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Internet with all its websites, blogs, forums etc have made it possible to learn photography(any art for that matter) without spending anything. Youtube has been a revolution in the internet chapter & learning with the aid of video has made it much easier to grasp the knowledge & understand it in a better way. However, not knowing which channel to subscribe for learning photography can be frustrating as there are tons of them & not all are helpful. Here I list some of the best channels for learning photography over youtube.

DigitalRev

DigitalRev is the most funniest channel to learn photography on youtube. The DigitalRev team lead by the excellent presenter Kai Wong injects humour & helps to keep the videos fun to watch with low on technical jargon. The cameraman Lok C also pitches in with videos from time to time. This channel deals with gear reviews, photography ideas & shooting techniques. From time to time, the videos drift out of serious photography which some might not like but I feel its a great way to keep the things freshen up.

AdoramaTV

AdoramaTV channel on youtube is a huge resource to learn photography over youtube. Mark Wallace teaches you almost everything related to photography be it shooting, composing, using flash & even post-processing. The videos are rated as per expertise level & Mark manages to explain the technical aspects very lucidly. Time & again, other presenters pitch in & offer their photography knowledge on this channel too.

ThatNikonGuy

Don’t go by the name, this channel is applicable to photographers using camera’s of other brands too. That Nikon Guy(Matt Granger) offers gear reviews, shooting techniques, using flash, photography business advice & other photography related videos. The videos are well balanced & calm to watch. There is absolutely no fanboyism & priority is given to learning photography.

FroKnowsPhoto.com

Fro a.k.a Jared Polin shares gear review, shooting techniques, using flash & post-processing tips on this channel. The videos run long but are well detailed. There are also photo critique videos which will help you learn from the mistakes of other photographers. Jared also runs videos where FroKnowsPhoto forum users edit a particular RAW file & then it is edited by Jared himself over the video and wrapped up showcasing other wonderful edits by the forum users. Jared also does sniff tests, gear preview & detailed review which are great to watch. A well rounded channel when it comes to content, it offers just about everything in photography.

SnapChick

SnapChick offers videos on photography advice, answers photography questions, general photography talk, gear unboxing & other miscellaneous photography videos. For a change, this channel is run by a chick & she does a good job at it.

Happy Learning. If you know of any other helpful youtube channel for learning photography, do let everyone know in the comments :)

With the recent Adobe Flash Player update(11.2) in Linux, there seems to be a major color glitch in flash videos for users using Nvidia graphic cards. When viewing flash videos, a user experiences the colors being reversed/altered like you’re watching a negative slide of a film. Imagine, watching a red Ferrari in stark blue & the skin tones of humans being transformed to that of folks from the movie Avatar. Yes, its really frustrating. Updating the Nvidia drivers to the latest won’t work.

To fix this colour glitch, unfortunately one needs to disable hardware acceleration for videos. To disable hardware acceleration, open up a youtube video, right click in the video area & select settings. In the first tab(Display) itself, you should get “Enable Hardware Acceleration” option with a checkmark in the radio box. Simply uncheck this & now try playing a video. If everything goes well, you should be able to view colours accurately.

Another option is to rollback to Adobe Flash 11.1, if you prefer not to disable hardware acceleration. I hope Adobe issues an update on this soon.

Installing Flash Player in Arch Linux

Flash is often used on the web in form of videos, games & other flash based web applications. Love it or hate it but you can’t escape it atleast for now.Thus it becomes necessary to install flash plugin on your system in order to make sure all those flash content work flawlessly in your web browser. Here I’ll guide you to install flash plugin on your Arch Linux system(32 Bit & 64 Bit).

First, you’ll need to edit the pacman configuration file of Arch Linux i.e. ‘/etc/pacman.conf’. This can be done by issuing following at the shell;

vi /etc/pacman.conf

Once the file is loaded in the shell, scroll down & find the repository section. Under repository section enable the ‘Multilib’ repository by deleting the ‘#’ symbol from front of it. This is known as uncommenting. It should look like this after uncommenting.

[multilib] Include = /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist

After the above is done, issue the following command to refresh & sync the enabled repositories.

# pacman -Syu

Now that we have repositories refreshed, its time to install the flashplayer like any other software using pacman. For that issue,

# pacman -S flashplayer

Now the 32 bit flashplayer is installed on your system. Verify it by typing ‘about:plugins’ in address bar of Mozilla Firefox. Try loading a youtube video or any flash site and it should work without any issues.

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