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For career photographers, better product photos mean better clients! In this first lesson of Phillip McCordall’s Product Photography In Depth course, get an overview of professional product photography techniques. Learn how to position products and how to achieve studio-quality lighting with a low-cost method for diffusing light. Most importantly, learn how to eliminate lens flare. These basic techniques help create photos that result in sales, and an expanding client base for photographers!


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Take a photograph using the tips you've learned, and share it with us! Don't worry if you don't have fancy equipment!

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This lesson will teach the budding painter how to add dimension to an acrylic painting of the ocean by using the wet-on-wet technique. By layering and blending colors of wet paint, artists can create a realistic painting of ocean waves crashing, complete with variations in tone and color. This lesson teaches how to mix paint to achieve a richer picture, as well as how to add reflection to water and give sea foam the illusion of volume by using highlights and shadows.


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Take on a true watercolor challenge! This lesson by Larry Hamilton, the first in a series, shows you how to start painting a Californian mission scene. Even if you have a different scene in mind, Larry’s narration provides countless pro tips and tricks that apply to any subject. Follow along at home or take notes on techniques to use in your next painting.


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Whether you are an experienced decoration artist or a first-timer, this lesson provides a few easy-to-understand pointers on painting clouds for large-scale ceiling murals. Don’t make the common mistake of painting cartoonish clouds with obvious patterns and symmetry. For a realistic mural of the sky, use nuanced techniques for creating shadows, breaking up patterns, and providing structure to each shape. Note: this lesson does not cover how to apply the blue base coat.


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The Sistine Chapel is one of the most famous pieces of art and architecture in the world, and in the center of Michelangelo’s enormous fresco is “The Creation of Adam,” a visual representation of the story of God creating Adam from the dust of the earth. Michelangelo’s portrayal of both Adam and God reflects the Neo-Platonic values of the time, but perhaps the most interesting interpretation of this painting is that of God’s vehicle being a brain, and the life he is giving Adam, consciousness.


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Want to improve upon your realist painting techniques? This lesson by Anna Mason Art demonstrates how to use color and highlights to paint an incredibly realistic strawberry with watercolors. Once you have drawn a faithful depiction of your photo reference, be patient, work slowly, follow the highlights with your brush, and your work will look good enough to eat!


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Looking to grow your artistic side? Try watercolor painting! This lesson will outline all the supplies you need to get started on your journey. Watercolor is a form of visual art that traditionally uses water-soluble paints on thick paper. You’ll learn the basic brushes and colors you need for a starter-kit, as well as how to choose a palette and pad of paper. Once you’ve got the essential tools and supplies you need, you’ll be ready to create original and beautiful pieces of art.


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Want to wow the world with the quality HD video you could be shooting with that iPhone in your pocket? This lesson will teach you the basics of shooting video on your iPhone 4, 4s, or 5. Once you are familiar with the camera app, learn how to hold and focus the camera, and how to view an accurate display of your video. Ready to shoot? Finish this lesson by learning ways to stabilize your camera to make your online video or tutorial appear smooth and fluid.


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Ever wonder how painters capture the ethereal beauty of flowers in nature? Painting with watercolors is as much about practiced technique as it is about natural talent. This lesson demonstrates how to paint a floral scene, but the skills and techniques you'll learn can be applied to any subject. Learn how to add texture, create transparency and use the bleeding tendency of watercolor paints to your advantage.


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Make your own spray paint art with this easy and simple lesson. You’ll start by forming basic planet shapes and then add layers of color. Follow along as you learn how to shade and highlight in a few easy steps, as well as use a painting technique that will add dimension to this out-of-this-world DIY solar system art.


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It's party time in your digital scrapbook - and you're hanging up the decorations! Amy Ulen teaches you how to create banners in Close to My Heart online scrapbooks. Learn the tricks for making pennant-shaped text boxes, creating realistic stitching for your banner's string, and adding a photo mat or border for each flag.


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In this photography lesson Julie Waterhouse answers the question, “is it ok to break the Rule of Thirds?,” by first defining the rule of composition and then illustrating how it should be applied. You will learn when and how to apply the Rule of Thirds to strengthen your image with tension and dynamism and when to withhold the Rule to create a sense of balance and stability.


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Calling all budding artists! Want to learn how to paint with watercolors? In Part 3 of this watercolor painting series, Lorraine Watry shows you several new painting techniques such as: applying salt to watercolor paints; creating blooms; and using sponges, Magic Erasers, and sandpaper with watercolor pencils. Follow along to better understand techniques for creating different watercolor effects and color styles. See the attachment of the Techniques page and supply list, click attachments.


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Do you like to make tiny works of art? This DIY lesson from Heather Boyd shows you how to make a mini easel out of recycled clothespins, wire, popsicle sticks, and glue. Your finished product can hold miniature paintings, photos, or even business cards. And it’s perfect as a gift for teachers and artists!


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Brush off your magic wand and polish your Adobe Photoshop skills! In this lesson Jerry Gonzalez teaches you to create a fun effect in Photoshop that looks like sparkling streaks of magic. Learn how to create layers, change your brushstroke master diameter, alter your gradient overlay, use the freeform pen tool, and change the Scatter, Count, and Pen Pressure settings. Add some glowing text and save your image - and you've made graphic design magic!


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Get your brushes wet and learn the super-easy basics of face painting. Heather from SillyFarm shows you how to quickly paint a pretty kitty face - one of the designs most requested by kids at parties and fairs. At the same time, Heather teaches the basic strokes you need to feel comfortable with face painting. Learn the best way to load your brush and to paint an attractive line, how to use a sponge for subtle wash of color, and how to apply finishing touches for lips.


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You've chosen your paper, but now how do you start applying your scrapbook elements? Kiwi Lane Design teaches you the the cut, trace, replace method to design and adhere your layout! Get tips for cutting out tricky curved designs, learn how inking can hide a multitude of sins, hear the best methods for adhering your elements, and see how your accessories can tie together your scrapbook's color scheme.


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Frustrated by landscape photos that come out over or underexposed? With high contrast scenes - like the bright light of the sky against a darker landscape or seascape - your camera’s sensor can’t capture the complete range of tones in the picture. In this lesson, learn how graduated neutral density filters (also known as split ND filters) can help balance images out - as well as how and when to use them effectively.


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Do you need to add a little color into your life? Are you an oil painter who’s frustrated with the saturation of your art? This lesson demonstrates how to fix color mistakes in oil paintings. You’ll see how a seasoned painter incorporates new colors into a finished piece. You’ll also learn how to choose oil paints, how to mix colors together to get a balanced value, and skills for producing the perfect lines and shapes in your art.


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