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47 Essential Photography Tips for Beginners

Photography is a fun and fascinating process. It’s easier now than ever to get started too. Long gone are the days of needing portable darkrooms or …

Landscape Photography

Bird Photography - Don't Wing It

Bird photography is both simple and a challenge. Our winged subjects range from cute, elegant, beautiful to fierce. When we flock to photograph …

10 forbidden places that no one is allowed to visit

Andaman and Nicobar

How to Build a Drip Irrigation System - DIY

Proper watering is one of the most important aspects of growing your own vegetables. On a recent trip to Virginia, I met Scott and Susan Hill of Hill …

Gardening

3 Tips on How to Capture Moon Pictures

In the wake of January’s Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse, you might be wondering how so many photographers captured perfectly stunning photos of the …

Landscape Photography

Learn How to Do Long Exposure Photography

When each frame takes a half a minute or more to capture, the road to learning long exposure photography can be a long one. Here’s a much-needed …

10 of the best insider's tips to Amsterdam

With tickets for Eurostar’s direct service to Amsterdam on sale from 20 February, we pick some of the city’s best restaurants, parks and cultural attractions away from the tourist centre<p>Amsterdam’s reputation for stag dos, spliff and sex tourism belies the rich pickings beyond Dam Square. Described …

European Travel

The Best Ways to See Europe in Just 10 Days

If there’s one thing that Americans get shafted on (there’s not just one; there are loads), it’s vacation days. A 10-day trip will probably eat up a …

How To Photograph Seascapes

Photographing the sea and the waves can be both challenging and fun. People often ask me what “the right settings” are to shoot moving water so I …

Paulo Coelho on How You Can Become a Better Writer

“There are two types of writers: those who make you think and those who make you dream” says Brian Aldiss, who made me dream for such a long time …

Creative Writing

12 Bug Out Bags For Your Survival Gear List

When an emergency or survival situation strikes, you want to be prepared. This means having a reliable bug out bag packed and ready to go.<p>While many …

Face Recognition Reveals Hidden Connections in 97K Pictures of Strangers

The Grocery Store Project is an unusual and ambitious effort by Danish photographer Simon Hoegsberg. After spending 159 afternoons over 20 months …

Machine Perception

7 ways to write a plot outline: The Infographic

Approaching writing your novel from a blank slate can be a daunting prospect. Whether you find the distant target of reaching a substantial word …

Infographics

7 Trips To Take If You Want To Enjoy Traveling Slowly

Yes, high-tech hotel rooms can be fun but they can also be distracting from the real reason we often travel: To connect with our new surroundings and the local culture and to take time to savor the moment.<p>There are numerous ways to slow down while you travel -- leave the phone behind or visit some …

7 Habits of Incredibly Happy People

<i>This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. The article below was</i> …

Happiness

8 Common Mistakes of Wilderness Survival

1. No Shelter<p>This is a two fold mistake that will cost you your life in a Wilderness Survival Situation. The first fold of this mistake is not having …

National Geographic Travel

On the Red Couch with Author James Patterson

<i>When James Patterson set out to be a writer as a graduate student at Vanderbilt, he says he just wanted to write books that “were as good as they</i> …

National Geographic Travel

The 20 Best Hotels In America

So we decided to dig deeper into our results and come up with a list of the Best Hotels in America.<p>To create this list, we aggregated four notable hotel rankings made by elite travel publications and websites: Travel + Leisure's World's Best Hotel Awards, Condé Nast Traveler's Top 100 Hotels & …

Napa Valley

Steven Pinker: 10 'grammar rules' it's OK to break (sometimes)

Among the many challenges of writing is dealing with rules of correct usage: whether to worry about split infinitives, fused participles, and the meanings of words such as "fortuitous", "decimate" and "comprise". Supposedly a writer has to choose between two radically different approaches to these …

The Most Useful Travel Tool Ever

When it comes to travel, the list of things you "absolutely must have" gets longer and longer with each passing year. My wife and I are in the middle of a year+ trip, and had we done this in the 80s, we would have packed some clothes, a world atlas, a 35mm camera, a Swiss Army knife, and a few …

Environmentally Friendly

The Writer’s Technique in Thirteen Theses: Walter Benjamin’s Timeless Advice on Writing

<i>“Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open,”</i> Stephen King advised. <i>“Do back exercises,”</i> Margaret Atwood suggested. <i>“Know everything about adjectives and punctuation, have moral intelligence,”</i> Susan Sontag counseled. Each accomplished author seems to have a different secret to the craft …

Literary Citizenship, Taylor Style

Aug 2, 2014 by Daniel Bowman, Jr.<p>The concept of <b>literary citizenship</b> has been coming up in English circles lately. Cathy Day, a leader on the subject, …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

Workouts

Into the Wild: 10 of the World's Most Remote Hotels

One way to up the ante for your next vacation? Pick an uber-remote destination. A remote locale of course means some extra time spent traveling, but …

4 Steps For Piercing Through The Fog Of A Nascent Idea

It’s easy to get lost in the fog and never make any decision at all. Here’s how to break through and get the most out of your ideas.<p>History is littered with smart people making horribly wrong calls about nascent markets. In the 1940s, IBM’s Thomas Watson (supposedly) said there was a world market …

Management

How to trek to Everest Base Camp

Mount Everest has captivated intrepid men and women since the 1920s. The exploits of legends such as George Mallory, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay put the mighty mountain on the map; thousands have followed, making huge sacrifices – many with their lives – in their own attempts to the …

Mountaineering

How Ships Survive a Hurricane at Sea

For oceangoing ships, hurricanes are a threat long before they make landfall. This is how they prepare.<p><b>Storms at sea are harrowing experiences</b>. Towering walls of water, driven by powerful winds, slam into the ship. A major storm can batter even the largest, sturdiest vessels. And they're an …

10 Beautiful American Castles

Castello di Amorosa - Napa Valley, Calif.<p>If you've ever wanted to sip wine inside a castle, here's your chance. Castello di Amorosa in Napa Valley …

Napa Valley