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Friday, February 28, 2014

#Photography: How to Create a Holiday-Inspired Animated GIF Using Stop Motion Photography

Introduced in 1987 by CompuServe, the animated GIF is as popular today as it has ever been. The GIF animation has gone through many phases over the years. It's been loved, hated, and then loved aga...

#Photography: How to Create a Holiday-Inspired Animated GIF Using Stop Motion Photography

#AfterEffects #Filmproduction: Tutorial | Text To Balls Reveal Tutorial In After Effects

In this tutorial we are going to learn how to create a cool looking text reveal animation where particles in the form of balls are going to reveal text. I have posted a sample animation which we are going to create in this tutorial, it is really cool, it’s like bursting into bunch of little particles and kind of distorting as if there is turbulence field.

#AfterEffects #Filmproduction: Tutorial | Text To Balls Reveal Tutorial In After Effects

#SocialMedia: From Twitter with love: American spies snooping on our social media feeds

American Special Forces have launched a worldwide recruitment drive for social media geeks to spy on millions of European twitter and Facebook users. US Army Special Operations commanders have orde...

#SocialMedia: From Twitter with love: American spies snooping on our social media feeds

#Photoshop: Create Lathed 3D Objects in Photoshop CS6 Extended

In this tutorial, we will show you how to create lathed 3D objects by revolving paths and layers around a fixed axis; a process similar to what you may have seen done using Illustrator's 3D tools. In the process, we will explain how to create a wine glass, a bottle, and a table top.

#Photoshop: Create Lathed 3D Objects in Photoshop CS6 Extended

#AfterEffects #Filmproduction: How to Make a Breaking News Opener Animation

In this tutorial, we'll be creating dynamic arrows, along with some other motion graphic elements to enhance the quality and look of our news-style opener. We'll also learn about controlling the colors of the whole project through one layer, which is very useful when creating After Effects templates.

#AfterEffects #Filmproduction: How to Make a Breaking News Opener Animation

#Photography: 5 Advantages of Using a Kit Lens

Before you write off the cheap lens that came bundled with your DSLR, take a look at the following video clip. Kai takes the humorous approach to explaining why kit lenses are worth a shot for new ...

#Photography: 5 Advantages of Using a Kit Lens

#Photoshop: Shiny Inflated Foil 3D Text Effect

The many different 3D options, settings, and capabilities in Photoshop CS6 make creating dazzling 3D text effects an easy and fun job! This tutorial will show you how to play around with the materi...

#Photoshop: Shiny Inflated Foil 3D Text Effect

#Photography: Using Color to Create Strong Photo Compositions

Color is one of the most obvious elements of composition. Everyone knows that intense colors make people take notice of your images. Ever wonder why there are so many sunset and flower shots? Color...

#Photography: Using Color to Create Strong Photo Compositions

#Guitar: Style Guide: All About Arpeggios

Chops: Intermediate Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Learn how to incorporate simple arpeggios into your solos. • Understand how to combine arpeggios. • Develop phrases to play over challeng...

#Guitar: Style Guide: All About Arpeggios

#AfterEffects #Filmproduction: Tutorial | Cool Looking Neon Text Animation Effect Using AE

This time around I will be showing you how to create a ‘Neon Text Animation Effect Using After Effects’.

#AfterEffects #Filmproduction: Tutorial | Cool Looking Neon Text Animation Effect Using After Effects

#Photography: How to Find & Photograph Great Macro Subjects

If there’s one type of photography “wild west”, it’s macro photography. While most other subject – flowers, sunsets, the aurora borealis – already have thousands of great shots from PRO photographe...

#Photography: How to Find & Photograph Great Macro Subjects

#AfterEffects #Filmproduction: Bokeh Background Effect Tutorial In After Effects

We are going to learn how to create bokeh background effect using Adobe After Effects application. We are going to use all the inbuilt utilities to create the effect like particular world, lens blur, etc. I have posted the finished animated image below for your reference.


#AfterEffects #Filmproduction: Bokeh Background Effect Tutorial In After Effects

Thursday, February 27, 2014

#AfterEffects #Filmproduction: Dragon in a Snow Globe: Make it Snow!

Do you remember how magic snow globes used to seem when you were a child? We can bring this magic...

#AfterEffects #Filmproduction: Dragon in a Snow Globe: Make it Snow!

#Guitar: Reading Chord and Scale Grids

Reading chord and scale grids is just one of many shortcuts that make playing guitar easier. You may have come across some chord and scale grids while learning to play guitar and thought, “What the...

#Guitar: Reading Chord and Scale Grids

#Guitar: Here's what your guitar says about you

There’s a certain amount of sophomoric badassery associated with Angus Young—and his signature devil-horned Gibson SG. There’s a populist heroism linked to Bruce Springsteen, and accordingly, count...

