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IN THE BEGINNING, THERE WAS PHOTOSHOP

You’ve heard of the Cult of Apple. But did you know about the Sacred Order of Photoshop? “At Adobe we are all about our customers—they’re filmmakers, illustrators, designers, photographers,” says AJ Joseph, the executive creative director at Adobe who spearheaded the “Dream On” video.

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Happy 25th birthday to Adobe’s Photoshop! I’m happy to be able to count myself as a user for around half of that. Cheers to layers and layers of learning for (more than) a few more years to come!

Make sure you check out the “Dream On” video, it’s definitely worth a look.

7 Smartphone Photography Tips for Enviable Instagram Photos

You’ll never need another filter to fix your lackluster Instagram photos. The Cooperative of Photography collaborated with photographer Lorenz Holder to demonstrate some easy tips and tricks to bring your smartphone photography to the next level without purchasing pricey add-ons.

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I’ve already included a video of Photography Hacks from COOPH, and they have not failed to provide another brilliant video. This one, geared towards Instagram (and other mobile phone) photography, certainly gets the mind humming with other ideas. Doubtless, this landed in my reading queues because of Instagram’s new app: Hyperlapse. The hacks may not completely apply to the new technology (which harnesses a device’s gyroscope to stabilize time-lapse videos) but some will.

Go, set your phone in a glass underwater, it’s kinda funky! That’s my favorite hack of the video. Not sure if I’ll get a chance to do that this weekend though, the rumour is rain.

The Story Behind the Storyboard

I’m a media person. That’s what I do, both for fun and for work. I know storyboards and I’ve made them for nearly ten years. What is a storyboard though? It’s a bunch of sketches or drawings tied together with dialogue in a way that illustrates the visual flow of some piece of audiovisual work that changes over time.

The value of the storyboard is in that proof-of-concept, seeing is believing nature of it. Any time your linking two things that can’t be co-demonstrated, a storyboard component could help. Audio and video are just the most obvious example, but wireframes and interactivity are also becoming more prevalent.

 

Filmmakers on Location. Photo by Jonathan Kos-Read.
Filmmakers on Location. Photo by Jonathan Kos-Read.

Film Before the Storyboard
Surprisingly enough, the storyboard comes long after the beginnings of film studios. Even though film is rather costly and can’t be reused, there was no standard practice to produce a visual proof-of-concept before starting to roll. Continue reading The Story Behind the Storyboard

Photoshop CS5 filters…all in one animation

Photoshop Cs5 Filters Animation from Device on Vimeo.

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Where has this been all my life? After the number of times I have scrolled from filter to filter to filter to find that one that I can never remember the name of, you would think that I’d have papered the walls with examples of them. I’m glad that I’m not alone in that seemingly endless hunt, and I’m glad that someone else was creative enough to animate it (there’s a tumblr blog listed in the video description too).

Posters – Graphic Design Inspiration

Posters carry the very essence of graphic design. One sheet of paper to communicate a message, a mix of type, space and image. Here is a really cool selection of posters from over the globe.

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The age of print is not yet dead! Of course, a digital media junkie is the one saying it, but don’t hold that against me! Posters and prints are still of vital importance. There’s already an article here on physical prints, so lets give posters the time due to them. Posters communicate a message in a style that is simultaneously screaming a brand and reflecting a design era. They are trendy now, and time capsules later.

In an era of digital advertisement, posters are not hyper-targeted, not popping up in the middle of an article, not overwhelming your ears as you try to listen to music. In all honesty, they’ve become something that is seen when the eyes gaze up, relaxing from the glare of the smartphone, tablet or monitor. They’re an art form.

When is Altering Your Image Acceptable? A Debate on Post-processing

Have you ever used Photoshop’s ‘Content Aware Fill’ tool to get rid of some unsightly object in your otherwise perfect image? Have you ever cropped your image in order to give it a more pleasing composition? I know I’ve done both on many an occasion and I feel no guilt or remorse whatsoever.

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I was kinda shameless, I have to admit. I processed it away though! I was the bridesmaid that passed the groomsman’s coat to the flower girls and opted for my own coat…a very purple coat. We shall say that it did not exactly match the extant palette. The wedding photographer didn’t alter the color of the coat. It was reality, after all!

I had other things in mind, like not being the sore thumb in the loud coat. I may have stepped overboard when I downloaded the picture and darkened and desaturated the purple out of existence. I did get thanks from my cousin, the bride, and I was absolved of my self-imagined crime against the day. Still, the question of photo-processing acceptability is a very real one.

Where is the line: temporary things? unsightly things? Do I airbrush the bags under my eyes away or do I tweak the lighting at the time of the photo and play with contrast in post-production to minimize them? It’s still debatable and very personal too.

Shoot the Blue Sky to Check for Sensor Issues on a DSLR Camera

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A short and functional article for anyone who is purchasing used or owns a DSLR camera that they’d like to check for dust, dead pixels or hot areas on the sensor. This is also a key item to keep in mind if buying a used camera. You may not have equipment or boards handy, but mother nature can help in a pinch!