Let’s say we have a video that we want to color correct but we don’t have a project file – just the rendered video, or a project file is not compatible with our color grading suite. To be able to color correct the project we need to split it into single takes. Cutting the clip… Continue reading
Welcome to my first episode in the series called Deconstructing the Photo In the video below I will show you everything you need to know about this particular picture. From the preparation and execution to the postproduction process. I’m going to give you some hints on how to prepare for the photoshoot better, how to choose… Continue reading
A few days ago one of the users at the BMPCC facebook group asked for help with color correcting his footage. He recorded some material with the improper white-balance and in problematic lighting conditions (probably some mixture of LED lights). I gave it a shot and recorded a screencast while I was doing it. Here’s… Continue reading
How to deal with almost 1TB of RAW footage Do you have to spend hours rendering proxy files to be able to edit them? ACR or Davinci Resolve? I you haven’t read the first part, head out to the previous one first. This post is a continuation of the process describing the postproduction phase of… Continue reading
Yosemite brings a fresh feature allowing us to answer the call from devices other than iPhone. But what about SMS? I spent some time trying to figure it out, googling it all around and it is not as straight forward as I thought. Configuration There are a few steps that have to be performed prior… Continue reading
Hannibal is one of the movie series where the color grading plays a large part in the post production process. I’m always impressed how they use color to change the mood and how this affects the perception of the show.
Is ISO 1600 usable on a pocket camera? How to post process the footage to preserve the details? Can the noise be lowered to usable levels? I am still in the process of learning my new toy – BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera. One of the tests I did some time ago was to shoot a… Continue reading
Is Magic Lantern stable enough to use it in a commercial project? Is it worth spending so much more time in RAW processing instead of simply using h.264 internal codec? Is it possible to shoot on location with just two 64 GiB CF cards that hold around 11 minutes of RAW footage each? How to… Continue reading
The short movie we have been working on for the past few months is an action movie with a slight touch of the comedy. Shot in Cyprus and entirely funded by ourselves. It took around 14 days of shooting, including locations such as Larnaca Airport. The final movie is still in the works, but for… Continue reading
I have been using Mac for quite a long time now, and just today I’ve discovered a very useful thing in the open/save dialogs.
Soon after upgrading my Mac I noticed one worrying thing – some of my apps purchased months ago in Mac App Store were not available on the Purchases list to install on my new machine.
While shooting some videos with my friends they entered the parking lot and started doing a lot of noise… Couldn’t resist but record them! Unfortunately my hand was tired after the whole day of shooting, so shots are not very stable… Still, I’m glad I had this opportunity!
A few weeks ago my post called Shooting Sunrise was published on The Giving Lens blog. More about the website and the idea behind it you can read here. Check out the gallery and other interesting blog posts, I’m sure you can find many useful information and wonderful pictures! Shooting Sunrises – guest post for… Continue reading
I’ve recorded the post-processing of one of my recent photos, and added descriptive captions, hope you like it! It’s the whole process from the very beginning – I import RAW files in Lightroom, adjust them initially, then blend them together in photoshop and process them to the very end!
Recently I started using my camera also for some video work, and this is my first official movie I shot a few days ago at the Life Street Festival Limassol 2013, Cyprus. I was focused mostly on graffiti artists doing great job and painting all over the streets of Limassol city centre. A few of… Continue reading
Hold on a second, cowboy. First of all, if you really want to start taking pictures during the night, you need to get familiar with manual mode. There’s no possibility that you will get nice results using auto mode or night preset. Another issue is that without a tripod there’s a small chance that your… Continue reading
In this article I would like to talk about everything you need to know to take long and very long exposure shots. I will list all the required and recommended equipment, point out common mistakes, show differences between various exposure times and give some helpful tips.
In this post I would like to show you two cinematic productions shot with Nikon D800 that have impressed me recently. It really proves that Nikon released a very powerful and capable camera with video features. Canon has always been the one shining in the movie industry after the release of 5D M2, but now… Continue reading
In this video I will show you how to straighten a photo containing quite severe ultra wide angle distortion. For that I will use Lightroom and Photoshop. Some basic adjustments are also applied to improve the picture quality. Hope this tutorial will be useful somebody! Let me know what you think!
I constantly try to improve my photography workflow. Number of my pictures in Lightroom catalog grows every day and I need really solid process to handle all the files from the very beginning. The first step, right after the import, is an initial selection. It means that I don’t keep all the images that my… Continue reading
Today I’m proud to pronounce that one of my photos made it to winning place of the International Exhibition 2012 Contest organised by Fotoferia photography club. Jury has graded 1829 photos and those with highest ratings went to the final stage where best pictures were awarded with medals and nominated. All the pictures are simply amazing and… Continue reading
I’m pretty sure if the tripod could talk it would say that it hates shooting seascapes with you. Especially when it is exposed to the sea water directly, the legs are oftentimes dipped in water and all the other parts are splashed by the waves from time to time. Why all that is not too… Continue reading
Today’s challenge is to process a photo using only one type of ajustement. I’m presenting this mainly because I want to show you how powerful this operation is and stress how important role it plays in my image processing workflow. In many cases it’s the most visible adjustement of all, especially when comparing the before… Continue reading
Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX was my first ultra wide angle lens. It was coupled with my first DSLR Nikon D90. I was very happy with the lens and I was using it almost all the time. At least for my landscape shots. For the DX sensor it is one of the best wide… Continue reading
After upgrading my iPad to the latest model iMessage suddenly stopped working. I have never experienced any problems on my previous device. Now, whenever I open iMessage it asks me for Apple ID and password. When I put correct credentials and try to log in I get the popup message entitled “iMessage activation” with an… Continue reading