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5 Ways To Upgrade Your Brain Before Lunch

Before you begin the second half of your day, and the drowsy post-lunch lull takes hold, try these simple tips for perking up.<p>For as long as I can remember, I have been in pursuit of optimal performance and health. Even in high school, somehow, I had enough sense to know that food is information, …

Reminiscing Can Help Boost Mental Performance

<b>To solve a mental puzzle, the brain’s executive control network for externally focused, goal-oriented thinking must activate, while the network for</b> …

The Brain

No strain, no gain

Published: November, 2012<p><i>To keep your mental skills and memory in tip-top shape, take on new challenges, get out of your comfort zone, and be …

10 Free Must-Read Street Photography eBooks

<b>Image Copyright Michael Ernest Sweet Courtesy of Brooklyn Arts Press</b><p>Photography books are expensive, really expensive. I've collected dozens and dozens over the years and I kind of feel as though I have tied up a lot of money in books. It's not a bad thing, but I do wonder about the end result. …

30 Amazing Links to Great Photography and Cool Tutorials Every Photographer Will Love

Another wonderful week has passed us by in the world of photography, and Toad Hollow Photography has been searching points far and wide online …

If You Do These 20 Things Every Day, You'll Become Smarter

With enough motivation and determination, anyone can expand their mental capabilities and become smarter. Do these 20 things every day and you will …

35 Magnum Photographers Give Their Advice to Aspiring Photographers

Hi<p>Bill Reeves, a passionate photographer who is fortunate enough to have Magnum photographers Eli Reed and Paolo Pellegrin as his mentors, told me …

Which Three Lenses do You Need for Photography?

Two things occurred to me When I read Phillip VanNostrand’s article The Only Three Lenses You Need for Travel Photography. One, is that his choice of …

How to Sharpen Photos using Adobe Lightroom

We all want tack-sharp images. Our cameras and lenses can only do so much for us, and once a photograph is <i>out</i> of the camera, the process of …

Take Your Night Sky Photography To The Next Level With This Helpful Tutorial

If you have been wanting to try your hand at night sky photography, or just want to improve on the star photos you’ve already taken, you’re in luck. …

6 Practical Ways to Unlock the Real Power of Colors in Your Photography

To suggest that color is of utmost importance to photographers would be a grand understatement. Discussions dealing with the fundamentals of …

Amazing Long Exposure Photography Tips

Searching for a complete instructional guide on how to take breathtaking special effects shots?<p>Say no more. This eBook entitled Trick Photography and …

Daibo Dreamed of Coffee

It sounds like white noise, a gentle static barely perceptible over the din of Tokyo traffic that flashes by two floors below. But as you sit there …

Great coffee: It's all in the brewing

Espresso “has the potential to deliver more of the incredible taste and aroma of roasted coffee than any other method (of brewing),” wrote Jeffrey …

Night and Day Blend Together in Beautiful Time-Slice Photos of Iconic Buildings from Around the World

Richard Silver is a name that’s popped up before here on PetaPixel. Just over a year ago we shared his ‘time-slice’ photo collages that blended …

Handcrafted with water-resistant waxed canvas and detailed with full-grain leather, the Brixton camera bag is a compact and stylish solution for carrying a DSLR, 2-3 lenses and up to a 13” laptop. The Brixton has four removable dividers that allow you to customize the interior to meet your needs. Two front pockets provide room for your lens caps, batteries, and small personal items. A magazine pocket along the back of the bag offers just enough room for an iPad or Moleskine. Handcrafted with premium waxed canvas Secure antique brass tuck-clasp closure Full-grain leather details Side weather flaps to protect your gear Fits: DSLR, 2-3 lenses, and a 13" laptop Exterior dimensions: 13.5"L X 10.5"H X 5"D Interior dimensions: 12.5"L x 9"H x 5"D Weight: 3.1 pounds

• Room for a camera and up to three lenses or small accessories<br>• Handcrafted with full-grain Italian leather<br>• Solid brass hardware<br>• Side weather flaps to …

SONG TEA

Get an inspiring email of amazing stories each week with the Exposure Weekly Selects, a curated selection of suggested members, personal and …

4 Ways To Retrain Your Brain To Handle Information Overload

Are you constantly forgetting where you placed your keys? Do you feel like your mind shuts down in the afternoon? Here’s why.<p>We live in an age of information overload. While many of us find ourselves inundated with vast amounts of data daily, our fast-paced society also requires us to make more …

What Photographers are NOT Considering When Using High ISO

It’s no secret now that modern cameras have taken photographers to new heights with their ability to shoot at and above ISO 1600. Personally, I can …

You've Been Taking Breaks All Wrong. Here's How To Do It Right.

Next time you're plowing through a days-long pile of work, barely looking up from your computer, consider this: Breaks are scientifically-proven to boost focus and productivity.<p>A 2008 University of Illinois study found that the brain's attentional resources drop after a long period of focusing on a …

The Cinematic Look – How To Make Your Photographs Look Like Films

I recently noticed that a handful of photographers were producing images that had a look as if they were stills captured from films. A couple of the …

Cinematography

How to Erase a Memory – And Restore It

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have erased and reactivated memories in rats, profoundly altering the …

How to Make Vegetarian Sushi at Home

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: Emma Galloway, the voice behind My Darling Lemon Thyme (and a new cookbook), is getting you on a roll making your own vegetarian or vegan sushi</i> …

Recipes

10 Cocktails for Mother's Day

Sure, you could bring mom a dozen tulips, or surprise her with a nice box of fudge, but what about a perfectly crafted cocktail? Pick the one she'll love most, grab some good cheese and crackers (and okay, maybe flowers, too), and her Mother's Day just got a whole lot better. When it's time to go, …

Food

How to Make Perfectly Flaky Biscuits

<i>There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.</i><p><i>Today: It's brunch season, which means only one thing -- it's time to perfect your</i> …

Tips on Using Circular Polarizing Filters

One of the major challenges in landscape photography is managing reflected light, especially when working around water. The single best way to subdue …

How to buy a used dSLR

Can't quite afford a brand new digital SLR? Here are some tips to help you buy a great pre-loved camera.<p>As the digital SLR update cycle ticks along, many photographers will choose to upgrade their equipment to the latest and greatest. This means that the used camera market is incredibly healthy, …

The Neuroscience of Resiliency: An Interview with Linda Graham

From time to time I’ll bring you a leader in the field of Mindfulness who I believe has something to really teach us. Linda Graham, MFT is the author …

7 Types Of Experience Your Brain Needs To Function At Its Best

<i>This is the second in a two-part story on how to manage your mental energy to do your best work. Click here for the first article, “How To Perform At Your Peak Every Day: 10 Tips For Working Smarter In 2014.”</i><p>David Rock, director of the NeuroLeadership Institute and author of Your Brain at Work: …

Brain Seems to Work on 15-Second Delay

New research finds the brain uses a delay mechanism that can blind us to subtle changes in movies and in the real world.<p>In the study, published in …