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By Jeff Carlson | Saturday, July 25, 2015

TripMode: Don't Blow Through Your Allotted Data While Traveling

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When packing for modern summer travel, be sure to throw in the Internet. I have decent broadband access at home, and I forget that’s not the case everywhere else.

I learned this lesson the hard way on my last trip—although not in the way you might expect:

I made sure I had an alternate method of getting online, but in the process, I burned through my data allocation—twice in two days.

Here’s how it happened, and how to use TripMode to make sure it doesn’t happen to you:

By Derrick Story | Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Use Dropbox Carousel to Share Your Travel Photos

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One of the joys of vacation travel is leaving behind the laptop bag and all the responsibilities that come with it. Exploring new places with just a smartphone in our pockets helps us totally immerse in our adventures.

It’s also fun to share these experiences with friends and family back home. Carousel, a companion app for Dropbox, lets us do exactly that—and allows everyone to leave comments so members of shared albums can have conversations right there within the cozy confines of the Carousel app for iOS or Android.

I’ve set up one of these albums for my family, and I’m going to show you how the Dropbox Carousel works on your smartphone or tablet.

By Derrick Story | Friday, May 1, 2015

What to Pack for a Photo Trip to Cuba: Nine Essentials

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Having just the right gear, and not too much of it, facilitates creative travel photography. A light bag means less fatigue. And when you’re not tired, it’s far easier to be creative.

Have you ever passed on a shot just because you didn’t feel like walking a couple hundred yards to investigate it? (Yeah, I don’t like to admit it, either.)

On a recent photo assignment in Cuba, I was allowed 17 pounds for a carry on. I needed to have enough gear to capture the required stills and video, but not so much that I would grow weary hauling it through long days that always stretched into night.

In preparation for the trip, I developed this list of nine essentials for my camera bag—scrutinizing each item carefully to make sure it provided the maximum performance per ounce.

Here are the things you need for a photo trip to Cuba:

By Nick Brazzi | Wednesday, January 7, 2015

What's New at CES 2015? Solar Chargers and Smart Credit Cards

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I’m here exploring the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with my fellow lynda.com authors Jess Stratton and Garrick Chow. CES is a gigantic trade show that spotlights new technology and consumer products.

I’m looking for unique and unexpected gadgets to share with you. But with over 5,000 exhibitors on site, there’s no way to show you everything at CES 2015. So I’ll focus on a few items that should be particularly interesting to lynda.com users.

By Jeff Carlson | Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review: My Passport Wireless for the Traveling Photographer

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Traveling for the holidays? Do you feel obliged to bring your laptop to manage the photos you plan to capture? Sure, that’s the easiest way to store and manage your images, but lugging a laptop too often feels like bringing work along, too.

In a recent series of articles, I advocated how an iPad is a fantastic photographer’s companion when shooting in the field (see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3). It’s lightweight, powerful, and has a great screen for reviewing photos.

What it doesn’t have is a lot of storage. Even a 128 GB model can be limiting if you’re shooting many gigabytes of image files—especially if you capture larger raw images, or Raw+JPEG pairs. Using an iPad also doesn’t provide a good backup of your photos.

But that doesn’t mean you need to lug the laptop. I’ve been using the WD My Passport Wireless portable hard disk as an extension of my iPad’s storage and for photo backup. Unlike earlier drives that connect to mobile devices via Wi-Fi, the My Passport Wireless includes a component that makes a huge difference for photographers: a built-in SD card reader.

By Derrick Story | Friday, September 5, 2014

Photography Hacks: Power Charging, Repurposed Loupe, MacGyver Box

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Power.

That’s the one thing all digital photographers need. So I’m going to show you a couple “off the beaten track” power sources for your digital devices.

I also have a quick tip for creating an on-the-go LCD magnifier and a handy MacGyver kit that fits in a repurposed filter box.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Creating a Passport-Perfect Headshot

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Poor lighting? Cheap camera? Indifferent photographer? These are the conditions most passport photos are taken under, and the results usually speak for themselves. But you can create a better passport photo for yourself—even from the worst raw material—with today’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques. Deke follows the specifications issued by the US Department of State, and provides a template to make sure your composition meets the required size, pose, and proportions. Once the legalities are taken care of, he shows how to center, color correct, and enhance your photo with Photoshop and Adobe Camera Raw.

By Jim Heid | Thursday, September 26, 2013

In Search of Photo Opportunities

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Any time of year is a good time of year for a road trip, especially one without a specific destination. Pack some camera gear, get in the car, and keep your eyes open.

That’s what Ben Long did in this week’s installment of The Practicing Photographer, and he struck gold—or, more accurately, black and white. As he and a lynda.com crew drove down a two-lane road in rural Oklahoma, Ben noticed a small stand of fire-damaged trees whose trunks had dramatic patterns of black and white.

Time to pull over and remove the lens cap.

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