I’ve put together a little formula for how I’ve conducted my recent shoots, which is: some video, which takes a while to compile/ edit/ do fx + sound for etc., and then some instant film shots, which are already done the moment they come out of the camera. This seems to satisfy the need for immediate results while giving me something to work on for the next couple months.
Alina aka Thumbelina
It’s fascinating how sometimes the work that gets the best response is the stuff that’s simplest or easiest or quickest to create like this. These were shot with the Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome Film, my new go-t0 creative tool for stills!
On my youtube channel I have a couple video tutorial/ reviews of the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera…
…and the new monochrome film I use to make these!
One of the imaging techniques I’ve used for my surreal portraits is scenography- shoving people on a scanner and taking advantage of the unique depth of field properties, as well as having the subject shift around while the scanner bed is in transit. Scanners are wonderful for high definition imaging and getting the weird, artsy look so many photo artists strive for.
Entering my second year as a Skillshare teacher, I’ve been preparing several new photo/ video editing classes- until those go out, I wanted to let any interested people know my previous Lightroom-focused classes are still available on my channel!
Retouching Portraits With Adobe Photoshop + Lightroom
In any portrait photography, it’s a give that there will be some facial retouching to make your subjects look their best. We cover the basics of both Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for retouching skin, enhancing eyes, color correction and more! Sign up is here!
How To Use Adobe Lightroom For Video
Lightroom is generally thought of as a still photography program but here are a few neat tricks you can do, especially if you are just starting to work with videos, need to capture stills from your videos, or want to keep a consistent style between your existing photographic library and your video work. You’ll be able to have unique looking footage that you can piece together in your video editor such as Adobe Premiere or iMovie.
Sign up for this class is here!
Speed Up Your Workflow In Adobe Lightroom
In this class I’ll show how to speed up your editing process in Adobe Lightroom, taking your workflow time from hours down to mere minutes. We cover syncing and auto syncing your actions, creating your own preset filters and brushes, effectively utilizing virtual copies and collections, and more. Sign up is over here!
See you in class!
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.
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.
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.
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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!
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!