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  1. 3 points
    Barry

    The Directors Cut

    I have re-produced a personal message below from Jan in Belgium, because I would rather answer it here where others can read it. I hope you don't mind Jan Congratulations with this Audio Visual ! So many beautiful and colourful images and wonderful transitions ! My workflow is starting from Lightroom , making a collection and exporting these images to a specific directory for PTE. I think you are mostly working with Photoshop layers for making a better transition with the layer blend options ? Yes, I do work in Photoshop. Lightroom is a great software program, but it's not something I use personally. I find Photoshop meets my needs where LR doesn't. Mainly because I do want to use Layers, Layer Blend modes and Layer Masks to enhance the Audio Visual experience Do you develop each image in a Photoshop layer and export all these images thereafter (and new transitions ) to a PTE map ? Yes, I don't generally gather together a number of images and start there, I tend to add them one at a time and build the sequence up slowly. In The Directors Cut I went looking for third image examples and when I saw some evidence that two images were working well together, I took the two images into Photoshop for some extra work Are you working with the layer blend options in combination with layer masks ? Yes, I and worked them through blend modes and masks. The Overlay option is a good place to start, but try the others too. Often you may need a mask just to help things along. It's usually easy masking and fairly quick, nothing that would give anyone difficulties. I think this is a better way to work more creatively and I will try to do the same .... As I 'm using Photoshop cc 2018 myself , can you give me some short examples to start with ? It's a very strange thing, but last night, just before receiving your message I started some notes on improving a pictorial slide show and I chose the Directors Cut as my example. How's that for a coincidence. I would suggest you look for bold images to help the third image and blend modes along. Two fussy images with lots of detail often don't work as well, but you have to be careful not to discard those images too readily, because sometimes you will find they buck the trend. I think the one thing that I would say is required to improve a slide show or any presentation is patience. I try and balance images together from a tonal point of view and also from a transition point of view. You will notice that the first 4 images of the directors cut are all monochrome and lightly blue toned. I changed the 2nd, 3rd and 4th image to match the first. The images were not originally created like that The rest is just patience and to view what you have a large number of times, even before its finished. You need to see things a dozen times or more before the transitions and images that are not working so well start to show themselves to you. This has to be spread over days. We need to be able to clear our heads overnight and come back to the project fresh another day and pick up where we left off If we are making a pictorial show like The Directors Cut. We are saying to people look at these images, so they need to be good ones. If I am desperate for another image or two to complete the show, I will not select images I know are not really quite up to the rest. I'll search through my images an if necessary work new images through Camera Raw and Photoshop, so that when the show is complete. I don't feel I have compromised on anything. I set myself a standard and I make sure I meet that standard and I mostly make the show to please me. When I am happy with it, I tend to find others are willing to view it too.
  2. 1 point
    Barry

    July 2018 Newsletter

    My July Newsletter and Video is HERE - New Photoshop for Photographers Videos
  3. 1 point
    Eric Matyas

    Royalty Free Music

    Happy Thursday Everyone, This week's brand new free tracks are: "Attack of the Flaming Pie Tins" on my Sci-Fi 7 page: http://soundimage.org/sci-fi-7/ "Quirky Crawlers" "Plastered by Lunch Time" on my Funny 5 page: http://soundimage.org/funny-5/ "Carnival Games" "Rubik's Dodecahedron" on my Puzzle Music 3 page: http://soundimage.org/puzzle-music-3/ I hope they are useful. Have a good weekend!
  4. 1 point
    Doreen

    July 2018 Newsletter

    I loved the Storm Season Video Barry with animated clouds. The audio was so appropriate,, reminded me of the great animated film "The Lord of the Rings" I am trying hard to put together a slide show of the Eclipse with moving clouds.. at least I am making a start, my health and hubbies have taken a toll the last two years. Thank you for the newsletter it is an inspiration to get my slide show under way.
  5. 1 point
    John Steadman

    John Steadman

    Thank you Barry just checked the caps lock and it was on. All working ok now, I think I must be going dullaly in old age. What would we do with out your expert knowledge. Best Wishes to you and Carol.
  6. 1 point
    daveg

