Red Giant Year-End Sale

It only happens once a year, and today's the day! Everything at Red Giant is 40% off.

That means Color Suite, with Magic Bullet Looks, Colorista, Mojo, Cosmo and Denoiser is just $360, marked down from $599.

Shooter Suite, featuring the indispensable PluralEyes and the awesome new Offload, is just $240, usually $399.

The same great deal applies to the Effects Suite and Trapcode Suite of course.

There's never a better time to get Magic Bullet. And it's a great time to be using Magic Bullet Looks and Colorista, with the powerful new mask tracking features in After Effects and Premiere. Powerful, intuitive color correction, right in the app you're already using.

Shop Now to Save 40%

Use coupon code BIGSALE40 at checkout.

Sale ends tomorrow, December 10, at 8:00 AM PST

UPDATE: The sale has been extended to 11:00 AM PST

How to Overcome NO & Beat the System — “Dear White People” Director Justin Simien on #cjLIVE Wed Dec 10

UPDATE: In case you missed it, here’s the re-watch of the incredible episode with Justin Simien, below!

OR if you’re hungry for my audio PODCAST here via iTunes or (be sure to subscribe) or download the MP3 file here. Subscribe to keep up with future episodes and take a peek back all previous shows including performances by Macklemore and the Lumineers, insights from Adrian Grenier from Entourage fame, Tim Ferriss and many others.

It’s my hope that after watching this you…
…are now more inclined to take on a huge creative challenge
…can use Justin’s approach and techniques to overome hearing “no” in pursuit of your dreams.
…have a better sense for the “new” democratized way that films can get made..
…have a better understanding of how to recognize and respond to systematic racism.
…have now experienced another visionary and inspiring creative.

These are just some things that I took away… Surely I missed a bunch that are worth a shout out, of course feel free to let me know!
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justin simien chase jarvis live REMINDER: this show is TODAY Wed, Dec 10, at NOON San Francisco time (3pm NYC, 20:00 London) and is broadcast LIVE at http://www.chasejarvis.com/live. Tune in, join the global internet audience + live Q&A w/ Justin Simien. PLUS – I’m giving away a camera today too! Details below – see you soon.

Years ago as an up & coming photographer, I got so damn sick of hearing NO, sick of hearing what I had to BE and what my work had to LOOK LIKE in order to “make it”. Now years later and after some modest success, I…actually, wait, who am I kidding…that banter from the world never really stops, regardless of success or achievement. So the question I started asking myself some time ago WASN’T “how can

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Congratulations on Your Opinion

Here’s a question that literally no one has ever asked, ever:

“Hey, do you have an opinion about the lens flares in Star Trek?”

There’s no need to ask that question, because of course you do. Everyone has an opinion about the lens flares in Star Trek. Or the casting of a new superhero movie. Or, well, anything having to do with movies.

Certainly about the new Star Wars teaser.

We’re all experts on movies. We love them, we freeze-frame them, and we react to them. And our reactions are our opinions, and our opinions are us. So we feel that they are important.

And we are wrong.

Drink it In

Clinton Torres and I have regular meetings to discuss the development of our app, Slugline. We meet at a bar, because Slugline is a screenwriting app. This bar has a great menu of unique cocktails. Some are good, some are great, and all of them are interesting.

I have never ordered anything at this bar that wasn’t on the menu, because what I like about this bar are the opinions of its proprietors. I like that they play interesting movies on the flatscreens instead of sports (once they had The Phantom Menace and Sin City going at the same time, which made me feel quite at home). I like that they serve both fried chicken and bone marrow brûlée. When they add a new drink to the menu, I can’t wait to try it. Because I find their opinions interesting.

Sometimes I overhear patrons around me ordering their drinks. One gentleman ordered a Long Island Iced Tea, which is less of a cocktail than a fraternity hazing ritual. Another asked for a Death in the Afternoon, and then, when the bartender had a moment’s hesitation, reveled in explaining

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Mophie… the Best thing to happen to the iPhone since the iPhone

Mophie... the Best thing to happen to the iPhone since the iPhone

I’m a huge fan of Mophie. I started using the juice pack plus about a year and a half ago and since using it have never once ran out of battery power on my iPhone 5s. Even using it during a long day out shooting, somehow the I always end up making it through an entire day of heavy use. The great thing about the juice pack plus is that it is also a case for your iPhone. I’ve dropped my iPhone a few times and was happy that I had my juice pack plus on it to help protect it.

