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DSLR Video Tips: What is a follow focus?

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On this week’s episode of DSLR Video Tips, we’ll look at a piece of gear called a follow focus that makes it easier to get repeatable, sharp focus. We’ll examine how a follow focus works, and techniques for using one in the field.

  • Learn the benefits of using a follow focus, the essential parts of a follow focus system, and how to put one together.
  • Learn how to set up marks for your talent, as well as marks on the follow focus—so that you can quickly repeat focus as objects or people move through the scene.
  • Our special guest Kevin Bradley shares his techniques for operating follow focus, and Robbie tries his hand at the task of “focus puller.”
  • After the shoot, we’ll head back to the studio to take a look at the results and discuss how the follow focus helped us, and what we could have done better.
A follow focus is a great addition to any DSLR filmmaker’s kit, and it can help you get consistent, reproducible focus. Join us and learn more as we head into the field on a real-world music video shoot for musician Jason Masi.
Remember, each week’s episode is free for seven days–so tell all your video and photography friends to
check it out.
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DSLR Video Tips: How Do I Shoot in Small Places?

Have you checked out the new and enhanced DSLR Video Tips series? Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman head out into the field weekly to explore practical tips for all levels of shooters. In this week’s episode, we tackle shooting in small places. You’ll learn how we get great shots where there’s very little room to fit a crew.

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  • Learn how to use small lights to shoot in small places. LED lighting along with batteries pull off great light inside a car.
  • We walk through how to use wide-angle lenses to shoot in small places. Learn how affordable prime lenses can open up a scene to fit more action. We also demo how a GoPro camera can give you more options for shooting in tight quarters.
  • We’ll look at options to mount cameras to windows and smooth surfaces, including mini tripods and GorillaPods for positioning cameras into cracks and gaps.
  • Learn how to use an ad hoc Wi-Fi network to control cameras wirelessly. We’ll also show one of our favorite new tools—the CamRanger—for adjusting, focusing, and controlling a DSLR with an iPad.
  • After the shoot, we’ll look at the raw results, straight from the camera. You’ll see what worked, what didn’t, and how to improve the shot next time.
We’ve got a bunch of great stuff as we go out into the field. We’re joined by special guest Kevin Bradley, and take you onto a real-world shoot behind the scenes of a music video for musician Jason Masi.
Remember, each week’s episode is free for 7 days. So tell all your video and photography friends to check it out, and
try the show for free.
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A Great Article on Learning Online and Offline

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Lynda Weinman (yes the creator of Lynda.com) recently posted a very interesting article. She looks at the strengths and weaknesses of online learning. She also raises important questions and concerns about the skills that are being lost as face to face educational opportunities decrease.

The article will take about 10 minutes to read and is highly recommended.
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I Have a Free Time-lapse Workshop in New York City on 3/12


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I'll be teaching a free workshop in New York City on Time-lapse Photography (sponsored by Drobo).
Getting Started with Time-lapse Photography and Keeping Those Thousands of Images Safe Sponsored by Drobo Tuesday, March 12, 2013 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sign up here
  • Event Type: Photography, Software
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Speakers: Richard Harrington

Here's the official description of the event:
DSLRs can produce amazing photos and video… but how about compelling video created from hundreds of still images? In this seminar you’ll learn how to create dynamic time-lapse video and use photographic techniques to achieve amazing dynamic range and super high resolution. Rich finds that time-lapse is a great creative outlet that almost any photographer can learn in just a few hours.
You'll learn the whole process from shoot to post… with an emphasis on speed and practicality. You’ll learn how the addition of a simple intervalometer to your existing DSLR kit can open up all new creative outlets. No expensive gear to get started, just a clear path and streamlined workflow. You'll also learn Rich's data management approach from field to studio to keep all those images safe. Finally, put the images together with popular tools like Photoshop, Premiere Pro, or Final Cut Pro.

Sign up here
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Time-lapse & Panoramic Photography Field Workshop


I'm teaching a two-part
Time-Lapse & Panoramic Photography Workshop at the NAB show. Join me for a classroom tutorial and hands-on afternoon field trip to Red Rock Park where you will capture shots of the park and sunset. Attendees will learn the best practices and techniques for shooting time-lapse video and panoramic photography in one of the most scenic settings in the country. Space is limited.

