World Without Energy


For most people, “energy” means having the ability to flip a switch to turn on overhead lights or adjust a knob on the stove for morning tea—we often take for granted our access to energy that powers our lives. We’d like to challenge you to think about what the world would look like without any connection to energy—to envision how it would affect your life and impact everything you see, touch and do each day of the year.

Here’s the thing: energy is nearly as important as the air we breathe and the water we drink, yet not everyone has ready, reliable access to energy.

This special Your Shot assignment asks that you show what a world without energy might look like. As you look to compose striking images for this assignment, consider the themes of energy access, energy innovation and ideas, and how having no access to power can—and in some parts of the world, does—affect people in their day-to-day lives.

This assignment is the first of three assignments launched in conjunction with The Great Energy Challenge, a National Geographic initiative in partnership with Shell. The assignments and partnership as a

Aura Photography: A Candid Shot

At psychic fairs and other popular venues, “aura” photographic portraits are all the rage. But are they really what they are claimed to be?

According to belief that has persisted since ancient times, the aura is a radiance from the “energy field” that supposedly emanates from and surrounds all living things. It is perceived not by ordinary vision but by clairvoyance. Although “no evidence has been found to prove its existence” (Guiley 1991), the concept has thrived as pseudoscience. For example, in his 1911 book, The Human Atmosphere, Dr. Walter J. Kilner claimed he could not only see the aura and use it for medical diagnoses, but he also accepted the validity of nonexistent “N-rays” and clairvoyance. The British Medical Journal rightly scoffed.

Today self-professed “medical intuitives” like Caroline Myss (1997) claim to describe the nature of people’s physical diseases by reading their “energy field.” Thus Myss “can make recommendations for treating their condition on both a physical and spiritual level.” She calls this supposedly auric process “energy medicine,” but offers no scientific evidence to substantiate her alleged powers. (New Age magazine stated Myss no longer gives readings, and quoted me as terming the practice “offensive and dangerous” [Koontz 2000, 66, 102].)


Scientists Photograph Energy Field Leaving Body At Death, According To New Study

By Steven Bancarz|  I recently came across an article that I thought was interesting enough to share, and I think I may be able to provide proper scientific support for these claims for the very first time ever by presenting the original published study.  The timing of astral disembodiment in which the spirit leaves the body has allegedly been captured by Russian scientist Konstantin Korotkov, who photographed a person at the moment of his death with a bioelectrographic camera.

The image taken using the gas discharge visualization method, an advanced technique of Kirlian photography, shows in blue the life force of the person leaving the body gradually.

According to Korotkov, navel and head are the parties who first lose their life force (which would be the soul) and the groin and the heart are the last areas where the spirit before surfing the phantasmagoria of the infinite.

In other cases, according to Korotkov, the “the soul” of people who suffer a violent and unexpected death usually manifests a state of confusion in your power settings and return to the body in the days following death. This could be due to a surplus of unused energy.

The technique developed

How to Take Great Flower Photos

1. Soft diffuse light. Today it’s very overcast outside, and if there were any flowers in bloom today would be the perfect day for capturing some great images. Soft diffuse light enhances color saturation, so if you wondered how or why pro photographers flower images seem so deep in color this is one of the reasons why. (There are exceptions to this rule. I do some flower photography is bright or dappled sunlight but I’m usually trying to get an effect of light passing through the petals.)

2. Slow film speed. 200 speed or less. The slower speed films have greater detail and for flowers you’re going to need to get close anyway and you want the nice sharp detail of a slower speed of film. I use 100 speed for my flower photography.

3. Tripod. Use one for this type of photography. Set up your shot, get everything in sharp focus, and then shoot. A tripod will keep your camera from moving on you and allow you to get the sharp detail you will need.

4. Look for great colors, a flower in full bloom next to a budBusiness Management Articles, and don’t shoot on windy days.

How to Take Great Flower Photos

1. Soft diffuse light. Today it’s very overcast outside, and if there were any flowers in bloom today would be the perfect day for capturing some great images. Soft diffuse light enhances color saturation, so if you wondered how or why pro photographers flower images seem so deep in color this is one of the reasons why. (There are exceptions to this rule. I do some flower photography is bright or dappled sunlight but I’m usually trying to get an effect of light passing through the petals.)

2. Slow film speed. 200 speed or less. The slower speed films have greater detail and for flowers you’re going to need to get close anyway and you want the nice sharp detail of a slower speed of film. I use 100 speed for my flower photography.

3. Tripod. Use one for this type of photography. Set up your shot, get everything in sharp focus, and then shoot. A tripod will keep your camera from moving on you and allow you to get the sharp detail you will need.

