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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,...

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Photo Travelogue Oct 2013 Part 1
By: Mike Cohen on Oct 16, 2013 at 9:17:03 pm

10 days in Washington during the government shutdown of 2013, followed by warmer climates. More later: ...

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. ...

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Telling a Story with the Camera
By: Peter John Ross on Oct 11, 2013 at 3:26:53 pm


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...

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Can't get to the Supermeets? Come to Atlanta October 26th for the Creative Ball!
By: walter biscardi on Oct 10, 2013 at 10:29:23 am

So you say you can’t make it out to Las Vegas, Amsterdam or San Francisco for the annual Supermeets? Well the Atlanta Creative Ball is bringing that awesome Raffle and Party experience to the Southeast! This is going to be one heck of a party for creative professionals get to cut loose, swap knowledge and war stories and have a chance at some awesome prizes. ...

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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. ...

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Single Day Tickets Now Available for the Southeast Creative Summit!
By: walter biscardi on Oct 8, 2013 at 4:34:22 pm

SINGLE DAY TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE for the Southeast Creative Summit. The Atlanta Cutters has a limited number of single day tickets available for either Friday or Saturday, Oct 25 & 26. Just $149 each. Admission includes the 50% savings to the Atlanta Creative Ball. ...

TECH TIP - Compression of Time in the Edit
By: Peter John Ross on Oct 7, 2013 at 1:03:57 pm


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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

4K Video? Are you going to SMPTE in Hollywood?
By: Matt Geier on Oct 2, 2013 at 12:25:25 pm

Just looking to find out who might be making the trip. Blogs are about staying in touch with the public and making connections and talking about what we love as a blogger, etc! ...

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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: . 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 . This tutorial is a single movie from the Premiere Pro Guru: Dynamic Link and the Adobe Workflow course presented by 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...

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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...

TECH TIP - Cutting on Motion/Match Cutting
By: Peter John Ross on Sep 29, 2013 at 12:06:55 pm


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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....

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Premiere Pro tutorial: How to work with slow-motion effects
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 27, 2013 at 9:29:00 pm

In this tutorial find out how to work with slow-motion effects in Premiere Pro. Watch more at ....

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Movie Cliches - EXTRAS
By: Peter John Ross on Sep 27, 2013 at 1:06:08 pm


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...

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SMB2 in Mavericks compared to AFP and NFS
By: Matt Geier on Sep 27, 2013 at 9:06:19 am

With the Apple announcement that it will be supporting SMB2 in the upcoming OS X 10.9 “Mavericks” release, some Mac user sites may wonder about the continued need for AFP in their networks. ...

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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 . This tutorial is a single movie from the Up and Running with Photoshop Automation course presented by 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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Adam Elmakias and Lightroom 5.2 — Photofocus Podcast 9/25/13
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 25, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm

This week s show is a double dose of Photo inspiration that will work both sides of your brain. First we take a look at new Adobe tech for Lightroom and Camera Raw, then we jump over and catch up with music photographer Adam Elmakias. Join hosts Rich Harrington and Melissa Niu for interviews with important thought leaders....


The Enterprise File Server In a Digital World
By: Matt Geier on Sep 25, 2013 at 9:07:41 am

Companies of every sort utilize file servers to provide central access to files and printers. But supporting a range of Mac, Windows, and web clients is not easy. ...

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Small Tree is now 10years old!
By: Steve Modica on Sep 24, 2013 at 11:08:41 am

Back in 2003, on September 24th, I drove up to St Paul, Minnesota and filed paperwork to make Small Tree a Minnesota LLC. ...


By: Peter John Ross on Sep 24, 2013 at 10:34:19 am


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...


Okay, fine. Premiere Pro CC is pretty good to me.
By: Kylee Peña on Sep 23, 2013 at 7:59:37 pm

Alright, I'll admit it. Premiere is pretty decent these days.  ...

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Come see me in LA Tuesday Night
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 23, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm

Are you in the Los Angeles area? I'll be speaking at theLA Web Professionals Group group this Tuesday. Photoshop for Web Designers featuring Richard Harrington Tuesday September 24, 2013 - 6:15 PM - 9:30 PM...


HELIOS iPad Document Hub 1.0
By: Matt Geier on Sep 23, 2013 at 11:53:02 am

I thought I'd share this with the Cow community. ...

HELIOS iPad Doc Hub

Time-lapse Tutorial: Choosing a Working Drive
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 22, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm

Because your time-lapse shoots will result in a lot of data, it's important to consider data storage options. This tutorial explores data storage solutions for both desktop and mobile setups, and explains the importance of redundancy, security, and preventing data loss. Watch more at ....


