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Monday, June 30, 2014

#Photography: 30 Lens Flare Images to Inspire You

Well summer is almost here finally (if you live in the northern hemisphere like me)! So I thought some sunny images using lens flare for effect would help inspire you to get out and shoot something…

#Photography: 30 Lens Flare Images to Inspire You

The word "queue" is the only word in the English language that...

The word "queue" is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last 4 letters are removed. "Be" and "are" only need 1 letter.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

#Photoshop: The Magically Bizarre Photo Manipulations of a Photoshop Wizard Martin De Pasquale

As you view the images below, enter the magical world of Martin De Pasquale and then watch in wonder at the video where he shows you exactly how he manipulates one of his images.

#Photoshop: The Magically Bizarre Photo Manipulations of a Photoshop Wizard Martin De Pasquale

Try to make dreams come true - but...

Try to make dreams come true - but avoid waking up

#Guitar: Guitar Practice Calculator - #Free resource for aspiring guitarists

Use this guitar practice calculator below to set your target number of hours to be achieved. The guitar practice calculator will work out your weekly and daily practice time required in order to ac...

#Guitar: Guitar Practice Calculator - #Free resource for aspiring guitarists

Saturday, June 28, 2014

#Musicproduction: Stereo Processing Tips for Techno Chords in #Massive

Using the Velocity Macro to modulate an Envelope parameter is a great way to make any sound in Massive more interesting! There are some great sounding wavetables for making Techno chords in Massive…

#Musicproduction: Stereo Processing Tips for Techno Chords in #Massive

Is AQUA a palindrome?

Is AQUA a palindrome? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palindrome

Friday, June 27, 2014

#Photography: How to use a Gobo to add Depth Your Portraits with Subtractive Lighting

It’s our responsibility as photographers to use the interplay of light and shadow on our subjects to create the third dimension in our two-dimensional media. When the shadows are absent, we should …

#Photography: How to use a Gobo to add Depth Your Portraits with Subtractive Lighting

Thursday, June 26, 2014

#Musicproduction: Learn How To Create A Chill Out Pluck In #Massive

You can use a small amount of Detune in the Oscillator section to simulate a chorus effect! It can pretty easy to make some great sounding Chill Out leads and basses in Massive. It isn’t always as …

#Musicproduction: Learn How To Create A Chill Out Pluck In #Massive

Winnie the Pooh character in font

Found a Winnie the Pooh character in the wingdings font. Can that really be true? I wonder if there is a Mozart font. Or a Jimi Hendrix picture font. It's not too crazy to be true. I am sure it does exist. But where?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

#Photography: 10 Weirdly Clever #iPhone Camera Tricks

Want to get more mileage out of your iPhone camera? Kai Wong has a list of out-of-the-ordinary suggestions for you in the following video: If you’ve got the current incarnation of iPhone earbuds, y…

#Photography: 10 Weirdly Clever #iPhone Camera Tricks

Marriage of two men or two women? Impossible, because...

Marriage of two men or two women? Impossible. I mean contract with rights and duties and signature is ok. But for me a marriage is between a man and a woman. It's like cooking Beef Stroganoff with pork. Beef Stroganoff is beef only. For me that's equal rights madness.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

#Photography: Tips for Starting Out in Commercial Fashion Photography

Commercial and fashion photographs are some of the most commonly viewed images in today’s society. Making it as a commercial photographer is incredibly difficult, especially with competition from o…

#Photography: Tips for Starting Out in Commercial Fashion Photography

Now I understand globalization:.....

Now I understand globalization: The 'Made in China' stickers are made in Korea.

Monday, June 23, 2014

#Photography: Tips for Making Your Selfies More Interesting

Let’s face it, selfies are one photography trend that probably isn’t going away anytime soon; the least we can do as photographers is try to make them less narcissistic and more compelling to an au...

#Photography: Tips for Making Your Selfies More Interesting

Dance like noone is watching you

Dance like noone is watching you

#Photography: How to Approach & Photograph Strangers in Other Countries for Travel Photography

I’ve wanted to write something on this topic for ages. To be honest, this is probably the question that comes back most from my students: how should I approach people to take their photos? For most...

