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By David Rivers | Sunday, August 31, 2014

Students! 3 Time-Management Tips for Staying on Track

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There’s a motto I value and it can really help students who are in the midst of another school year: “Manage your work; don’t let it manage you.”

Of course, this is much easier said than done. That’s why I’d like to share these time-management tips to help students stay in control, reduce stress levels, and enjoy a happier school year!

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, August 31, 2014

Learned It and Earned It: Tripled his Income with lynda.com

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Three years ago, David Sumler was driving a car without a hood on it.

“Some lady ran a stop sign and hit me, and I didn’t have the money to fix the car, so I drove it without a hood,” he says. “I’d park as far back as I could in parking lots when meeting friends, so they didn’t see it.”

But that wasn’t the worst of it.

“I was buried in debt,” says David, 32. “I could barely keep up with my bills and I couldn’t buy nice things for my kids or my fiancée. I had no health insurance so I just never went to the doctor. If one disaster had happened, I would have been on the streets—and I came very close a few times.”

Then opportunity knocked.

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, August 30, 2014

Shooting Video with Ultra Fast Prime Lenses

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In an interview or close up shot, setting a soft background with bokeh is a really popular look.

Ultra fast prime lenses allow you to work with more of a set’s natural light to help you create that soft look, while keeping the focus area crisp and sharp.

This week on Video Gear weekly, Rich and I shed light on why a fast prime lens should be in your camera bag.

By Kristin Ellison | Saturday, August 30, 2014

Drawing Challenge in Action: Day 20

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Our Design content manager Kristin Ellison takes on our 21-Day Drawing Challenge and lets you see the daily results.

Today Von challenged us to go out into the world and draw what we saw for two hours.

By Derrick Story | Saturday, August 30, 2014

Photography Hacks: Make an LCD Shade, Battery Protector, and Lighting Field Kit

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Problem solving is an important part of photography. Most of us have had to overcome contrasty light to capture a pleasing portrait, or work around intrusive power lines that mar an otherwise beautiful landscape.

But devising creative solutions isn’t limited to working behind the lens.

How, for example, can we compose a shot on an LCD with intense sunlight overhead causing glare on our screen? Or what’s a safe and convenient way to transport our spare batteries?

Instead of spending time and money shopping for accessories that may or may not work, why not create the solutions ourselves? After all, we’re photographers. We solve problems.

By Aaron Quigley | Friday, August 29, 2014

Texting in Class? Go Right Ahead

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It’s back-to-school time, and that means shopping for paper, pencils, a ruler, and the various other tools of academia.

One surprising item popping up on school lists around the nation is an Internet-ready mobile device, such as an iPhone or iPad. Classrooms as young as kindergarten are working mobile applications into their curricula, hoping the technology can aid instructional pedagogy and increase student engagement and achievement. At the same time, these devices are helping teach students technical skills that translate to their future careers.

By David Gassner | Friday, August 29, 2014

Configure ADT for Android Development with Eclipse

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I was recently asked about how to set up a local Android development environment correctly, and it was such a good question that I wanted to share the answer with everyone.

Q: I’m learning how to create Android apps. In Eclipse with Android Developer Tools, when I create a new app I get a null pointer exception right away. I’ve also noticed that the new project’s “src” folder, where my Java source files should be located, is empty. What did I do wrong?

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, August 29, 2014

Pixel Playground: Create a Billboard in Photoshop

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This week in Pixel Playground, Bert walks us through the process of turning the lynda.com logo into a billboard sitting on the Capitol steps.

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