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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Enhance Your Trick or Treat Photos with These Photoshop Tips

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Taking photos of the kids before they go out to trick or treat?

In this Deke’s Techniques tutorial, Deke shows how to take the low-res, grainy, and washed-out trick or treat photos you typically get from a smartphone, and using Photoshop to turn them into fully developed photos with a rich depth of field—all while adding a little more realism to your kid’s costume, like the Joker featured in this technique.

By Jolie Miller | Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Earn Project Management PDUs — Now on lynda.com!

Earn project management PDUs while watching courses on lynda.com

Calling all project managers! Now you can earn PMI® professional development units while you learn on lynda.com.

We’re now a Registered Education Provider of the Project Management Institute, the world’s largest not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession.

That means that as a Project Management Professional (PMP)® or Program Management Professional (PgMP)® credential holder, you can earn over 90 professional development units (PDUs) from our 50+ qualified courses.

By Starshine Roshell | Monday, October 27, 2014

Stop Boring Your Audience! It's Time to Kill the Cliche

Injecting a cliche into your copy tells readers there's nothing new here.

It’s a busy time in a busy world and people aren’t as patient as they used to be. We want what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next—not the same old information we heard about yesterday.

Why, then, are you still stuffing your copy full of been-there-heard-that phrases?

By Konrad Eek | Sunday, October 26, 2014

Photographers: Make Your Own DIY Light Box

Make a DIY light box on the cheap

For just a few dollars—and in just a few minutes—you can make a simple DIY light box to evenly illuminate small objects for close-up photos.

Whether you’re doing product photography, insurance documentation, or simply shooting as a hobby, this system will give you consistent and effective lighting from a variety of sources.

And it’s made from materials found at your local art supply store.

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Saturday, October 25, 2014

Morten goes to WordCamp San Francisco: A Daily Review

Morten Goes to WordCamp San Francisco 2014

LAST UPDATED: Monday, October 26th

For one weekend each year the California Bay Area is host to the flagship WordPress conference WordCamp San Francisco, bringing WordPress users, designers, developers, and business people across the world together. WordCamp isn’t just one event, however- it’s actually a distributed series of conferences with branches all over the world. No matter where you find yourself there is more than likely a WordCamp hosted near you each year.

In theory, WordCamp San Francisco is just another one of these distributed WordPress conferences. In reality, WordCamp San Francisco is the WordPress conference to attend, where the future of WordPress is unveiled each year to the WordPress community.

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, October 25, 2014

Lens Filters Give You More Control Over Video Shots

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Attaching a filter to the front of the lens can help you when shooting in various climates and environments. And while giving your lens an extra layer of protection, lens filters also give you more control over your shot.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, I take you to Dig This! in Las Vegas and back to the studio with Robbie to explain the importance of including filters in your camera bag.

By Alicia Katz Pollock | Saturday, October 25, 2014

Boost Your Facebook Privacy: Clear Out Your Unused Apps

Boost your Facebook privacy by clearing out your apps

With all the hullabaloo about Facebook and its privacy practices, I was both relieved and startled the other day when Facebook asked me to verify the apps connected to my account. The list was long, and held several surprises.

It’s a good idea to cull through your own list, since Facebook tells us that it shares “your basic info” with games, applications, and websites that you connect with on the social media platform.

Here are some pros and cons to consider when you decide which apps, site connections, and plugins you should keep.

By Tom Geller | Friday, October 24, 2014

Freelancers: Want Regular Pay? Consider a Retainer Agreement

A retainer agreement has its pros and cons

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