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WEBCAM TELESCOPE

If you’re like me and collected all things new and digital during the ’90s, then you have at least one old, ridiculously low-resolution webcam lying around. About a year ago, when I was living in a high-rise with great views across a large nature preserve, I figured out how to turn one of these things into a surprisingly good daytime telescope. By feeding the webcam’s CCD with a telephoto lens from my 35mm camera, I got a video scope that could observe wildlife and identify license plates from quite a distance.

Any type of wood will do, but it must

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Were All Photographers. Are We All Photographers?

Once Google Glass takes off, people may utter, “Glass, take a picture,” more often than talk to each other. It is already happening, come to think of it. Pictures are serving the role of conversations… I went to this cafe. I am at a party I am stupid. Instead of narrating such stories with a touch of drama, we Instagram our lives straight into everyone’s timeline. Photography was always a language. But earlier, it was used to make a statement. Now there are statements, with a lot of chatter and small talk in between. So considering the millions of stray

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Waste Not, Want Not

THE AVERAGE AMERICAN TOSSES 20 POUNDS OF FOOD A MONTH. HERE’S HOW NOT TO.

There is a free lunch! On September 19, Tristram Stuart will feed 5,000 New Yorkers a free lunch, using ingredients that would have otherwise been thrown away. Stuarts tasty meal (really!), known as “Feeding the 5000,” serves to highlight the fact that each year 1.3 billion tons, at least one-third of all food produced, is wasted. He has put on similar events in cities from London to Nairobi, including items like mango smoothies and potato curry. As a teenager growing up in England, Stuart collected more

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Victorian Mirror and Shelf.

Try decking your hails with this striking pear of period pieces. The fanciful fretwork has enough presence to provide a focal point for any entry way. And with the aid of our new pattern insert, we offer you full-sized patterns for several fretwork, design options.

Let’s Start with the Mirror.

1. From 3/4″- thick stock, rip and crosscut two frame stiles and two frame rails to rough dimensions of 1 3/4×31″ and 1 3/4×20″, respectively. (We selected Honduras mahogany.) Next, rip and crosscut two molding stiles to 1 1/8×32″ and two molding rails to 1 1/8×21″. Now, resaw last two

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Vegetarian taste

“Terroiror the ‘flavour of the land’ is of key importance to a cheesemaker. Where and what animals eat directly impacts the taste and components of the milk, affecting the cheesemaking process and consequent results.

This uplift of minerals and food from the soil is what gives us variety as well. Does where I grow in Waihi have different soil, vegetation and weather patterns than other places in New Zealand? Is the makeup of the milk from my Jersey cows different from my next door neighbour’s Friesian cows? Yes, it is. Land and breeding make a difference. It is what makes

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Use Adobe Lightroom to organise images

We explore the options for tagging, sorting and filtering your photos in this popular Adobe app

We are all guilty of snapping away at every opportunity, which can lead to hundreds or even thousands of images on our computers waiting to be sorted. It’s a laborious task at the best of times, but luckily there are software programs that can help you out.

Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom software was originally conceived to be a pure photo-management application, helping you to organise large collections of images. It has progressed massively since then, and now includes editing functions as well as multiple sharing

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Use a creative film effect on your photos

Make digital photos look like they have been processed from film with DxO Film Pack 4.

Processing your images from a roll of film used to be the only way to produce photos, and different makes of film gave your captures a different look and feel. DxO’s FilmPack 4 editing software makes it easy to recapture the quality, style, colours and grain of some of the most famous analogue films to give your digital images a classic look.

There are 38 colour and 26 black-and-white effects to choose from in the Expert edition, emulating the characteristics of films from the

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Upsizing the Mac

ADVANCED HIGH-CAPACITY STORAGE SOLUTIONS THAT EVERY MAC NEEDS

MY BOOK

THUNDER-BOLT DUO

The brand new My Book Thunderbolt Duo provides super-fast data transfer rates; and dual Thunderbolt ports to daisy chain multiple high-speed Thunderbolt peripherals without impacting performance. The large 4TB/6TB dual-drive storage system can be configured for RAID 0 or RAID 1.

MY BOOK STUDIO

Powered by a WD Caviar Green drive with up to 3TB in capacities and speedy Fire Wire 800 interface, My Book Studio is the only external hard drive any discerning Mac professional needs. It features a premium aluminum enclosure that doesn’t only look great.

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UP The Wall!

Confluence Elite shows you how to kick it up a notch with I these amazing and personalised home decor DIY’s…

There is nothing more satisfying than completing a home decor project all on your own! And Confluence Elite -The Concept Store, in a bid to encourage people to get their hands dirty, has come up with a plan to host a Do-It-Yourself event every month. The Ideal Home and Garden team had a sneak peek of this crafty initiative in July. Designer Manasi Manjrekar took us through some nifty tips and tricks on how to craft your own wall art!

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Unique landscapes.

Learn how to shoot scenery with a shallow depth of field.

The lens aperture is one of the three settings (along with shutter speed and ISO) that control exposure, as it determines how much light falls on the sensor. However, it also has an effect on the creative look of the image because it controls the depth of field too — the zone of sharpness either side of the point of focus.

The principle is quite simple: the smaller the aperture, the greater the depth of field.

While that bit is straightforward, a little confusion is caused by the way

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