Jerome Skousen

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6 Quick Gear Fixes Every Hiker Should Know

If you’ve spent any time backpacking, you’ve likely been the victim of gear that rips, wears out. or just malfunctions at the worst possible time. When gear fails on a day hike, it’s an inconvenience; on a through-hike, however, it can throw months of planning into the garbage, or worse, put your …

Backpacking

What's the Best Affordable Mountaineering Pack?

<i>A:</i><p>Exercise caution when you look for an inexpensive mountaineering pack. Remember, a well-built pack is going to last a lot longer than a cheap one, and you want to make sure it won’t fail at a crucial moment.<p>But that doesn’t mean there aren’t good options out there that cost less than $250. To …

Backpacking

World's Weirdest Van Goes Ultra Green

Otmar Ebenhoech was cruising down Interstate 5 last spring in his stretch Vanagon—that's a 1986 Volkswagen Synchro merged with a 1982 Volkswagen Westfalia, no big deal—when calamity struck. The engine threw a rod and he was forced to take a pricey tow ride back home to Corvallis, Oregon.<p>This was …

Note-Taking

Assets Management

No matter your age, we've developed a balanced investment strategy to help you achieve the shape of your life—and maintain it for years to come.<p>The Payoff<p>Neither rain nor sleet: Lab Rat Nick Heil working out near his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico (Tom Fowlks)<p><i>Train with purpose, pack your calendar</i> …

Exercise

A Better Skier in 5 Days

Yes You Can: Become a Better Skier in Just 5 Days<p>It’s the ultimate fantasy. Living in a picturesque ski town, trading beer for a tune-up, and counting 120 days a year on the slopes. But while many skiers dream about bumming it and logging massive vertical in a single season, it’s not always …

Skiing

An Insanely Light Snowshoe

Snowshoes have been evolving for 6,000 years, but it wasn’t until this season that they became truly high-tech.<p>Enter the Fimbulvetr, a lightweight snowshoe made from a thermoplastic elastomer most often used in car engines and shock absorbers. It also happens to be very strong, very durable, and …

Snowshoeing

Balancing Your Way to Rip-Roaring Performance

“Balance is the Holy Grail of skiing," says Jim Klopman, the creator of SlackBow, a patent-pending, portable slackline system. Klopman explains that your sense of balance keeps you upright in the world and helps the body mitigate the constant variables that threaten to knock you over on the slopes. …

Skiing

Proven Beginner Tips for Wedding Photography

So, you’ve bought your first DSLR camera. You’ve familiarized yourself with it and are just starting to get comfortable with taking quality shots, …

Weddings

SanDisk’s New CFast 2.0 Card Clocks in as the World’s Fastest Memory Card

SanDisk made it clear last September that it would not be pursuing the XQD memory card format, but instead would focus its energies on CFast 2.0, the …

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 …

Framing

8 Simple Ways to Improve Your Photography Skills Starting Today

“Practice makes perfect,” they say. It’s such a clichéd statement — most people probably roll their eyes when they hear it. Me too.<p>But guess what? …

How to Get Creative with Aperture and Colour

You are probably already familiar with the effect of aperture on your images. If not, here’s a quick recap: for any given focal length and …

Photography

Camera Lenses: Narrowing Down the Choices

First of all, what is focal length? According to the textbook definition, “focal length is measured in millimeters (mm), and it represents the …

Cameras

Camera showdown: iPhone 5s vs. iPhone 5 vs. HTC One vs. Lumia 1020 vs. Galaxy S4

The Wedding Photographer's Pre-Event Checklist

Photo by MKD Photography<p>Photographer Michael Duval has been photographing weddings with his wife ever since the two got married in 2005. Now, with …

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 …

Extremely Essential Camera Skills by Rob and Lauren Lim

The fastest route to better quality photography isn’t buying a new and expensive camera with all the latest bells and whistles. It’s by mastering the …

Landscape Photography

These Are the Ways to put the WOW Factor into Your Portraits

Most photographers, at some point in their career, make a decision to begin photographing people. Your decision may be simply to include people in …

How to Take Great HDR Photography

HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography is one of the more exciting techniques in the world of digital photography. HDR is essentially a number of …

Landscape Photography

The US Govt Has Records of ‘Suspicious’ Photographers Legally Taking Pictures

Don’t want trouble with the US Government? Then you might want to reconsider photographing <i>anything</i> that might cause suspicion among law enforcement — …

5 Ways to Take Better Smartphone Photos

When you think about smartphone photography what comes to mind? My guess is you probably think about Instagram, photo filters, bad selfies and any …

DxO FilmPack 3 Film Emulation Software is Free Until October 31st

Want to quickly make your digital photos look like analog ones without shelling out big bucks for paid software by VSCO and DxO? You’re in luck: for …

Digital Photography Printing for Wall Art: Introduction

Photography and printing are two very different things. Although they are closely related in how they depend on one another, they take two very …

Stitching Images For Larger Prints

Several months ago I was asked by a potential client if I had any images that were capable of being printed very large- up to 20 feet across! It …

Headshot Photography Techniques

Peter Hurley believes he has the coolest job you could ever have. He arrived at his headshot photography career through trial and error. Just like …

Photography

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 Challenge of Using Old Film Cameras for Street Photography

Phillip Bloom has been making films for 25 years, and wherever he goes for his work, he likes to take along his still cameras and walk about the city …