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It's Time You Tried Making Your Own Ink Out of Walnuts  It's Time You Tried Making Your Own Ink Out of Walnuts 

When we rounded up our staff’s Weekly Upgrades last Friday, our editors were exploring mindfulness meditation, adding extra exercise into our days, and tweaking our entertainment habits.

How to Spot Fake Photos on the Web How to Spot Fake Photos on the Web

Take a moment before you reshare that hilarious or terrifying image on your favorite social media channel of choice—is it, in fact, as authentic as it first appears? From political scenes to shark invasions, the web is rife with fake photos thanks to easy-to-use image editing tools and gullible viewers. Here’s how to…

How to Plan a Trip to See an Aurora How to Plan a Trip to See an Aurora

It can feel nearly impossible to you access a sense of wonder in today’s all-the-information-anytime-you-want-it environment, but the answer, I find, is often in the natural world. Whether it’s feeling the strange cool breeze that arises during the totality of an eclipse, watching a thousand-strong starling murmuration

Amazon Does Canvas Prints Now, and You Can Get Them For 40% Off Amazon Does Canvas Prints Now, and You Can Get Them For 40% Off

Canvas prints offer a great bang for your buck when it comes to decorating your walls, and that’s especially true when you can get them for 40% off. This deal is through Amazon’s photo printing service, and brings prices down to as low as $12 for an 8x10, or $54 for a 20x24. Just be sure to use code FALLDECOR40 at…

Polaroid's New Instant Camera Takes Terrible Retro Photos Very Well Polaroid's New Instant Camera Takes Terrible Retro Photos Very Well

The night that Polaroid announced its first all-new instant camera since the mid-aughts, there was a party in the Bowery. A small gallery space was filled with sweaty art school types, and a row Polaroid cameras lined one wall showcasing a timeline of the company’s design. The famous Polaroid photographer Ryan…

Free Web-Based Photo Editors to Try If You Don't Want to Pay for PicMonkey Free Web-Based Photo Editors to Try If You Don't Want to Pay for PicMonkey

Last week, my favorite web-based photo editor, PicMonkey, started charging users. As it turns out, PicMonkey has also been a favorite with a good number of my Lifehacker coworkers. It’s easy, lightweight, and makes small edits like resizing photos or creating collages (stuff we do here pretty regularly) super simple.…

This Bot Will Help You Unearth Your Forgotten 'Kodak Moments' This Bot Will Help You Unearth Your Forgotten 'Kodak Moments'

Over the course of a year, I take thousands of pictures that I either share on Facebook or Instagram or leave to die on my smartphone’s camera roll. While the idea is that I’ll go back and look at them at some point, truth be told that rarely happens. The closest I get is when something comes up in conversation, I…

The Nixplay Iris Is a Digital Photo Frame You'll Buy For Yourself, Not Just Your Grandparents The Nixplay Iris Is a Digital Photo Frame You'll Buy For Yourself, Not Just Your Grandparents

Remember digital photo frames? You probably got one for your grandparents back in 2006, and haven’t given them a second thought since. Turns out, they’ve gotten a lot better since then.

How to Take Someone's Photo in a Foreign Country Without Being a Jerk How to Take Someone's Photo in a Foreign Country Without Being a Jerk

The most interesting aspect of visiting another country is the people there, so it’s understandable if you want to snap some pics of locals while you travel. But it’s easy to get shutter happy and forget to be courteous while you do it. These tips will help.

If You Want to Remember Something, Don't Take a Picture If You Want to Remember Something, Don't Take a Picture

Last month I went to Outside Lands, a 3-day music festival in San Francisco where musical artists from pretty much every genre out there performed on a bunch of different stages around Golden Gate Park. Regardless of what type of music was being played, each stage had one thing in common: Someone (or lots of people)…

Light Smartphone Portrait Photos With a Big Mac Box Light Smartphone Portrait Photos With a Big Mac Box

If you’re looking for a cheap, and somewhat tasty, lighting solution for your selfies or smartphone portraits, look no further. Bah-da-ba-ba-bah, I’m lovin’ this Big Mac box lighting trick.

How Insecure Properly Lights Black Actors How Insecure Properly Lights Black Actors

For decades, photo and video equipment was designed and tested with only white subjects in mind. Lighting darker skin tones takes a different approach than lighting pale ones. Ava Berkofsky, director of photography on HBO’s Insecure, tells Mic how her team beautifully lights the show’s black actors, and Mic reporter…

Seven Tips to Make Your Instagram Feed Stand Out Seven Tips to Make Your Instagram Feed Stand Out

So you’ve had Instagram for a while and you upload photos regularly, but nobody seems to care. No likes, no follows, and no comments. Boo. Give these tips a try, you sad instagrammer you.

A Traveling Photographer's Picturesque Bag A Traveling Photographer's Picturesque Bag

When traveling, the best camera can often be the one you happen to have with you, but there are also situations where you’ll want something more than an iPhone to capture high-quality photos. Self-taught photographer and Flickr user AJS Pimentel totes his traveling camera crew so he always has the gear to catch the…

How to Take Better Photos in Dark Places How to Take Better Photos in Dark Places

Darkness is the enemy of photography, but—being a horror fan—I wanted to learn how to shoot photos in spooky places with very low light. I reached out to an expert and here’s what I learned.

How to Get Over Your Street Photography Shyness How to Get Over Your Street Photography Shyness

There’s nothing wrong with being a little nervous if you’re out practicing your street photography. Taking pictures of unaware people in candid situations, or approaching someone for a more deliberate photo isn’t easy, but if you’re trying to improve, acting the part of wallflower will only hinder your progress. It’s…

How to Take Photos During Today's Solar Eclipse With Your Smartphone How to Take Photos During Today's Solar Eclipse With Your Smartphone

Everybody wants to capture the perfect eclipse photo today, but not everybody has thousands of dollars in professional photography equipment. Turns out you can take some half-way decent pics with your smartphone.

Peak Design has Updated and Perfected Their Camera Straps Peak Design has Updated and Perfected Their Camera Straps

Even knowing Peak Design makes the best camera bags, backpacks, and totes, we’re surprised by how much we love their latest camera strap and cuff.

How to Edit Your Vacation Photos So They Don't Totally Suck How to Edit Your Vacation Photos So They Don't Totally Suck

So you took a trip somewhere cool, snapped a bunch of photos, and now you have no idea what to do with them all. Don’t worry, editing your vacation photos isn’t as tough or technical as it sounds.

Our Readers' Favorite Action Cam Is Just $55 Right Now, Plus a Free Bonus Battery Our Readers' Favorite Action Cam Is Just $55 Right Now, Plus a Free Bonus Battery

Yi’s original action cam is a longtime reader-favorite, and one of my personal favorite gadgets to boot, and you can pick it up for $55 from Amazon with promo code VDF5CJDF.

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