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Understanding aperture: The 3 types, when to use them, and why

Understanding aperture: The 3 types, when to use them, and why

Kate Siobhan Havercroft brings a complex photography subject to light. For more on learning about travel photography, visit MatadorU.Aperture can feel like a tricky beast at first. But once you have a sense of what it is — the idea of depth of field — it’s time to look at how to put these tools to use for your own vision with photography.

On the sticky ethics of voluntourism

On the sticky ethics of voluntourism

THE DEBATE ABOUT THE APPROPRIATENESS of voluntourism — how best to do it, where to do it, or whether it’s ethical to attempt at all — has been a very sensitive subject both with readers here at Matador and across the internet more broadly, judging from the literally millions of views and thousands of comments directed at Pippa Biddle’s recent piece on little white girls and boys volunteering in the developing world (which Matador republished earlier this week).

3 lessons in Mexican Spanish

3 lessons in Mexican Spanish

Lesson I: The polite plastic bagOne way to express friendliness or politeness in Mexican Spanish is to add diminutive suffixes to words. For instance, someone giving directions might tell you to pass the parquecito — the “little park” — even if the park isn’t little. At the cafe, someone might ask for a cafecito, or “little coffee,” even if he wants a large.

How to piss off an atheist

How to piss off an atheist

Let’s be honest: We atheists can be pretty easy to piss off. We’re known for being shrill, obnoxious, condescending, and way too willing to pick a fight.But guess what? You’ve still gotta deal with us. Our numbers increased from 1 of the American population in 2005 to 5 in 2012, and we’re growing in much of the rest of the world as well.

1 trick that will change the way you pack forever

1 trick that will change the way you pack forever

SOMEHOW I missed this the first time it went around the internet, but anyway, if you study the way this guy packs, there’s a key trick that let’s him get so much into his bag so neatly. He calls it the “clown car style of packing that my mother taught me.”Basically the trick is “nesting” the tops in alternating directions with the sleeves folded in, but then letting the tails hang out of the bag until everything’s laid in.

“Do this in memory of me”: Reflections from 3 of Rwanda’s church memorials

“Do this in memory of me”: Reflections from 3 of Rwanda’s church memorials

“I am the un-missionary…beginning each day on my knees, asking to be converted. Forgive me, Africa, according to thy multitude of mercies.”– The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver“How long have you known the Lord?” a young parishioner asks me after my first Sunday service at my host family’s church.