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So it's Black Friday - Cyber Monday weekend, and there's a TONNNNNNNNN of sales going on out there. So to help save the sanity of my photographer and videographer friends i've decided to compile a list of some great deals all in one place!
To start things off we'll launch with the latest and greatest Tutorial from the team at RGG EDU!
Have you ever had an "AHA" moment in photography? Something that changed the way you approach a subject, a light, or post-production? That's what we've created in our newest tutorial and we're excited to share it with you. Tim Tadder is one of the leading image makers in the world and left nothing behind in this tutorial documentary about his approach to creating an image and philosophy behind creating images. He's actually the most appreciated photographer on Behance.
We're excited to bring this tutorial to you on Black Friday with our biggest discount we've given on an opening day launch. Use the code BF1 to save 25% off his 20+ hour tutorial. Be sure to check out the full Black Friday Bundle and Save Deals over there and take part in their insane giveaways!
Make sure to go through their whole library as the RGGEDU team has covered everything from Food Photography, Products, Fashion, Portraits, and much much more!
Next we have not one, but FOUR awesome tutorials available from the incredible team at the ALL on sale now!
BLACK FRIDAY SALE DISCOUNTS:
Master Dodge & Burn - use promo code BFMDB80 for $80 OFF = $89
Color Grade - use promo code BFCG20 for $20 OFF = $69
Go Pro: Studio Beauty - use promo code BFMBP120 for $120 OFF = $79
Beauty Retouch Panel - $20 OFF = $49
First up we have the awesome GO PRO: Studio Beauty Video Course
Second, the incredibly detailed Color Grade Video Course by Michael Woloszynowicz!
Third, we have the Master Dodge & Burn Video Course by Michael Woloszynowicz!
Fourth, and Lastly, we have the Beauty Retouch Panel by Julia Kuzmenko-McKim!
Don't miss out on some the industries BEST education and training out there!!!!!
Now it's time for some fun stuff! Lately i've been playing with an awesome tool called Plotagraph Pro!
I've only had my hands on this application for about a solid 24 hours at the time of writing this, but i'm already in LOVE! It lets you take your still images and create a motion image, or "cinemagraph". Quickly, and easily animate your photos to create something captivating and truly is the future of advertising, marketing, and social media content! In the day and age of everyone having an incredible camera, it takes something special to make a viewer stop and take in your product...here's where Plotagraph comes in!
"More people than ever are getting their entertainment and information from their mobile devices. This provides opportunities and challenges for both marketers and companies trying to get their information out in a relevant way without being drown out by all of the competition. When creating a campaign its also important to know what platform and size the content will be viewed. Images that are on small screens need to have more movement than content that is shown on a large billboard. Studies show that people not only respond better to Dynamic Content but also retain information and learn better through moving images. The Plotagraph® Team not only creates top notch artistic content but we are also pros at knowing the proper speed and file exports for the appropriate platform. In the past year All of the major social media platforms now accept either animated gifs or looping videos. No matter what website or social media platform we have the perfect export at the best compression for you. It's exciting to think about the future of marketing, advertising and social media. We are happy to do our part in helping to make it more Dynamic."
Check out a few of the images i've created in just a few minutes each! Personally I can't wait to spend more time with the application and become a master with it!
Try the free Demo available here and if you're interested in trying the PRO account out (which I highly recommend), use the Coupon Code - CREWE for 10% off your membership! As an added bonus, sign up this weekend for a PRO membership and get a $50 Amazon Gift card!!!!
Still looking for more awesome?
If you know me, then you know I like to Timelapse nearly everywhere I visit. Well a tool I ALWAYS use is an awesome Lightroom Plugin and Extension App called LRTimelapse
I've worked with the Macphun team now for several years and can honestly say they make some of the most powerful and easy to use photo editing applications for Mac's on the market! Click this link to learn more and SAVE A TON this weekend; http://bit.ly/2fNv7eJ
Want to save 20% on Gear Rentals from Borrowlenses?!?!
This one's real simple! Just click the image below and use the code BFUSED20 to save your money!
Want even more amazing? Well the team at Photofocus has put together an insane list of products available at great discounts here! https://photofocus.com/2016/11/24/the-best-black-friday-deals-for-photographers/
Find discounts from vendors like ThinkTAP Learn, Athentech, Drobo, B&H, Platypod Pro, and more!
Seeking even more educational resources? Well my old team at Phlearn is having a 30% off sale this whole weekend!
Use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY to get 30% off everything in their store!!! Click here for more info; http://bit.ly/2guMdzy
Save on Capture One Pro by Phase One!
Save 10% on Capture One Pro with the coupon code AMBCREWE
Do you know of some more deals going on this week? Post them in the comments below and i'll update them all weekend long! Cheers and happy shopping!!!
Don't forget that the 30% off sale from Alien Skin Software ends on the 30th! Their latest release is the Exposure X Bundle, which integrates all of their photography apps into one awesome package including Brushes for masking!
