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How to Get Tack Sharp Portraits in Photoshop

This great tutorial video will show you how to better sharpen your portrait images in Photoshop.<p>Getting it right in camera is only half the battle. …

Tutorials

Losing a dog can be harder than losing a relative or friend

Recently, my wife and I went through one of the more excruciating experiences of our lives—the euthanasia of our beloved dog, Murphy. I remember making eye contact with Murphy moments before she took her last breath—she flashed me a look that was an endearing blend of confusion and the reassurance …

Pets

Cyberpunk Books: Your Beginner’s Guide To The Genre

If you like sci-fi, or anything futuristic, there’s a chance you know or have at least heard the term cyberpunk. But that does not mean you …

Science Fiction

Dog Always Brings A Leaf To 'Buy' Himself Treats At The Store

"He's found a way to make himself understood. He's very intelligent."<p>Some dogs beg for treats. This clever pup <i>pays</i> for his.<p>For the last five years or …

Pets

Sunrise at Hooker Valley track

Get a Well-Exposed Landscape Photo Every Time With This One Simple Trick

If I had to choose my biggest complaint about landscape photography, it would probably be the difficulty in getting a well-exposed image.<p>You've been …

Landscape Photography

How to make fluffy slime without using borax

You don't need borax to make fluffy slime. Here's how.<p>DIY slime, the homemade goop that's as soothing as a fidget spinner, is most often made with borax. In fact, my first slime recipe used borax as one of the main ingredients.<p>While we've never encountered any issues with borax, some people have …

Baking

Either Donald Trump Doesn’t Know Slavery Existed or He Doesn’t Think Black People Are Human Beings

It takes a real man to stand up and admit when he is wrong, so I’d like to take this opportunity and apologize for every time I’ve called Donald …

Donald Trump

Hubble delivers dazzling Lagoon Nebula for 28th anniversary

NASA and the European Space Agency celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope with a look at the dreamlike Lagoon Nebula.<p>The Hubble Space Telescope knows how to celebrate its anniversary in style. Each year, the telescope team releases a new, mind-blowing image of something gorgeous. The Lagoon Nebula is …

Cosmology

colorful forest pigeon; Glacier Countrey

Kereru

Waterfall Milford Sound

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10 Hidden Lightroom Features That Can Change Your Editing Life

Sometimes we can use software for years without taking the time to dive deeper and unlock its full potential. Here’s a great 12-minute tutorial by …

Tutorials

New Zealand

AFL misses another trick as Melissa Etheridge delivers goodwill in spades

It is impossible to measure the depth of publicity the singer brought so it is perplexing the AFL did not seem to rate it<p>This is a story about the power of social media, and how a handful of fans of music and footy brought their two loves together, and made magic happen. It’s also a story about a …

Australia

Find your happy place watching clouds roll over New Zealand’s mountains in this time-lapse video

New Zealand is famous for its rolling landscapes, rocky peaks and rugged, unspoiled beauty. But if the country’s already stellar reputation as a stunning destination wasn’t enough to convince you to go, a new time-lapse video captured over the course of a year highlighting the boundless beauty on …

New Zealand

9 food parts you should never throw away

Nutrition

LIVE REVIEW: Ne Obliviscaris @ Rebellion, Manchester

<b>NE OBLIVISCARIS</b> are one of the hottest bands in progressive metal. Since making big waves with their sophomore effort, 2014’s <b>Citadel</b>, the Australian …

Death Metal

19 AWESOME SHORT HIKES ON THE NORTH AND SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand is hikers paradise! There are countless amazing hikes and tracks, ranging from week-long trails to 20 minute circuits, leading along …

Four Awesome Tips To Stop You Wasting Your Time With Long Exposure Photos

When your shutter is open for five minutes or longer while you take long exposure photos, what do you do during that time? Today I’ll share four …

Landscape Photography

Four Reasons Snowy Springs Don’t Disprove Global Warming

It’s going to be very cold this weekend in the Northeast. That doesn’t mean the climate isn’t changing.<p>A record-cold “Arctic Blast” is set to hit the …

Climate Change

VIRVUM, ALLEGAEON AND NE OBLIVISCARIS – PROG’S UNHOLY TRINITY

There comes a time in the life cycle of music genres, where in order to evolve, the torch must be passed to the younger generation. Feeding off of</b> …

Death Metal

10 Things Introverts Wish Their Extroverted Partners Understood

Introverts and extroverts, different as they might be, often end up as romantic partners. Perhaps it’s a case of opposites attracting; the two personality types balance each other out.<p>The fundamental difference between innies and outies, as they’re sometimes called, is that introverts require alone …

Relationships

5 Common Camera Setting Mistakes New Photographers Make

Whether you’ve just purchased your first DSLR or have been shooting for a while and would like to start using your camera’s manual settings, you …

Landscape Photography

The best books about science from the last 15 years that everyone should read

1/<p>"The Singularity is Near" by Ray Kurzweil<p>Amazon<p>Futurist Ray Kurzweil has thought deeply about the role computational power and artificial …

Books

Less laundry less often: how to lighten the washday load on the environment

From clothes that won’t shed microplastics to natural detergents, responsible laundry is a thing – and it’s crucial<p>The clothes we wash and wear each week might seem unconnected to the growing plastic pollution crisis in our oceans but a sobering truth is emerging.<p>With each wash, synthetic fabrics …

New South Wales

Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you

The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look<p>Five things we learned from Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook hearing<p>Want to freak yourself out? I’m going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store …

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