After 45 years, you’d think there is no picture of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing that hasn’t been seen a thousand times—but you’d be wrong. Like all travelers, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins shot a whole lot of frames, and not all of them were keepers. NASA did keep every one of them, of course. Here a few of that are rarely published—mixed with some of the iconic ones that capture best just how extraordinary that long-ago mission was.
For the 45th Anniversary of the moon landing, TIME searched through NASA's archives for these rarely seen images
Over the years, your photo collection will swell to the tens of thousands, you’ll migrate from one computer to another, you’ll go through several different cameras and industry formats will change.
Fortunately, organizing your digital photos has become easier and easier, thanks to new automation tools. But you still need to pitch in.
Follow these tips to keep track of your memories through all the changes.
1) Set your camera to the correct date and time
This simple step will permanently tag every photo with the correct date, allowing you to search and sort chronologically for all posterity. And if you often import other people’s photos to your own library, make sure their cameras are set correctly too!
2) Delete the junkers as soon as you take them
Fight the instinct that says every photo is precious, because in reality, bad photos are just clutter, making it harder to find the good ones. Delete them from the camera. Over your lifetime, you will thank yourself for keeping the collection manageable.
3) Know where your photos go
Put all your pictures in the same folder, such as your PC’s existing “Pictures” folder. One universal folder means that photos will be easy to back up and move to a new PC for years to come. Override any attempts by your camera’s software to store them in a proprietary folder on your drive.
4) Use a sub-foldering system
Within your “Pictures” folder, organize your photos into sub-folders that will make sense over the long-term. A common method is by year – 2010, 2011, etc., and inside those, more sub-folders by month, topic (Little League) and event (vacation). Or, rely on tags instead for organizing by that sub-level of detail, as explained below.
5) Back up your photos
Make sure your photos are stored in at least two locations, such as your own PC and an external drive. External drives are relatively inexpensive now. For added safety in case of fire or theft, also store photos at a reputable online photo site, such as Shutterfly, SmugMug, or Flickr, or an online backup service, such as Dropbox or Carbonite.
6) Give star ratings to your best photos
Each time you import photos from your camera, give star ratings to the best photos in each batch. Most image management packages use a five-star system. These let you quickly find your best photos in the future.
7) Use image management software to tag and find photos
Excellent image management software is downloadable for free, such as Google’s Picasa or Microsoft’s Windows Live Photo Gallery; Apple’s iPhoto comes pre-installed on Macs. These help you navigate your collection easily. You can further hone your searching with “tags,” which are keywords you apply in the software to photos, such as “Summer Vacation.” Most tags will stay with the image and remain searchable, regardless of which brand of software you’re using, thanks to emerging industry standards. Image management software is your gateway to helpful tools like face recognition, geo-tagging and more.
8) Make use of people tags
Facial recognition is a breakthrough technology included free with the image management software mentioned. It uses advanced intelligence to find faces in photos and guess who the people are—an incredible time saver. No need to manually tag every person in all your photos, and searching your archive to find someone’s photo is now a snap.
9) Print an annual photo book
Search on your star ratings to instantly call up your best shots of the year, and choose a service such as Blurb, Shutterfly, or Snapfish to print them in an annual photo book. Regardless of what happens to digital standards over the decades, the printed photo book will always be viewable by anyone, anytime.
10) Form good habits
Just like brushing your teeth or doing the laundry on a schedule, photos require basic maintenance habits. Getting in the habit means having access to all your photos in the coming years.
This article was written by Kristy Holch and originally appeared on Techlicious.
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The World Cup isn’t just about soccer or athleticism — it’s about bringing people together and taking pride in one’s country and culture, right? To emphasize that part of the event, artist George Zisiadis decided to focus on one key part of culture: food.
He chose one popular dish from several different nations — mussels and fries for Belgium, acarajé for Brazil, and so on — and then combined them.
“Rather than focus on its adversarial nature, I wanted to playfully re-imagine the World Cup and celebrate how it brings cultures together,” Zisiadis told Mashable. “Just like futbol, food also represents nationalities and brings people together.”
Head over to Zisiadis’s website to see more World Cup food pairings.
Smartphone cameras are great, but if you want to change lens or shoot underwater you're out of luck. Need a camera that can do more? Try one of these unique models.
Samsung NX Mini
This $500 camera pairs a removable nine- to 27-millimeter zoom lens with a pocket-size camera. The ability to swap lenses lets you shoot everything from landscapes to close-ups, says Les Shu, Digital Trends photography editor.
- The Details: Try any Samsung NX lens with this 20-megapixel camera. You can use the built-in editing software to tweak your images right on the Samsung’s three-inch touchscreen, then send the photos via Wi-Fi to any smart device.
