve as the camera’s “eye.” They determine what and how your …

Quick Tips for Great Photography Compositions

Joe McNally is a giant of modern photography. For more than two decades he has been shooting for National Geographic, and in 1994 he was hired on as …

Photos of Skyhanger at Perilous Heights

Just when you think you’ve seen “crazy,” someone or a group of people comes up with a stunt even more insane. What motivates a person to taunt …

Hear What It’s Like to Serve as an Official White House Photographer

As a followup to our post earlier today about former White House photographer Eric Draper’s work, here’s an interesting and relevant 17-minute-long …

First Impressions of the Fujifilm X100s

I recently took delivery of my first Fujifilm camera, the X100s. There have been some supply issues with UK stockists, I initially ordered this …

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The Importance of Location for Outdoor Portraits

Just like in Real Estate, Photography is about location, location, location. Well, sort of. It’s not as much the beauty of a location, but rather, …

Real Estate

Photos of Modern Day Locations Blended with Shots of Major Historical Events

In 2010, photographer Seth Taras created a series of photographs for a worldwide marketing campaign for the History Channel with the message “Know …

Slotwork Staircase: Prefab Fiberglass Steps Slip into Place

A single form, repeated. That is the essence of this project, coupled, of course, with the contemporary technologies needed to produce and replicate …

Prefab Homes

The Photon 3D Scanner: Nearly Funded

"We've visited various makerspaces," write Adam Brandejs and Drew Cox, "and we were surprised to find a lot of people that had bought 3D printers …

3D Scanners

New Music: Kid Cudi Feat. Too Short “Girls”

One thing is for sure, wherever Kid Cudi travels pretty women surround him. The Cleveland-native debuts “Girls,” a new single off his forthcoming</i> …

Vampire Weekend Pair with Steve Buscemi for Live Concert Webcast

The Upper West Side will meet Brooklyn when Vampire Weekend, some of Columbia University's most famous alumni, take the stage at Roseland Ballroom in …

Vampire Weekend

Screen protector film lets ordinary handheld devices display 3-D content

Most smartphone users know that your shiny new device won’t stay shiny and new very long if you don’t use some sort of protection film on the screen. …

Screen Protector

Asus rolls out new P9X79-E WS mainboard with support for four-way graphics

Asus has announced a new motherboard that gamers and computer enthusiast’s building up a high-end PC will certainly lust over. The new motherboard is …

Nvidia GeForce

Apple Brazil makes substantial price cuts on iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S

It might not have the trademark, but that hasn't stopped Apple shaving the cost of its entry-level iPhone 4 and 4S' to something closer to its price tag in North America. The 16GB iPhone 4S is now R$1,699 ($840), down from R$1,999, while the 8GB flavor of the iPhone 4 now rings in at R$1,099 …