G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt: Evolutionary High Speed Storage for the Digital World|
By: Gary Bettan on Dec 10, 2013 at 10:37:40 am
If you are like me, you have stacks of memory cards filled with video and photos from your camcorder, DSLR, GoPro and every other device you use to capture images. One of the biggest challenges facing content creators today is how do you quickly and efficiently get all this digital data, all these bits and bytes into your computer so you can begin working on them.
All My Adorama Videos in One Post|
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 9, 2013 at 8:21:26 pm
A lot of you may have missed the free training I've produced for Adorama — A great camera store out of New York where I do most of my shopping. You can see the whole series in this playlist....
Prepare for a multi-camera shoot: DSLR Video Tips|
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 9, 2013 at 6:10:00 am
With the price of cameras dropping lower and lower, using multiple cameras at the same time is a popular production trend. Whether you’re shooting a concert, performance, or how-to video, capturing multiple angles of a shot in perfect sync makes the whole project better. But multi-camera shoots are tricky. In this week’s DSLR Video Tips , Robbie and Rich show you how to plan for a multi-camera shoot. Director of Photography Jim Ball offers additional insight from his experience with multi-camera shoots. This week we cover Preparing for a Multiple DSLR Camera Shoot: Learn what to think about before you...
Don't Miss the Next Photofocus Hangout About Photoshop|
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 8, 2013 at 5:55:16 am
An Insiders’ Look at Photoshop and the Future of Imaging Friday, December 20, 2013 1:00 PM EST - 2:30 PM EST Melissa Niu and Rich Harrington from Photofocus host two of the top experts in digital imaging. We've got Bryan O'Neil Hughes who's the Senior Product Manager, Adobe Photoshop and Howard Pinsky a Photoshop Guru of Iceflow Studios. You can sign up for the hangout here — https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cdj7mrb95bsstklgqqe5ngji9qo?cfem=1 authkey=CKTmhZqum73CjQE...
My Favorite New iPad Air Case and Screen Cover|
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 7, 2013 at 7:38:00 am
Like many I bought a new iPad Air. Thanks to Apple's secrecy, finding a decent case has proven pretty much impossible. This is because the exact shape and position of buttons was a secret. Want a case that loosely fits or covers your buttons... no problem. It's also easy to find one that doesn't shut the device off when you close the lid. But I like my gear to last and look professional. After a lot of searching, I'm very happy with the results. The Perfect Case for iPad Air...
Keynote tutorial: Assembling a Layered Graphic File in Keynote|
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 6, 2013 at 8:18:00 am
Keynote integrates well with Photoshop, which means you can easily import PNG files for use in your presentations. In this tutorial, find out how to assemble a layered file in Keynote, and get some expert tips for building presentations based on Photoshop images, such as making your PNGs all the same dimension. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Keynote-tutorial... . ...
Get Photoshop and Lightroom for $9.99 a Month|
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 4, 2013 at 6:00:00 am
Adobe recently unveiled its Photoshop Photography Program which let Photoshop CS3 (or newer) customers get Photoshop CC and Lightroom for US $9.99 a month. Many of you were upset that Creative Suite owners and Lightroom customers couldn’t participate. We told you to be patient. The time has arrived (but the window of opportunity is short). Starting today, the Photoshop Photography Program is available to anyone who wants to participate ( but only until December 8, 2013 ). That means you’ve got just under two weeks to decide if you want to participate. The Photoshop Photography Program includes the following for...
Using Shy Layers in After Effects|
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 3, 2013 at 1:25:59 pm
Making a layer "shy" hides it from view, allowing you to work with a clean and organized Timeline. In this tutorial, find out how to use shy layers in After Effects and explore some of their advantages. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tu... . This tutorial is a single movie from the After Effects Guru: Mastering the Timeline course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 1 hour and 8 minutes and reveals time-saving features for navigating to specific timecodes, adjusting keyframes, changing layer behavior, and other tips for mastering the Timeline panel in After Effects....
The Production Process Part 1: Pre-Production|
By: walter biscardi on Dec 2, 2013 at 7:35:58 pm
Sister company Biscardi Creative Media launched its first Google Hangout today which is a lot of fun. Essentially a live podcast that is instantly converted over to a YouTube video when completed with the ability to edit the video on YouTube when its completed. The main focus on the BCM Hangouts will be educating clients and potential clients on all aspects of the production process and how we work. However there is cross-over and in the first set of Hangouts we’ll be discussing the four steps of the Production Process.
