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4 Tips for Using Camera Flash

Flash can either make or break your photos, but using it correctly will always give you great images. Don’t feel intimidated by your flash; it’s …

Photography

Retouching Portraits in Camera Raw

<b>Excerpt from The Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers (2014 Release)</b><p>One of the main things we've always had to go to Photoshop for was …

21 questions to answer before you start that mobile app

You have an idea for a mobile app that will help extend your business and reach out to new and existing customers. Great! But before you send a development team to work on it, you’ll want to make sure you’ve answered these 21 questions:<p><b>1. Do you have a release schedule?</b> Will your app have multiple …

Apps

Urgent.ly Is Uber For When Your Ride Breaks Down

When you break down, the assumption is that you need help urgent.ly. That’s why Urgent.ly exists. This on-demand roadside assistance app aims to be the Uber of what happens if your car can’t be used as an Uber anymore.<p>Founded by Chris Spanos, Surendra Goel, and Luke Kathol, the service allows you …

Takeaways from the 2015 Outlook Survey: Photographers Feel Optimistic, Instagram Booms, and more

For the third year in a row, we’re excited to unveil results from <i>The Photographer’s Outlook</i> survey. This year, we heard from close to 7,500 …

Social Media

Chicago's getting its own Uber-like app for ordering taxis

It's basically impossible to ignore the impact that the likes of Uber and Lyft have had on the taxicab industry, and Chicago's given up trying. The city government has approved a package from the local cab-drivers union that, among other things, pushes for unified mobile dispatching apps. As …

WhatsApp might be working on a web client

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned mobile messaging app, might be landing on desktops in the near future.<p>While WhatsApp rose to popularity as a mobile messaging app that uses the smartphone’s SIM card to authenticate, and it’s stuck to mobile devices so far, that might be changing soon, according to an …

Discover the Hottest Twitter Trends, Mentions, and Photos in Your Area Through Zoom Social

For an entrepreneur, data from social media sites can be a gold mine as they can present unlimited opportunities if the information tapped is handled efficiently and effectively. But this data can most often be overwhelming especially to the untrained eye. Whether you want to know what’s hot and …

Trends

Apps can bring an 'Uber' world of beauty to your doorstep

Getting an entourage of beauty professionals to show up at your door is no longer a privilege reserved just for celebrities and the ultra-wealthy. Thanks to a growing number of on-demand beauty apps, summoning hairstylists, makeup artists, masseuses and even personal trainers to a home, office or …

Beauty

Washington DC is making a taxi app to take on Uber

The 'Universal D.C. TaxiApp' will start beta testing in March<p>It's no secret that some local governments, especially those with robust taxi systems, have been less than welcoming to Uber. The solution, usually, has been to ban the startup from city borders. But Washington DC's taxi commission might …

9 Reasons to Conquer Self-Doubt and Start Believing in Yourself

Do you depend on others' opinions because you lack confidence in your own?<p>Getting lots of input on important issues is a good idea. It can help you be successful when, without expert help, you might fail. But it can turn into a problem if you're depending on other people's opinions because you have …

Self-improvement

Photography Tips, Techniques, and More!

Photography

Homescreen, Screeny and other awesome new apps you need to check out

List-Worthy

Visual listening is the next big thing in social. Here’s why.

The human brain can process images in as little as 13 milliseconds, according to research from MIT released this year. That’s a hell of a lot faster than earlier studies, which suggested it takes 100 milliseconds. Visuals are just easier to consume: fact.<p>This is no secret to marketers. It’s the …

7 key things you need to know about an accelerator like Techstars

My startup, Final, was lucky enough to take part in this year’s Techstars Boulder program. Along with learning that a diet consisting only of free coffee and Cosmo’s pizza gives your skin a weird tint, here are some key takeaways from my experience with one of the top tech accelerators.<p><b>1. Getting</b> …

How I use iOS apps to manage my calendar and daily tasks

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that my work day is chaotic. There never seems to be enough time, and keeping track of …

How To Run User Tests At A Conference

What Is User Testing?<p>Let me start by defining what user testing is, and what it is not.<p>User Testing _Is_…<p><b>Formal</b>. Your goal is to get qualitative …

The 4 fatal flaws of failed Kickstarter campaigns

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock<p>Crowdfunding is having monumental impacts upon all across all areas of …

Crowd Funding

7 landscape photography cheat sheets that will save your images

Landscape photography is all about taking the viewer on a journey through nature and the beautiful or turbulent moments it can create. A good …

If Your Photos Aren’t Good Enough, Your Camera Isn’t Expensive Enough

The best camera in street photography is the most expensive one.<p>If I gave myself advice in street photography if I started all over again I would …

The Golden Ratio vs. The Rule of Thirds: Which is Best?

Two terms, one more frequently heard that the other, are the <b>golden ratio</b> and the <b>rule of thirds</b>. But is one really better than the other? In this …

The 10 Lightroom Tools That Are A Landscape Photographer's Dream

As we know, Lightroom has become a very powerful tool not only for image management but also for post production. Amongst the tools available are …

A Film Vs. Digital Study

In an effort to prove to myself, my family, and my friends that I am not nuts to lug 6+ pounds of medium format camera gear up the mountainside I …

Common Portrait Lighting Mistakes

Here is a quick list of several common portrait lighting mistakes that beginners, and even pros, often make. Why are they mistakes? Because the goal …

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Help Your Clients Overcome Their Fear Of the Camera Lens With Peter Hurley At TEDx

If you’ve ever met Peter Hurley, you’ll know that he is more than just a strong jawline and the Squinch. Peter Hurley just has a charisma and magic …

6 Flash Alternatives Beginners Should Always Keep in Mind

That pop-up flash on top of your camera can come in very handy, but if you’re a beginner, try giving these alternatives a shot to produce more …

Video: A Brief History of George Eastman and His Immeasurable Impact on Photography

Here’s a fascinating little photography history lesson for you, and it’ll only take up two minutes and fifty seconds of your time. Put together by …

Videography

Step up your Photoshop game - Mask It Like a Pro!

Example from the course <i>Mask It Like a Pro!</i>: Selective editing using a set of complex layer masks.<p>Layer masking is undoubtedly one of the most …

Tutorials

Infographic Reveals the 30 Most Influential Photographers Across the Web

More so than just about any other form of content, the Internet lives and breathes images. So it’s only natural photographers — and photography as a …

Video Tutorial: How to Make the Most of a Polarizing Filter

Polarizing filters are a piece of gear that some photographers swear by and others don’t touch. One reason why might be the various misconceptions …