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8 Creative Photo DIY Ideas That Showcase Your Digital Snaps

Chances are your phone or hard drive is overflowing with photos starring life’s most treasured moments — from your best vacations to graduation or even that <i>uh-mazing</i> perfect hair day. Don’t let those photos collect digital dust. Check out these fun, old-school-inspired ideas to organize and display …

The Essential Budget Portrait Kit: Sony Mirrorless Photographer

You have your new Sony mirrorless camera and you are wanting to get into shooting better portraits, so what should you have in your kit? Let’s put …

Cameras

Every Book on Emma Watson's Reading List

Join the club.<p>Like her beloved characters Hermione Granger and Belle, Emma Watson LOVES to read. She loves it so much she started a global, monthly Goodreads book club of feminist texts. She's recruited a team to hide books for people to find all over the world. She once took a year off from acting …

23 Recent Books By Women You Should Read ASAP

The perfect literary way to celebrate Women's History Month. 💁🏽 📚<p>Historically, women artists have rarely gotten their due. But there’s no time like the present ― especially this Women’s History Month ― to change that, and to make sure that we’re appreciating all the genius work women writers are …

How Diane Arbus’s Photographs Capture The Heart of NYC

An SFMOMA exhibit of Diane Arbus’s early photographs reveals how she threw herself into photographing every kind of person she saw on Manhattan’s …

How to create the ultimate fake sun with a strobe (with lighting diagrams)

Nikon d800 1/200s – f2.8 – ISO 100 – 50mm<p>Some shots need a sun. Sadly the sun is not at the optimal angle at all locations. Heck, if you are indoors …

12 Photo Projects You Can Do From Home

Part of becoming an improved photographer is understanding how to challenge yourself to put the skills you already have to the test and acquire new …

The Downsides of Being Very Emotionally Intelligent

Gemma is extremely caring and sensitive. She pays a great deal of attention to others’ emotions and is kind and considerate. Gemma is also quite optimistic. She is usually upbeat and remains positive even in the face of bad news. Her colleagues love working with her because they see her as a beacon …

Emotional Intelligence

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​Stepping Back: The Art of Seeing

Iranian-born photojournalist Majid Saeedi is a master storyteller who documents the resilience of the human spirit in the face of hardship. He first became well-known for his stunning reportage of conflicts in the Middle East. Saeedi was just 18 years old when he first traveled to the front lines …

Middle East

How to Use Negative Space in Street Photography

I see negative space as a fascinating concept— both photographically and philosophically.Seek emptinessTokyo, 2012In Taoism/Zen, they say that …

This is What Will Help Your Wandering Mind

We live in an ADD world. What is a leader to do to remain sane, productive, and effective?<p>"A human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind," explain psychologists Matthew Killingsworth and Daniel Gilbert in the journal Science. And according to the psychologists' research, …

Mindfulness

6 TED Talks You Should Watch To Up Your Mindset

Engaging your mind is the best way to keep it sharp, but in the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to fall into a slump. If you need a mental pick-me-up, check out these fascinating TED Talks. Get inspired. Get engaged. Give your brain a boost.<p><b>1. Daniel Levitin: How To Stay Calm When You</b> …

Dan Gilbert

5 Secrets Every Photographer Should Learn

<i>Pedro Quintela is a history teacher, talented photographer, and one of the most motivational people on 500px. His latest piece of advice is for</i> …

Landscape Photography

29 Delicious Grain Bowls That Make Dinner a No-Brainer

We get it: At first, a "grain bowl" doesn’t sound like the most exciting dinner option. But if you look beyond the image of tasteless “macrobiotic …

Renowned photojournalist Steve McCurry sits down for an insightful interview with Nikon

American photographer Steve McCurry, most known for his 1984 portrait entitled ‘Afghan Girl’ has captured some of the most iconic images of the 20th …

8 Thought-Provoking Motivational Books That Will Change Your Perspective On Life

Most of us live in a certain set pattern. We think and behave the same way for years and wonder why we are always getting the same results. The need …

Vogue 100 features rare celebrity portraits - CNN Style

Written by Esra Gurkan, CNN<p>"Vogue 100: A Century of Style," a major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London, showcases the remarkable range of photography that has been at the forefront of British <i>Vogue</i> since it was founded in 1916.<p>Structured in reverse chronology, the exhibition …

Yoga for Teens: 3 Yogic Teachings to Combat Bullying

‘Tis the season to be loved. But for kids who are bullied, acts of hate instill fear and dread in too many hearts and minds too often.In fact, every …

29 Amazing Literary Magazines You Need To Be Reading

And you thought your reading list was long already...

The Key to Becoming Successful at Anything

Regardless of the destination, this will help you get there.<p>How do you define success?<p>For some, it could be building a sustainable business. For others, it means finding more time to spend with your loved ones. How about filling your spiritual need or finding a higher calling? (If you're like me, …

Lebron James

Common Exercises Most People Do Wrong

Fix your form on these exercises, and you’ll be able to do almost anything better<p>There were two lat-pulldown stations positioned next to each other in this gym I belonged to many years ago. On one of them was an older woman who was lifting, if memory serves, 10 pounds. I can only assume that she …

A simple 2-minute trick to calm a racing mind

Replays of awkward interactions, missed opportunities and embarrassing regrets distract us during the day and keep us up at night.<p>Think about how many times you’ve agonized over some dumb thing you said. Or rehearsed a conversation that hasn’t happened—and might not ever. Or couldn’t get that …

A sigh's not just a sigh - it's a fundamental life-sustaining reflex

Research reveals that sighing is more than a sign of depression or despair: it’s a reflex that happens several times an hour and helps preserve lung function<p>Californian scientists have identified the source of the sigh. It is not just a response to sadness, depression or despair: it is, also, they …

Donald Trump

Zero Fatigue: Chicago’s Next Hip-Hop Visionaries

Monte Booker: "Baby" [ft. Ravyn Lenae] (via SoundCloud)<p>The most important thing to know about Chicago's Zero Fatigue crew is that they have a living, breathing <i>sound</i>. Helmed by 20-year-old producer Monte Booker—an avowed aesthetic disciple of Flying Lotus and Timbaland—it's a spontaneous style …

Music

GoPro Captures Hide and Seek from Toddler’s Point of View, and It’s Adorable

During a family game of hide-and-seek last year, Dan Iverson and his wife strapped a GoPro camera to their tiny toddler. They then hid themselves and …

5 Unexpected Benefits Of Eating A Large Breakfast

We all lead busy lives. Many of us skip breakfast in favor of getting some extra sleep or getting to the office a few minutes early. By doing so, you …

26 Complete Proteins to Lose Weight and Build Muscle

There’s no denying that our culture is <i>obsessed</i> with eating protein. So it should come as no surprise that vegans and vegetarians are constantly …