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|Posted by P S on January 26, 2011 at 12:27 PM||comments (0)|
Jim DiVitale has spent his entire career working as a commercial ad photographer. The skills and techniques he has honed over the years apply not to just studio photography, but to all other types of photography as well. In his course, Jim goes through a series of product shots and demonstrates his workflow; everything from lighting and shooting in the studio to post production on the computer. Jim points out that it is important for all photographers to have the ability to maintain consistent lighting and to be able to capture good, clean images. Follow along with this course and let him show you how.
Introduction (01:13), Camera Profiles and Color Calibration (11:20), Athletic Shoe: Studio Shot (18:52), Athletic Shoe: Retouching (19:34), Purses: Studio Shot (07:26), Purses: Retouching (15:55), Multiple Shoes: Studio Shot (18:22), Multiple Shoes: Retouching (11:43), Golf Club: Studio Shot (15:07), Golf Club: Retouching (17:25), Toy Plane: Studio Shot (11:15), Toy Plane: Retouching (11:57), Bottles: Studio Shot (10:57), Bottles: Retouching (10:09), Jewelry: Studio Shot (10:15), Typewriter: Studio Shot (06:26), Typewriter: Retouching (04:17), TV Clock: Studio Shot (07:12), TV Clock: Retouching (07:02), Glass of Coke: Studio Shot (18:19), Glass of Coke: Retouching (05:46), Clear Globe: Studio Shot (09:44), Clear Globe: Retouching (07:11), Perfume Bottle: Studio Shot (13:22), Perfume Bottle: Retouching (10:45), Silver Bowl: Studio Shot (15:23)
|Posted by P S on January 26, 2011 at 12:16 PM||comments (0)|
Illustrator CS5 has gone through some major changes. From Beautiful Strokes, to being able to design in a 3D plane, Adobes flagship Illustration software really needs to be experienced to be believed. NAPP Instructor RC Concepcion takes you through all of the changes that have been made in Illustrator CS5. There is no faster way to get up to speed than a Power Session.
|Posted by P S on January 26, 2011 at 12:07 PM||comments (0)|
In this video series photographer Rick Sammon goes through some location shoots around the Tampa Bay area
Lesson 01 What Is In The Bag? (10:29)
Lesson 02 Scenic Photography (3:04)
Lesson 03 On Location Portraiture (6:31)
Lesson 04 Indoor Low-Light Shooting (6:15)
Lesson 05 Birds in Flight (2:52)
Lesson 06 Capturing the Flavor (2:47)
Lesson 07 Quick Tips (6:59)
Lesson 08 Seek Out the Pictures (2:07)
Lesson 09 Single Off-Camera Flash (5:13)
Lesson 10 Shooting Action in Low Light (2:30)
Lesson 11 Before and After (1:39)
Lesson 12 Animals in Captivity (5:53)
Lesson 13 Action! (1:24)
Lesson 14 Patience Pays (0:50)
|Posted by P S on January 26, 2011 at 11:31 AM||comments (0)|
In 1940 Henri Cartier-Bresson was taken prisoner by the Germans, escapes at his third attempt in February 1943. In 1945 he works as part of a team, photographs the Liberation of Paris and directs "Le Retour" (The Return), a documentary on the repatriation of prisoners of war and detainees. Le Retour is the story of the prisoners liberated from the Nazi concentration camps. This film footage of the expressions and reactions from prisoners at the time of their freedom is unforgettable. Included is the removal of the prisoners to temporary hospitals in Paris where they are reunited with family and friends. Also, an aerial view of bombed Germany which was presumed to be seen by the prisoners as they were being flown home.
|Posted by P S on January 26, 2011 at 11:23 AM||comments (0)|
This first video examines fashion and glamour lighting using just 1 or 2 light sources. We will examine each of the 12 lighting modifiers and how or when we might use them. We will discuss the 35 lighting diagrams and the 35 images created. Follow me as I comment on the lighting diagrams and watch a behind-the-scenes video of the 6 models photographed. This video spans what I have learned over the last 20 years of shooting and modifying the light quality of my studio flash units to a give a 3-dimensional and cinematic light quality.
