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Book Illustration Competition: A Brave New World For Publishing

They say never judge a book by its cover - but it's impossible not to when the designs are as striking as the entrants for this year's Book …

The BookExpo America Conference (BEA)

Every year I look forward to the BEA conference, a trade event for the book industry that over 1,000 publishers attend from all over the world. Fun fun fun. The event is sponsored by Huffington Post Books and National Public Radio, among others.<p>Held at the Jacob Javitz Center it is the premier …

Best Classic Books: 10 Classics That Won't Put You To Sleep

<i>Originally published on Kirkus:</i><p>Starting in early June, Kirkus is going to publish our best bets for the new fiction and nonfiction that will delight you this summer. But summer isn’t just for reading new books that have the most buzz; hot days give us time to waft in and out of the books we know …

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - review

"Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put …

30 of the Most Beautiful Sci-Fi Book Covers Ever Made

Science fiction cover art has a bad reputation. Not without reason: much of it is pulpy, overly brash, or just plain scary — it’s kind of the name of …

Why the "Death of the Book" Is a Dead Subject

With newspapers slashing their books coverage over the past decade, the once-ubiquitous mega-chain Borders dying an agonizing death, and pundits wringing their hands over the decline of reading, we could be forgiven for thinking that American literary culture--that community of readers, libraries, …

Thug Notes: Sparky Sweets, PhD Looks At 'Crime And Punishment' (VIDEO)

Move over, Cliff, there's a new <i>Notes</i>-master in town.<p>If you've found the great works of literature to be too confusing or daunting to fully absorb, let Sparky Sweets, PhD illuminate them for you in his soon-to-be-award-winning (probably) series, "Thug Notes."<p>For the first installment, Sweets takes a …

(Don't) Finish What You Started: In Defense of Not Reading Cover to Cover

When is it OK to give up on a novel? With summer reading season nearly upon us, the self-induced pressure to finish every new novel you buy can become intense. In fact, I hear this sentiment fairly frequently throughout the year, not only from students but also from fellow readers of fiction.<p>For my …

Kafka for Kids (PHOTOS)

Children's books scare the living daylights out of me. One night my daughters asked me to read the book "Outside Over There" to them. It's by Maurice Sendak, the guy who wrote "Where the Wild Things Are." In the book, a young girl, maybe 4 years old, is babysitting for her baby brother. Some …

All things “The Fall”

The new BBC show shares its name with other books, albums, songs and movies<p>Salon's Willa Paskin hails BBC's new show on Netflix, "The Fall" as "a kind of compendium of contemporary TV cool":<p>"There is a period of time before a cliché becomes a cliché when it is just in good taste," writes Paskin. …

Extremely Essential Camera Skills by Rob and Lauren Lim

The fastest route to better quality photography isn’t buying a new and expensive camera with all the latest bells and whistles. It’s by mastering the …

Landscape Photography

Traps That Many Aspiring Photographers Get Caught In: Part II

This is a followup to our original post about aspiring photographers getting caught in traps when they’re first starting out. The list of potential …

How to Use ISO Settings in Digital Photography

ISO should be one of the easiest aspects of digital photography to master, but many beginners in photography still have a hard time understanding …

Landscape Photography

Review: Phottix Mitros Flash (Canon)

Recently, Phottix announced their brand new Mitros flash. Targeted as a competitor to the Canon 600-EX, it cannot take on the company’s RT version of …

Street Photography: The Endless Pursuit of a Perfect Moment

We all have an inner street photographer, whether it be a hidden urge or a full-blown passion. In this Nikon-sponsored video, documentary …

LIFE FRAMER new photo contest judged by Julia Fullerton-Batten (WPO, Hasseblad Master Award)

May 15, 2013 /Photography News/ Life Framer is a monthly photography award and curated exhibition for the present day. It’s a platform designed to …

Going From Exclusively Shooting RAW to Adding JPEGs to the Mix

I have been shooting photographs regularly for over 7 years now. I spent the first year shooting with a 2-megapixel phone camera. Since then, …

How to Get Great Photo Effects With Camera Shutter Speed

Shutter speed is one of the three pillars of the exposure triangle along with aperture and ISO. It is also one of the fundamental ways that we can …

Win over $30,000 in awards with EXPOSURE 2013

May 10, 2013 /Photography News/ Photographers, you’re invited to join EXPOSURE. See.Me presents the 4th annual international photography competition …

To ‘Shop or Not? The Hard Part of Being a Good Photographer

Pictures like this drive me nuts. I call it <i>Meanwhile, Back at the Supreme Court</i>. It captures the boisterous scene outside that building as right and …

Abstract Art Created by Combining High Voltages with Instant Film

After working with standard photography and digital cameras, Brooklyn-based artist Phillip Stearns decided to experiment with creating works of art …

My Hospital Eye or: How I Started to Love iPhoneography

Professional photographers using their smartphones is just a fad, I thought, but it all came to me sooner than I expected. Some 3 weeks ago I was …

Portrait Tips and Techniques by Wayne Radford

Facial Recognition<p>In this ebook, you will find information on how to fine-tune and simplify the essential skills necessary for quality portraiture. …

Forrest Aguar: Ikigai

<i>Turn</i><p>I met Forrest Aguar at the 2013 SPE in Chicago. We were both participating in the student portfolio reviews all morning and taking a break in the …

Rock Faces Painted with Light from a Flashlight, the Moon and the Stars

Neal Grundy has been busy experimenting with some of his passions and interests these past four years. Photography, light painting and rock climbing …

Which One? Adobe Photoshop CC or Lightroom 5: An Intro For the Completely New Photographer

With today’s announcement of Adobe Photoshop CC and the previous announcement of Adobe Lightroom 5 Beta, we have a very good idea of who each product …

Why Photograph Your Food? Why Not Photograph a Stranger’s Food?

The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. A food photography problem, that is. Instagram is riddled with pictures of photographers’ …

A Lesson in Juicing

So, I quite like my juicer(!), and I love the possibilities it lends to expanding my overall ingredient/culinary palette. Fresh juice is invigorating …

Vegan Creamy Curried Pumpkin Soup

I woke up this weekend morning and really felt like there were only two options for my day: pajama bottoms and soup. With the holidays (and Black …

5 Places To Get Vegan Sweets In San Francisco

Gallery5 Places To Get Vegan Sweets In San Francisco<p>San Francisco is the kind of town where you tend to bump into vegan sweets. It's a hey-why-not-try-it and hey-we-love-every-lifestyle kind of place, and chefs will put animal product-free treats on menus at bakeries and high-end restaurants alike. …