#Guitar: Here's what your guitar says about you

#Photography: Quick Tip: Use reflections to capture more of the world

Last August, on a white marlstone beach in southern Sicily, Leonardo Misuraca, a 29-year-old medical student from Rome, noticed as sunbathers around him began reaching for their cameras and taking ...

#Photography: Quick Tip: Use reflections to capture more of the world

Feel Like A Cow - a #poetry

Feel Like A Cow


I would like to know
How it feels to be a cow
Eating grass and stand around

#Musicproduction: 11 Things You Need To Bring On Tour

So you’re going on tour. Time to dump your girlfriend, because there’s gonna be coke, girls, parties, beer, and did I mention the coke? But before you get to live your 80’s hair metal fantasy, you ...

#Musicproduction: 11 Things You Need To Bring On Tour

#Musicproduction: DCSI releases 'Combat Loop Drum Machine' and 'V-Koder' #free instruments (Kontakt & VSTi Win)

DCSI, a new independent developer, has released his first productions: Combat Loop Drum Machine and V-Koder. As free downloads these sample based instruments are each available in two different versions - a Kontakt Instrument and a Windows VST instrument plug-in.

#Musicproduction: DCSI releases 'Combat Loop Drum Machine' and 'V-Koder' #free instruments (Kontakt & VSTi Win)

#SocialMedia: How to Spend Only 10 Minutes Per Day on Twitter

The No. 1 complaint from businesses new to social media is: “I just don’t have time.” What these people don’t realize is that social media doesn’t always require a huge commitment, especially Twitter…

#SocialMedia: How to Spend Only 10 Minutes Per Day on Twitter

#Photography: A composition tip to make you look like a pro...

The way you make your audience sit up and look at your work is to catch their eye. It is not always easy. However, a strong composition helps. One way you can really make them look is to use sharp ...

#Photography: A composition tip to make you look like a pro...

#Musicproduction: SonicXTC releases "Ring Modulator 101" - #Free VST effect for Windows

SonicXTC has released Ring Modulator 101, a freeware VST effect plug-in for Windows that's a re-creation of a classic effects chain featuring a vintage ring modulator.

#Musicproduction: SonicXTC releases "Ring Modulator 101" - #Free VST effect for Windows

#Musicproduction: Formant filter in Reaktor

Unfortunately, many synths do not contain formant filters, and Reaktor itself does not ship with one either, to my knowledge. I first encountered a formant filter in Thor, which is a part of Reason...

#Musicproduction: Formant filter in Reaktor

#Photography: 7 Free Tips to Better B&W Photography. Tip#4

I use Tri-X film and Kodack Hc110 developer.Both are getting to be rare, highly elusive and much sought after Retro Relics…

#Photography: 7 Free Tips to Better B&W Photography. Tip#4

#Musicproduction: Novation releases a heritage celebration short film, #free 1GB sample pack, and all-star judged competition to win its synth line

Novation releases a heritage celebration short film, free 1GB sample pack, and all-star judged competition to win its synth line

#Musicproduction: Novation releases a heritage celebration short film, #free 1GB sample pack, and all-star judged competition to win its synth line

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

#Musicproduction: #Free: WOK releases TAPEBRAKE Tape Stop and BIGREV Reverb VST effect plug-ins for Windows

TAPEBRAKE is a free plug-in that simulates the effect of a stopping tape or turntable on the fly. The downspin-time can be selected in beats (host synced).
BIGREV is a reverb tailored for long reverb trails. It's the newest piece in WOK's one-trick-pony chain. As always in this series, the GUI is reduced to the minimum necessary controls for quick results in use.
BIGREV will be given as a free bonus with every purchase between January 1st and March 31st, 2014.

#Musicproduction: #Free: WOK releases TAPEBRAKE Tape Stop and BIGREV Reverb VST effect plug-ins for Windows

#Photoshop: Create a Mixed Martial Arts Event Flyer in Photoshop

Most of you have probably seen event posters displayed in your area promoting a boxing, mixed martial arts (MMA), Ultimate Fighter, or wrestling match. In this tutorial, I will show you how to crea...

#Photoshop: Create a Mixed Martial Arts Event Flyer in Photoshop

#Musicproduction: WOK releases PITCHD - #Free Delay Plug-in with a Pitch Shifter for Windows VST

PITCHD is a delay plugin with a pitch-shifter in the delay path.
Pitch shift amount can be adjusted in semitones or fine. Delay can be set in milliseconds or host synced. Can be used as send or insert effect.
Let the echo’s pitch drift away softly with a slight detune or up or down by a maximum of one octave to create strange effects.
PITCHD is available for free as a 32bit VST plugin for Windows.

#Musicproduction: WOK releases PITCHD - #Free Delay Plug-in with a Pitch Shifter for Windows VST

#Photoshop: The Creation of "Thinker" Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the processes of creating this “Thinker” photo manipulation in Photoshop. We will use a model image and combine with abstract lines and a few flying stones to form...