Using a Click Track to Create a Music Video|
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 2, 2013 at 1:44:00 pm
When you’re working on a music video and need to record a commercial or promo that’s tightly tied to a music track, it’s important to think ahead for post-production. Recording with a click track gives you the ability to sync multiple cameras and multiple takes across several locations. Using consistent, sequential audio cues, known as a click track, will help you sync your visuals in post. On this week’s show, Robbie and Rich walk you through the benefits of using a click track when recording a musical performance. This week we cover • Using a click track: Learn how to...
How to develop and Act In a Web Series|
By: Bob Gillen on Dec 2, 2013 at 12:26:00 pm
Creating Story continues its focus on web series, with LA-based actor and acting coach Claire Winters sharing comments on developing and acting in a web series. Classically trained, Winters’ many roles include the bipolar disabled daughter of Philip Seymour Hoffman in the HBO mini series Empire Falls, and a wealthy uber-feminist film student in the comedy feature Filmic Achievement. Film professor Mildred Lewis has said of web series, “(Viewers) can watch legacy media or take advantage of virtually unlimited, less well-known content.” The question for Claire Winters: in an open environment such as a web series, do actors need to...
Use Brainstorm in After Effects|
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 30, 2013 at 1:23:00 pm
With the Brainstorm tool, you can create new, randomly generated effects for use in your After Effects projects. Find out how to use this tool and experiment with your own effects in this tutorial. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tutorials/After-Effects-Guru-Mastering-T imeline/144848-2.html?utm_campaign=hHYAqr6sOhs utm_medium=viral utm_source=youtube. This tutorial is a single movie from the After Effects Guru: Mastering the Timeline course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington....
Fixing the Exposure Triangle Beyond Camera Settings|
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 29, 2013 at 2:48:00 pm
Throughout the past month , we’ve tackled the exposure triangle —the critical way to get properly exposed photos and videos. Remember your camera and lens have three essential controls that affect how much light comes into the camera: the aperture or opening of the lens, the shutter speed (how long the shutter opens), and the ISO (the sensitivity of your sensor). But a problem as tough as exposure can still be hard to crack. What happens when you can’t get more light into the camera and the shot is dark? How about when you want shallow depth of field and...
Keynote Tutorial: Animating images|
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 22, 2013 at 1:41:00 pm
It can be hard to keep your audience engaged during a presentation, but don't worry; Keynote offers you a way to spice things up: animating your images. Find out how to animate images in Keynote in this tutorial. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Keynote-tutorial... . This tutorial is a single movie from the Keynote: From Outline to Presentation course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 2 hours and 10 minutes and shows how to build and deliver a great Keynote presentation....
First Look: FSI CM250 OLED Reference Monitor|
By: walter biscardi on Nov 21, 2013 at 1:34:56 pm
“First Look” at the new FSI CM250 OLED Reference monitor from Flanders Scientific. I sat down with FSI's Bram Desmet to check out this new monitor and instead of blogging about it, we broke out the camera and decided to show you down below what this incredible monitor is all about.
DSLR tutorial: The Exposure Triangle|
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 20, 2013 at 1:33:00 pm
When shooting video, exposure requires an almost scientific understanding of light. In this tutorial, explore a straightforward way to get strong, well-exposed shots with your DSLR. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials... ....
Keynote Tutorial: Adding a Photo to a Drop Zone|
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 18, 2013 at 1:40:00 pm
Keynote's themes often include drop zones--areas where you can drop several photos of different sizes and have them formatted consistently, which will save you time when building your presentations. Find out how to add a photo to a drop zone in this tutorial. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Keynote-tutorial... . This tutorial is a single movie from the Keynote: From Outline to Presentation course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 2 hours and 10 minutes and shows how to build and deliver a great Keynote presentation....
