I know I know, this post has nothing to do with photography, but I'm a Nerd, I'm a Web Developer/Designer and I often do facebook apps, and also how many of you have a facebook page? If you are a photographer as well you probably have one, so in this video, the youtuber Veritasium explains why in the past months we saw the numbers of views of our pages continuosly drowning, and the answer is easy: Facebook wants us to pay for views. You want more views? Well dear user, give us money and we'll give you the same visibility you had 6 months ago.
Honestly I don't think that this strategy will pay in long term, maybe now they are making good money, but at the same time they are pissing off a lot of users, and if you lose users, dear Facebook, you will end up like MySpace. And it didn't end well.
I don't share tutorials as I did in the past on my blog simply because I prefer to put my original content rather than repost something that someone else did, but that's the case where I just couldn't ignore this video. Lee Morris (co-founder of FStoppers.com) did a fantastic video tutorial on how to light paint a car, a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro in this case, and then merge all the shots in an insane composite. It's a very helpful tutorial that any of you should bookmark.
I sincerly didn't know that you could do that. As a web developer I know the animation toolbar which you can use for GIFs (hello 90s), and I used it a few times for some simple banner Ads (you can't use Flash anymore, as Flash is not supported on most of mobiles and tablets, so hello again old school), but I never thought about the possibility to edit a video on one of my favourite tools. So, in this video, Terry White is going to show us how to do it in Photoshop CC / CS6. I know many videographer will see this option as a silly way to edit video, and some of you are already thinking "why you just don't learn Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro?". Well, like a lot of other users, I don't really want to learn a new software if what I need is some simple stuff, and do it with a software that I've already know it's just great for me, so why not?
In this video, Joe Fellows is going to show us a simple but pretty awesome effect: the 2.5D Effect. Essentially with a bit of Photoshop and AfterEffects, you can turn your very flat photo to something amazing! But just watch the video to get a better idea of what is this effect.
Shit happens, to anyone, and even if you are Carsten Peter, working for an assignment for the National Geographic in one of the most beautiful places in the world, the China's Grand Canyon, you are not exempt from bad luck, and even modern technology can brake, and then, shit happens. What it makes the difference is the fact that some people, like mr Carsten, never give up, and at the end they repaired the semi-destroyed copter, and they were able to film again the morning after.
I'm always been a Nerd, I've been working with computers since the 90s, and as probably some of you already know, not very surprisingly I work in IT, and to be more accurate my 9-to-5 job is to build websites. But in my first job in Italy I used to work in a small company where, apart the web & software stuff, we also were a computer shop, and it wasn't unusual for me to help my collegue to fix computers, and since then I'm not afraid to take apart computers (apart my old and now dead iMac, as I've no idea how to feckin remove the front glass), and to fix a laptop is not a big deal for me, or at least for the very basic stuff like the RAM, Hard Drive, etc.. But what for me it's pretty easy, it could be quite scary for someone else to even to think to open their very expensive MacBook Pro. But as the good Gary Martin from FStoppers is going to show us in the video above, replace the ram or the hard drive is way simpler tha you can think, it just takes a few minutes a few screwdrivers.
The only think Gary forgot to mention for me, is that you need to create a bootable USB key with the Mac OS X installer first, before open any chassis or screw anything, as the hard drive you just bought it doesn't come with Mac OS X, actually it doesn't come with anything, as it's completely empty. So the very first step is to get an USB key with at least 8GB of capacity, and then download this software from Apple's website, and create the bootable USB key, and you are ready to go.
Obviously if this still sound scary to you, there's nothing wrong to pay a professional to do it for you.
This is a short yet interesting video that shows the story behind the camera that took one of the most iconic photos of the Rolling Stone on stage in the early 70s by Richard Crawely.
(via Music Photographers)
Can't really write a poem these days as I sliced my finger last friday, but short story, this is a interesting tutorial from Calvin Hollywood of Photoshop Freaks that shows how to quickly dodge & burn your images in a few clicks.
Back in April I've posted a very interesting video from cinematographer Mark Vargo, and today I want to share another video from him, a video that starts with the origin of cinema lighting and show how light works. This is possibly one of the most interesting, and important, videos you can possibly watch. Always remember, photography is all about light.