4. Look for great colors, a flower in full bloom next to a budBusiness Management Articles, and don’t shoot on windy days.

Tinder-tinkering artificial intelligence could lessen left-swiping

An artificial intelligence programme to improve Tinder suggestions has been developed by Harm de Vries, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Montreal who was sick of swiping left. Signing up for an account was one of the first things he did upon arriving in the city in August 2014, but he was disappointed with the results. “Tinder kept offering me photos of women with lots of tattoos and piercings, even though I’d never chosen a single one. I don’t want to offend anyone, they’re simply not my type,” he explained. Noting that the app failed to take note of his user history in order to better target the women he might like, he developed new software, the details of which he published onArxiv. His work is supervised by professors Aaron Courville and Roland Memisevic who are with Yoshua Bengio’s lab in the Department of Computer Science and Operations Research.

For those of us who are unfamiliar with Tinder, it’s a mobile application that works by looking at the user’s location: it finds users close to where you are and displays their photos. You can then either swipe right with your finger to indicate that you are interested, or to the

Learn Digital Photography Fast Track Your Photography

Learning digital photography in our instant society is only possible by applying the basic principles of good photography. Digital is another tool and there is no real fast way of doing this. BUT…   If you are prepared to follow these six quick photography principles you’re on the road to learning digital photography fast. And I really mean fast. So here goes.

1. Choose your subject carefully.

This is the centrepiece of your photo. Make sure you identify a suitable subject and focus on this. Not negotiable. If subject is not clearly identifiable your photo will be below average.

2. Place you subject intelligently.

Divide your image into thirds vertically and horizontally. Imagine 2 lines across and 2 lines down. Where these lines intersect place your subject on one of these points. If you have an horizon in the image, line it up with one of the 2 horizontal lines.

3. Get closer to your subject.

Most times the subject is what you want to remember about the scene you are recording. So get as much of it in your photo. This is especially so with family photos. Have smaller groups of people shot closer to the camera.

4. Exclude clutter from around your subject.

Make sure that there

iPhone photography Revolution or passing phase?

Photography has morphed with each technological advance, becoming, simpler, more spontaneous and more accessible. This article published in Photographies explores the effect of the iphone on photography, the technological ‘mash-up’ with the internet and omnipresent social connectivity.

Edgar Alan Poe hailed photography as “the most important and perhaps the most extraordinary triumph of modern science.” It has diverse personal, business and artistic roles in our culture, but throughout there have been barriers to visual experimentation such as processing delays. Photography has travelled through many eras: the box brownie, Polaroid, the 1 hour photo and digital processing. All of these have made photography inclusive, portable, inexpensive and no longer the reserve of professionals. Are we now entering a completely revolutionary phase?

The iphone has been pivotal in escalating the photographic journey. There has been a technological convergence of phones, computers and the internet, leading to infinite real time distribution and retouching of photographs through social networking and email and Photoshop. Photographs have become less of a precious moment in time but a visual dialogue of our daily trivia pimped up with many purpose built apps. “iphoneography” has become a growing social movement which has blurred photographic conventions. Will smartphones will

The Impact of Electronic Digital photography on Marriage Photography

Digital photography, a pretty latest innovation, has had significant consequences in all factors of photography, not least photography. The phrase photography, by the way, represents the photography action that occurs before, during and right after marriage wedding. Such photography is regarded a fundamental element of wedding ceremony; very much like the white-colored dress, the procession and the dessert. A contemporary wedding without photography would be regarded imperfect, just as a contemporary (western-style) wedding would be regarded imperfect without a dessert for the bridegroom and his new bride to ‘cut.’

Now one effect that digital photography has had on photography is that there is no more much anxiety when the employed wedding photographer does not appear. The Y creation may not really comprehend this, but just a few years ago (before the introduction of digital camera), photography was a very specific art/science: like medication or technological innovation. Only the professionals could do it. Not everyone could be a wedding photographer. So if on a relationship day the employed wedding photographer did not appear, anxiety was sure to set in. It was not unprecedented marriages even being delayed on that consideration only; for how could the several say they were married when there

What Makes a Photograph a Potrait

Are All Photographs of People Portraits? …or…


My name is Stan Cox II. I am a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography, and have been a professional Portrait Photographer for over 30 years. In this and in the next few short articles I’ll be sharing with you the essential elements of what makes a photograph a Portrait.

