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Mother of Ten and Talented Photographer Captures Wonderful Natural Light Portraits

Lisa Holloway might be a super-human. Until we get her near some kryptonite, we can’t be sure, but the self-taught photographer somehow manages to …

The Ultimate Guide to Understanding Composition

With all of the gorgeous new gadgetry coming out this season, it’s easy to get caught up in the shiny, techy part of photography. (New Nikon D810, …

How to Use Selective Focus for More Creative Images

Ansel Adams and his work remain central to photography discussions; he’s been a source of inspiration and emulation for generations of photography …

Reader Recs: Romantic Destinations

Planning a trip with that special someone? We asked our Facebook fans to share their favorite romantic destinations, and they came through in a big way.<p><b>Whether you’re looking for a tried-and-true classic or something more off the grid, our travel community has got you covered:</b><p>Not surprisingly …

Make new wood look old and weathered

Happy Halloween y'all! After all the costume ideas going in my head, I ended up going for the easiest one. A pregnant hick. Maybe I can spice it up …

China's Blossoming Skyscraper Inspired by a Rosebud

Chinese architectural firm UA studio 7 has designed a 1,000-foot-tall contemporary skyscraper known as <i>New City Flower</i> at the intersection of Fushun and Shenyang in China in an effort to reinvigorate the local area. Inspired by the shape of a rosebud, the tower features six “petals” that rise from …

40 Tips to Take Better Photos

<b>Many years ago when I was a starry-eyed undergrad I would ask every photographer I came across the same question:</b><p>“How do I take better photos?”<p>I was …

The Best Home Improvement Websites and Apps

Renovations can be grueling. But a new crop of digital tools helps contain the chaos and keep things sane. See the latest and best home improvement websites and apps to check out or download.<p><b>Websites</b><p>While many social-networking sites are not much more than platforms for chatter, others have evolved …

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Alluring Female Colored Pencil Portraits by Jennifer Healy

In these alluring drawings, American illustrator Jennifer Healy uses colored pencils to blur the lines between fantasy and realism. Her technically stunning approach blends delicate lines into gorgeously detailed feminine portraits that have a dreamlike quality to them. The young faces stare out …

Choose the Right Lens to Make Flattering Portraits

<i>Nikon D800, 105mm f/2.8 Micro VR lens, F/3, 1.60s, ISO 800.</i><p>The lens you choose to make a picture strongly affects how the subject will look. When …

7 Essential Accessories for Your First DSLR

If you read my post back in September about Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS), you know that I’m a firm believer in making smart choices about …

Cyclist Captures New York Through the Eyes of a Bicycle

<i>New York Through the Eyes of a Road Bicycle</i> is a photo project by designer and photography enthusiast Tim Sklyarov that explores the city that never sleeps from the point of view of an urban cyclist. Everything from the iconic flashing lights of Times Square and bustling streets of the city to the …

How to Use Slow Shutter Speed to Create Cool Effects in Your Photos

If there is one setting inside your camera that allows for photographing a wide range of amazing effects in your images, it has to be the shutter …

Long Exposure Images Create a Melancholic Mood in Photo Series ‘Empty Space’

Photographer Vassilis Tangoulis came-up with a set of dramatic monochromatic images called <i>Empty Space</i>. The collection is a compilation of …

Man Builds Home for $11,000 Using Local Found Materials

Kayaking instructor and boatbuilder Brian Schulz embarked on an ambitious construction project that took him about a year and a half to complete. The end result is a beautiful home in the woods that cost only $11,000! Inspired by Japanese architecture, the <i>Japanese Forest House</i> (as Schulz aptly …

9 Fantastic Tutorials on Skin Retouching in Photoshop

One of the issues with photographing people is that cameras tend to pick up every imperfection and blemish on people's faces – far more than we tend …

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Beautiful winter frost patterns - Telegraph

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365 Photo a Day Challenge: Start the Year Right

I like to think of myself as an avid photographer, but there are times when the creativity wanes and the inspiration dries up. The trigger finger …

DIY – No Lye Soap Whip

This whipped soap recipe comes from SavyNaturalista who whipped up a batch of hardened liquid soap to create this light and fluffy whipped cream …

How to Reupholster a Chair

Recently while thrift store shopping, I came across the cutest little chair for five dollars. After a little DIY upholstery work, it turned out even …

Pottery Barn Inspired Cut Out Wood Star Art

Shares 14K<p>I saw this pierced wood star art in one of my Pottery Barn catalogs and loved it so much, but in came the holiday craziness and by time I …

Architect Bypasses Mortgage Payments, Builds a Tiny Home

Idaho-based architect Macy Miller longed for a place of her own, but didn't want the burdensome cost of mortgage payments and decided to construct her own compact home. After having a dream back in 2011, Miller mustered up the initiative to design her small yet efficient home known as <i>Tiny House</i>. …

Do You Have a Prime Lens in Your Camera Bag?

Do you own a prime lens? Every DSLR owner should have at least one fast, fixed focal length lens in their camera bag. Zoom lenses are great; they can …

Using Shiny Surfaces & On-Camera Flash for Dramatic Portraits

In this instructional video, renowned portrait photographer Damien Lovegrove shows us how to achieve a striking effect using a reflective background …

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5 Uncommon Snow Photography Tips That Can Transform Your Winter Scenes