Creating a Video Montage & B-roll Clips for Stock
For 2023, I'm making a point of shooting more video footage when I go out to take pictures, both for personal and professional use. My Adobe Stock collection is primarily still images and - considering that video pays much better - I'm hoping to create some attractive b-roll to add to my offering on Adobe Stock. Read on to learn more about my first-hand experience.
Enhance your video's audio using Adobe Podcast
Unless you're a professional videographer, you might find that you're shooting video with either your smartphone or digital camera using that device's built-in microphone. While convenient, typically the audio quality is not great - there is often a lot of ambient noise and - depending on your distance from your subject - the audio might even be quite low in volume. You watch the video later and might think, aww if only the sound was better, I'd share this! Read on to learn how to use Adobe Podcast and Premiere Pro to improve existing audio in your film footage.
Hold a Virtual Portfolio Show Using Behance
Graduate exhibitions, portfolio shows, commencements... has your school moved these events online? That in-person student experience can still be maintained by holding a virtual graduate showcase. It's free and easy to manage. How easy? You can get set up in just 7 steps! Read on to learn more.
Create Quick How-to Image Carousels using Adobe Express
A few months back, Adobe Express began supporting multiple pages - or artboards - for graphic projects. This has simplified several aspects of how I use Adobe Express: - centralize social media graphics for a campaign in a single project up to 30 pages/artboards - create and consolidate different aspect ratios for posts - create image carousels Read on to learn how I built out an entire series of how-to image carousels for Instagram
Using Adobe Podcast to Narrate a Short Story
In the fall of 2022, Adobe released a new online beta called Adobe Podcast. The whole idea of this service was to bring audio recording to the masses, making it easy to not only capture audio, but to edit and even produce a recording complete with narration, music, even sound effects, all in one place! Read on to learn more about my first experience with Adobe Podcast, where I take my beloved Christmas story, "A Midnight Clear," and jump from the printed page to the realm of spoken word art.
Working in a 3D World with Substance Stager
I recently began experimenting with one of Adobe's newest tools, Substance Stager. Stager picks up where our former 2D/3D compositing tool, Adobe Dimension, left off, while still remaining fairly easy to use for the novice (like me). Read on to see how I faired in my first serious attempt.
The Campsite - a Substance 3D and Photoshop Project
Recently, I started experimenting with Adobe Substance Stager, to create photo-realistic scenes using my own original photography and 3D models. Virtual Photography, if you will. While I am in the early days of my learning curve, I am enjoying the challenge. In my first project, I focused on adding a couple of wooden rowboats and lifejackets to an early morning photo of the lake near my cottage. While I was pleased with the result. I felt the boats themselves looked a little too new, and I learned that to create that additional realism, I needed to learn how to use Substance Painter. The goal of my second project was to tell a slightly different story - a campsite on the water. Again, I chose a sunrise photo as my background image (background plate). As you can see below, I've included a tent, a campfire, canoe and camp chairs.
Living Room Still Life
Our fireplace and mantle are key features in our living room. In the past, I have used it as a display for my Christmas or Halloween villages. Once, I even created magazine cover shot, here. A couple weeks ago, after missing the chance to catch the actual sun as it streamed across the stone facade, I grabbed one of my Lumecube 2.0 lights on a tiny tripod and did my best to emulate the effect, quickly capturing the shot handheld at ISO 2500. The processed result is the first image. This became one of my Project 365 images. I was so pleased with the photo, I decided to take more time and "do things right." Read on to learn what that means from both photographic and post-production viewpoints.
Learning from Others in Adobe Lightroom
If you're a heavy Lightroom user like I am, more often than not you're in your own library of images, importing, sorting, editing, tweaking and even sharing via social media. Did you know there is a whole other dimension to Lightroom, Lightroom Mobile and Lightroom Web? An inspirational, educational and somewhat social component? Well, there is, in the forms of Discover Edits and Learn Tutorials. In this article, I'll be focussing on the Discover Edits view; what it is, how to use it and how to share your own edits.
Using Stock Imagery to Illustrate the Written Word
Many years ago, I wrote a Christmas story, A Midnight Clear. It remains one of the favorites I've written. I have shared it as a text-based web story and PDF over the years, during the holiday season and it's been well received by those who read it. But...I always felt it was missing one key element - illustrations. I do not have the wherewithal or skill to create actual illustrations, and while I have a large photographic collection, I had no hope of using my work to properly visualize this story. Enter stock photography and illustrations, specifically Adobe Stock. As both a creative professional and contributor to Adobe Stock, I saw an opportunity to do the story justice with proper, professional imagery and to truly showcase how stock assets can enhance and support the written word...
