This post also appears on DPBestflow.org This is Part 4 in our series on planning a project (don't miss Part 3) The stage where all of the video elements are connected is referred to as postproduction. Here you will ingest the material into a computer environment so the files can enter the working stage. This is where the video footage and audio are combined, the story is refined so only the best footage remains. When finished, you’ll be able to view the completed project that you’ve imagined in your head. Postproduction can seem … [Read more...] about How to Plan a Video Project: Postproduction
Rich has published over 100 courses on Lynda.com. Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.
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This post also appears on DPBestflow.org This is Part 3 in our series on planning a project (don't miss Part 2) The production stage is where all your hard work comes together. Every project will have a unique configuration of gear. Special lenses to get the desired shots as well as lighting to create the right look. Multiple cameras may be needed to get proper coverage of an event and to make the editing process run more smoothly. In a large production, the roles listed below will be performed by different people. In a small production, … [Read more...] about How to Plan a Video Project: Production
This is article #2 in the DSLR Video Weekly series. If you'd like the whole thing in one shot, check out the book Creating DSLR Video: From Snapshots to Great Shots. Once you get the hang of video, be sure to monetize it by becoming a contributor to Adobe Stock. Every coin has two sides. So, although there is much to love about shooting video on a DSLR video camera, there are some drawbacks that will drive you nuts. If you’re used to shooting video on a traditional video camera, these shortcomings will be particularly noticeable. Be … [Read more...] about DSLR Video Weekly: What’s Not So Great About DSLR Video?
This post also appears on DPBestflow.org This is Part 2 in our series on planning a project (don't miss Part 1) Successful video projects rarely just happen; in fact, they often involve a great deal of planning. Budgets need to be created, contracts drafted, crews booked, and schedules made. A video shoot has many elements: lighting, shot design, locations, audio, directing, and videography—to name a few. All of these require planning and choices to be made before the shoot day. You must plan Many photographers are interested in just … [Read more...] about How to Plan a Video Project: Preproduction
This post also appears on DPBestflow.org This is Part 01 in our series on planning a project. If you do not make informed decisions early on in a video project, it may result in an enormous amount of time spent “cleaning-up” or “fixing it in post.” This can compromise the quality and vision of the work or require a redo, often at your own expense. With the proper amount of planning and decision-making, many “could be issues” become non-issues. The goal of planning is to determine what questions to ask and how to proceed with the … [Read more...] about How to Plan a Video Project: The Objectives
Often when I crop, its all about precision. I frequently need to crop to a specific aspect ratio. Sometimes its for the screen (video projects and slideshows) as well as print output. In these cases, I need the shape of my photo to precisely match my target. Fortunately Lightroom makes this easy Step 1: Select an image for cropping Step 2: Choose the Crop Overlay tool by pressing the R key. This will even switch you from the Library module to the Develop module. An outline appears around the image with adjustment handles to modify the … [Read more...] about Lightroom FAQ: How to Crop in Lightroom with a Preset
This is a tactful video that you can send on to your clients if you're a wedding photographer. Unplug the Wedding! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6tCzbmFCNY … [Read more...] about Humor: Unplugged Weddings
This is article #1 in the DSLR Video Weekly series. If you'd like the whole thing in one shot, check out the book Creating DSLR Video: From Snapshots to Great Shots. Whether you stumbled across the video options in your DSLR camera or specifically selected your camera with video shooting in mind, I welcome you to the world of DSLR video. Telling stories with video is enjoyable and challenging. Your camera is a great tool, but by its very nature, video is a complex medium. Throughout this book I’ll focus on teaching you the most important … [Read more...] about DSLR Video Weekly: Why Is DSLR Video So Popular?
If you want a job, you need a portfolio. Sure a good-looking résumé with excellent credentials and references will seal the deal, but employers and clients want proof. How do I know? Well, I’ve been on both sides of the table. I have interviewed for plenty of jobs over the years (some staff others freelance). I’ve also been in charge of hiring for an agency and now my own company. No one is going to hire a creative professional solely on word of mouth or good grades in school (but both of those things help). If you are applying for job … [Read more...] about Building a Photography Portfolio to Get Work
Adobe's decision to switch to the Cloud has been met with both cheers and jeers. I don't want to rehash old arguments. But I thought important to let you know that the change appears to be permanent. If you were hoping for an update to Adobe Creative Suite or to be able to buy a standalone version of Photoshop or Premiere Pro, you're out of luck. An official statement reads. "Adobe creative apps are available exclusively through Creative Cloud. Looking for Creative Suite 6? The latest versions of all your favorite apps like Photoshop … [Read more...] about Adobe Creative Suite Officially Retired… But What About Lightroom?