    Camera Club Rules

    100% is good and that is how they should be viewed - that is normal. Anything less or greater than 100% involves some "manipulation" or "interpolation" of the original on screen and therefore the Judge would not be scrutinizing what you submitted. When you said "for a judge to zoom in on any suspected sloppy editing" that implies something greater than 100%. DG
  7. 1 point
    Barry

    Mp4 Test

    I think this is becoming a bit clearer. Igor from wnsoft reminded me that the encoders use the source images when the Mp4 is created. So, two different sets of images will come out the same if they were saved at compression 6 or 12 What I had trouble with was smaller images coming out larger, but only a little bit. I think I can see the problem with my logic. I think that I have been conditioned over the years with regard to file sizes with executable files and I expected to see the same with a video, but of course if the video is being converted to 1920*1080. It doesn't matter what size the images started off at. In all my examples the starting images were always greater than 1920*1080 and that was the deciding factor. They will always come out pretty close . This all came about after I started thinking about the future and Mp4 videos. If the publish option from PTE is to be solely an MP4, there really is no need to resize images for the creation process as long as your own PC can cope what your creating. I think :-) 
  8. 1 point
    Barry

    Mp4 Test

    I was thinking today that in the future, if Mp4 videos take over as the norm for AV and presentations, which they may well do. What is the implications between images of different sizes. So, I did a quick and dirty test. 6 * 3:2AR images 6000*4000pxs saved as Jpg Level 12 and made into a 60p Mp4 = 18.177MB 6 * 3:2AR images 6000*4000pxs saved as Jpg Level 6 and made into a 60p Mp4 = 18.177MB 6 * 3:2AR images 2560*1706pxs saved as Jpg Level 6 and made into a 60p Mp4 = 19.552MB I need to check this again tomorrow to make sure I didn't screw something up here, because why would the smaller images create a larger Mp4? Any ideas?
  9. 1 point
    Hi Everyone, I have a bunch of new free seamless images ready for everyone here: TXR - GROUND http://soundimage.org/txr-ground/ TXR - ORGANIC http://soundimage.org/txr-organic/ Also, if you haven't already noticed, to streamline my site a bit I’ve eliminated the gigantic text block under the header image that showed all the pages on the site. Instead, links to all the pages on the site are on the right side of every page, listed under MUSIC, SOUND FX and IMAGES… (scroll down.) Simply click on the name of any page to navigate to that page. Then scroll down. The links appear at the right side of every page so that you can quickly navigate from any page to any other page on the site. Enjoy!
  10. 1 point
    daveg

    Camera Club Rules

    I suppose that there is at least one rule that you cannot get around or ignore: You cannot enter a print in a DPI Competition. If that rule is not in writing, how do you deal with the person who enters a 20x16 in next month's DPI Comp? Diplomacy and tact will work this time but does not stop it happening the next time. Rules ARE necessary but need to be sensible and usually develop as the result of your experiences with people who try to bend them. BTW my post was mainly in response to Joan's question. The finished product in a DPI is (for example) a 1920x1080 jpeg and that is what I would expect a judge to judge. Blowing it up beyond 100% (actual pixels) goes beyond what you can do with a print and does not always give the viewer much more to go on. If the problem exists it should be obvious at Actual Pixels. Added: Hence my remark about giving the Judge a PTE Presentation in Windowed Mode (without border) at the resolution stipulated in the "RULES" of the DPI Competition or the resolution of the Club's Projector. This would be necessary to prevent the show from being upscaled to the resolution of the Judge's brand new 4K Monitor. Regarding EXIF: What advantage does that have? If the judge is going to want the exif (other than the author's name) then surely it should also be necessary on the back of a 20x16? My point (FWIW) is that there should be no basic differences between judging Prints and DPI.
  11. 1 point
    daveg

