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Author: Gracie Ryan

7 Jun

What to Expect from the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference

The 2015 Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference kicks off today, but those hoping to get the lowdown on the release of new gadgets will be met with disappointment. This year’s WWDC will focus mostly on iOS and OS X software updates, but that’s not to say there won’t be exciting news for Apple users. iOS 9, which will likely be an enhanced version of OS X Snow Leopard, may also include a new and improved lifestyle management feature to replace the existing Spotlight Search. “Proactive” will combine the powers of Siri and Spotlight to allow users to search for whatever they need as well as provide easy access to their favorite apps, contacts, maps and more. Commuters can rejoice over the new Transit...
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4 Jun

Psychedelic Road Art Takes Over Parisian Highway

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A busy stretch of Parisian highway just got a whole lot trippier with the addition of a 400 by 100 foot psychedelic road mural. German street artist, who goes by 1010, created the optical illusion with the help of two assistants and 400 liters --  over 100 gallons -- of paint. The piece was completed in only a week. 1010 found inspiration for the mural in his love of playing with people’s perceptions. “Sometimes we think something is static, but it’s not,” 1010 told the Wall Street Journal. “If you change the perspective, you see it in a different way.” This particular optical illusions is spread across a stretch of Boulevard Peripherique, and leaves viewers feeling like they’re falling into a deep,...
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1 Jun

Surviving Without a Smartphone in 2015

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Smartphones have become a staple in the lives of two thirds of Americans. They have a myriad of uses -- from finding directions to online banking to checking email to stalking exes. For many, smartphones are a crucial tool for staying connected. But the beauty of a smartphone-free life can outweigh the convenience of being constantly plugged in. I’ve worked in photojournalism for the past three years and have traveled internationally by myself -- all without the help of a smartphone. I don’t send Snapchats or post Instagrams or use Google Maps for directions. I’ve gotten lost countless times and have gone days without checking email or Facebook. But despite the occasional inconvenience of navigating through the world without the help of...
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1 Jun

Tackling a Year-Long Self Portrait Project

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81 down. 284 to go. I’m halfway through my year-long self portrait project, and I’ve completed a quarter of my goal of 365 self portraits in 365 days. A year of self portraits is a challenge every photographer should undertake. It forces a camera in your hands everyday and requires you to think about how to shoot the same subject in hundreds of different ways. Plus, who else would let you photograph them anytime, day or night, for an entire year? Other than your dog, probably no one. Self portraiture allows for practice with composition, focus and metering. It brings you to new places and forces you to think differently about what can be considered a ‘portrait.’ And over the past six months, I’ve...
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12 May

Shooting the Sun: 5 Techniques for Manipulating Light

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Lighting plays a crucial role in photography. It can draw attention to or away from a subject, and sets the tone of a photo. As photographers, we compose pictures around the light. And unless we’re in a photo studio surrounded by portable electronic mini-suns, we have to work with what Mother Nature doles out. It can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are five simple techniques for manipulating the sun in photos. 1. Sunburst Creating a sunburst is a great way to incorporate light into photos, especially on cloudless days when the sun is high in the sky. Sunbursts can add an element of interest to landscapes, portraits and detail shots. Creating the effect is easy — it’s all...
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