In this week’s installment of The Practicing Photographer, Ben Long combines two techniques that involve capturing the world in unique ways—ways that we can’t see with our eyes but that photography lets us bring to life.
One technique is high dynamic range, or HDR, photography. That’s the process of taking multiple shots of a scene, each with a different exposure setting, and then merging them into one photo that captures a broad range of bright and dark tones. Ben describes HDR in detail in his course Shooting and Processing High Dynamic Range Photographs (HDR).
Adobe InDesign has a few options for stroke endings. But some designers aren’t satisfied with the defaults. In this episode of InDesign Secrets, David Blatner shows how to create a custom arrowhead using a symbol or special font character, anchor it to your path, and make sure the arrowhead moves along with the path as you move or reshape it. If that’s too much work for you, David also shows you an easier way to create a custom arrowhead using InDesign’s sister program, Illustrator. Watch the free video below to get started.
Published by Jan Kabili | Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
A dramatic sky can make a photograph look great. Lightroom’s Graduated Filter tool offers a quick way to enhance a sky without affecting the rest of the photo.
1. Select the Graduated Filter tool in the tool strip in the Develop module, or press M on your keyboard. In the dropdown Graduated Filter panel, double click Effect to set all the controls to their defaults.
2. Drag the Exposure slider in the panel to the left. This step is optional, but it’s a good way to see where a graduated filter is going to affect your photo.
Published by Todd Dewett | Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Listening and candor. They’re two of the most valuable tools of effective communication, but they’re often overlooked. Listening is the focus of my first Management Tip this week. We often spend too much time asserting our views and responding to others, and too little time listening to—and genuinely hearing—what they have to say. This is ineffective communication, and people can easily sense when managers are more concerned with their own points of view than understanding the team’s position, which undermines their trust in your leadership.
Here’s a rule of thumb: In a conversation with your team, you should listen as much as you talk. If you don’t, they will eventually stop sharing their thoughts with you.
Kids can be the most innovative artists of all, but their greatest work is lost to history when it ends up tattered on the fridge or at the bottom of a school cubby. You can save their drawings by digitizing them with Adobe Illustrator—the tool professional artists rely on to refine, colorize, and prep their artwork for digital distribution and print publications. The process starts by converting your sketch into a vector-based line drawing. Deke’s Techniques is back this week to show you how.
Deke takes a whimsical sketch that he and his son collaborated on and turns it into a piece of colorful, high-gloss artwork. He traces it with open path outlines—an innovative approach that creates vector-based artwork with uniform strokes. And like all of Deke’s techniques, this tutorial walks you through the process step-by-step so you can replicate the results on your own.
One of the many benefits of working at lynda.com is the beauty and elegance of our Carpinteria headquarters, providing us not just an efficient, streamlined, and Green Business-certified workplace, but a constant source of visual inspiration as well. “A great workspace should be more than just comfortable for those who use it,” says founder Lynda Weinman. “High-quality surroundings should reflect and inspire a high-quality product—and that’s our hope for the facilities here at lynda.com.”
We’re proud to share these pictures of our facilities and show you where the inspiration, expertise, and hard work behind our courses originate. Interested in joining the lynda.com team yourself and seeing our offices in person? Be sure to check out our job listings.
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One of my favorite Siri features is the ability to have a reminder pop up when you arrive at or leave a specific location. You can simply tell Siri, “Remind me when I get to my mom’s house to ask her about the party invitation.” The next time you drive up to your parents’ house, a reminder will pop up on your screen as soon as you pull into the driveway.
Using this as a starting point, you can easily extend its use to local businesses that you frequent. You can have a reminder with your grocery list pop up when you arrive at your favorite market. You can be reminded to grab that gift certificate from the glove box when pulling up to a restaurant, or sync up your Evernote account before stepping into a client’s office. The possibilities are endless.
Published by Jan Kabili | Monday, November 18th, 2013
Many photographers rely on Develop presets to quickly change the appearance of photos in Adobe Lightroom. You can extend the power of presets by modifying them to meet your current needs, or by combining presets on a photo.
By modifying a preset, you can make a third-party preset your own or update one that you created yourself.