100+ Awesome Open Courseware Links for Artists Posted by Site Administrator in Learning Tools Nov 20th, 2008 By Kelsey Allen Whether you’re into art theory, studying ancient art or making art yourself, you can find a range of online courses and lectures that can help educate you on your field of interest. Check out these open courseware resources to learn more, get fresh perspectives and expand your artistic horizons. Introductory Courses Source Filmmaker June 27, 2012 - SFM Team The Source Filmmaker (SFM) is the movie-making tool built and used by us here at Valve to make movies inside the Source game engine. Because the SFM uses the same assets as the game, anything that exists in the game can be used in the movie, and vice versa. By utilizing the hardware rendering power of a modern gaming PC, the SFM allows storytellers to work in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get environment so they can iterate in the context of what it will feel like for the final audience. To celebrate the announcement of the SFM, we've also released "Meet the Pyro", the ninth installment in the "Meet the Team" series. Like all of our animated shorts, we made it using the SFM.
Flash Photography with Canon EOS Cameras - Part I. Flash Photography with Canon EOS Cameras - Part I. Copyright © 2001-2013 NK Guy Version 1.8. 12 December, 2010. The invention and subsequent automation and miniaturization of electronic flash revolutionized photography. Infrared Photography by Thom Hogan Infrared is a spectrum of light beyond that which we normally see. Despite having an IR blocking filter installed between the lens and the CCD, most digital cameras still react to some near infrared energy, though at levels far lower than visible light. To take “infrared” pictures—i.e., photos primarily made up of near infrared energy—you need to filter out the visible light and only allow the near infrared and infrared spectrum through to the film or sensor. The easiest way to do this is to use a Wratten filter, which you can find at most professional camera shops (see sidebar at right). The Wratten series (and other dedicated "infrared filters" [misnamed because they don't actually filter infrared]) are very dense filters, nearly opaque. Because they block most or all of the visible light, you’ll need very long exposures, so you’ll want to use a tripod.
Muvizu - 3D animationer When you download and install Muvizu:Play you are required to accept an End User Licence Agreement (EULA) which concisely outlines the dos and don’ts of the commercial exploitation of footage from Muvizu:Play. But in the interests of plain language, here’s a summary of the rules: Muvizu:Play is a free trial of our software. Muvizu:Play renders animations with a watermark in the bottom left of the image and is limited to SD output. This watermarked footage may be used for educational, non-commercial and personal projects. Muvizu:Play+ is the paid for version of our software and has additional features and capabilities that are missing in the free software.
Random Processes: Non-Industrial Light & Magic I splurged a little this week. Since about the beginning of the year, I've been running into a wall when it comes to getting more creative with the photographs I take. The two most common problems being: Third-Polarizing-Filter Experiment Demystified — How It Works © Copyright 2004 Darel Rex Finley. All rights reserved. This article, with illustrations and copyright notice intact, may be freely distributed for educational purposes. Shine light through two polarizing filters oriented at 90° to each other, and no light gets through. But put a third filter inbetween them, at 45° to each of the existing filters, and amazingly enough — some lights gets through! This popular experiment is often described as “strange.”
CrazyTalk - Facial and 2D Animation Software Transform any image into a starring animated talking character for any video project. Make fun talking family video photo albums, or create uniquely animated e-cards, e-mails, and online greetings. Let virtual representatives vividly deliver your business, branding, or training (e-learning) services. Turn your drawings and static images into life-like characters for any comic story. Strobist: Lighting 101 (Photo by Strobist reader Sam Simon) Welcome to Lighting 101. You may not realize it yet, but you have just stepped through a door that may change your photography forever. Understanding & Using Polarizing Filters Polarizing filters can increase color saturation and decrease reflections — and are one of the only lens filters which cannot be replicated using digital photo editing. They are an indispensable tool that should be in every photographer's camera bag. However, developing an intuition for how a polarizer might impact a photo often requires extensive experimentation.
Best Tools to Create Animated Video How to Make a Cartoon Yourself: Top 7 Animated Video Makers Compared Video production is not an easy and cheap matter. A short video for your YouTube channel or website may cost several thousand dollars if you address to professional video studios. No doubt, there are free and low-cost alternatives which can be easily mastered by any web user. A self-made cartoon or an animated video is one of the options. Animated Video Makers: Pros & Cons 03 – dragging the shutter « Neil vN flash photography techniquesflash & ambient light ~ dragging the shutter ~ bouncing flash When balancing flash with the available light, the combination of settings is usually chosen so that the mood of the place and surrounds is retained – or at least have the available light add to the image. In doing so, the advice is often given to “drag the shutter”.
Gimp Tutorial: Awesome Bokeh Effect in Gimp It was fun to to follow Abduzeedo tutorial for making bokeh digital effect in Photoshop (i'm using photoshop and gimp) and i really excited when i managed to do similiar effect in Gimp. So i decided to make a Gimp tut for this one..it's been over a months since my last tutorial and i think after this i'll make more Gimp tuts..Click More Inside The Post to read the tutorial. P/s: This tutorial has been converted from the original Photoshop tutorial into Gimp. The original Photoshop tutorial can be found HERE in Abduzeedo site.