Archive for April, 2012

Photo Restoration – Digital Retouching by Masterpiece Framing

30 Apr

This video highlights a recent photo restoration project. Watch as artist Matt Puchalski from Masterpiece Framing transforms an old photo back to its original state. Three hours of digital retouching are condensed into three minutes. Masterpiece Framing is Chicagoland’s premier custom frame gallery and design boutique. We frame pictures, restore photos, print images and place art. Visit to learn more.


Shaaark! – Nurse

30 Apr

Jacques is at the hospital picking up Robert after surgery. Jacques finally summons the courage to ask Becki out on a date. She agrees, but Jacques has to bring Robert along while the effects of the anesthetic wear off. At a romantic dinner for two, with one hanger-on, Becki reveals to Jacques how to win her heart. She wants all the sharks to know about the changing sea temperature and sea levels. Can Jacques convince the other sharks how serious this matter is, and thereby win Becki’s heart?


Skyrim in Virtual Reality using HMZ-T1, TrackIR & Kinect

30 Apr

Skyrim played through a simulated Virtual Reality environment using a head mounted display, head tracking, motion sensing and speech recognition. I’ve also written up a walkthrough on how you can do it yourself too: This is what was used for the demo: – Skyrim – A first person action role-playing game for the PC. – Sony HMZ-T1 – High definition head mounted display with Stereoscopic 3D. – Microsoft Kinect – Track movement and gestures. – TrackIR 5 – Head tracking. – TrackClip Pro – Used with the TrackIR 5 for more accurate head tracking. – Shoot – Speech recognition software. – FAAST 0.9 – Software used to map Kinect gestures to the keyboard I’ve setup the Sony HMZ-T1 head mounted display to use Stereoscopic 3D as well as attached the TrackClip Pro on it for head tracking. I had to place the TrackIR 5 on a wire hanging from the ceiling as it needed to be around head level to track my head movements properly. The Kinect was setup on the PC using PrimeSense’s OpenNI drivers. I used FAAST 0.9 with a custom script to map certain gestures with the keyboard, such as walking on the spot to move in the game, leaning left, leaning right, jumping and moving my right arm forward to use the sword. Shoot was used to map several speech commands with actions in the game as well, such as saying ‘Open Menu’ and ‘Close Menu’ to trigger the in-game menu, as well as using commands to navigate through the menu. All the devices to do this cost less than 00, although it is still
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Nikon D3s

30 Apr

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Learn how to use a Nikon D5000. This high quality video looks at the important essentials of the D5000. The information can also be used for similar Nikon cameras such as the D40, D60, D5100, D3000 and D3100. Visit for more photography videos and online photography lessons.
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Johnny Depp – Digital Painting with Cintiq 21 UX Wacom

30 Apr

My Music on ITUNES : My Music on AMAZON : My Music on AMAZON France : Print on canvas in limited editions : I’m Stephanie Valentin (website :, afrench artist violinist, singer, composer, painter and sculptor I often put new artwork and free downloads on my website – How to draw videos – Free brushes for Adobe Photoshop (CS2, CS3, CS4) and Gimp – Painting tutorials (french and english text and pictures) – Free celebrity wallpaper – Digital art gallery and print – Free songs to download (mp3), lyrics and sheet music – Free online dress up games – Oil painting (musicians, artistic nude, animal…) – Photo retouching tutorials and pics – 2D and 3D animation – Sculpture Subscribe to my channel : Time lapse digital painting in photoshop CS4 Time : 5 hours Tools : Adobe Photoshop CamStudio Tablette graphique – Graphic tablet – Wacom Tablet – Cintiq 21 UX


Kurv Magazine White Story + BTS Video

21 Apr

In keeping with my commitment to stay true to my vision and to continue shooting in a style that is my own, I shot this white story for Kurv Magazine’s spring issue in a way I’ve always wanted to see a White Story.

Shot and Edited by: Marty Martin

I’ve done plenty of white stories over the years, but I always sort of compromised here and there because whoever I was shooting for didn’t want to go exactly in the direction I wanted to take it in. In the end, I was always a bit disappointed in the results. But not this time. This shoot, I’m fairly pleased with.

