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By Jeff Carlson | Saturday, July 25, 2015

TripMode: Don't Blow Through Your Allotted Data While Traveling


When packing for modern summer travel, be sure to throw in the Internet. I have decent broadband access at home, and I forget that’s not the case everywhere else.

I learned this lesson the hard way on my last trip—although not in the way you might expect:

I made sure I had an alternate method of getting online, but in the process, I burned through my data allocation—twice in two days.

Here’s how it happened, and how to use TripMode to make sure it doesn’t happen to you:

By Derrick Story | Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Use Dropbox Carousel to Share Your Travel Photos

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One of the joys of vacation travel is leaving behind the laptop bag and all the responsibilities that come with it. Exploring new places with just a smartphone in our pockets helps us totally immerse in our adventures.

It’s also fun to share these experiences with friends and family back home. Carousel, a companion app for Dropbox, lets us do exactly that—and allows everyone to leave comments so members of shared albums can have conversations right there within the cozy confines of the Carousel app for iOS or Android.

I’ve set up one of these albums for my family, and I’m going to show you how the Dropbox Carousel works on your smartphone or tablet.

By Steve Simon | Friday, July 17, 2015

A Story in Pictures: Coney Island

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See the colorful rides, food, characters, and summer scenes of Coney Island as award-winning documentary photographer Steve Simon shares the lessons learned from his recent photo shoot there.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Monday, July 06, 2015

Know Your Rights: Two Current Trends in Copyright Law

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Copyright law has been around since the 15th Century. Since then, it has been changed many times and in many ways and it still is evolving.

Two current trends in copyright law may affect your future rights.

By Jim Heid | Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Fire Away: Bright Ideas for 4th of July Photos

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This is the time of year when every website in the U.S. runs an article on how to photograph fireworks.

I’m happy to say that this not one of those articles.

But it is an article about photographing Fourth-of-July festivities—not just fireworks (although I’ll get to them), but also the festivities that precede them: food, family, friends, and summery community fun.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Monday, June 01, 2015

Where to Find Free Photos Online: Know the Law!

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Have a blog? Publishing a newsletter? Preparing a presentation? Photos and illustrations make any publication look better.

But where can you find photos to legally use—that won’t cost a fortune?

Here’s what you need to know to find free or low-cost photos online—without getting into legal trouble.

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 Justin Reznick | Thursday, May 21, 2015

Capturing Water with Long Exposure Photography


Long exposure photography can be a fascinating technique when you’re photographing water. I’ve shown you the great cotton-candy look you can get with long exposures.

Now let me show you what you get when you focus on other features in water—features that, when long-exposed, can make something special from an otherwise ordinary scene.

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