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By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, March 22, 2015

Retired Nurse Loves Photography Again—Thanks to lynda.com

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Joyce Wells loves to learn. She earned as associate’s degree in her 20s, a bachelor’s degree in her 40s, and a master’s in nursing at age 60.

But there was one thing she didn’t care to learn: digital photography.

“I’ve been interested in photography for 35 years,” says Joyce, a former Cub Scout leader who taught her scouts photography. “But around 2000, I got so disgusted because everything was going digital. I like the darkroom. I like my black and whites. I just thought, this is fake photography.

“I put away my cameras and didn’t pick them up for four or five years.”

It was her grown son who changed her mind:

“He said, ‘Mom, your darkroom is just … inside your camera.’ So I went and got a digital camera.”

Actually, she got two—and a membership to lynda.com. Now she loves her Nikons, uses Photoshop, and takes photography trips with her son and friends from Panama to Nova Scotia.

By Konrad Eek | Friday, March 20, 2015

Darkroom Equipment: Everything You Need and Where to Get It

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The rise of digital cameras has spurred a surprising trend: The return to analog and black-and-white photography.

Sure, digital photography gives us amazing power and control, but there’s something irresistible about creating a tangible artifact of captured light that you’ve translated—through chemistry—into a work of art. Also, I’d argue that the luster, finish, and depth of tone of digital black-and-white prints can’t compare to those of gelatin silver prints.

Did you know that many of the tools you see in Photoshop every day are based on traditional darkroom techniques?

My new course Setting Up a Home Darkroom shows you how to create your own darkroom to make old-school-style prints.

In this article, I’ll help you decide what darkroom equipment you need, where to get it, and how to get the most for your money.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Tuesday, March 17, 2015

How to License Photos (It's Much Easier Than You Think!)

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The verb “license,” according to Merriam-Webster, means “to give official permission to someone . . . to do or use something.” As a noun, license means “an official document, card, etc., that gives . . . permission to do, use, or have something.”

Licensing your photographs may sound tricky, but in fact we “license” other things all the time. Take this, for example:

Kid: Can I borrow the car?

Parent: Where are you going?

Kid: To the park.

Parent: Why?

Kid: To play tennis with Taylor.

Parent: When will you be back?

Kid: By 5 p.m.

Parent: O.K.

With that “O.K.,” the parent just licensed the car to the kid only to go the park to play tennis with Taylor that day until 5 p.m.

And licensing your photographs to others can be just as simple. Here’s how:

By Seán Duggan | Saturday, March 07, 2015

Coffee, Mud, & Asphalt: Create That 'Distressed Photo' Look

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There are two great ways to give your images a distressed photo feel with Photoshop.

Last week, I showed you how to do it by appropriating the textural damage and deterioration found in actual vintage images.

Now I’ll show you how—if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, and with a little thought—you can also create your own distressed and damaged textures from scratch. It’s kind of fun!

By Justin Reznick | Sunday, March 01, 2015

Shooting in Winter Skies: Cloud and Rain Photography Tips

Overcast skies and rain photography tips

Photographers tend to get caught up in the idea of what great light is. It’s very common in landscape photography to talk about the “golden hour,” referring to sunrise, including the hour after, and sunset, including the hour before.

You rarely see landscape photographers embracing dreary skies or rain. But I’m here to tell you that there’s no such thing as bad light.

It comes down to finding the right subject. And for overcast and wet conditions, there are plenty of exciting options for the landscape photographer.

Come with me; I’ll give you some overcast-sky and rain photography tips, and show you some images I’ve captured under canopies of clouds.

By Seán Duggan | Thursday, February 26, 2015

Use Damage Textures to Create a Vintage Photo Effect in Photoshop

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As photographers, we go to great lengths to make our photographs look “perfect.”

But sometimes the presence of obvious imperfections and even traces of physical damage can add intriguing qualities to an image and make it more interesting than a clean, polished version.

I’m going to show you where to find that antique or distressed look—and how to add it to your images for a vintage photo effect.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, February 22, 2015

3 Cheers for the Mixology App — Stirred up by a lynda.com Member

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Matt Hillebrand had almost everything he needed to create a killer cocktail recipe app.

First, he knew a thing or two about cocktails.

“I’ve been a big fan since college,” says the 37-year-old Seattle resident.

Second, he knew how to build a phone app.

“My dad got me into computers and mobile technology from childhood,” he says. “I’d been working on mobile phone apps even before the iPhone came out.”

But what he didn’t know was how to take great pictures. So he signed up for lynda.com, taught himself photography, and shot the hundreds of stunning images that illustrate his popular Mixology app —which Time Magazine called one of the 50 best iPhone apps.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Monday, February 16, 2015

Understanding Copyright for Photographers — and Beyond

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Everyone has heard of copyright, but not everyone knows what it really means.

Here’s the “who,” “what,” “when,” “where,” and why” of copyright for photographers — and anyone who works with pictures.

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