I use both traditional light modifiers and also several custom built modifiers. It is important to understand that lighting modifiers do not necessarily have to be expensive; they just have to work consistently under varying environments. I do not push brand names or endorse any specific company. In fact, I use a very inexpensive brand of mono-head flash units to create the images both in the video and for my commercial portfolio.
The specific light modifiers discussed include the 22” Beauty Dish w/Grid, Modified 48” Octabox w/Grid, Strobe Head w/7” Grid, Strobe Head Bare-bulb, Strobe Head w/Reflector, 4 different versions of the V-Bank, and several flat panel variants. Each image in the video uses a different combination of the modifiers to demonstrate the degree of flexibility they can offer the photographer.
As a commercial photographer, I prefer to have visual explanations, and that is the format for all the tutorials. Rather than focusing on technical aspects related to digital photography, this video is about LIGHTING. The inspiration for this video was to teach LIGHTING, not Photoshop or how to fix it later. Show me the lights, the modifiers, and toss in a few tips on when to use these lights. The images in the video are not retouched for lighting, just RAW conversions and the basic 30-second levels adjustments and simple skin cleaning.
|Posted by P S on January 25, 2011 at 9:26 AM||comments (0)|
fxphd - Digital Photography PHT201
Professional photographer Tim Wheeler will show how to shoot high-end professional photographs. If you're interested in lifting your game ? or actually working professionally- this course will be ideal for you.
Class 1: illumination and photographing bright objects (38:00).
Class 2: basic terms and technical concepts in photograph (32:40).
Class 3: landscape survey and working (28:43).
Class 4: selection of photographs, the selection of successful, work with RAW, idea to customer (41:24).
Class 5: work with model (32:47).
Class 6: work with the model (continuation) in the dynamics, in low and high key (30:42).
Class 7: work with the model on the nature, evening and night survey, effects with night survey (26:30).
Class 8: illumination by laser beam, method "light brush" (34:22).
Class 9: survey of land and work with the depth of focus (37:10).
Class 10: survey of glass capacities with different filling, work with the illumination and reflection (33:55).
fxphd - Digital Photography PHT202
We are joined by Steve Anderson who will focus on photography for VFX artists. The course will cover generating textures, HDR, shooting for matte paintings, timelaspe, how to photography normal mattes, and much more. This terms focus is really on specialist photography and showing how a DSLR can be the number one tool for a VFX supervisor on set. If you do on set work and provide assets to other members of your team this course will show you a number of ways to provide better material and speed up both workflows and render times on larger projects.
Steve is a highly award visual effects supervisor with a very strong 3D background. Many of the classes will be relevant to people with 3D skills, as well as 2D. Steve is also a very accomplished stills photographer in his own right.
Class 1: Photography for normal mapping
Class 2: Shooting for textures - part 1
Class 3: Shooting for textures - part 2, post production
Class 4: Gear and gadgets
Class 5: Shooting timelapse
Class 6: Photographing for sprites
Class 7: Photographing for HDR - part 1
Class 8: Photographing for HDR - part 2
Class 9: Mattepainting and Painting with Light
Class 10: Lens Calibratio
fxphd - Digital Photography PHT203 (2 Classes)
There are a lot of aspects and approaches to photography, but many of them end up in Photoshop. Professional photographer Tim Wheeler and our own Mike Seymour will show how to shoot high-end professional photographs and then post them in Photoshop. Half of the classes will be in the field or in the studio with Tim and the other half Mike will be tackling the work in Photoshop with help from fxphd professor Rose Draper.
While most of the course will use Photoshop, other image processing tools and plugins will be used. The course aims to cover grading, HDR, tone mapping, panoramas, and more. SInce this is a 200 level course, it will assume a base level of Photoshop knowledge. Access to a digital stills camera and Photoshop is highly recommended. Post-grads will be encouraged to post their work for review. We have some exciting shoots planned, including a shoot with Jeff Heusser at the neon graveyard in Las Vegas where we pit Canon against Nikon.
