Victor S C Liu

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The 10 Best Books to Help You Retire Richer, According to Financial Advisors

How to retire early, with no worries.<p>Retirement planning is a confounding topic — and there’s no shortage of books that say they’ll show you how to …

10 top tips for taking amazing travel photographs

Get up early<p>Getting up early ensures that you have time to get to your chosen location and set up your equipment before the action starts. At Picos de Europa (pictured above) we had the tail end of a storm causing some dramatic clouds and fiery colour. The actual appearance of the sun in this case …

Landscape Photography

A 7-Step Process for Turning Your Photography Failures Into Successes

Now that we're firmly into the new year, it's a great time to reflect on what went well and not so well with our photos in 2017.Identifying what …

Landscape Photography

25 Books Everyone Should Read, According to TED Speakers | Inc.com

Back in May, just after the main TED event, the TED blog rounded up an incredible list of all the titles recommended from the stage this year. It was enough to fill up most people's to-read queue for months to come.<p>But if you've finally gotten through all the titles that interested you back then, …

Books

How to Post-Process Soft and ‘Dreamy’ Portraits of Children

Here’s a 47-minute tutorial from PiXimperfect about how to create those soft, dreamy portrait photos of children using Photoshop.<p>First things first, …

7 Top Books That Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Apple CEO Tim Cook Think You Should Read | Inc.com

There's no question, if you want to get ahead, you must read as many books as you can. As I've written before, Bill Gates reads about 50 books per year and Mark Zuckerberg about 24. But the undisputed king of reading remains Warren Buffett, who spends 80 percent of his day reading.<p>Want to start (or …

Bill Gates

Frequency Separation | What Is It Really And When Should You Use It?

Frequency Separation is a powerful retouching technique used to soften a subject’s skin without degrading his or her skin texture. When executed …

A Beginner’s Guide to Back-End Development

If you’re not a developer or engineer, concepts like front-end vs. back-end development can be challenging to wrap your head around. Pile on all of …

My giant JavaScript Basics course is now live on YouTube. And it’s 100% free.

My JavaScript Basics course is now live on freeCodeCamp’s YouTube channel.<p>The great thing about this course is that it also aligns with the Basic …

27 Ways to Learn to Program Online

Whether you are looking to switch careers and become a full-time programmer, want to try to build a website or app on the side, or are just looking to round out your skill set, learning to code has certainly been something a lot of people have started to do lately. And while being a programmer …

Portrait of an American great

“I hate to be photographed. I can’t stand to be pinned in front of a camera. I do that to people, I don’t like it done to me,” photographer Robert …

How to shoot great casual portraits with just one light

Long before I decided to start shooting portraits, I was asked to photography people. Friends, family, their friends, and their friends. At the time, …

Taking Landscape Photos Even Without Majestic Subjects

This video from Thomas Heaton really resonated with me. Living in Ohio, there are no looming mountains or grand vistas, but I still find plenty to …

The Skillshare Class That Changed How I Think About Photography

Documentary Photography: Capturing Places and People<p>An Online Skillshare Class by Ami Vitale<p>It’s not every day that a National Geographic …

Here’s How Often You Should Clean All Your Stuff

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Declarative Code

Transcript:<p>Benjamin: Good afternoon, everyone. I hope you're still awake at this late time of the day. My name is Benjamin Encz. I'm a software …

13 best-selling online classes you can enroll in for $10 right now

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Flickr / Luke RedmondUdemy is offering more than 17,000 classes on their site for just $10 each.<p>We put together a list of some of our …

Advice for a Young Photographer: The Most Important Lesson in Photography

14-year-old budding photographer Erin wants to pursue a career in photography and filmmaking, so she asked the always inspirational Ted Forbes to …

Learn How to Win Photo Contests with These Helpful Tips from Successful Shooter Lorenz Holder (VIDEO)

Every photographer would like to receive recognition for the skill and hard work that goes into making great images, and one way to get some kudos is …

‘Abstract: The Art of Design’ is a Must-Watch Netflix Show for Photographers

If you appreciate visual art and aesthetics—and, if you’re reading <i>PetaPixel</i>, chances are good that you do—then you absolutely must watch the new …

By sparring with AlphaGo, researchers are learning how an algorithm thinks

“The game is amazing. Crazy. Beautiful.”<p>Fan Hui is speaking to a chatty audience at the 2016 European Go Congress in St. Petersburg, Russia, gushing over a game of Go played by one of his mentors. Hui’s enthusiasm is infectious—the room’s chatter subsides as he pulls up slides of the complex …

Artificial Intelligence

This technology is keeping Internet of Things data secure

<i>Getty Image By Harriet Green, general manager, IBM Watson IoT, cognitive engagement and education</i><p>The world will soon be buzzing with tens of billions of networked devices. They could be anywhere, owned by anyone, and yet connected to a company's system through the open Internet.<p>How can we make that …

Thierry Bornier’s Breathtaking Photos of China Will Stun You into Silence

Former fashion CEO Thierry Bornier quit his job and moved to Yunnan, China. The rest is magic.<p>Thierry Bornier is a French landscape photographer living in Yunnan, China. His photographs have been published by National Geographic and he has won numerous awards for his breathtaking aerials. But …

5 Free Guides to Help You Get Better at Post-Processing

Post-processing is an important skill to have as a photographer if you really want to get the best out of your photos. Minor adjustments can give a …

McDonald’s over-engineered the straw so you can drink your Shamrock Shake

Shamrock Shake hype starts early for some. Who are you Shamrock Shake lovers? I’ve never cared about the McDonald’s shake timeline, but with age, I’ve realized that maybe the Shamrock Shake inspires you in the same way daylight saving time’s start reminds me that summer is coming.<p>McDonald’s is …

Doubts abound over US action on cybersecurity

How should the U.S. respond to cyber attacks? That’s been a major question at this year’s RSA security conference, following Russia’s suspected attempt to influence last year’s election.Clearly, the government should be doing more on cybersecurity, said U.S. lawmakers and officials at the show, but …

Cyber-attacks

24 Clever Kitchen Products on Amazon

We don't know how we survived without them until now.<p>It's all the little things that happen while making dinner that add up and make this task time-consuming — like fishing lemon seeds out of your homemade vinaigrette or waiting until your meat has cooled to shred it apart. But don't worry: These …

Save 94% on the Interactive Coding Bootcamp and Learn to Code - Technabob

If you’ve been thinking about a career in web development, check this out. For just $29, you can take this 12-week online training program to get you …

Programming

This white hat hacking training will turn you into an undisputed IT security pro ($19)

Companies everywhere are now employing hackers to protect their networks for them. Which sounds counterintuitive… but sometimes it really does take a hacker to catch a hacker. You can kickstart a career working to defend computer systems everywhere with this Complete White Hat Hacking and …

Great Weekend Reads in Photography & Filmmaking

<i>“When you learn to read you will be born again…and you will never be quite so alone again.” ― Rumer Godden</i><p>Step Inside the BBC’s R&D Department –</i> …

Filmmaking