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Kea, Greece's Hidden Gem

A mere breath away from Athens lies the small Cycladic island of Kea. It's often overlooked by its more prominent siblings, Mykonos and Santorini. Kea does not reveal its secrets easily. It's more an island for Greeks to visit, rather than an island that tourists seek out. But it's one of my …

Beekeeping

Should Travelers Have a Dress Code? (POLL)

It's getting to be that time of year.<p>Temperatures are slowly rising -- and so are hemlines -- and a predictable conflict is, um, <i>revealing</i> itself across the travel industry.<p>I'm talking about proper attire, of course. Or, more to the point, a <i>lack</i> of proper attire.<p>And as things heat up, some travelers …

Miley Cyrus

The New ‘Flag’ App Will Print and Mail You Your Photos for FREE

A new app called ‘Flag’ is exploding on Kickstarter today, and it’s based on a very simple premise. The app will print and mail you museum quality, …

The dome III

Moody Black and White Images Highlight the Timeless Elegance of the Taj Mahal

Photographer Josef Hoflehner journeys to the many corners of the globe to shoot some of the most spectacular locations. Recently, he went to India …

Your 2014 Photo Business Plan: Get Social (Step #7)

<i>This is the seventh blog post from a new series to help you create a business plan in 2014 using our guide The 2014 Photo Business Plan Workbook.</i> …

2013 Mobile Photography Awards Street Photography Category Winners - Mobile Photography Awards

2013 Mobile Photography Awards Street Photography Category Winners<p>1st Place<p>∞<p>2nd Place<p>The Waitress Viola by Mariela Angela<p>∞<p>Honorable Mentions<p>Alfred …

Using Lightroom Export Presets to Speed Up Your Workflow

Often when we are editing in Lightroom we find ourselves doing the same tasks over and over again. The key to speeding up your workflow is finding …

Dance and photography: a magic alchemy

Photo campaigns tell us a lot about the self-image of ballet companies: a new project at New York City Ballet is more artful<p>When ballet companies invite photographers in, there's often a revealing subtext to the resulting shots. Contained within a gallery of beautiful bodies, there is usually a …

Albanian Photographer Returns To Document His Homeland

Albania is a small country in the heart of the Balkans. Despite its rich culture, people outside generally do not know much about it. It is also my …

Stunning Black and White Images of Wales

Residing in the quaint little town of Ebbw Vale definitely has its perks. Just ask photographer Alan Coles who takes great pleasure strolling in the …

15 Things to Know About Your Brand New DSLR or Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera

Congratulations, you’ve got a brand new camera for the holidays. And while your camera’s manual (yes, you need to read it) will do a lot to help you …

Tips for Making Photos on Airplanes

Published by Jeff Carlson<p>Author, photographer, and late-nighter Jeff Carlson is a columnist for the Seattle Times, a senior editor for TidBITS, and …

Goodbye, 2013; photographic resolutions for 2014

<i>Things on a distant horizon are not as far away as they might seem; it’s all a question of perspective.</i><p>Some of you will be disappointed to learn that …

15 Ways You Can Improve Your Photography This Year

As the New Year begins and now that you’ve probably got brand new gear after the holidays, take a look at these quick tips on improving your …

Useful Photography Tip #83: The Secrets Behind Making Your Images Look Sharper

<i>Want more Useful Photography Tips? Check them out here.</i><p>We recently received an email asking us about how we get our images to look expertly …

Dark side of the zoo - captive animals in black and white

Alex Teuscher photographs captive animals in black and white, producing dark, atmospheric portraits

Best apps and sites to plan, record and share your trips

Dreaming up a trip is the easiest part of every journey. All you need is a working imagination. The other bits before you go? Not so easy, or so much fun. You’ve got to book tickets, worry about accommodation, work out budgets, apply for visas…then you’ve got to plan your itinerary. And what about …

Apps

Visitors Return to Reno After 5 Years of Little Tourism Growth

After five years of little growth, Reno-Tahoe tourism officials say the area’s hotels and resorts showed significant improvement last year including …

No Paris? No Problem! Using a Backdrop and Shallow DOF to Fake a Location Shoot

The photograph above seems fairly straight forward: pretty model photographed in Paris with the Eiffel Tower in the background. But that’s not …

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

Accidentally Awesome: Fireworks Mishap Results in Amazing New Year’s Photo

Sometimes a great photograph takes months of planning and patience to capture. Other times, you simply have to be in the right place at the right …

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 …

German-made camera used to take iconic Times Square kiss picture at the end of Second World War sells for $150,000

• Alfred Eisenstaedt used Leica IIIa rangefinder to capture famous image<br>• Camera which took picture heralding Allied victory was made in Germany<br>• Jewish …

Photographer Captures Swimming Pools Empty of Human Presence

Public swimming pools are certainly one of the last places where you would hope to find some respite or solitude. Public swimming pools are often …

24 free things to do in San Francisco

Contrary to what you might expect from such a well known, tourist-heavy city, San Francisco quietly delivers a lot for the money. Many of its hotels offer comfort and location for a third of the cost of a comparable New York or London hotel; public transit is part of the fun (cheaper Market Street …

San Francisco

10 Cheapest Backpacking Cities In Central And South America

South America and Central America are meccas for backpackers seeking an adventure, without spending a lot of money. But with so much to see, how do you pick a place to start?<p>Price of Travel published their Backpacker Index for 2014 on Tuesday, outlining the cheapest cities for travelers on a …

5 Stargazing Spots That Will Take Your Breath Away

There's nothing like looking up at a clear night sky and getting lost in the stars.<p>Whether or not you can name the constellations, stargazing is an activity that anyone can enjoy. Certain spots, however, are superior stargazing locations. The sky is darker, the stars are clearer and the experience …

8 big travel mistakes everyone should make at least once

It’s an overwhelming sensation stepping off an airplane and realizing you’re thousands of miles away from anyone you know. As I waited to be …