Michael Alek Tan

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Increasing Photographic Flexibility With Speedlites

It takes a few minutes for Bob Davis to delve into the details of his speedlighting techniques, but once he does, his two-hour long presentation …

The Healthy Habit That Could Raise Blood Pressure

The downsides of a squeaky clean mouth<p>Could good oral hygiene hurt your heart? Swishing mouthwash may raise your blood pressure, according to a new Swedish study.<p>After 19 healthy people rinsed with an antiseptic mouthwash twice a day for a week, researchers found that their blood pressure increased …

Are You Pooping All Wrong? Enter the Squatty Potty!

One company claims that by changing the way you sit on the toilet, you could remove 20 extra pounds of poop inside you. So we tested their product to see if that’s true—or if it's a load of crap<p>I have managed to avoid yoga for most of my adult life. But I’ve taken a sudden interest in it …

Get More Out of Your Coffee!

Sipping at certain times could maximize caffeine's potent powers<p>Caffeine: It makes you feel like a human in the morning, is a known performance-enhancer, and gives you the pick-me-up you need at 3 p.m. But in order to make the most out of your habit, there are specific ways to drink your joe. And …

How-To: Picking a Great Lens for Milky Way Photography

The lens is the most important factor in the image quality of a landscape astrophoto.<p>There are a number of lens traits that will determine the …

The Mystery of Night Photography - 30 Images of the Night

Panorama Post Processing Tips

It feels like I’ve been planning to live stream forever but today it finally happened for real. In this live video I run through some of my post …

3 Ways to Guarantee Good Exposures

There is no excuse for coming home from a photo shoot to discover that your images are over or under exposed. Your camera’s light meter will guide …

Are You Lifting the Right Amount of Weight?

Follow this system to figure out how much iron to hoist for the optimum results<p>The amount of weight you should be lifting depends on the result you want—size, strength, or endurance. However, a good general benchmark is 90 percent of your 1-rep max. At that percentage, the participants in a …

7 Tips to Sleep Better Without Medication

When it comes to sleep, this is one tired nation.<p>According to the CDC, between 35 and 45 percent of Americans unintentionally fell asleep during the day at least once in the past month and nearly 5 percent fell asleep while driving during the past month. And these are just the ones who admit it. …

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 …

The 7 Classic Pieces of Gear You Will Want After You Get a DSLR

Congratulations! You’re the proud owner of a new camera. But not just any new camera; no, not a new mobile device, not a new point and shoot — not …

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 …

3 Fitness Tests You Should Be Able to Pass

These assessments take about five minutes to perform, but they can shape the way you train for months or years to come<p>Everyone has different fitness goals—running a marathon, performing 10,000 kettlebell swings, benching 1.5 times your body weight. But before you race toward your big goal, assess …

5 Tips for Better Long Exposure Landscape Photography

5 Tips for Better Long Exposure Landscape Photography - learn some things to do and some to avoid when doing long exposures.

Reverse Lens Macro: How to use it as a Great Learning Tool

Digital Photography

Tips for Indoor Sports Photography

Indoor sports photography isn't always easy, but you can get professional-quality results by following these tried and true tips.

Low Light Photography: How to Shoot Without a Tripod

Low Light Photography: How to Shoot Without a Tripod If you don't have your tripod with you, or you're trying to make do without one, you still have …

Digital Photography

5 Common Diet Mistakes to Avoid

It's the new year, and we are still in January, so I know many of you are continuing to work towards your resolutions. I'd like to help you get off on the right foot by telling you about five common diet mistakes that can be a huge barrier to weight loss and should thus be avoided. These diet …

The 5-Minute No-Crunches Workout for Incredible Abs

No crunches required!<p>In this week's fabulous five-minute workout video, <i>Women's Health</i> senior fitness editor Jen Ator, C.S.C.S., author of the book <i>Shape Up Shortcuts</i>, takes you through a speedy yet totally grueling abs workout—without making you do one single crunch! Follow along with Jen, Nicki, …

Using Backlight for Dramatic Portraits

I have been exploring backlight lately. Any light coming from behind the subject can be considered backlight. Backlight that is two or more f/stops …

Why Shoot in Raw Format?

<b>Reader Question:</b><p>Do most National Geographic photographers shoot in raw format? Why?<p><b>My Answer:</b> Yes, National Geographic photographers shoot exclusively in raw image format.<p>Shooting in raw format allows for more flexibility in making the pictures look their best in post-processing, particularly when …

How to Photograph Kids

TravelTraveler Magazine<p><b>Reader Question</b> (this time, from <i>Traveler</i> Associate Editor Amy Alipio): How do you best photograph kids on location? I find it impossible to get all my children in the shot, in focus, and not making goofy faces.<p><b>My Answer</b>: Getting really great photos of your kids — especially …

How Well Do You Know Your JPEGs?

As I was editing this afternoon and editing/saving all of my RAW files to JPEG files in Adobe Photoshop, I felt a little foolish. I’ve been saving my …

Perspective in Photography - Don't just stand there move your feet!

Perspective in Photography - Don't just stand there move your feet! - learn about how to use perspective to create more unique images

Digital Photography

12 Ways to Improve Your Digital Landscape Photography

<i>Number One:</i> If you have read any of my previous photography guides then you probably know that I strongly recommend shooting in RAW format. Why is …

14 Tips for Quick and Effective Travel Photography

If you are a serious photographer, you are reflecting each and every shot. You are planning it. You are studying the subject from every possible …

Landscape Photography