Flash Techniques for Location Portraiture: Single and Multiple-Flash Lighting Techniques

Small-flash photography has become widely popular because of its portability and affordability, and this book offers insights on mastering the use of small-unit, hot shoe–mounted flashes called flashguns. Demonstrating the various light modifiers, techniques, and setups designed for these small powerhouses of light, the book explores how to achieve creative results from working with a single flashgun, multiple flashguns, and colored filters, as well as making adjustments with the camera’s white-balance settings. The guide lists the tools required for location-portrait photography and discusses different lighting setups—from shooting in direct sunlight to night and low-light photos—for various location-portrait situations, giving photographers the confidence to make lighting decisions to produce professional results.

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A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO USING ADOBE PREMIERE PRO BASICS VIDEO EDITING TECHNIQUES

Adobe Premiere Pro for Absolute Beginners … In this bookI will show you how to create a small film project in Premiere Pro from start to finish. … You have to define the location where you want your project to be saved on your hard drive and which locations Adobe Premiere Pro will use for temporary files.

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Final Cut Pro X Beyond the Basics: Advanced Techniques for Editors

Going beyond where introductory books leave off and written for experienced editors, especially those new to Final Cut Pro X, this new and revised edition of Final Cut Pro X Beyond the Basics is brimming with cutting-edge methods to bring your editing skills to the next level. Explained in jargon-free language by a seasoned teacher and digital editor, Tom Wolsky’s text has been fully updated to address the new Final Cut Pro X 10.3 interface and changes to the software. This full-color workshop features tutorials that provide firsthand experience on the art and technique of editing at an advanced level with Final Cut Pro X, as well as in-depth information and time-saving tips that will allow you to master the application’s interface elements, tools, and nuances. Wolsky covers all the bases, including:

    • Library workflows and collaboration;
    • Media organization and metadata customization for different genres;
    • Editing techniques for projects of various lengths and types;
    • Using markers and the timeline index;
    • Audio tools;
    • Multicam editing;
    • Audio and video effects;
    • Color correction, including secondary corrections and isolated color adjustments;
    • Compositing and complex animation.

An accompanying eResource features downloadable Final Cut Pro X project libraries for the tutorials discussed in the book, offering readers hands-on examples of the techniques and practices covered.

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The Cool Stuff in Premiere Pro: Learn advanced editing techniques to dramatically speed up your workflow

Gain in-depth knowledge of Premiere Pro, and learn how the software “thinks.” You’ll acquire new skills that will help you choose the best workflow for your project, and simplify and accelerate your video editing process. 
Learn how you can edit a lot faster with smarter workflows that automate several steps in the editing process. You’ll also see how custom settings, presets, keyboard shortcuts and templates saves hours of work. By tailoring the software to your needs you save clicks on just about every task. With many traditional jobs now being done by one person, its important to understand audio smoothing, color grading, motion graphics, and advanced editing techniques. You’ll learn these skills and disciplines and see how they’ll enhance your project’s workflow. 

All the authors are professional editors and want to know exactly how to cut your film as fast as possible with top quality output. There is invaluable information in The Cool Stuff in Premiere Pro that’s not available anywhere else – not even in Adobe’s own manuals.
What You’ll Learn
  • Edit faster, no matter what the project
  • Understand the technical stuff, like timeline settings, render codecs, color subsampling, export settings, effect controls and monitor settings
  • Know when to send your clips to other Adobe software, and how to treat them there. 
  • Master the Premiere Pro timeline, even stacks of timelines, and edit, trim and adjust with ease
Who This Book Is For
  • Video journalists (and everyone else) will learn how to edit faster and get home in time for dinner.
  • Bloggers will learn how to make their online video and audio “pop”.
  • Film cutters will learn how to organize, rough cut and fine tune huge amounts of material effectively and how to output for digital cinema.
  • Experienced video editors will learn how to deal with multi-track audio and to work faster in every step of the edit.
  • Marketing people who edit video for social media and web pages will learn simpler ways to make a faster cut.
  • Teachers in media studies will understand the logic in Premiere Pro, and be better prepared for teaching video editing. 

