camera 101: use natural light

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smart follow: inspiration

Missing that spark lately? These social media accounts can help you get it back.


Tips & Tools

smart follow: For Outdoorsy Types

If you like to hike, bike, surf or just stare at beautiful and natural spots, then check out on these five social media accounts.

On Twitter
@ChrisBurkard: You might get a little jealous when you follow the Twitter account of this 24-year-old Surfer magazine staff photographer, but you’ll get to check out big swells around the globe.

@thegearjunkie: Whether you want to know what to wear for a 120-mile mountain race or just stay updated on the coolest new trail shoes, the Twitter feed of Stephen Regenold, the founder of GearJunkie.com is full of informed opinions.

On Pinterest:
@advcyclingassoc: Bike enthusiasts will like the pins from the Adventure Cycling Association that cover dream places to ride, fashionable pedalers and some helpful how-to lists.

On Instagram:
@usinterior: The instagram account of the U.S. Department of the Interior is filled with images from national parks across the country and tips for backpackers and hikers.

@gretchenbleiler: Professional snowboarder and Aspen resident, Gretchen Bleiler, constantly post pictures of the gorgeous Colorado mountains, forests and lakes that surround her.