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Ever since I decided to start learning photography, I’ve been looking for a good catalog of composition ideas. Once you figure out the mechanics of how a DSLR works, getting good at the composition of your photos seems to be the 80/20 of rapidly improving at photography.
I looked around and heard that the best book on the subject was “The Photographer’s Eye” by Michael Freeman. It’s explicitly about composition and walks through all of the elements of good composition for beginner photographers. It’s a fantastic introduction, and I highly recommend reading it.
After finishing the book, I went back and pulled out all of the compositional styles he mentioned explicitly or implicitly that I liked and thought were useful, and found a good example on Unsplash for each one. I wanted to practice recognizing them so that I could better pick them out in the wild, and incorporate them into my own photos.
It was originally for my own notes, but I realized that they might be useful for other beginner photographers too.
Having an edge cut through the sun looks nice, or having the sun rising over a line or diagonal within the photo.
and 29 more inspiring styles here…
Stock images can be an expensive acquisition, so it’s always appreciated when a professional stock photographer makes their work available for free.
This 720mb bundle contains 50 images, mostly of landscapes, all in hi-res JPG format. The images range in size from 4928 x 3264 pixels, to 7360 x 4912 pixels, making them big enough even for print work. The set is divided into several categories for easy access: Landscape, Nightscape, People in Landscape, Winter, and Spring.
The images come with an extended license, meaning they can be used in personal and commercial projects, you can also use them in non-digital products that you sell, and even in digital products provided the original image can’t be extracted.
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In film and television production, B–roll (B roll, or Broll) is supplemental or alternative footage intercut with the main shot. In fiction film, it is a technique used to indicate simultaneous action or flashbacks.
Think about the last really great short film or documentary you saw. What was it that held you the most — Was it the dialogue? The way the light hit the subjects? Or the way the camera captured a quirky detail shot, a breathtaking landscape, or a background movement so subtle you’d miss it in a blink?
Though the most compelling films seem to center around the action, watch carefully and you’ll see that a lot of magic hides within the moments in-between: the transitions, the lingering pauses, the movements into a new place or the exiting of another. Despite its relegation as second-class footage, what really holds a production together is the b-roll.
You may think of it as an afterthought, but top-notch, creative visuals can make the difference between run-of-the-mill videos and those that capture and captivate the viewer. Working together with what’s called “a-roll,” or your primary action and interview footage, highly engaging b-roll can add visual interest and show us the story without having to say a word.
If you’re feeling stuck in a shooting rut, follow these tips and techniques that will elevate your b-roll to new level.
August 25, 2015
Yes this is possible and probably the quickest way to get the maps (and background generators) into FCPX.
Simply put your animating globe of choice onto a timeline in iMovie. Here for the example we have put three back to back, one rotating globe, one flat map and the plain zoom. It doesn’t really matter as long as you have one on the timeline and don’t worry about destinations e.t.c.
Then go to the File menu and select ‘Send Movie to Final Cut Pro.’ Take your hands off the keyboard and watch the magic happen…
A new Library and Event are made in Final Cut Pro X. In the new Event, you will find a project, and in that project you will find the maps that we made in iMovie.
Here’s the clever stuff. The maps are not movies, they are the map generators from iMovie and we can prove that by looking at one in the inspector.
Read the rest of the story from fcp.co here…
November 23, 2012
When your client wants shots of preticular places, events, backgrounds etc. that you don’t have at your disposal what do you do? You look for stock footage to meet the clients needs and get the job done.
Stock footage or stock media is film or video that is not shot for a specific film or video project, but rather, is generic in nature. This type of footage is very useful to video producers because it is a lot cheaper and easier to acquire than shooting new footage. Some examples of stock footage are video of cities and landscapes, crowds of people, wildlife and motion backgrounds. There are websites that offer stock footage to anyone willing to pay for it. Some footage can even be downloaded instantly to your computer in various formats.
There are many websites that sell royalty-free stock media, and it’s not limited to only film and video. You can also get stock in the form of music, sound effects and images. There are different options when it comes to usage rights. You can choose from rights-managed stock media, which is extremely limited single use, to copyright-free libraries which are non-exclusive multi-use, to public domain collections. You can even purchase stock footage custom created for your project at a high-end price, which might still be less expensive than what you would spend to shoot the footage yourself. Royalty-free stock media is commonly sought after by video and film producers. This is because you can purchase the footage and use it as many times as you like without having to pay royalties. This way, if your client wants to use a shot of a tropical rainstorm as a background shot on his commercial and you are living in Arizona in mid-summer, your tropical rainstorm footage will be just a click away.
Shutterstock is just one of the many websites out there that provide royalty-free stock footage to video creators and filmmakers for a cost. For a complete list of other sites and suggestions, click here to read more.