Let’s start with a couple definitions. There are a number of terms used to refer to photographs, such as: PHOTO; SNAPSHOT; PICTURE…A PHOTOGRAPH is simply any recording of light and

shadow. Derived from the Greek Phos, meaning light, and Graphe, meaning a representation by means of lines, PHOTOGRAPH thus means “drawing with light”, or the recording of light.

PORTRAIT has a different definition…A Painting, a Sculpture, or a PHOTOGRAPH may be a Portrait.

A PORTRAIT is an Artistic representation of a Person, or People in which the facial expression is predominant, and in the case of 3/4 or full length portraits, also the body language. The Artistic Intent being to capture and express the Personality and Mood of the Subject as well as the Likeness.

Artistry and Intent play an important part in the making of a Portrait. So then, a Photograph

See The Boomer List Sioux Falls Photography Exhibit

The youngest Baby Boomers turned 50 in 2014 – a milestone AARP in Sioux Falls felt worthy of celebrating. Inspired by The Boomer List, which came to life in 2014 on a national level as a PBS American Masters documentary and a companion book by photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and an exhibit at Washington D.C’s Newseum, AARP Sioux Falls joined with, KELOLAND Television and the Washington Pavilion set out to honor, celebrate, and share the story about how this generation has impacted our community through “The Boomer List: Sioux Falls.”

The Boomer List: Sioux Falls explores how boomers influenced and shaped Sioux Falls through the stories of 19 notable community members, one born each year of the baby boom from 1946-1964.  These boomers were selected for their individual accomplishments as well as the collective impact thy have had on Sioux Falls.  “With so many impressive boomers in Sioux Falls our list would be much longer than 19 to capture every worthy individual, but the impact and influence of these 19 is diverse and lasting, and they are not yet done,” said AARP South Dakota state director, Sarah Jennings.

The subjects were chosen by a panel of five current Sioux Falls residents as

5 Tips for Great Vacation Photographs

ummer is upon us.  That means that millions of Americans’ cameras will be preserving precious memories from family vacations, get-togethers, weddings, graduations, and so much more.

However, when the perfect photographic moment comes into view, a great many find themselves frustrated with their ability to capture the moment with a great photograph.

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Here’s five simple tips that will go a long, long ways to helping you be prepared to get that great family vacation photograph.

5 Simple Tips for Great Vacation Photographs

  1. Practice before you leave home – This is quite likely the most important tip of all.  Get your owners manual out and practice some of the lighting and subject situations that you are likely to find yourself with.  You’re likely to have family members posing in front of scenes and objects.  You’re likely to be photographing in bright sun, cloudy skies, indoors, in places where flash is not allowed, on beaches, on hiking trails; the various situations are near infinite.  Set up these situations as best you can at home and practice, practice, practice.
  2. Memory Cards – Today’s megapixal digital cameras can quickly eat up a memory card.  This is particularly true if you plan

Breakthrough for photography Light sensing technology

A revolutionary breakthrough is underway at Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering, an innovation that may usher in the next generation of light sensing technology with potential applications in scientific research and cellphone photography.

Thayer professor Eric Fossum — the engineer and physicist who invented the CMOS image sensor used in nearly all cellphone and digital cameras, webcams, medical imaging and other applications — joined with Thayer PhD candidate Jiaju Ma in developing pixels for the new Quanta Image Sensor (QIS).

The professor and student, who have worked on the project for more than three years, are co-inventors of the new pixel and co-authors of a paper on their invention in IEEE Electron Devices Letters. A PDF is available on request.

Their new sensor has the capability to significantly enhance low-light sensitivity. This is particularly important in applications such as “security cameras, astronomy, or life science imaging (like seeing how cells react under a microscope), where there’s only just a few photons,” says Fossum.

“Light consists of photons, little bullets of light that activate our neurons and make us see light,” says Fossum. “The photons go into the semiconductor [the sensor chip] and break the chemical bonds between silicon atoms and, when

The Next Revolution in Photography Is Coming

In the future, there will be no such thing as a “straight photograph”

It’s time to stop talking about photography. It’s not that photography is dead as many have claimed, but it’s gone.

Just as there’s a time to stop talking about girls and boys and to talk instead about women and men so it is with photography; something has changed so radically that we need to talk about it differently, think of it differently and use it differently. Failure to recognize the huge changes underway is to risk isolating ourselves in an historical backwater of communication, using an interesting but quaint visual language removed from the cultural mainstream.

The moment of photography’s “puberty” was around the time when the technology moved from analog to digital although it wasn’t until the arrival of the Internet-enabled smartphone that we really noticed a different behavior. That’s when adolescence truly set in. It was surprising but it all seemed somewhat natural and although we experienced a few tantrums along the way with arguments about promiscuity, manipulation and some inexplicable new behaviors, the photographic community largely accommodated the changes with some adjustments in workflow.

