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10 Portrait Tips to Take Your Photography to the Next Level

You have all the makings of a beautiful photograph: the perfect client, an overcast day for soft natural lighting and a gorgeous landscape as the …

10 Habits of Highly Creative People

While creativity will mean different things to different people, I believe there are certain traits that are shared by highly creative people and …

3 Composition Rules You Have Probably Never Heard of Before

Composition is one of the most important skill areas of photography. Of course, some may argue that it is the camera, while others would say it is …

Pregnancy Sleep: Simple Steps To Getting A Good Night

A rumbling tummy, frequent toilet trips and trying to get comfy with a bump can all steal your sleep and leave you fatigued when you’re expecting. …

Experiments to Do With Your Baby

Recreate real scientific scenarios. Stimulate two minds. The little ones are fascinating.<p>Weeks spent looking into the eyes of a loved one cause the brain to release nurturing hormones. In putting another before you, everything becomes more satisfying. Life can have meaning anew or at last.<p>When that …

The High-Performer's Cheat Sheet

The 10 rarely-discussed-but-totally-essential career skills they don't teach in business schooland expert advice on how to nail them.<p>The 10 rarely-discussed-but-totally-essential career skills they don't teach in business school—and expert advice on how to nail them.

Our 17 Best Shopping Secrets for Discount Clothing

Sharing is caring. And also creating more competition.<p>Who said wearing designer meant you had to spend hundreds? We've rounded up 17 of the best discount and resale shopping websites so you can look a million bucks—without spending nearly that much.

The New All-Inclusive Resort

We expect a sense of thoughtful construction and attention to detail to pervade a luxury resort. But on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast, not far from the surfer town of San Juan del Sur, Morgan’s Rock has concerns that go way beyond the fluff factors of thread count and pool temperature.<p>Sure, the subdued …

Orchha, a living medieval town

This Indian town wrapped in legends of feudal chivalry and romance packs more history into every square metre than even Agra or Udaipur.<p>Orchha, a tiny town in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, takes you completely by surprise with its medieval ambience. Instead of the drab concrete …

Madhya Pradesh

What’s the secret to working with difficult people?

What’s the best advice on working with difficult people?<p>I recently covered clinical psychologist Albert Bernstein’s no-nonsense advice on office …

The 7 Pillars of Connecting With Absolutely Anyone

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” <i>- Dale Carnegie,</i> <i>How to Win Friends and Influence People</i><p>I don’t care what your goals, industry or interests are, there’s no getting around it: …

David Ogilvy’s Timeless Principles of Creative Management

Advertising legend <b>David Ogilvy</b> endures not only as the original Mad Man, but also as one of modern history’s most celebrated creative leaders in the communication arts. From <b>The Unpublished David Ogilvy</b> (<i>public library</i>) — the same compendium of his lectures, memos, and lists that also gave us …

DOGHOUSE | Sayings 2.0

odditiesoflife: The Abandoned Sanzhi UFO Houses These colorful flying saucer-style buildings, located in the Sanzhi district of New Taipei City in Taiwan, were built in 1978 but were forsaken before anyone ever stayed in them. They were originally targeted towards U.S. military officers stationed in East Asia who were on leave, but investment losses and deaths due to accidents during construction caused the project to be abandoned in 1980. The misfortune of the UFO houses is said to have been caused by the unfortunate act of bisecting the Chinese dragon sculpture located near the resort gates for widening the road to the buildings, cursing the project. For almost thirty years, these strange pod-like structures were left to crack, crumble and decay due to acts of nature and vandalism. Smashed, broken buildings and debris were all that remained of Pod City. It’s sad that such unique architecture and design was never enjoyed by any residents. Unfortunately, this favorite of urban explorers and travelers no longer exists. The UFO houses were demolished in 2008. A petition to try and save at least one of the buildings failed. Apparently a new beach resort and water park are being developed in its place. Looking just like pop culture depictions of alien space pods, they were at least around long enough to serve as a minor tourist attraction and a ghost town for urban explorers. They provided a glimpse of a retro future that morphed into ruins from the future source 1 , 2 (via speeef)

<i>The Abandoned Sanzhi UFO Houses</i><p><b>These colorful flying saucer-style buildings, located in the Sanzhi district of New Taipei City</b> <b>in Taiwan, were built</b> …

Soft Flattering Color Portraits in Lightroom 4 and Lightroom 5

Introduction The Following is an excerpt from the SLR Lounge Lightroom Preset System v5, a preset system designed to take you from Ordinary to …