I do a lot of shooting with GoPro cameras. They offer a great size to price to performance ratio and really allow for some creative work. The thing is, the more you shoot with GoPros, the more accessories and gadgets you collect. The GoPro camera is all about getting unique angles and point of view shots, so a bit of gear goes a long way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjjiVlmn9wA Here's what's in my GoPro Go Bag, if you're looking for gift ideas or something for yourself, this list is what I take in the field for most projects. Do I … [Read more...] about The Ultimate GoPro 5 Kit
Have you checked out Luminar yet? It's a cool new app from the folks at Macphun and it makes it very easy to create your own preset recipes. With more than 30 filters to choose from (plus blending modes) a preset can go a long way. Customizing Presets Remember, a preset in Luminar is merely a starting point. Different photographers will desire different looks. Plus a preset may work great on some photos, but need a little tweaking for others. Once you select a preset, you have the ability in Luminar's Side Panel to use Filters controls … [Read more...] about Creating Custom Presets with Macphun Luminar
When it comes time to edit your video or photos, the hard drives you use are going to have a huge impact on the performance of your system. No matter how much RAM you have or how powerful of a video card, you just won't get real-time performance if your drives are a bottleneck. Important Factors There are three factors when choosing a disk for video and photo editing: Speed. The speed of drive is the biggest factor on what media you can play off it. Drives like internal laptop drives or bus-powered USB drives are generally not fast … [Read more...] about Selecting Storage for Photo and Video Editing
Trying to record sound with your video? Having a good microphone is nearly worthless if you don't put it in the right position. The closer you can get the mic to the source of the audio the stronger the signal. Skimp on taking the time to position and test your mics and you run the risk of noisy and hollow sounding audio. Here are a few guiding principles when it comes to microphone placement: Too far away. Extend your thumb and pinky finger in opposite directions. This is a good target distance for the microphone to be from the mouth … [Read more...] about There’s No Replacement for Microphone Placement
One of the key functions of Adobe Bridge is renaming your digital media. This can come in handy with digital camera files because they are likely named with a combination of letters and a progressive numbering system.Eventually these names and numbers repeat themsleves. Fortunately, Bridge makes it easy to rename several files at one time: This process is called a batch. The Batch command is a useful way to improve the organization of your files: If it’s not running already, launch Adobe Bridge. Navigate to a folder containing … [Read more...] about Batch Renaming Photos and Videos in Adobe Bridge
Get 15 free Luminar Presets here! I’ve spent the past 2 weeks using a brand new photo editing tool called Luminar from the folks at Macphun. It’s a brand new photo editing tool that approaches the task of editing in a new way. The application offers customizable Workspaces that help guide you through image editing. The tool is targeted at photographers of all levels, offering easy starting points for beginners but advanced features like layers, masking, blending modes, and brushes for the most demanding pros. Who Can Use … [Read more...] about Luminar from Macphun | A Photofocus Hands-On Review
Plan to shoot video with your DSLR or Mirrorless cameras? Chances are you might use more than one camera body while shooting footage. This may be to get an extra angle or to avoid having to change lenses in the field. The closer your camera settings the match, the more seamless it will appear when you edit the different footage together. Ideally the acquired footage will match as closely as possible. This means that you to adjust both the aesthetic and technical properties. Aesthetic Matching Look inside the camera and check your menu … [Read more...] about Quickly Calibrate DSLR Cameras for Video
I’m a sucker for camera bags. I don’t think of them as fashion statements, but you wouldn’t know by looking at my gear room. I’ve got a wide range of bags for all sorts of purposes, flying, studio work, street photography, backpacking, and more. The folks at Orca sent me.a new bag to review, which I’m always game for… so let’s jump in. Let's take a real-world look at the the ORCA OR-11 Rolling Suitcase for DSLR Cameras. Is it Sturdy? What I like about this bag is it seems well-built. Let’s go from the bottom up. Durable wheels. The … [Read more...] about Real-world Review: ORCA Carry-On Wheeled Suitcase
Blending modes are an integral part of both design and color correction workflows as they let you mix the content of two or more layers. Part of the reason many pass on blending modes is that they are hard to use if you don’t know which one you want. The truth is that the list can get a little long and if you aren't familiar with them, it can get a little confusing. Here’s a much better way to experiment: Select the layer or layers you want to blend. In Photoshop, choose the Move tool. Press Shift + = (Shift plus Equal) to … [Read more...] about Trying out Blending Modes in Photoshop
Are you looking to get the "film look" on your digital photos? One way to do this is with a nice soft bloom plus a Look-up Table. Select the top layer of your Photoshop document. Make a new, Empty layer (Layer > New > Layer). Hold down the Option or Alt key and choose Layer > Merge Visible to create a flattened copy on top of all your other layers. Right-click on the top layer and choose Convert to Smart Object. With the top layer selected, choose Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Use a healthy blur value to get … [Read more...] about How to Get a Quick “Film-Look” in Photoshop
If your photos are crooked, they can look very distracting If a photo is not straight (because it was shot at a slight angle), it is easy to fix. Here's a simple recipe for Adobe Photoshop. In Photoshop, select the Ruler Tool (I). Locate a line or surface that you think should be horizontal (or vertical). Click and drag a line to measure the angle. In the Options bar click the Straighten button. The correct value is used to rotate the image. Crop the image to taste to remove the gaps at the border. You can also use Content … [Read more...] about Straighten a Photo in Photoshop
My nea rnGoPro Hero5 Black just arrived in the mail and the first firmware update has dropped as well. This made for the perfect time to start testing my camera. I headed out to an aquarium and science center for an afternoon with the kids to test out the camera’s lowlight, burst, and specialty modes. This is a make or break update for GoPro, which saw their stock tumble due to recent errors. The product line has been streamlined to effectively just two cameras. The GoPro Hero5 Black ($399 USD) and the GoPro Hero5 Session. … [Read more...] about Is the GoPro Hero5 Black any Good for Photography?
