Months ago I shared my iBook version of The Autobiography of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper. With the recent updates of the iBooks Author software, Apple has removed the option to have an iBook be both portrait and landscape orientated. Even loading my previous file which had both versions is now only in landscape (the original template selected). It seems now you can only have one or the other, not both. And let me tell you, landscape looks horrible in portrait mode. Needless to say I’m not too happy about this. I hope in future releases they will bring that option back. Looks like I’ll have to go and make a portrait mode version now. The good thing is that iBooks Author-created books can now be viewable on iPhones with the latest iBooks app.
This past weekend Dodge + Burn Photography did a tag team-up for Small Business Saturday. We teamed up with Balzano’s restaurant in downtown Bloomsburg to do a breakfast buffet + mini photo sessions with Mr. + Mrs. Claus. Overall it went really well and the feedback was excellent. We only had a few kiddos not into it.
From a technical perspective, my wife and I were pre-planning on how best to handle the shoot; she would be shooting and I would be handling the payments, quick-editing, and delivering the photos all before the families would leave the restaurant.
One of the ways we thought we’d be efficient was to do tethered shooting. Tethered shooting is basically having a USB cable connected to your camera and to your laptop. Once she’d shoot, it’s show up in Lightroom almost immediately. This worked out awesome for this occasion. That is until I had to review our client’s photos with them while Lisa was still shooting. This proved to be very frustrating since I would be showing a photo and then once Lisa would shoot a new image, LR would then jump to that new image. So, in theory it would have been awesome if we didn’t need to review photos with anyone during the shooting.
The other step to cut down our processing time was to apply a preset during the importing process. The night before the shoot when we were doing our setup, we did some test shots for the lighting and angles and such. When we came home, I loaded those pics into Lightroom and made a custom user preset. Since the lighting and environment wasn’t going to change, we would apply this preset to each image as it was being imported into Lightroom. This was a huge time-saver for this type of shoot and I only then had to adjust the angle and cropping of some.
All in all, this was a great learning experience for the above mentioned, as well as doing speed-shoots with the big guy in the red suit.
I’ve been working on a side project for some time now and I’m happy to release it into the world. I love all of the movies, shows, and shorts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) canon and wanted to create an interactive chronological timeline for them.
I originally intended to use Articulate Storyline 2 because of their great new slider feature, but that quickly went downhill because of the shear pain on creating hundreds of separate images and triggers. I then moved on to Adobe Edge Animate and quickly fell in love. It was such a great experience to both learn that one software didn’t live up to my expectations for a certain application and another I got to experiment and learn for the first time.
The timeline includes Phases 1 and 2 of the MCU and is not yet responsive or adaptive (I will be working on that part later). It’s best viewed on a screen resolution of 720 x 1280.
On display at the Moose Exchange’s gallery is the latest iteration of Cover of a Cover / Cover of a Comic, an exhibition including works “… ranging from art professors and other professional artists to amateur artists including college, secondary, and elementary school students.” I have two covers on display, one of which I posted about on this blog earlier in the year. Below is a photo (taken from their Facebook page) showing my work.
UPDATED: I replaced “Loading…” with “Assembling…” because I thought that was neater.
Tonight I created an animated GIF preloader for my in-progress Marvel project I’ve been working on. Thought I’d share with you.
I had so much fun making Planet of the Levels (2013) that I decided to make a mashup for each of the original five Apes films. I am not a musician or an expert in this category—I am simply a fan of POTA, EDM, mashups, and playing on my Mac.
If you’d rather skip all of this making-of stuff and just listen/download the song, just scroll to the bottom of this post. If you even remotely care about how this came together, then read on.
A gallery visitor looks on at my Purdy Teeth photograph of an unauthorized public installation at the “What Are You Watching?” show at the Stairwell Gallery.
Photograph credit: Stairwell Gallery
The show is featuring experimental video work as well as video-inspired work. Hope to see you there!