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DSLR Video Podcast Hits #1

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Into learning more about shooting DSLR video? It turns out you're not alone. My new podcast, Creative COW's DSLR Video show has rocked the charts.

It's always a good feeling to hit the #1 spot on the charts... especially when its filled with people you admire. Thank you all for your support (and if you haven't checked it out, please go fir it – it's free).

Subscribe for free at the COW –
http://podcasts.creativecow.net/dslr-video-podcast
Subscribe for free on iTunes –
http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/creative-cow-dslr-video-podcast/id409873012

Thanks to Ron Lindeboom at Creative COW for hosting and producing the series.

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Confidence Instills Confidence – Practical Business Advice

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I can’t tell you how many times I am faced with new challenges. Nearly every project brings up new technical and creative challenges that I’ve never faced. This is the truly exciting part about working in video. Rarely do I have every answer (but I do know where to look and how to solve the problem).

When presented with a challenge in a project, I exude confidence (but not arrogance). I know that showing confidence to my team as well as my clients is inspirational. A clear study of the challenge ahead will lead to solutions. Then I’ll leverage my networks. I have a collection of peers I trust to ask questions of. I can turn to online forums like Creative COW. I can ping my social network through Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All of these play a part in fining the answer.

Everything I learned in college about video is technologically obsolete. What I learned was how to tell stories and how to solve problems. Every tape format has changed, every software application has upgraded ten or more times. Heck, web browsers didn’t even exist. But I know that I can learn. And because of that I am confident that I can solve any challenge I face and devise a solution that is an effective compromise between the budget in hand and the schedule I have. With a little practice, you can see the world this way too.

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Quick Selection Tool - 201 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington looks at a tool that lets you quickly select an object in the scene. This tool combines the best features of the magic wand, with the ability to recognize edges.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5
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Quick Selection Tool - 201 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington looks at a tool that lets you quickly select an object in the scene. This tool combines the best features of the magic wand, with the ability to recognize edges.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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16 New Articles Posted to the Conference Downloads Page


I've uploaded several new handouts from recent conferences. Remember, you can download slides, resource files, articles and more by visiting the Conference Handout page.



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Pages for iPad, Online Video - 10 Free Copies

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In this Apple-certified guide to Pages for iPad, master trainer Rich Harrington takes you on a comprehensive tour. You’ll learn everything from customizing existing templates by adding your own graphics, charts, and styles to creating documents from scratch. Featuring over 40 videos, each one is dedicated to a specific task in Pages. So it's easy to find exactly the information you want whether it's help with the basics, like touchscreen controls, or more advanced tasks like inserting graphics with wraparound text. You'll learn all you need to know to create dynamic personal and professional projects.

Below are 10 digital voucher codes for use on Peachpit.com. Each code can be used once and will give a user access to the Pages for iPad Online Video. First come, first serve.
Here are instructions for use:
  1. If you have a Peachpit.com account, go to www.peachpit.com/account and log in. If you do not have a Peachpit.com account, go to www.peachpit.com/join and create an account.
  2. On the Account page click the link for "Enter your code here." that appears under "Digital Product Voucher" in the right column.
  3. Click Submit.
  4. The video will be listed under Digital Purchases on your Account page; click the title to generate the download.

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If you don't win a copy, you can get one here. http://www.peachpit.com/store/product.aspx?isbn=0321765141

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Photoshop Holiday Photo Clinic

Photoshop Holiday Photo Clinic from Richard Harrington on Vimeo.



Join Photoshop instructor and author Richard Harrington as he tackles 12 holiday images. This in-depth class will show you how to fix both standard and advanced problems that often plague holiday photos. If you like Richard's training be sure to check out his books,
Understanding Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop for Video.

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A Good List of Blogs to Try

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Here are some blogs from the great team I'll be speaking with this Spring. These are the blogs of the speakers for Strictly Business 3 – a conference put on by the American Society of Media Photographers. I hope you enjoy.