#Photography: How to Approach & Photograph Strangers in Other Countries for Travel Photography

Sunday, June 22, 2014

#Photography: Creative Reasons to use Intentional Camera Movement

One of the earliest lessons you likely learned as a photographer was the importance of keeping your camera steady and stable. You wanted tack-sharp focus, so you learned to tuck in your elbows and …

#Photography: Creative Reasons to use Intentional Camera Movement

Saturday, June 21, 2014

#Musicproduction: Raz Audio releases MS Controller (#Free Windows VST Plug-in)

Raz Audio has released MS Controller, a new free tool for mixing, mastering or DJ & PA work that gives you easy control of Mid ('phantom center') or sides content.
An intuitive GUI provides you only what you need - clear easy knobs and value readings, with precision level bars for each channel (L/R and M/S).
Based on floating point calculation, the M/S controller is accurate and true to the original material. Expect zero artifacts.

#Musicproduction: Raz Audio releases MS Controller (#Free Windows VST Plug-in)

Every journey starts with one step…

Every journey starts with one step…

Friday, June 20, 2014

#Photography: How to Improve Your Portraits By Using the Right Camera Height

Also useful tip for video filming
ViennaCC

When composing a portrait, beginning photographers commonly make the mistake of shooting their subject at eye level in most—if not all—situations. In the following video, Doug Gordon at Adorama exp…

#Photography: How to Improve Your Portraits By Using the Right Camera Height

Sometimes I feel it's time for a daydream...

Sometimes I feel it's time for a daydream. That feeling overwhelms me by surprise.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

#Photography: How to Improve Your Photos With One Simple Change

You take hundreds and thousands of photos of this, that, and everything around you. Your main objective? To capture beauty.
But, when you come home and take a look at your photos, why is there so often a feeling of dissatisfaction? Why do the photos you take not come out how you imagined they would?
While there are many reasons for this, let me share with you ...

#Photography: How to Improve Your Photos With One Simple Change

Wine is not the answer. What it is:

Wine is not the answer. "Wine" is the question, "Yes" is the answer.

#Musicproduction: Pujohead Soft releases "Piconizer" Windows VST effect for creating nostalgic NES sounds (#free)

Old school sounds for nostalgic productions.
ViennaCC

Pujohead Soft has released Piconizer, a free VST effect plug-in for Windows that transforms audio to "pico pico sound" (like NES sounds). Piconizer provides 6 type sounds.

#Photoshop: How to Make a Collage of Polaroids in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to make a collage of polaroids in Photoshop from just a single photo. Press Ctrl+J (Windows) / Command+J (Macs) to duplicate the image. Ctrl-click (Windows) / comm...

#Photoshop: How to Make a Collage of Polaroids in Photoshop

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

#Musicproduction: Juno Ju-X releases "Hosting AU" - #Free microDAW for Mac OS X

Juno Ju-X has released Hosting AU, a "microDAW" for Mac OS X that hosts Audio Unit synth and effect plug-ins.
It comes with a 4ch+1 mixer with ext-audio input, 24-bit recorder, a "Music-Typing" kind of feature called "LazyKey".
Backward compatibility is up to 32-bit Carbon-based plug-ins no matter on Snow Leopard to the latest Mavericks. So most older plug-ins will run.

#Musicproduction: Juno Ju-X releases "Hosting AU" - #Free microDAW for Mac OS X

Birthday cake of Conchita Wurst

Birthday cake of Conchita Wurst

#Photography: What Life Lessons Can Teach You About Photography

A few months ago I got married. (Confetti! Streamers! Cake if you have it!) In doing this, I took on a gorgeous husband and three darling stepdaughters. Add my two adorable sons to the mix and you …

#Photography: What Life Lessons Can Teach You About Photography

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

#Filmproduction: Creative Works Cannes Special: Mr President, VCCP, MediaMonks, Iris and more pick their winners

In the latest issue of The Drum we asked creative directors from a number of renowned international agencies to pick their Cannes Lions winners.

#Filmproduction: Creative Works Cannes Special: Mr President, VCCP, MediaMonks, Iris and more pick their winners

Money does not make you rich...

Money does not make you rich, it's only a chance for a good life. So think what you spend money for.

Women are ununderstandable, because...

Women are ununderstandable. How can they love men? I can't and never will.

I avoid martial sports. I'd feel like a wooden plank in a karate school?

I avoid martial sports. I'd feel like a wooden plank in a karate school?

