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What if instead of learning high school Spanish from Mr. Jones and Chemistry from Mrs. Adams, you had learned cinematography from Steven Spielberg or business from Sheryl Sandberg? Bet you’d be super rich and famous, right?

SEE ALSO: Take an online writing course taught by Margaret Atwood

Well, it’s not too late. Thanks to the world wide web and a ridiculously cool learning site called CreativeLive, you can take all sorts of classes with the people at the top of their fields. Think the Sheryl of photography and the Steven of finance.

And what better time to get started than summer? Your Netflix queue will be waiting for you for as long as it takes, but these courses are on sale now.

Before there was Armchair Expert, The Dropout, The Daily, and 550,000 other podcasts, there was NPR making podcasts a “thing.”  Think Serial and This American Life. So who better to teach you the business of podcasting than NPR’s finest? This bundle, which features award-winning producers like Alex Blumberg (of This American Life) and Anna Sussman and Julia DeWitt (of Snap Judgement) will deliver the secrets to creating a successful show. You’ll also learn the anatomy of a great episode from Lewis Howes, host of “The School of Greatness” podcast, and how to pick out the right equipment from John Lee Dumas, founder and host of EntrepreneurOnFireFrom. You’ll get tested and proven tips on how to develop narratives that can captivate listeners, how to create radio-quality recordings, and of course, how to monetize your show.

Grab all four courses for $19 — 92% off the usual cost of $266.

Gunning to be the next Ansel Adams? This five-part course was specifically designed to train you on how to become a skillful outdoor photographer. Instructed by established professionals like Matt Kloskowski, Thomas D. Mangelsen (who has appeared in National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Life, Newsweek, and more), Marc Muench, and John Greengo, you’ll learn the ropes in picking the right equipment, dealing with different types of natural light, experimenting with exposure and focus, capturing animals in their natural habitat, and post-processing your work using Photoshop and Lightroom.

Get the entire bundle for $29 — 93% off the usual cost of $425.

If you’re happy with shooting with just your smartphone but still want to unlock its full potential, this bundle taught by pros like Jared Platt, Tony Corbell, John Cornicello, and Chris Orwig will fill you in on the secrets to producing stunning imagery with your trusty device. Across four courses, you’ll get to grips with shooting with a variety of light sources, utilizing household items to build a home studio, dealing with confined spaces as shooting areas, finding the best lighting and composition for your subject, and lots more. By the time you finish, you’ll know what it takes to create a follow-worthy Insta feed.

Grab the bundle here for $19 — 83% off the usual cost of $117.

We all wish we knew the tricks to investing, saving money, and getting out of debt. But alas, we were busy learning Algebra and reading poetry in school. Get a better handle on your personal finances with this money-centric bundle led by finance gurus Ramit Sethi, David Bach, Gaila Gichon, and Mike Michalowicz. Whether you’re hoping to eliminate debt, looking for ways to diversify your income, or just simply want to beef up your savings account, this instructional package is filled to the brim with valuable insight to aid you in gaining financial security.

Grab the bundle of four courses here for $59 — 85% off the usual cost of $406.

If you feel like you’re behind on your goals, consider picking up this bundle packed with insight from today’s biggest achievers like SF Crossfit founder Kelly Starrett and The 4-Hour Workweek author Tim Ferriss. From teaching you how to improve your athletic performance to helping you kickstart an online venture to imparting with you the secret to turning failures into actionable insights, this bundle will help you optimize your mind, body, and career so you can finally attain the goals you set for yourself.

Grab the bundle here for $49 — 91% off the usual cost of $597.

Led by a Harvard- and Columbia-trained physician, a former director of executive education at Google, and a Stanford University instructor, this three-course bundle offers science-backed and evidence-based practices and techniques that will help you build healthier habits so you can live the peaceful life you’ve always wanted. Expect to learn how to fend off negativity, replenish your positive energy, stick to your long-term goals, and so much more. You’ll also learn how to combat stress with breathing and relaxation techniques and mindful communication.

Grab the bundle here for $25 — 71% off the usual cost of $87.

Oppo shows first under-screen camera in bid to eliminated the hated notch

Ever since the notch was first added to smartphones, everyone in the world except the deeply deluded and my editor have wished it gone. Oppo has done it — or at least shown that it can be done — with a demonstration unit at Mobile World Congress in Shanghai. iPhone users can console themselves that Oppo kind of sounds like Apple.

Oppo and Xiaomi both teased their upcoming under-screen cameras in recent weeks, but it’s one thing to put out a video and quite another to show a working model to the public. And Oppo’s device was unmistakably present in Shanghai.


Unfortunately, if you were hoping that the first device would knock it out of the park… not quite. Eyes-on photos and impressions from Engadget China show that the transparent LCD used to cover the camera assembly is, or can be, noticeably different from its surroundings. Of course the team there was trying to capture it, and from straight on when you’re not looking for it this effect may not be particularly pronounced. But it’s there.

The camera itself, since it loses a lot of incoming light to the LCD layer, has a larger sensor with bigger pixels on it to better capture that light. This suggests a lower resolution for the unit than other front-facing cameras, and obviously shooting through an extra layer will reduce sharpness and increase artifacting. Oppo says it is working on reducing these in software, but there’s only so much you can do. The sample photos don’t look so hot.

