Creative Compositing With Masks in Photoshop

Andy Graber, instructor at Parsons School of Design and long time Photoshop expert, in a two hour event that will demonstrate how to use masks in the process of creating a composite image – a realistic looking photograph that is actually a combination of several images in one. Along the way, several other techniques, like retouching, effects, adjustments, and more will be covered. This event is targeted to intermediate level users of Photoshop, and assumes some knowledge of program basics.

Many of these techniques can be used to create matte paintings inside Adobe After Effects as well.

How Lens Focal Length Shapes the Face & Controls Perspective

Photographer Jay P. Morgan experiments with different focal lengths and how they affect the way a model’s face looks.

Via: The Slanted Lens

The lens or focal length of the lens you choose has a profound impact on the image. It effects the perspective, background and features of the subject. In this lesson everyone should understand what the different focal lengths do to the human face and how they change the background. Why do you choose a 135 mm lens to shoot a head shot of a beautiful woman but use a 24mm to shoot a clown. Keeping the head the same size in the frame and changing the focal length of the lens, I will shoot a series of images that demonstrate how focal length effects the features of the human face and how it changes perspective which effects the background. We will go on to demonstrate a simple 2 light and one reflector fashion lighting set up.

Actors Studio Remixed: 10 Questions

‘Actors Studio Remixed’ is based around the ’10 Questions’ James Lipton asks every celebrity guest on his show. Finding patterns and ideas in these segments, Jordan Laws chopped and arranged the content into a cohesive musical framework he created from scratch.

Starting to sound like every profile on every dating site I’ve ever visited.

Full-Frame Comparison: A Look at the 5D Mark III and 1D X

Canon has introduced two landmark full-frame, professional digital SLRs in 2012 — the EOS 5D Mark III, and the top-of-the-line EOS-1D X. In today’s two-hour presentation at B&H’s Event Space, Canon product educator Eric Stoner will deliver an informative and exciting presentation highlighting the relative strengths of each, as well as dissecting their differences.

Zombie debt collections: Hollywood Video is dead, but bills still haunt consumers

The stores may be gone, but people are still getting bills from the defunct video store chain.

Talk about Red Tape: Consumers across the country say they are being harassed into paying bills they don’t owe to a company that no longer exists. And it’s not the first time. Like a monster in a bad horror flick, every time this Hollywood Video debt collection controversy seems to be killed, it keeps coming back to life.

When Hollywood Video and its parent, Movie Gallery, went out of business in 2010 and declared bankruptcy, they had only one real asset: unpaid fees. About 3 million U.S. residents owed money to the firm — a lot of money — nearly a quarter of a billion dollars, according to the Rhode Island attorney general’s office. But attempts to collect that money on behalf of Hollywood Video’s creditors have become a series of bad horror flicks to former customers, who claim they are being repeatedly harassed by debt collectors waving bills the consumers don’t owe. And now, an NBC News investigation of 500 complaints filed against one of those firms in the past 90 days — Universal Fidelity — shows that consumers accuse the company of everything from bullying to threatening to ruin their credit, despite promises to all 50 state attorneys general that it would never do so.

NBC News | Read the Full Article

Modifying Lights for a Talking Head Interview

Rich Harrington demonstrates how get the most out of the lighting you are using. In this episode, Rich demonstrates how to get the best skin-tone, hair light, and background light by using different light modifying techniques. Learn how to use lighting accessories such as gels, dimmers, flags, reflectors, and cookies to get a great-looking interview.

Modifying Lights: DSLR | Video Skills with Rich Harrington: Adorama Photography TV from AdoramaTV on Vimeo.

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