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  • Monthly Archives September 2008

    I've got a few cool little news things today, but first my thanks to Rod Harlan for his Special Guest blog yesterday, which came at photography and Photoshop from a very different angle. From the comments I read, I think it got a lot of us thinking about new ways to show our work, new techniques to try, and new ideas to consider. I can't wait to see sample of what you guys come up with using his techniques (don't forget to send me links). Anyway, way to go, Rod! Now, onto the news: My in-house Tech Editor Cindy Snyder asked me to donate a print for a charity auction she's involved with, and so I went to MPIX.com to have a 20"x24" print sent to her. I was just going to have it mounted on matboard, but when I was on their new…

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    So I bet you’re asking, “What’s a video guy doing as a guest blogger on a (primarily) digital photography site?” Well, I’m here to tell you why you need to jump on the online video bandwagon… and do it now! But first, for all of you that would feel a little cheated that you came to Scott’s blog today and you didn’t get a cool tip or trick to take with you, here’s how to turn Timelapse Photos into beautiful video in Photoshop CS3 Extended in just a few easy steps:
    1. Choose File > Open and direct it to your folder of images. Make sure that they are numbered in sequence.

    2. Select the first image and then click the “Image Sequence” checkbox (as shown below).
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    3. Select your Frame Rate. This will also determine the overall duration of the clip as it makes this calculation based on the frame rate.

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    4. Click the Play button in the Animation timeline or simply hit the Space Bar to render the video clip into RAM.

    Here’s a video clip where I show the technique and talk about it in a little more detail: (click here).

    If you’re using a 10-15 megapixel camera, then your images will allow you to create 4,000 – 5,000 pixel wide video files. This is many times larger than Standard Definition or High Definition video files. In fact, you can go out and shoot once, and then chop up the resulting monster video file into 30-50 Standard Definition video files for sale as a collection on DVD or website. You can see me demonstrate this technique with one of Moose Peterson’s files by viewing this video clip here:

    Why Online Video
    Now on to my main discussion point… the reason Photographers should jump on the online video bandwagon as soon as possible. To say that online video today is

    Howdy, folks. First, a few answers from questions posted about yesterday's FSU sidelines shoot. I shot in Aperture priority because I knew I wanted to shoot "wide open" all day. I had plenty of light, so shutter speed wasn't really an issue---the challenge was white balance. When a play started in the sun, the white balance looked great, but as soon as a running back or receiver would wind up in the shade, everything turned blue. As for renting a lens; I wish I had time to rent the 200-400mm f/4 (my favorite all-around sports lens) from LensProToGo.com, but I only found out on Thursday night that I'd be shooting on Saturday, and leaving my house at 7:00 am Saturday, so no time to have one overnighted. I'm probably going to have to break down and just buy a 200-400mm, but they are just…

    ...Photoshop World instructor, DV guru, the author of the DVconfidential blog (link), the Director of the Photoshop World opening keynote presentation, and one of my oldest and dearest friends, the "MacDaddy" himself----Rod Harlan. If you've ever seen Roddy (as I call him) training at Photoshop World, or NAB, or any one of the conferences he appears at, you know he's always coming up with some cool stuff, and I can't wait to see what he's got cooked up for tomorrow (no, he hasn't told me). So, check back tomorrow and see what's up from Roddy. (er, Rod). ;-)

    On Saturday I shot the Florida State Seminoles vs. the Chattanooga Mocs from the sidelines (FSU won 46-7). Being a longtime Noles fan, this was really a treat for me (let the "Gators" comments ensue). ;-) Below are some pics from the shoot (which are pretty much raw from the camera---I didn't really have time to do anything but fix the white balance on two of the photos and add an unsharp mask). SPECS: I shot with a Nikon D3, and a 300mm f/2.8 Nikon lens (which I borrowed from my buddy, sports shooter Mike Olivella) but I attached a 1.4 tele-extender attached to get me closer to the action, because the full-frame sensor puts me farther away than with my D300. All the shots were taken wide open at f/4 (with the tele-extender, you lose a stop of light) to blur the background,…

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