It’s zine fest season again, and I’m finishing up on my first “big production” zine. This one is called Dusk and features a combination of sharp graphic design on my photographs combined with hard edged poetry from a few wonderfully talented writers. I shaped it in response to the hard political climate we currently live under, even though politics are not present, it definitely shows in the emotional response represented in Dusk.
I made so many zines last year, and none in 2017, that I’m suddenly remembering how fun and expressive zine making is, like running into an old best friend.
I made a class for zine beginners on my Skillshare channel, and it’s still one of my highest rated/ most frequently lauded classes. No experience necessary, just paper and pens!
Hey out there! Summer’s winding down, my kids are back in school, and Skillshare classes can once again start flowing. This one is about a topic near and dear to my heart – Finding Your Photographic Vision. It’s a class not about the technical side of photography but about the steps anyone can take to become more unique and expressive in their photographic art.
Click here to enroll right away and start learning –>Finding Your Photographic Vision!
I also wanted to mention that San Diego Comic Con just wrapped up, and Adobe sponsored me to give a panel on their motion capture animation software Character Animator. It was a hoot to be onstage at the largest comics convention anywhere, and it’s all down to a film I made called The Innocence of Seduction and the corresponding classes I created on Skillshare. On my channel there are lessons about Motion Comics in Photoshop, Character Animator, After Effects, and other Character Animator tutorials here and here!
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.
I’m proud to announce my first Udemy course – Making Motion Comics: Animating Illustrations in Adobe Photoshop and After Effects! This is a specialized form of animation using portions of original artwork to animate a story rather than individual drawings for each frame or cgi characters. By animating in this style, we are able to keep the aesthetic of individually drawn panels with complicated foregrounds and backgrounds; we are able to make our comics into films.
I used this technique in my short film, Innocence of Seduction. It allowed me to utilize hundreds of drawings from public domain comics into my own animation:
For a limited time, the course is on sale for $15, normal price $35! See you in class!
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.
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.
Sign up here!
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:
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!