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Monday, 18 July 2011


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Thanks Mike for the heads up. I found I had an unredeemed benefit from an earlier Photoshop upgrade which gives me 31 days free access to lynda.com. Something to watch in bed on my iPhone ... though it has to compete with the Tour de France at the moment.

I suppose I'm one of the few who've never heard of the site. But then, my fear and loathing of software knows no bounds. Raw fiddling in Elements is as far as I've ever gone or wanted to.

I looked at one or two of the introductory historical notes, and both Lynda and Bruce, simply did not convey anything to me, sort of as if they were doing the presentation because they felt obliged.

And to further expand my own world, reviewing a presentation, any presentation as a moving picture however produced never seems to sink into my little grey cells.

I have a degree as an instructional materials technologist. However in all the time I worked in various schools and school boards found my internal system would not recall the movie presentation rather would recall all the goofs, errors and poorly scripted parts in the presentation. That's my background; which is why even today watching television or a pre-recorded presentation I look for the same goofs error and mishaps. Maybe that's also why I have never utilized Lynda dot com.

Find I have to physically involve myself in a process rather than viewing how it should be, could be or might be done.

Wow, great post, just posted on my Facebook page last week if any of my friends use Lynda.com. Based on your recommendation I am going to sign up. Thanks.

Darn you, Mike, you've just introduced me to a woman I shouldn't know. She's going to waste a pile of my time , but obviously save me heaps too!! I haven't been introduced to Lynda before, and she's already seducing me. I learned a heap about Lightroom 3 from http://www.youtube.com/user/guusvanderlinde but possibly Lynda's better looking for all those other bits and pieces which, as you say, you knew a bit of a year ago, but have forgotten. It's very useful to have a 20-something son who knows a lot more about such things -As you're probably aware yourself- but he isn't always available. Thank you for the introduction. She may stay with me some time!!

I've seen one or two of their videos. They are good. But video tutorials somehow seem too demanding. I'll rather spend time going through a well-written tutorial with screenshots.

Of course, I'm talking about software tutorials. Never really tried tutorials for photographic processes, like setting a group shot.

Just looked at the CS3 tutorials and was impressed.....until I discovered the $25 per month minimum subscription. OK, call me a miser, but I will not be using Lynda.com

Lynda.com rocks. Whatever level you are at with software, you can find a course that will teach you something you didn't know. Deke McClelland has a course there on sharpening that is way more than anyone (except him) ever wanted to know.

I saw the B&W course offering in a Lynda.com newsletter and as a guy who used to teach B&W I was curious about his approach so I watched it all. It's aimed at the digital crowd who've never done film B&W. I disagree with his reliance on the levels adjustment which I consider a blunt instrument, the equivalent of driving finishing nails with a sledge hammer, but for a digital photographer new to B&W the course a good start. One nit-pick is his reference to a railroad bridge as a "trellis". The correct word is trestle. Looking on the web though I see that a fair number of people confuse floral supports and RR bridges. Part of the legacy of Norm Crosby?

Nope, never heard of Lynda.com that I can recall. Completely unknown in my bubbles.

However, since it's video-oriented, it's not very useful to me. Data rate far too slow. (Sometimes useful for particular physical skills, where descriptions just don't do the job, though.)

It's a cool idea, and despite not being a fan of video (or audio tape) training myself, I'll have to check it out. (I can at least sometimes recognize an idea that's "cool, but not for me".)

Do as I say, not as I do. The best time to subscribe is when you want to learn something and have the time to put into it. Then unsubscribe when you don't have the time.

I resubscribed a few months ago to learn Wordpress so that i could put together a website for a show I was in. I found it useful, though the instructor's voice was very mechanical.

I am going through the Lightroom lessons (I have been using ACS), and did check out the Douglas Kirkland lessons on available light photography. Kirkland comes across as a delightful man, and the way he engages his model is as enlightening as any of the technical stuff.

Lynda.com is well worth checking out.

Horses for courses, as my wife would say. I'm one who learns best by reading the manual with the program open and playing with each feature as it is described. The material seems to stick better this way. With a tutorial, I frequently can't remember at the end what icons or menus I used to get to that point, and I suspect I would have the same problem with a video.

My biggest problem is finding time to study, but in a way that's a good thing, because intermittent study seems to help reinforce new knowledge in my brain.

Videos and other tutorials might be helpful once I understand what all the controls do. But first I have to get to that point.

I'm currently teaching myself TurboCAD using the read-and-try method, and Lightroom 3 is next.

some people learn technical matters best from books and others learn best from videos. Neither way is better or worse, but I would guess that most people gravitate one way or the other.

And some learn from just working it out for themselves.

I learn by that method and don't like being told how to do things by someone else.

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