The Most Overlooked Photo appendix?
In this line of work, accessories are abundant. And expensive. But often times, one cheap addition to your gear list gets overlooked – notebook! This great video talks about the many benefits of keeping something as simple as a notebook on you. Use it for writing ideas, notes about your shots or locations, production bullets… Sure, you can use your smartphone, and often it will be a good choice (syncing, sharing…) but the physical aspect of a notebook and the fact it doesn’t need recharging makes it a very valuable photo/video accessory.
No need to freeze your ass off just for that perfect shot
It’s imperative to stay warm when shooting in winter. Thomas Heaton explains how to dress for your long shooting on a cold day. It’s all about the layering!
Take your Adobe After Effects skills to the next level
If you’re a video editor, mastering your NLE is not enough. You have to be proliferant in combining editing with motion graphics. Or simply learn all the gizmos you can do in After Effects to embellish your Premiere Pro workflow. Todd Blankenship from Shutterstock gives us 10 tips on how to up your AE game. Brush up on your smooth keyframes, organic camera motion or null stacking.
Adobe enables ProRes Export on Windows machines
You can now natively export ProRes from a Windows-based PC! ProRes 4444 and ProRes 422 are available for Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Media Encoder. All you have to do is to update your Creative Cloud video apps and voila! This is huge for all professionals because now you can export your footage in ‘industry standard’ codec, easily edit large footage and retain the best possible quality. Up until this update, if you wanted to export something in ProRes, you needed an external plugin but they generated compatibility issues, instability and encoding errors.
Dirty lens = More appealing Photos?
It all comes down to storytelling. This excellent video from Evan Ranft doesn’t encourage you to keep your gear dirty, but rather how to add another dimension to your shots. Using elements like water droplets can enhance your subject and make a good starting point for creating a story.