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By Richard Harrington | Friday, September 19, 2014

Choosing a Pair of Professional Headphones

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Headphones are a must-have piece of equipment on set, on stage, and in the studio. They come in different shapes and sizes for a variety of uses.

In this week’s Video Gear Weekly episode, Robbie and guest host Cheryl Ottenritter walk you through the different types of headphones and when it’s best to use them.

By Derrick Story | Friday, September 19, 2014

Manual Flash in the Digital Age

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Most seasoned photographers have an old flash or two stashed in the closet. And they probably work just fine.

It wasn’t because they didn’t work that we put those earlier generation strobes to pasture; it’s just that many of us went through a phase thinking that we needed the latest TTL capability to make good pictures.

We were wrong.

The irony is that the digital age has made manual flash viable again, and in some instances, even preferable. Here’s how I’m putting my old guns back to work.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, September 18, 2014

Convert Local Formatting to Character Styles in InDesign

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One of the most common problems designers find in InDesign layouts they receive is inconsistent text styling.

For every type of formatting in your documents, there should be a corresponding paragraph or character styles. Unfortunately, many times editors will simply override the style and apply italics, emphasis, or some other formatting locally. But when you open the Character Styles panel, those little “Override” pluses are the last thing you want to see.

Luckily, there are two ways to find and fix local formatting—even in an extremely long document—in InDesign.

By Nick Brazzi | Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bid Adieu to U2? How to Remove Music from Your iTunes Library

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At the recent iOS 8/iPhone 6 launch event, Apple surprised iTunes users with a gift: The new U2 album “Songs of Innocence” is available for free to all iTunes users.

To make things even easier, this new album automatically shows up in your iTunes account as something you’ve already purchased—though you haven’t. So now any iTunes user can listen to or download the album as if they had purchased it in the iTunes store.

For me, this is great. I love U2! New U2 record for free? Yes, please.

But not everybody shares my opinion. It turns out lot of people don’t want the record. A music collection is a very personal thing and some folks don’t want music that they didn’t hand-select to show up in their music library.

So how do you remove the U2 album — or anything else — from your library?

By Jeff Carlson | Thursday, September 18, 2014

Editing Old Photo Files? Update to Latest Raw Process

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You captured some photos in raw format, maybe edited a few on your computer, and moved onto the next photo adventure.

But then, years later, you run across one you’d like to edit a bit more and are faced with something new—a badge or alert in your software like this one:

A warning badge in Adobe Camera Raw

A warning badge in Adobe Camera Raw

Did something corrupt the image? No, that badge indicates the photo can be updated to a newer raw process. Here’s how:

By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How to Make a Smooth Update to iOS 8

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iOS 8, Apple’s most recent mobile operating system upgrade, just hit the streets today and you may find yourself itching to get started.

Whether you’re upgrading your old iPhone or iPad, or getting a new iPhone 6 this week, your update to iOS 8 will go much more smoothly if you take a moment to prepare your current device first.

By Mark Niemann-Ross | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Code Clinic: Learn Code with the 'Eight Queens' Problem

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Every rock star knows a few Chuck Berry guitar licks. Every jazz musician studies the works of Miles Davis. Every classical pianist can play at least one Bach concerto. Eventually, every musician realizes that learning a musical instrument requires studying the masters.

Learning to code is no different. Dissecting well-known pieces of code is a great way to learn time-saving techniques. But many coders simply don’t know what these masterpieces are, or why it’s important to re-code classic problems that have already been solved.

Now, in addition to the wealth of lynda.com programming courses geared towards all levels of experience, we’re diving into computational thinking with our unique Code Clinic courses.

Code Clinic is six courses, each with a different lynda.com author solving a different real-world problem. And each author uses a different programming language to do it.

This month, we’ll examine one of coding’s masterpieces: The Eight Queens Problem.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How to Quit Your Job Successfully

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People quit their jobs for lots of different reasons—and it’s often perceived as a difficult or negative event.

But what if I told you it could be a very positive and productive part of your career?

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