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Unleash your inner Spielberg

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I’m sure all of us have, at one point or anoth­er, dreamed of releas­ing that movie direc­tor deep inside, and mak­ing our own movie, com­plete with music and spe­cial effects.

Well, if your dream is to make one that hear­kens back to the gold­en days of silent cin­e­ma, then I’ve got an inex­pen­sive app for you.

Silent Film Direc­tor, released today, can help you make movies in a style rem­i­nensent of the clas­sic Hol­ly­wood sil­ver screen.

It’s a very slick app that lets you shoot, edit and share movies on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad (in Uni­ver­sal mode). Con­tin­ue read­ing Unleash your inner Spiel­berg

Photo Soft Box Pro HD gets significant update

Pho­to Soft Box Pro HD, which I’ve reviewed on my Lifestyle Tech­nol­o­gy blog, just received a great update with fea­tures request­ed by cur­rent users, includ­ing:

  • You can now use your own shapes as dif­fusers!
  • Also on our new site we will have a new FREE down­load­able shape a week.
  • Flip and Mir­ror of shapes. This comes in handy if you made your own shape with text and you are reflect­ing it off some­thing.
  • You can turn on and off the black around a shape.
  • More shapes! What is an update with­out more shapes to use as dif­fusers.

Very cool that you can use any image from your Pho­to Roll as a source soft box image. Opens up the pos­si­bil­i­ties.

Learn how to make the light work for you

One thing about being into pho­tog­ra­phy; you quick­ly real­ize that there’s a lot to learn from oth­er pho­tog­ra­phers.

A sub­ject that’s always chal­lenged me has been the con­cept of mak­ing light work for me rather than forc­ing me to adapt to the demands of the light sources.

Learn­ing from oth­er pho­tog­ra­phers through their light­ing dia­grams has helped me bet­ter under­stand how a par­tic­u­lar tool (reflec­tor, barn doors, snoot, etc) should be used to get a spe­cif­ic result.

And recent­ly, I found some things that let me work through the think­ing exer­cise need­ed to cre­ate bet­ter-lit images.
Con­tin­ue read­ing Learn how to make the light work for you

Digital Images — Digital Darkroom — Part two

Ear­li­er this week I start­ed this series by look­ing at my dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy work­flow as applied to image acqui­si­tion (tak­ing the pic­ture). Today I’m going to look at what I do with the image in my mobile pho­to stu­dio, my iPad Dark­room, if you will.

I’ve got the image, now what?
Tak­ing the pho­to is just the start­ing point. Once you have a neat image, you can eas­i­ly make it stronger by care­ful­ly apply­ing mod­ern dig­i­tal dark­room tech­niques.

In my case, I shoot on a Dig­i­tal SLR (Pana­son­ic Lumix FZ-30), or a Canon Pow­er­shot Point-and-shoot.

On the FZ-30, I shoot RAW+jpg, which poten­tial­ly gives me the most dig­i­tal infor­ma­tion to work with in the dig­i­tal dark­room. The Canon gives me .jpg so I have to take what I can get.

I say poten­tial­ly because cur­rent­ly, only a few apps sup­port (or are plan­ning to sup­port) RAW. Edit­ing a .jpg is ade­quate, but not opti­mal.
Con­tin­ue read­ing Dig­i­tal Images — Dig­i­tal Dark­room — Part two