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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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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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Adventures in Long Distance Digital Recording

  [Originally published in The Coloradoan on 8/3/12] As a kid, some of my fondest memories are of my grandfather playing piano when I walked into his house. He was one of my biggest musical influences. The music he played then still shapes my musical tastes as an adult. After Gramps decided to sell his baby grand piano because it needed a lot of work done on it, he invested in a digital piano and some high-end speakers. His idea was that he would use his Mac desktop computer and software called Finale to transcribe music he had written years earlier, along with some new arrangements of...

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More Options to Break into Digital Home Recording

[Originally published in The Coloradoan on 5/31/12] Being a musician and computer guy, I often face a difficult dilemma when listening to studio music recordings. On one hand, I’m a music purist who loves the sound of analog recordings. There’s a certain warmth to the sounds of the older ways of recording, pressed onto vinyl and reel-to-reel tape. Some of my favorite music comes from eras when instrument tracking was a crazy, new technology. On the other hand, I love what digital technology has brought to the music industry. It has revolutionized how music can be recorded and listened to....

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