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50 essential books every graphic designer should read

In association with<p>When it comes to inspiration and learning, graphic designers are constantly spoilt for choice. There is a wealth of literature at …

Graphic Design

Chunky Woven Bath Mat DIY

Shopping for bath mats isn't the most glamorous way to spend an afternoon, but spending a few hours enjoying your new favorite hobby with the outcome …

How to make the world's cheapest flash diffuser for only $0.02

The humble popup flash. Let’s face it, we hate it.<p>You might be able to use it for a little fill now and again, but as a main light source it gives …

5 Incredible Midwest Towns You Aren't Visiting -- But Should!

Living in the heart of America's Heartland lends itself to wonderful exploratory road trips. From Great Plains to arid Badlands, Great Lakes to Ozark Mountains, the Midwest is far more than flat land filled with corn, beans, and hogs.<p>Living in the heart of America's Heartland lends itself to …

Hot Springs

What Space Does to Your Body and Mind

Expedition 44 to the International Space Station has been successfully completed after three astronauts landed in Kazakhstan. The mission saw a …

How to achieve long-term financial goals

<i>This article is by staff writer Honey Smith.</i><p>In my last post, I talked about how personal finance is about playing the long game and “making choices …

Wealth, Health and Love: Science's Prescription for Having It All

There are people in the world who, outwardly, seem to be doing quite well, and yet inwardly are living an unhappy life encumbered by stress, health problems, and family dysfunction. Conversely, there are people who are far from wealthy, yet they're joyful, at peace, and buoyed by the love they give …

The Brain

How to Build a Kid's Loft Bed

Introduction: How to Build a Kid's Loft Bed<p>About: MyFixitUpLife is a husband-and-wife’s home improvement obsessed lifestyle. Mark and Theresa are …

These 6 Essential Composition Skills Can Turn You Into a Really Good Photographer

Composition isn't just about knowing where to place elements in a frame. It isn't just about finding lines that lead to your subjects, or identifying …

Reflection Perfection: 60 Photos That Show You How It's Done

Capturing beautiful reflections is <b>not as easy as it looks</b>. It takes planning, patience, creativity and sometimes luck to be able to capture that …

5 Reasons Why Being a Photography Assistant Is Worth It

Last week we spoke with Drew Gurian, first and full-time photography assistant to internationally acclaimed photographer Joe McNally. For the past …

5 Free Online Courses to Improve Your Photography

MOOCs – or massive open online courses, offer free or low-cost access to top-notch courses taught by university professors and professionals. Whether …

10 Handy Photo Tips For Shooting Outdoors This Winter

Cover photo by Pete Wongkongkathep<p>Doing any outdoor photo shoots this winter? 500px co-founder and CPO Evgeny Tchebotarev, also a photographer …

This App Is The Single Best Way To Keep Track Of All Your Travel Plans

Enter TripIt.<p>This website and app organizes travel plans into an itinerary, allowing users to see all of their trip details in one place. It's life-changing for people who travel often.<p>The idea is simple: After you've signed up, forward confirmation emails to "plans@tripit.com" and TripIt will …

Low gas prices can be problem

Paul Kalt had reason to feel smug as he filled the tank of his 2014<p>FordEdge SUV at a Mobil station on La Cienega. Regular gas was going for $2.90 a gallon.<p>Kalt told me it cost about $60 for a fill-up during the summer. Now he can get away with paying closer to $40.<p>"I'm feeling great about it," …

31 Awe Inspiring Majestic Winter Images

If you’ve followed the news recently you may have heard about the crazy snow storm in New York state in the USA. Many feet of snow fell in 24 hours …

Conceptual Portraits of a Man with Down Syndrome Reference Art History and Superman

When Marblehead, Massachusetts-based photographer Rick Ashley visited Disney World with his wife and her then-12-year-old brother Michael, who has …

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A Few of Our Favorite Camera Accessories — Tools and Toys

When you buy a camera, it usually comes with all the necessary accessories right out of the box. But, to be blunt, the included accessories are …

Create Perfect Portraits in Lightroom Using These 6 Classic Retouch Techniques

With portraiture, what you see is not always what you want to get. Even the very best portrait with the perfect model will often need some form of …

19 Stunning Lake Sunsets for You to Reflect On

Photographer Catherine Opie once referred to sunrise and sunset as “the biggest cliché in photography.” While Opie's series of photos “Twelve Miles …

Turn Your Next Layover Into a Mini-Vacation at the 15 Best Airport Hotels

Gone are the days when an airport hotel was little more than a purgatory for delayed passengers. Lavish spas, gorgeous restaurants and enticing dᅢᄅcor are making overnight layovers into big fun.<p>Gone are the days when an airport hotel was little more than a purgatory for delayed passengers. Lavish …

New To Photoshop? Watch This

Opening Photoshop for the first time can be pretty overwhelming. But whether you're new, relatively new or looking for a good refresher on the …

Liquid Smoke: Cotton Candy-Colored Photos of Ink in Water

For his colorful abstractions, photographer Jordan Weinrich captures a smokey haze of bright ink suffused in water. With an impressive background in …

How to Freeze Motion and Capture Shots That Pop

Since I started teaching photography around 7 years ago, one thing that I've often noticed is many of my students face difficulty executing shots to …