You Don't Need the Insane Zoom That Camera Makers Are Shilling

Camera makers are trying everything to revive the tanking market of low-end shooters. Their latest gambit? Insanely long zooming cameras that reach across vast swaths of land. But zoom is just another sweet-sounding spec that could leave you with crappier pictures. » 3/04/15 5:20pm Yesterday 5:20pm

Watch How Common Photoshop Tricks Were Done In the Darkroom

Editing a photo is as easy as clicking a mouse with the modern magic of Photoshop. But another type of magic dominated when the only option was a darkroom and enlarger. Some of us remember these days well, but for the young'uns out there, this Lynda.com demo shows just how photo editing went down in the film days. » 3/03/15 5:07pm Tuesday 5:07pm

The Olympic Venues of the USSR, 35 Years Later

The 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow were controversial. While its war in Afghanistan had sparked a global boycott of the games, the USSR also wanted to showcase its capacity for opulence. To this day, the architecture of the Olympic Village lives on like an undying tribute to the Soviets' misplaced and ultimately… » 2/23/15 3:16pm 2/23/15 3:16pm

How Photos Were Made Through History, From Daguerreotypes to Digital 

Making a photograph today is a matter of pressing a button and letting a bunch of electronics do their thing. Before that we had film, and before film we had even more cumbersome processes. Did you know that making photographs once involved materials like egg-whites, asphalt, and platinum? Watch these videos to hear… » 2/17/15 11:07am 2/17/15 11:07am

A Rare Look Inside Canada's Notorious Maximum Security Prison, Kingston

Kingston Penitentiary closed its doors in September 2013, ending a legacy of 178 years of famously harsh treatment. "Canada's Alcatraz" has inspired lots of stories, but there are few pictures of what life was there. Except that photographer Geoffrey James had a privileged look on the inside. » 2/13/15 10:19am 2/13/15 10:19am