2 Good Things - Strategic Career Reinvention with Judy Herrmann
www.2goodthings.com

Branding for Creatives with Colleen Wainwright
communicatrix.com/

The DAM Book  - Digital Asset Management for Photographers with Peter Krogh
 www.thedambook.com/blog

Jay Kinghorn's Blog: Multimedia, Workflow and inspiration for visual communicators
jaykinghorn.com

Marketing and Stock Photography Consulting with Ellen Boughn
ellenboughn.com/blog

Negotiating and Web Marketing with Blake Discher
groozi.com/

Journeys of a Hybrid - A still photographer and filmmaker talks about working in both still and motion mediums.
kellymooneyminutes.wordpress.com

Digital Marketing Blog with Rosh Sillars
www.newmediaphotographer.com/

Marketing for Creatives with Colleen Wainwright
http://www.virgoguidetomarketing.com/

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Need a Photoshop Document in Premiere Pro?

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In this
Premiere Pro podcast, Richard Harrington shows the fastest and easiest way to put a Photoshop Document into your Premiere Pro timeline.

http://podcasts.creativecow.net/adobe-premiere-tutorials-podcast/need-a-photoshop-document

Subscribe for free at the COW – http://podcasts.creativecow.net/adobe-premiere-tutorials-podcast
Subscribe for free on iTunes –
http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=135576053

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DSLR Frame Rates – New Episode

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In this
DSLR podcast Robbie Carman and Richard Harrington discuss the various frame rates available on today's DSLR Cameras such as the Canon 7D. Learn what rates to use for proper film looks, slow motion and other special effects, PAL or NTSC.

http://podcasts.creativecow.net/dslr-video-podcast/dslr-frame-rates


Subscribe for free at the COW – http://podcasts.creativecow.net/dslr-video-podcast
Subscribe for free on iTunes –
http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/creative-cow-dslr-video-podcast/id409873012


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Adobe Posts Its First Billion-Dollar Quarter

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Great news for those who rely on Adobe software... according the Associated Press:

"The software maker Adobe posted quarterly earnings on Monday that exceeded analyst expectations and provided a rosy outlook.The company’s shares rose as much as 5.7 percent, to $30.85, in extended trading, after closing at $29.19 in the regular session."

To put this in perspective, "adjusted earnings were 56 cents a share in the latest quarter, surpassing the average forecast of 52 cents a share among analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters. Revenue rose33 percent to $1.01 billion from $757 million last year. It was Adobe’s first billion-dollar quarter."

Here's the whole story –
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/21/technology/21adobe.html?_r=1&src=tptw#

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Free Photoshop CS5 Online Class

I recently did a free one hour class on what's new in Photoshop CS5. You can watch or download it here. Thanks to Peachpit for sponsoring this class.

Join author and instructor Richard Harrington for an overview of the new features in Photoshop CS5 and how his book, Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5 and its accompanying video training on DVD, can be used effectively in the classroom.

Richard Harrington is a former faculty member of the Art Institute of Washington and adjunct faculty member at the American University. He is also the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based in Washington, D.C. A graphic design and new media expert, he has written several books including Photoshop for Video and From Still to Motion: A photographer's guide to creating video with your DSLR . He is an Adobe and Apple certified trainer and a National Association of Photoshop Professionals Dream Team Instructor. He produces the popular podcast Understanding Adobe Photoshop available on both iTunes and the Adobe TV.
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Boston DSLR Wrapup

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I had a great time up in Boston recently speaking to the DSLR Meetup group. I met some lovely folks and had a chancee to share a bunch of info about DSLR Pre-Production and Post.

Here is a great writeup on the event –
http://www.needcreative.net/main/2010/12/20/holiday-boston-dslr-meetup-featuring-richard-harrington.html

Here are my slides from the event –
Producing DSLR Shoots

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Selection Basics – 200 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington talks about selecting the aspect of an image that you want to manipulate. ; Photoshop offers several tools that allow you to make selections.

Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5
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Repairing and Retiming Footage with After Effects

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I am very proud of a new book that just came out called Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5: Studio Techniques.

Todd Kopriva, had this to say “Anyone who wants to know how to get the most out of Creative Suite Production Premium to plan, create, and deliver motion graphics work should read this book.”

Here is a sample chapter from the book for free to whet your appetite and give you an idea of the great content in this book.
Check out: “Repairing and Retiming Footage"


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Photoshop "Triage" Workflow



in this video, Richard Harrington uses a real world example to demonstrate a Photoshop 'Triage'. By going through this workflow, he takes an image and makes it 'pop'.

