By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, October 19, 2014
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
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.
By Starshine Roshell | Friday, October 17, 2014
Ever wonder what it’s like to record a course at lynda.com?
Flying out to our seaside California studios from his Pennsylvania home, first-time author Karl Kapp was surprised by the overt friendliness of the staff, the exotic afternoon snacks, and the intense recording pace (he shot 29 videos in a single day!). So surprised, in fact, that he blogged about it.
During the five days he spent recording his new course, Gamification of Learning, Karl learned a lot about lynda.com that you’d never know just from watching our videos.
Here’s what surprised him most:
By Ashley Kennedy | Friday, October 17, 2014
Over the weekend, my local fire department held an open house where they set lots of stuff on fire. So I did what any video enthusiast would do: I took plenty of slo-mo footage—of the flames, the smoke, the water spewing from firehoses—with my new iPhone 6.
Bringing that footage into editing software, however, isn’t quite as cut and dry as you might think. So I wanted to show you some of the things I learned—in case you ever want your slow-motion video to have a life outside of your iPhone.
By Scott Fegette | Thursday, October 16, 2014
Mac OS X Yosemite is available for download today, alongside newly updated iPads and Mac computers on the hardware side—and we’ve got training ready for you.
Apple is well known for its stylistic industrial designs, and with Yosemite now available to complement the recent iOS 8 update, Apple’s desktop and mobile devices should work together more intuitively, as well.
By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, October 16, 2014
Footnotes transition easily to the EPUB format and now, with InDesign CC, you can make your footnotes stand out—or pop out—even more.
Learn how to transform regular footnotes into pop-ups using the EPUB Export Options dialog, in this short, fun, and free episode of InDesign Secrets.
By Terry Lee Stone | Thursday, October 16, 2014
Developing a strong working relationship with your clients means really getting to know them.
In most cases, design is just one of many pieces of a larger puzzle your client needs to solve. Try to understand your project’s place in the larger picture and how it fits into your client’s larger business goals.
The best relationship to establish with your primary client contact is as trusted collaborator—and that means getting to know what makes them tick.
Be sure you can answer these four questions before you begin working with clients:
By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, October 15, 2014
The video frame is a big, wide world. Often there’s a lot going on in there, and not all subjects within the frame can be treated equally.
What if you want to brighten up a face—but you want the rest of the environment to remain in relative darkness? And what if that face is moving? And for added difficulty, what if it’s also coming toward you and rotating?
You can see what issues arise if you treat the entire frame equally. Instead, you’ve got to hone in and grab control of the pixels that define the face, brighten up that area, and then track its movement over the duration of the shot—while leaving everything else alone.
Fortunately, with masking and tracking technology, you’re able to do this relatively easily. So in this week’s Video Post Tips Weekly, we’ll demonstrate mask tracking in Premiere Pro CC (both the 2014 and 2014.1 versions) and Avid Media Composer. And while tracking isn’t available in FCP X, I’ll show you how to apply a simple mask and use keyframes to achieve similar results.
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