It's that time of year -- strings of tiny lights are everywhere, and families are wandering around, checking out those lights. If you're like me, you bring your camera along on these light-viewing jaunts. And if you're like me, you use your camera to take boring old pictures of boring old lights. But if you have a decent digital SLR camera (or have a camera phone and are willing to make some compromises on which techniques you use; see below), you can do some nutty stuff -- and it's not hard at all.... READ ON
Pete Souza/White House
After TIME named Barack Obama its Person of the Year, it released a series of photos by Pete Souza—which included the adorable photo above, of the president pretending to get caught in Spider-Man's web (Spider-Man, in this case, was the child of a White House staff member). That inspired us to dig up other aww-inducing photos of presidents with kids.
Speak softly and hug tight: Teddy Roosevelt shows us his soft side, hugging granddaughter Edith Roosevelt Derby in... READ ON
Need a dose of tranquility? Watch this three-minute timelapse video shot in New York City's Central Park. Photographer Jamie Scott selected fifteen locations in the park and returned to them twice a week for six months, from August 2011 through January 2012. And I do mean fifteen extremely specific locations -- repeating the exact same video pans on the exact same trees, water, and so on -- so you can watch the leaves change colors, then fall off the trees in timelapse. This is a feat of persistence,... READ ON
Want to truly appreciate the Earth's beauty? Check out this gorgeous video, released by NASA this morning, of our planet at night.
The animation is a composite created using data from the Suomi NPP satellite, which was acquired over nine days in April 2012 and 13 days in October 2012. According to NASA, "It took 312 orbits to get a clear shot of every parcel of Earth's land surface and islands. This new data was then mapped over existing Blue Marble imagery of Earth to provide a realistic view... READ ON
Harry Taylor is a photographer with an unusual specialty, at least for this century: tintypes. A tintype is a photograph made on a metal plate (often iron, and apparently never tin). During its heyday circa the US Civil War, the tintype's main advantage was the durability of the metal -- unlike delicate paper prints or photographs on glass, the metal tintype could be carried around in a pocket and more or less survive the journey. The big bonus for photographers was the ability to make the photograph... READ ON
Whether these people were donning masks to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving (more on that later), or a fancy dress party, or to safely perform a medical procedure or act in a play, the results are spooky—and likely to give you nightmares. Happy... READ ON
As Hurricane Sandy makes landfall on the East Coast, here's a look back at other dramatic hurricanes in American history.
Galveston, Texas Hurricane, September 1900
This hurricane was the deadliest in U.S. history—the estimated death toll was 8000 (to compare, 1800 people died during Hurricane... READ ON
Each year, the American Kennel Club throws Meet the Breeds in New York City's Jacob Javits Center. More than 200 breeds of cats and dogs are available for cuddling and photo ops (if you can get them to sit still!). We hit the floor to bring you adorable pictures and interesting factoids about 24 breeds.... READ ON
While many girls dream of a sunny, summer wedding, there are plenty of less-traditional gals out there who want a darker and spookier ceremony. For those brides-to-be, October is the perfect time to tie the knot. Here are a few fun photos from a number of Halloween-themed weddings.
The... READ ON
Last week, more than 100,000 nerds gathered at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City to celebrate all things geek in comics, movies, anime, books, and TV. Here's a glimpse of what it was like. Photos by... READ ON
In the 1980s, a beer-drinking goat was elected mayor of Lajitas, TX.