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By Derrick Story | Friday, September 19, 2014

Manual Flash in the Digital Age

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Most seasoned photographers have an old flash or two stashed in the closet. And they probably work just fine.

It wasn’t because they didn’t work that we put those earlier generation strobes to pasture; it’s just that many of us went through a phase thinking that we needed the latest TTL capability to make good pictures.

We were wrong.

The irony is that the digital age has made manual flash viable again, and in some instances, even preferable. Here’s how I’m putting my old guns back to work.

By Jim Heid | Friday, May 10, 2013

Master your flash with Strobist’s David Hobby

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If you love photography and you have an external flash unit, you need to know about Strobist. This blog, published by photographer David Hobby, has been a rich learning resource since 2006—packed with tutorials, reviews, and do-it-yourself projects.

David has also published a series of video tutorials, and we’re happy to announce that they’re coming to the lynda.com library. In the six-part “Lighting with Flash” series, he shows how to use external flash in a wide range of scenarios, from portraiture to action sports to macro and close-up. These aren’t courses that tell you which buttons to press on your flash. Rather, each course is an opportunity to follow along with a working professional as he uses compact flash units to transform the lighting in a studio, in a gym, on a soccer field, in a blacksmith’s shop, and much more.

The first course, Lighting with Flash: Basics, is available now. Each week we’ll publish another course in the series. The series will conclude with an inspiring course that may just change how you approach photography, whether you’re an enthusiast or a pro.

As a teacher, David Hobby is a natural with an engaging, informal style. I’ve loved his blog for years, and it’s been a pleasure to work with him to bring his video training to lynda.com members.

Interested in more? ? Start a 7-day free trial at lynda.com ? All Photography courses on lynda.com

By David Gassner | Monday, March 05, 2012

All about Branden Hall, interactive architect and digital maker

This week we celebrated the release of a new series entitled Branden Hall: Interactive Architect and Digital Maker. The series features an in-depth interview that lynda.com co-founder Lynda Weinman conducted with Branden last year, along with a tour of some of Branden’s most interesting work.

So who is Branden Hall, and why did we think it was important to talk with him?

     • Branden has been associated with lynda.com for a long time, having been a featured speaker at many of the early Flash Forward conferences. This photo is from the 2004 conference in San Francisco. Notice the exciting technological advance that Branden was describing: the transition from ActionScript 1 to ActionScript 2!

     • Branden has long been a thought leader in the use of digital technologies, including, and perhaps especially, Flash. Along with some other young developers and designers, he was responsible for exploring what Flash was able to do in its early years, beyond even what Macromedia originally envisioned.

     • Along with Joshua Davis, he was one of the guys who gave IBM’s Watson the animated “face” that “he” uses to celebrate “his” defeat of human Jeopardy! opponents. When Watson’s face moves and changes, it’s because of the team of programmers and designers who made it do that.

     • As the web has evolved, Branden’s work has evolved with it. His Endless Mural project shows how combining the web with new technologies like HTML5 can create crowd-sourced art collections that are available to all.

Over the years, Branden has led the way in showing how technologies like Flash and HTML5 can be used in innovative and exciting ways. In this mini-documentary, Branden gets to tell us a bit about how he comes to his ideas and how they’re realized. I could go on and tell you more, but this video series lets Branden tell you about it himself. We hope you enjoy it.

Interested in more? • The fullBranden Hall: Interactive Architect and Digital Maker segment• All developer courses on lynda.com

Suggested courses to watch next:Flash Professional CS5 Essential TrainingBuilding Mobile Apps for Multiple Devices with Flash ProfessionalHTML5 First LookHTML5: Messaging and Communications in DepthBig Spaceship, Digital Creative Agency

By Crystal McCullough | Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Create dynamic animations in Flash Professional CS5

In Flash Professional CS5: Animation Projects, Paul Trani shows how to create dynamic and visually rich animations in Flash Professional CS5. This course demonstrates how to create and import assets, and then take those assets and bring them to life with dynamic motion. It also shows how to create more unique and natural movement by adding special effects, 3D, masks, and even bones to animate characters.

By Crystal McCullough | Friday, June 19, 2009

Get warmed up for a Flash workout: Flex 4 SDK and Flash Builder 4 Beta Preview

Ready to flex a little Flex? In Flex 4 SDK and Flash Builder 4 Beta Preview, developer and Adobe Certified Instructor David Gassner describes how to get started with the Flex 4 SDK, and gives a tour of the new Flash Builder 4 (formally known as Flex Builder). David walks through Flash Builder 4′s installation and deployment options, and highlights its important features, including working with Spark text controls in the Flex 4 SDK and creating Flash components in Flash Builder 4.

By Lynda Weinman | Friday, May 08, 2009

Flash 10 Player Course coming this summer…

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Lee Brimelow, a lynda.com author who has created courses in After Effects, Flash, and Expression Web, wrote to me out of the blue the other day and proposed a course on Flash Player 10.

When creating Flash movies, websites, or applications, it is important to know all the new features of the authoring tool. But it is just as important to know the capabilities of the latest version of the Flash player. Each new version of the player introduces support for the latest and greatest features, many which are not exposed in the authoring environment.

Flash Player 10 introduced a ton of new creative capabilities, from 3D, advanced Text effects, Pixel Bender (like filter effects you’d find in Photoshop, only over time), to new sound and drawing APIs. This course will explain how to tap into these new features to take your Flash work to the next level.

It’s been a few years since Lee contributed to the lynda.com Online Training Library; he’s been busy with his blogs, The Flash Blog, gotoandlearnFlashermag, and working as Platform Evangelist for Adobe Systems focusing on the Flash, Flex and AIR communities.

Needless to say, the course idea is approved in the queue to record soon. We’re honored to work again with Lee; he fits the profile perfectly as an author with true passion, deep knowledge, and he’s addicted to sharing!

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