But these visible changes were merely the advance indicators

The Power of Photography

Photographers use their cameras as tools of exploration, passports to inner sanctums, instruments for change. Their images are proof that photography matters—now more than ever.

By Robert Draper

Thirty-four years before the birth of this magazine, the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard sourly prophesied a banal fate for the newly popularized art of photography. “With the daguerreotype,” he observed, “everyone will be able to have their portrait taken—formerly it was only the prominent—and at the same time everything is being done to make us all look exactly the same, so we shall only need one portrait.”

The National Geographic Society did not set out to test Kierkegaard’s thesis, at least not right away. Its mission was exploration, and the gray pages of its official journal did not exactly constitute a visual orgy. Years would go by before National Geographic’s explorers would begin using the camera as a tool to bring back what is now its chief source of fame: photographic stories that can alter perceptions and, at their best, change lives.

By wresting a precious particle of the world from time and space and holding it absolutely still, a great photograph can explode the totality of our world, such that we never see

11 Tips to Taking Sexy, Classy & Timeless Boudoir Photos

I love our Resident Photographer, Sarah Foss. And not just because she loves all the things in life that I love: Jesus, pumpkin pie, Real Housewives and Pinterest. But because this girl nearly forced me to get naked for you girls.

OK, wait, that was dramatic. (Sorry, I do that sometimes.)

I didn’t get actually get naked, but after a couple years of prompting, I finally took her advice and let her shoot some sexy photos for My Man. While it was one of the most terrifying experiences of my life (because of my own body issues), it turned out to be one of the most liberating experiences of my life! I decided to have her guest post about this because I want of you to feel as AMAZING as I felt after! Sarah has graciously included tons of photos she’s taken below to inspire you, along with 11 super solid tips I hope you’ll take to heart. Oh, and there’s a few pics 0f me too – eek! PLEASE “pin” any/all the photos you want! – Deidre

Resident Photographer: Sarah Foss & Apple Rose Photography
Sarah Foss is a lifestyle photographer located in Los Angeles, California. Her passion for photography is unparalleled and

Tips on How to Take Sexy Pictures of Yourself

The article shows you how to create sexy photos of yourself without anyone else’s assistance. You’ll learn what focal length to choose, what lighting considerations you should be aware of and what kinds of poses are effective.

Looking sexy on camera

It’s not hard to take sexy photos these days thanks to the flexibility and creativity digital cameras offer. The biggest problem amateurs face when trying to create such shots though is on the artistic side, not the technical one.

All too often people mistake “NUDE!!!” for sexy. While the nude body can be very sexy and erotic, often just the hint of nudity is even sexier. When you add to it creative lighting and evocative facial expressions, then you’ve got a sexy photo even though the skin showed may be PG or even G in nature. A human body completely covered from neck to toe in red satin can show the contours of the breasts and stomach and legs without showing any skin at all, yet still be incredibly sexy. Poke a long leg out from underneath the satin, point your foot and toes to full extension and you’ve created a focal point that screams sex appeal, yet still shows less than

Boudoir Photo Shoots Capture All Different Kinds of Sexy

A bold statement, perhaps, but it’s easy to trust coming from boudoir photographer Lori Sapio. The 24-year industry veteran has shot for publications like Vogue Italia and Playboy, so she clearly knows a thing or 10 about sexy. Of course, Vogue sexy and Playboy sexy are two very different things, and that’s kind of the point here.

At her Chicago studio, Revival Pinups, the photographer resists forcing some cookie-cutter definition of sexy onto clients. “I let it be a collaboration,” Lori said, “so my clients have their own voice.” So if you’re a first-time model, there’s your first tip: speak up. The idea of a boudoir shoot might seem inherently daunting, but you only have to do what you’re comfortable with.

We talked to Lori about what happens in your typical photo shoot, including eight things you don’t have to do.

You don’t have to know what you’re doing.

“For most people, it starts as a nerve-racking experience,” Lori said. “It’s like an exercise class and I’m their instructor. I instruct them the whole way and help them with their posing. Most people don’t have any idea [what to do], or they had some ideas before they walked through the doors, but everything kind

How to take good photos 10 simple ways to boost your hit rate

Now that the days are getting longer, the photography ‘season’ is just about upon us. So now’s the time to dust off your camera, clean your lenses and sensors, head outdoors and get back to doing what inspires you – taking great pictures.

We’re not talking about going out and recording enough average images to fill a hard-drive that you’ll ‘sort out’ later in Photoshop.

