I wasn’t happy with the depth of my knowledge of PostWorkShop. Unexpected things would occur and I didn’t really feel like I could predict or control what the software would do. So I went back to the tutorials and spent some time on the ones focussing on objects, nodes and the Bit Map Editor/Freehand Painting module.
Random thought 1;
Wouldn’t it be cool if Lightroom had something like the ‘Fade’ command? Wouldn’t it be cool if your iPad wasn’t tied up when you push a video to Apple TV – hey! I can do that with the iPad Sonos controller. Speaking of Sonos, why can’t I listen to CandyRat internet radio on my Sonos?
Random thought 2;
If you really want to protest the way Flickr treats their users, it seems to me you should delete all your tags on your photos there. If they see the value of the place as being a tagged database of images, well then do this and throw a wrench into their machinery.
looking to the right
Random thought 3;
While I’m really bummed about the phasing out of Google Reader – it has saved me hours and has been the hub of my internet browsing for the last five years at least. I’ve tried a lot of alternatives but Yoleo and CommaFeed appear to be the best alternatives. Although most of my feeds I’ve moved to Calibre which allows me to load them up on my Kindle. There are a few (mostly Flickr groups) that I really NEED a RSS reader for. Also I’ve found some other new media sites to help me find articles of interest to me. There’s always Nerd Appproved (looks great on FlipBoard, both IOS and Android). And recently I stumbled across Medium.com which seems to sift out what is appealing to me.
dreamy yellow glow
All these pictures were made with PostWorkShop. I’m finding that the program is so extensive that it’s better to concentrate on a tiny bit at a time and just try to master that before tackling the next part. Let’s face it, powerful capabilities like objects and nodes have a somewhat steep learning curve. I started with the ‘Random Painter’ filter with lets you filter an image with an endless variety of brushes. The above pictures were made during my attempts to understand the FreeHand painting panel better. I will say that since I upgraded my computer’s internal memory the program runs MUCH more smoothly.
I have been so hungry for spring to get here. It’s been really, really late in coming. Thank goodness for the three inside pavilions with; orchids, roses and forced tulips. The park was full of adorable little crocuses. I read somewhere that they’d put out 10,000 forced tulips along the walkways. I don’t feel like the visit was a waste at all because the grounds are stunning on their own.
I feel like my poor little blog has been neglected. I’ve been busy tho’ firstly creating a Facebook page for our photography business. And teaching DH WordPress so that he could make FIL’s war letters public.
This video (showing what’s inside Zach Arias’s head really ‘hit the spot’ for me;
I’ve also been glued to YouTube – specifically the B&H Photo channel…the toob keeps recommending these long videos that I find riviting…
This guys has some ‘McGyver’ type of creative lighting uses;
That made me want to put a speedlight on my GF2 and go play (you can see the results in the collage above)
And this video put it all together;
I get ‘it’ now! I can have window light any where I want.
Art is never finished, only abandoned.
Leonardo da Vinci
I’ve been working mostly on videos lately.
First we made a promotion one for DS’s guitar orchestra:
The beginning credits were made with Final Cut Pro X (now I”m Jonesing for Motion 5). I had to shrink the titles down to fit in the ‘safe’ area – I couldn’t find anywhere in iMovie to show this so I did a run through on our TV. I wish we had shot more ‘panning’ shots to use. I used a dedicated video camera for the super close-ups (60x zoom!) which allowed me to get those spontaneous expressions. This was shot during the rehearsal and we just captured audio during the actual concert immediately afterwards. My Mac had trouble reading the MTS/AVCHD files so I bought ClipWrap which is AWESOME!
and then I edited this one of our last skiing vacation;
I used what I learned in the last video (tagging! And using the clip trimmer to choose just the right frames). Someday I hope to figure out the precision trimmer. We shot this with Contours … I’m wondering if GoPros might give better quality. But since I’m a Panasonic shooter the HXA100 looks interesting too.
I’m still weighting whether to get Final Cut Pro X or not. My Mac isn’t that new and there isn’t much room on the hard drive — all those AVCHD videos keep filling it up. I did find Izzy videos a nice place for tutorials as well as Larry Jordan. I also bought this ‘Graphically Enhanced Manual‘ on iBooks it was pretty interesting but spent too much time (for me anyway) describing how X was different than FCP7.
There comes a time when you have to forget everything you’ve learned about f-stops and rules of thirds and just shoot. I had just such an opportunity when making the images for my esthetician’s website. Her salon is very tiny so I knew there wouldn’t really be room for huge flash umbrellas/soft boxes. But luckily I have had much practice in taking picture in the near dark. I did run into a bit of a snag with DH – he was still in experimenting-hobbyist mode while I just wanted to get the work done. Luckily I was able to get into flow state and capture some of the wonderful objects she has accumulated from her travels in the far east.
If you need a photographer to capture some quirky/charming images like this for;
Drop me a line at: nlschober[at]ziggo.nl – I’d be more than happy to discuss creating some pictures for you that span that delicate balance between elegant and unpretentious.