#Photography: Self-Portrait Photography

Have you ever asked a random passerby to take a picture of you, handing your camera to this person? The situation is especially common when you are exploring new travel destinations. Even if you ar…

#Photography: Self-Portrait Photography

Monday, June 16, 2014

Seriously: Humor is...

Seriously: Humor is specifically linked to higher intelligence which is why women prefer men with a sense of humor. What does it mean if you laugh about this?

#Photography: How to Create Realistic HDR Photography

There’s an art to creating realistic HDR images. Too often, HDR shots are edited with heavy hands when it comes to tone mapping and saturation, leaving you with an improbable and unrealistic image....

#Photography: How to Create Realistic HDR Photography

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Do not ruin a good today by thinking about a bad yesterday. But here is a better tip:

Do not ruin a good today by thinking about a bad yesterday. But here is a better tip: avoid bad yesterdays.

Dining at Old Ebbitt Grill

Dining at Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington D.C., the oldest saloon (since 1856) in Washington D.C.

Nice flair inside and reasonable prices.

#Photography: Developing Your Confidence in Photography

Some photographers are born oozing with confidence and self-belief, while others hide their pictures away from friends and family and spend hours with editing software tweaking and adapting their s…

#Photography: Developing Your Confidence in Photography

#Musicproduction: AXP releases "SoftAmp FM25" for Windows VST (#Free) - VA Model of Fender Frontman 25R

AXP has released a new free VST plug-in effect for Windows: SoftAmp FM25, a virtual-analog model of the Fender Frontman 25R solid-state practise amp.

SoftAmp FM25 faithfully models all its essential features - two channels, a 10" speaker and a spring reverb. It is mainly intended for quick and simple recording of draft tracks as well as for live jamming.

Additionally, with a flip of the custom *AXP Mod* switch it becomes a tube amp.

#Musicproduction: AXP releases "SoftAmp FM25" for Windows VST (#Free) - VA Model of Fender Frontman 25R

#Musicproduction: SonicXTC releases Standalone version of Beat Twist VSTi for Windows (#free)

SonicXTC has released a Standalone version of Beat Twist, a freeware loop manipulation VST plug-in for Windows that provides creative ways to transform boring or stale WAV files into something special. It has a built in bit crusher unit, distortion unit (with bit reduction), overdrive, and step sequencer.
Highlights:
  • MIDI automation
  • Bit Crusher
  • Distortion/overdrive units
  • Step Sequencer
#Musicproduction: SonicXTC releases Standalone version of Beat Twist VSTi for Windows (#free)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Thinking about rich and poor

A rich man can be poor, though all the money. A heart without music is empty. That is real poorness.

#Musicproduction: Sound Dust releases "HamMR Bass&Chords" #Free Tonewheel Organ Instrument for Kontakt

Sound Dust has announced the release of HamMR Bass&Chords, a free Tonewheel Organ Instrument for Kontakt.
Developed as part of the HamMR suite with organ supremo Mikey Rowe, Bass & Chords is the 400MB cut down "home keyboard" version of the HamMR+ and the HamMR Growler.

#Musicproduction: Sound Dust releases "HamMR Bass&Chords" #Free Tonewheel Organ Instrument for Kontakt

Motivated on London / Heathrow

Morning on airport London / Heathrow waiting for my flight to Vienna. Feeling activated, motivated, powerful and fresh ;-)

Friday, June 13, 2014

Philosophing about roses

Don't get annoyed at the thorns on the roses. Just enjoy the roses on the rosebush.

#Musicproduction: Stereo Processing Tips for Techno Chords in #Massive

Using the Velocity Macro to modulate an Envelope parameter is a great way to make any sound in Massive more interesting! There are some great sounding wavetables for making Techno chords in Massive…

#Musicproduction: Stereo Processing Tips for Techno Chords in #Massive

Evening in Hollywood

I like the colours of the blue hour. Nice photos are possible in this short moment.
This picture: on Hollywood Bvd

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Weird conversation: In my holidays in Egypt I saw...

"In my holidays in Egypt I saw the pygmies"

"You mean: pyramids?"

"Ah, thank you, the others are those with the impulses to deliberately start fires."

"???"

