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By Nick Brazzi | Friday, July 11, 2014

Android Wear: A New Age of Voice Control

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I’ve just spent some time living the Android Wear lifestyle, and my big takeaway is that voice control is finally hitting prime time. In preparing our new course Up and Running with Android Wear (using the Samsung Gear Live smartwatch), I was excited to see voice control actually hitting the point where it’s both reliable and usable.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, July 11, 2014

Get Better Video Focus: Use a Loupe

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LCD screens let you see exactly what the camera is seeing. Adding a loupe on top of your LCD screen helps you see more of the fine details of your shot, and get the crispest video focus. In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I will walk you through using a loupe.

By David Gassner | Thursday, July 10, 2014

Installing PHP on Windows

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The Windows packaging of PHP has changed since my course Installing Apache, MySQL and PHP was last updated, and could affect your installation should you choose to install separate components. No fear—you should be able to correct the problem by creating a new version of your php.ini file. Here’s a solution for installing PHP on Windows that works on my system.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, July 10, 2014

InDesign Secrets: Vertical Justification

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Let’s say you have two text blocks of different lengths. How can you unite them visually and create a consistent look and feel in your design?

By Jeff Carlson | Thursday, July 10, 2014

iPad Photography in the Field: Review Photos on Location

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The iPad is a great field companion for photographers looking to reduce their load of camera gear. From researching locations to checking shots on location and organizing photos afterwards, the iPad can be much more than a window into your Facebook stream—or even for watching training videos.

In Part 1 of the iPad Photography in the Field series, we looked at how an iPad (and iPhone, in some situations) can serve as a research assistant and location scout to determine where and when you should go shooting. In this installment, we’ll focus on making the most of your time on location.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Goals, Productivity — and Breaking the Rules

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This week’s tips focus on two counterintuitive ideas. The first concerns productivity.

Let me be clear: Productivity is important! Having said that, we often over-focus on productivity itself while neglecting a few underlying factors that influence productivity.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 08, 2014

How to Draw a Penrose Triangle in Illustrator

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Last week, you created a Möbius strip in Adobe Illustrator. This week, Deke expands on this technique—expanding it into three dimensions, to be precise. Here in this movie he’ll show you how to draw a Penrose triangle — an impossible object — where each corner seems to simultaneously recede and advance toward the viewer. It’s impossible because it can’t actually be built as one solid object. But it can be drawn that way!

By Carolyn E. Wright | Tuesday, July 08, 2014

How to Copyright Your Photos

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It’s easier than ever for someone to steal your photographs in this digital age. So it’s wise to consider your copyright options.

By law, the copyrights for your photographs are created when you click the shutter. Even if the photograph is never registered, the copyright exists and is protected by copyright law.

But the best way to protect your photographs is to register them with the US Copyright Office. Here’s how.

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