Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Delightful review of "Shut Up and Shoot" from England

My friend Martin Ellerbeck from the other side of that pond we know as the Atlantic has fully read the book and acknowledged that fact that I can spell. As you will see in this video, he got the message loud and clear. There are no secrets other than having a "Pint" and relaxing while shooting for stock. And yes, I have been able to thoroughly brain wash my English counterpart into actually generating more stock. My evil plan is working!

 He also makes mention at his very own blog known as Pondcasts.com or more specifically at this entry. Martin, you continue to entertain us with your wonderful humor and I can't thank you enough for the mention of my eBook in your video(s). (Notice the "s" in parentheses at the end of "video" - this is a hint hint to Martin to make many more such videos with plugs of course and to keep on shooting stock.)

If you want to see some of Martin's work on Pond5 - then simply visit the bin:

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Upgrade Info - Adobe CS6 and 3rd Party Plugins

So I got my Adobe CS6 Production Premium Suite updates yesterday! Wahoo! I proceeded to install and everything went nice and smooth considering it was about midnight. I had to wait for some other tasks to finish first on yet another project. In any case, today or should I say this morning I am in the process of updating all of my plugins. They are:

So here is how it all went down, or simply how it went:

Red Giant Trapcode Suite:

  • Red Giant publishes that there are still issues with Particular 2.x as well as some possible issues with Form. But these are to be fixed soon. So due to this, I of course leave my CS5.5 install intact until I am assured everything is honky-dory. As far as the install/upgrade process - a cinch.. just install and select for CS6 when it asks. It will pick up your serial numbers automatically from prior installs.
  • Red Giant Magic Bullet - Looks, Cosmo and MisFire - same results as with the Trapcode Suite.. pretty quick and easy.
Boris FX:
  • BorisFX Suite (BCC Units - 3D stuff) - This is similar installation wise as RG, however, it installs everything and for the items you don't have licensed, it will simply do the 14 day trial. This kind of sucks as I now will have to manually remove those plugins that I didn't own to start with. And let me tell you, the way BorisFX names their stuff (totally confusing) this will not be that easy to figure out. It took an act of God for me to figure out what the different suites are actually named and how they are organized. TO this day I couldn't tell ya. Perhaps BorisFX should take note on this. Their whole licensing model is a total clusterf&&^. I hate it, but am stuck with it. So I digress.
Digital Juice:
  • Digital Juice - ColorRules - DJ has no mention of any upgrade regarding CS6 as of today. So I took a chance and simply copied their plugin from one directory to another. Or, should I say from the Program Files/Adobe/Adobe After Effects CS5.5/Support Files/Plug-ins to  Program Files/Adobe/Adobe After Effects CS6/Support Files/Plug-ins and then tried it.. whew! It worked!
  • Then there is the Andrew Kramer stuff - you know that cool set of tools from VideoCopilot. Again, no mention of anything special for CS6 - so I used the same method as I did for Digital Juice - so far so good.. I tested in particular (pardon the pun) Optical Flares.. came right up without a hickup. Nice! As far as Twitch and the other goodies - I have full confidence that they too shall work without issues. Hey, the stuff is from Andrew and I wouldn't expect anything less. 
So now it's time to play and see the new features in action and maybe create a couple of AE projects for the purpose of selling them as stock media. Stay tuned.. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

More Profitable Side-Effects - Section 15

For those of you that are enjoying the eBook and have glazed through Section 15 (More Profitable Side-Effects), may want to get a bit of a better idea, or ideas of just what really can occur and how to leverage your hard work even more.

It's Spring time! The blossoms are blooming, the wildlife is awake and the insects are hard at work. This is probably one of the most appealing times in the desert other than the monsoon season. At least for me. Now I know that many can't stand the monsoon season here in Arizona due to the extreme heat and humidity. But that is what makes for great storm footage. On the other hand Spring time offers up a real treat. Not only is the weather awesome, but the natural events of things blooming is also very cool. However, there is a time limit on these events.

For example; a Hedgehog cactus only blossoms for about a week or so. So timing is crucial for capturing such an event. Particularly when it can take up to 4 hours on any given day for the blossoms to open, starting in the wee early morning. Not just that, but catching the right day where the blossoms are in full bloom. 

I shot this clip (in .jpg and RAW format!) this year, shortly before heading off to Las Vegas for the NAB show. I just had to. It was an obsession. I spent those 4 hours shooting a time-lapse just to get the visual effect of a blossom opening. I wondered while shooting if it would be a salable clip. Who cares? It is nature at its finest. But most likely at some point it will sell. Actually it will sell as both a piece of stock and as fine art. I am sure of that. It is usually just a question of time. Worst case scenario; I was able to capture nature doing its thing in time-lapse. Just more experience and more time with the camera. Oh, and it was a real treat and fun too.

Processed using Adobe After Effects. View the tutorial on this process:

And here is the resulting footage:

And then of course an image that can be blown up to a full 20"x30" for the Fine Art Gallery as well:

From Mopic Fine Art Gallery 2011-2012