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Macro monsters: Jumping spiders up close, in pictures

A Long Love Affair With the Scottish Isles, in Pictures

For photographer Jim Richardson the remote islands of northwest Scotland have become like home.<p>From the deck of the boat, the cloud-raked island of Boreray beckoned me, flanked by fanged stacks rising out of the sea. Odd, perhaps, that I should find this welcoming. But I do.<p>Boreray is part of the …

A Great Resource To Use Before Purchasing A Camera Body Or Lens

While researching and deciding on what camera or lens to buy next, there can be a lot of banter, back and forth, and noise on opinions on what camera …

In the Future, We Will Photograph Everything and Look at Nothing

“Today everything exists to end in a photograph,” Susan Sontag wrote in her seminal 1977 book “On Photography.” This was something I thought about when I recently read that Google was making its one-hundred-and-forty-nine-dollar photo-editing suite, the Google Nik Collection, free. This …

Google Photos

Family Portraits Are Back in a Creative New Way

Gone are the days of stodgy snapshots.<p>If there's an art form that's perfectly ripe for reinvention, the family portrait is it. Portraiture, after all, is one of the first styles of American photography, and has deep roots in European painting long before that. While the image of the family has …

Photography

“His Dark Materials” fans, rejoice: This new adaptation could actually do Philip Pullman’s novels justice

BBC has assembled a dream team of “Dr. Who” and “Skins” creatives to give the brilliant trilogy its proper due<p>What happened? One of the strangest missed opportunities in recent years was the film of Philip Pullman’s “The Golden Compass,” the first of the “His Dark Materials” trilogy. How could one …

Books

Demi Lovato Hillary Clinton letter: Star posts 'amazing and thoughtful' note

Demi Lovato has been an ardent Hillary Clinton supporter throughout the primary campaign, and on Monday Lovato posted a letter she received from the …

Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini became 'American Idol' game-changers

When<p>"American Idol"first landed on the prime-time landscape 14 years ago, the talent series that would blossom into a pop-culture phenomenon was anything but a guaranteed hit.<p>Early reviews were not kind, with some critics defining the show as a cutthroat version of "Star Search." More attention was …

Paul Greengrass: 'Young people starting out in film and TV are being screwed to the ground'

Oscar-nominated director calls for urgent action to ensure the poor are not priced out of entering creative industries<p>At 4pm on Monday, Paul Greengrass finished shooting the fifth Jason Bourne film. To be released in July, it marks the return to the franchise of the Oscar-nominated director and his …

Making Movies

Nissan's vintage Skylines are the most beautiful cars at the New York Auto Show

There are a lot of beautiful cars here at the New York Auto Show, but the most head-turning ones on the floor aren't new. In fact, a few of them are <i>really</i> old. Nissan, which is here this week to show off the updated GT-R, has assembled a handful of classic Skylines dating back as far as 1969.<p>The …

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