Nicholas Blok

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How to Assemble Your Pictures into a Photography Portfolio

As a photographer, images are just the start. How do you decide which are your best photographs? How do you selectively choose the best that …

Photography

Comprehensive Guide to Capturing Powerful Portraits

On the lookout for some portrait tips and techniques? Well look no further, sit back and check out this well paced, information packed presentation …

Photography

3 Photographers Shoot 1 Model to Show That Style is What Matters

Here’s a 13-minute video in which three photographers (Sheldon Evans, Ricardo Lategan, and Jessica Amdur) were tasked with shooting portraits of the …

Photography

Amateur Vs. Pro Architecture Photographer Shoot the 'Dome House'

Last week Mike Kelley and I competed to see who could create the best images of the iconic dome house in Charleston. We released the images and …

The 10 Best Car Camping Spots in America

There's no better way to ease kids into the great outdoors than with a summer camping trip.<p>No matter how avid a backpacker you were before kids, …

Slather this bacon-wrapped jalapeño shrimp in cherry cola sauce

Back when we had a house in Park City, Utah, we frequented an Italian restaurant so often they put a sign above our regular table that said, …

Master Your Wide-Angle Lens Photography

One of the best things about a wide-angle lens is that it allows you to get gorgeous, sweeping views of a landscape.<p>With other lenses, it's difficult …

Landscape Photography

10 Ways You Might Be Giving Other People Too Much Power Over Your Life Without Even Realizing It

You only have so much time and energy. Don't let people take it from you.<p>A few years ago, I wrote a book called <i>13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do</i>. I've received thousands of emails over the years from readers telling me which "thing" they struggled with the most. The struggle people seem to …

Self-help

What Job Skill Is Most Lacking in the U.S.? LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner Has a Surprising Answer

American employees are lacking (sort of) one surprising skill. Here are some keys to moving it to the strength side of the ledger.<p>LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner just appeared on CNBC's <i>Squawk Box</i> to reveal surprising new research about the state of job skills in the U.S. He talked about gaps in computer …

5 Best Road Trip Destinations in the USA on a Budget

<b>Route 66 in Middle America</b><p>The romance of Route 66 continues to captivate people around the world. Running between Chicago and Los Angeles, “over two …

Columbia River

I didn’t understand male privilege until I became a stay-at-home dad

By Billy Doidge Kilgore<p>When my wife returned to work after parental leave, I took my first trip to the grocery with two kids, not knowing I would return home feeling like a hero. On a Monday morning, I pushed the green cart with flame decals through the second set of sliding doors and toward the …

Parenting

The top 10 under-the-radar world destinations to add to your travel bucket list

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Europeans had school shootings, too. Then they did something about it.

By Rick Noack<p>Reporter<p><i>This post was first published on Feb. 15. It was updated on May 18.</i><p>BERLIN — Contrary to what you may sometimes hear, school shootings are not unique to the United States. Germany, for instance, went through a string of devastating attacks between 2002 and 2009. Between 1996 and …

Guns

Holidays in the South: 20 Festive Recipes

Celebrate the season with friends, family, and these timeless holiday favorites<p>Celebrate the season with friends, family, and these timeless holiday favorites

Decorations

Cowboy Caviar Is the Perfect Potluck Secret of the South

Cowboy Caviar<p>Makes about 5 1/2 cups; serves 8 to 12 as an appetizer<p><i>For the vinaigrette:</i> <br>2 tablespoons olive oil<br>Finely grated zest of 1 medium …

Recipes

What To Hang On Your Walls

Snag some Instagram inspiration<p>Maybe you’ve been jumping from place to place for months, or you’re just exhausted by the idea of actually framing the art print curled up in your closet. Let's be honest: You could use some help decorating.<p>Snag some inspiration from these Instagram-worthy walls for …

10 breathtaking Airbnb homes to book if you love the outdoors

If you’re a hardcore nature lover, your ideal day would look like this: waking up to the sound of bird calls on a serene mountain top, a session of …

Best national parks for spectacular sights but modest crowds

We’d never throw shade at Yosemite or Grand Canyon. But they are, well, kind of popular —Yosemite got 4 million visitors last year, Grand Canyon 5.5 million.<p>Want to strike out on your own? These five national parks will amaze you with their scenic grandeur and surprise you with their lack of crowds.

The Best National Park for Every Type of Traveler

Grand Teton has some of the most rugged peaks and terrain in the country. Located only a few miles south of overly crowded Yellowstone, this park is …

10 Bucket List Activities for the Great American Adventurer

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Bison Bag

The Bison Bag can be used as a hammock, a sleeping bag or a combination of both. It weights just 2.6lb. but has been tested to support up to 300lb. …

New Work: On Vacation Hiking in the Dolomites of Italy

Hiker along the Alta Via 1, Dolomites, Italy<p>This is brand new personal work from our 11-day hike in the Dolomites of Italy. This trip was the closest …

Finance Goals For Your 20s | The Art of Manliness

You’ll sometimes hear these days that 30 is the new 20, and the importance of moving towards career, relationship, and finance goals in your twenties …

6 Ways to Make a Better Impression with Business Casual

The average work wardrobe is about as memorable as a PowerPoint slide. Stand out with these smart upgrades<p>A relaxed dress code may seem like a gift from the corner office gods. Careful: It could be a test—or even a trap, one that prevents you from joining their ranks.<p>“Business casual allows you to …

Here’s How American Cities Can Learn From Italian Piazzas

When the paradigm of modernist architecture crumbled, urbanists began a quest for credible alternatives that often took them to the streets and …

10 gorgeous travel vignettes that illustrate the majesty of our planet

Photo and caption by Manish Mamtani/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest<p>There's nothing like a great collection of travel photography to …

Panama Canal

6 things to look for in a quality tent

<i>A tent is like your home away from home. You want it be a dry, comfy shelter – and you don’t want to have to replace it every year. James Brittain,</i> …

Camping

Banff’s shoulder season a peak time for adventure

“Fat tires are made for spring cycling,” my riding companion shouts as we roll on to the Tunnel Mountain Loop about five minutes from downtown Banff. “Let’s get muddy!”<p>Fat tire technology has transformed spring’s slippery tracks into a sloppy playground, where vestigial snow patches combine with …

10 amazing new guided adventure trips

If adventure travel is all about the pursuit of new experiences, guided adventure trips are all about the pursuit of those experiences with a little help from your friends. This year, some of the world's most renowned adventure tour operators have unveiled brand-new guided group trips that embrace …

8 Luxury Camping Trips That Are Worth It

Camping is great...except for the bug bites, sleeping on the ground and the constant fear of wild animals. The alternative? A little thing called …