It’s not going to set the world on fire, but Oppo’s less visible camera is a step towards a notchless future, and that I can support. No word on when it’ll actually be available for purchase, or in what models — perhaps Xiaomi will take the opportunity to announce its under-screen camera with a few more of the relevant details.

At last, a camera app that automatically removes all people from your photos

As a misanthrope living in a vibrant city, I’m never short of things to complain about. And in particular the problem of people crowding into my photos, whatever I happen to shoot, is a persistent one. That won’t be an issue any more with Bye Bye Camera, an app that simply removes any humans from photos you take. Finally!

It’s an art project, though a practical one (art can be practical!), by Do Something Good. The collective, in particular the artist damjanski, has worked on a variety of playful takes on the digital era, such as a CAPTCHA that excludes humans, and setting up a dialogue between two Google conversational agents.

The new app, damjanski told Artnome, is “an app for the post-human era… The app takes out the vanity of any selfie and also the person.” Fortunately, it leaves dogs intact.

Of course it’s all done in a self-conscious, arty way — are humans necessary? What defines one? What will the world be like without us? You can ponder those questions or not; fortunately, the app doesn’t require it of you.

Bye Bye Camera works using some of the AI tools that are already out there for the taking in the world of research. It uses YOLO (You Only Look Once), a very efficient object classifier that can quickly denote the outline of a person, and then a separate tool that performs what Adobe has called “context-aware fill.” Between the two of them a person is reliably — if a bit crudely — deleted from any picture you take and credibly filled in by background.

It’s a fun project (though the results are a mixed bag) and it speaks not only to the issues it supposedly raises about the nature of humanity, but also the accessibility of tools under the broad category of “AI” and what they can and should be used for.

You can download Bye Bye Camera for $3 on the iOS App Store.

Hasselblad’s new medium format camera is a tiny, beautiful nod to history

While mirrorless cameras accelerate into the future, medium format models are hearkening unto the past — and Hasselblad chief among them. Its new digital back fits lenses going back to the ’50s, and the tiny 907X camera body is about as lovely a throwback as one can imagine.

The new set of systems, announced today, are somewhat different from what most people are used to. Most interchangeable-lens systems, like Canon and Nikon’s DSLRs and Olympus and Fujifilm’s mirrorless cameras, generally have two parts: a lens and a body, in the latter of which is found the image sensor.

Hasselblad does make cameras like that, and in fact introduced a dandy-looking new one today, the X1D II 50C (just try to keep track of these names). But the more interesting item by far to me is the CFV II digital back and 907X camera body.

Unlike a traditional DSLR, digital backs are essentially just giant sensors; they fit where the medium format film would have gone and collect light in its place. But they also need a camera unit to do the heavy lifting of parsing all those pixels — about 50 million of them in this case.

What’s nice about this is that you can attach a modern back and camera unit to a lens decades old — you could also attach a modern one, but why? Part of the fun of medium format is using equipment from the distant past, and shooting in some ways the same way someone might have shot a century ago.

The system Hasselblad introduced today is one of the most compact you’ll find, packing all the processing power needed into an enclosure that’s hardly bigger than the lens itself. On the back of it is a high-resolution touchscreen that flips out to 45 and 90 degree angles, letting you shoot top-down or from an angle, like the old days.

It may seem a mere nostalgia bid, but it’s an interesting way to shoot and is more focused on careful composition than spontaneous captures. And brother, is it handsome, as you can see above. (The top picture shows the camera rotated so you can see the screen — normally it would face away from the lens.)

Pricing and availability are to be announced, but this won’t be cheap — think in the $4,000-$6,000 range for the two pieces.

I probably will never own one, but I’m satisfied to know that there is a shooting experience out there that emulates the old medium format style so closely, and not just superficially. It’s a lovely piece of hardware and if Hasselblad’s record is any indication, it’ll take lovely photos.

Not a Photoshop person? This editing software is on sale for $49.

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TL;DR: Luminar 3 is an award-winning photo editing software and it’s on sale for $49, saving you $44.

Decades after its initial debut, Adobe Photoshop still remains the best photo editing software around. There’s really no denying it. The problem is it’s an expensive addition to your monthly bills and it’s incredibly overwhelming if you haven’t had proper training. That means a single photo can take hours, if not days to perfect.

Since spending too much time in front of the computer can get pretty annoying, an affordable, time-saving alternative is appreciated. 

Luminar 3 ditches the complexities of most other editing tools in favor of something hassle-free and affordable. This software is both a full-featured photo editor and a photo library all rolled into one. It uses the power of artificial intelligence to help you achieve perfectly edited photos with a single slider, which will obviously save you a ridiculous amount of time.

You can also choose from over 70 different looks and 50 different filters, automatically improve the sky and foliage in photos using specialized tools, and easily browse and sort through your images with the built-in library. So, not only do you have a next-level editing solution, but you have a streamlined workflow for your entire creative process.

It’s also reportedly super easy to learn. This online bundle will give you full access to the software for Mac and Windows and show you how to use it.

If you’d rather spend more time behind the camera and less time in front of the computer, this could be a good option. Right now you can get the software and the training course for just $49 — 47% off the usual price of $93.