Insta360 has released a teaser for its upcoming camera. And even though we still don’t know much, the company reveals that the camera blends “an action cam, a 360 camera, a ‘1-inch cam’ and a drone.” So, in the teaser video, Insta360 relies on a word game and literally blends these four gadgets into the most expensive smoothie you’ve ever seen.
Being kind of a computer geek, I found myself looking for a good way to simulate studio lights. I tried Blender, Cinema 4D, and other 3D programs until I found Set.a.Light 3D. Let me save you the long read. It’s awesome. OK, you can continue now.
I first fell in love with Set.aLight 3D with one of its first versions back in 2015 or so. It was love at first light (sorry! I could not resist the pun). Since those early days, the simulation improved quite a bit, and the latest v2 release officially blew my mind.
Domenico Sellaro is a rising talent! A young Digital Artist who specializes in Creative Retouching, and Matte Painting. He began to teach himself Photoshop in 2008, but has since taught himself how to use 3D programs like Sculptris and Blender too. During these years he has been selected for international exhibitions, become featured in the Wacom gallery online, and received features in international Photoshop magazines. He is now Founder and CEO at The Creative Dot and he’s working as Freelance Digital Artist for some clients from Europe and other countries.
What’s the most important lesson that shaped you as an artist? For me it’s this. If a photographer only looks at the work of other photographers, his artistic growth will eventually stagnate or even decline due to boredom. Instead we should direct our attention to a much broader spectrum of visual art. Drawing and painting, illustration, sculpture, animation, film, comics and even performance arts.
Some of these other fields help us by inspiring new ideas for photographic work. Others present us with new perspectives, like “how to see the world with the eyes of a landscape painter”. And finally there are some fields that can have a direct impact on our own skill set and portfolio. Today I’d like to talk about one of these fields, the world of 3D.
I’m still rather new to the 3D realm, so this article won’t be about me talking about myself. Instead I would like to show you exactly why diving into 3D could be interesting for YOU. I’ll try to be as honest about it as possible by pointing out advantages as well as disadvantages from a perspective of a photographer. My goal is to give you these insights so you can make an informed decision wether it will be worth your time (and money).
Let’s start by looking at the “plus points” first.
External dials and gizmos have been common in the movie industry for years. Their sole purpose in live is to help speed up workflow and productivity, assisting with things like editing and colour grading. Now, they’re starting to become more popular for the regular desktop and stills editing with Photoshop.
BrushKnob, developed by Japanese concept artist, Wataru Kami, is a very inexpensive attempt to bring this kind of capability to the masses, releasing the entire project as OpenSource; circuit, code & all.
If scrolling through a plain old Instagram feed isn’t exciting enough for you, a new free online app called Instamuseum lets you turn it into a virtual museum.
To create your gallery, you’ll need an account on Sketchfab, but that is also free. To let people view them, you need simply to embed them into your website.
‘Will it blend?’ These three simple words are known across the web thanks to Blendtec, a company famous for putting its blenders through brutal tests by grinding up everything from markers to iPhones.
In one of their most recent videos, Blendtec continues its growing collection of destroyed products by answering the question of whether or not a selfie stick will blend.[Read More…]
I had been fiddling with creating these 2.5D parallax animated photos for quite a few years now, but there had recently been a neat post by Joe Fellows that brought it into the light again.
The reason I had originally played with the idea is part of a long, sad story involving my wedding and an out-of-focus camcorder that resulted in my not having any usable video of my wedding (in 2008). I did have all of the photographs, though. So as a present to my wife, I was going to re-create the wedding with these animated photos (I’m 99% sure she doesn’t ever read my blog – so if anyone knows her don’t say anything! I can still make it a surprise!).[Read More…]