- The Specs: 6.9 ounces, 4.4″x 2.4″x 0.9″
Freeze, submerge, or drop the $200 Olympus. It can take it.
- The Details: The camera’s wide-angle lens is ideal for landscapes and has novice-friendly features like face detection and redeye reduction. Want a selfie? Just rotate the LCD screen 180 degrees. Plus, the rugged Olympus, waterproof to 33 feet, can go where other cameras can’t, says Tony Northrup, author of Stunning Digital Photography.
- The Specs: 7.7 ounces, 4.3″ x 2.5″ x 1.1″
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-QX100
The $450 Sony turns your cellphone into a DSLR-quality camera.
- The Details: This device attaches to your phone, transforming your touchscreen into a viewfinder. Shoot a photo and it appears on your phone, where you can save and share it. The Sony has no flash but produces good low-light images. And even when you blow your photo up into a large print, “it will look sharp and won’t be grainy,” says Northrup.
- The Specs: 6.3 ounces, 2.5″ x 2.5″ x 2.1″
NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover will complete its first Martian year on June 24th. The rover took a ‘selfie’ to commemorate its 687-day stay on the Red Planet — Earth days, that is.
Curiosity made some groundbreaking findings in its first “year” on the planet. In Aug. 2012, Curiosity succeeded in its main mission, to determine if Mars ever harbored the environment to support microbial life. The Curiosity rover drilled into the Martian Gale Crater, in the Yellowknife region, finding a former lakebed containing what NASA called “essential elemental ingredients for life.”
This spring, the rover spent its time collecting sandstone samples in Windjana, an area south west of the original Bradbury Landing site. The rover will continue moving south west towards Mount Sharp, its final destination.
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French photographer JR takes his street art to one of the world’s most historic monuments
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Had it not been for France’s violent riots of 2005, JR would be just another street artist making his passing mark on rooftops, pathways and tunnels. Instead the 31-year-old Parisian, who is known only by his initials, is an internationally recognized photographer and the first to see his work go up on the walls of one of his hometown’s most historic monuments, the Pantheon.
JR’s rise from the streets began in 2004, when he photographed the mostly immigrant and minority residents of Les Bosquets, a rough neighborhood in the suburban town of Clichy-sous-Bois, a few miles outside Paris. By pasting their portraits on the sides of the derelict buildings they inhabited, JR–himself of Tunisian and Eastern European descent–sought to allow his subjects to claim their homes, symbolically if not in reality.
Are they more beautiful?
There’s a biological assumption that symmetrical faces are intrinsically more beautiful than ones with uneven features. Artist Alex John Beck decided to explore—and dispel—that myth.
Both Sides Of is a photography project that juxtaposes side-by-side portraits of models whose faces have been photoshopped to be mirror images of the left and right sides of their faces. The result was somewhat eerie.
“I think they lack character— beauty is more based on character than an arbitrary data point,” Beck says. “Humanity is messy and should remain as such. I, for one, am not a fan of center-parting, for example. And even the greatest tennis players favor one arm.”
While Beck illustrated the mirroring of the left side of the face in the photo on the left side, and the mirroring of the right side of the middle axis on the right, he wasn’t compelled to show the original photo. “I just didn’t want people referring back and forth from the original the whole time,” he says. “After all, the original is just a boring portrait.”
Although if desperate, there is a trick: “If you want to see the real face, you can just print it out and fold the paper.”
Since Beck works with models, some portraits showed very little change when it switched from left to right-sided symmetry.
But there were some distinct differences that surprised Beck.
“You can just see that the competent character that we made for the right side of the face is a little more present than the one on their left side,” Beck says. “You can see it in the intensity of their vision.”
Beck used the photo above as an example. “[He] looks completely identical, but the left eye confident is just a little more vacant, and there’s something very, very strange about that,” Beck says. “One side is completely present and alert and getting ready and interested, and the other side is half asleep.”
Some portraits turned out better than others.
“After a few rounds of portraits I was introduced to several people who had suffered slight or severe disfigurements resulting in facial asymmetry,” Beck says.
“In the specific case of the cross-eyed man, he is a dear friend and has generously been the subject of several experiments over the years,” Beck says. “I’ve sworn to him that the next one will be more flattering. It won’t.”
Beck’s models had a wide range of reaction to the portraits, from fascination to horror. “One person I had to take down,” he says.
But Beck understands the trepidation to accept the unexplored characteristics of your face.
“Someone asked if I ever did one of myself, and I answered ‘Yes,’” he says. “Is it out there? No. I’m not going to show it, and I don’t want to think about it. It’s depressing to even remember it.”
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