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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Five Video Editing Tips – from Writers|
By: Kylee Peña on Oct 13, 2013 at 7:46:55 pm
I like writing. I always have, and I've always been okay at it. It makes a lot of sense to me when editors also write -- blogs, scripts, whatever -- because the tasks are so similar. It mostly comes down to constructing a story of some kind, and the same pitfalls seem to apply more and more as I keep editing and writing stuff.
Mastering Shutter Speed|
By: Richard Harrington on Oct 11, 2013 at 1:15:00 pm
Does your footage look too choppy? Are action scenes a streaky mess? It might be because your shutter speed isn’t set properly . The shutter in a camera is a lot like a pair of shutters on a window. It controls how much light comes through and hits the camera’s sensor. This week, we continue to look at exposure. There are three critical pieces to achieving good exposure and creative control with your shots. Fortunately, shutter speed is the easiest to learn, with just a few simple rules. This week we’ll cover • What is shutter speed? Learn how shutter...
Sirens & Sinners: Filmmaking in the Weimar Republic|
By: Debra Kaufman on Oct 9, 2013 at 1:28:45 pm
Yesterday I was lucky enough to get a copy of the new book Sirens & Sinners: A Visual History of Weimar Republic Film 1918 - 1933 . For all you film lovers out there, you know what an amazing time this was for filmmaking. In fact, some of the films made during this era continue to be strong artistic influences. I'm talking about The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920;, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922) -- for my money, still one of the scariest films ever made; The Blue Angel (1930); M (1931).....the list goes on.
My All Raw Timelapse Workflow|
By: Richard Harrington on Oct 5, 2013 at 10:02:00 pm
Here's a series of there videos I produced about an all-raw Timelapse workflow. This was shot partially on location at the Panama Canal. Part 1 Shooting & Raw Processing Part 2 Assembling in After Effects Part 3 Color Grading and Filtering Timelapse Scenes...
DSLR Video, Terry White, and Matt Kloskowski — Photofocus Podcast 10/5/13|
By: Richard Harrington on Oct 4, 2013 at 9:29:25 pm
This week s show is a triple feature we tackle three areas of the photo industry that are hot topics. First up, Scott Bourne interviews Rich Harrington about how to get started in DSLR video. Rich Harrington then takes the microphone and talks to Terry White from Adobe about changes at Adobe as well as Terry s photography. Our third segment, Melissa Niu interviews Matt Kloskowski of Kelby Training to find out about how the photo industry is evolving....
Mastering aperture: DSLR Video Tips|
By: Richard Harrington on Oct 3, 2013 at 9:29:00 pm
How much light does your camera see? The aperture of your camera is its portal to the light in your scene (and without light, there are no pictures or video). Controlling the aperture is essential to getting the right amount of light on to your camera s sensor to capture the best shots. There s another side to aperture as well. As you open the aperture wider, you can narrow the depth of field in your shot, blurring more of the frame outside of your immediate focus area. This is often a hallmark of the DSLR video look. Mastering aperture...
A Detailed HDR Webinar|
By: Richard Harrington on Oct 2, 2013 at 9:29:00 pm
A detailed HDR Workflow webinar. We take a look at the brand new Photomatix beta release. Speakers Include: Ron Pepper HDRsoft Hal Schmitt Director of LIGHT Photographic Workshops Kim Seng (Captain Kimo) HDR Expert Photofocus Team: Richard Harrington Melissa Niu Levi Sim Abba Shapiro...
Jenny Milchman on her debut novel|
By: Bob Gillen on Oct 2, 2013 at 2:22:13 pm
In Jenny Milchman’s debut mystery novel, Cover of Snow , she uses a first person point of view, with several chapters interspersed of third person point of view to establish further perspective. It’s a relatively rare technique. I asked her how that came to be as she developed her story. “The first thing I should probably share is that the words developed your story give me a wistful sort of laugh. Let’s just say that what feels most accurate is the story develops me.” A Tenacious Author “Cover of Snow hit twenty-two drafts before it was published. I was not...
