Wildlife Photography Essentials – A Skillshare Class

After a few weeks off from making Skillshare classes, I’ve published my latest one, “Wildlife Photography Essentials”!

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This class is designed for the beginning photographer looking to capture great images of animals in the wild. We’ll go out on a few shoots to photograph seals, wild horses and birds, discuss the gear used, and check out the editing process in Adobe Lightroom.

Sign up is here and do check out all the other photo, video and editing tutorials on my Skillshare channel!

Art, Advice + Setting

Earlier this year I saw Cheech Marin talking about his painting collection, how art experts were always saying “painting is a dead art” and he said he would go into museums and galleries and see endless paintings.
 
This was a bit after Photolucida where one taste-making reviewer told me “museums and galleries don’t currently care about images with models or any kind of planned setup in them, they only want real life” and that anyone can shoot fashion without knowing anything about it- then a very established top-tier “planned portrait” photographer told me the exact opposite.
 
Then there are the endless calls to “brand” your work, be an expert at one thing and work that thing into the ground so you’re the “go-to guy” even though it’s likely there are many “go-to guys” and that singular style will get real stale real quick.
 
I think if you’re a creative person any advice to be given or received is very lifestyle-specific to the point that it’s barely worth seeking out. I know a lot of what I make is stuff that can be organized around my kids’ school schedule, and a lot of my ideas come from the things they are interested in that align with what I liked at their age. The idea of spending months away from home working on a film set or shooting nightlife or making a truly violent horror film or documentary on junkies is absurd to my lifestyle, and even if I tried it would be half hearted, but other people can make it work with ease.
 
David Byrne talks about how music is setting-specific in his book Music, like punk rock in a small club vs choral music in a cathedral, booty bass in a jacked out car, etc. and I’m starting all art is setting specific as well, not just the final destination like a gallery or vimeo, but the setting your life is in.

Feast of Fury

Feast of Fury! – a short film created for the Independent Filmmakers of Phoenix Breakout Challenge!  One month to write, film, edit a 6 minute piece with a randomly assigned prop (tennis racket) and phrase (”Quantum mechanics are easy…”).  Featuring @luxbotlacheln Olivier Zahm, Jessica Kelley + her baby, Patton Werner, my wife and children, and a bunch of puppets.

This was a lot of fun to make, and it was an enormous learning experience for me.  There’s a showing alongside all the other films involved in the challenge this Thursday in a Harkins movie theater and just the opportunity to have my kids see themselves on the big screen will make it all worth it.

This week’s class on my Skillshare channel is all about one of my favorite ways to animate things- by using photos in Adobe Character Animator, a subprogram of Adobe After Effects.

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In this course we use a series of photographs to create an animated talking head in Adobe After Effects and Character Animator.  We’ll cover mouth shapes, layer placement, syncing an audio track to lips or creating your own audio for your puppet to voice.

Signup is here!

Free Skillshare Coupons For Adobe Classes!

In honor of my favorite haunted holiday, I’ve made a bunch of free enrollment coupons for the Adobe courses on my Skillshare channel.  This lets people who are not Skillshare members be able to view the course without registering or paying even the .99 trial membership.

There are around 5 free enrollments each at the time of this writing!  Click the course title to claim the free coupon.

Speed Up Your Workflow in Adobe Lightroom

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How To Use Adobe Lightroom For Video

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Bring Out the Details In Your Photos with Tone Mapping in Adobe Photoshop

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Get Surreal In Adobe Premiere

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Happy Halloween!

Sound Design An Ambient Vocal Soundscape – New Skillshare Class

This week’s new addition to my Skillshare channel is Sound Design #1: Ambient Vocal Soundscapes.

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In this series on Sound Design we will focus on music, ambient textures, and sound effects used in filmmaking.  In Part 1, we cover how to create ambient soundscapes from human voices. These soundscapes are great for use in film, as prominently featured in the 2012 Dredd during slow motion sequences, or as stand-alone music pieces.

The program we are utilizing is called Paul’s Extreme Sound Stretch and you can download the program here.

Sign up here!

 

Retouching Faces in Adobe Photoshop + Lightroom – a Skillshare class

This week’s addition to my Skillshare tutorial channel is Retouching Portraits in Photoshop and Lightroom.  It’s easily the most requested topic I get for the classes I teach in person.

In any portrait photography, it’s a give that there will be some facial retouching to make your subjects look their best. This Skillshare course cover the basics of both Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for retouching skin, enhancing eyes, color correction and more!

Click here for the full class!