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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography Technique

The following picture was taken using the High Dynamic Range (HDR) technique.  HDR is a set of techniques that allows a greater dynamic range of luminances between light and dark areas of a scene than normal digital imaging techniques. The intention of HDR is to accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes ranging from direct sunlight to shadows.

360 Bridge - Austin Texas

TutorialBlog has rounded up numerous HDR tutorials in one place. So if you are interested in this technique, I recommend that you check it out. Have fun!

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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 layersmagazine.com.

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\com.adobe.flexbuilder.feature.core.link 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 http://www.cfeclipse.org/update 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.
mySplash
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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Make Your Own Planets

I made this planet from my “Seattle Blues” photo and by following Dirk Paessler’s tutorial on creating the planets. Check it out and make your own planets.

Planet Blue Seattle by Craig Allen Photography © All rights reserved

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Friday, August 14, 2009

New White Seamless Background & Photoshop Actions

I just setup a white seamless background in my home studio based off of Zack Arias’ White Seamless Tutorial series. In his series he explains everything from the equipment required to invaluable techniques.

by Craig Allen Photography © All rights reserved

After shooting, I load the photos into Lightroom 2 and make quick adjustments for white balance, brightness, fixing skew, etc and then I export the keepers to Photoshop for editing.

I am working on a new action for Photoshop to make light work out of editing images shot on white seamless.  I based this action from information Zack presented in his  White Seamless Questions :: Part 1 video.

After running the white seamless Photoshop Action I run another action I made for retouching skin. I bases most of this action from Christy Schuler’s skin tutorial.

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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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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Horology Specular Highlight Control

A wrist watch is a little nightmare of complex, reflective surfaces. Specular highlight control is pretty much all you have to work with.

One of my go-to techniques is to shoot a snooted beam of light through a larger diffuser like the Photek Softlighter II light modifier. I use the reflection of the edge of the light hitting the diffuser to get lovely edges to his highlights. Simple technique, elegant light.

The results of this techniques can be viewed in the gallery below.

Watch links:

Stowa.com

Precista.com

Hamiltonwatch.com

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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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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Latest Real Estate Photo Shoot

Here is my latest endeavor in shooting a property.   This series includes interior shots and exterior twilight shots.  The twilight shot below benefited from the use of a well placed halogen flood light and a couple speedlight flashes equipped with radio triggers and warming gel filters.

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