Plugins can be insanely powerful additions to your creative arsenal, but you can use them as little or as much as you want! For me, I barely scratch the surface of what most can do, and that's just because i'm set in my retouching ways haha and for me it's all about speeding things up. This is why I love using Exposure for my color grading and final touches. While I _can_ do everything in photoshop, it's just soooo much faster for me to have built a few presets in Alien Skin to achieve the looks I know I want!
For instance, here's a new image of the awesome Oneisha shot in San Diego.
At this point i've already done my "retouching" and it's only a matter of stylizing the image. so this is where we load up Alien Skin Exposure to do the heavy lifting!
Now there's a tone of presets already made in here, but for this we're using a recent "warm toned" stylization that i've been using. With just a couple of quick adjustments to line up with where my subject is in the image, and i've got my stylized look of choice!
It's subtle, but with the before/after split screen you can see i've got the look I want. Yes I can achieve the same thing in photoshop, but with this i can save a few presets and have it ready to roll and choose in an instant.
The folks at Alien Skin Software just let me know that they are having a 30% off sale from June 23rd to the 30th. Their latest release is the Exposure X Bundle, which integrates all of their photography apps into one awesome package.
I've been using Exposure to develop some beautiful creative looks that my clients are thrilled with! Since they have added tools for brushing and layers, it's helped speed up my workflow immensely! Color grade/toning and creative editing is a breeze for my final touches with Alien Skin! The great thing about plugins, is you can use them as little or as much and in-depth as you want in your workflow. For me, since everything i shoot is so varied, using Exposure X to do my final color treatments and stylization cuts HOURS out of my work load every week. And when you're under a deadline, that's worth the price and then some!
Here’s some recent work that Exposure really helped me with:
It's here it's here it's finally here! My good friend and amazing Photographer & Retoucher has released her latest pro tutorial - Studio Beauty Video Training and it's nothing short of amazing!
Julia Kuzmenko is one of America's best beauty photographers and retouchers. Her work has been seen millions of times, she's been featured in websites and international printed magazines countless times. While most will believe her work is as phenomenal as it is due to her retouching, (which _IS_ amazing), the fact is, she's an absolutely brilliant photographer and master of light! Thus, the announcement of this video tutorial!
The video has 3 segments, (about an hour each), and an ebook, (Read that first!), thats jam packed with information covering everything from beginner subjects like lens selection and strobes to Intermediate and Advanced topics covering workflow and technique!
The thing i like about this tutorial is its focused on the artistic and technical aspects of the photoshoot on set, helping you get everything as right as possible in camera. This will make you AND your client happy beyond belief, and save your retoucher a lot of headaches! So be advised, this video will NOT cover retouching/post production efforts.
As Julia says "Our goal is to teach you to confidently set up beautiful studio lighting and produce amazing images, as well as to lead your creative team and manage the creative process from inception to completion including selecting the right talent, working with models, make up artists and stylists for both commercial assignments and personal projects."
CHAPTER I: INTRO & PREPARATION
- About the Authors & This Training
- Your Career & Ultimate Artistic Goals
Your Knowledge & Vision
- The Basics Every Photographer Must Know
- Developing Your Vision, Taste and Aesthetics
- How to “Read” Lighting
Cameras, Lenses & Lighting equipment
- Choosing the Right Cameras & Lenses For Your Work
- Choosing the Right For Specific Projects
- Camera Sensors: Full Frame & Crop Factor
- Crop Factor & Focal Length Multiplier
- Studio & Backdrop Choice
- Lighting Equipment
- Common Monolight Controls & Triggers
- Light Modifiers
Preparation is King
- Idea, Concept of a Shoot & Choosing the “Right” Team
- Helpful Documents For Your Work
CHAPTER II: FLAWLESS EXECUTION
- Shooting Tethered
- Standard Camera Settings
- Common Mistakes to Avoid While Shooting
- Day-of Briefing & Backup
- Working With Your Model
CHAPTER III: LIGHTING SETUPS
- Establishing Our Starting Point: Why & How
- Classic Portrait Setup: Various Types of Lights, Light Modifiers, etc.
- Celebrity Portrait: And More Ways to Fill in the Shadows
- Movie Style Setup: Cinematic Lighting: Adding Drama; Working with Smoke
- Hazy Colors Setup: Colorful Theme; Working with Color Gels and Smoke
- Jewelry Ad Setup: Another Colorful Setup; More on Working With Color Gels
- Clean Beauty: Other Ways of Creating Rim and Fill Light; White Background
- Full-Body: A Few Notes on Proper Full-Body Lighting
- Doubled Colored Shadows: Even More Ways to Use Color Gels
- Creative Mixed Lighting:
- Mixed Lighting: Fundamentals
- Mixed Lighting: Reflective Fabrics
- Mixed Lighting for Beauty
YOUR ASSIGNMENT LIST
Practice not until you can get it right, but until you can’t get it wrong.
- Call Sheet / Template
- Estimate for a commercial project / Template
- Model Release / Template
- Agency Test Package Request / Sample Letter to a Modeling Agency
- Client Project Questionnaire / Template