#Photoshop: The Creation of "Thinker" Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

#Musicproduction: Embertone releases Canjo - #Free Hybrid Banjo for Kontakt

Embertone has released Canjo, a free one-stringed hybrid banjo with a distinctive "buzzy" timbre, for Kontakt.
The instrument has 3 articulations (muted/fingered/picked) and a custom arpeggiator to infuse immediate rhythms into your music.

#Musicproduction: Embertone releases Canjo - #Free Hybrid Banjo for Kontakt

#Photography: One tip to keep your photography improving for ever!

We all want to improve our photography. Extending yourself, developing new skills and using new techniques are a part of the road to improvement. However, the ultimate aim is to develop the ‘photog...

#Photography: One tip to keep your photography improving for ever!

#Writing: Prepositions That Follow the Verb Alert

I first noticed the nonstandard use of the preposition of following alerted in this item on a site about uncompassionate government policies: After the city council was alerted of the free lunches,...

#Writing: Prepositions That Follow the Verb Alert

#Musicproduction: Twisted Tools releases Sounds of S-Layer II - #Free sample pack for Live, Maschine, and Reaktor

It’s our fourth anniversary and to celebrate, we’ve created a new set of 20 FREE drum kits, based on sounds from Twisted Tools S-Layer.

#Musicproduction: Twisted Tools releases Sounds of S-Layer II - #Free sample pack for Live, Maschine, and Reaktor

#Photoshop: 10 Free Retro Style Photo Effect Photoshop Actions

I’ve been busy playing around with various photo effects once again to produce another free pack of retro style Photoshop Actions. This latest set named RetroFilters contains 10 preconfigured Action files that will dramatically transform your photos with retro style effects inspired by classic 35mm film and processing techniques.

#Photoshop: 10 Free Retro Style Photo Effect Photoshop Actions

#Photography: The 16 Most Photogenic Everyday Objects, Part Two

In part 1, I spoke about 16 of my favorite everyday objects to include in photographs. These objects won’t always make a photo, but when included they will almost always make the scene more photog...

#Photography: The 16 Most Photogenic Everyday Objects, Part Two

#Musicproduction: Variety Of Sound releases #free “ThrillseekerVBL – Vintage Broadcast Limiter” plug-in for Windows

Bringing mojo back – Thrillseeker VBL is an emulation of a “vintage broadcast limiter” following the classic Variable-Mu design principles from the early 1950′s. They were used to prevent audio overshoots by managing sudden signals changes. From today’s perspective, and compared to brickwall limiters, they are rather slow and should be seen as more of...

#Musicproduction: Variety Of Sound releases #free “ThrillseekerVBL – Vintage Broadcast Limiter” plug-in for Windows

#Musicproduction: eaReckon releases "MIDI Polysher" and "Ferret 4x4" v1.1.0 for Windows and Mac OS X (Free)

This series is based on the ANALOG87 series which features a set of 6 high quality analog-style VST and AU effects for Windows and Mac OSX. Instead of just providing a limited demo of the ANALOG87 series, eaReckon would like to offer fully working free plugins using the same engine.
These plugins are not only easy to use, they sound good too. Even though some of the controls of the ANALOG 87 versions have been stripped out, you will find they will have a useful place in your virtual rack.

#Musicproduction: eaReckon releases "MIDI Polysher" and "Ferret 4x4" v1.1.0 for Windows and Mac OS X (Free)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

#Photography: How to Photograph Splashing Liquids

Photographing a splash of water can be tricky business. You have to make sure you use just the right amount of light to be able to freeze the water splash without overexposing the background or oth...

#Photography: How to Photograph Splashing Liquids

#Musicproduction: EDM Pro Tip for Making a Percussive Pluck in Massive

Using an LFO to modulate the pitch of an Oscillator can add a percussive element to your sound. A pluck is one of those sounds you hear and go, “That sounds easy to make!” Unfortunately that is rar...

#Musicproduction: EDM Pro Tip for Making a Percussive Pluck in Massive

#SocialMedia: Facebook and Twitter Are in a Race to Become Each Other

It’s hard to keep track of how many features social media rivals Facebook and Twitter have lifted from each other over the years. Facebook, originally centered around conversations in private netwo...

#SocialMedia: Facebook and Twitter Are in a Race to Become Each Other

#Musicproduction: Making Deep Layered NI Massive Risers for Greater Impact

This quick lesson shares some great tips on how you can make your own layered NI Massive risers more consistent and interesting that you can implement right now!

