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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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Knowing your way around a sewing machine opens up a whole new world of creativity! From clothing to home décor to customized gifts, sewing provides you with a range of opportunities to use your skills, save money, and bring your artistic designs to life. In this sewing lesson, Mimi G shows you around a sewing machine, explaining the most basic functions that most machines are equipped to do, describes the most necessary tools you’ll need to begin, and teaches you how to read a pattern.


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Perhaps you’ve taken a year of Spanish, and you feel comfortable enough in your language skills to finally take that vacation to a Spanish speaking country. While you may be intimidated, if you have the basics down, you’ve got nothing to worry about. Spanish is Your Amigo is here to teach you ten key phrases that are great to begin a conversation, or to interject when you don’t know what else to say. Master these, and no one will guess that Spanish isn’t your native language.


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Show off your slideshow skills with this tutorial in the basics of PowerPoint! In this beginner lesson from Motion Training, learn to create professional and engaging slideshows. See how to: add slides; create bullet points; write and edit text make custom slide layouts; format your presentation with themes; add images, animate your presentation; and much more. Although this lesson is specific to PowerPoint 2010, the concepts presented here can be applied to any edition of PowerPoint.


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Are you hungering for new Microsoft Excel skills? Learn how to make a pie chart! This lesson from Motion Training teaches you to make and modify a pie chart, which tracks the distribution or percentage of data across multiple categories. Learn how to select your numbers, create your chart, and format it by moving individual pie slices (for an 'exploded pie chart'). Give the chart a 3D effect, and see how to label your pie slices with numbers or percentage values and format your legend box.


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Disappointed by your doodles, and wish you could draw better? Drawing well is about your hand being able to do what your brain tells it to do. And if your hand doesn’t have much practice at creating certain shapes or lines, the end result of your sketching may not look at all like it did in your mind’s eye. But drawing is a skill and the old saying “practice makes perfect” still applies—learn how to improve your drawing skills with this lesson from Drawing Teachers. Michael shows you a beautiful and interesting way to practice drawing shapes and lines.


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Knitting is an excellent way to make your own clothing or craft elegant gifts for loved ones. It allows you to express yourself artistically through the stitches and designs you use in your piece. In this lesson from Fabin BC, watch and learn how to knit a cable cast on. Start by learning how to do a slip stitch and how to hold your needles. Lynne shows you how to knit the cast on stitch and then demonstrates what to do when you get to the last stitch, to create a lovely cabled edge.


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Breakfast is almost over and the boys are ready to start their day. Review the Spanish words and phrases you’ve already learned and pick up a few new ones along the way with this scene from Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids. Simple graphics, demonstrations, and quizzes will help you memorize everything in minutes. Perfect for kids (and kids at heart)!


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Improve your Microsoft Excel skills by learning how to use common functions. In this lesson, Motion Training will walk you through a sample workbook and commonly used Excel functions: sum (adding), average, maximum, minimum, and count. Learn how to set the range of a function manually, how to use the Excel AutoSum feature, and how to choose standard functions from the function wizard or the formula library.


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Lost in the woods? No need to resort to trails of bread crumbs! This lesson from Roadside Nature shows you the correct way to hold, use, and read a compass to scout your way home. Point the compass forward, keeping it level with the ground. Ensure that there are no metallic objects or electricity sources nearby, as these can interfere with your compass. Learn about the Quadrant and Azimuth methods of finding a specific direction.


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Not sure how to style your hair? Skip the salon and try this simple updo that can be paired with a casual outfit or dressed up for a day in the office. Best of all, it’s easiest to do this bun with dirty hair - so no need to wash your hair! Learn how to tie up your hair, tease it for volume, and pin it into place for a hairdo that will last all day.

For more beauty and style tips, check out the [Big Top Bun](http://www.pinkpistachio.com/big-top-bun/) post on Pink Pistachio's blog.


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Learning how to write a good essay isn’t just a requirement for many exams or a prerequisite for many college classes—it is an integral life skill. By learning how to articulate your thoughts clearly and concisely, you’ll improve your ability to reason and your powers of persuasion. In this writing lesson, learn how to craft a great 5-paragraph essay, from introduction to conclusion! As a bonus, learn how to add, introduce, and explain a quotation, for a first rate paper.


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Learn to make a classic fashion accessory - the bow tie! Hone your sewing skills with this easy lesson, and make this easy and customizable tie. Professor Pincushion explains the necessary materials, how to prepare your fabric, and finally how to pin and sew your tie together. Whether the tie is for Dad on Father’s Day, groomsmen in a wedding party, or your prom date - your sartorial creation will lend class and distinction to whoever is wearing it, wherever they go. Free pattern included!


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Learn to take beautiful abstract photos of smoke. This lesson explains how to light smoke and set the correct exposure settings for great pictures - all without the use of a tripod. Phillip also teaches you how to process photos of smoke using Adobe Photoshop to create beautiful frameable photographs.


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Some people like sports, some people like reading books. What do you like? In this lesson from Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids, follow along with Eli, Andy, Parker as they talk about their hobbies in Spanish. With the help of fun graphics and examples, you’ll learn how to talk about a few of your own favorite things and pick up a few new words and phrases along the way! Perfect for kids (and kids at heart)!


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Begin wrapping your head around Excel with this tutorial on basic workbook skills! Follow along with Motion Training as he demonstrates how to create a new spreadsheet, enter and edit data, format and resize your data cells, and how to save your changes - all the while cluing you in on handy keyboard shortcuts. Although this tutorial is specific to Excel 2010, most of the skills taught here can be applied to earlier versions of Microsoft Office.


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In this lesson, Motion Training demonstrates how to do calculations in spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel 2010. From where important keys are located on the keyboard to the sequence in which formulas are written, Guy equips you to do basic calculations. By the end of the tutorial, you will understand the benefits of using cell references instead of numbers, and be able to apply formulas quickly to lists of calculations.


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Gather ‘round the table: it’s time for breakfast! In this lesson from Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids, Eli comes downstairs only to find that his brothers Parker and Andy are missing! Where could they be? And will they make it in time for some pan y huevos (bread and eggs)? As you follow along with this fun and interactive scene, you’ll learn some of the most common Spanish words and phrases, such as ¿Dónde está? (where is it?) and gracias (thank you).


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Fashion magazines can provide wonderful ideas for your wardrobe. But these fashions often cost more than you can spend. Learn how to make them for yourself, at home! You’ll save on cash, and each time someone compliments you on your good taste, you’ll have the personal satisfaction of knowing you designed and created your one-of-a-kind jewelry. In this lesson, get the hang of making wirework jewelry— familiarize yourself with the tools, materials, and learn how to design your own pieces.


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