    Camera Club Rules

    Digital Competition has been around for many years but still no standardization of the rules has been acheived. Why should it be possible to zoom in on a digital image to more than 100%? You cannot do it for a print submission so why is it done for digital submissions? I also think that digital entries should be wiped clean of any and all EXIF information. I remember a judge who was trying to show how clever he was, quoting from the EXIF info for most of the images he was judging and in some cases naming the author. This gave rise to the suspicion that maybe a little positive/negative discrimination could creep in in some circumstances and depending how local the judge was. Another anomaly: our projector and therefore entry sizes are up to 1920x1080. One judge admitted to still using a 1024x768 monitor. In order to view the whole 1920x1080 image the judge had to apply further compression to our images resulting in possible degredation. Should we question judges about their "eligibility" to judge our competitions? Give the judge a manual PTE show of the comp - the judge cannot then mess about with them. IMHO etc etc etc... DG
  12. 1 point
    joan mb

    Camera Club Rules

    Our club had a judging course earlier this year. A couple of accredited judges from the city came down and held what was a pretty good weekend I gather. Think participants got value out of it because it gave them some pointers on what judges look for when assessing the merit of their competition entries. I was surprised though to learn that the tutor stated that when judging digital entries the judge should not zoom in on the image but make a judgement on the image as it appears on the screen. In my view it is quite ligit. for a judge to zoom in on any suspected sloppy editing, even helpful if it brings editing problems to the authors attention. What do others expect?
  13. 1 point
    Barry

    The Directors Cut

    What you have in your demo is more complicated than you need for what your trying to achieve. I started to type a reply, but then thought a video may be easier to follow. So below is a HD video on the subject and also a Backup in Zip so you can see what I did on your own computer Animation VideoFlowers BIZ
  14. 1 point
    Anthony

    Drones

    David, Smashing footage. So many of my local club members know this area for good reason. I have never been but I feel I must make the effort having seen the landscape now. Thank you I enjoyed it very much. Did I catch sight of you at one stage? Anthony
  15. 1 point
    More brand new seamless images are ready for your creations here: TXR - CONCRETE/PAVEMENT http://soundimage.org/txr-concrete/ And new music is coming on Thursday...stay tuned! 🙂
  16. 1 point
    Barry

    Camera Club Rules

    Please remember that when I get passionate about this subject I am writing with a smile on my face. It is a very interesting topic. There will be some vibrant clubs that buck the trend, but after 40 years, I am yet to see it. Competitions in our club, which have been going since 1934 I believe, are there to improve amateur photography locally but also to provide images for external competitions, so the club gets recognition as well as the author. Why should the clubs ability to get recognition have to impose rules on me that I don't want or agree with. What is a club anyway, its a collection of individuals and in my experience with club battles. The rank and file vote with their feet. They rarely attend these battles and events with other clubs and if they do its a small group of usually the same people. If you put 60 people in a room and ask them to enter an image into a competition you are bound to get those good at photography, camera craft, composition, image editing, creativity, probably rising to the top of the pile. Ask them to repeat the feat say 20 times with consistency then those persons are probably headed for an LRPS if they are that way inclined. If they can achieve that feat in front of different judges be it one or three then they probably deserve the plaudits they get. Agreed The down side is there are lot who don't get to the upper echelons but slowly improve with one or two successes from time to time. The competition for these people can have negative effect when their entries don't get rewarded. We have beginner sections for the new members but you don't stay a beginner too long. With judges marking these days (out of 20) from 12 to 20 the norm, usually used for fear of putting off the not so photographically gifted. After being involved with camera clubs over a long time I have slowly formed a different view. People are either motivated or their not. I have lost track of the schemes and ideas put forward over the years by well meaning people in camera clubs to encourage people to dive in and get involved. We can dumb down the standard to make them feel better, but I remain to be convinced that this ultimately leads to them becoming high achievers in the future. My experience tells me they eventually drift away, because they don't have that special something that keeps them involved in photography. Should we worry about that? No, not really because if I am right, there's little we can do. Its the way it is. I use the competition nights as a means of seeing what other members are capable of and admiring some of the skills used. Also to see if I agree with the judges comments of others work and to gauge if I would have edited the image a little differently than the author. We tried changing the competition format to include set subjects but most found that hard to achieve, mostly because of time constraints on busy lives to get enough entries. Even though the subjects are announced before the season start. Those that have a big library of images to cull from, benefit in this situation, so maybe that is one area where an age limit to an image is justified, to even the field and force you get out and take an image to suit. Agreed, set subjects to me are almost like rules: They hide behind something moral like. “Our aim is to stretch the photographer and take them outside their comfort zone” I don't want to be stretched outside my comfort zone with a list of boring mundane subjects, but people I may not have respect for. I want to choose myself when I do that, when the time and conditions are right, not have a committee decide for me. I don't want to be pressured to shoot a boring subject in less than good conditions just because a variable group of people this year say I must. Set subject competitions are often filled with lack lustre images, because people are not motivated well enough by them. Only a tiny few of the most committed members will do this justice and ironically they are the ones who need subjects least of all. Take our set subject next month. "Portraits" . What the hell is the point? I have seen dozens of portraits all year in open sections so why do we need to restrict next month as if taking a portrait was something rare we have to force people into. Could it be argued that what is set up an encouragement to one person could be offset by the discouragement of another. It's the competition angle that is both inspiring and poisoning competitions in my view and I wish I had an answer for it, but I don't. Unless we run an experiment. No rules, just guidelines. Competent comments by a learned person, but no marks or accolades and maybe a popular vote of the members too.
  17. 1 point
    John Steadman

