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Lynda.com is running a 30% off deal through August 24, 2015. I’ve been a Lynda.com subscriber for a couple of years now. Both me and my son use it on a regular basis. It is an easy way to jump into learning new software and there are a ton of courses on photography and video software, as well as more general topics in photo and video creation.

Whenever someone asks me about learning a new piece of software, Lynda.com is the first place I recommend. There are plenty of quality YouTube channels for learning various software and techniques; however, there is also a lot of crap out there.

Lynda.com is an affiliate partner of Photography Bay but I choose my partners carefully and can recommend Lynda.com without hesitation. I upgraded to a full year of their premium subscription earlier this year when they had another 30% off deal. So, I wanted to pass this latest deal along to Photography Bay readers as well.

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Learn the Benefits of High-Speed Sync in Daylight

This short video from Profoto shows how shooting with high-speed sync flashes in daylight can help bring back details in the sky. The advantage of high-speed sync is that you can shoot at much higher shutter speeds than the x-sync rating of your camera. Most systems allow you to go up to 1/8000s, which means you can bring ambient light down without needing a ton of light from your flash.

In this case, they used a single B2 head in a softbox to balance the flash and ambient light. While the Profoto kits can be very expensive, the same effect can be achieved using smaller and more affordable speedlights. If name brand speedlight kits are still too expensive, third-party speedlights are available with the high-speed sync feature for less than $100.

4K Video – Is it worth it?

Here’s a great video from Linus Tech Tips that gives some insight to the 1080p/4K debate and some practical considerations for shooting, editing and exporting in one over the other. It pays particular attention to online video use (and specifically with regard to YouTube videos) and how they use the Panasonic GH4 and Sony FS700 as 4K shooting options.

I have been a proponent of shooting 4K and editing in a 1080p timeline to afford additional reframing options (or even 1080p footage in a 720p timeline if you are limited to HD cameras). The above video, however, makes the additional argument for 4K exports even if you are working in a 1080p timeline. That’s a new consideration for me but, given how YouTube treats 4K files, is certainly worth considering and testing in the future.

For those of you who shoot video, what format do you prefer to shoot, edit and export?

[YouTube via Reddit]

Learn the Difference Between Flow and Opacity in Photoshop

The flow and opacity settings for the brush tools in Photoshop can be a little confusion. Watch this video (tip: content starts 2 minutes in) from Aaron Nace at Phlearn for a great visual explanation of how the flow and opacity settings work.

The basic idea is that the Flow setting allows you to build up ink over and over again, while Opacity gives you a single value of ink on your brush. These settings come in very handy for dodging and burning on images as the above video demonstrates.