Time 12:00 — 9:00 (lunch and snacks included)
Saturday, April 6
Register Here
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Don't Miss SCU (Skip Cohen University)

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I am honored to have been invited to guest lecture at Skip Cohen University. This event is a great opportunity to learn from top pros in an intimate location. You get a ton of direct interaction with both the faculty and the students. The first program: a day-and-a-half live workshop and launch event in Las Vegas, March 8-9. Registration information and extra details are
here.

Skip Cohen University’s team, or “faculty,” as it were, include Dean of the Wedding School: Clay Blackmore; Dean of the Portrait School: Matthew Jordan Smith; Dean of Video/Fusion: Rich Harrington; Dean of Marketing: Scott Bourne; Dean of Students: Michele Celentano, and more to be announced.

In case you're not familiar with Skip, let me say he is one of the most knowledgable and generous educators in the photo industry. A few career highlights.
  • Former President of Hasselblad USA
  • Past President/Chief Operating Officer of Rangefinder Publishing Inc.
  • Current President/Founder of Marketing Essentials International and the Photo Resource Hub
  • Ran Rangefinder Magazine, After Capture Magazine, the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International Association and the WPPI Convention and Trade Show
  • Vice President of the Photographic Manufacturer’s and Distributor’s Association
  • Author of six photography books

Some of you may have heard of his great event called
Skip Cohen’s summer school. The event has now expanded in both dates and scope. I highly recommend you keep an eye on this event and consider attending.

"We’ve decided to do something radical. We’re going to go back to basics. To human handshakes, telephone calls, meetings that happen face-to-face in a room full of people who share a passion for photography. If you want to learn, you need a variety of tools – including hands-on education with outstanding instructors who know how to teach and can give you the time you need to develop your skills. Sure, we’ll do stuff online. We’ll offer webinars, blog posts and podcasts, Google Hangouts and more. But there will always be humans behind everything we offer, and a chance to interact with them in real life. You need a network of vendors and associates who help you through those challenges you face in growing your skills and business. You need the ability to customize your own program in order to grow at your own pace without waiting in lines, dealing with crowded giant ballroom programs and never feeling the intimacy of building new friendships with your peers and instructors. Welcome to Skip Cohen University."


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Amazon Wins EU Battle Over E-Book Pricing

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It looks like  European Union regulators will end the antitrust probe over e-book pricing.  Apple and four publishers made an offer which Amazon accepted to ease price restrictions.  This agreement allows Amazon to sell books cheaper than other outlets if they choose (even below cost as a loss leader).
For the full story,
head over to Reuters.
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Free Webinar on Apple iBooks Author

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Getting started with iBooks Author — Free Webinar

Don't miss this FREE webinar brought to you by TAP!2013. You'll learn the essentials to working with Apple iBooks Author.

The workshop is Monday, October 22, 2:00pm EST

Get a free taste of the TAP! 2013 conference? Get a quick start guide to getting up and running with Apple iBooks Author from certified

Apple instructor Rich Harrington! He'll give you a detailed introduction to using the iBooks Author platform. In 45 minutes you’ll find out what it takes to be on your way to your next digital creation. You’ll get an insider's view on new in-app features such as photo galleries, video, audio, and interactive photos!

Join us Monday, October 22, at 2:00pm EST!

Register for Free here – The event is ONLINE and Totally Free.
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Free Webinar and Book for Photoshop Educators & Instructors

Register for "Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6 with Richard Harrington"

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Want to know what's new in Photoshop CS6? Join author and college instructor Richard Harrington for an overview of the best new features. Qualified instructors can also receive a desk copy of his book, Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6 and its accompanying lesson files and video training on DVD.
Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6 is crafted for use in the classroom and provides a rich learning experience for beginning and intermediate Photoshop students. The book includes 108 video training tutorials that illustrate and expand on the lessons in the book (a perfect edition for motivating students to learn who refuse to read). In addition, the book includes the following teaching materials:

• lesson files with hundreds of images for the exercises in the book
• interactive quizzes for each chapter
• bonus exercises including images

If you'd like to sample the book prior to the presentation please contact your local Pearson representative for instructor copy requests.

