How Casting Can Change a Movie: a New Video Lets Us Hear Chris Farley as Shrek

Well before Mike Myers voiced the 15th sequel of the animated series of Shrek movies, Chris Farley was set to do the voice. In a video that has recently resurfaced, we can hear Farley's recorded dialogue with Eddie Murphy, who did eventually voice the Donkey: For reference, here is the Mike Myers version: There is quite a long history with this character, as can be read here from Wikipedia: < p class="indent1"> Shrek originally cast Chris Farley to do the voice for the title character, recording about 80%–90% of his dialogue. After Farley died in 1997 before he could finish, Mike Myers was brought in to work for the character, who after his first recording decided to record his voice in a Scottish accent. The film was also originally planned to be motion-captured, but after Continue reading "How Casting Can Change a Movie: a New Video Lets Us Hear Chris Farley as Shrek"

Optimize Your Photoshop Workspace to Speed up Your Retouching

When using Photoshop, I find myself zooming in and out very often. While this might not be a massive loss of time, it still is one, especially when doing some local dodge & burn. I recently found a technique that doesn't require me to zoom anymore. I can now work on my file with multiple views at once in Photoshop. How is this possible? It is only a very simple option in Photoshop, nothing as crazy as Inception.

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A Look at Photo Steganography, the Hiding of Secrets Inside Digital Images

Here’s a fascinating (but very heady) video by Computerphile, which recently sat down with image analyst Dr. Mike Pound of the University of Nottingham to talk about the subject of digital image steganography. Steganography is the practice of hiding one piece of content inside another. In this case, Pound talks about the idea of being able to kind all kinds of content inside digital photograph files. There are various techniques for doing this “hiding,” some of which are way more complicated than others. One that Pound discusses and shows early on is the changing of the 2 least significant bits in each byte of an image. In many types of image formats, altering the last 2 bits of each byte has an almost imperceptible change to the photo, so the image as a whole can look basically identical to the original. As an example, Pound shows a photo in
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Add Surreal 3D Objects to Your Photos with Matter, Free This Week on iOS

IMG_0155 Every week, Apple selects an application from the iOS App Store and makes it available for free to anyone with an Apple ID. This week’s app is ‘Matter’ by Pixite, which is normally $2. It allows you to add surreal 3D objects to your photographs. With only a few taps, you can add three-dimensional effects to your pictures with realistic shadows and reflections. ContactSheet-001 Simply start with any images you wish to manipulate. We choose a few landscape photos to work with that we found available in the public domain. There are five packs of objects included to work within our pictures: primitive objects, unique structures, epic alphabet, organic elements, and the Polyonfire Collection. More objects are available through the store ranging from no-charge to $5. ContactSheet-002 Once you have selected your image and know what object you would like to place, you just use your fingers to arrange it
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Lighting on a Budget – 2 Speed Lights

Most amateur photographers assume that they need to buy a ton of expensive gear in order to compete or reach the level of most professional photographers. I’m quite guilty of doing the same. As a matter of fact, I spent the first couple of years studying the work of photographers that I admired and I was quickly intimidated by their level of production. I didn’t think that I could possibly afford to invest in the type of equipment they used. It wasn’t uncommon to see these photographers use 3+ studio strobes on set, along with a seemingly endless list of modifiers they had access to. Their level of production just didn’t fit my personal budget at that time.

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Odyssey7Q & 7Q+ Get High Speed Apple ProRes; 4K/UHD at Up to 60p & HD at Up to 240p

"How do you like them apples" is right... Today, Convergent Design announced the release of firmware version 2015.8, an update that boasts continuous high speed Apple ProRes 4K/UHD and HD recording at up to 60p and 240p respectively for Odyssey7Q and 7Q+ users. Convergent Design explains that High Speed Apple ProRes will initially be offered for the Sony FS7 (with XDCA Extension Unit) and FS700, but will require the Odyssey RAW Bundle to access the high frame rate data. They mention that they'll be adding high frame rate support for more cameras in the future. They also announce something that will appeal to fans and potential buyers of the new Canon C300 MKII -- the Odyssey7Q and 7Q+ will be able to record 4K and QHD RAW from the camera using the Odyssey RAW Bundle. Continue reading "Odyssey7Q & 7Q+ Get High Speed Apple ProRes; 4K/UHD at Up to 60p & HD at Up to 240p"

What’s a Fiscal Sponsor and Does Your Film Need One?

