Archive for November, 2011

The Light At The End

28 Nov

A lovesick man is saved from certain death by a divine light, but is there a hidden agenda behind the intervention? Made with Blender 2.5’s Freestyle renderer in around six months over free time. It would’ve been done sooner but I re-animated the whole thing after the story wasn’t strong enough the first time round!


Nice Visual Art photos

28 Nov

A few nice visual art images I found:

PAINTINGS FROM THE MET’s ART COLLECTION 2011 – Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan NYC
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PAINTINGS FROM THE MET’s ART COLLECTION 2011 – Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan NYC

PAINTINGS FROM THE MET’s ART COLLECTION 2011 – Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan NYC
visual art
Image by asterix611
PAINTINGS FROM THE MET’s ART COLLECTION 2011 – Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan NYC

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Creating The “Alvarado” Look in Photoshop

28 Nov

This is my attempt to emulate the processing that Robert Alvarado uses on his photos. To see samples of his photos please visit his site –
Video Rating: 5 / 5


Rendezvous with Rama short film

28 Nov

A short student film inspired by the Arthur C. Clarke novel. Directed and animated by Aaron Ross, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU in 2001. Best Animation, Marin County Film Festival, 2003 Best Animation, NYU First Run Film Festival, 2003 HIGH QUALITY VERSION: BEHIND THE SCENES:


Minoru review

28 Nov

User Review of the Minoru 3D Webcam
Video Rating: 4 / 5

stereoscopic video for parallel view.


The Hypebeast

28 Nov

This was filmed for my multichannel project for my intermedia 215 class with Joel Tauber. It was shot using a nikon d90, 35mm f2.0, 10.5 mm fisheye and was edited using final cut pro 6. The audio track used for this video is public enemy’s harder than you think. I meant for this project to be a critique on the rise of consumerism in America and the negative consequences that this problem creates(although they are greatly exaggerated for effect).
Video Rating: 4 / 5


Choosing a Photography Workshop Or Tour

28 Nov

It’s in the gloom of the Northern hemisphere’s winter that many people start planning trips for the new year. It’s also a time some of us upgrade our cameras when the big sales hit in December and begin looking for a teacher to help them get more out of it. A perfect time to talk about choosing a photography workshop or instructional tour.

While I lead workshops and tours around the USA and world, I have been on the other side of the coin on more than one occasion in the past. Choosing who you will learn from can be intimidating and a large financial and time risk. I used those experiences and time spent consulting with other tour operators to come up with a list of questions and items to think about when you decide you want to learn more from a local or international instructor.

Do They Listen?

This is the most important aspect, in my opinion. Many people can stand up in front of a class and drone on and on from a textbook. A good instructor will listen to what you are interested in learning and adjust topics to meet those needs. If the structure is still fairly stiff, the instructor can at least relate instructed topics to situations important to you.

Is There A Solid Structure Or Is It Flexible?

Will this workshop be a recital of text or can you work in your own topics? Will the tour have opportunities for individual exploration or do you have to stick to a particular path? One is not necessarily better or worse, it is simply best to know so expectations can be set accordingly.

Do They Ask For Your History Beforehand?

This is an indicator, again, of how much you will learn. If the topics can be molded, there is a better chance the instruction will stick for you. It also shows the instructor’s level of interest in you, more than just as a paycheck. Some operators will cover this step on the first day of a workshop or tour.

What Is Included?

Never make assumptions, especially if the trip is to a foreign country. Always ask for a complete list of what you receive for money paid. Are textbooks included? Water? Meals? Internet access?

What Other Costs Will There Be?

The flip side of what is included is to make sure you know what is not included as well. Again don’t assume. What about a cab from the airport to the first hotel? Entry fees? Tips?

How Long Has The Instructor Been Leading And Instructing?

Certainly more time spent leading groups does not always equate better leading, but it often is an indicator. It also shows if the instructor loves what they do. If they have not been instructing long, get an idea of what they were doing before coming into this line of work. Also ask for references. Sure, they will suggest people who enjoyed previous instruction, but hopefully you can dig a bit deeper by asking past clients.

