Maggie in the Superstitions Wilderness

We have been having a pretty dramatic winter around Phoenix, meaning it’s a bit more grey and rainy than usual; the day after a storm you are guaranteed the sun will punch through and give you some amazing shots if you’re in the right place at the right time.  I went hiking with my family around 3 pm by the Peralta trail on the east side of the Superstition Mountains, and my daughter Maggie decided to get “experimental” with some of her posing.  All images shot on the Fuji X-T2, lenses were the 35mm 1.4 and 18-55mm 2.8-4.

Working With Titles + Credits In Adobe Premiere Pro – A Skillshare Class

New year, new Skillshare classes up!  “Working With Titles + Credits In Adobe Premiere Pro” is my second new class this year, one of several Adobe Premiere courses I have in the pipeline.

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Adobe Premiere Pro is a powerful video editing tool which also allows you the ability to design titles and credit sequences.  This class is meant for the beginning video editor or filmmaker who wants to create title/ credit sequences and templates.  We’ll also cover some of the design elements that go into an effective placement of text in our videos.

Sign up here!

ns – new video art with Alina Lee

My final shoot of 2016 was in Sacramento with model Alina Lee aka Thumbelina.  We did 3 video pieces, the first of which is “Versions”, about as surrealist and minimalist as we could get!

Anyone interested in learning about Surrealist video editing please check out my tutorial on Skillshare!

Double Exposure Instant Film W/ The Fuji Neo Classic

Since my studio opened last month I’ve been able to film more tutorial and gear reviews – I especially enjoy harping on the beloved Fuji Instax Mini film and cameras.  Here’s two recent videos covering different aspects of the analogue style!

Add Physics To Your Motion Capture Animations In Adobe Character Animator – New on my Skillshare channel!

Happy New Year!  I’m excited to announce a new classes on my Skillshare channel, which I’ve been quietly assembling over the past 2 months.  The first is Add Physics To Your Motion Capture Animations In Adobe Character Animator + After Effects:

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Adobe Character Animator is an amazing motion capture sub-program of Adobe After Effects.  It utilizes your webcam and microphone to allow you to do live animations of puppets, but it also allows you to set the physics of your characters and animate without using keyframes!  We will cover gravity, wind, dangles, draggables, and keyboard triggers in this class.

Sign up is here!

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.