    The Directors Cut

    The Directors Cut. wonderful images and transitions, excellent to watch.
  18. 1 point
    Eric Matyas

    Royalty Free Music

    Finishing out June, here are this week's new free tracks: "Kingdom of Coral" on my Nature/Science 2 page. http://soundimage.org/naturescience-2/ "Evening Stars Rising" (Looping) on my Quiet 2 page. http://soundimage.org/quiet-2/ "Playin' in the Dirt" (Looping) on my Sports page. http://soundimage.org/sports/ See you in July!
  19. 1 point
    John Steadman

    John Steadman

    Nearly two weeks ago my Canon A3+ printer developed a fault and would not print. I looked on the web for the Canon site, the site I logged onto I thought was a genuine Canon site for service repairs. To my utter dismay I found out that it was not a genuine Canon site, and was hacked into the computer. I have had to have a new computer made which is more powerful and upgraded from windows 7 to windows 10 which is another learning curve. I will certainly have to be more careful in the future, it's a shame these people cant apply there skills to better things in life. John.
  20. 1 point
    Closing out June, new seamless images are ready for your projects here: TXR - BRICK http://soundimage.org/txr-brick/ TXR - CONCRETE/PAVEMENT http://soundimage.org/txr-concrete/ TXR - STUCCO http://soundimage.org/txr-stucco/ Be sure to scroll down...they are toward the bottom of each page. 🙂
  21. 1 point
    Tomo

    PSCC and mouse

    Thanks for your help
  22. 1 point
    Eric Matyas

    Royalty Free Music

    Hey Everyone, This week's new free tracks are: "Wild West Coast Racing 5" (Looping) on my Action 3 page. http://soundimage.org/action-3/ "Cyberpunk City" (Looping) on my Sci-Fi 7 page. http://soundimage.org/sci-fi-7/ "Dystopian Atmospheric" on my SFX - Sci-Fi Amb page. http://soundimage.org/sfx-scifi-amb/ Have a good weekend!
  23. 1 point
    Brand new seamless images are ready on the following pages: TXR - BRICK http://soundimage.org/txr-brick/ TXR - ROCK/STONE 2 http://soundimage.org/txr-rockstone-2/ TXR - VEGETATION http://soundimage.org/txr-vegetation/ Make sure to scroll down...you'll find them toward the bottom of each page. See you Thursday with more new music!
  24. 1 point
    Brand new seamless images are ready on the following pages: TXR - BRICK http://soundimage.org/txr-brick/ TXR - ROCK/STONE 2 http://soundimage.org/txr-rockstone-2/ TXR - VEGETATION http://soundimage.org/txr-vegetation/ Make sure to scroll down...you'll find them toward the bottom of each page. See you Thursday with more new music!
  25. 1 point
    Barry

    Storm Season

    Thanks for the positive comments and Red Balloons has always been a favourite of mine. One of those rare times when the music inspired the images. Just a bit of luck I had the images needed.
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