#Photoshop: How to Make Delicious Ice Cream Text in Photoshop

Are you ready for summer? I would use bl
ViennaCC

This tutorial shows you how to create yummy typography. You’ll need Photoshop CS5 or newer to follow this tutorial. Create new file (File > New, or Ctrl + N) 1600×1200 px. Choose first layer – Back…

#Photoshop: How to Make Delicious Ice Cream Text in Photoshop

Design your own stamp

my dsign. networth 99c, not more
Postal Museum, Washington D.C.

You can design your own stamp. There are a lot of symbols on the pc to choose from. But the pc also has a camera. So you can put your picture on the stamp.

A stamp is generated in your design and additional a stamp in historical design is generated.




Nice feature in this museum.
historical design

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I like classical #music:

I like classical music: Jimi Hendrix, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin,…

#Musicproduction: B.serrano releases "Selena" - #Free String Machine VSTi for Windows

Serrano has good sounds, I use it
ViennaCC

B.serrano released Selena, a downsized version of Horus, focused on the strings-machine aspect.

#Musicproduction: B.serrano releases "Selena" - #Free String Machine VSTi for Windows

#SocialMedia: Insights Into the Hot Trend of Social Media Content Curation

Online content curation is a hot trend as business owners and professionals realize that content is vital to add value to their customers and prospects. The trend was already evident in 2011 but 2012 saw an outright explosion of the phenomenon. Also important is delivering and sharing that content on your social media networks.
Content curation is the art of...

#SocialMedia: Insights Into the Hot Trend of Social Media Content Curation

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tip for mixers, remixers and mastering engineers (#musicproduction)

For mixers, remixers and mastering engineers: Trust your ears, not the name of the preset!

#Musicproduction: Beginner's Guide to Recording Effective Voiceovers in Logic

With the rise of viral videos and animated explainer videos, more and more people are requiring voiceovers. Can you record yours effectively? In this tutorial, you'll learn how to record a voiceove…

#Musicproduction: Beginner's Guide to Recording Effective Voiceovers in Logic

Monday, June 9, 2014

The past cannot be changed. The future is in your power.

The past cannot be changed. The future is in your power.

#Photography: 2 Night Photography Video Tutorials

This week’s collection of amazing images I shared a bunch of night photography, specifically those of the night starry sky, and hopefully you’re already thinking about how to shoot for this week’s photography challenge starry night photography.

So I went and found a couple of video tutorials to help you out on this mission.

#Photography: 2 Night Photography Video Tutorials

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The classic Google search in older days

The classic Google search in older days

#Filmproduction: Matrix-Style Bullet Effect Captured With 50 Nokia Smartphones

If you have ever watched The Matrix, you probably remember a camera technique called the “bullet effect” that is responsible for all those awesome slow motion shots where the scene seems to just po…

#Filmproduction: Matrix-Style Bullet Effect Captured With 50 Nokia Smartphones

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Emoticons

Some people in the bus look like emoticons. Have they been modeling for a software company?

#Musicproduction: #free: Mabelton Audio releases Ableton Push VST Integration Packs

Mabelton Audio has released several Ableton Push VST Integration Packs.
These packs offer an instant way to solve a significant problem – popular third party VST plug-ins cannot be used from Push in the same way as Ableton's instruments can. So if you own Sylenth, DIVA, Zebra, the Arturia V Collection or Alchemy, this might interest you (more plug-ins will be added).
  • Browse and load up over 17,000 factory presets of 3rd party VST plug-ins from the screen of Ableton Push.
  • Control and automate up to 128 synth parameters from Push's encoders.
  • Packs available for Alchemy, Arturia V Collection, Diva and Sylenth, plus free packs for Zebra and Zebralette.

Apart from the free packs, pricing starts at £4.99.

#Musicproduction: #free: Mabelton Audio releases Ableton Push VST Integration Packs

#Photography: How to do Great Photography Even When Your Surroundings are Boring

Great article how to make something out of nothing.
ViennaCC

I have always been fascinated with great photography taken in areas that people might commonly refer to as boring.
I use the word boring because that is the specific word I most often see used as an excuse for people having trouble with their photography. Someone will say, *I wish I lived somewhere more interesting and beautiful* or *I can’t do interesting work where I live. It’s too boring.*. Can you relate to that?

#Photography: How to do Great Photography Even When Your Surroundings are Boring

Friday, June 6, 2014

Maybe...

Maybe we all are only small apps on a big mobile

#Photography: What is HDR and When Should I Use It In My Photos?

