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Publishing News: No dismissal for Apple, Macmillan and Penguin

By Jenn Webb
May 18, 2012

Updates on the DOJ and antitrust lawsuits against Apple, Macmillan and Penguin; Russian startup Pirate Pay targets BitTorrent file sharing; and Steve Rubel muses on digital media, social sharing and news consumption.

Publishing News: No dismissal for Apple, Macmillan and Penguin

Publishing News: No dismissal for Apple, Macmillan and Penguin
By Jenn Webb
May 18, 2012

Updates on the DOJ and antitrust lawsuits against Apple, Macmillan and Penguin; Russian startup Pirate Pay targets BitTorrent file sharing; and Steve Rubel muses on digital media, social sharing and news consumption.

Music on Computers, Circa 2013

By David Battino
January 22, 2009

For the past 13 years, I've traveled to Texas to join the "premier interactive audio think tank," Project Bar-B-Q. There, great minds from Dolby Labs, Karma Labs, Open Labs, Microsoft, Intel, DTS, Dell, and more plot the future of music on computers. Here's our latest report.

New Book Hot Off the Press: Photoshop CS4 Channels & Masks One-on-One

New Book Hot Off the Press: Photoshop CS4 Channels & Masks One-on-One
By Mary Rotman
January 15, 2009

With 12 self-paced tutorials and three hours of all-new video instruction, Photoshop CS4 Channels & Masks One-on-One allows you to learn at your own pace, while engaging you in real-world projects that have you try out actual techniques and learn concepts in a hands-on way. Keep reading for more information about the book as well as a way to win a copy for yourself.

Alan Lastufka's Revealing Interview with YouTube Rock Star Michael Buckley

Alan Lastufka's Revealing Interview with YouTube Rock Star Michael Buckley
By Sara Peyton
January 13, 2009

Michael Buckley's WhatTheBuck is the most popular entertainment show on YouTube, with more than 240,000 subscribers and 70 million views. Here Alan Lastufka, author of YouTube: An Insider's Guide to Climbing the Charts, talks to this YouTube rock star and learns more about how Michael does things.

Creativity Tools NOW

By David Battino
November 19, 2008

BoinxTV is a striking example of how digital creativity tools are changing. As our tools begin to work in real time, they become less tools and more instruments. We begin to PLAY them, and playing is the heart of creativity. Can you think of other examples?

Taking Charge of Your New Canon Digital Rebel--Tips, Warnings, and Reminders

Taking Charge of Your New Canon Digital Rebel--Tips, Warnings, and Reminders
By Sara Peyton
November 14, 2008

Two new books from O'Reilly's Companion Series offer a complete photography class, tailored specficially for folks using Canon's new Digital Rebel cameras. Both--The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion and The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS/1000D Companion--are by producer and videographer Ben Long. In each of his handy pocket guides, Ben not only provides a detailed one-stop camera manual but he also walks you through all the basic photography theories that apply to any camera. And here Ben provides tips, warnings, and reminders from the books for using the XS cameras (which are applicable to most DSLRs). Read on to learn more.

Boo! dekePod's Scary Halloween Episode

Boo! dekePod's Scary Halloween Episode
By Sara Peyton
October 22, 2008

A week ago Adobe began shipping Photoshop CS4 and already Deke McClelland's highly anticipated Adobe Photoshop CS4 One-on-One is climbing bestselling charts. Even better, dekePod's special Halloween episode sheds light on CS4's scariest feature, the Masks palette. "It's kind of cute, but it's got a big old knife," notes Deke. Watch dekePod now to find out how to transform the Masks palette from, in Deke's own words, "a devil doll to a responsible citizen."

10 Tips & Tricks from the Tasmanian Adventure

10 Tips & Tricks from the Tasmanian Adventure
By Mary Rotman
October 21, 2008

As some of you may know, one of our authors, Mikkel Aaland, recently returned from a trip to Tasmania with a group of photographers and a team from Adobe. Below are tips & tricks regarding Photoshop Lightroom 2, as well as Mikkel's reflection on the trip.

What will the night reveal to your digital camera?

