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An Introduction to the GoPro Hero3

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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 factor?
Essential GoPro gear. What do you need to get the best shots?
Powering the GoPro. How can a little camera use so much juice?
Accessing GoPro menus. How to stop driving yourself nuts pushing buttons and actually see what you’re doing.
Essential menu commands. Which commands will get you a quality shot?

GoPro cameras are a lot of fun and in future weeks we’ll cover using them for time-lapse shots, going underwater, and flying in a copter. Check out both the sample video above, and this week’s complete episode on lynda.com to learn how you can use a GoPro camera with your own projects.
GoPro is registered trademark of Woodman Labs, Inc.

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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Sep 20, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm

Using the History Brush



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

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Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Pro...

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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Sep 18, 2013 at 9:38:00 pm AdobePodcastPhotography

Generating a Web Gallery with Adobe Bridge



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 lynda.com 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. Understanding Actions
2. Automate Commands
3. Using Scripts
4. Saving Time with Adobe Bridge
Conclusion

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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Sep 18, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm Adobe

Time-lapse video tutorial: Basic moves on a slider



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
http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tu....


This tutorial is a single movie from the Creating Time-Lapse Video course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 3 hours and 27 minutes. Get on-location tips and post-production techniques to speed up time and create compelling visual effects with time-lapse photography.

  • Introduction
  • 1. What Is Time-Lapse Photography?
  • 2. Technical Essentials
  • 3. Equipment: What You'll Need and Might Want
  • 4. Choosing a Shooting Format
  • 5. A Better Timeline Panel
  • 6. The Exposure Triangle in Depth
  • 7. Using a Slider
  • 8. Shooting Time Lapse on a Smartphone or Tablet
  • 9. Managing Data from a Time-Lapse Shoot
  • 10. Organizing the Images for Post
  • 11. Developing the Images for Post
  • 12. Assembling a Time-Lapse Movie with Adobe Photoshop
  • 13. Assembling a Time-Lapse Movie with Adobe After Effects
  • 14. Assembling a Time-Lapse Movie with Adobe Premiere Pro
  • 15. Assembling a Time-Lapse Movie with Apple Final Cut Pro X
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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Sep 17, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm PhotographyVideo

How To Read A Waveform Monitor & Vectorscope

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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 waveform monitor
  • How to use a waveform monitor to judge exposure and contrast
  • How to use a vectorscope to analyze hues and saturation in a shot

Learning how to use both a waveform monitor and vectorscope can really aid you in getting beautiful shots that are properly exposed, and with vibrant, consistent color. Be sure to check out both the sample video below, and this week’s complete episode on lynda.com to learn how you can use them with your own projects.




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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Sep 16, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm DSLR VideoVideo

Photographers Tamara Lackey & Joel Grimes plus Facebook’s New Policy — Photofocus Podcast 9/15/13

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Here is the new podcast feed: 
feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast
Get the show here  or get it on iTunes
This week’s show is a triple scoop of goodness.  We’ve got three interviews to satisfy your creative, technical, and business needs. Join hosts
Rich Harrington and Melissa Niu for interviews with important thought leaders.

First up, Rich talks with Tamara Lackey who is a professional photographer, speaker, and author. She focusses on  lifestyle photography, from children’s portraits to celebrity portraits.  Tamara’s work has been featured in dozens of media outlets, including Parenting Magazine, O – The Oprah Magazine, Town & Country, Vogue, Food & Wine, Men’s Journal, Nikon World, Professional Photographer Magazine, Rangefinder Magazine, Photoshop User Magazine, NBC’s The Martha Stewart Show, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, PBS’ Need to Know and NBC’s The Today Show.


Rich and Tamara discuss:

  • What she’s been working on lately
  • The What If Day Camps to recharge your creativity
  • How bringing art and business together taught her a lesson
  • Tips on balancing your personal, business, and family life
  • Three things that you can do to change bad habits that are holding you back
  • Practicing with your equipment so you know it cold

Next up, Melissa Niu sets down with Joel Grimes. Joel is a commercial advertising photographer with a distinct style. His unique approach has earned him work from top advertising agencies and art buyers.

