If you’re short on time or cash to up your photography game, improve your design skills, or get motivated, you should check out what Creative Live has to offer. 

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If you’re a regular punch clock Joe or Jane, AND a creative, sometimes it’s difficult to find training, inspiration or advice during hours that you have available. I found trying to improve my skills by attending workshops while working at my local university library and freelancing photography impossible, because classes were offered during my work hours.  Eventually I found a solution and it didn’t cost me a dime.

The folks over at are busy putting together some of the best online classes out there, and you can stream them for free. How does this work? Creative Live broadcasts over 1,500 curated classes by experts on five channels:  photo/video, art/design, music/audio, craft/maker, money/life. You can, of course, pay to see the class, which allows you to archive it and watch it again at any time. However, to see the broadcast for free, you need to view on a specific day and time to catch the streaming.

On Air Today is the daily showcase for what topics are being covered, and upcoming classes. I appreciate how Creative Live always has entire classes ‘on air’ on all 5 creative channels 24 hours a day. No matter what time of day, there is always something interesting to watch, podcasts to download, article to read — plenty of brain food for creatives! It’s easy to get started — just sign up (it’s free) and click the RSVP next to the classes you want to watch.




In today’s edition of “things that go boom in the archives” we have a set of nitrate negatives. These were donated by a guy who stored them in his garage in a paper envelope. What makes them go boom? Cellulose nitrate! It is the material that makes the film base that is printed on with the silver emulsion. When cellulose nitrate isn’t happy (too hot, humid or lots of climate fluctuations) it decomposes to a brittle, sticky bubbly mess. The best part is it can spontaneously combust! Tune in sometime in the future for a new edition of “Things that can kill you in the archives” where we discuss why my tetanus vaccination is always up to date.