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Author: Cherese Cobb

25 Aug

Capturing Giants: 5 Tips for Conquering California’s Coast Redwoods

The coast redwoods are the tallest trees on earth. Majestic and colossal, their 27-foot-wide trunks soar to heights of more than 350 feet, as tall as 35-story skyscrapers. Their lifespan is as humbling as their size. The largest redwood, General Sherman, is estimated to be 2,500 years old, taking root nearly 300 years before the Great Wall of China was built. Before the Gold Rush, California’s redwood forest covered more than 2 million acres, even stretching across the Santa Cruz Mountains. But by 1968, 95% of the old-growth forest had been hacked down to build and rebuild San Francisco and San Jose. If you’re in search of these giant trees, though, don’t worry. While only 4% of the virgin redwood forest...
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11 Aug

The Ultimate Smoky Mountain Photography Guide

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a paradise for landscape and wildlife photographers. It hosts nine million visitors per year, making it the most visited national park in the United States. The Smokies total approximately half a million acres split evenly between Tennessee and North Carolina. They boast 70 miles of trails and 97 historic Appalachian buildings. The area is also one of the only five Deciduous Forests in the world teaming with white-tailed deer, black bears, elk, turkey and lungless lizards. But the Smokies' massive size and biodiversity provides a challenge to any photographer, fledgling or seasoned, so we've put together a guide that will help you pick the best viewpoints and seasons to shoot in. Part I: Seasonal Snapshots Spring Spring...
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4 Jul

Grand Canyon Location and Gear Guide

Every year, five million people flock to the Grand Canyon, one of the natural wonders of the world. The average visitor spends two to five hours hiking, basking in the awe-inspiring scenery: the skyrockets snaking along Saddle Mountain's Trail Head, the fiery maple leaves drifting near Imperial Point and the thin blanket of snow tossed over the South Rim. Photographers have aimed to immortalize its history and aged beauty since the dawn of the first camera. However, the Grand Canyon is 277 miles long and 18 miles wide, and it's unpredictable weather presents many challenges for photographers. So, we've assembled the ultimate Grand Canyon Guide, featuring tips for getting around, shooting locations and desert gear recommendations that will help you snap shareable photos...
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16 Jun

5 Tips to Unleash Your Inner Macro Photographer

Macro photography opens your eyes to details that you can’t normally see with your naked eye - an insect covered in pearls of dew or a pink flower floating on a shimmering pond, for example. It's almost like entering a different world, one that's only open to the tiniest of creatures. This school of photography is miniature. yet mighty. Conquering its techniques—from picking the right lens to picking the best light source—can be a challenge. However, you can join the ranks of extraordinary macro photographers by following these five tips: 1. Choose the right macro lens. Macro lenses come in three different focal lengths: standard (50mm to 70mm), short telephoto (85mm to 100mm, and 105mm) and telephoto (180mm to 200mm). Standard focal-length...
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2 Jun

8 Breathtaking Photo Spots in Israel and How to Get The Best Shots

Israel may be a fifth the size of Iceland, but it's a land overflowing with visual milk and honey: crimson canyons, fluorescent coral reefs, white beaches, towering rock formations, and crumbling religious monuments. All of this geographical diversity and religious history is jam-packed into 223 miles, making travel--even to the most remote areas--a cinch, so you can power your portfolio with these eight Middle Eastern photography destinations. 1. The Dead Sea Courtesy of Valeriy Tretyakov. The Dead Sea (Yam Hamelakh)– a hypersaline lake bordering Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan–sinks 1,388 feet below sea level, making it Earth's lowest land point.  It's also 8.6 times saltier than the ocean, allowing visitors to float effortlessly on its surface. Forty-two miles long and 11 miles...
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19 May

10 Tips for Taking Viral, Instagrammable Dog Photos

News flash: celebrity dogs, from toothy Tuna to bear-like Boo, have conquered the Internet. In fact, they have managed to trump what was once widely regarded as the Internet's mascot: cats. The proof: Dogs are googled twice as often as cats, and crush YouTube with approximately 18 million videos - five million more than their feline counterparts. On social media, 5,600 dog-related Facebook pages and 240,000 tweets go live every day. According to researchers at Manhattanville College in New York, dog owners are also happier than cat owners. Furthermore, neuroscientist Paul Zak has “proven” that dogs love their owners more than cats, so it’s no wonder that 36.5 percent of Americans own a dog. After all, the human-canine relationship is loving and...
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5 Feb

10 Genius, DIY Valentine’s Day Photo Booth Backgrounds

Every year on Valentine's Day, people send one billion cards, buy 35 million heart-shaped chocolates, deliver 220 million roses and devour eight million conversation hearts. Still, it can be challenging to declare your love when it's hard to find the right words. With that said, be innovative this Valentine's Day. Print out some Valentine's Day photo booth props, create a glamorous backdrop and snap away. After all, a picture is worth 1,000 words! 1. Paper Heart Balloons Courtesy of Design Improvised. You’ll need: Helium-Quality Balloons Tissue Paper Mod Podge Foam Brush Scissors Baker's Twine/Ribbon Heart Template Wash Cloth Instructions: Step 1: Print and cut out the heart template. Step 2: Trace the heart template onto the tissue paper. Then cut it out. Step 3: Use a foam brush to apply a thin layer of...
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22 Jan

10 Tips for Ultra Instagrammable Cat Photos

Celebrity cats, from sad-eyed Snoopybabe to sourpuss Tartar Sauce, have taken over the Internet and kneaded their way into the hearts of an entire generation of web users. According to a study by mobile network Three, pet owners between the ages of 18 and 34 share 3.8 million feline photos each day, compared to approximately 1.5 million selfies. Over a quarter of a million cat owners have created a Twitter or Facebook account for their kitties hoping to achieve what’s known as the viral spiral. Scientists have also proven that our growing love for online felines is purely therapeutic - a form of digital pet therapy. According to a study published in the journal of Computers in Human Behavior, visual cat-candy...
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3 Jan

Introducing Ralph, the Dwarf-Sized Camera Snapping Pictures of Pluto

Eighty-five years after Clyde Tombaugh, 22, discovered Pluto, Ralph—New Horizon’s minuscule but power-packed multi-spectral camera suite—is providing a treasure trove of data about the King of the Kuiper Belt. Launched in January 2006, Ralph, named after Jackie Gleason’s character on the Honeymooners, was designed, built and tested in 22 months. That’s a record-breaking speed when you consider that Alan Stern and the Southwest Research Institute’s (SRI) engineering team spent the better part of a decade developing a disposable camera that could survive solar radiation and temperature fluctuations in space. A Ship in a Bottle Courtesy of Maya Rodriguez, KUSA. So how did the SRI’s team build a camera that’s rewriting the book on Pluto? They used a technique called...
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28 Dec

Spy Cameras Leak the Secret Lives of Penguins

Wildlife producer John Downer and his award-winning team captured the emotional, and often mischievous, behavior of some of nature’s most dedicated parents: Emperor penguins in Antarctica, Rockhopper penguins in the Falkland Islands and Humboldt penguins in the Atacama Desert. Downer used 50 spy cameras disguised as rocks, eggs, snowballs, chicks and life-size penguins to capture this fascinating footage. Enduring blistering temperatures (-140ºF) and utter isolation, the crew filmed the BBC documentary Penguins—Spy in the Huddle over the course of 330 consecutive days. They also shattered the world record for the longest continuous shoot of Emperor penguins. The spycams “chart the tough challenges penguins face from the moment they emerge from the sea to raising their chicks and finally returning to the...
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