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Creative COW DSLR Podcast Launches

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Creative COW's DSLR Video podcast brings you video tutorials and training relating to the world of DSLR Cameras. Topics ranging from camera reviews, techniques or discussions and comparisons of various camera models such as Nikon and Canon.

CreativeCOW.net, home of the Creative Communities of the World, is an online community for media professionals in the film, video, broadcast, effects and animation industry -- a community headed by a team of industry professionals, who are joined by a worldwide community of users whose ideas, feedback and support make the COW's forums, blogs, magazine and podcasts a vital and creative mainstay for motion graphics artists.

Get it at the COW –
http://podcasts.creativecow.net/dslr-video-podcast
Get it on iTunes –
http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/creative-cow-dslr-video-podcast/id409873012

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Photoshop Tutorial Rap



More filters than a T-Pain album.

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I'm Speaking at ASMP Strictly Business 3



ASMP's celebrated conference for working photographers, Strictly Business, is coming soon to a city near you. LA, Philly, and Chicago. January—April, 2011.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to bring your business to the next level. Distinguish yourself and your business by attending the American Society of Media Photographer’s Strictly Business 3 Conference, the newest generation of this highly acclaimed series. SB3 offers you a selection of topics to enhance your professionalism and build your business. From copyright registration to social media marketing, negotiating and sales, licensing and pricing, the business of video and much more — you can design the conference to fit your specific needs.
 
Locations / Dates


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Aperture 3.1.1 Released

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Apple released a free update to Aperture that addresses overall stability and performance issues, and also includes specific fixes that:
  • address compatibility with the iLife Media Browser
  • improve reliability when upgrading existing Aperture libraries
  • address issues with publishing photos to MobileMe, Facebook and Flickr
The update is recommended for all users of Aperture 3. For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2518
Here are the highlights:
  • iLife ’11 Compatibility
  • Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when a camera was plugged in to your Mac.
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent the Aperture First Aid from opening correctly after upgrading a library from 3.0 to 3.1.
  • The Noise Reduction adjustment brick now correctly displays Radius and Edge Detail sliders when applied using a Quick Brush.
  • Aperture now correctly sets the "Photos Viewable by" setting for images published to your Flickr Photostream.
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when the "Fit Slideshow to Main Soundtrack" button was clicked.

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Planet 5D Chat – 12/21



I'll be the guest for a special live chat over at Planet 5D on Monday December 21st. Be sure to head over to the HDSLR chat room. THe fun starts at 8pm EST.

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Designing Backgrounds with After Effects

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I am very proud of a new book that just came out called Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5: Studio Techniques.

Todd Kopriva, had this to say “Anyone who wants to know how to get the most out of Creative Suite Production Premium to plan, create, and deliver motion graphics work should read this book.”

Here is a sample chapter from the book for free to whet your appetite and give you an idea of the great content in this book.
Check out: “Designing Backgrounds”


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Mastering Photoshop’s Blending Modes

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Blending modes are both a mystery and a source of great design power. Each blending mode controls how one layer’s pixels are affected by those in another layer (or by a tool from the Tools panel). Most users give up on blending modes because the technical definitions of each mode get very tricky. The secret is to not worry too much about the technical issues and to learn how to experiment.
Read the whole article here – http://www.tipsquirrel.com/index.php/2010/12/mastering-photoshops-blending-modes/

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Macdinked – Word of the Day

In my efforts to keep you a member of the techno-elite, I bring you a new tech word.


MACDINKED – verb: When a designer (or client) continues to tweak a project beyond an appropriate level because they are technologically capable of doing so.

This word was brought to my attention by my Dad (and yes... I felt slightly aghast that he was more plugged in). Feel free to comment or add your own.

I'd love to hear any other tech words that have popped up into modern vocabularies.



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Book Review: “From Still to Motion"

The great blog, Planet 5D has a nice review of our book, From Still to Motion. They had several nice things to say.

"So, the first question is who is this book designed to help? Obviously from the title, it is aimed at a photographer (either pro or semi-pro) who is wanting to learn to make motion pictures. However, this isn’t a ‘movies for dummies’ book. If you don’t know anything about photography in the first place, you should start with a different set of books and come back to this when you understand more. And, everyone has different skill sets and experience so it can be tough to craft a book to help everyone."