What will the night reveal to your digital camera?
By Kathryn Barrett
October 13, 2008

You may be surprised! The advent of digital photography has revolutionized the practice of night photography because a digital sensor can record the spectacular colors of the night. These colors are created by light waves in spectrums that are invisible to the naked human eye. For the first time we can truly "see" the world of the night around us. In a live webcast on Friday, Oct. 17, Harold Davis, author of Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers, will show why night photography has become increasingly popular among digital photographers...

Learn to tell your stories -- Nancy Duarte's presentation available for viewing

Learn to tell your stories -- Nancy Duarte's presentation available for viewing
By Kathryn Barrett
September 24, 2008

According to Nancy Duarte, author of slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations, we're often afraid to unleash our natural storytelling instincts because we're afraid to be different—afraid to stand out from our corporate norm. And this leads to presentations that put our audiences to sleep—or worse—fail to communicate the information that we hope to convey. In her recent webcast, You are a Natural Born (Visual) Storyteller, Nancy showed the audience how to infuse life, intelligence, and good design into their presentations. The recording is now ready for viewing. Read on.

Practical Photography Advice You Can Take Anywhere

By Mary Rotman
September 10, 2008

The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion is not a typical camera guide. Rather than just showing you what all the buttons do, this unique book teaches you how to use various Digital Rebel features to make great photographs. Through easy-to-follow lessons, this book gives you a complete class on digital photography, tailored specifically for people who use this camera.

Announcing the Adobe AIR Cookbook Cook-off!

By Mary Rotman
August 13, 2008

Think you can solve common Adobe AIR related coding problems? Then you qualify for the Adobe AIR Cookbook Cook-off contest sponsored by O'Reilly Media to celebrate the upcoming publication of the Adobe AIR Cookbook. During this contest, we invite you to submit your best solutions to common AIR coding challenges for a chance to win some great prizes. See http://www.adobe.com/go/air_cookbook for more details.

Nancy Duarte on "slide:ology"

By Mary Rotman
August 12, 2008

Our Digital Media division here at O'Reilly just released a book that's a bit different from our typical style. Subtitled "The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations," slide:ology focuses on practical approaches that combine conceptual thinking and inspirational design, with insightful case studies from the world's leading brands. This highly anticipated resource was written by Nancy Duarte, President and CEO of Duarte Design in Mountain View, CA, the firm that created the presentation for "An Inconvenient Truth," Al Gore's Oscar-winning film. In a recent Q&A with Nancy, I was able to shed a bit of light on this new book.

Do You See in Lab Mode? Or in RGB?

By Mary Rotman
August 6, 2008

Any Photoshop user knows that achieving better color with a picture requires a little effort--but we also know that in the end it's worth it! In this week's episode of dekePod 003: Don't Fear the Lab Mode, Deke walks us through what you need to know in order to change your photos from "ok" to "brilliant."

Rick Sammon shares his secrets

By Kathryn Barrett
August 5, 2008

Last month photographer Rick Sammon, author of 18 books on digital photography, including his latest, Face-to-Face: Rick Sammon's Complete Guide to Photographing People gave a live webcast, sharing some of his top tips for taking great digital photos and answering questions from the audience. His pictures—including some from his latest trip to Papua New Guinea—are stunning and his knowledge is invaluable. If you missed the live show, you can still benefit from his expert advice—just watch the movie!

Nancy Duarte's Ultimate Tips for Remote Presenters

By Sara Peyton
July 30, 2008

When Nancy Duarte, the author of O'Reilly's soon-to-be-released slide:ology, was asked to give a webinar recently, she wanted to be ultra-prepared. So to get ready, the principal of Duarte Design, the firm that created the graphics for Al Gore's Oscar-winning film, An Inconvenient Truth, put together practical, inspiring, and some surprising tips for connecting to and engaging with an online audience.

Take Your Best Shot, Talking to Tim Grey about His New Book

By Sara Peyton
July 25, 2008

Digital imaging photography and imaging expert Tim Grey loves answering questions. In his new book, "Take Your Best Shot," he provides clear, informed answers to the questions serious photographers ask most often. Here he talks about his new book and offers some favorite digital photography tips.

*Update* on Deke's Podcast Challenge

By Mary Rotman
July 25, 2008

We have three winners and are still waiting for seven more. Deke McClelland's One-on-One books are at stake!

Take Your Best Shot, Talking to Tim Grey about His New Book

By Sara Peyton
July 25, 2008

Digital imaging photography and imaging expert Tim Grey loves answering questions. In his new book, "Take Your Best Shot," he provides clear, informed answers to the questions serious photographers ask most often. Here he talks about his new book and offers some favorite digital photography tips.

