Karen Blakely

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A Ghostly Photograph and The Best of Light Stalking This Week

Light Stalking is one of the biggest photography resources in the world and is seen by nearly a million photographers each month. Chock full of …

How to take sharp smartphone photos

Now Playing: Watch this: Taking sharper photos with your smartphone<p>0:57<p>Struggling to get your smartphone photos looking sharp?<p>Here are a few ways to …

How To Shoot Landscapes Under a Full Moon

This article is about taking photos at night under a full moon or near a full moon. At night, the moon will act as a light source in exactly the same …

Landscape Photography

An Introduction to Photoshop Compositing for Beginners

by Sarah Hipwell What is compositing? Simply, it means to combine two or more images to make a single picture. As a photographer, I’m constantly …

Photoshop Chimeras: Fantasy Creatures Created by Splicing Photos

Want to have some fun as you’re learning how to use Photoshop for image editing? Try creating a “Photoshop Chimera.” In Greek mythology, the Chimera …

Three Tricks for Faking Depth of Field in Your Photos

Extra photos for bloggers: 1, 2, 3<p>There was a time when you’d want to stare at a photo for hours but couldn’t quite put your finger on <i>why</i>.<p>Then you …

Where to Position that Horizon?

Horizons can be quite divisive, both in terms of composition and opinion. If used correctly, a horizon will either add to a composition or go …

7 Beginner Tips For Sharper Photos

Scott Kelby, the author of many digital photography books says, <i>“If your photos aren’t sharp then the rest doesn’t matter.”</i> Key to any image is its …

Tour Companies Operating in Mexico

01 of 07<p>G Adventures<p>G Adventures (formerly G.A.P Adventures) is one of the largest tour companies in the world, and is known for the scope of its …

In Search of Pura Vida: The Magic of Costa Rica

<i>A simple breakfast and stunning view at Nayara Hotel.</i><p><i>Pura</i> <i>vida</i> is a simple phrase that means "pure life." It is a greeting heard as frequently as "hello" -- on every street corner, restaurant and even home in Costa Rica. At the beginning of my travels to La Fortuna de San Carlos in the La Ajuela …

10 Italian Villages for a Perfect Summer Escape

For years, Italy has ranked among the top summer destinations for American travelers, an unsurprising feat given the country's historical legacy, renowned cuisine, breathtaking heartland, and award-winning wines. To get a true taste of the essence of Italy, many travelers take to the countryside to …

Mexico's Top 4 Wildlife Adventures

When you think of Mexico travel, what comes to mind? Commercialized beach resorts with ginormous margaritas and mariachi players? One of the world's largest, most populous and most polluted cities? How about wildlife?<p>Chances are, most people think of Mexican "wildlife" as what goes on in …

Mother Nature's Most Amazing Sights and Sounds

Sometimes nature creates displays so incredible--heavy stones that seem to drag themselves across a dry lakebed, fish that literally rain down from storm clouds and stunning colored lights that dance silently in the crisp night skies of the polar regions--that we can hardly believe our eyes, let …

Top 10 destinations for twitchers

If you don't know what a 'twitcher' is then this list is probably not for you - then again, perhaps you don't even know you're a twitcher yet. (Twitcher is just another name for birdwatcher.)<p>With over 10,000 species of birds in the world, twitchers travel far and wide to get a glimpse or catch the …

5 outdoor living setups for summer [pics]

<i>This story was written by Jami Smith and originally appeared under the title 5 Outdoor Campers at Dwell, a Matador syndication partner.</i><p>Snug …

6 Ways to Save on a Trip to Europe

Ask anyone and they will tell you that traveling to Europe this summer will not be cheap, unless of course you want to go very early June or late …

Quick Steps to Being Mosquito Free This Summer

In a couple of days I'll be kicking off 60-plus days of trekking through Central and South America. Unlike my trips through less tropical climates, I've placed more focus on decreasing the probability of coming back looking like a pin cushion for mosquitoes.<p>Aside from the uncomfortable itchy and …

"Khotso" Peace at Devil's Knuckles

5 Must-See Pieces at the Met

The next time you visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, you must say hello to “William.”<p>The small blue statuette has been the museum’s unofficial mascot since he made his debut in 1917. But don’t let his youthful looks fool you; he’s been around for almost four millennia. Today, …

Make Volunteering Part of Summer Vacation Plans

Looking for a way to add a little fun to your summer vacation?<p>Take a few hours and volunteer.<p>Before you stop reading, know that this article isn't advocating you give up your entire trip to build a house in a rural village with no electricity or running water. For most people, that's not their idea …

Photo Magic – Special Effects Photography Made Easy

Special effects photography is the kind of non-photoshopped picture taking that makes onlookers wonder ‘how did you do that?’ This new guide is …