Improve Your Photography Prowess With These Stellar Tips


Try picking up photography as a way to gain some focus and direction in your life. Whether you enjoy taking pictures, or just looking at them, you can learn to appreciate things in life which you may only get a chance to see once. A good photograph can speak volumes to its viewers.

Don’t let your picture-taking technique get too complicated. You can frequently take an outstanding photograph without making any adjustments for color, light, motion or any other technical elements.

Try to enhance the sense of depth in your landscape photos. Get a sense of scale by having a person or object placed in the foreground. If you set a small aperture, one that is not greater than f/8 (for many digital cameras that are made for consumers), or f/16 (on a full-frame SLR) you will notice that your foreground and background look sharp.

A lot of people think…

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23 Travel Inspirations

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The Dalai Lama said it best “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” Words of wisdom to carry forth your travel dreams. And heck, he’s the Dalai Lama; he definitely knows a thing or two about a thing or two.

There is truly so much to see and people to learn from and new places to explore that will forever change who you are. You will look at your world in a whole new light because of these experiences. You will develop a moving appreciation for what you have and a gratitude for what is good and true unlike that which you have ever felt before. It is a way of enlightenment and self-understanding and discovery.

For many of us, travel is our life’s prophecy and thus we must feed the hunger and passion of our souls. Here are 23 photos that will move you to get moving.


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Re-Entry Don’ts

Alice Shi Kembel

I thought I was done with our don’t lists after London, but re-entry provided us with some good ones.


Step on the luggage scale at the airport

Run into people’s heels with the luggage cart


Spill your drink in your lap during the first beverage service of a twelve-hour flight

Knock over an entire cup of juice onto your brother’s seat because you were moving your trash onto his tray while he was in the bathroom

Only sleep for an hour on the flight from London to San Francisco, then get up at 2 am the next day because of jet lag

Take out every Lego set, Tinker Toy, Nerf gun, game, stuffed animal, and costume that you own and turn our house into a disaster zone within 30 minutes of being home

Give a verbal play-by-play of the dog’s every movement for two hours because you’re so excited…

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