Register for this presentation here:
https://pearsononline.webex.com/pearsononline/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=802139180.
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Free Webinar and Book for Photoshop Educators & Instructors

Register for "Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6 with Richard Harrington"

uapcs6
Want to know what's new in Photoshop CS6? Join author and college instructor Richard Harrington for an overview of the best new features. Qualified instructors can also receive a desk copy of his book, Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6 and its accompanying lesson files and video training on DVD.
Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6 is crafted for use in the classroom and provides a rich learning experience for beginning and intermediate Photoshop students. The book includes 108 video training tutorials that illustrate and expand on the lessons in the book (a perfect edition for motivating students to learn who refuse to read). In addition, the book includes the following teaching materials:

• lesson files with hundreds of images for the exercises in the book
• interactive quizzes for each chapter
• bonus exercises including images

If you'd like to sample the book prior to the presentation please contact your local Pearson representative for instructor copy requests.

Register for this presentation here:
https://pearsononline.webex.com/pearsononline/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=802139180.
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Join Me for a Time-lapse and Panoramic Workshop at NAB

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DSLR Time-Lapse Video Workshop and Field Trip* - NEW
Saturday, April 12; 12 – 9 p.m.
New for 2012, Post|Production World registrants may add this two-part Workshop featuring a three-hour session on best practices and techniques for shooting time-lapse video and panoramic photography and a Field Trip to Red Rock National Conservation Area. Registration includes round-trip transportation, lunch, and onsite small group instruction while capturing the western sunset. Participants must bring their own DSLR camera and tripod. Space is extremely limited.


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A DSLR Video Workshop in Iceland

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I really hope some of you can attend this great workshop I am teaching with Vincent Laforet and RC Concepcion called “A Story In Motion”

“…This workshop is the first of its kind. A comprehensive look at all things to do with motion storytelling. If you thought that a single image can move a person, imagine what a few moments in video can do. This workshop is not about button pushing and camera settings (though you’ll get plenty of technical expertise). You’ll learn how to create compelling video that captures both stories of Iceland’s people and enthralling footage to illustrate the story.”


If you’re interested, feel free to click on the picture above or click on this link.
Im absolutely excited that you’d want to join us.  I could not think of a more beautiful place to record videos and stills – this trip will be the most memorable!!

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Tis The Season – Holiday Photo Clinic

Photoshop Holiday Photo Clinic from Richard Harrington on Vimeo.



Join me as I tackle 12 holiday images. This in-depth class will show you how to fix both standard and advanced problems that often plague holiday photos. If you like my training be sure to check out my books,
Understanding Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop for Video.


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Want to Recharge Your Video Editing Mojo? Join Me at Editor's Retreat 2012 (Discount Code)

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I have been going to the Editor's Retreat event for almost 15 years (back when it was known as the Avid Master Editor Workshop). This is a great event that lets professional editors get together for several days of learning and networking in a small intimate event. The next time its being held is February 1–5 in Austin, Texas.

Editors Retreat from Editors Retreat on Vimeo.

Now in its fifth year, the Editors Retreat has become an annual gathering for the post-production elite. Highly experienced editors from the worlds of film, TV and video come together to network, exchange ideas, share tips and of course, have fun! To ensure that only the best of the best attend, participation is subject to an application and screening process.



The Editors Retreat is an intensive, interactive environment for TV, video and film editors that fosters creativity and the exchange of ideas at the highest level.Now in its sixth year, the Editors Retreat has become an annual gathering for the post-production elite. Highly experienced editors  come together to network, exchange ideas, share tips and of course, have fun!  Running for 5 days and 4 nights, the Editors Retreat offers advanced sessions on post, visual and audio techniques and features valuable insight into emerging trends and technologies.  

Keynote attendees have included such names as Alan Heim, Sally Menke, Geoffrey Richman, Dan Lebental and Maysie Hoy.  Retreat attendees are known to walk away with incredible raffle prizes and swag, often worth more than cost of attending!


For more info visit : 
EditorsRetreat.com
Special 10% Discount Code  :  ERRH12


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