*Update* on Deke's Podcast Challenge

By Mary Rotman
July 25, 2008

We have three winners and are still waiting for seven more. Deke McClelland's One-on-One books are at stake!

New Contest: Demystify Adobe CS3 with Deke's Help

By Mary Rotman
July 23, 2008

In need of a book to help you demystify the Adobe CS3 suite? You may have seen Deke's podcasts floating around the O'Reilly Media group on facebook, or for free download on iTunes, or on digitalmedia.oreilly.com/dekepod. This week's podcast comes with a contest, and the winners get to choose their favorite One-on-One book.

New Contest: Demystify Adobe CS3 with Deke's Help

By Mary Rotman
July 23, 2008

In need of a book to help you demystify the Adobe CS3 suite? You may have seen Deke's podcasts floating around the O'Reilly Media group on facebook, or for free download on iTunes, or on digitalmedia.oreilly.com/dekepod. This week's podcast comes with a contest, and the winners get to choose their favorite One-on-One book.

Metadata Forensics Is Pure Baloney Says Deke

By Sara Peyton
July 10, 2008

In his new dekePod episode--Metadata Forensicss--Deke McClelland explains why, in his opinion, metadata forensics is pure baloney. Learn how to cook your own EXIF in dekePod, too.

Metadata Forensics Is Pure Baloney Says Deke

By Sara Peyton
July 9, 2008

In his new dekePod episode--Metadata Forensicss--Deke McClelland explains why, in his opinion, metadata forensics is pure baloney. Learn how to cook your own EXIF in dekePod, too.

Deke McClelland Answers Proust's Questions

By Sara Peyton
July 8, 2008

During his long career, Deke McClelland has pioneered new ways to reach his audience. With the release of his new music video "101 Photoshop Tips in Five Minutes," the Photoshop expert, trainer, and author answers Proust's questions, reflecting on his loves, an extravagance, and a favorite writer.

Deke McClelland Answers Proust's Questions

By Sara Peyton
July 8, 2008

During his long career, Deke McClelland has pioneered new ways to reach his audience. With the release of his new music video "101 Photoshop Tips in Five Minutes," the Photoshop expert, trainer, and author answers Proust's questions, reflecting on his loves, an extravagance, and a favorite writer.

Deke McClelland Belts Out 101 Photoshop Tips in Five Minutes

By Sara Peyton
June 25, 2008

Digital imaging master and modern day troubadour Deke McClelland launches his new video podcast series with a music video–“101 Photoshop Tips in 5 Minutes”–today. Watch him croon, buzz, leap, dance, and kick-box his way through dozens upon dozens of useful Photoshop tricks here. And learn more about why Deke made the video, too! (See FREE book contest below.)

New webcast: Rick Sammon's 10 Key Ingredients

By Kathryn Barrett
June 25, 2008

you’ve had the chance to see Rick Sammon’s work, then you know how utterly stunning his photos are. The stories that accompany them are pretty amazing, too.

Digital Media Gems on Twitter

By Derrick Story
June 11, 2008

I keep an eye on all of the content that flows through O'Reilly's Digital Media site and on The Digital Story. When something particularly good or notable catches my eye, I'm posting a tweet about it on Twitter. If you're interested in these "editor's picks," then you can find me as Derrick Story on Twitter....

There’s Always a Workaround

By David Battino
March 6, 2008

I got an interesting question from a student recently. She'd read my article about making surround-sound DVDs at home and wondered about one step, which apparently required the high-end BIAS Peak audio editor. I gave her this recipe, which should work in many programs.

Quiz: Good or Bad Background Music?

By David Battino
February 29, 2008

As part of today's feature article on making movies out of still photos, Michael W. and Debra Jean Dean whipped up this funny demonstration of good and bad background music. It contains five brief examples. See if you can figure out why each helps or hurts the presentation. Debra Jean reveals the answer after each segment. I burst out laughing...

Disc is Dead

By Erica Sadun
January 14, 2008

No, not Disco, Disc. Disc is dead. The existing iTunes movies and video model may be flawed but digital distribution is the way of the future. If the rumor mill is right, tomorrow Apple will reinvent this space


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