We mean taking pictures that don’t require you to chain yourself to your computer to fix something that could have – and should have – been resolved before the shutter release was even pressed. We’re talking about knowing how to take good photos instinctively.

We are all guilty at one time or another of cutting the odd corner when we’re out shooting, knowing that something can be ‘fixed’ when we’re back at our computer.

But do you really want to spend spring in front of a monitor screen when you could be out taking more photographs instead?

In this tutorial we’ll share our top ten photography ‘must-dos’ that are guaranteed to help you learn how to take good photos instinctively. You’ll learn how to produce better shots in-camera and, most important of all, reduce the time you spend pushing pixels

Taking Pictures of Fireworks

Summer is the season for viewing and photographing fireworks. Everyone can do it—all you need are fireworks, a camera and a little bit of planning. Here’s a quick guide.

The Place. Once you’ve found a scheduled display, take the lay of the land, considering possible backdrops for your photos. Then, get to the spot early to claim the high ground—a place in which you’ll be comfortable and one that will give you an unobstructed, camera-eye’s view of the colorful proceedings. As you can tell from my photos, I like to shoot the fireworks over New York City, and for that I show up really early—I mean hours before the first fuse is lit or switch thrown.

When you get to the location, look for foreground objects. Fireworks against a black sky are colorful, but not that exciting in a photograph. Reference points—buildings, hillsides, trees, monuments—help a lot. (If you’re thinking about layering your fireworks’ images into other pictures or combining a few into one image, then the blank sky background is the way to go, as you’ll want nothing else but lights and sparkles.)

A great feature found on most Nikon D-SLR’s called Image Overlay can be

16 Essential Tips for Capturing Great Photos of Kids

Ah, kids.  When you get a great shot of your child, you feel like you’ve accomplished something.  It shouldn’t be just an “every now and then” type of thing though.  Below, you’ll find a few things we can all do to help improve the keeper ratio when snapping shots of our kids.

1. Get Down

Getting down on the child’s level gives you a great perspective and puts you in their world.  We don’t walk around snapping shots of other adults from over their heads.  Why do we do that with kids?

Don’t be lazy.  Get down on the ground.  Heck, lay down on your belly if you want.  You’ll also get the added benefit of being less intimidating than a giant adult towering over them with a camera and lens.

2. Pick a Single Focus Point

A lot of cameras do a pretty good job at automatically choosing the focus points; however, you can do better.  Tell the camera which focus point you are going to use and frame it up accordingly.

Most point and shoot cameras will let you do this as well.  So, pull out your camera manual or go digging in the menu to put the point of focus where you

19 Tips for Better Travel Photos

It wasn’t that long ago that many travel photos were taken, developed and then dumped into boxes, rarely to be seen again — unless a basement flood forced someone to throw them all away. These days, things aren’t so different except that now the photos get dumped onto external hard drives, perhaps to await a hard drive crash instead of the proverbial basement flood.

But in most collections of vacation and travel photos, a precious few of the very best shots are often spared this fate — those photos that are somehow more enduring or more interesting, or (I think most importantly) that best capture the spirit and sensation of the trip. What is it that keeps these photos from the dustbin of our traveling history? Often they are simply better photographs. That is, the “keeper” photo isn’t of a favorite person, place or activity — it is better composed, better lit and thus simply more visually interesting than the run-of-the-mill vacation snapshot.

There are plenty of resources out there for folks with thousands of dollars of photographic equipment, but what about the rest of us — those of us with a point-and-shoot digital camera or even simply a smartphone? What can

7 Tips For Capturing Amazing Puddle Reflection Photos With Your iPhone

Puddle reflection photography, or “puddlegrams” as they’re referred to on Instagram, has become incredibly popular in the world of mobile photography. Reflections in water are captivating because of the strong symmetrical compositions and natural painterly effects that you can achieve. But you don’t need large bodies of water to take such photos – a simple puddle is all that’s required! In this tutorial you’ll discover all you need to know about taking the perfect puddlegram with your iPhone.

So why have puddlegrams become so popular with mobile photographers over the past couple of years? One reason is the accessibility of the mobile camera – our iPhone is always within our reach when we want to capture a particular moment in time.

If you’re walking down the street and see a great reflection in a puddle, you can instantly take a photo of it with your phone.

Capturing puddlegrams with your iPhone camera may also be more popular due to the fact that the lens can get significantly closer to the surface of the water than any other camera.

When attempting puddle photography, always remember that your image can be simple and straight forward, or more in-depth with detail and illusion. Whatever catches your eye in a puddle reflection is likely to