Last week Mophie sent me one of their new powerstation plus charging units. You connect this device up to any USB port and it holds up to 2 full charges for your iPhone. It’s super small and lightweight and is another perfect complement to my iPhone. Even though I’m not worried about running out of power with my juice pack plus case on, it will be convenient to have this unit around in case my friends (right Mr. Mingus?) run out of juice on their phone while hanging out with them.

It will also be a convenient thing to have around if I’m too lazy to go plug my phone into the regular wall charger. I will keep this new Mophie powerstation plus in my photo backpack and take it with me everywhere I go.

Like a lot of places, Mophie is having a black Friday 40% off sale today. Use the code POWER. If you’ve been waiting to pick up a Mophie, today’s the day. :)

Thanks Mophie, you guys rock!

The Controversy Around Flickr Selling Creative Commons Licensed Photos

Douglas MacMillan has an article out in the Wall Street Journal today about the controversy surrounding Flickr selling prints of Creative Commons photos and not paying contributors for these images. It should be stressed that Flickr is only doing this on Creative Commons licensed photos where free commercial use is permitted by the license. If you license your photos Creative Commons Non-Commercial, this does not include you.

In the article he quotes Flickr founder Stewart Butterfield: “Yahoo’s plan to sell the images appears “a little shortsighted,” said Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield, who left the company in 2008. “It’s hard to imagine the revenue from selling the prints will cover the cost of lost goodwill.”

In addition to the Creative Commons photos that Flickr is selling and not paying photographers for use (legally), they are also handpicking other photos for this sales effort and here they are offering photographers 51% of the revenue on sales of these images who have agreed to participate.

My two cents:

I think it’s important that each photographer fully understand how the license that they are using with their photos online works. It is first and foremost the photographer’s responsibility to understand licensing. Creative Commons is a wonderful and liberal way to share your photos. It’s not for everyone though. You choose how your photos are licensed on Flickr though. By default Flickr licenses images “all rights reserved,” the most restrictive license available. So only photographers who have gone in and changed their license to a more liberal license would be affected by this.

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In Dialogue with Lucas Blalock

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Lucas Blalock’s current studio is located in a spacious former warehouse building in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Neatly organized, Blalock’s space appeared cozy and light-filled, with prints of his new work pinned to the walls, a plastic table in the center, Deardorff 4x5 view camera, stack of older prints laying on another table, a big old printer, computer, and lots of books. I stumbled on a few small metal wheels on the floor, and realized later I was looking at...

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Spicy Orange Cow at Tapas Bar in Barcelona

Spicy Orange Cow at Tapas Bar, Barcelona

Some bars and shops in Barcelona feature these well known cows that originally were meant as public art as part of the cowparade and that as everything popular in this life ended up getting into the advertising business to reinvent themselves and get some extra cash to invest in public art. Who knows? 

I leave you with this poor cow that has to sell spicy sauces in a tapas bar at Rambla Catalunya in Barcelona. There were better examples published here in Barcelona Photoblog in the past: Ms. Moolevard on the Boulevard and Emdea by Pavel Lagner

10 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Ello

10 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Ello

Ello is the most exciting new social network to appear in years. It’s a vibrant place full of interesting thinkers and artists — I spend more time on Ello than any other network right now. Every day new and interesting people are signing up, plugging in and joining. Although Ello is a social network like many others, it is also unlike many others as well. Ello has it’s own way of organizing things and after spending a few months on the site I thought I’d share some best practices for getting the most out of Ello.

1. NSFW. As a community with a lot of artists as early members, Ello seems to have a healthy tolerance for all forms of expression, including fine art nudes and other adult oriented material. I’m a big fan of the human body as form and expression and think this is great.

You won’t be bounced off Ello or censored (like Facebook) because you express the beauty of the human body in your art. If this sort of work is your thing, then Ello asks that you set your account as NSFW. I’m guessing that if you don’t do this voluntarily, they can/will do it for you.