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range imaging, and it's an old photography practice recently introduced to cameraphones like the iPhone and some Android devices (or with the use of special apps). You're on the right track: it's supposed to make your pictures look better, but it depends on when you use it. Here's a quick primer on how HDR works, and when you should—and shouldn't—turn it on.

#Photography: What is HDR and When Should I Use It In My Photos?

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Lady's magical three words to bind a man

Lady's magical three words to bind a man:   
I am pregnant

Music Video "The Beat" Released

Finished work on music video with the song "The Beat" from his 18 track album "Dreamgirl". "The Beat" is featured in radio stations mainly in Europe and North America. To my surprise radio stations in South America play my song too.

The song is about me nightly sitting at the computer and googling for songs and sounds to download. I shot the video in my home in Vienna. I wanted to make something quick and dirty. Nevertheless I wanted to have fun shooting the video. As an independent artist I do not have a million dollar budget. So I shot the video in three hours with two cameras in one room.

I put in some effects synchronized with the music. With my  background as IT specialist I like to play with technical things. Boys and their toys…

#Musicproduction: beatassist.eu releases #free "BumBer Deluxe" Bass Drum Synth & Sampler for Windows VST (discontinues BumBer XT)

After BumBer and BumBer XT, the Deluxe version of this plugin ends the 32-bit "saga" of BumBer. With this software you are going to increase all the bassdrums you like to something higher and create the bassdrums you need. This powerful VSTi can create monster beats from five diferent waveform signals or modify any 16-bit and 24-bit .wav bassdrum samples into the big and phat beat.
Five diferent waveform built-in signals, each signal has a diferent pitch range control that can be writeable. There is also the chance to insert a pre-made bassdrum .wav sample of 16 or 24-bits for post modification. This function also counts with an independent pitch control.

#Musicproduction: beatassist.eu releases #free "BumBer Deluxe" Bass Drum Synth & Sampler for Windows VST (discontinues BumBer XT)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

I never sleep with my mobile nearby the bed.

I never sleep with my mobile nearby the bed. I mean, over is over, rest is rest and the rest I don't care about.

#Photography: Beginner Tips for Posing People with Confidence

In earlier articles I gave you advice about planning a portrait shoot and some reasons for using natural light. Now it’s time to take a look at something that many photographers find difficult – po…

#Photography: Beginner Tips for Posing People with Confidence

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The pyramid principle of life

The pyramid principle of life: Lonely at the top, crowded at the bottom.

#Photography: Behind the Scenes of a Zulu Warrior Photo Shoot

Inspired by the traditional clothing worn by the Zulu tribe in South Africa, one photographer wished to do a modern photo shoot to capture the essence of the tribe’s wardrobe and also have a little…

#Photography: Behind the Scenes of a Zulu Warrior Photo Shoot

#Photography: Ugly Is In The Eye of the Beholder

I like trains, I really do. Given the right conditions, I love train travel. But, you know, on a shallow kind of level, they’ve never looked good to me. I’ve loved their personalities – but I’ve be...

#Photography: Ugly Is In The Eye of the Beholder

Monday, June 2, 2014

Why hurricanes have women's names

Hurricanes have women's names.
Sounds logic. When it comes, it's wet and wild. When it goes, house and car is gone.

#Musicproduction: Steinberg releases #free dspMixFx iPad app and updates the UR824, UR28M and UR44 audio interfaces (iOS)

Steinberg Media Technologies has announced the immediate availability of their dspMixFx app for the iPad alongside the firmware and Tools software update version 2.1 for the UR824, UR28M and UR44 audio interfaces.
dspMixFx allows users to control the many digital signal processing (DSP) features available on the UR824, UR28M and UR44 audio interfaces in order to create latency-free monitor mixes with the readily available DSP effects through the iPad.

#Musicproduction: Steinberg releases #free dspMixFx iPad app and updates the UR824, UR28M and UR44 audio interfaces (iOS)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Posing at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood

What I learnt at school

I learnt a lot at school: Tarot, sixty-six, copy homework,…

#Photography: Abstract Photos to Inspire You

I want to get you thinking outside the box, and looking at ordinary things differently. Earlier in the week James Maher wrote How to do Great Photography Even When Your Surroundings are Boring so continuing on that path is some abstract photography which is a great way to photograph around home to create something different.

#Photography: Abstract Photos to Inspire You