I’ve been house hunting on real estate sites for a few years. After perusing thousands of photos, I’ve become a house detective of sorts; a Sherlock Holmes of homes if you will. And I’ve learned to spot six seemingly minor (weird, actually) details that could generate major problems.

  1. The Floor…


Use contrast, exposure, highlights, etc. with intention. And learn the difference between an alpaca and a llama.

All photo editing programs have basic tools like contrast, brightness, exposure, etc. But if you’re like me, you don’t really know how to use them. …


Plan your shots with these compositional tools in mind, and watch your pics go from snapshots to photographs worthy of social media.

When I first started snapping pictures, I didn’t understand composition. Years later, I discovered that my photos could be vastly improved by using the rule of thirds, diagonal, triangle, golden ratio, and golden spiral grid guides in Photoshop’s crop tool (shown below).


When children wrote to author EB White asking if his stories were true, he said they were not, but that, “Real life is only one kind of life. There is also the life of the imagination.”

Sometimes the two commingle: a riverside estate is reimagined as a pirate ship, a…


The Mackenzie Poltergeist is the most well-documented paranormal phenomenon in the world.

Hundreds of people have reported being attacked by ghosts at Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh, Scotland. The most sinister of these specters is Sir George MacKenzie, a 17th-century Scottish lawyer and legal writer. …


Do you believe in ghosts? More than 4 in 10 Americans do. But what exactly is a ghost? They’re not all Casper, Slimer, or Moaning Myrtle. According to ghost experts, apparitions vary widely and can be classified into the following groups:

Residual Haunting Ghosts

A residual haunting ghost is an entity created by…


(De)compositions wants nonfiction published/unpublished stories about cemeteries, ghosts, the paranormal, supernatural, and all things spooky. No fiction or true crime stories involving people or animals, please. Think Halloween, the holiday, not Halloween the movie. Email us with a link to your story at decompositionspub@gmail.com.


The oldest existing photos of (mostly)living animals.

In 2015 there were about 6.5 billion cat pictures online. But cat photos are nothing new. We have been photographing our cats, dogs, chickens, and other animals since the introduction of the camera in 1839.

As any pet lover with a camera knows…


Hint: She eats tuna casserole from your plate without permission — or a fork.

You prefer to think of your cat as your somewhat aloof best friend. She seems to like (or, at least, tolerate) you, too. No need to sleep with one eye open. Right? …


The U.S. has more than 144,000 graveyards — far too many for any tombstone tourist to explore in a lifetime. But here are 7 cemeteries that are of grave importance (sorry), and should definitely be on your bucket list:

1. Calvary Cemetery — Queens, New York

The first body laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery was that…

Chelle Chevelle

Not Chevy Chase. BA in Theatre from ASU. Film and photography enthusiast. See her photos at flickr.com/photos/womansworkproductionco/

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