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Getting Advice from Chase Jarvis

By on Jun 24, 2017 in Photography, Reviews, Theory Thursday | 2 comments

About a month or so ago, I saw a link from the legendary, Chase Jarvis to call him and leave a question for his new show. I wanted to hear his answer about my current situation and to find out if he had the chops to answer a real question. I wanted the kind of answer without the usual “lifestyle entrepreneur” mumbo-jumbo of “hustle” or “build your tribe” that so many of these people say. A little while later I commented on one of his posts and got a response from Chase stating something along the lines of “it’s been recorded and will be out soon” or something like that. As any artist knows, the biggest period of stress is when someone famous or important looks at your work. This was one of those times and I immediately started to sweat once the show started. Chase went straight to my site and my tutorials page. From there he started...

Combining Images for Better Cinemagraphs

By on Jun 13, 2017 in Photography, Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 0 comments

One of the issues when creating cinemagraphs is that sometimes the point at which the clip begins is not the same as end point. While this may seem fairly normal, it becomes an issue when dealing with liquids. As you add more to the cup the level changes and thus causes an issue with the mask that you create in cinemagraph pro. Watch the video below or head to my youtube channel and subscribe for more videos like this If you mask for the starting point, in the case of the video below, the coffee will be fine but it will miss a key element of the image (my hand). If you mask for the hand then the starting point of the coffee will be much lower than than the final point and will end up looking off. So what can you do? Combine the best of both images in photoshop.   The Best of Both Worlds If you didn’t already know, you can drag the purple bar to any point of your video clip...

Planning Out Your Shots: Why This Should be The First Thing You Should Do Before Taking Any Shots

By on Jun 10, 2017 in Getting the Shot, Korea, Photography, Theory Thursday | 0 comments

There are many photographers out there that love shooting from the hip. I used to be one. I used to get lucky with the shots that I got but sometimes I would miss the mark. Sure, I got some decent shots but they seemed just off. The reason was that I was merely shooting from the hip and hoping that if I was at the right place at the right time with the right lens, I would walk away with a winning shot. The trouble is that I was never really sure of what I wanted. I knew the kind of shot that I wanted to get beforehand or even simply the location but I never really had a clear vision of what short I wanted or the story that I wanted to tell. Once I started planning my shots, I had a better idea of what I wanted to say with them. That later lead to, in my opinion, much better shots. The What and the How? The biggest questions are basically what to do and how to do it. One is a little...

The Complete Video Creators Bundle 2017

By on Jun 6, 2017 in Photography, Reviews | 0 comments

While I am primarily a still photographer, since starting into the world of cinemagraphs I have had to learn a lot more about videography. It is a completely different world for me with different programs to use and different ways to express my ideas. Fortunately, the team behind the 5 Day Deal have put together video creators bundle that is out of this world! You could spend countless hours scouring the Internet looking for the right training and tools OR you could be spending that time improving your craft and using proven, high-quality resources to grow your craft and advance your career as a video creator. Don’t waste your time. Don’t waste your money. Get the Complete Video Creators Bundle for just $97. After today this is gone forever. So take the time to invest in yourself. One more time, bundle is finishing in less than 19 hours and this is why I will keep this post...

Photography Learning Resources

By on May 7, 2017 in Photography, Theory Thursday, Tutorials | 0 comments

We live in a great age where we have access to millions of courses to help us learn just about everything. Courses are easy to produce and even easier to consume. Which is why I have a hard time when I hear photographers say that they can’t use photoshop or don’t know how to set something. At any rate, the world of photography education is growing and it is hard to narrow down the choices. So here are a few that I have chosen to help give you the best start or help you brush up on some skills.  Click the titles to check out the websites! Learn.JasonTeale.com I know what you are thinking “that’s a shameless self plug” and to that I say “yup! It’s my blog” LOL With that being said, I have produced a few courses that help you learn the basics of lightroom and cinemagraph pro. I am not going to exotic locations and I am not riding around...

Creating Visual Tension In Cinemagraph Pro

By on May 4, 2017 in Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 0 comments

When I first started creating cinemagraphs, I really wanted to create something fluid that drew the eye and never seemed to stop. Things like water and trees blowing in the wind were great for that. However, without a subject or some element of the image that is not in motion but should be, then the cinemagraph lacked something. This is when I really took notice of something that I like to call “visual tension” and that basically is that feeling you get when you first see a cinemagraph. When parts are moving and others and not, it creates this battle between your mind and your eye. That is the really attraction for cinemagraphs. I feel that is also the psychology behind their allure on social media as well. If you have a regular image then the viewer looks at it and scrolls on by. Videos now have a lot more stopping power but if you have a slow connection, as soon as the...

Does Having Better Gear Make You a Better Photographer?

By on Apr 18, 2017 in Getting the Shot, Photography, Theory Thursday | 0 comments

*** Update #1: This article is not really for the pro or advanced “semi-pro” photographer but rather the new photographer who has the mindset that a brand new and more advanced camera will somehow make them a famous photographer. If you are a working professional or even a hobbyist that has years of experience,  you probably know more about your style and what you need than I do. That being said, this article is not really targeted at you. It is more for those considering purchasing the latest 1D X mk ii when the 6D or even 70D would do just fine.  At some point in our journey through photography we find ourselves lusting after the latest and greatest gear. We suddenly want to go “full frame” or “mirrorless” without fully understanding the camera that we currently own. We fall for celebrity photographer ads talking about the latest camera or gear...

Is Becoming a Photographer Really Worth It?

By on Apr 5, 2017 in Photography, Theory Thursday | 6 comments

Recently, I saw a friend post about whether “it” is really worth it. This passion that we all have, this “thing” that we pour our hearts and souls into that may or may not yield something in return. My response was more or less like the typical “it’s the journey, not the destination” type answer. However there is a little more to it than that. This is what I want to explore today because it is something that I think so many of us creatives deal with. We struggle with finding the meaning in our work, expressing ourselves and not to mention trying to find a way to make a living from it. Going Nowhere is Still Going Somewhere One of the points that was brought up was the fact that you’ve invested so much time into learning and honing your craft and for what? It goes nowhere. One of the points that I countered with is that simply by learning...

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