Similarly, it is up to you whether or not you want to *see* this sort of work on Ello.

These are two independent settings.

So there are two things for you to consider. Do you want to see NSFW content AND do you yourself in fact post NSFW content. A lot of people get this setting wrong. They check NSFW for both when they produce work that is entirely SFW. Be sure to understand the distinction and manage your settings (you can do that here: https://ello.co/settings) accordingly.

If you are not posting nudes or other adult

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Ello, My New Favorite Social Network

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I just spent $40 on a t-shirt.

I don’t think I’ve ever spent $40 on a t-shirt in my life. The t-shirt is a limited edition threadless Ello t-shirt designed by @nopattern.

I’ve been given t-shirts in the past by many social networks and sites. I have a Google+ t-shirt, I have a Facebook t-shirt, I have a Flickr t-shirt, I have a friendfeed t-shirt from back in the day. Twitter never gave me one, but that’s ok. The Ello one I bought for myself though. I like to think that this is some small way that I can help contribute towards the ad-free social experience that quickly has become my favorite of all the networks.

Over at the Atlantic Alexis Madrigal has an article out today titled “The Fall of Facebook.” In the article he describes a certain “soullessness” of Facebook and writes about the unease that people increasingly have with Facebook’s advertising network.

A few weeks ago, when the San Francisco Giants clinched the World Series, my wife took a photograph of our children and family celebrating the win. Not being particularly privacy conscious when it comes to social media, she added a name for the location, “Hawkville” without realizing that through this process she was creating a new permanent “place” on Facebook that was geotagging our home.

Friends quickly liked both the post and the new “place” and in a matter of hours we were much more public on Facebook than I wanted to be. After realizing that she’d made this mistake, my wife removed the location tag from the photo – but what she couldn’t remove was the new permanent “place” on Facebook, “Hawkville,” which geotagged our home’s exact and precise location against our wishes.

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”Gentle Souls”

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©David A. Ziser I find this image utterly fascinating. Or maybe it’s the subject matter. We all know jellyfish are not so gentle, especially if you are stung by one.  But in keeping your distance and watching them move made this title come to mind.  Somehow watching the movement of a jellyfish just mesmerizes me. The gentle, delicate structure of the miracle of nature is just beautiful to see. This image was made while we were visiting Valencia’s wonderful City of Arts and Science. Your right – this photo was taken in an aquarium.  I made most of my images during that visit with my Sigma super wide angle lens.  I found it worked perfectly in that situation. Something about that wide angle perspective just made the subject matter more dramatic. I still like the monochromatic color and easy diagonal composition.  The
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”Gentle Souls”

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I find this image utterly fascinating. Or maybe it’s the subject matter. We all know jellyfish are not so gentle, especially if you are stung by one.  But in keeping your distance and watching them move made this title come to mind.  Somehow watching the movement of a jellyfish just mesmerizes me. The gentle, delicate structure of the miracle of nature is just beautiful to see.

This image was made while we were visiting Valencia’s wonderful City of Arts and Science. Your right – this photo was taken in an aquarium.  I made most of my images during that visit with my Sigma super wide angle lens.  I found it worked perfectly in that situation. Something about that wide angle perspective just made the subject matter more dramatic.

I still like the monochromatic color and easy diagonal composition.  The image was further enhanced in Lightroom 5 with a tweak of the contrast, Vibrance, Clarity, and Noise Reduction

Camera specs: Canon 5D Mark III fitted with Sigma 12–24 mm lens at 24mm, F5.6 at 1/60 second, ISO 12,800.  Enjoy! David

Travel Photography Pointers: Portugal & Beyond

Good Morning Everybody, Spain4After our brief stay in Gibraltar we headed out to Villamoura, Portugal which was about a 2 1/2 hour drive.  Once again, we were presented with the ever changing landscape.  From wind turbines to those beautifully designed Spanish bridges.  I have to say – Spain has the most exciting modern architecture throughout the country – more than any other country LaDawn and I have traveled. 0003_VillaMoura-DAZ_1487We finally arrived at our newest destination about 3 in the afternoon. A quick side note – we had always wanted to stay in this resort.  It is one of the jewels of Hilton’s resort locations.  On a whim, I dialed up the US Hilton reservation headquarters and asked if there was any chance in getting into Hilton Villamoura. 0005_VillaMoura-DAZ_1778It had ben sold out months before when I tried to book it.  Low and behold, there
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Travel Photography Pointers: Portugal & Beyond

