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The Leica M8 - A simple, digital, rangefinder

Released a decade ago, the M8 was Leica’s first digital rangefinder. By the standards of most people, this thing is now old technology; it’s long in …

Leica M-series

Inside the 2016 Man Booker Longlist

The authors in the running for Britain's most prestigious literary award include three debut novelists.<p>On Wednesday morning the Man Booker Prize for Fiction announced its 2016 “dozen,” a longlist of 13 authors vying for the prestigious literary award. The £50,000 prize is open to authors of any …

9 TED talks that can help you become insanely productive

Reaching optimal productivity is about working smarter, not harder, and making the most of each day.<p>The following TED talks offer valuable lessons in doing just that.

Too much stuff: We collect it all our lives, and then what?

THE PALE YELLOW chair sliding down the scratched steel bed of the Goodwill tractor trailer lands with a thud atop the fractured remains of a cheap …

Ideas on How to Archive And Back Up Your Photos Properly to Make Your Life Easier

Archiving your photographs properly helps with a smooth and consistent workflow, because all of your files are just a few clicks away. Who wouldn’t …

How Israeli Startups Can Scale

Israel has been branded the “startup nation.” For good reason: A tiny country of only 8 million people — 0.1% of the world’s population — has more companies listed on the NASDAQ than any country in the world save the United States and China. Frequently cited as one of the world’s most vibrant …

How-Tuesday: Make a Magical Kaleidoscope

Remember looking through a kaleidoscope as a kid? It was like being a pirate on a treasure hunt, but instead of discovering unexplored land we were glancing into a world of brilliant beauty.<p>Most of the supplies needed for this great project can be found in your home — some of them are even …

An Introduction to Blend Modes in Photoshop

This week I had a number of readers email to ask about the topic of ‘blend modes’ in Photoshop. So I thought I’d see what our friends at Phlearn have …

Video: Educational Tutorial on the History, Physics and Uses of Cinema Lighting

Back in April, we shared the first of cinematographer Mark Vargo‘s informative series of videos on different photographic concepts. The videos are …

How to Restore Old, Damaged Photos

Perhaps one of the most important things we do as portrait photographers is preserve memories. While the digital era and its ever-evolving technology …

Photography

Test report Canon CanoScan 9000F flat bed scanner transparency unit: Description of the device, performance data, 35-mm image, medium format, large format, fotos

Test report of the Canon scanner CanoScan 9000F<p>With the introduction of the CanoScan 9000F in June 2010, Canon brought the successor of the very …

Why Are American Homes So Big?

Yesterday, we mentioned that in 2012 the average new single-family home in the US was 2505 sq ft (median house size was 2306 and has stayed close to …

Case Study: An Example of One Photographer's Workflow

If you like taking photographs like I do, either for the pleasure of it or for the living, you must have dozens and dozens of thousands of pictures …