Archive for the 'tutorial' Category

Friday Fun: Light Graffiti

June 29, 2007

Light Painting 1

I was blown away when I came across these light paintings yesterday on Reddit. The concept is pretty simple: take long exposure photos of people moving lights around. It sounds simple enough, but with the right skill intricate drawings can emerge.

Light Painting 2

Light painting has been around for a long time and has been done by more artists than you would expect. Below, a light painting done by Picasso in 1924.


The ‘crew’ creating these intricate works involve many people moving together on one image. The results are breath taking.

Light Painting 3

Light Painting 4

The man behind the work, LICHTFAKTOR, can be found on myspace. You can check out all of his photos in this flickr slideshow. To learn how they did it you can check out their equipment and watch a video of their light painting in action.

– chris


DIY Backyard LCD Projector

June 8, 2007

DIY Projector

Popular Science recently featured a very sexy do-it-yourself backyard theater. Roll this guy out of the garage and you’ll be watching backyard movies in minutes. The rig should only cost you about $400 using new parts and it’ll be cheaper if you scour ebay.

You’re going to need to find someone with some mechanical skill to help put this guy together. Apparently taking apart LCDs is not for the faint of heart.

Outide Project

Weare definitely going to be making one of these in the next couple of weeks, I’ll be sure to spread the word on how things go.

Read more about the project at Popular Science. If you’re ready to proceed just download the instructions and get started.

Happy screening!

– chris

(via Gizmodo)

Turbochef Ovens Residential Redesign

May 29, 2007


Fastcompany has put together a great little slide-show chronicling the design process that went into creating the Turbochef 30″ Double-Wall Speedcook Oven. Turbochef industrial ovens have been used commercially for years to dramatically cut cooking times, but a redesign was in order to sex them up for the residential market.

You can check out Fastcompany’s slide-show or head to Turbochef’s official site if you feel inspired to purchase the real thing.

– chris

Video: Breaking Down Visual Effects

May 23, 2007


This is a great video highlighting the power of visual effects and composition. Apparently the clip was put together to showcase the skills of RI0T Manhattan, a portion of RIOT Inc a bi-coastal production house. The vid features some really fast cutting, but it’s an excellent look for anyone interested in how this stuff works.

To check out more great videos from RIOT head to their official site. Be sure to check out the excellent HOWTO the cut, showing off all the killer effects and composition they put together for a recent Orbitz commercial.

– chris

Classic Art Color Correction

May 4, 2007


Color correcting can be a daunting task. One tutorial that’s been making the rounds, advises using classical art as the basis for an updated color palette. The technique is simple: find a piece of art that matches the look or style you want, then use Photoshop’s Match Color tool to correct each individual section.

It’s quick and dirty, but if the examples given are any indication then the results can be pretty amazing. Check out the tutorial for the full scoop.

– chris

Print Your Videos on 16mm Film

April 25, 2007

Print Film

Looking for an inexpensive way to transfer your video to film? All you need is an inkjet printer and some transparent 8mm or 16mm film. It’s not going to look pretty, but you’re going to get a great gritty version of your video that’s ready to be projected.

Printer Film

Check out the process here, as documented by Jesse England an artist whose work often bridges both film and video. Here are some examples of his results.

A different technique I saw in school was to shoot, cut and then project a video in High Def. Film the projection with a finely tuned 16mm camera and you’ll have your video in beautiful 16mm format.

– chris

(via BoingBoing)

Make Your Own Video Panorama

April 2, 2007


Tired of your typical panoramic photos? Maybe it’s time to move from two dimensions to three. Photojojo, the photography tutorial blog, has just put out a great step-by-step tutorial on making ‘videoramas’. We’re not talking about QuicktimeVR, we’re taking about stitching together multiple video sources to create scenes with an incredible field of view.

The Photojojo tutorial includes instructions for working with Final Cut Pro and Flash Pro. With a little planning and some After Effects magic, you should be able to get a seamless videorama together in no time. You can check out Photojojo’s stitched video here.

Looking for traditional photo panoramas? Check out our coverage of Extreme Resolution Photos.

– chris

p.s. Happy B-Day Photojojo

How To Make a Camera Lens

March 26, 2007

Pinhole Camera

It’s time to appreciate that lens you’re always looking through. The Discovery Channel has a great segment on the incredibly difficult process of manufacturing a lens. The process takes over six weeks and uses tons of hands-on labor.

If you’re feeling inspired and want to make your own telephoto lens, you’re probably out of luck. But you can make your own camera. Bre Pettis of Make has a great video tutorial on how to make a pinhole camera. See the video below:

– chris

Designing A Logo Step-by-Step

March 21, 2007

Humming Bird

“Logo design is legalized gambling. When I take on a project I don’t know if it will take eight hours or five days.”

Mole SkinChuck Green of Ideabook has a great step-by-step tutorial explaining his creative process when designing a logo. It’s not often you get to see inside the mind of another designer, so get out your Moleskine and head on over.

– chris

Photographing Little Planets

March 20, 2007


Seb Przd is an incredible artist who makes his home on flickr. Seb specializes in manipulating photo panoramas to create images that will blow your socks off. In his “Little Planet” series, he makes stereographic projections from equirectangular images. Essentially he stretches extreme panoramas onto globes.


Seb also works with conformal mapping to create Escher-style photography. Feel like giving some of Seb’s techniques a shot? You can check out a few of his tutorials here.

– chris