A few years back, Apple decided to slowly kill of Aperture and iPhoto. in their places emerged Photos for Mac. The app left something to be desired, but has kept maturing. One of its biggest changes was the support of Extensions (or what others would call plug-ins). Essentially these are small, dedicated apps that you can run on your Mac or as an add-on to the Photos app. LUCiD Apps/Extensions We're big fans of Perfectly Clear from Athentech. The tech behind this automated image correction is what powers these new LUCiD … [Read more...] about First Look: New LUCiD Plug-ins for Photos for Mac
Would you like to NEVER lose a photo again? It's possible if you join us for our next webinar. Our next webinar covers important strategies on how to keep your photos and video safe (especially if you make money off your images). This webinar will share practical advice for photographers and videographers from pros Kevin Ames and Rich Harrington. Also joining them is hard drive guru Mark Fuccio. Why Safe Storage is Good Business for Photographers Join us for this month's hangout. We'll be tackling Why Safe Storage is Good Business … [Read more...] about Free Webinar: Why Safe Storage is Good Business for Photographers
There's a lot of misunderstanding about stock photography. This article is less for photographers and more for designers and out clients. With that said, I've heard many people use the wrong terms when describing stock usage rights. Royalty-free Does Not Equal Free Let's tackle the biggest misunderstanding. Don't confuse royalty-free and free. A royalty-free image must still be purchased. This is how the photographer and distributor make money. Royalty-free images can be a big savings because you can eliminate model releases, talent … [Read more...] about Sources for Stock Photos
Last night, Apple pushed out the first update to iOS 10 (there had been a lot of reports of people locking up their phones when updating). I plugged the phone into the computer, did a full backup, then installed. Flash forward to this morning and it's time to test the feature I've been begging for. RAW on the iPhone. It's not magic, but it sure makes a big difference. What you'll need A phone or tablet that can run iOS 10 and supports Raw One that has a 12-megapixel sensor, like the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPad Pro An … [Read more...] about First Test: Shooting Raw on iOS 10
Did you miss our latest newsletter? About twice a month, we drop a great newsletter. It contains some of the top stories from our site that you might have missed. It also often contains a bonus. Maybe free presets, free software, or an eBook. In fact, our recent newsletter has a free copy of both Scott Bourne's Americana book and a copy of LUCiD Exposure. To get future newsletters, be sure to sign up here or below. Email* … [Read more...] about Did You Get the Latest Photofocus Newsletter?
Have you heard about Plotagraph Pro? It's amazing software that allows you to create very cool animated images from a single photo. I had a chance to put it through its paces and really like what I found. It's also a lot easier animate using a device with a touchscreen (although not required). Here I give Plotagraph Pro a whirl and use a Microsoft Surface Pro. Check out the video on YouTube that demonstrates TWO newer pieces of technology (Plotagraph * Microsoft Surface) for photographers. … [Read more...] about Animating Photos with the New Plotagraph Pro on a Microsoft Surface
I'm getting ready for an overseas trip to China. I made a similar trip a few years ago and learned a few lessons about how to pack my gear. The goal was to travel light, but with redundancy. I also knew I'd be shooting in lots of different shooting situations. The goal was to be able to fit virtually all my gear into a single piece of carry-on baggage (there was no way I was going to deal with lost items). Why Go Carry On? As soon as you let your gear out of your site... things can go wrong. From lost baggage and delays to outright theft … [Read more...] about Just How Much Gear Can You Fit in a Carry-On Bag?
For many... it's the camera they've been waiting years for. The new 5D Mark IV has a lot to be excited about (see Levi Sim's rundown). With an expected release date of late September... waiting can be hard. But here's a few things to do to speed things up. Order Early Those who get in line first, tend to get their cameras first. If this is important to your workflow, then put the order in. You can always return the camera if it doesn't meet your needs. Here's the direct links to order Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera (Body … [Read more...] about Want to Get Your Hands on a Canon 5D Mark IV Early?