Class 01: Studio layers(location PSD) Our creative piece filming models in the studio.
Class 02: Shoot out at the OK Neon Graveyard (location) Shot in the Nervada Desert we pitch Canon vs Nikon
|Posted by P S on January 25, 2011 at 9:03 AM||comments (0)|
Contacts, Vol. 1: The Great Tradition of Photojournalism
Contacts Volume 1: The Great Tradition of Photojournalism features a handful of celebrated photojournalists discussing their work while showing examples of their best pictures. The film includes interviews with William Klein, Raymond Depardon, Robert Doisneau, and Helmut Newton. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide
Contacts, Vol. 2: The Renewal of Contemporary Photojournalism
Contacts Volume 2: The Renewal of Contemporary Photography features a handful of celebrated photojournalists discussing their work and their process while showing examples of their best pictures. The film includes interviews with Sophie Calle, Sarah Moon, Duane Michals, and Lewis Baltz. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide
Contacts, Vol. 3: Conceptual Photography
Contacts Volume 3: Conceptual Photography features a handful of celebrated photojournalists discussing their work and their process while showing examples of their best pictures. The film includes interviews with John Baldessari, Christian Boltanski, Alain Fleischer, and Thomas Struth. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide
|Posted by P S on January 25, 2011 at 8:44 AM||comments (0)|
In this package containing 2 hours of material, you will find:
Behind the scenes footage from many unique photo shoots covering an array of concepts and lighting situations, including detailed diagrams of the light set ups and props. Both studio lighting and simple techniques using standard reflectors are used
Narrated live screen capture of the editing process, describing in detail all my techniques step by step and how you can do them yourself. Even my granny can follow along, but I am confident there is something for everyone to learn.
Each technique is broken into individual lessons and within the lessons there are different example pictures. This makes sure that you fully understand the range the technique has to offer on individual photographs
A library of custom high resolution (12.7 mega pixel) grunge textures you can use in your own photos- cracks, aged paper, metallic scratches and abrasions, and some other gross stuff I can’t even identify! (But it sure looks neat). There are over 50 textures on the disk, and you can use them for whatever you desire.
Photoshop-loadable actions in which you can ‘play’ on your own pictures and follow along step by step as my preloaded techniques are applied to your photos
|Posted by P S on January 18, 2011 at 3:39 AM||comments (1)|
Beauty & Hair Retouching High End Techniques - Series Two is hosted by the world renowned retouching artist, Natalia Taffarel. She is famous for her natural and completely seamless retouching style that is all about beauty and details. She leaves nothing a secret and holds nothing back as she explains in great detail her entire workflow and techniques, all the things she is famous for, her beauty and hair work. Natalia has a huge following and her DVD has been greatly anticipated by the retouching community for years and now, the wait is finally over! The video is a screen recording with audio narration that makes you feel as if you have a private one on one instructor who sat you in front of their computer while they show you their techniques and explain every single step. You have full control of the playback and can easily pause, go back or skip forward to match your own pace.
All of the image files Natalia uses in the video are included for you to follow along and practice on for yourself. This includes the RAW and complete layered PSD files.
|Posted by P S on January 18, 2011 at 3:18 AM||comments (0)|
You will view Amy’s full-sized desktop via your web browser as she demonstrates this beauty retouch from start to finish using Photoshop, along to forward audience questions.
Amy had never seen this image before. The raw file was sent after the show began, providing a unique opportunity to observe a professional retoucher’s process from the very beginning.
After graduation, Amy Dresser moved to New York to embark on a freelance career in illustration before assuming a full-time retouching position with photographer, Jill Greenberg, in 2000.
For the past 8 years Amy has been based in Los Angeles, amassing an array of commercial and editorial work as a photo retoucher, illustrator, eponymic business owner, and master creator of what has come to be known in the industry as “The Amy Dresser Technique.”