Do You Love After Effects? Get to Seattle This Week for AE World!
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 21, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm

If you re an After Effects fan, you should check out the After Effects World Conference. It s being held in Seattle this week. Several members of the Adobe team as well as top gurus speaking at the conference. I'll be there. You can find out more at

An Introduction to the GoPro Hero3
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 20, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm

Whether you call it a sports cam, action cam, crash cam, or toy cam, the GoPro 3 has taken the production world by storm. While it s not a true DSLR camera, we find ourselves mixing it into our production jobs all the time. For time-lapse, point-of-view, underwater, and aerial photography, these cameras are great. In this week s episode , we start with an in-depth look at GoPro cameras . You ll learn What is a GoPro? Where did these cameras come from and what are they good for? The GoPro bodies. What are the challenges with the form...

Live iPad Mix - classical Musicians and Club DJ
By: Bob Gillen on Sep 19, 2013 at 11:15:29 am

UK-based cinematographer Ben Cole, whom we interviewed a year or so ago, recently shot an innovative new viral ad for European retailer Carphone Warehouse. Cole, along with director Sid Wheeler, initially interviewed several classical musicians who were using new software that helps design an app for their phones/tablets. This, in turn, aids them in being better musicians. The instruments used were a cello, a French horn, and a flute. “No need for a human teacher nowadays,” says Cole. All you need are “… apps from tuning your instrument to scale teaching software that judges how well you play your scales...

Using the History Brush
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 18, 2013 at 9:38:00 pm

Wanting to combine multiple states of an image? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to utilize the History Brush 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...


Generating a Web Gallery with Adobe Bridge
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 18, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm

In this tutorial, find out how to create a customized web gallery in Adobe Bridge. Watch more here . Bridge is a huge timesaver and one of the mot overlooked apps in Adobe Creative Cloud and Creative Suite. This a single movie from the Up and Running with Photoshop Automation course presented by 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....


Filmmaker Sean Breathnach
By: Bob Gillen on Sep 18, 2013 at 12:09:07 am

“Writing can be a solitary pursuit. Directing gives you the social outlet you need, as well as being extremely satisfying work. The combination of the two skills allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds.” READ MORE......

Time-lapse video tutorial: Basic moves on a slider
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 17, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm

In this tutorial explore the basics of working with a Kessler camera slider in order to shoot time-lapse photography. Topics include setting the shoot's start and end points, adjusting the axis of the camera, and tips for keeping flicker out of your shots, including engaging the mirror lock-up and turning of noise reduction. Watch more at ....


Am I Too Inexperienced for Educational Workshops?
By: Kylee Peña on Sep 17, 2013 at 1:46:19 pm

A big dilemma when deciding to throw your hard earned money at someone in exchange for knowledge: am I ready for this? Will I get enough out of it to justify the cost? Will I get eaten alive? I'm scared. Hold me. I don't want anything to do with any of it. Go away. ...

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How To Read A Waveform Monitor & Vectorscope
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 16, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm

When reading video scopes for the first time, it can be tough to figure out what you re actually looking at. But tools like waveform monitors and vectorscopes can help with the exposure and color in your shots and are definitely worth the time spent learning how to use them. The primary thing to keep in mind is that these tools are more accurate than your eyes in providing an objective, analytical snapshot of your video signal. This week we ll explore Why scopes are essential in helping you achieve better shots How a histogram complements the information on a...

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Surrender Dorothy: or why you should go see The Wizard of Oz
By: Debra Kaufman on Sep 16, 2013 at 2:40:32 pm

On September 20, The Wizard of Oz will open in selected cities in its latest incarnation: in stereo 3D and IMAX. Sounds like a gimmick, right? And those of you who have been following my posts know that I'm far from being a cheerleader for 3D for every movie. ...

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Photographers Tamara Lackey & Joel Grimes plus Facebook’s New Policy — Photofocus Podcast 9/15/13
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 15, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm

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Use a Field Monitor for Better Shots
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 14, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm

A common phrase among DSLR pros is that everything looks good on the back of the camera LCD. While intended as a joke, the phrase really means that it s hard to judge aspects of your shot like critical focus, color, and exposure using the LCD on the back of a DSLR camera. As these LCDs are generally very small, it can also be difficult for on-set clients and team members (like a focus puller) to clearly see what the camera is actually shooting. That s where field monitors come in. Over the past few years, lightweight field monitors offering...

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The Refine Edge Command for Better Selections and Adjustments
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 12, 2013 at 9:38:00 pm

Are you trying to adjust a selection? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to use the Refine Edge Command 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...


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