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Basic 3 Point Lighting | Videomaker.com

Poorly lit scenes can leave your project looking flat and lifeless. But if you can get the lighting right, it will help establish a tone, and bring the depth and texture to your footage. In this segment, we talk about the basics of 3 and 4-point lighting including key lights, fill lights, backlights and set lights. Plus, some insight into hard light and soft light, and high key and low key lighting styles. Knowing the fundamentals of basic lighting setups can help breathe life into bland scene.

via Basic 3 Point Lighting | Videomaker.com.

Flash is dying a death by 1,000 cuts, and that’s a good thing | Technology | The Guardian

Adobe’s Flash, hated the world over for slowing down computers, containing more holes in security than swiss cheese and stubbornly being the video carrier of choice until recently, is dying.

Video players are migrating to other systems, even if Microsoft’s Silverlight isn’t much better. HTML5-based video and animations are becoming mainstream, and uploaders and other more advanced web-based features can now be replaced with code that doesn’t rely on Flash.

via Flash is dying a death by 1,000 cuts, and that’s a good thing | Technology | The Guardian.

How to Capture What You See » Expert Photography

How to Capture What You See » Expert Photography.

Free New 73-Page Book! Download Adobe Lightroom Tutorial Guide | ProDesignTools

With the continuing popularity of Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography Plan where anybody can get both Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC for just 10 bucks a month, we’ve had some readers asking us the best ways to learn these two top imaging tools…We always mention about the free video tutorials on Adobe TV, as well as the super­lative, compre­hensive courses offered on Lynda.com – but we can also recom­mend two new terrifi­cally helpful ebooks that you can work through step-by-step at your own pace. And fortu­nately, both books are completely free.

via Free New 73-Page Book! Download Adobe Lightroom Tutorial Guide | ProDesignTools.

Be Creative with Initial Letters – CreativePro.com

An initial letter is the first character of a sentence that is enlarged, positioned, and styled in a decorative or graphic way. It is commonly used to draw attention to a paragraph, chapter or section, article, ad copy – any important text in print and the web, as well as other digital media.

via Be Creative with Initial Letters – CreativePro.com.

Great Gadgets for Graphic Designers – CreativePro.com

As a graphic designer, you know that sometimes it take a bit more than a MacBook Pro, Adobe software, and a good printer to get the job done… sometimes you need a few gadgets to make life a bit easier.

Some of these things will allow you to work a little faster and more efficiently, others will help you make sure your work is securely backed up and relieve some anxiety.

Gadgets for Graphic Designers

External hard drives for backups

Wacom tablets for digital illustration and retouching

Portable hard drives for work on the run

USB thumb drives for fast convenient file transfers

Webcam for Skype calls and virtual consulting

Digital camera for photography and HD video for marketing

Label maker for keeping organized and identifying your gear

Portable power charger/battery for mobile devices

iPad or other mobile tablet for basic task and presentations

Headphones for music inspiration

via Great Gadgets for Graphic Designers – CreativePro.com.

Free Photoshop Video: How Large Can I Print My Image? – CreativePro.com

At one time or another, every Photoshop user has looked at an image and wondered: how large can I print this? The answer isn’t always easy. It depends on a lot of factors, including what kind of printing you plan on doing, how much resolution you have to work with, and the content of the image itself. It’s easy to get muddled in the details of print size, PPI, DPI, etc. Fortunately, at lynda.com there’s a free video by Julieanne Kost to help you understand how to use the controls in Photoshop’s Image Size dialog box. These are the controls you need to master to control image size, resolution, and (to some extent) quality.

via Free Photoshop Video: How Large Can I Print My Image? – CreativePro.com.

7 Tips to Build a High Performance Website : Marketing Live Webinar

Only 2% of website visits result in a proactive engagement from a new prospect. Creating a high performance website requires a strong understanding of your own business goals, your competition, the latest technologies, and the ever-changing SEO landscape. This webinar will outline a seven step approach to building a high performance website – a site that clearly communicates your advantages, scores well in search, is easy to use, and gets visitors to take action.

Join John Vachalek, Founder and President of Webolutions, to explore what it takes to build a website expressly designed to achieve your goals for online presence, usability and conversion rates.

via 7 Tips to Build a High Performance Website : Marketing Live Webinar.

Social Media Definitions: The Ultimate Glossary of Terms You Should Know

For many people, posting a tweet, hashtagging an Instagram caption, and sending out an invite for a Facebook event on Facebook has become common practice.

(In fact, if you’re highly experienced, you probably do all three at once.)

But with new social media networks and innovative software cropping up almost daily, even seasoned social media users are bound to run into a term or acronym that leaves them thinking, “WTF?”

via Social Media Definitions: The Ultimate Glossary of Terms You Should Know.

Grammar Police: 25 of the Most Common Grammatical Errors We All Need to Stop Making

Even after years of learning it in school, grammar is just one of those things people still mess up.

It’s hard. Words and phrases that sound fine in your head can suddenly look like gibberish when written down … that is, if you’ve even realized you made a mistake in the first place.

It’s easy for little grammar mistakes to slip by — especially when you’re self-editing. But how do you prevent grammatical errors if you’re not even aware you’re making them?

Why, by reading posts like this, of course. ;) So read through this post and see which common grammar mistakes resonate with you the most. Make a mental note to avoid that mistake in the future, or heck, just bookmark this blog post to remind yourself of them over and over (and over) again.

via Grammar Police: 25 of the Most Common Grammatical Errors We All Need to Stop Making.