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Country diary: with luck and help, the chequered skipper will rise again

<b>Ashton, Northamptonshire:</b> Woodland management changes did for this butterfly as the woods were drained, rides narrowed and glades shaded. But now it is to be reintroduced<p>This May the small brown and gold wings of the chequered skipper will once again beat in the woods of England. Susannah O’Riordan …

Northamptonshire

Where Do Birds Get Their Songs?

Birds display some of the most impressive vocal abilities in the animal kingdom. They can be heard across great distances, mimic human speech, and …

Birds

10 Tips for Better Beach Photography

The beach is an ideal setting for photography. With sparkling water and a blue sky, how can you take a bad picture? However, when you snap pictures …

Landscape Photography Composition Rules You Need to Start Using Today

When you look at a landscape photo, you likely know within just a split second if it’s a good photo or not.<p>You might not even be able to fully …

How to Use Graduated Neutral Density Filters for Landscape Photography

This article explains what is a graduated neutral density filters, different types available, and how and when to use one.

Apply vignettes in Lightroom

There’s certainly a time and a place for a vignette; it’s an effect that’s always been at risk of being overused. Applying white or black vignettes …

These Two Lightroom Tutorials Are Guaranteed to Improve Your Nature & Landscape Photographs

Most landscape and nature photographers consider Lightroom’s Graduated Filter to be almost indispensable for processing their images. The ability to …

Tutorials

5 Ways a Telephoto Lens Can Improve Your Landscape Photography

While it may seem counter-intuitive at first, the most sophisticated compositions are often the simplest. For this reason, ultra wide angle lenses …

How to Solve 5 Composition Conundrums Faced by Landscape Photographers

Do you ever get frustrated when reviewing your landscape shots? In the field you thought you’d nailed the scene, but back at your computer you now …

Digital Photography

6 Tips for Better Low-Light Landscape Photography

A glorious sunset will always attract a crowd of photographers. Yet the moment the sun dips behind the horizon, it seems everyone departs in a hurry. …

Landscape Photography

How to Photograph the Full Band of the Milky Way

Our small blue planet is located on a spiral arm, far out from the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. When we look towards the galactic center, we can …

Milky Way Galaxy

5 creative ways to use monopod and improve your videos

Do you use a monopod? It’ definitely a useful tool for photographers and filmmakers, and it comes in handy when we can’t use a tripod. Jordy Vandeput …

Adult Coloring Pages on Muslin Bags

Have you jumped on the adult coloring bandwagon yet? This is a great relaxing activity that sparks your creativity and makes you feel like a kid …

Make Garden Stools That Look Like Toadstools

<i>Learn how to make these super cute DIY garden stools using tree trunks and tyres! They look just like mushroom toadstools and are perfect for little</i> …

10 DIY Projects You Can Make With One Yard of Cotton Fabric

Sometimes the simplest materials are the most inspiring. An old t-shirt, a skein of cotton yarn, a blank pillowcase — it’s these DIY staples that we constantly find ourselves reinventing, hacking and personalizing. So, we decided to give all the gals on the DIY team the same challenge: Turn one …

Sewing

Show Off Saturday... DIY Owl Christmas Ornaments

I was shopping at Macy's a few days ago and I saw the most adorable white fuzzy owl ornaments on one of their trees. You might have seen them and …

5 Famous Novels That Will Reignite Your Creativity

When was the last time you read something this deep?<p>I am a writer, and part of being a great writer means reading--a lot.<p>But reading has so many other benefits that people tend to forget, one of which being it works your brain in a different way than reading blogs (like this one) or magazines or …

Rio may be the glummest city ever to host the Summer Olympics

By Joshua Partlow and<p>Joshua Partlow<p>Correspondent focusing on Mexico, Central America and other parts of Latin America<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Dom Phillips<p>Dom Phillips<p>Bio Follow<p>RIO DE JANEIRO — On a recent morning, Andrea Pereira was taking in the wonders of the Olympic renovations in Rio, riding a sleek new …

Brazil

What is HDR photography and how can I shoot it with my camera?

Have you ever tried to photograph a high-contrast scene, only to be frustrated when you find that the pictures you snapped just don’t do it justice? …

Mobile Photography

Techniques for Removing People in Photoshop

As much as people can add life, mood and scale to an image, there are times when we just wish they were not there. There are times we might have set …

4 Tips to Consider Before Creating Your First Time-lapse

Time-lapse videos are the perfect blend of photography and videography. It takes skills in photography to flawlessly frame and execute each …

Lightroom Updates CC 2015.5 and 2015.6

Despite it’s initial controversy, <b>Adobe’s subscription-based Lightroom and Photoshop</b> has continued to grow. One of the main reasons Adobe switched to …

How to Best Utilize the Various Metering Modes in Your Camera

A camera determines exposure by using metering modes. While Matrix metering is typically used and recommended for many settings, Spot and …

Do You Know These 10 Selection Tools in Adobe Photoshop?

When it comes to localized image editing, Photoshop is probably a photographer’s best choice among different post-processing software. The beauty and …

How to Easily Improve Your Skies in Adobe Lightroom

These two techniques are very useful for making quick and easy adjustments to dull looking skies. As with all digital images, you will degrade the …