Are you planning to finance your next film through grants and donations instead of investors? If you are, it may be worth your time to look into getting a fiscal sponsor. The basic concept of a fiscal sponsor: your film gets umbrella non-profit status via your fiscal sponsor, the fiscal sponsor gets an administrative fee per donation (mainly to disperse your funds to you), and granting organizations and private donors can get the perks of donating to a 501(c)(3) non-profit (like tax deductions) while sparing you, the filmmaker, the tedious process of becoming a non-profit yourself. If you're interested in going this route, here is a quick crash course. What is a Fiscal Sponsor? Read More

A Primer on Using DMCA Takedown Requests to Stop Photo Stealers

dmcaheader Finding a website using your photographs without your authorization can be a distressing situation. Luckily, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998 helps to protect individuals who have had their intellectual properties stolen on the web. Today, we are taking a look at the protection provided by the DMCA and how you can file a takedown request with a site infringing upon your copyright.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was introduced in the House of Representatives by Howard Coble in 1997; it aimed at protecting copyright in a new age of digital information. The bill focused on criminalizing the act of circumventing digital rights management while adding on new intellectual property protection. On October 28, 1998, President Bill Clinton signed the bill into law, amending the original Copyright Act of 1976. bill-clinton-356132_640 In particular, we will be focusing on a part of the DMCA
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World Nomads accepting applications for travel film scholarship to Colombia

By associate editor Elliot Smith: Recent J-school graduate? Student wanting some colourful material for a showreel? Travel insurance specialists World Nomads are currently looking for a talented amateur filmmaker to go on location in Colombia – all expenses paid. The selected filmmaker’s assignment will be to shoot and edit a short travel film about the […]

500px launches redesigned iOS app

The online image sharing network 500px has redesigned its iOS app in an apparent move to compete with mobile platforms such as Instagram and EyeEm. With its white background, the new design looks simpler and more streamlined than the previous app. Read more

Everyone is Mocking TIME’s Latest Cover Photo

virtualrealitycover The August 17th issue of TIME magazine contains a cover story about the ongoing rise of virtual reality. Unfortunately for TIME, it’s not the story itself that has everyone talking — it’s the cover photo. Here’s what the cover looks like in its entirety: timecoverphoto After laying eyes on the photo, the Internet and media immediately began criticizing and mocking TIME for its choice of photo. The portrait shows Palmer Luckey, the 22-year-old wunderkind founder of Oculus Rift, wearing the VR headset he invented. Critics say the portrait makes Luckey look goofy and nerdy, playing off stereotypes instead of portraying him as a rising titan of tech. “Time magazine’s cover is the greatest threat to VR,” PC Gamer proclaims. “Is Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey setting up for a Karate Kid-style crane kick? Is he flapping the wings of a virtual pelican, swooping into the ocean for a mouthful
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Final Weekend $99 Sale on PVGear Cage for Atomos Shogun 4K Monitor Recorder

If you’ve got an Atomos Shogun Monitor Recorder, then you might want to consider a cage system to protect that investment. The KavalCage is an aluminum frame that wraps around the plastic body of the Shogun and adds important HDMI locks, protects the XLR Cable, and adds additional mounting options. This weekend is the time to jump in on that $99 Dollar Sale on the PVGear KavalCage. pvgear kaval cage
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How to Capture Beautifully-Lit Wedding Ring Photos with a Cheap LED Light

Wedding photographer Paul Keppel created this helpful 3-minute video tutorial on how he goes about shooting consistent wedding ring photos using a cheap LED light and a macro lens. Keppel says he struggled to get consistent shots of rings until he started using the Yonynuo 160II LED light, which costs less than $60 online. yongnuo The trick he discovered was placing the LED light on its barn doors with the lights facing straight down at the rings, thereby creating a mini makeshift light tent. upsidedown method You’ll want to set the rings on a shiny black surface if you can find one. Keppel has used things such as toasters, trash can lids, glass cooking surfaces, and TV stands. Paul Keppel Photography 5 Keppelling wedding ring Method www.paulkeppel.co.uk Paul Keppel Photography 29 Keppelling wedding ring Method Here are some ring photographs Keppel has made using this technique: Paul Keppel Photography 3 Keppelling wedding ring Method Paul Keppel Photography 7 Keppelling wedding ring Method Paul Keppel Photography 16 Keppelling wedding ring Method Paul Keppel Photography 27 Keppelling wedding ring Method Paul Keppel Photography 18 Keppelling wedding ring Method Paul Keppel Photography 19 Keppelling wedding ring Method The technique is by no means limited to wedding rings: you can photograph all kinds of jewelry and small objects using this makeshift light
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