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Mastering MultiCamera Techniques: From Preproduction to Editing and Deliverables

From a basic two-camera interview to an elaborate 26 camera HD concert film, this comprehensive guide presents a platform-agnostic approach to the essential techniques required to set up and edit a multi-camera project. Actual case studies are used to examine specific usages of multi-camera editing and include a variety of genres including concerts, talk shows, reality programming, sit-coms, documentaries for television, event videography and feature films. Other features include:
* Advanced multi-camera techniques and specialty work-flows are examined for tapeless & large scale productions with examples from network TV shows, corporate media projects, event videography, and feature films.
* New techniques for 3D projects, 2k/4k media management and color correction are revealed.
* Technical breakdowns analyze system requirements for monitoring, hard drives & RAIDs, RAM, codecs and computer platforms.
* Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro and several other software programs are detailed.
* Tables, charts, screen-grabs, photos, web-links, blogs, tech school lists and other resource tools for further study.
* Unique interviews with the ‘Masters of Multi-Cam’ including EMMY and academy award-winning directors and editors who share their project notes and give insight to award-winning techniques.

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The Practical Guide to Documentary Editing: Techniques for TV and Film

The Practical Guide to Documentary Editing sets out the techniques, the systems and the craft required to edit compelling professional documentary television and film. Working stage by stage through the postproduction process, author Sam Billinge explores project organization, assembling rushes, sequence editing, music and sound design, story structure, and the defining relationship between editor and director.

Written by a working documentary editor with over a decade’s experience cutting films for major British and international broadcasters, The Practical Guide to Documentary Editing offers a unique introduction to the craft of documentary editing, and provides working and aspiring filmmakers with the tools to master the art.

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Modern Post: Workflows and Techniques for Digital Filmmakers

With the shift from film to digital, today’s filmmakers are empowered by an arsenal of powerful, creative options with which to tell their story. Modern Post examines and demystifies these tools and workflows and demonstrates how these decisions can empower your storytelling.


Using non-technical language, authors Scott Arundale and Tashi Trieu guide you through everything you should consider before you start shooting. They begin with a look to past methodologies starting with traditional film techniques and how they impact current trends. Next they offer a look at the latest generation of digital camera and capture systems. The authors move on to cover:

* Preproduction- what camera is best for telling your story and why, budgeting for post
* Production- on-set data management, dailies, green screen, digital cinematography
* Postproduction- RAW vs. compressed footage, editing, visual effects, color correction, sound and deliverables including DCP creation


The book features cutting-edge discussion about the role of the digital imaging technician (DIT), how you can best use the Cloud, motion graphics, sound design, and much more. Case studies show you these solutions being applied in real-world situations, and the companion website features videos of techniques discussed in the book, as well as timely updates about technological changes in the landscape. www.focalpress.com/cw/arundale

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Color Correction Look Book: Creative Grading Techniques for Film and Video (Digital Video & Audio Editing Courses)

The digital colorist’s job is no longer to simply balance, fix, and optimize. Today’s filmmakers often want to recreate the idiosyncrasies of older recording methods, or are looking for something completely new, to differentiate the look of a given project. Furthermore, end-to-end digital shooting, postproduction, and distribution means that stylizations and effects once created by the film lab are no longer photochemically available. The color grading suite has become the lab, and these sorts of stylizations are now part of the colorist’s job description.
In this follow-up volume to the bestseller Color Correction Handbook, Alexis Van Hurkman walks you through twenty-one categories of creative grading techniques, designed to give you an arsenal of stylizations you can pull out of your hat when the client asks for something special, unexpected, and unique. Each chapter presents an in-depth examination and step-by-step, cross-platform breakdown of stylistic techniques used in music videos, commercial spots, and cinema. These customizable techniques can be mixed and matched for your own unique effects and include:

• bleach bypass looks
• cross-processing simulation
• day-for-night treatments
• emulating film stocks
• flat looks
• glows, blooms, and gauze looks
• grain, noise, and texture
• greenscreen compositing workflows
• lens flaring and veiling glare
• light leaks and color bleeds
• monitor and screen glow
• monochrome looks
• sharpening
• tints and color washes
• undertones
• vibrance and targeted saturation
• and many more!

 

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The DSLR Filmmaker’s Handbook: Real-World Production Techniques

A how-to guide for getting professional-quality video from your DSLR

Shooting HD Video with a video-enabled DSLR has many benefits and some tricky drawbacks that digital filmmakers and videographers can overcome to get professional results. The DSLR Filmmaker’s Handbook helps filmmakers harness the HD video capabilities of their DSLRs to create professional-level video. Packed with professionally-tested techniques, this indispensible book serves as a training guide for the complex steps that must be taken before, during, and after filming. * Teaches you the key tools and techniques for using your DSLR to shoot high-quality, professional-level video * Distills dense information about filmmaking and filters it down to easily understood granules * Shows you what to expect and what to avoid with your DSLR and how to maximize the visual look of your film * Shares tools and techniques that have been used in real-world, independent movie-making environments

The DSLR Filmmaker’s Handbook shows you how to overcome any tricky drawbacks that you may face while shooting HD video with your DSLR.

