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Video Conferencing Options in 2014

In late 2012, we began expanding the Digital Workshop to include more online training options. Since that time, we have held online training classes across the country and continue to improve the way in which we deliver our training. I spent a lot of time researching various video conferencing options to ensure we provided the best online training experience possible. First, I explored some of the free options out there. Being a Google power-user, I started with Google Hangouts. Hangouts is an amazing tool that comes for free with any Gmail account. Hangouts has video chat capabilities for...

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How to Photograph Birds in Flight

Looking to take your bird photography from the beginner to intermediate level? We can help! Photographing birds in flight is very exciting and when you get a great shot you’ll surely say “Wow!” Successfully capturing flying birds requires improving on techniques we introduced in the post Basics of Backyard Bird Photography. We’ll define the intermediate approach with this post and get you all set to step it up a notch with great pictures of birds in flight.   Ethics of Wild Bird Photography When photographing wildlife, it is important to approach animals, including birds, respectfully....

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10 Common Mistakes People Make in Photoshop

We all love to critique photos right? If you’re anything like me, you click on articles that say things like “Horrible Photoshop Mistakes” and spend time trying to figure out how a particular image has been altered. And while there are lots of “bad” photos out there, many of them started with a good idea in mind. Programs like Photoshop are amazing and powerful tools, if you know how to use them right. I’ll go through a list of some of the most common mistakes beginners make in Photoshop, and help you find a workflow that is not only efficient, but ends with a clean and professional-looking...

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Digital Photography: Leading Lines

A leading line draws the eyes into a photograph and creates a greater sense of depth for the viewer. Leading lines are an element of landscape composition that create a 3D-like feel to a two-dimensional image. It takes practice to develop an eye for composing with leading lines – this technique is more artistic than, say, working with a camera itself. By introducing this compositional technique, we will give you an artistic and creative tool for your photographer’s toolkit.     Lead by Example Consider the above example with the fence and its shadow. Where do your eyes move as you...

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New Features of QuickBooks 2014

Small businesses require powerful bookkeeping tools with a low-cost entry point. Intuit’s QuickBooks has become the industry leader for small businesses for doing just that. With different options to get you started, QuickBooks can become a business lifesaver. And several new features in QuickBooks Pro 2014 continue to add value to this prominent program. First, QuickBooks 2014 has added many new email capabilities. While you’ve been able to email customers in QuickBooks for some time, the new version allows more complex email templates that allow you to create a more professional presence...

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How to Create the Perfect Photo Panorama Using Photoshop

When was the last time you had the pleasure of standing in a truly expansive and breathtaking place? Where the horizon stretches out for miles and every inch of your vision is saturated in beauty? Now try to describe that view. It’s pretty hard isn’t it? There aren’t enough of the right words to convey the sights and feelings in that moment, and most of the time, snapshots aren’t going to do it justice either. Most cameras can only capture one quarter of what our eyes can, and here is where a panorama comes in! We humans take in our world in a panorama fashion: we scan the horizon line and...

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