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By Starshine Roshell | Thursday, March 26, 2015

Our Programming Pro Peggy Fisher Mentors Women Coders

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Peggy Fisher doesn’t mind being a woman in a male-dominated profession. It didn’t bother her as an undergrad studying computer science 35 years ago. It didn’t even bother her as the only woman in a class of 100 volunteer firefighters in Ambler, Pennsylvania.

“It didn’t matter,” she says. “I was there to learn.”

What does bother Peggy—whose lynda.com courses cover Java, C++, and Arduino—is that girls and women aren’t taking full advantage of the wide-open professional possibilities in STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and math. As one of the few female programming teachers at Penn State, she mentors incoming freshmen towards careers as women coders.

Find out how female programming students may be better than their male peers, according to Peggy—and why her job includes manicures (yep, you heard me).

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, March 22, 2015

Retired Nurse Loves Photography Again—Thanks to lynda.com

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Joyce Wells loves to learn. She earned as associate’s degree in her 20s, a bachelor’s degree in her 40s, and a master’s in nursing at age 60.

But there was one thing she didn’t care to learn: digital photography.

“I’ve been interested in photography for 35 years,” says Joyce, a former Cub Scout leader who taught her scouts photography. “But around 2000, I got so disgusted because everything was going digital. I like the darkroom. I like my black and whites. I just thought, this is fake photography.

“I put away my cameras and didn’t pick them up for four or five years.”

It was her grown son who changed her mind:

“He said, ‘Mom, your darkroom is just … inside your camera.’ So I went and got a digital camera.”

Actually, she got two—and a membership to lynda.com. Now she loves her Nikons, uses Photoshop, and takes photography trips with her son and friends from Panama to Nova Scotia.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, March 08, 2015

She Traded the Midwest for a Tropical Island — with lynda.com

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How does a Minnesota girl wind up living “on a rock” in the Caribbean?

With help from lynda.com, of course.

“I was doing the corporate thing in Minneapolis,” says Ashley Ladlie, “and I got bit by the ‘tropical-crazy’ bug.”

Now she lives in an indoor/outdoor bungalow surrounded by orchids on St. John in the Virgin Islands and supports her beachside lifestyle by doing freelance web design.

“People say I’m lucky but it really has nothing to do with luck,” she says. “Anybody has the opportunity to do what I did.”

Here’s how she made it work.

By Starshine Roshell | Friday, March 06, 2015

Mixing It Up: From AutoTune to Zumba with Brian Lee White

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A music producer based in California’s Bay Area, Brian Lee White does sound design for film, TV, and games—including Halo.

He’s taught more than a dozen courses at lynda.com, from the beginner-level Up and Running with Autotune 8 to the intermediate Producing Music for Advertisements to the advanced Mixing a Rock Song in Pro Tools.

By Starshine Roshell | Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Meet lynda.com Video Authors at Post Production World

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Meet your favorite lynda.com Video authors in person in April at Post Production World, the world’s leading training event for editors, producers, directors, graphic artists, motion graphics designers, and new media specialists.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, February 22, 2015

3 Cheers for the Mixology App — Stirred up by a lynda.com Member

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Matt Hillebrand had almost everything he needed to create a killer cocktail recipe app.

First, he knew a thing or two about cocktails.

“I’ve been a big fan since college,” says the 37-year-old Seattle resident.

Second, he knew how to build a phone app.

“My dad got me into computers and mobile technology from childhood,” he says. “I’d been working on mobile phone apps even before the iPhone came out.”

But what he didn’t know was how to take great pictures. So he signed up for lynda.com, taught himself photography, and shot the hundreds of stunning images that illustrate his popular Mixology app —which Time Magazine called one of the 50 best iPhone apps.

By Starshine Roshell | Thursday, February 19, 2015

What's the Coolest Thing You Ever Made with Photoshop?

For two decades, Photoshop has been an essential part of lynda.com training.

To celebrate the tool’s 25th anniversary, we’ve created lots of brand new Photoshop tutorials and documentaries for you. Visit our Photoshop tribute page for tons of new tricks and artist interviews.

But first—we asked our Photography and Design authors, “What’s the coolest thing you ever made with Photoshop?

Here’s what they showed us.

By Starshine Roshell | Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Author Spotlight: The Multi-Dimensional George Maestri

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The author of our brand new course Getting Started in 3D and Animation, George Maestri has been using 3D and animation tools for more than 20 years—starting with pencil and paper and learning the software as it developed.

He rides bikes, plays music, and … um, takes welding classes in his free time, but his professional life has led him to writing, directing, and producing gigs on projects from Rocko’s Modern Life to South Park.

“Each job taught me more about the process, and I got to invent new ways of doing things,” he says. “Everything was evolving so quickly, you always had to invent and learn.”

Find out why 3D and animation are important skills for anyone working in creative fields today—and how a lynda.com course once saved his hide!

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