Do They Have Any Writing You Can Check Out?

Check previous writing by the instructor if you can find it. Blogs and Facebook will help you see what type of voice the instructor typically uses. It also helps show how well they communicate topics that can be confusing. And it will arm you with a list of questions when you talk with them (see last item below).

Is There Any Follow Up?

Is the workshop or tour over and you’re on your own? Or can you ask followup questions? It is not vital if it is one way or another, but it is important to know before signing up. Personally, as a student, I prefer to have the opportunity to ask questions days later as the concepts sink in and I have a chance to practice.

Will Your Equipment Meet The Minimum Standards?

Some workshops are aimed at the true beginner. Some at intermediate or advanced. Will your point and shoot camera or 4/3rds version work well for the workshop? Will you get more out of it if you had a DSLR? Don’t waste your money on a workshop that will tell you how to use different aperture settings if you can’t set your aperture.

What Can You Expect To Walk Away With?

Ask the instructor to list what new knowledge you will gain after your time together. Some workshops also offer software or books for review.

What Is The Refund Policy?

This is pretty easy; how much of your money can you get back if plans should change? Can you reschedule and apply the fees you have paid?

Can You Get A Copy Of The Syllabus?

Websites often list the basics to draw you in. Ask for a complete list of topics covered to see if your time will be well served. If 40% or more of the workshop covers topics you are already solid with, consider private instruction to fill in the gaps.

Lastly, if at all possible (and especially when booking a longer tour) get on the phone with the instructor and chat. While many of these questions can be answered in email or by browsing websites, talking on the phone or in person will let you know how the instructor communicates and if you get along. If the workshop is short, just a day or two, compatibility is not too much of an issue if they can deliver on topics covered.

But on a longer trip, it’s more vital to make sure you can communicate well with the instructor. You don’t have to be best friends, but a good instructor will make you feel welcome and should be able to listen to your wants and desires for your time together.

As you may suspect, many of the DPS writers enjoy helping others learn about photography. Below is a list of workshops offered by DPS writers. Each has different areas of interest and topics covered, as well as geographic locations served.

  • Jim Goldstein – Photo Tours and Workshops in California, Montana and Utah
  • Natalie Norton – Photo Workshops in Hawaii and Photo Business Instruction
  • Christina Dickson – Photography Business Instruction
  • Valerie Jardin – Photo Tours In France starting in 2013
  • Helen Bradley – Adobe Lightroom, CS5 and Elements Instruction, Individual Instruction
  • Matt Dutile – Individual Photo Instruction
  • Elizabeth Halford – Individual Instruction, Remote Consultation
  • Neil Creek – Night Sky Photography Workshops
  • Peter West Carey – Photo Workshops, Lightroom Workshops, Individual Instruction in Washington, Oregon and California, and Photo Tours to Nepal, Bhutan and India
  • Rachel Devine – Camera Therapy Workshops

And if you need help looking for an instructor or workshop, my favorite resource (for photography and other subjects) has been

What other questions do you typically ask an instructor before signing up for a workshop or tour? Please add your input in the comments section below.

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Article: Aviation photography technique

28 Nov


Aviation photographer and editor of Pacific Wings magazine, Rob Neil, explains the basics of shooting aircraft. His article discusses the techniques and equipment you’ll need for capturing great images of both moving and static aircraft. He also talks about some basic photographic lessons you might do well to un-learn.

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Paul Kim – You Left Me For That (Official Music Video) HD

