Recreating a 17th century painting in the 21st century by using only stock photos would be an interesting project under any circumstances. But doing this with “The Concert” is a more than just interesting. First, it is one of the iconic paintings of Johannes Vermeer, a Dutch painter most people know by “Girl with a Pearl Earring”. And second, the story behind this painting is quite mysterious, since it went missing and it has never been found. All this makes Erik’s recreation of the painting even more valuable.
One of the most off putting things for viewers of video is shaky footage. The best way to keep the camera steady is to use a tripod, but sometimes we want to add a little motion. Quality sliders can still cost a fair amount of money, and not everybody has a gimbal or other stabiliser. We just have to go regular handheld. But this often leads to bumpy footage. So, what can we do?
Adobe Premiere Pro has a built in Warp Stabiliser, but it doesn’t always do the best job. When it works, it works extremely well, but it often falls over and gives results we really didn’t expect. In this video from Miesner Media, Theo takes us on a round trip from Premiere to After Effects, and back to Premiere again, resulting in perfectly stabilised footage.
It can take a while to figure out what does and doesn’t work in Photoshop for new photographers. We’ve all been there. We’ve discovered some new tool or technique, and we go overboard. We think it looks amazing, we start doing it to every image, but we’re really doing ourselves more harm than good. In the long run, it’s all part of the learning experience, but the sooner we figure this stuff out, the sooner we can move on.
This video from YouTube channel Photoshop Tutorials, highlights five of the most common Photoshop mistakes photographers make. I’m not sure I entirely agree with the first one. I do in part, though. Why do something with a dozen layers if one will do? Aside from anything else, it’s wasted time. Sometimes, you really do need 100+ layers, though (but, please, learn to group them).
You know that whole “was this photo shopped” debate? Well, things are going to get much worse. Adobe just showed a new tech they call VoCo. Here is how Adobe describes it: “#VoCo allows you to change words in a voiceover simply by typing new words“.
And the demo that Adobe showed in AdobeMAX did exactly that. A series of cut and paste to waveforms magically changes what we hear in a sentence. But it goes further. Voco enables you to “plant” new words and phrases into an already existing voiceover.
Adobe tells us that we will be able to do soe amazing stuff with this:
The transition from film to digital eliminated problems that plagued many photographers. Things like reciprocity failure were now a thing of the past. But, it presented a few new challenges, too. The biggest of those is dust. Things have gotten better over the years. We’ve made the shift from CCD to CMOS sensors, which seem to attract less dust. We’ve got automatic dust cleaning features in most DSLRs now, too.
These days, I’ve found the majority of dust can be gotten rid of with a good blast or two from a rocket blower. It’s rare I have to take a swab to a sensor any more. Sometimes, though, you get those stubborn bits that just don’t seem to shift, and you don’t have time to send it off or clean it properly. They’re fairly easy to fix in post, though. This video from Sleeklens shows you how to quickly and easily remove sensor dust in Lightroom.
Adobe have today announced the release of Adobe Photoshop CC 2017. This update comes along with new versions of Premiere Pro, After Effects and other software in the Creative Cloud package. One of the key themes coming through in each of the new announcements is productivity. But there’s a whole host of other new features, too.
This goal of improving workflow efficiency is obvious in Photoshop with the addition of new document templates to help you get started more quickly. A search feature allows you to quickly find the tools you require from within Photoshop without having to hunt through menus.
Food photography is something we’ve pretty much all tried. Even if our gastronomical efforts are only limited to Instagram, it helps to be able to get a nice shot. In this video from Adobe, photographer Andrew Scrivani shares his top five tips to improving your own food photography.
You might look a little odd bringing chopping boards and cooling racks into your local Starbucks, but the suggestions are still beneficial. Whether you’re in the studio with a DSLR or the local coffee shop with your phone, there’s always things you can do to help take your food photography up a notch or two.
While we are covering photokina 2016, looks like Pratik Naik has got some scoops which may or may not be true.
In a shocking move that came unexpected to the industry, former Apple CEO has agreed to join Adobe this morning at Photokina.
The move startled tech insiders. “It made sense to no one,” one senior analyst reported with an utterly confused look. Fittingly in Apple fashion, an ever growing lackluster keynote followed on the Adobe stage at Photokina.
Initial reports clarified his position would specifically be to innovate Photoshop. It started very bizarre, with an announcement of a special Mario edition, followed by a performance by Lady Gaga juggling a 6 foot Wacom stylus in Cirque Du Soleil fashion.
We knew it was coming. Adobe added raw support to Lightroom Mobile a little while ago for shots made with DSLRs. The newly released iOS10 also brings raw support to the iPhone’s built in camera. Although the iOS10 native camera app doesn’t yet support it, 3rd party developers have been quick to jump on the feature. So, it’s hardly surprising that Adobe are amongst the first.
There is a caveat, though. To capture in DNG raw, you will need a device running iOS10 that has a 12MP sensor. This list includes the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, SE, 7, 7 Plus and iPad Pro 9.7. This means that 5, 5C, 5S, 6 and 6 Plus owners are going to be out of luck, despite being able to run iOS10. This is a limitation created by Apple, though, so don’t give Adobe too hard a time about that.
We’ve all had a situation where we think we’ve created the perfect image, but we want to try something. Perhaps it’s to test an idea, sometimes it’s just to see how it looks or play with a preset. Whatever the reason, the last thing we want to do is undo all the work that came before it.
“Undo” is great, but it’s easy to forget exactly where you were, especially with small changes. Making your own presets is also an option. Then you can easily revert to it after you’ve messed around with it. Virtual Copies are a much easier solution, and in this video from Phlearn, Aaron Nace shows you exactly how they work and how to use them.