camera 101: use natural light

A shot is as great as its lighting. Find a setting with multiple light sources—a bright light near the camera; a filling, ambient light that softens shadows; and a back light behind the subject that adds depth. Windows on sunny days often act as perfect on-the-go key and fill lights. Just turn on a lamp behind your subject for depth.


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Tips & Tools

tech tip: build a better password

Some creative (and secure) suggestions for your next password.
This time, instead of a password, consider a passphrase. Passphrases can use the first letters of a series of words, adding numbers and special characters. Experts recommend them, as they’re harder to guess and not found in any dictionary.

Instead of your child’s birthday… Create a phrase for your child’s first words. “Her first word was banana” could become “H1stwwb” by using the first letter in each word of the phrase and replacing “first” with “1st.”

Instead of just your dog’s name… Alter it and add some seemingly unrelated words and numbers. If he loves to sit beneath the trees in your yard, count them and add them to the phrase. In this way, the simple “Max” could become “m@x+6Maple.”

Instead of 1234… Put a unique spin on a classic. Avoid this simple four-digit code, as it’s one of the most popular—and hackable. But you can make it safer, adding words and special characters to give it length. A phrase like “pw@One2three4” is stronger and might be just as easy to remember.