Photoshop Tip: Create a Template By Adding Just One Letter to the File Name

Happy Friday, everybody. (even if you don’t watch the tip – make sure you read my P.S. at the bottom of the post. It’s guaranteed to make you wish I was younger and had more hair).  I’ve got a great tip for you today from our dear friend, UK-based graphic designer Dave Clayton, who shared this tip on ‘The Grid” on Wednesday and people were just loving it. Alan Hess wrote “This will change my workflow forever!” and I gotta tell ya — I agree (I didn’t know this tip either). Check out this short video we Continue reading "Photoshop Tip: Create a Template By Adding Just One Letter to the File Name"

It’s New Class Thursday!

Landscape Photography: Preplanning and Post-Processing with Richard Bernabe
Take your landscape photography to the next level with Richard Bernabe! Join Richard in Cape Hatteras as he photographs the beautiful Outer Banks while demonstrating how the decisions you make in the field will impact the tools and techniques you can use in your post processing. This class is all about how you can bring your field work together with your post processing, so that you are capturing photographs that allow you to get the most out of your workflow. Over the course of several days of shooting Richard teaches you Continue reading "It’s New Class Thursday!"

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Joel Grimes!

Follow Your Intuition

How many times in a day are you faced with having to make a choice? What time do I need to wake up? What should I wear? What should I eat for breakfast, etc…. That’s within the first hour of the day. Everyday we have to make hundreds if not thousands of decisions. How do we know what to do, which path to take? As an Artist, the decision making process is amplified. As we walk through the creative process we often second guess ourselves. What lens should I use? What background do I put my subjects
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It’s “Photoshop COPS” – The New Reality TV Show?

We kick off each Photoshop World Conference with a Photoshop-based parody of a movie or TV show, and this year we went with the long-running Fox TV series “COPS” but of course, we added our own Photoshop twist to it. :) It stars Corey Barker, Matt Kloskowski, Dave Cross, Yours Truly, a special appearance from Kristi Sherk (you’ll hardly recognize her), and Kaylee Greer, along with a special cameo (can’t tell you who it is, but if you’ve ever been to Photoshop World, you’ll instantly recognize him). Here’s the ‘Photoshop COPS’ video (below) that kicked off the Conference last week: Hope you Continue reading "It’s “Photoshop COPS” – The New Reality TV Show?"

Highlights From The Photoshop World 2017 Conference

What an AWESOME week!!!!
I know I say this pretty often, so I’m going to paraphrase one of our longtime attendees, (known as drchevalier in the KelbyOne community), who came up to me at the end of the conference and said,
This is my 7th time at Photoshop World, and out of all of them, this was the best!”
I could not agree more. I heard the same thing again and again — even from some longtime instructors who said they felt this was absolutely the best Photoshop World ever! The one phrase that came up again and again…
…was that
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A Guide to Shooting HDR TV: Day 6, “How the Audience Will See Your Work”

This is the sixth installment of a six-part HDR “survival guide.” Over the course of this series, I hope to impart enough wisdom to help you navigate your first HDR project successfully. Each day I’ll talk about a different aspect of HDR, leaving the highly technical stuff for the end. You can find part 5 here. Thanks much to Canon USA, who responded to my questions about shooting HDR by sponsoring this series.

There are several competing standards for HDR distribution. Each has consequences for the cinematographer and their work.

DOLBY VISIONTM

The Dolby Vision standard utilizes the Continue reading "A Guide to Shooting HDR TV: Day 6, “How the Audience Will See Your Work”"

The Free Media Composer | First might finally ship in June

Today at the Avid Connect event that precedes NAB 2017 Avid announced Media Composer | First. This will be a free version of Media Composer targeted at “aspiring creative professionals, students, and those just starting their professional careers.” And no, you’re not having deja vu. Avid actually announced this free version back in 2015 but here we are 2 years later and it looks like it will finally ship on June. You can sign up and get notified when it finally drops. And hit up the Media Composer | First FAQ for more questions answered.

A Guide to Shooting HDR TV: Day 5, “The Technical Side of HDR”

This is the fifth installment of a six-part HDR “survival guide.” Over the course of this series, I hope to impart enough wisdom to help you navigate your first HDR project successfully. Each day I’ll talk about a different aspect of HDR, leaving the highly technical stuff for the end. You can find part 4 here. Thanks much to Canon USA, who responded to my questions about shooting HDR by sponsoring this series.
As a result of the research that went into writing this article, I’ve developed some working rules for shooting HDR content. Not all of it has
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A Guide to Shooting HDR TV: Day 4, “Artistic Considerations”

This is the fourth installment of six-part HDR “survival guide.” Over the course of this series, I hope to impart enough wisdom to help you navigate your first HDR project successfully. Each day I’ll talk about a different aspect of HDR, leaving the highly technical stuff for the end. You can find part 3 here. Thanks much to Canon USA, who responded to my questions about shooting HDR by sponsoring this series.

HIGH CONTRAST IS HDR’S KEY STRENGTH

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A Guide to Shooting HDR TV, Day 3: “Monitor Considerations”

This is the third installment of a six-part HDR “survival guide.” Over the course of this five-part series, I hope to impart enough wisdom to help you navigate your first HDR project successfully. Each day I’ll talk about a different aspect of HDR, leaving the highly technical stuff for the end. You can find part 2 here. Thanks much to Canon USA, who responded to my questions about shooting HDR by sponsoring this series.
There are several crucial considerations when choosing an on-set monitor:

A Guide to Shooting HDR: Day 2, “On Set with HDR”

This is the second installment of a six-part HDR “survival guide.” Over the course of this series, I hope to impart enough wisdom to help you navigate your first HDR project successfully. Each day I’ll talk about a different aspect of HDR, leaving the highly technical stuff for the end. You can find part 1 here. Thanks much to Canon USA, who responded to my questions about shooting HDR by sponsoring this series.
I shot my tests at the Mole-Richardson stage in downtown Pocoima. My goal: illustrate the differences between working in SDR and HDR on set. As there’s
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Adobe updates Premiere Pro CC for April 2017

Here we are on the cusp of another NAB so like we’ve seen for the last few years that must mean we are on the cusp of a big update to Adobe Premiere Pro CC and the whole Adobe Creative Cloud video suite (check out the After Effects update here). 2017 is no different … but there is one big difference this year: we won’t have to wait until sometime late summer to get the update as it should be available much sooner, probably today … maybe right now as you’re reading this (check your Creative Cloud app
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These are the latest features in After Effects CC 2017, available now

Today marks the first time Adobe has released updates to its core video and audio applications ahead of NAB, where the company will put After Effects and Premiere Pro front and center on the show floor. Why wait? Here’s an overview of everything new that’s available for immediate download to anyone with a Creative Cloud subscription. For a detailed overview, check back during NAB when the course After Effects CC 2017: New Features from LinkedIn Learning (otherwise known as Lynda.com) will be updated with everything that’s brand new as of today. This course will feature the examples depicted here in step-by-step detail.

Essential Graphics

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A Guide to Shooting HDR: Day 1, “What is HDR?”

This is the first installment of a six-part HDR “survival guide.” Over the course of this series, I hope to impart enough wisdom to help you navigate your first HDR project successfully. Each day I’ll talk about a different aspect of HDR, leaving the highly technical stuff for the end. Thanks much to Canon USA, who responded to my questions about shooting HDR by sponsoring this series.
There was no shortage of HDR displays on the NAB 2016 show floor. At each booth I sought out someone of authority and asked, “What do I—as a cinematographer—need to know about
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