Creating Books I Want to Read Myself|
By: Bob Gillen on Nov 12, 2013 at 12:16:05 am
UK-based writer Joanna Penn and I connected through email to talk about her creative writing. Penn describes herself as a writer-entrepreneur. Her body of work includes fiction and nonfiction. “I write thrillers under J.F. Penn and non-fiction under Joanna Penn.” Penn’s three-book thriller series centers on psychologist and ARKANE agent Morgan Sierra. “Set against a backdrop of early Christian history, archeology and psychology,” says Penn, “the fast-paced ARKANE thrillers weave together historical artifacts, secret societies, global locations, violence, a kick-ass protagonist and a hint of the supernatural.” READ MORE......
Elevate Your Video Camera|
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 11, 2013 at 3:04:00 pm
A great way to create more interesting video perspectives is to raise your camera higher . Positioning the camera above any scene gives a unique view—and putting the camera into motion from that position can result in really dynamic shots. In this week’s video, we look at a couple of tools for raising your camera up higher, and discuss techniques for getting the most out of elevated shots. This week we cover Using a monopod to extend your reach. Learn why a monopod is one of the easiest ways to get the camera up higher and extend it into a...
Keynote tutorial: Ken Burns effects with Magic Move|
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 9, 2013 at 1:42:00 pm
The Ken Burns effect involves panning and zooming on a still image. In this tutorial, Rich Harrington sheds some light on how you can use the Magic Move feature to create Ken Burns effects in your Keynote presentations and make them stand out. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Keynote-tutorial... . This tutorial is a single movie from the Keynote: Using Photos and Videos Effectively for Great Presentations course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 2 hours and 39 minutes and shows how to add photos and video to your Keynote presentation and make it more professional and engaging....
How Do I Mount and Control a GoPro Camera?|
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 8, 2013 at 2:37:00 pm
From its origins as a surf camera to its current incarnation as a flexible tool for any project that needs a small, durable, and capable camera, GoPro has become synonymous with go anywhere, “get the shot no matter what” productions. Smaller than your fist and providing endless mounting options, GoPro cameras allow you to get shots you never thought were possible—especially where larger, more expensive cameras won’t work. In this week’s episode , we’ll take a look at the iconic GoPro camera and how it can become even more flexible with different mounts, and the GoPro App, which allows you...
Film Adaptation of Macbeth Set in Northern Ireland Prison|
By: Bob Gillen on Nov 5, 2013 at 9:48:44 pm
Tom Magill, co-founder and artistic director of the Educational Shakespeare Company ( ESC ), uses drama and film to heal the trauma so deeply rooted within criminal justice and metal health settings. Centered in Belfast, Northern Ireland, ESC works to enable those mired in brutal circumstances to understand and transform their lives through the creative process. The plays of Shakespeare, most prominently Macbeth, feature strongly in this healing process. ESC describes itself as an award-winning culture and arts education charity specializing in storytelling through drama and film. “The majority of people I work with,” says Tom Magill, “are carrying trauma....
What is the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera?|
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 1, 2013 at 3:07:00 pm
Blackmagic Design is well known for its reasonably priced video post-production products, including interfaces and adapters. Recently they’ve also started making cameras, including the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Production Camera 4k, and Pocket Cinema Camera—all with high-end features and great price points. On this week’s episode, we’ll take a look at the small, yet capable Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera . About the same size as a traditional point-and-shoot stills camera, the BMPCC is capable of shooting video using Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) and now, the compressed RAW format as well, all to a fast SD card. It’s a versatile camera that...
How Sensitive is Your Camera?|
By: Richard Harrington on Oct 18, 2013 at 2:44:00 pm
When you’re talking about exposure, it’s important to know the sensitivity of your camera. A camera’s sensitivity is measured with an ISO unit. The ISO standard is controlled by a technical group called the International Organization for Standardization and it’s the digital equivalent to film speed from days past. From camera to camera, the native sensitivity will vary. Newer cameras tend to be more sensitive to light thanks to improvements in camera sensors. This means that you can shoot with less available light or use smaller apertures to control depth of field. But if you set your ISO too high,...
Live Training and Live Networking, They Build Trust for your Career|
By: walter biscardi on Oct 14, 2013 at 6:13:29 pm
I’m fortunate that I get the opportunity to speak in front of many groups and recently that’s been more high school and college students. No matter what the discussion is about, we always spent a lot of time talking jobs and networking. Because we’re all so digitally connected it should be easier to network, at least that’s what they think. Twitter, Facebook, Forums like these on the Cow and Google Hangouts, that’s all you need to build a reputation.
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