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  • How to Take Great Holiday Photos

    Nov 26, 2019, 10:54 am By Shawn Blanc
    Erin Brooks is one of my favorite photographers. She is constantly capturing amazing, candid shots of her two daughters. Her iPhone photos have been featured by Apple. And she has a style to her photos that is really unique. The reason Erin has been an…
  • ✚ A Blank iPhone First Home Screen

    Nov 25, 2019, 10:02 pm By Shawn Blanc
    About a week ago I moved all the icons off my iPhone’s first Home screen. Basically I moved everything over by one screen. So the first Home screen became the second, the second became third, etc. Now, my iPhone’s first Home screen is blank. I just…
  • ✚ At a Westport Bookstore

    Nov 23, 2019, 11:20 pm By Shawn Blanc
    My wife and I recently went on a date downtown near Westport. And there is a cozy, local bookstore that I love to stop in whenever I’m nearby. We walked around for a while, perusing the new and old books that lined the shelves. I love how places like this…
  • ✚ Sneak Peek at This Week’s Project

    Nov 22, 2019, 4:33 pm By Shawn Blanc
    This week was my deadline for wrapping up the final version of a very special, very new project. And then, today, we recorded a bunch of videos for our upcoming 2020 Plan Your Year update. That’s why, unfortunately, I didn’t quite keep up with publishing…
  • Isaac Smith’s List of Books Worth Reading

    Nov 20, 2019, 11:10 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Speaking of book lists, my production manager, Isaac Smith, put together a short list of excellent historical stories over on The Focus Course blog: With the overwhelming noise we’re faced with on a daily basis, I’ve found more than ever the need for high…
  • Austin Mann on Tools and Creativity

    Nov 19, 2019, 12:00 am By Shawn Blanc
    In his fantastic review of the iPhone 11 Pro camera, Austin dropped in this nugget: We MUST understand our tools in order to successfully move through the creative process. If we don’t know about our cameras’ strengths and weaknesses and why they’re…
  • ✚ Some Good Fiction to Read (During the Holidays)

    Nov 17, 2019, 12:47 pm By Shawn Blanc
    One of my favorite things to do over the holidays is read in the corner while everyone else is doing something else. Holidays or not, it has always been difficult for me to fully enjoy my down time without getting stir crazy. I almost always need to be doing.…
  • The Secret to Enjoying a Long Winter

    Nov 16, 2019, 9:05 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Fantastic article by Jason Kottke about snow, depression, Norway, and choosing to be happy. ✚✚
  • ✚ An Unexpected Google Search Trick

    Nov 15, 2019, 11:34 pm By Shawn Blanc
    I’m not sure if it’s the changing weather, or something else, but whatever the reason may be, my personal interest in photography feels like it has been exploding over the past few months. And so, much of my free time at home has been spent reading through…
  • ✚ Review: The New Tiki Fire Pit

    Nov 14, 2019, 2:16 pm By Shawn Blanc
    A few weeks ago, a giant, heavy box arrived on my front porch. Inside was the new fire pit made by the folks at Tiki. My 3-year-old and I set it up in about 10 minutes. And when I say set it up I mean that he ran around with the fire poker while I […]
  • ✚ On Quiet, Undistracted Alone Time

    Nov 13, 2019, 8:56 am By Shawn Blanc
    A few days ago Mike Schmitz wrote our pick on The Sweet Setup for the best meditation app. I have long been a proponent and practitioner of regular, quiet, alone time — it is something that has (mostly) been part of my normal day for more than 20 years.…
  • ✚ How to Have a Recovery Day With the Apple Watch

    Nov 12, 2019, 8:00 am By Shawn Blanc
    Use the Mind and Body workout as a way to rest and recover while still be intentional about your health and fitness.
  • ✚ Golden Hour at McKenzie Pass

    Nov 11, 2019, 11:48 am By Shawn Blanc
    Earlier this summer my family spent several days in Fort Robinson, Nebraska for a huge family reunion on my wife’s side. On the second-to-last day, I woke up extra early in order to get out for some sunrise and golden hour photos at the Red Cloud Buttes…
  • ✚ The Best Way to Open a Pomegranate

    Nov 10, 2019, 10:37 am By Shawn Blanc
    It’s November, which means Pomegranate season (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere). We always have a few pomegranates on hand, and for the longest time we always processed the wrong way. I came across this video several years ago and it…