☙ In Photography, There Is Always More You Can Learn

On occasion, I will post links to some of my favorite lynda.com and CreativeLive photography courses. Both of these educational resources have been absolutely essential in my training as a photographer.

Below are the first few courses from lynda.com that I believe you will enjoy. Check them out.

At the bottom of this post is a Free trial membership!

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Portrait Project: Changing a Background for Dramatic Effect

In this course, the first in a series dedicated to creative portrait adjustments, Chris Orwig shows how to swap out the background of a portrait with something new. This technique is similar to photo illustration and can result in some really striking and visually interesting photographs. Chris begins in Camera Raw, where he creates multiple exposures of the original raw file and combines them in a PSD file, and then moves to Photoshop to mask the subject and copy the mask into the new background. In the second half of the course, he’ll show you how to make the subject look at home in her new environment using Edge Glow; brightness, color, and tone adjustments; and lens flares.


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Photography and the Law: Understanding Copyright
The intersection of photography and law is a complex place. At one of those crossroads lies copyright. Many photographers aren’t familiar with this important topic and are left struggling with questions like “How do I register my work?” and “What protections do my copyrights provide when I discover that my photos have been used without permission?”

Carolyn Wright is a photographer and attorney who specializes in photographer’s rights. She also publishes the popular Photo Attorney blog, where she writes about these issues. In this course, she sits down with Ben Long to discuss what copyright means to photographers and the correct steps to registering and defending their copyrights in the Internet age.


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Shooting a High-Dynamic Range (HDR) Time-Lapse Video
Take a trip to Zion National Park to shoot an HDR time-lapse video, compliments of Rich Harrington and the crew at RHED Pixel. Watch as they show how to capture the sun as it moves across a rock face in this historic park and then enhance the natural beauty of the time-lapse sequence with dramatic HDR development and toning techniques. Along the way, Rich explains what gear you’ll need to capture the scene and protect your camera from the elements, and how to set up your camera to shoot JPEG or RAW, create an in-camera HDR sequence, and add finishing touches in post-production programs like Photomatix Pro, After Effects, and Camera Raw.


Here is a free 7 day membership if you’d don’t already have a membership! Click here.

Now, I would be remiss not to mention my own lynda.com course even if it is not photography related.

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Drawing on the iPad with SketchBook Pro
The iPad and SketchBook Pro make a great team for quick illustrations and drawing on the go. Victor Osaka introduces techniques that will make sketching with the iPad a natural, regular part of your artistic process. Also, learn how to choose a case and stylus that are best for drawing, access SketchBook’s brushes and layers, and build compositions with layered color, shading, texture, and effects.

Topics include:

  • Choosing a stylus
  • Working with brushes and layers
  • Shading and texturing
  • Using hot corners and gestures
  • Exporting your work
  • Drawing ergonomics


That’s it for now.

Prepare with practice and photograph like a professional.


Victor Osaka, Photographer


2 thoughts on “☙ In Photography, There Is Always More You Can Learn

  1. Hi, Victor…

    I hope you plan to refresh your “Drawing on the iPad With Sketchbook Pro” video. I subscribed to lynda.com as a gift to my wife based on the easy-going and detailed explanation you provided, then downloaded the program to her iPad. Damn! The user interface in no way resembles what your video shows (although the tools and functions are there, somewhere).

    Your presence is that of a gifted teacher as well as artist. I had hoped this combination would be of use to her during a lengthy recuperation from surgery. Unfortunately, it can only add frustration to the mix of discomfort and boredom she’s facing.

  2. Thanks for your comment. I totally understand. If you would copy this to the “Course Feedback” link near the bottom of the course page so that the Lynda administration can read it. that might help get this going. I am beta tester for the new SketchBook iPad so I know the program well. But, Lynda.com needs to know people want the course.

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