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Saturday, March 30, 2013

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21 Frank Sinatra quotes to make you feel better about yourself

21 Frank Sinatra quotes to make you feel better about yourself:

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As an actor, singer, producer, and director, Ol’ Blue Eyes set the standard of masculinity in his day, and in turn the Chairman of the Board left us with some of the most memorable quotes from any celebrity ever capture the attention of the masses. Whether it be on how to treat a lady, or carry oneself in public, we can all find timeless wisdom in the countless Frank Sinatra quotes that are bittersweetly a large portion of his legacy that we’re left with after his passing in 1998. Without question Frank Sinatra is one of the most iconic celebrities in American history.

Popular quotes can serve both as a reminder of humility, a source of humor and a catalyst of inspiration. So if popular quotes is what you fancy then be sure to check out past editions of this post here.


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Converting Images to Black and White Properly

Converting Images to Black and White Properly:
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by: David Wahlman of Wahlman Photography
Recently I was asked about the process of converting images to black & white; namely when to know the image would be good for it. So in this post I’m going to talk about when to convert an image to black & white and then how to do it in Photoshop without loosing quality.

When To Create A Black & White Image

There are about three ideas that come to my mind when I evaluate whether I should convert an image to black & white (here on referred  to as b&w).
  1. First of all, and somewhat obviously, what is your desired outcome? Is your client specifically asking for b&w images? Are you entering a b&w photo contest? Are you doing a gallery set of b&w (because, generally speaking it doesn’t look too good to have just one or two b&w mixed in with colors. You want a good balance.)? Like I said, it should be pretty obvious that your outcome needs to be considered, but it was worth saying.
  2. Second, you should consider the value range of the image. In photography the term “value” speaks of darks vs lights. So when I say to judge the image’s value range, I’m talking about if you have deep blacks and bright whites. What’s your dynamic range like? For the most part, ‘flat’ images don’t look very good in b&w. Traditional b&w have good contrast and well spread value all across the histogram. So, if your image has these elements, then it may be a good choice for converting into a b&w.
  3. I’ll be doing a post soon on color theory and color relationship, but if you have odd colors or colors that don’t work well together, then it may be a good candidate for being converted to b&w. Let’s just face it, some colors don’t really work well together. B&w may be a good way to avoid these colors but keep the great shot.
  4. Just a tip, if you squint your eyes while looking at an image, you will see less color and more of the total value. This can be good for getting an idea of if your image has good value range.

How To Convert A Color Image To Black & White

Alright, now lets talk about how to convert your image, because there is a right and wrong way. You may get the same result, but if you do it wrong you actually loose quality (to be technical, you sacrifice bytes of information). For this article I’m going to be talking about using Adobe Photoshop. There is conversion software that you can buy, but for all intensive purposes, why pay extra when you can do it in Photoshop really easily.

Step 1

If you found an image that you want to convert, then step one would be opening the image in Photoshop. For my example, I’m using one of my wedding photographs that you may have seen on my website. It was shot during the first dance and I just really love this photo in b&w.
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Step 2

Screen Shot 2013 03 05 at 8 13 57 PMNext, most people would try to go to the top menu, go to Image>Mode and change the color profile to “Grayscale.”
Don’t do this!
Long story short, you’re actually changing the color profile, which means you will lose pixel information in your colors. You don’t want that; you want to retain as much information in your image as possible.
What you want to do is use the black & white adjustments. You can access this either by going to the top menu to Image>Adjustments>Black&White or in your side bar click on the adjustments button (as shown in picture) and then click on the b&w icon, which is the black and white box divided diagonally.

Step 3

Screen Shot 2013 03 05 at 8 14 10 PMOnce you’ve clicked this, you should see adjustments for the value of each color (see image). Notice that Photoshop has kept track of colors in the image. It’s just displaying them as b&w, but your keeping the information in tack.
This also gives you more control on editing your b&w cause you can adjust it by color section now. Be aware, that you don’t want to push the limits on these colors too much, you’ll start to see ‘clipping’ in gradient colors such as skies. You’ll see it in your preview as you do it, then you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Step 4

After this, you can use these other adjustments (which act as smart layers, if you know what that means. It’s a good thing) to adjust the image how ever you need; exposure, contrast, levels, curves, filters, etc.

Step 5

After you’ve done all the editing you feel you need to do you should hopefully have an image you’re pleased with as a final. From you there you can save it however you need and depending on your desired outcome.
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David Wahlman is a wedding and portrait photographer from Redding, CA. He works all around California and is aiming to get into destination photography. You can see his best work at www.wahlmanphotography.com and follow his updates on his facebook page.

Post originally from: Digital Photography Tips.



