Creating the Habit of Backups

Creating a new habit isn’t easy. We all know that. And I’m not talking about major changes (like exercising more, eating better, or working less) but simple things like backing up our projects, especially when working on locations. The “I’ll do it later” or “this is not a good time” will always be there so […]

Robert Rodriguez Says I’m Lazy

I’ve been reading the Robert Rodriguez book “Rebel Without a Crew” and I am feeling both excited and depressed. The guy grew up with many siblings (10 if I remember correctly). His father, a salesman, bought a video camera to enhance his business. Robert started shooting his family and everything else within a 12” radius, […]

Pro Tip: Use “Search Bins” Option in Adobe Premiere

Adobe has brought significant improvements to Premiere Pro over the past couple of years, and the latest versions offer really interesting and useful features. Some of them include: Open multiple projects without importing all the assets Cineform, Phantom CINE, Canon RAW, AJA RAW, 4/5/6K+ native support GPU boost for unleashing of more codecs in real-time playback […]

RAID Storage for Photographers and Filmmakers Explained

Explaining the meaning of RAID is among the most difficult concepts to describe to my students and clients. It sounds like a military term, at best, and super geeky tech talk that only mechanical engineers understand. RAID stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks. It is a system of two or more connected hard drives […]

The Data Storage Puzzle: How Technology is Headed Towards a Solution

In terms of image capturing devices, today we have access to a wide variety of systems available at a wide variety of prices. Even at the “low end” of the spectrum of technology and price we are able to find surprisingly good gadgets. Considerably, capturing images – be they stills or video – is no longer […]

Using the 5 Zone System When Editing Your B&W Photographs w/ AdoramaTV

Learn how to use zones of light to convert color photographs to stunning, high contrast, black and white images. In this episode Mark Wallace explains his abbreviated version of Ansel Adam’s Zone System. Mark explains the five zones of exposure and demonstrates how to manipulate them using Lightroom 5. What do you think of this […]

Balancing Flash With Ambient Light: How It’s Done w/ AdoramaTV

Here’s another great tutorial by our friends at AdoramaTV where you can see step by step, how to balance a flash with natural ambient light to create a dramatic shot. Gavin Hoey, then walks you through Photoshop as he takes those already dramatic shot and adds simple effects to turn them into something truly incredible. […]

Make Your Movie: Adding Foley to Your Film

As an indie filmmaker you’ve certainly heard of Foley Sound and possibly even had to create some of your own. No great film can go without this integral part of the filmmaking process. Without Foley, a film sounds empty and hollow – the actors seem to be talking in a vacuum. The sound recordist, if […]

Tutorial: How to Capture the Milky Way Using Timelapse

This is a perfect way to learn some new skills for your photography quiver. In it, you will learn how the photographer, Ian Norman, uses a time-lapse sequence to capture the Milky Way. That’s right, this photographer has found a way to capture the entire galaxy. If you’re somebody who likes to grow in your […]

Seamless Look of Birdman: How They Did it

Like it, love it or (in a few cases) loathe it, Birdman feels like one of the films that, when we look back years or decades from now, will come to define 2014 at the movies. With some of the best reviews of the year, and one of the best limited releases in recent memory, it […]