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By Joseph Linaschke | Friday, May 29, 2015

Don't Buy It—Make It! With our DIY Photography Projects

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The term “DIY,” or “do it yourself,”gets thrown around a lot—much like “homemade”does in the kitchen. But here’s the thing: If it came from an instant-mix box (just add water!), it’s not really homemade.

DIY photography is the same thing. True DIY requires some tools, ingenuity—and maybe a few Band-Aids. Building something from parts that were totally not intended for this purpose? Yeah, that’s DIY!

To satisfy that urge, we’ve created the new lynda.com series The DIY Photographer that shows you how you can fashion ordinary items—from plastic cups to hardware-store clamps to parchment paper—into accessories that will improve your lighting, stabilize your camera, and much more.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, May 29, 2015

Capture Time-Lapse Video with an eMotimo and Slider

shoot time-lapse video with an eMotimo TB3

Using a motion control device like the eMotimo TB3 to control the position of a camera will give your time lapse that much more dimensionality.

In this week’s episodes of Video Gear Weekly, Rich and Robbie show you how to set up the eMotimo TB3 and use it to capture the time-lapse shots you envision.

By Scott Fegette | Thursday, May 28, 2015

You Don't Need to Play an Instrument to Rock GarageBand

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We all hear an original melody in our heads from time to time. And it’s easy to let those fleeting moments of musical inspiration slip by if you don’t play an instrument.

But if you’ve got GarageBand installed on your iPhone or iPad, you can use its Smart Instruments to quickly sketch out songs even if you’ve never tickled an ivory, beat a snare, or fingered a single fret.

Let’s take a quick peek at the Smart Instruments one-by-one, and how you can use them to make a great song out of that tune in your head.

By David Gassner | Thursday, May 28, 2015

Android Developer News from Google I/O 2015

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The 2015 Google I/O keynote was short on gimmicks, but offered plenty of meaty new technology.

This year’s keynote opened with a game of Pong—full-conference-center, wrap-around-the-auditorium-Pong, but Pong nonetheless. It was all much lower-key than in years past, letting the technology do most of the bragging.

The keynote featured a smorgasbord of new technologies and additions/improvements to existing platforms. A stream of presenters followed each other across the stage, each talking about what was new for 2015. They covered Android, Chrome, and Chromebooks, virtual reality, 360-degree camera arrays, a stripped-down version of Android for the internet of things, and many other geeky new toys.

Here’s what’s coming to an Android device or Android developer workstation near you.

By Meredith Fineman | Thursday, May 28, 2015

The New Professionalism: What’s OK, What’s Over the Line?

is this the new professionalism?

It’s no secret that professionalism is on the decline. In fact, you could argue that in 2015, we don’t even have a solid definition of professionalism.

In its most literal sense, professionalism means “the skill, good judgment, and polite behavior expected from a person who is trained to do a job well.”

But does that definition still apply in the current office climate of beer taps and yoga mats?

We live in a new kind of job economy: a world of freelancers, entrepreneurs, and Jacks & Janes of all trades. Gone is the traditional 9-to-5—and many of the codes of conduct that went with it.

How do we know what’s “professional” in a world where you drink with your coworkers, text your boss, and wear casual clothing every day of the week?

A lot of it starts with you.

By David Blatner | Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Test Fonts Quickly in InDesign CC

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What font should you use today? With the hundreds of choices in InDesign, you might have to try two or three (or 50!) before you find exactly the right one for your layout.

But InDesign CC has a few cool features that allow you to test fonts quickly and in a more fun and interactive way.

I’ll show you how in this week’s InDesign Secrets.

By Vince Kotchian | Wednesday, May 27, 2015

2016 SAT Changes: What You Need to Know About the New Test

find out the SAT changes for 2016

The good folks at The College Board, the creators of the SAT, like to keep us on our toes—so the SAT is again getting a major facelift.

The October 2015 PSAT and the March 2016 SAT will be the first administrations of the new, “revised” SAT test.

But don’t panic. Although the test is undergoing some major changes, at its core it’s still very similar to the current SAT that we all know (and may or may not love). The good news is that almost all of the preparation you’d do for the current SAT—the kind I cover in my lynda.com course SAT Prep: Getting Started—will apply to the revised SAT, as well.

But here are the SAT changes you need to know about, so you can best prepare.

By Chris Croft | Tuesday, May 26, 2015

5 Ways to Know If You'd Make a Great Project Manager

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Project management is a transferrable skill. If you can manage one project, you can manage any project, because they all have the same underlying structure:

  • Make sure everyone agrees on what the project is
  • Estimate times and costs for the tasks are involved
  • Create your Gantt chart
  • Assess risks
  • Monitor progress and costs
  • Have a review at the end

It’s often well paid, always in demand, and never dull. And you get closure when projects end. What’s not to like?

Well … there’s stress. Often you’re not the line manager of the people on your project; you’re just borrowing them for the duration of the project. Then there are usually suppliers and subcontractors involved, and frequently there’s a customer who wants an impossible combination of great quality, short delivery time, and low price.

If you deliver everything, people will think it was easy. And if you don’t, then it will be considered your fault!

So what type of person makes a good project manager—and are you that type?

Project managers need to have the following five qualities. If you have them all, you should certainly consider a career in this area:

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