Here is a short tutorial video I made to help those who might be wanting to add video and audio segments to Animoto. Keeping it as simple as possible, I broke each segment down to 1-10 second clips which is the Animoto requirement. Hope you find it helpful. Again I made it up for myself as I worked on a project. There may be easier ways but it may work for you too.
Living in a small town you tend to know most everyone. I have literally watched this beautiful girl grow into becoming a wonderful young lady. I even remember the first day I met her. She came knocking on the door with her mother to sell Girl Scout cookies. Of course we bought some - Thin mints to be precise and of course Tagalongs.
Lucky for me I had the wonderful opportunity to capture her as she embarks on her senior year. What fun! Many wishes for success in now and in your future.
I love paintings; particularly, those from the American Art movement. One of my favorites is "The Voyage of Life: Youth" by Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School.
"Youth" is said to depict the stage of life when the young individual takes the tiller of life to start their journey. While the trip may appear to be smooth going from the start there will be challenges ahead bringing great experiences as they go forth.
Fitting as the perfect complement to an image of my niece at the threshold of her own journey.
The 4th of July is over and we all had an wonderful weekend. I admit freely I really wanted to get this post up yesterday, but it took me all day yesterday to recuperate from all the activity that took place.
I am still tired.
Crazy beautiful weather, sailing, fun with family, and visiting with a friend that I haven't seen in 24 was absolutely the icing on the cake!
I couldn't be more happy and grateful.
Hope your weekend was filled with just as much fun and happy memories.
I am very particular about the quality of products I offer as a photographer so I spend a lot of time on my search for that perfect item. It's kind of like buying that perfect gift for someone really special and right now I am pretty excited to share that I have added a new product to my line.
Introducing - The Little Black Book and it's just in time for Mother's Day and any other special occasion worth celebrating!
This luxurious hand crafted book made to order will give enjoyment for years to come. I have put together a short video to share what they look like. Enjoy!
This image in the bottom left corner has been in my collection for some time. It was taken during a session with my daughter last year. You might remember this post if you have been following along.
At that time I had given another treatment to the image but I kept coming back because I also wanted to do something else with it.
I do that some times - I leave an image alone to give some time to think about it and let it marinate for a while not really sure of what direction it will go in.
Recently re-inspired by Brooke Shaden and Miss Aniela (two of my favorite Photographer/Artisans) I have decided to try a more conceptual artistic approach with some of my work by stretching my imagination and the imagination of others by creating something a little more experimental in addition to my regular work.
I understand it's not my norm.
Some of you may not like it however I believe that there are those of you who will and will understand that I must do what I am drawn to to feed the artist inside me.
Perhaps you have heard of it and maybe you even use it in your photography but if you don't I wanted to share with you some images from my first experimentation with it. I am by no means and expert but as a newbie learning this method I am very excited and hooked on the process. I cannot wait to try this out in more of my work and sessions.
If you do not know what freelensing is simply put it is the process of taking photographs without the lens attached to the camera body.
Having read about it on several occasions and I finally decided to give it a go. It's not difficult to do but I did find it a little tricky to stay still enough to capture images that weren't completely out of focus while holding the camera in one had and moving the lens around in the other.
These first few images were taken using a Canon 50D and my 50mm lens. I found this process was much better to do with the camera set to manual.
Here you can see what I mean. Don't get me wrong, you do want some amount of blurring. Without the lens attached you will get what looks similar to the effects made by using a tilt shift lens but you still want an area of focus to be clear.
Here I am getting better. You can see that the beaded hand bag has more definition.
Now this is where I think it got pretty cool. I moved the lens around and tipped/angled it around a bit. This allowed for more light to leak in through the gap between the lens and the body creating a pretty gorgeous flare and colorization.
And for even more fun you can flip the lens around to create a macro effect like this one here. I still need some work on moving while snapping the shot.
The images below were taken using my kit lens, a 28-135.
And one last image. A macro shot of the beads on the small hand bag.
I love the look and cannot wait to do this more. I see lots of practice and the experimenting with other lenses in the future as well.
A quick reminder, always be extra careful when photographing with this method. It certainly has the opportunity to cause damage to your camera or lens. Accidents happen and you certainly do not want to drop anything. I recommend that you use your strap around your neck for extra security and that you do not do this outside in the rain or on windy days where dirt and debris is flying around to keep anything from damaging the sensors.
February and it is winter break week. As of Tuesday I still hadn't taken portraits of my son to mark his 9th grade school year. Fortunately, I was able to pull him away from the game console and he wasn't too terribly disappointed to be taken away from his Piloting homework yesterday.
It has long been a desire of mine to learn how to paint a portrait using oil paints. Always busy, I never thought that I really had the time. Fortunately during a conversation with an artist friend early last year (2013) that all changed. I finally came to the conclusion that "if I didn't try now I would never do it" so I asked him if he would teach me. He agreed. Since then, one day each week we meet and we paint. I started with small projects. On days when the mood to paint wasn't quite with me, we would draw instead but we have always worked on a project. One morning I arrived to be greeted with a large canvas and was told I would start on something new. I had recently taken some pictures of my daughter and we had discussed how nice one of them might look painted. You can see themhere. He told me why should it not be me to take on the task and told me to get to work. That was seven months ago.
It is not finished and I know it won't be anytime soon. It is a work in progress. But as I have learned time after time, all artwork takes time, inspiration, and a great deal of patience.
It's a dream of mine to upgrade my camera to a more advanced, full frame camera. One that also does video, because it's not easy as the only one in the studio, trying to capture ideas and work that I want to share. However, until the time comes when I can make that kind of investment, I have been trying to figure out how I can use both my camera and my iPhone for video simultaneously. I've tried making devices but they haven't worked very well so I returned to the internet. About two weeks ago I came across a smart phone holdermade to clip onto my hot shoe mount and today was the first day that I was able to test it out. Happily, I am excited to say that I loved the way it worked! I bought it at Amazon and for only $14.95.
After attaching my camera to my tripod I easily attached the clamp to the shoe mount.
The phone clamp is plastic and made to be quite sturdy.
It has a nice rubber coating that grips the phone well, so no sliding or slipping about.
The smartphone mount is also designed for various phone models so if you don't have an iPhone thats okay. I even left my phone in it's case.
The clamp pivots or swivels on a ball joint that moves easily.
My only negative feedback (and it really isn't negative) is, I noticed if I adjusted the angle of the clamp too low (say tipping/pointing the phone down towards the floor) I would get the top edge of my lens in the video frame. Again, this isn't terrible. I had already considered the possibility of that and made sure to pay extra attention to my set up before filming.
All that said, here is what I put together quickly using Animoto . If you have any questions feel free to contact me.