28 Nov

WRITTEN BY PAUL KIM AND DAVID KATER. DIRECTED/EDITED BY ANTHONY BUI. Buy on Itunes: Support and follow on Twitter!: Click and subscribe!: Directed by Anthony Bui: FEATURING: Timothy Delaghetto: David So as Mr. Kim: Grace Su as Jennifer Grant: Pamela Rebora as Ex-Girlfriend Charlie Farr as Bike Messenger David Kater as Guitarist: Alex Gonzalez as Drummer 2 Conner Fourchy as Drummer 1 Amin Gamal as Photographer ______________________________ Producer: Tracy Wu Production Coordinator: Jeffrey Lin Director of Photography: Benji Bakshi 1st AC: Candance Higgins 2nd AC: Justin Witt 1st AD: Li Lu/Antoinette Fletcher 2nd AD: Conner Fourchy Key Grips: Steve Chase/David Gamble BB Grip: Scott Chase Gaffer: Phill Matarrese BB Electric: Erin Kibbe Electrician: Alex Poulton Grips: Andrew Schultz/Ben Schultz Production Designer: Emily Taylor Art PA: Eugenia Composer: Oscar Flores Sound Designer: Nick Dei Rossi Stylist: Lyndzi Trang Wardrobe Assistant: Daniel Makeup/Hair: Ivy Choi & Michelle Lee Craft Service: Courtney Raney & Lynn Pelkey PA’s: Bruce Chang, Nicola Aversa, Katie Reidy, Justin Witt Graphics provided by: Lynn Pelkey On-set Photographer: Edward De La Torres & Tim Chou Editor: Anthony Bui Colorist: Kevin Cannon from Prehistoric Digital “You Left Me For That” mixed by Rob Chiarelli for Final Mix, Inc. SPECIAL THANKS: John Q. Ho, David Bui
Video Rating: 4 / 5


5 Steps to Better Composition

28 Nov

A Guest Post by Andrew S Gibson – author of the brand new eBook – Beyond Thirds.

Here are five tips for improving your composition. You may be surprised to learn that none of them involve the rule of thirds. There’s a good reason; it’s one of the first things photographers learn, so most of you are aware of this ‘rule’ (I prefer to think of it as a guideline) already.

Learning the rule of thirds is a bit like taking driving lessons and being told that you press the gas pedal to accelerate and the brake pedal to stop the car (and nothing more). It covers the basics, but you know that there’s a lot more to driving than that. It’s the same with composition.

1. Stop Composing According to the Rule of Thirds


The thing is with the rule of thirds is that sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. The thirds are not always the best place to position the subject. The above photo is a good example – the symmetrical shape of the hood ornament demanded a central composition. How do you know when to ‘break’ the rule of thirds? Read on to find out.

2. Be aware of Balance


One of the questions I ask myself when I take a photo is what is the relationship between the subject and the rest of the image? How do the two balance out? This is something that I judge by feel more than anything else. A balanced image has a peaceful, harmonious feel. The photo above is balanced – the three monkeys and the chinese chess pieces have an equal ‘weight’ within the composition. The warm colours are also quite harmonious and in balance with each other.

You may wish to create a more dynamic image – in which case see tip 4.

3. Simplify


Make you compositions as simple as possible. You can do this by excluding anything that isn’t necessary. Often this just means moving closer to your subject so that there is less stuff in the background. You could also use a longer focal length, as the narrower field of view excludes more of the background.

Another technique is to use a wide aperture to throw the background out of focus. The idea is to try and eliminate anything that distracts from the main subject of your photo. That’s what I did with the above photo, to concentrate attention on the flower.

4. Use Lines to Create Dynamic Tension


Lines are a powerful element of composition, and the viewer’s eye naturally follows any lines in your images.

One use of line is to create a sense of depth. You can do this with lines that travel from the front of the image to the back. Diagonal lines are more dynamic than straight ones. Horizontal lines are least dynamic of all. The line of the altar in the above photo, taken in a temple in Shanghai, creates a strong sense of movement and depth.

5. Work the Subject

If you find a good subject, sometimes it’s a good idea to take lots of photos. The key is to think about what you are doing, rather than ‘machine gunning’ away. Ask yourself how you can improve the composition. Try taking photos from different angles, or with a different focal length. This is called working the subject, and you’ll often find that it helps you take stronger images.

Beyond Thirds

You can learn more about composition by buying my latest eBook, Beyond Thirds, from Craft & Vision today – it’s only $ 5!

Andrew S Gibson is a freelance writer based in Auckland, New Zealand. He is the Technical Editor of EOS magazine and writes photography eBooks for Craft And Vision. including The Evocative Image and Beyond Thirds. Follow Andrew on Facebook here.

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