It’s been a few months, but with the summer heat sweeping into Arizona I’m back in the lab cranking out tutorials – the first of which is Animating Walk Cycles in Adobe Character Animator!
The walk cycle is one of the foundation principles of animation, and Adobe has recently added it to the arsenal of motion capture animation features of its Character Animator program. We’ll cover how to build our puppet in Photoshop, add walk behaviors, rig our puppet in Character Animator and create multiple kinds of motion.
Adobe Character Animator is a subprogram of After Effects, and it uses Adobe Photoshop to organize the file layers, so you’ll need those programs to get the full benefit of the class.
Sign up is here!
In light of the massive number of gear reviews and how-tos on YouTube, I felt like making a short vlog focusing on developing a personal vision. In Part 1, I tell you about some of my own photographic heroes – Sebastio Salgado and Ralph Eugene Meatyard- and how they influenced some of my own work.
Corie Shannon is a model who I ended up working with based on a fun, talkative video posted on YouTube where she outlined some of her core beliefs. We had the opportunity to shoot around Phoenix a bit and I finally got to use my Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera, though it was on a completely unfamiliar steadicam so my work was less than steady. The title of this, “Radical Feelism,” is based on a tattoo you can barely make out on the inside of Corie’s arm, and she goes into much greater detail in the actual video.
These images were “round 2” with Portland model Maryjane McLain, which is to say, the second time I got to work with her in the last 6 months or so. We had access to a dive-y bar which all kinds of psycho stuff written on the walls, and it was a complete blast to shoot amongst the bar patrons and in the creepy, ratty basement. I have been a recent admirer of the South African rave-rap group Die Antwoord who have a similar rat-like vibe thanks to their frequent collaborations with photographer Roger Ballen; it’s not quite the same as shooting with a stylish Maryjane but you can see where some of the influence comes from.
I’ve always had a problem: I live in the Southwest- surrounded by exotic, beautiful environments like the Painted Desert- but it’s just far enough away that it’s not feasible to take a pro stylized model with me to shoot out there. Enter my daughter Maggie, who at age 8 has been in enough of Daddy’s shoots in her lifetime to finally get styled and shot way out amongst the petrified wood. Hair and makeup done by her mom/ my wife Vesna Miller. We’re going to make this a routine thing- once a month- with the goal of building up a youngster to be an ultra stylized look.
All images done with Fuji X-T2 and either the 35mm 1.4 lens or 23mm 2.0 lens.
REmixALina is a new kind of video for me – a fashion art piece in collaboration with actress and model Alina Lee. The music is a thing I created way back in 2014, and I’m thrilled that somehow it all gelled together. Remix and collage culture is the largest artistic influence on me- greater than pop art and surrealism. The title, “REmixALina” was the result of leaving the caps lock on and then paying tribute to a hidden intention.
Fashion videos are of a huge interest to me currently! Any fashion videos anyone wants to recommend to me?
One of my favorite ways to get the kind of surreal pop I love in my photography is to use the simple combination of colored gels and LED lights. Here we look at a few ways to use gels and why they are a valuable addition to any art and portrait photographer’s toolkit.
All images in this video shot with the Fuji X-T2 and the Fuji Neo Classic Instax Mini 90, models include Shasta Wonder, Kaila Stone, Mckenzie Eckels, and L. Shima.