Archive for March, 2011

Photoshop Actions, Where Have I Been?

Why, oh why have I never been daring enough to open the Actions tab within Photoshop? Is it because its foundation is based on sets of rules instead of an instant visual reaction (ie filters, blurs, etc)? Whatever the case, Adobe’s Photoshop Actions aren’t new. In fact, they were introduced way back in version 4 (the latest release is version 12: CS5). Late at night when I can no longer hear traffic outside my house, the Actions tab whispers to me, “Make your life easy, open me up, have a look-see. I can save you loads of precious time.” It’s a trap, I think. “If you open that tab, you’ll get sucked into trying to figure out what’s going on and your wife will find you curled up in a ball crying the next morning.” » Continue reading “Photoshop Actions, Where Have I Been?”

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    Japan to Kenya & Back

    Booyah! Delivered the final video for To All My Dear Friends‘ song “Japan to Kenya & Back” last week – they loved the result. We were originally going to shoot the video in a studio because the group liked the feel of an El Ten Eleven video that was shot in a studio. I kept trying to talk them outside, in the woods or at a small train station here in Tallahassee. But they wanted a tight, warm, indoorsy feel. Then Marc sent me an iPhone video of the interior of a church near his house which a friend of his was living in. As soon as I saw it I knew we had our location! I made them play the song about 10 times, possibly more, to get all the angles. We were sticking to a tight time frame – just 3 hours to shoot. We wrapped up right about 3 hours after we began and all was well in our world. After that, we headed out in search of a location for our photo shoot. The video was shot on two Nikon D7000s rented through Borrow Lenses. Lenses used were: Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8; Nikon 50mm f/1.8; Nikon 85mm f/2.0; and Nikon 135mm f/3.5. After all transfer of footage and conversion to an editable format (Apple ProRes 422), editing only took about 4 hours. We’re proud of the final result and hope you enjoy!

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      To All My Dear Friends

      A friend from high school contacted me to shoot a music video for a song from his group’s upcoming album release. The group is To All My Dear Friends and it’s made up of Marc Hennessey and Greg Stull. We went back and forth about where to shoot the video and ultimately settled on a great, little church Gainesville, Florida. INsite Gainesville recently published a behind the scenes look at the band. The music video shoot went smoothly, I’ll make another post once it’s uploaded, and after that we headed outside the city limits for a photo shoot. Check it out!

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        Maternity Photos on the Gulf Coast

        We headed down to St. Marks Wildlife Refuge a few weekends ago with a pregnant friend of ours for some maternity photos on the Gulf. It’s about a 30-40 minute drive from Tallahassee but as soon as you’re inside the gate and driving toward the lighthouse, you can’t hear any traffic – it’s blissful. From the welcome center to the lighthouse is about 8 miles and we always take it slow to stop and see the alligators, bald eagles, or occasional bobcat. The wildlife is fantastic and there generally aren’t too many people there, it’s a great getaway for an afternoon.

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