Alan Swerling

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How to Use Your Smartphone to Diagnose Bad Wi-Fi

Bad wi-fi got you down? You’ve got a host of hardware options that can help you out, from mesh routers to Wi-Fi repeaters, but before you upgrade any …

Routers

Assistive hearing is the next big thing for wireless earbuds

The number of companies that sell true wireless earbuds has exploded in the last year. B&O, Bose, Sony and Samsung all joined the craze Bragi started back in 2014. Thanks to a bill signed into law last year, some hearing aids and assistive audio devices will be available over-the-counter without …

The Tattooist of Auschwitz - and his secret love

<b>For more than 50 years, Lale Sokolov lived with a secret - one born in the horrors of wartime Europe, in a place that witnessed some of the worst of man's inhumanity to man.</b><p>It would not be shared until he was in his 80s, thousands of miles from that place.<p>Lale had been the Tattooist of …

The War To Sell You A Mattress Is An Internet Nightmare

Why did Casper sue a mattress blogger? A closer look reveals a secret, multimillion-dollar battle to get you into bed.<p>One day in the spring of 2016 I mentioned to a friend that I needed a new mattress. Mine was a sunken hand-me-down that had become about as comfortable as concrete.<p>“I know a guy who …

This Truth Potato Gives Us 20 Reality Checks We All Desperately Need, Every Now Then

Staring in the face of reality isn't an uncommon feat, yet I'm sure these truths will pinch you like a necessary evil. Truth Potato is giving us …

What It Feels Like To Die

Death comes for us all here on Earth at a rate of nearly 7,000 people every hour. Yet, despite its inevitability, most of us know very little about …

$16 gadget transforms your smartphone into a head-up display for any car

If you’ve ever driven a car that has a built-in head-up display, you know exactly how awesome it is. Also called a HUD, this nifty tech projects key …

Android Phones

How to Switch from Lastpass to 1Password

Password management services like LastPass and 1Password are great because they make it easy to keep all your online accounts protected by using a …

Canon 6D Mark II Vs. 80D and 7D Mark II In-Depth Review

The Canon 6D Mark II has not been the most well-received camera thus far. But how does it actually perform, and are the complaints justified?<p>The …

New Online Archive Lets You Explore the First 100 Years of European Photos

Europeana.eu has launched a searchable online gallery of more than 2 million historical photographs, which catalog the first 100 years of photography …

Why I Only Use One Lens

After many years of experience using different lenses, I now have resorted to only using a single prime lens. I started with a 50mm, then added an …

A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Black & White Photos in Lightroom

Here’s a 15-minute video tutorial from photographer Nathaniel Dodson that’ll help you learn how to create the perfect black and white image using …

Tutorials

Photographer Spent 5 Years Capturing the Beauty of Decaying Buildings

Rebecca Bathory first fell in love with the decaying beauty of abandoned buildings when she photographed an abandoned school in 2012. This love took …

An Easy Guide to the Best Features

• <b>Author:</b> Michael Galleso<p>The Apple Watch Series 2 released on September 16 has now become a high end device. This is mainly because it now comes with a bigger battery, has GPS and is now water-resistant. It now has a brighter screen that makes reading much easier and has sharpness that some devices …

Knowing Your Camera Like the Back of Your Hand

Since I’ve started leading photography workshops, I’ve noticed something quite unexpected: attendees would turn up with great cameras, sometimes even …

HOW TO MAKE BETTER PHOTOS

Dear friend,<p>Here are some distilled ideas on how to make better photos, after about 10 years of distilled information/knowledge (from age 18-29).<p>1. …

Dozens of tips and tricks for better iPhone photos (thanks, Apple!)

It’s no secret that the iPhone has fantastic cameras. Thanks to innovations like optical image stabilization and high-quality zoom, it’s produced …

Mobile Photography

Quality Over Quantity: Two Months with the Leica M 240

Ever since I jumped into photography several years ago, I’ve always had a fascination with Leica. I used to think their cameras were overpriced and …

I used to dread meeting new people — until I adopted these 3 basic principles

Really, I'd be that guy standing in a corner for the entire night, staring alternately into an increasingly room temperature beer and the glowing light of my smartphone.<p>I'd be that guy who would sign up for awesome events and then spend the entire afternoon brainstorming valid ways to convince …

10 LESSONS KANYE WEST CAN TEACH YOU ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY

Kanye West is one of my inspirations in life.<p><i>[Originally written in 2011, reposting here]:</i><p>Although he is hated by many, I love his ability to hustle …

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15 Apple Watch tricks you’ll want to use

The phrase, “Hidden in plain sight” has become a cliché, but the one thing people always forget is that clichés are only clichés because they happen …

The Best Photography Advice You Never Got

<b>If you’re anything like me, then you tend to learn things the hard way—through personal experience. I’ve learned that life will continue to present</b> …

Landscape Photography

How to stream your video collection to any device

It’s like Netflix on your PC<p>As great as Netflix is, movies and shows don't stick around on the service forever. As licensing deals renew or expire, Netflix loses old videos and gains new ones—which means that, on any given day, you might look up your favorite TV show only to find it's gone.<p>For a …

Streaming

5 PHOTOGRAPHY COMPOSITION TIPS

Five main concepts you need to know about photography composition:<p>1. Dynamism<p>To make stronger photo compositions, you need more dynamism — or dynamic …

Lens Basics: Everything You Need to Know About Focal Length from Magnification to Crop Factor (VIDEO)

Focal length is a simple but extremely important photographic concept, and in the quick video below you’ll learn all you need to know to make the …

Cameras

Walkthrough: How to Edit a Landscape Photo in Lightroom and Photoshop

Lots of photo editing tutorials these days focus on one specific technique or edit—how to sharpen, or how to use the HSL tool, for example. But if …

Why You Should Start Printing Your Photos

Since the birth of digital cameras, there has been less need to print your photos. Many of the newer photographers have never printed or even sent …

These 3 basic principles will help you light anything

Understanding light is one of the main conditions for successfully illuminating our subjects in photography or videography. Matthew Rosen from …

Why a 50mm Lens Could Save Your Photography Life

Ok, this is quite a bold statement and may not be entirely true, but it could do a lot for your photography and maybe even get you out of that slump …