Good Morning Everybody,

Spain4After our brief stay in Gibraltar we headed out to Villamoura, Portugal which was about a 2 1/2 hour drive.  Once again, we were presented with the ever changing landscape.  From wind turbines to those beautifully designed Spanish bridges.  I have to say – Spain has the most exciting modern architecture throughout the country – more than any other country LaDawn and I have traveled.

0003_VillaMoura-DAZ_1487We finally arrived at our newest destination about 3 in the afternoon. A quick side note – we had always wanted to stay in this resort.  It is one of the jewels of Hilton’s resort locations.  On a whim, I dialed up the US Hilton reservation headquarters and asked if there was any chance in getting into Hilton Villamoura.

0005_VillaMoura-DAZ_1778It had ben sold out months before when I tried to book it.  Low and behold, there was a last minute cancellation and we were able to change our reservations to this fabulous property.  Clean living, I guess ;~)

Villamoura, Portugal is one of the most popular European travel destinations with it’s beautiful beaches, marinas, and warm weather. This locale also made for a good home base for us to explore the surrounding areas.

Travel Photography Pointers:  Portugal & Beyond

As a professional photographer, photography during our travels is essential.  Remember, I’m not just documenting our travels with “vacation pictures”. My main goal is to capture some great images for fine art posters, wall décor, and app development. More on the app later.

LaDawn and I always travel with two cameras – me with my Canon 5D Mark III and she with the Canon SX50.  Both together offer quality output and an unbelievable range of focal lengths that works perfectly for our travel photography.

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”The Long And Winding Road”

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This image was made while traveling through Andalusia, Spain. We had stopped briefly to explore what looked to be an old castle of some kind.  Turned out to be an abandoned water tower for a real estate deal that-went-south in the economic crunch a few years ago. The climb to the top of the hill presented us with some great vantage points for some cool panoramas.  This is one of my favorites. Compositionally I love the road meandering gently through the foreground heading into parts unknown in the distance. The contrasting colors and textures also work well together in this image. Because of the heavy backlighting, I had to work a few tweaks in Lightroom 5 to get the image tones right were I wanted them.  I think the resulting image captures the abundant beauty of this region
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”The Long And Winding Road”

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”The Long And Winding Road
©David A. Ziser

This image was made while traveling through Andalusia, Spain. We had stopped briefly to explore what looked to be an old castle of some kind.  Turned out to be an abandoned water tower for a real estate deal that-went-south in the economic crunch a few years ago.

The climb to the top of the hill presented us with some great vantage points for some cool panoramas.  This is one of my favorites. Compositionally I love the road meandering gently through the foreground heading into parts unknown in the distance. The contrasting colors and textures also work well together in this image.

Because of the heavy backlighting, I had to work a few tweaks in Lightroom 5 to get the image tones right were I wanted them.  I think the resulting image captures the abundant beauty of this region of Spain.

Camera specs: Canon 5D Mark III fitted with Tamron 28-300mm VC lens at 65mm, F4.5 at 1/1600 second, ISO 250.  Enjoy! David

Looks Like Prudential Insurance Was Here ;~)

Good Morning Everybody, I thought I’d sneak in a quick post today about our unfortunately short visit to the Rock of Gibraltar. After a weeklong stay in Malaga we had to overnight one night on our way to Villamoura, Portugal. Gibraltar seemed to be the perfect mid-point stop. We've never been to that part of the world and I never in my life expected it to be visiting Gibraltar but now –here we were. It turns out that it was one of the highlights of our travels. DAZ_1089 Needless to say the approach to the city is quite impressive when you first see the shadow of the rocket Gibraltar, one of the pillars of Hercules, standing against the misty sky-line. As you get closer the rock grows even larger until at last it presents it's impressive view. We arrived at our AirB&B around 2:30 p.m. and quickly got settled in.
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