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Adobe Premiere Pro Studio Techniques (Digital Video & Audio Editing Courses)

Ready to learn not just the hows but also the whys behind the most powerful features of Adobe Premiere Pro? Whether you need to boost your editing skills, composite shots, or fix your audio, you’ll see immediate results when you incorporate these tested and proven techniques from the pros. Adobe Premiere Pro Studio Techniques inspires you to take your work to the next level with real-world examples and insider techniques. In it, you’ll get an in-depth view into Premiere Pro and how it works, cutting through the fat to focus on the most essential features and workflows to help busy professionals perform their jobs faster and smoother.

This book goes beyond conventional step-by-step instruction, teaching you the art behind editing video that you can adapt for countless projects.

  • Real solutions from real professionals: Learn from the top trainers and pros who know Premiere Pro in and out and explain the concepts in a clear, easy-to-read format.
  •  Editing essentials: No matter how sophisticated your editing projects, they all begin with the same building blocks. Find out what you’ve been missing about Timeline edits, trimming, creating transitions, setting audio levels, color and light matching, keying and matting, working with a variety of video formats, and more.
  • Advanced techniques: You’ll learn best-practice techniques for setting up your system, organizing your projects, editing for single and multicam shots, perfecting the audio mix, fixing problems with color, compositing your shots, exporting your projects, and managing your workflow, including workflows with other Adobe Creative Cloud tools such as SpeedGrade and Audition.
  • Project files provided:  Work along with many of the techniques using the provided HD video clips and project files. For access, go to www.peachpit.com/redeem and redeem the unique code provided inside this book.

Adobe Premiere Pro Studio Techniques will thrust you deeper into ideas and advanced methods of working with the tools. Along the way you’ll learn a bunch of tricks that make you more proficient in not only the end result, but in the details of getting there; quicker ways to get things done, shortcuts, workflow tips and ways to make your content look better and your flow to be more efficient.–From the Foreword by Jacob Rosenberg, director of Waiting for Lighting and CTO of Bandito Brothers

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Out of Order: Storytelling Techniques for Video and Cinema Editors (Digital Video & Audio Editing Courses)

Most video and film editors understand that the story is central to their work and that editing choices need to serve the telling of that story in the best way possible. What they may not know, however, are all the valuable techniques to making this craft appear seamless and part of the busy editor’s normal workflow. This book takes an approach to editing that both beginners and intermediate editors will find refreshing. While other books approach the topic of editing by teaching the functions of the editing software, this book explains how you can make smart choices and use those functions to affect the story.

In the book you’ll learn workflow tips, time saving techniques, linear and non-linear theory, cutting techniques, enhancing emotion through music and sound effects, leveling and mastering audio, color correction, and most importantly, the role editing can have on the telling of the story.

Additional techniques are shown through multiple step-by-step videos available on the author’s site as well as clips from a documentary the author created on editing.

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Color Correction Handbook: Professional Techniques for Video and Cinema (2nd Edition) (Digital Video & Audio Editing Courses)

The colorist is responsible for the critical final stage of refinement of the film and broadcast image. Using all of the controls modern color correction software provides, colorists refine the mood, create style, add polish to scenes, and breathe life into the visuals. The craft of color correction can take considerable trial and error to learn, while the art of color grading takes years to perfect. Alexis Van Hurkman draws on his wealth of industry experience to provide a thoroughly updated edition of what has become the standard guide to color correction. Using a friendly, clear teaching style and a slew of real-world examples and anecdotes, Alexis demonstrates how to achieve professional results for any project, using any number of dedicated grading applications, or even an editing program’s built-in color correction tools.

From the most basic methods for evaluating and correcting an overall image to the most advanced targeted corrections and creative stylizations, Color Correction Handbook, Second Edition, is your one-stop guide. Among many valuable concepts and techniques, you’ll learn to:

•    Set up a professional color correction environment using the latest technologies and adhere to the most up-to-date standards

•    Work with log-encoded media and LUTs

•    Analyze shots quickly and correct errors of color and exposure

•    Create idealized adjustments for key features such as skin tone, skies, and product shots

•    Develop strategies for balancing clips in a scene to match one another for continuity, and grading greenscreen clips destined for visual effects

•    Master a variety of stylistic techniques used to set a scene’s mood

•    Apply principles of color and contrast to add depth and visual interest

•    Browse valuable research about memory colors, audience preferences, and critical corrections for achieving appealing skin tones and controlled  environments

•    Follow along with the downloadable files that accompany this book, including HD footage, cross-platform exercises, and project files.

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