As some of you already know from a few posts I made on twitter, I helped Mad River Mountain shoot an Ad for a new Sports Magazine in Columbus Ohio. We shot the ad in the OSU Football Stadium and we didn’t release any details until the ad was release. Well, the ad dropped at the beginning of October and I am just now getting around to posting this. Sorry for the delay. Please excuse the gradient at the bottom of the photo. With the settings we need for print, it doesn’t look great on digital.
Check out this video link a friend sent me. This is a pretty awesome use for a time-lapse video. Imagine how cool it would be to see this in person. Be sure to select set it to full screen and select 1080p to get the full effect of this video. You can see lightning storms going on and watch the solar panels move to keep collecting the most light. You also get to see the sunrise right at the end of the video.
I have done several time-lapse videos in the past, but this gives me a renewed drive to come up with some cool things to represent via time-lapse. Stay tuned.
This past weekend I decided it had been too long since I was scuba diving last. Plus I really need to get back on finishing my PADI Dive Master Training. I headed down to Circleville Twin Quarries to meet up with Underwater Connection. I spent Saturday and Sunday diving with a class and on my own with another diver. Total I out in 8 dives. While I was preparing for my third dive Sunday I had my camera sitting on the bench ready to get a few shots of the quarry and it’s many wrecks. Another fellow diver approved me and asked if I had ever gone over to the east side of the quarry. I have always assumed that both sides were pretty much the same thing, rocks piled up on the slope. Boy was I wrong, the east side of the quarry is like a fish tank. Full of life and color. Below are some shots I took while diving my last 2 dives of the weekend. Hope you enjoy them and please let me know what you think.
When Apple first announced the iPad, I reserved mine the day they open up the reservation/pre-order site. As a photographer I saw the iPad as the perfect device to show potential clients my work. Up until that point I had been using my iPhone to show off my work. The iPhone is a great tool, but to use it as a photo viewer for clients is like showing them a bunch of 4×6 prints (only smaller). When I finally got the iPad I saw it as much more. I now find myself reading more of my trade magazines and sites. I have also used it to show current clients work that was actually being done at that very location and know of several other photogs doing the same thing. One thing I never considered was an idea that a company by the name of Flipboard is doing, Social Media as a magazine. Imagine seeing all your social networks in one place but not like TweetDeck and HootSuite do it. I’m talking about actually flipping pages on your iPad as if you were reading a magazine in Zinio. The only difference is this magazine is full of live feeds from your friends, trade associations and anything else you may follow on Facebook and Twitter. They are also linking other forms of social media and allowing people to added connect of their own. I thought this had to be one of the best ideas since the iPad itself and I wasn’t alone. Flipboard had so many people trying to sign up for their service they couldn’t keep up. They actually had to go to a reservation system just to get a slot to sign up.
I have been using Flipboard for about a week now and I have to say it’s better than I was expecting. I have always hated scrolling through my facebook feed, and don’t get me started on the twitter feeds. Flipboard takes these feeds and pulls them in to a visually pleasing display of everything you follow. Photos from your friends in Facebook show up like they would in a Magazine. Stuff your friends say show up like quotes in an article. Now Twitter….. when someone posts a link to a website it actually pulls the first bit of that article so you can start reading it. Ever clicked on a link only to find you have no interest in the article? I sure have, and this gives me a quick glance without going anywhere.
Because Flipboard uses your network feeds, the news is filtered to what you like. If your like me you’ll find you have more news than you have time to read. Best of all…… Flipboard is free and you can download it now from the App Store. Go check it out and let me know what you think.
Flipboard product page [Flipboard]
Have you ever wanted to make a commercial or some kind of video but don’t want to buy all the fancy equipment you think it takes to make one? Ever seen that Levi’s ad with they guy walking across America wearing Levi’s jeans? It’s actually pretty easy to make these ads and you probably won’t have to spend a dime on new equipment.
This video shows how a few guys did it in 14 days with just one camera, a tripod, a protractor, a string and some simple math.
After a few thousand miles and about the same number of photos, here is their final product. Enjoy the videos, and get there and shot something.