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Monday, March 1, 2010

Maven with Flex

Maven is a tool that provides an uniform and easy build process for your projects. In real life this means generally that you describe your project in one xml file and Maven reads this information to compile and package your project. The pros of this approach are that the project can be set up quickly in new environment, you can quite transparently add new features, and you have all the time clear overview of libraries that are used in your project.

Get the Maven Flex Plugin:
The Maven Flex Plugin (mvnflexplugin) is a Maven 2 plugin designed to enable continuous integration for Adobe Flex libraries and applications, and to benefit of the power of Apache Maven.
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Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Third Dimension in Layers Magazine

Layers magazine is the “How-to magazine for everything Adobe” and is dedicated to teaching readers how to use Adobe’s industry-leading software products for designers, illustrators, Web developers, and photographers.

Published bi-monthly (six-times a year), each issues contains step-by-step tutorials, tips, tricks, Q&As, in-depth articles, and is a trusted resource for comprehensive reviews and news. Layers is available by subscription or on newsstands.

Lee Brimelow wrote a tutorial named The Third Dimension in the May/June 2009 issue, which can be downloaded from

Here’s my attempt at adding 3D and animation to my original flat Flash movie.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Installing Eclipse Flex Builder 3 Plug-in

This explains how I setup the Flex Builder Plug-in to Eclipse 3.5 (Galileo). Most this information came from Lee Brimelow‘s Pimp My Eclipse articles. I have just widdled it down to something that I can reference for new quick installs. It’s definitely a work in progress and it has not been tested on a Mac.

Install Eclipse 3.5 (Galileo)

Install Flex Builder 3 Plug-in

    • Download FB3_WWEJ_Plugin and install at C:\Program Files\Adobe and associate it with the C:\Program Files\eclipse directory.
    • Edit your C:\Program Files\eclipse\links\ file by adding “path=” before the path.

    Should be : path=C:/Program Files/Adobe/Flex Builder 3 Plug-in.

Installing CFEclipse Plug-in

    • Select Help > Install new software… menu option.
    • Type into the Work with box and press Add….
    • Type CFEclipse into the Name field and press OK.
    • Tick CFEclipse (including CFUnit and Frameworks) and press Next.

Snip Tree View

Flex Formatter

    • New tool bar will appear after restarting Eclipse.
    • Import Lee Brimelow’s settings, unzip them, and import them through Flex Formatter’s preferences.

Eclipse Icon

    Download .ico and .icns versions and swift the shortcut icon. 

Splash Screen

    Download Random Splash Screen Plug-in that allows you to customize it. Download this plug-in and put it into your Eclipse plug-ins folder. Restart Eclipse and then go into the Preferences window. Under the General section you should see the Random Splash Screen option. From the preferences screen you can click to the pick link to choose a new splash screen. I modified this one.
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Friday, December 11, 2009

Let’s Keep This Going!

It’s one day away from the official Help-Portrait day. To-date, over 7000 of you have signed up to participate at over 600 locations in 58 countries; and these are just the people Help-Portrait knows about.   We are getting excited and ready as well. Click on the count down link above to see what this is all about.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Photos that changed the world – Jonathan Klein

Jonathan Klein runs Getty Images, a stock photo agency whose vast archive of still photography and illustrations is a mainstay of the creative class. Full bio and more links

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Thursday, September 10, 2009 – Video by Jeremy Cowart

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Here’s a fantastic project that Jeremy Cowart is starting up that leverages the power of social networking and of photography. It’s called and if you are a photographer, web designer or want to help with a support role, I’d like you to consider being part of it on December 12th.

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Mounting Bracket for AlienBees CyberSync Receiver

As I mentioned in my Flash Radio Remote Control System post, I originally attached my AlienBees CyberSyncs™ receiver to the flash head with Velcro and shortly found that to be problematic, since the receiver was interfering with the flash controls and light modifiers. I then incorporated a lanyard and allowed the receiver to hang from the light stand.

This worked okay until I wanted to reposition the light stand and the receiver bangs against the light stand. Not the best solution for on-location shoots. I need a mounting bracket for my CyberSync receivers, but unfortunately as far I can tell nobody makes one.  So I will.

However, I have a couple things to consider since I’ve been having issues with the OEM CyberSync PC sync cable lately.  It’s standard PC connector doesn’t fit the sync terminal on my Nikon SB-800 very well and I am getting an intermittent connection. This is really troublesome on location during a shoot.  I looked into some of the screw-on offers from Paramount and Zebra Cables.  I was already using a Paramount Hot Shoe Female to Miniphone cable #PW-MHSF1 to trigger a Nikon Speedlight SB-600 flash, so I decided to go with it since there’s a couple thing I really like about it.  The cable and hot shoe are molded as one piece and the Paramount hot shoe holds the flash better then my modified aluminum hot shoe.

Here’s what I came up with for securely mounting the CyberSyncs™ receiver, replacing the intermittent standard PC cable, replacing the modified aluminum hot shoe and for triggering any Nikon flash with or without a sync terminal.  Note that I am also use this same configuration on my SB-800s to keep everything standardization.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Rosco Cinegel Swatchbook

Rosco Cinegel Swatchbook

Strobist blog readers all know about the use of color correcting gels to convert flash output to tungsten light, florescent light, or any other color. The extreme popularity of the Strobist blog and David Hobby’s tip to use gels out of the Rosco sample packs, which can often be had for free and happen to be almost the same size as a flash head, has caused a run on the sample packs. Most camera stores are out of them. Just yesterday I was trying to find some myself in order to replace the gels I’ve been using. I checked several online stores, even those I prefer not to shop with, and everyone was out of them!

Luckily though, I’ve just got an email from B&H stating they have some back in stock!

You can find them here: Rosco Cinegel Swatchbook – 1.75 x 2.75″

Plus, if you are a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) you always get FREE 3-5 business days UPS shipping! NAPP members get a GREAT magazine (I struggle to read all of it each month) plus tons of other great perks. I find the free shipping from B&H nearly, if not entirely, pays for my NAPP membership each year.

In full disclosure, I added another item to my B&H order so I can not 100% guarantee you can order two sample packs with free shipping and only pay $2.00, but I believe it is possible.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tyler Hicks In Afghanistan

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In the past couple of weeks, New York Times photographer Tyler Hicks has been publishing a series of astonishing war pictures from Afghanistan. He vividly captured a life-and-death struggle that occurred when Taliban fighters ambushed U.S. troops along the Korangal River. Go here for the story. The Times’s website also has a multi-media account of the story. Shot by Tyler Hicks in Afghanistan produced by Nancy Donaldson. In the photo above, Specialist Robert Soto runs for cover as two other U.S. soldiers crouch behind rocks. The images bring home the intensity of the fighting in Afghanistan, in a way I haven’t seen before.


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Sunday, April 19, 2009

David Tejada’s Assignment Bag

David Tejada is a commercial photographer bases out of Colorado. David shoots for many graphic design firms and Fortune 500 companies in Denver, Colorado and nationwide.

David Tejada carries a small Lightware case which holds most of the lighting gear. 4 Nikon SB-800’s, PocketWizards, 2 Bogen stands and some grip equipment. David Tejada has posted two new videos of his go-to lighting gear for shooting on location.


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