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This week, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York put 400,000 high-resolution images from its collection up for download. To give you a taste, we decided to show off a few of our favourite wallpaper-friendly pictures for your desktop.
Good design isn’t the kind of thing that’s taught as a core class in most educational systems. However, knowing just a bit about how design works can help you in many jobs. This video gives even beginners the kickstart they need.
Sometimes simple is the best way to go. While a lot of our featured desktops offer attractive wallpapers and well-placed skins, this one takes a simple motif and runs with it. It only displays the most basic information, and that’s all DeviantArt user sharmander3 needs. here’s how it’s all set up.
Dear Lifehacker, I am a keen photographer but have no actual training. All my photos are taken on my iPhone 5, and I’m generally happy with them, outside of extreme close-ups. I often see competitions which have quite strict criteria for the quality of images submitted. Can phone cameras actually take decent photos? Is it possible to tell if they’re any good on the device itself, or do you need them How can you tell the quality of a photo without a program like photoshop. And does editing the photo with filters reduce the quality?
When it comes to generating ridiculous amounts of traffic, nothing much beats hitting the front page of Reddit. Whether you’re promoting a blog post, software or in this case, a photograph, Reddit is your best chance of spreading the word. There are some caveats, of course, particularly when images are involved, as photographer Kris J B recently (and unfortunately) learned the hard way.
We highlight a number of free online courses in our Lifehacker U series, and MIT has a one on documentary photography and photojournalism that is worth checking out. It’s open to the public, and it will teach you new photography skills and help you improve on old ones.