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10 Foreign TV Shows You Should Be Watching

No Paris? No Problem! Using a Backdrop and Shallow DOF to Fake a Location Shoot

The photograph above seems fairly straight forward: pretty model photographed in Paris with the Eiffel Tower in the background. But that’s not …

Home photo studios: how to shoot pro-quality portraits with a basic studio kit

You don't need to spend thousands on lighting equipment to get professional looking portraits. In this tutorial we'll show you ways to use a basic …

9 mistakes made by pros that you should avoid

Mistakes are a natural part of every life. Their presence transcends things like experience, talent and high skill levels. To put it differently, …

Europe's 10 Coziest Mountain Villages

As winter approaches, the first blankets of snow are falling on the great mountains of Europe and the continent's enchanting mountain towns are gearing up for a new season of visitors eager to hit the slopes or take in the unique local culture that these mountain regions seem to inspire. While …

European Travel

Must-See Tilt-Shift Time-Lapse Shows Off an Incredibly Creative Way to Use the Effect

We don’t typically share two time-lapses in the same day, since most people see that genre as over-saturated as it is, but today we have good reason …

Privacy

The Secret Power Of Introverts

If you had to guess, what would you say investor Warren Buffett and civil rights activist Rosa Parks had in common? How about Charles Darwin, Al Gore, J.K. Rowling, Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi and Google’s Larry Page? They are icons. They are leaders. And they are introverts.<p>Despite the …

V-Tex will chill your wine to 5 degrees in less than 45 seconds

A British company called Enviro-Cool has created a rapid cooling technology called V-Tex that can chill Fanta, lager or even Champagne from room …

Rise and shine: the daily routines of history's most creative minds

Benjamin Franklin spent his mornings naked. Patricia Highsmith ate only bacon and eggs. Marcel Proust breakfasted on opium and croissants. The path to greatness is paved with a thousand tiny rituals (and a fair bit of substance abuse) – but six key rules emerge Daily Rituals by Mason Currey – review<p>…

Silk, A Cloud-Based App To Visualize Data, Launches Its First Paid Product For Teams, Gets Another $1.6M From NEA

Since Silk first came out of stealth mode in 2011, there have been 300,000 interactive pages created on its cloud-based, web data-crunching platform designed for non-technical “knowledge workers.” Taking less easy-to-read data sets and making them more digestible, results have ranged from the …

Vertigo-Inducing Video Put Together from 41 Photos Taken with the Lumia 1020

Creating video from photos isn’t a new idea. Be it stop-motion or some form of time-lapse, we see it all the time. The creation above by filmmaker …

This Stunning Time-Lapse of New York City is a Must-Watch

New York City isn’t what it used to be. Soldiers with M-16s stand guard at Grand Central Station, walking through Times Square feels like you’re on …

Photo Magnetism: Super Simple Photo Magnets

Extra photos for bloggers: 1, 2, 3<p>Simple is the name of the game with these photo magnets.<p>Using only a few ingredients you can turn small photos into …

Automating Your Workflow In Lightroom 5 with Jared Platt

Photographer and “efficiency junkie” Jared Platt has been using Lightroom since its inception, first as a beta tester, then as a die-hard fan. With …

Hyperlapse Tutorial: How to do it from Start to Finish

Creating timelapse videos can be expensive. To make a moving timelapse, many photographers use a motorized dolly system, which can set you back …

Videography

The Ultimate Guide to Learning how to use Your first DSLR

In this guide we share tips on how to use a DSLR. It's perfect for beginner photographers with their first camera. You'll be taking great photos in …

Lightroom's Tone Curve Explained

It’s no secret that there are many ways to enhance our photographs with Lightroom. By using just a handful of sliders we can get some great results …

Tutorials

How to Photograph a Portrait of a Stranger with the WOW Factor

Have you ever met a person, while travelling abroad or at home, who has such an interesting face that you would really like to photograph? But, just …

Using Toys and Forced Perspective to Get Professional, Low-Budget Visual Effects

While working on a feature film called <i>The Grind</i>, filmmaker Vashi Nedomansky had to come up with a way to shoot a flashback scene, complete with …

Learn Everything About the Solar System with This Awesome Animation

Now this is fun. Kurzgesagt made a fantastic animation video detailing our solar system. Perfect for anyone who's space curious (and that should be …

The Prince Who Blew Through Billions

When two British lawyers, Faith Zaman and Thomas Derbyshire, signed on in 2004 to manage the affairs of Prince Jefri Bolkiah, notorious playboy brother of the Sultan of Brunei, they entered a world of orgiastic wealth: 250 companies, 2,000 cars, luxury hotels, planeloads of women and polo ponies, …

The Tyranny of Buffness

My boyfriend expected me to be lean and muscular. But I couldn't live up to that standard, and neither can a lot of guys--and we shouldn't have to.<p>I didn't know I was skinny-fat until my Russian boyfriend told me so. Actually, I didn't even know that was a thing until he told me so.<p>I went to use …

The 65 Best Online Shopping Sites to Buy From

Get your clicking finger at the ready.<p>Shopping online can mean wading through endless Google Shopping results, or scrolling through old-faithfuls like Zara, without knowing where else to turn. To help you fulfill all your shopping wants (needs?) this season, we've created the definitive list of the …

Amazing and Realistic Examples of 3D Street Painting

<b>Street painting</b>, also known as pavement art, street art and sidewalk art, is thought to have originated in Britain, and in 1890 it was estimated that …

How the Pentagon Could Destroy All Monsters

PM would like to offer the following advice when taking down massive reptiles that have bad intentions.<p><i>This post was originally published in July 2013. We find that its suggestions are still valid for</i> Pacific Rim<i>'s latest installment,</i> Pacific Rim Uprising<i>.</i><p>First, don't go toe-to-toe with them on the …

Military

How to Dress for the Weekend

Put down the wrinkled button-down, step away from the Crocs, and open your closet. We need to talk about the new rules of casual.<p><b>1.</b> When in doubt: a white oxford shirt.<p><b>2.</b> That being said, it wouldn't kill you to mix things up every once in a while. Pinstripe shirts are good. Windowpane, too.<p><b>3.</b> Blue …

Men's Fashion