Again, I collaborated with Rodney Burns from Church Boutique in Hollywood, California. I can’t even begin to describe how amazing it is to work with Rodney. He’s on my DVD, I write about him all the time, and yet every time I work with him it feels so magical, as if it’s the first time we’re collaborating and I can’t believe my eyes! He’s THAT good! He pulled these pieces from designer Furne One that truly blew my mind. And he coordinated the clothing to compliment the pieces. I trust his eye completely and just KNOW that my shoots are going to rock because of his amazing taste.

I wanted two blondes for this shoot. I’ve worked with Sarah Deanna before and she’s just amazing. She’s as beautiful on the inside as she is on the out! She also is publishing a book soon called Model Skinny. She writes about her healthy secrets on how one can get skinny and stay skinny the healthy way! I love a girl who gives back to our industry in a positive and loving way! I thought Jennifer was a good match for Sarah Deanna because, well ,she’s a stone cold fox as well! Both girls were on point and really knew how to emote for the story. James from Photogenics helped me cast this shoot. It was nice to work with “the old team”, so to speak.

I worked with make up artist Camille Clark from AIM Artists. I’ve worked with Camille many times when I lived in LA and she’s a very talented make up artist. I was excited to work with her again and ended up using her on 3 out of 4 editorials that I shot in LA. Hair stylist Jonathan Mason came on board that day. This was actually the first time I worked with Jonathan and that day we sort of bonded to the point that now when I am in LA, he’s my go to hair stylist. Thanks again to Timothy Priano, owner of Artists by Timothy Priano, for making that introduction!

I used window light and Christmas tree lights behind a silk against a backdrop  as my lighting sources. That’s it! I know, I’m sorry I don’t have some great big lighting set up to break off for you. This is my lighting and how I see fashion shot and I never have liked seeing things over-lit. I’ve said that numerous times. Over and over, I’ve reiterated how I use one light, or “less is more” or keep it simple. Well, I’ve gone even more simple now, using available light from a window or the continuous light from the room we are shooting in as my key or main lighting source.

Of course, I used the Nikon D3 and my 85mm lens for the shoot. I also used my 24mm lens and a 50mm lens as well. I think what makes this shoot really work is the amazing styling from Rodney and the emoting from two very professional models, Sarah Deanna and Jennifer. And me staying true to my vision! More to come and excited to continue to share with you my vision! Keep it real! xoxo

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Control Flare from Sun, Rim Lights with a Shoot-Thru Gobo

21 Apr

Just a quickie today on the whys and whens of using a single, small shoot-thru shade to completely control contrast-killing glare when shooting into backlight. Read more »


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Timelapse photography tips from start to end

21 Apr

Download Timelapse template: Everything you need to know to get started in shooting and creating timelapse videos using a DSLR digital camera and Lightroom 3. Gavin Hoey passes on timelapse photography tips and tricks before moving into Lightroom 3 to edit and create the finished time lapse video. Follow me on Twitter Facebook: Website:
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Dan Chung speaks to Canon’s Chuck Westfall about 4K Cinema EOS cameras

21 Apr


DSLRnewsshooter’s Dan Chung has been speaking to Canon USA Technical Advisor Chuck Westfall for more details about the company’s 4K Cinema EOS offerings. Both the 500C and 1D C are skewed towards cinema and high-end television production, rather than documentary and news work, Westfall says, but hints that ‘peaking’ and ‘zebra’ focusing aids could be added to the 1D C if the market demands it.

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Microsoft Word 2010 – W0rds w8th Numbers Pass the S0ellchecker!

21 Apr

Prevent potentially embarrassing mistakes by turning off a Microsoft Word spell check “feature”

5his s3ntence c0mpletely pass3s the sp3llchecker in M8crosoft W0rd…

That’s right – type the above sentence in Microsoft Word 2010 and note that none of the ‘words’ contain red squiggles underneath. That’s because Word’s spell checker, by default, ignores any words containing numbers. …

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