Outward Bound - A Sunrise Photo Shoot for Stock
This article talks about a recent sunrise photoshoot I did to build up my AdobeStock portfolio.
Replacing Color to Remove Brand Identity
Recently in my drives around the Kawartha area near the cottage, I’ve been fortunate to be able to capture not just gorgeous fields of wheat and rye, but also to view the harvesting process. I captured some great images, but quickly realized that to be acceptable for Adobe Stock, I would need to remove branding elements from the machinery. What I didn’t realize at the time, was how far that process would extend.
Making your (water)mark in Lightroom Mobile
Here's a brief tutorial on how to configure your watermark when using the recently updated (December 2019) version of Lightroom Mobile.
Guerrilla Marketing with Adobe Stock & Adobe Portfolio
There is a somewhat symbiotic relationship between Adobe Stock (Adobe's stock content service, integrated into Creative Cloud) and Adobe Portfolio (quick and simple web site creation tool and hosting service for creatives). In this article, I’ll share with you a couple of techniques that can help generate more awareness (and sales) of your Adobe Stock contributions.
Adobe Stock and Creative Cloud Libraries
Recently, I've been writing a series of articles on the connections between Creative Cloud Libraries and Adobe Stock. I'm very pleased to say that I've completed the series, as Spark Page projects! Initially, I had written one very long article on the subject. But, Spark Page does not support any kind of internal page navigation (liked named anchors) I decided that it would be easier for people to focus in on their specific challenges by breaking up the article into segments. This idea also inspired another article, focused on collaboration. I'm adding links to all four projects here.
Searching with Sensei
Adobe Stock just broke the 150-million asset ceiling this March, but a huge collection of great content doesn't mean much if you can't quickly find what you need. With that sentiment in mind, I dig deep into searching for assets on Adobe Stock and talk about the various ways that Adobe's Artificial Intelligence, Sensei, can help you find what you need, fast.
Using Adobe Stock with Creative Cloud Libraries
Ever wondered about the connection between Adobe Stock and Creative Cloud Libraries? Well, wonder no more; check out my latest article about this integration.
Working with Lightroom Mobile and Photoshop Mix
From Analog to Digital - Retouching the Film
I've recently started digitizing my decades-old slide collection. One of the challenges I've had is dust/dirt/residue on the film itself. This project shows the improvements I've been able to make using Lightroom and Photoshop to clean up the images.
Lightroom Smartens Up
If you weren't paying attention last week, something crazy cool happened to Lightroom. It's learning to see. Read on to learn more about Technology Previews within Lightroom.
Star Light, Star Bright
Don't Delete it; Dehaze it!
I've been reviewing some of my images lately, from trips taken in the past couple years and - as I do from time to time - have reprocessed several. In some cases it was to do b/w conversions, in other cases it was to see how new features in Lightroom might help. In yet other situations, it was to totally reconsider the initial rejection of an image for either aesthetics or some other lack of visual impact.
Social Media Imagery with Adobe Post
A few months ago, Adobe released a new and free mobile app called Adobe Post. Simply put, Adobe Post is a fun and fast way for anyone (and I mean anyone) to create stunning social graphics. You pick a photo, add text, and apply some design filters to instantly create beautiful designs.
Working with Adobe Fuse, Lightroom and Photoshop
December 1st, 2015 was a little like Christmas morning for many creatives; Adobe released huge updates to many of the Creative Cloud apps. I'll talk about one of the new releases called Adobe Fuse (Preview). What I find really interesting, is its integration with Photoshop! What follows is the overall workflow I used from start to finish to blend a newly created 3D character with one of my existing photos. I won't go into exhaustive detail on how to build a character, but will outline the process of how I got to my final scene.
Working with HDR - a progression
HDR Processing with iPhone, Photoshop and Lightroom
Moonrise Over Lake Ontario - A Photo Composite Project
Creating image collages in Lightroom
Same image, 7 years apart
Lightroom Processing and Virtual Copies
Before and After - Revisited
From iPhone to Lightroom to Lomo
iPhone Panoramic to Lightroom Beauty
Getting the "right look" with Lightroom CC/6 HDR
From Day to Night - A Lightroom CC/6 project
Super Moon Composite Tutorial