They go on to say:

"I think another big advantage of this book is that it was written by a staff of 7 different people – each with their own skills and expertise with making movies. You don’t get the knowledge of just one expert, but seven! It is almost like getting 7 books."

Check out the review in its entirety –
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New iWork Training on its way

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We're just putting the finishing touches on some new video training for Apple iPad. It's all bout iWork – Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. The videos will be released as web streaming content first then as apps for the iPad itself.

Some training will be out in
December, the rest in January.

In this Apple-certified guide to Pages for iPad, master trainer Rich Harrington takes you on a comprehensive tour. You’ll learn everything from customizing existing templates by adding your own graphics, charts, and styles to creating documents from scratch. Featuring over 40 videos, each one is dedicated to a specific task in Pages. So it's easy to find exactly the information you want whether it's help with the basics, like touchscreen controls, or more advanced tasks like inserting graphics with wraparound text. You'll learn all you need to know to create dynamic personal and professional projects.


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Logo Animation with After Effects

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I am very proud of a new book that just came out called Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5: Studio Techniques.

Todd Kopriva, had this to say “Anyone who wants to know how to get the most out of Creative Suite Production Premium to plan, create, and deliver motion graphics work should read this book.”

Here is a sample chapter from the book for free to whet your appetite and give you an idea of the great content in this book.
Check out: “Logo Animation”



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Making Color Adjustments to Photos or Video

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The perception of color is very subjective and can vary from person to person. It’s often difficult to make objective changes accurately because the human brain skews perception to make colors appear as natural as possible. Because of this compensation factor, you’ll want to optimize your work environment to have the least impact on your perception of color.
  • Set your computer’s display to its highest-resolution setting. The increased resolution will give you the best view of your image. The highest setting generally displays the native resolution, which means you’ll be working at the optimal resolution for clarity.
  • Make sure your computer displays are set to their maximum brightness.
  • Reduce the amount of ambient light in the room where you’re working. This will help prevent the light from skewing your perception.
  • If possible, paint the walls a neutral gray in the room where you perform detailed adjustments.
  • Keep bright-colored objects to a minimum in the room to avoid skewing your perception.
  • Make sure you’re employing good color management practices. Be sure to calibrate your printers and displays. For more information, see Calibrating Your Aperture System, which is Appendix B in the Aperture User Manual.
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A Very Funny Cartoon for Video Editors

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Thanks to the Onion for making me laugh.... You need to head over to their site and check out other great infographics.

http://www.theonion.com/articles/what-are-we-fixing-in-postproduction,7107/
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A Recent Motion Graphics Project



I'm really happy with how the compositing and photo restoration in this project turned out.

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Jumping from Aperture to Photoshop

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One of my personal workflows is to use Apple Aperture to organize my images. I then jump into Adobe Photoshop for advanced editing. Few people know how easy this is. All you need to specify which application Aperture will use and that it should exchange files using 16-bit file formats. You only have to set these preferences once, then the settings will be used for all future adjustments.
  1. Choose Aperture > Preferences then click Export.
  2. Click the Choose button below the External Image Editor field.
  3. In the dialog that appears, navigate to the application that you’d like Aperture to use when you want to edit an image in an external editor. The application’s name appears in the External Image Editor field.
  4. In the Preferences window, set the External Editor File Format pop-up menu to the format you’d like to use for exchanging files. Select PSD because we’ll be using Photoshop as our external editor. We could also have selected TIFF, but we know that PSD will support all of the Photoshop features that we might choose to use.
  5. Next to the External Editor File Format pop-up menu is a small field labeled dpi (dots per inch). Set this to 300. This will specify that the image should be exported with a resolution setting of 300 pixels per inch.
  6. Close the Preferences window.

As you know, Aperture keeps all of your images organized using its Library. When you want to edit an image elsewhere, the easiest way to do so is by using the specified external editor. Aperture will then use its round-trip capability to automatically re-import the image for you.
  1. In the Browser, select an image.
  2. Choose Images > Edit With > Adobe Photoshop or press Command-Shift-O. If it’s not already running, Aperture will open the application that you specified in the Preferences window. Your image will be opened automatically (with the Exposure adjustment applied).
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