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By Scott Fegette | Saturday, December 13, 2014

Celebrate 12 Days of Learning — with Free Online Courses

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Stuck indoors? Need a break from holiday revelry? Join us at lynda.com, where we’re celebrating 12 Days of Learning by offering 12 free online courses over the next 12 days.

Join us each day and learn something new as we unlock a free course in each of the following topic areas.

By Toni Saddler-French | Monday, December 22, 2014

Manage Your Projects with the SharePoint Issue Tracking App

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Is it hard for your team to stay on top of issues? When it comes to helpdesk snafus, customer service glitches, or hitches with the new website, do you need to keep track of who’s working on which project, what’s been done so far, and whether the project is still hanging open?

You might consider using the SharePoint Issue Tracking app. It can help you define and categorize issues, and wrangle them into a manageable heap with a systematic approach.

By Joseph Linaschke | Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Stunning View of Autumn — Using the Glow Plugin

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I live in Southern Oregon, where we get these things called seasons. Not every place in the world gets them, but we’re lucky enough that we do. Fall just ended and boy, was it pretty.

The colors here are so vibrant that it’s not hard to make a beautiful image—which means if you want your photo to stand out from the others, you really have to work at it!

Outside of obvious things like shooting in the best light, getting a great composition, and nailing the exposure, there’s a lot you can do to a photo in the computer.

But it’s also easy to go way over the top, resulting in an image that just looks fake. There’s a very fine balance—and this article shows how that balance was achieved for the image above.

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, December 20, 2014

Video Gear Weekly: Working with a Wireless Mic

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Cut down on wire clutter by going wireless. 

Wireless microphones are essential to your audio kit. From presentations to narrative films, you can use them in any production to give your talent mobility.

But are they the best audio option for your production? This week on Video Gear Weekly, guest host Cheryl Ottenritter and I will walk you through how to work with a wireless mic.

By Rick Allen Lippert | Saturday, December 20, 2014

Video Conference Lighting Tips You Can Do at Home

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If you watch TV news, then you’ve seen interviews conducted over the Internet. Almost without fail, the people in those interviews look terrible.

They rely on either the overhead light in the room or they sit with their backs against a window—or both.

Whether it’s your 15 minutes of fame, an important job interview, or just chatting online with friends or relatives, there are a few simple things you can do to get great video conference lighting at home. The best part: You can do it with just one or two lamps.

By Derrick Story | Friday, December 19, 2014

Drool-Worthy Gifts for Lucky Photographers

The quadcopter: a great gift for photographers

What if you weren’t bound by budget when shopping for your favorite photographer?

If a sudden windfall has blessed your bank account, or you have a new credit card in need of a proper maiden voyage, there’s no shortage of extravagant gifts for photographers with terrific taste.

Or just maybe, you’ll want to add these to your own holiday wish list—and send it to a generous aunt.

Hey—it’s fun to dream.

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Thursday, December 18, 2014

WordPress 4.1: A Crucial Update to End the Year

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What better way to cap off the year than with a new version of everyone’s favourite web publishing application? WordPress 4.1, code-named “Dinah” (after the legendary jazz vocalist Dinah Washington), is now live and ready for your WordPress-powered sites. WordPress 4.1 ships complete with both feature updates and a sparkling new theme—and I’ve got the skinny on what you’ll get when you click the Update Now button.

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

Tired of Lorem Ipsum? Here's More Fun Placeholder Text

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Most designers have to work with placeholder text. As useful as it is for experimenting with formatting and generating word counts for writers, the default Lorem Ipsum gets pretty dull after a while.

I have a few interesting variations to offer.

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