Melissa and Joel discuss:
  • How he started out
  • Advice for branding your work
  • How Joel defined his look
  • How compositing and digital photography affected his workflow
  • What you need to do to master your look
  • Advantages of HDR
  • Our handicaps and the beauty of working and overcoming them
  • How his color blindness affected and contributed to his look
  • Tips to achieve your goals

Last up, we dig deep into the recent
Facebook controversy. Photographers are giving up even more rights by posting to the social network.  We went straight to the top to get a leading legal expert.  Terry Hart, the Director of Legal Policy for the Copyright Alliance breaks through the hype and rumors and walks us through the real repercussions.
Rich and Terry discuss:
  • Why is this Facebook change creating such a buzz
  • Why Facebook wants your content
  • What are you granting Facebook to do with your content?
  • What Facebook says they will do versus what the terms of service says they can do
  • Suggestions on how to protect your interests when using a social network
  • Why watermarking your content won’t protect you
  • Can you change your mind and “un-post” content?
  • How to use 3rd party sites to share links
  • Why is this becoming  a legal issue and Congress getting involved?
  • How can groups like the Copyright Alliance and American Society of Media Photographers help?
  • Where can you go to learn more about copyright
Disclaimer: This show presents several ideas and techniques that we hope help you.  These are just some ways of approaching the issues at hand.  Combine with your own skill for best results.
Download  — http://photofocuspodcast.libsyn.com/webpage
Hosted by Rich Harrington and Melissa Niu
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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Sep 15, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm PhotographyPodcast

Use a Field Monitor for Better Shots

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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 flexible connectivity, high-resolution large screens, and extensive features have become more affordable. This week, we’ll explore the benefits of using a field monitor, including

· What a field monitor is, and how it helps you in the field
· How to connect a field monitor to your camera
· Using peaking or focus in red to assist in getting sharp focus
· Using zebra patterns and color assist options to get proper exposure
· Passing the video signal thru a field monitor to other devices, like an electric viewfinder (EVF) or larger client monitor.



Field monitors can immediately improve the quality of your shots, so be sure to check out the episode to learn how you can use them in your own shooting workflow. And remember, each week’s DSLR Video Tips episode is free for seven days, so be sure to tell all your video and photography friends to watch it this week.
Often you’ll only have one chance to get interview audio right, so check out this week’s episode so you’ll be prepared before your next shoot. Remember, each week’s episode is free for seven days–tell your video and photography friends to watch for free.
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Use a Field Monitor for Better Shots Republished by Richard Harrington


Posted by: Richard Harrington on Sep 14, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm DSLR Video

The Refine Edge Command for Better Selections and Adjustments



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 Pro...

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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Sep 12, 2013 at 9:38:00 pm AdobePodcastPhotography

Time-lapse Tutorial: Tracking the Sun's Position



When, and for how long, are you shooting your time-lapse sequence? Sun position can play a vital role in your shoot and knowing the sun's location ahead of time can help you plan ahead. In this tutorial, learn how to use the Sun Seeker app, available for both iOS and Android devices, in order to track the location of the sun. Watch more at
http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tu....

This tutorial is a single movie from the Creating Time-Lapse Video course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 3 hours and 27 minutes. Get on-location tips and post-production techniques to speed up time and create compelling visual effects with time-lapse photography.

Introduction
1. What Is Time-Lapse Photography?
2. Technical Essentials
3. Equipment: What You'll Need and Might Want
4. Choosing a Shooting Format
5. A Better Timeline Panel
6. The Exposure Triangle in Depth
7. Using a Slider
8. Shooting Time Lapse on a Smartphone or Tablet
9. Managing Data from a Time-Lapse Shoot
10. Organizing the Images for Post
11. Developing the Images for Post
12. Assembling a Time-Lapse Movie with Adobe Photoshop
13. Assembling a Time-Lapse Movie with Adobe After Effects
14. Assembling a Time-Lapse Movie with Adobe Premiere Pro
15. Assembling a Time-Lapse Movie with Apple Final Cut Pro X



Time-lapse Tutorial: Tracking the Sun's Position Republished by Richard Harrington


Posted by: Richard Harrington on Sep 12, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm VideoPhotography

Using Photoshop Layer Comps



Do you want to store the state of several layers? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to use layer comps in Adobe Photoshop.

Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Pro...

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Using Photoshop Layer Comps Republished by Richard Harrington


Posted by: Richard Harrington on Sep 9, 2013 at 9:38:00 pm AdobePodcastPhotography

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