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Converting Images to Black and White Properly

Friday, March 29, 2013

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Matt Allen’s “Pot of Glue”: The Writing Posse!

Matt Allen’s “Pot of Glue”: The Writing Posse!:

Matt Allen at January's "Save the Cat!" one-day event in Los Angeles
Matt Allen at January's "Save the Cat!" one-day event in Los Angeles

Our guest blogger, Matt Allen, has been a working screenwriter since 1999 when he and his writing partner, Caleb Wilson, sold their first spec script, Manchild, to New Line Cinema. Since then, Allen & Wilson have worked steadily for Universal, Paramount, Warner Brothers, Fox, Lionsgate, and many others. Matt and Caleb are best known for their original Vince Vaughn & Reese Witherspoon comedy, Four Christmases, as well as their adaptation for 2010’s surfing drama, Soul Surfer.
Want to create great content faster? Form a writing posse!
Let’s face it, writing can be a slow and isolating process. Most of us have more ideas than we have the time to write them. That said,  if you had a group of writers working with you toward the same goal, you’d be able to end that isolation and write a hell of a lot faster.
Think about it: television writers write fast and often with great quality. How do they do it? Episodic television is written with groups of writers who work out story, character, and dialogue in the writer’s room. A team of writer’s can brainstorm, analyze, outline, and write a story much faster than just one writer. Wouldn’t it be great if you could create your own writer’s room like they do in television? Oh that’s right — you can.
Myself and a group of five other screenwriters founded a writing team, The Job Factory, back in 2003. The experience has made me a much better screenwriter, and created opportunities that never would have existed before.
The group formed organically when our literary manager began hosting writer gatherings in his conference room after work. We’d get together once a month and pitch each other ideas that we were working on, and give notes on each other’s scripts. Some of us became fast friends, and one night we got the idea to write a movie together — six of us at the time.
We met the following weekend, talked about the movie we wanted to write, and quickly wrote a (Save the Cat!) outline for it. We liked what we came up with, and decided to write the first act right away. Saturday night we all went to our respective shitty apartments and wrote five pages each, then one of us stitched the pages together. By Sunday morning we had a 30 page “Frankenscript.”
That afternoon we had a notes session, made some adjustments and BAM! We had the first act of a feature script that was pretty damn good. So good, in fact, that we sent the pages to the Wayans Brothers. Long story short — they loved it, and three weeks later we sold the project to a studio.
The Job Factory is comprised of myself, Josh Cagan, Jon Davis, Rob McKittrick, and Caleb Wilson. Since writing that first Wayans’ script, we’ve gone on to write a couple of feature scripts for Disney, two TV pilots, and a slew of rewrite gigs. Most recently, the Job Factory wrote a short film/promo called “Bananapocalypse” for director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 3,4,5, and 6). The promo was directed by Justin to announce the launch of his new Youtube network, YOMYOMF - You Offend Me You Offend My Family.
On top of that, we just completed our web series for YOMYOMF entitled, “Jon Davis Gets a Sex Robot,” which will premier this summer. As you can see, aside from all of our solo careers, the Job Factory has generated a lot of extra work, and it was only made possible because we are a part of the team.
Going forward as development dollars shrink in Hollywood, I truly believe that more and more movie studios will employ writing teams to speed up development and save money.
ADVANTAGES OF WRITING IN A TEAM
Speed

Most of us can write at least four or five “good” pages a day. If you’re a part of a five-person writing team, that’s 20 pages a day — minimum. Using this process, you can have a workable first draft in less than a week.
Kills the Urge to Procrastinate

For us procrastinating writers, I find it infinitely helpful knowing that if I don’t complete my task, I am letting down more than just myself. I don’t want to be the guy who doesn’t get his pages in on time. Knowing that a team is counting on you forces you to not slack off — as much.
Fun

Do you like fun? Me too. If you’re writing with people you like and respect, you’re going to have fun.
Become a Better Writer

Being forced to discuss your craft as you problem solve with other screenwriters will only help you become a better writer. On top of that, you’ll be exposed to writers who have different skill sets than yourself,  and be able to learn from them.
DISADVANTAGES OF WRITING IN A TEAM


You’re Like a Band

Writers can be passionate about their words and ideas. If your group is not creatively in sync, it could be a nightmare. When you join a group or form a group, try to make sure you have similar sensibilities, and aren’t teaming up with people who are too egotistical.
You’re Splitting Up the Money

Know that you’re doing it for the love, because splitting money five ways can be depressing.
The minor disadvantages aside, aligning yourself with other writers and forming a team is almost always a good idea. Aside from the career benefits, it will force you to keep fresh and continue to learn. Just choose your writing posse wisely, my friends.