#Musicproduction: Making Deep Layered NI Massive Risers for Greater Impact

Say Whatever You Want - a #poetry

Say Whatever You Want


Throw your words against the wall
Yell it out into a hall
Shout in the bus, the tram, the sub
But I would like you to shut up

#Photoshop: How to Feather a Selection with Masking in Photoshop CS6

Feather a Selection with Masking: In this Photoshop tutorial, we are going to explain to you the elegant art of Feathering a Selection in your image. When you Feather a Selection, you bring into fo...

#Photoshop: How to Feather a Selection with Masking in Photoshop CS6

#Guitar: How Tube Amps Work

Put your hand in front of an empty electric socket, and you won’t get a shock— because electrons just don’t fly through space, right? Well … they will under the right conditions—like inside a vacuum tube.

#Guitar: How Tube Amps Work

#SocialMedia: Social Media ROI: How to Get Real Results

It is a fact that business organizations are today obsessed with social media ROI and are bending backwards to obtain real results. In view of this, it is but appropriate to look into some social media ROI strategies.

#SocialMedia: Social Media ROI: How to Get Real Results

#Musicproduction: Modulating a Modulator to Make a 32 Step Arp Part 1

The Square LFO can act as an On/Off switch when modulating Amps inside of Massive Whether you know it or not, Massive is capable of arppregiated sequences. It’s not as straightforward as some softw...

#Musicproduction: Modulating a Modulator to Make a 32 Step Arp Part 1

#SocialMedia: Social Media Engagement Principles

This post offers five social media engagement principles to guide the efforts of both individuals and organizations. It is primarily targeted to rookies who are just getting started with social med...

#SocialMedia: Social Media Engagement Principles

#Photography: How to Do Shaped Bokeh Photography in 5 Easy Steps

It’s amazing what you can do with a camera. Light can be captured in different ways, and this opens up many possibilities for the keen photographer. Creating your own shaped bokeh is a fun and exci...

#Photography: How to Do Shaped Bokeh Photography in 5 Easy Steps

#Photography: Setting Up a Nighttime Race Car Photoshoot

Ever wonder what it is like to be a professional photographer who gets paid to photograph wicked cars on location? Wonder no longer as you watch this behind the scenes clip of a photo shoot for Fal...

#Photography: Setting Up a Nighttime Race Car Photoshoot

#SocialMedia: How to Tap Into The Marketing Power of the Visual Social Web - Infographic

Everyone loves holidays. An essential part of the packing for our family holidays were the cameras, both the still and video variety. As we drove off on our summer adventures the car was often sto...

#SocialMedia: How to Tap Into The Marketing Power of the Visual Social Web - Infographic

Monday, February 24, 2014

#Photography: 6 Tips for Photographing People When Travelling

Photographing people you don’t know can be a daunting experience. A lot of people are not comfortable with approaching people and asking their permission. But if you can conquer your fear, you coul...

#Photography: 6 Tips for Photographing People When Travelling

#Writing: Waxing Judgmental about Judgement

A reader commenting on my post about the difference between discreet and discrete was shocked by the spelling judgement in my definition of discreet (“Showing discernment or judgement in the guidan...

#Writing: Waxing Judgmental about Judgement

#Writing: 10 Things I’ve Learned In My Writing Career: by Travis Rink

I got the idea for my screenplay “Caroline At Midnight” from two sources: While working in the motel business in Hollywood, I became acquainted with a myriad of colorful characters: hookers, pimps,...

#Writing: 10 Things I’ve Learned In My Writing Career: by Travis Rink

#Photography: Extreme Athletes Praise Sports Photographers

Athletes who perform extreme sports like snowboarding, skateboarding, and motocross are often praised for their fearlessness. But what about the photographers and videographers who document those d...

#Photography: Extreme Athletes Praise Sports Photographers

#Photoshop: How to Reshape 3D Models in Photoshop CS6 Extended

In this tutorial, Steve Caplin will explain how to use distortion controls to extrude, twist and bend 3D objects in Photoshop to create a 3-dimensional bolt.

#Photoshop: How to Reshape 3D Models in Photoshop CS6 Extended

#Photoshop: Tips for Shooting Artistic Nude Photography

Nude photography can be a sensitive topic, and there are certain protocols that photographers should follow when taking on the genre. The insightful video below walks us through a tasteful nude pho...

#Photoshop: Tips for Shooting Artistic Nude Photography

#Photography: Using Light Painting to Assist With Sports Car Photography

Photographer Alex Glass recently completed the shoot of his career when he partnered up with The DuPont Registry to create a photo of epic proportions. The following behind the scenes footage of th...

#Photography: Using Light Painting to Assist With Sports Car Photography

#Photoshop: How to Create Abstract Vector Background with Colorful Bubbles in Adobe Photoshop CS5

In this tutorial I will give you some tips on how to create abstract background with colorful bubbles ...

#Photoshop: How to Create Abstract Vector Background with Colorful Bubbles in Adobe Photoshop CS5