How to take great photos—even on your cell phone

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Taking great photos isn’t just about having a nice camera. I’m a firm believer that good photography comes from smart photographers who think creatively and know how to make the most of what they’ve got—whether they’re working with fancy DSLR or an iPhone.

On TED’s design team, where I manage TED’s Instagram account, we’re always on the lookout for beautiful, arresting images. Below are 8 non-technical, non-intimidating tips that I continue to refer to even after years of taking pictures.

  1. Keep your lens clean and your battery charged. Yes, both of these things are obvious, but they’re also very easy to forget. With my camera, I like to keep at least one extra fully-charged battery on hand, and I always keep my phone charger with me because it’s such a bummer when you want to take a photo but can’t. Phones can get especially dirty from riding around in…

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Real Reasons Young Adults Drop Out of Church

The Crusty Old Sailor Speaks

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Reposted from THE EXCHANGE

Despite all the fear driven presentations you’ve heard, not every young person is walking out of the church the moment they finish high school and never coming back.

Here’s what you need to know. The young adults who do drop out of church often lack a first-hand faith—a faith of their own—and a relationship with Christ that matters deeply in their own personal life apart from their parent’s pressure.

I’ve heard some pretty remarkable statistics about church dropouts – I’m sure you have, too. Such as: 94 percent (some say 86 percent) of evangelical youth drop out of church after high school, never to return. The problem? Those stats are urban legends. They’ve not been validated, and research has never come to that conclusion.

Let’s explore the actual statistics regarding young adult dropouts, and why they drop out.

The Truth: Some Young Adults Do Drop Out

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TEDYouth 2014, in pictures

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TEDYouth 2014 was an explosion of “Worlds Imagined.” On Saturday, November 15, New York students gathered for a day of punchy, inspiring talks that brought them to the Sahara Desert when it was a river wonderland for dinosaurs, to the surface of Mars as the Curiosity Rover makes its way up a mountain, and into the kitchen of a tiny house built by a 14-year-old. Below, photos from the event.

At the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, 550 middle and high school students came together for TEDYouth 2014. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED At the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, 550 middle and high school students came together for TEDYouth 2014. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

Paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim tells the story of how he discovered the Spinosaurus, which may have been the largest carnivorous dinosaur to ever live. Oh, and it lived in the water. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED Paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim tells the story of how he discovered Spinosaurus, which may have been the largest carnivorous dinosaur to ever live. It likely lived in the water. Read a recap of Ibrahim’s session. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

Assistant host -- and high schooler -- Evan pumps up the crowd before introducing the next TEDYouth speaker. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED Assistant host — and high schooler — Evan pumps up the crowd before introducing the next TEDYouth speaker. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

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10 Coping Skills that Will change Your Life

How to cope with depression

Learn to Accept Reality

“Reality” is what we take to be TRUE- What we take to be TRUE is what we believe- What we believe is based upon our perceptions- Whatwe perceive depends upon what we look for- What we look for depends upon what we think- What we think depends upon what we perceive- What we take to be The TRUTH.

The trouble is that all too often we cling to things we hold to be TRUE that simply Are NOT. If you will examine the statement above you will find it is circular in its reasoning.This is actually how the mind thinks things through a lot of the time. Our thoughts circle and circle until we come to what we believe to be TRUE. The trouble with this natural process is that it often produces FALSE “Truth”. Here are some exercises that will help. When we find the…

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The Process and Act of Forgiveness

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Disclaimer: I am not a theologian, nor a biblical scholar. I share these words based on my personal experience, observations, and faith.

We are all familiar with the phrase, “forgive and forget.” Depending upon the harm done, or lack thereof, the phrase may provide few challenges for us. But as the stakes increase, one or both of these words become harder to apply. For those really hard and painful situations, I have come to believe that the best we can expect to do is to affect a “process” of forgiveness that will continue throughout our lives on earth. In fact, while we might succeed in forgetting the really small stuff, the potential to forget major injustices is difficult if not impossible to achieve. I can think of some situations where forgetting would be a dangerous act that could leave us vulnerable to additional hurts.

As a Christian, forgiveness is one…

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The neglected duty of private prayer

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IMG_4982.JPGQuoting J.C Ryle on prayer…

We live in days of abounding religious profession. There are more places of public worship than there ever was before. There are more people attending them than there ever was before. And yet in spite of all this public religion, I believe there is a vast neglect of private prayer. It is one of those private transcripts between God and our souls which no eye sees, and therefore one which people are tempted to pass over and leave undone.
I believe that hundreds of thousands never utter a word of prayer at all. They eat. They drink. They sleep. They rise. They go forth to their work. They return to their homes. They breathe God’s air. They travel on God’s earth. They enjoy God’s mercies. They have dying bodies. They have judgment and eternity before them. But they never speak to God. They live like…

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Only You Can Stop You

Vincent Egoro

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In the journey towards success in life I have discovered that more often than not there are more people who will try to stop you than aid you, even from among our family and friends. And if we give in to their words and pressures, we give them the power to control our lives. So no matter what stage you are in the pursuit of your dreams, remember this; your success or failure…boils down to you, and no one else.

There are people who will discourage you if you set ambitious goals, but never you mind them because, without goals there can be no achievement. There are people who will frown upon you as you seek a better life, but keep seeking because it is essential that all of us find our true place if happiness is to be found. There are those who will laugh and ridicule you…

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