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A Beginner's Guide to Which Camera Mode You Should Shoot In

When you're first starting out in photography, your camera's mode dial can mode dial can look like a myriad of strange letters and symbols. This …

The death of truth: how we gave up on facts and ended up with Trump

Trump made 2,140 false or misleading claims during his first year in office – an average of 5.9 a day<p>For decades, objectivity – or even the aim of ascertaining the best available truth – has been falling out of favour<p>Doubt is our product, since it is the best means of competing with the ‘body of …

Fake News

Fall of the American Empire

The U.S. government is, as a matter of policy, literally ripping children from the arms of their parents and putting them in fenced enclosures (which officials insist aren’t cages, oh no). The U.S. president is demanding that law enforcement stop investigating his associates and go after his …

Political Science

The order Trump holds in contempt was once America’s proudest creation | Jonathan Fenby

Seventy years ago, as a new major book suggests, America helped rebuild Europe and assumed the role of global peacemaker<p>Behind the Twitter storms and hyperbolic self-promotion, Donald Trump is nothing if not consistent in his approach to the world. A single aim runs through his international policy …

Donald Trump

Growing up black in America: here's my story of everyday racism | Brian Jones

I became so well-practiced in the art of not offending racist white people that I ceased to become outraged by them<p>I am a black man who has grown up in the United States. I know what it is like to feel the sting of discrimination. As a middle-class, light-skinned black man I also know that many …

High School

Sunday Reading: The Beat Generation

The poet Allen Ginsberg was born ninety-two years ago today, on June 3rd, 1926. To celebrate, we’re bringing you pieces about the Beat Generation and the ways it changed American culture. Subscribers can read Jane Kramer’s two-part Profile of Ginsberg, which follows him across America, from …

This Kurt Vonnegut Quote Completely Changed The Way I Approach The Idea Of "Happiness"

You can't touch it, but you can certainly feel it. You can't buy it, but you can create it. You can't see it, but you can easily perceive it. I'm …

This man did a 22,000 mile road trip of North America — these are the 25 spots he says you can't miss

In Winston Churchill, Hollywood rewards a mass murderer

By Shashi Tharoor<p><i>Shashi Tharoor is author of “Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India.” He chairs the Indian Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.</i><p>“History,” Winston Churchill said, “will be kind to me, for I intend to write it myself.” He needn’t have bothered. He was one of the great …

Winston Churchill

Trump's core supporters won't reject him. It would mean rejecting their own values.

Political experience and logic tell us that, at some point, Donald Trump's supporters should become overwhelmed by the mounting evidence of his failures and broken promises — as Steve Bannon reportedly was over the inclusion of a path to citizenship for DREAMers in the State of the Union — and …

Get Over Yourself, America

The rest of the world couldn’t care less about Donald Trump.<p>For the past few weeks, we’ve been deluged by various retrospectives on Donald Trump’s first year in office. Many made valuable contributions to our understanding of this, shall we say, unique figure in U.S. presidential history. Yet all …

The definitive guide to focal length, perspective, and why "zooming with your feet" is nonsense

Perspective distortion seems to be one of the most confusing topics in photography. There are all kinds of erroneous “facts” about it. Like focal …

Cameras

The Joy of Everyday Photography

Dear friend,If you’ve ever had ‘photographer’s block’, and felt creatively frustrated, and have no inspiration or will to shoot — I hope this advice …

Street Photography

The Spirit of the Flaneur in Street Photography

Dear friend,The reason I love street photography is to harness the spirit of the “flâneur” — or the person who walks aimlessly, with grace, and …

Street Photography

Donald Trump Did It

Yes, President Donald Trump has sexually harassed women. This concludes my ethics investigation.<p>I hate to bore you with technical jargon, but I suppose it’s important, in the interest of nonpartisan professional transparency, to offer some insight into my methodology. First of all, as a very good …

Donald Trump

How America Became So Divided

<i>This essay is adapted from the 2017 Theodore H. White Lecture, sponsored by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard on</i> …

Inc. Best-Kept Travel Secrets: Bath and Wales

Bath and Wales have amazing castles, ruins, food, and more, and there are some special haunts to visit.<p>England has many interesting places to see outside London, and one of the most interesting but overlooked is definitely Wales. Having just visited, I thought to provide readers with some fun tips …

Photographer waits for hours to capture museum visitors who match the artworks

Paris-based photographer Stefan Draschan has found the second best way to spend time in a museum. He visits museums and takes photos of people who …

13 Books That Will Make You Want To Travel ASAP

It’s officially the time of year for hitting the road, and few things will make you more eager to feel those miles flying by beneath your feet than …

49 Film Photography Blogs Worth Following

I’ve collected and shot film cameras for 40 years, but only started blogging about it in the last decade or so. I went looking for other blogging …

Dear Muslim Community (A Message From A Peace Loving Christian)

Dear Muslim Community, I’m an American Christian and I’m sorry. I’m sorry that the loudest voices representing my faith tradition right now seem to …

United States

11 Trips You Need to Take As Soon As You Retire

No more waiting for your annual vacation and then filling it end-to-end until you drag yourself back to work needing another week off. You are …

I Shot the Trump Inauguration Protests and Got More Than I Bargained For

Yesterday, I went out to photograph the protests in Washington, D.C. during Trump’s inauguration. I’m a professional freelance photographer, and I …

Paul Auster: ‘I'm going to speak out as often as I can, otherwise I can't live with myself'

The novelist on Trump’s America and publishing the book of his life at 70<p>When Paul Auster was 14, a boy just inches away from him was struck by lightning and killed. “It’s something I’ve never got over,” he tells me. He was at summer camp: “there we were, nearly 20 of us caught in an electric storm …

The fear of photographing in public and how to overcome it

The joy of Photographing on the street comes from close and engaging photos. Displaying the human nature and emotions in a way that the audience can …

See the Most Beautiful Sights in America on This $213 Train Trip

A big adventure doesn't have to cost you a fortune.<p>If one of your 2017 resolutions is to see all of the beauty and history that America has to offer on a dime, then you're going to love this supremely affordable travel idea.<p>Thanks to a brilliant train route devised by travel expert and blogger …

How Does My Camera Work?

These days, you’d be hard pressed to find a person that doesn’t own some sort of camera. But considering the high number of camera owners globally, …

The 28 Best Books on Writing

An Editor's Advice to Writers<p>Betsy Lerner<p>For both established and prospective authors alike, the publishing house can seem like a jungle. Luckily, Betsy Lerner is here to lead a safari, citing her vast collection of experiences as an editor as her field guide. <i>The Forest for the Trees</i> motivates …

34 Riveting First Lines From Literature

While you may recognize “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” you might not recall some of literature’s other, equally gripping …

Literature

Reconsidering Lightroom Mobile 2.2

I spent a month last Fall trialling Lightroom Mobile as a suitable alternative to Apple’s iCloud Photo Library. Lightroom drew me in because of its advanced editing controls, options to quickly reject pictures I didn’t want to keep, and the synchronization of edits across all of my devices (which …