Try Out the New Photomatix 5 for Free|
By: Richard Harrington on Oct 1, 2013 at 9:29:00 pm
You can download the beta here: http://www.hdrsoft.com/download/betas/pmp50.php . Here are a few notes from HDRsoft. Photomatix Pro version 5.0 is currently in beta testing phase. You are welcome to help us test the beta releases, but please note the following: - Beta releases are not stable versions of the software. They may not work properly and they may crash often. Beta releases are intended for testing purposes only, and should not be used for normal use and production work. Beta releases of Photomatix Pro include the usual registration system of normal versions, i.e. they run in trial mode when the...
Premiere Pro tutorial: Importing a layered Photoshop file|
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 30, 2013 at 9:29:00 pm
In this tutorial, learn how to import layered PSD files in order to create picture-in-picture effects in a Premiere Pro project. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Premiere-Pro-tut... . This tutorial is a single movie from the Premiere Pro Guru: Dynamic Link and the Adobe Workflow course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 1 hour and 29 minutes and shows how to save time, save disc space, and get more billable work done using Dynamic Link--the Adobe technology that allows you to use files from other Adobe apps inside your Premiere Pro projects. Welcome 1. An Intro to Dynamic...
Why Are You Going to the Southeast Creative Summit?|
By: Kylee Peña on Sep 30, 2013 at 1:17:32 pm
One of the great things about getting out of the dimly lit edit room (or bay or suite or closet or whatever you use to describe where you spend 85% of your life) and going to places where your peers are gathering is that you -- gasp -- meet your peers! And some of those peers become -- bigger gasp -- FRIENDS!
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The Poor Man’s Art Form|
By: Bob Gillen on Sep 30, 2013 at 1:11:59 pm
Theater, especially black box, is most often an intimate experience, both for the audience and for the actor. Award-winning playwright Raegan Payne talks about her playwriting and what attracts her to this kind of storytelling. A Poor Man’s Art Form “I like being forced to tell a story with just dialogue and almost no resources,” says Payne. “It’s a poor man’s art form, anyone can do it, that’s what I love. Inversely, it should also be accessible for the poor to see and often times it isn’t. “Also, theatre has an immediacy as well as intimacy that can be missing...
DSLR Video Planning and Shooting|
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 28, 2013 at 9:29:00 pm
DSLR Video Planning and Shooting from Richard Harrington Here's a recent presentation from Photoshop World DSLR Video Planning and Shooting. Learn about the process of planning for and creating a DSLR video project....
Mastering exposure: DSLR Video Tips|
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 27, 2013 at 9:42:00 am
When it comes to capturing great images, exposure is critical. Under- or overexpose your shot and you lose precious details. But setting the proper exposure isn t easy; your light may move behind a cloud, or change over time. When shooting video, exposure requires an almost scientific understanding of light. In this week s DSLR Video Tips , we ll show you a straightforward way to get strong, well-exposed shots. You ll learn about Exposing for video What is the desired goal when exposing for video and when does it look right ? Balancing the exposure triangle Learn how to...
Get Consistent Color with Conditional Mode Automation|
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 26, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm
The Conditional Mode Change command in Photoshop allows you to set a color mode among your images in a consistent way. In this tutorial, set up an action to specify which color mode you'd like the Conditional Mode Change command to convert your images to. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Photoshop-tutori... . This tutorial is a single movie from the Up and Running with Photoshop Automation course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 2 hours and 37 minutes and shows how to utilize actions and automation in Adobe Photoshop and Bridge to speed up your workflow. Introduction 1....
Why Live Training Still Matters in the Internet Age|
By: walter biscardi on Sep 26, 2013 at 2:44:20 pm
Never has so much information been so easily available to so many than today. Right here on this very site are literally MILLIONS of tidbits of information, nuggets of knowledge and full blown training products ready at a moment's notice. For the bulk of what we need to know in this industry, this information is invaluable. Especially when we're getting started with a new tool, knowing how and which buttons to push is the information we need to get us past "launch this tool."
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Combining Blur Gallery Filters|
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 23, 2013 at 9:38:00 pm
Want to learn about the Blur Gallery? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to combine blur gallery filters in Adobe Photoshop. Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals...