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By Nick Brazzi | Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Get Set Up with Apple Pay and Instant Hotspot. We'll Help!

Apple Pay is easy to use

Apple Pay and Instant Hotspot are finally here—and they’re pretty great.

We’ve all been anxiously anticipating the release of Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment system, and with yesterday’s release of iOS 8.1, it has arrived. I did some shopping with it and want share my insights on how to get it running.

I’m happy to report that it’s very easy to use, as advertised. It takes a little bit of set up—and you do have to make a quick phone call to your bank to verify each of your credit cards for Apple Pay. But once it’s going, you can complete a transaction very quickly.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween Transformation: Turn a Photo Subject into an Elf

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Halloween is almost here. Don’t have a costume? Outfit yourself in post—with this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques.

Deke shows how to turn a normal teenage boy into a dark elf—an effect you can re-create with any of your own photographs. The trick (or treat) of this technique lies in Photoshop’s Liquify feature, which can be applied as a nondestructive Smart Filter in Photoshop CC.

By Richard Harrington | Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Developing GoPro Time Lapse with GoPro Studio

Developing GoPro Time-lapses with GoPro Studio

Ready to put together your GoPro time lapse? Try GoPro’s free non-linear editor, GoPro Studio.

Not only can you stitch your time lapse together, but you can stylize it to the look you want.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I will walk you through using GoPro Studio to create an amazing time lapse.

By Joseph Linaschke | Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Build a DIY Camera Stabilizer — for Under $4

Build a DIY camera stabilizer like this one

Ever find yourself needing to stabilize your camera but don’t have a tripod with you … and can’t find anywhere to rest the camera … and really just need to stay solid for that long exposure?

I’m going to show you how I built a pocket-sized DIY camera stabilizer — for less than $4 — that will work anywhere, at any time, on any camera with a tripod socket.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, October 20, 2014

Use Google Sheets to Make Templates

Make templates with Google Sheets

This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’m going to show you how you can make your own templates out of Google Sheets—Google’s version of a spreadsheet.

You can find Google Sheets by accessing Google Drive.

Why would you want to do make templates out of them? The best example is for a time sheet or expense report.

By Jeff Toister | Monday, October 20, 2014

Is Your Job Giving You ADD? Avoid the Perils of Multitasking

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Many of today’s jobs are built around multitasking.

Take call center representatives for example. According to ICMI, the average call center agent uses five software programs to serve customers. They spend their day constantly focusing and refocusing their attention from one screen to the next.

When we try to do too many things at once, productivity declines, quality suffers, and stress levels rise.

Did you know that chronic multitasking — at work or anywhere else — can lead to a disorder whose symptoms are nearly identical to attention deficit disorder or ADD?

Here’s how to keep this from happening to you—and how to recover if it already has:

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, October 19, 2014

This Photographer Needed an App — So He Built One

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Mike Wong didn’t want to build an app. He really didn’t. All he wanted was to take awesome long-exposure photos.

But he could never figure out what shutter speed to use for those trial-and-error pictures.

“I thought, ‘There’s got to be a better way than having 50 shots that didn’t work for every one that did,’” says the hobby photographer.

There ought to be an app for that, he thought, as so many of us do these days.

And then—much to his own shock—he built one.

By Konrad Eek | Saturday, October 18, 2014

5 Tips for Hanging Pictures on Your Walls

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I’ve worked with several people over the years who have wonderful art sitting in their closets because they aren’t sure how to go about hanging it on the wall.

It’s not just about the hanging hardware; they have lots of questions about where it should go, how high it should be, and how it should be grouped.

So here are five tips for hanging pictures on the wall in an eye-pleasing way.

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