Space Awaits.

So much photography today is a composite of multiple images, 3D assets, and painted components blended together with Photoshop. It always blows me away when I see a video like the one below that shows what goes into making a composite image.


The video is a behind the scenes look at  photoshoot for the image Space Awaits. It shows all the stages from her initial digital sketch to shooting, to editing, retouching and using a 3D model, to the final post production.

The video itself is short, just two and a half minutes long and not deep on detail, but it does give a solid insight into the process behind the finished shot.


Carboni Studio Mind Boggling Animation for Cruisr’s “All Over”.

OK this animated music video for Cruisr’s “All Over” by Carboni Studio is insane. First off it was animated in Photoshop and finished in After Effects to keep the hand crafted feel running through out. That’s right animated in Photoshop, Comped in After Effects. Now you watch it you’ll notice that each scene has to blend into the next as it ends. Not an easy task, and something that requires a lot of pre visualization and very talented animators to pull off.

Now, how many movies can you name here? The entire video is a montage of movie characters and scenes. I stopped counting after 20.

StackSocial is Offering Adobe KnowHow: Learn Photography for 35 Bucks.

Well today Apple officially stopped development for Aperture it’s professional editing and organization software. I have to admit, I never used it. I have the Adobe creative Suite which includes Lightroom, Bridge and Photoshop, so Aperture was never really on my radar. With Adobe’s workflow engrained in me, there was never really a need to use it. I have to say I’m sad to see Aperture go away though. Competition is good, and Adobe has gone from the 800 pound gorilla to King Kong, which makes me a little uncomfortable.


If you haven’t been an Adobe user, and are now feeling the need to learn their tool set, you are in luck. Stack Social is offering Adobe KnowHow:Learn Photography for just $34.99, and the online education suite will train you up. If you are already an Adobe CC user, you still might want to look into this. I’m thinking with more than 200 lectures and 27 hours of content you are definitely going to learn a thing or two no matter what skill level you are at.

“The Verge” from Lightfarm Studios Make Your Photoshop Skills Look Weak.

So you think you have bad ass Photoshop skills, the guys at Lightfarm have you beat. The video below is a behind the scenes look at the compositing, modeling and construction of “The Verge”. this image was constructed from 100 plus arial photographs over a five week period. Inspired by Arthur C Clarke’s book “Rendezvous with Rama”, Lightfarm has created a pretty spectacular image. The attention to detail from the modeling of the astronaut to the warping and blending of images is hands down amazing. The collaborative effort truely pays off in the final image these guys have created.