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Google makes its $149 Nik Collection of photography tools completely free

Google has dropped the price of the Nik Collection, a suite of seven desktop plug-ins aimed at advanced photographers, from $149 to nothing. The Nik Collection first came under Google's stewardship when the company bought German developer Nik for its mobile editing app Snapseed; Google later …

China's New Spaceship Looks Like SpaceX's — Here's Why

There's a good reason why all of today's manned spacecraft look pretty much the same<p>China recently unveiled drawings of the capsule it plans to use to carry humans and cargo into space in the 2020s, and the design looks strikingly familiar. With a flat top, sloping sides, and a wide bottom, all of …

Space Exploration

How to Get Lost On Purpose

It happens to the best of us. We finally get a chance to explore the world, find a deal, book a trip—and end up in the same places as every other traveler.<p>It’s what happens when you stay where TripAdvisor tells you, eat where UrbanSpoon recommends, and Yelp your way through a vacation—just like …

Travel

7 Reasons to Volunteer on Your Next Vacation

Frontierofficial/ Flickr<p>Travel can offer rewarding, life-changing and humbling experiences. Exploring an unfamiliar environment can open your eyes to a world you never thought existed, teach you important lessons and introduce you to people who will heighten your perspective and understanding of a …

Jetman soars over Dubai in formation with Airbus A380

In the video, Rossy and his sidekick Vince Reffet are dropped from a helicopter at an altitude of 5,500 ft (1,676 m) and join the enormous aircraft …

Breaking Away

This 4K timelapse Is Covering The Entire North America, And its Amazing

I wish I could use EPIC in the title, but we have been getting some comments that the ‘E’ word is being overused. That said, this time lapse really …

National Parks

10 Affordable Lenses for Landscape Photographers

When it comes to landscape photography, it’s a known fact that you don’t need the most expensive lenses out there. Instead, much of it is about your …

Cameras

The best tour companies for solo travel

And for good reason— it allows you much more freedom and a greater opportunity to connect with locals.<p>According to the 2015 Visa Global Travel Intentions study, which surveyed over 13,000 travelers from 25 different countries, 24% of travelers traveled alone on their most recent leisure trip. …

How to Photograph Stars: Camera Settings & Setup

Photographing stars can be very difficult to master due to long exposure times and the limitations of some digital cameras. However, the easy to …

Travel Lens: Max Lowe’s World

Montana native <b>Max Lowe</b> is one of National Geographic’s <b>Adventurists</b>, exploring the planet outside his comfort zone with a camera in hand. <b></b><p>Here’s a look at the world through his unique lens:<p><b>Megan Heltzel: You’re based in Bozeman, Montana. Why, out of every place on Earth, do you choose to make your</b> …

Hot Springs

When Hubble Stared at Nothing for 100 Hours

In 1995, astronomer Bob Williams wanted to point the Hubble Space Telescope at a patch of sky filled with absolutely nothing remarkable. For 100 hours.<p>It was a terrible idea, his colleagues told him, and a waste of valuable telescope time. People would kill for that amount of time with the sharpest …

Universe

2015 Tours of a Lifetime

5 Lessons Learned Switching from DSLR to Mirrorless for Travel Photography

Two months ago, after shooting for 10 years with Canon, I completely switched to Sony. It surprised some readers of my blog, as well as some fellow …

Cameras

Back-Button Focusing: How to Use Full Auto and Full Manual Controls at the Same Time

With most cameras, you depress the shutter button half way to focus and then to actually take the picture the button is pressed the entire way. With …

Cameras

Reader Recs: Alternative Spring Break

For much of the world, winter is out and spring is in. Temperatures are rising, flowers are budding, and the itch to travel is becoming hard to ignore.<p>Nat Geo Travel just unveiled its list of <b>this season’s best trips</b>, so we asked our <b>Nat Geo Travel Facebook</b> fans to share spring break escapes that go …

Key West

Finally, you can play Cards Against Humanity online

<i>UPDATE: 6:00 p.m. ET, March 11: The creator of CardsAgainstOriginality.com told Mashable that the site is running slower than usual. It is updating</i> …

How the Colors Blue and Yellow Help 'House of Cards' Become One of the Most Beautifully Shot Series Ever

<i>House of Cards</i>, in my opinion, is one of the best shows available to stream on Netflix - if not anywhere. Their breakout drama series exploded on the …

Targeted Color Adjustments in Photoshop

Howard Pinsky, an Adobe Community Professional, is an online educator providing content for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. His work can be seen on …

How I Drastically Improved My Photography with Just Two Little Decisions

The question I get asked the most is: “Wow, nice pic! Which camera are you using?” Does that sound familiar? In the past, every time I heard this …

Top 10 Drivers' Drives

From the adrenaline rush of a Formula One track to the gritty charms of a remote Alaskan highway, here’s our choice of roads that are pure fun to drive.<p><i>From the October 2010 issue of</i> National Geographic Traveler <i>and the National Geographic book</i> Drives of a Lifetime<p><b>With everything from the adrenaline</b> …

Hiking

The Skier's Bucket List

Calling all skiers: Get in your turns before the snow stops flying in the Northern Hemisphere and it's time to head south. From skiing Antarctica to a self-powered adventure through the Alps, here’s a collection of trips that should be on every skier’s bucket list. Plus: Get tips from some of the …

Skiing

How to shoot high-quality panorama images

Panorama images have something intriguing. They give you a different view of the world around you - a view that does not resemble the way you see a …

Photography

Ara is a Motorola Project to Make Phones as Customizable as Android

If you thought Motorola and its Moto X Maker helped you customize a unique smartphone, then prepare for even more. The Google-owned company has just announced Ara, a hardware platform that is entirely open to customization — essentially letting tinkerers develop their own smartphones.<p>“We want to do …

Nemesis revealed: Focal is the new camera app developed by CyanogenMod

The wait is over – the first stage of Nemesis, the mystery project that the CyanogenMod team has been teasing for the last days, is the launch of Focal, a brand new camera app that will replace the existing application in future CM releases.<p>In terms of design, Focal takes cues from the general …

Mobile Photography

Impressive Interactive Demo Lets You Try iOS 7 Beta Without Restoring Your Device

With all of the recent talk about iOS 7, it’s only natural to want to try Apple’s beta out for yourself. However, unless you’re a developer, have …

Minuum, The Super Simple Software Keyboard, Launches Android Beta Today

Toronto-based Whirlscape attracted plenty of attention when it first debuted its innovative Minuum software keyboard, and sought funding for the project on Indiegogo. Now, the project is moving forward with the launch of the Minuum keyboard beta app for Android, which will give Indiegogo supporters …

Xbox One and PlayStation 4: the best new games showcased at E3

Nowhere swaggers quite like Los Angeles: threatening, provocative, "show me what you got", the city leers lasciviously over a backdrop of Morrison's …

Living the Life of a Snowboard Photographer

When you ask someone how they got the job that you’ve always wanted, you’re often disappointed with an answer like, “I just kind of fell into it.” …

Photography

Hyping Hypercars: 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari vs. 2014 McLaren P1, Lamborghini Veneno

Three high priests of the sports-car realm reveal their own golden calves.<p>Geneva is a quiet Swiss city of enormous but restrained wealth. The Palexpo center, where the auto show is held every gray March, is modestly sized, and the automaker stands are, by regulation, relatively small. The scene is …