How to Take a Picture

en20A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Photography may be a more effective and reasonably inexpensive alternative to drawing or painting, but more thought and feeling goes into a painting than a photograph.

Photography is relatively simple in comparison to painting, which is a much more complex task. With photography, the composition is already completely arranged, but with a painting the objective is much more open to interpretation by the artist. The artist has the ability to capture much more emotion, understanding, and significance in an event and apply this fiery drive to his paintbrush when creating his own masterpiece.

When dealing with reality, I think a photograph may represent an actual physical recollection of a person or object, but a painting created from scratch adds the reality of perception to the equation. Reality is always open to a different observation and interpretation.

Artists during the Realism period concentrated on the real world as they saw it, and chose to construct their pieces of work with normal, everyday activities, therefore making it all the more real. One painter during this time period was Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. In his piece

Warcraft Review

en19Duncan Jones tries to deliver the next epic fantasy that he and Universal Studios hope to turn into a franchise, but unfortunately Warcraft fails at being a good movie. First and foremost though, the movie is entertaining in some moments; although it struggles in many aspects. These problems far out shadow what the film actually does well and I couldn’t help but feel like they should have kept the film in the oven for a couple more years.

Warcraft is the equivalent of someone jumping into the most recent Game of Thrones episode without any prior knowledge of the story or characters. In other words, if you aren’t a fan of the of the lore already, the movie does nothing to make new audiences feel comfortable in the world it’s so desperately trying to build.

Before I get into all the bad stuff in Warcraft, let’s go over what actually works in the movie. SPOILERS AHEAD. The movie revolves around an orc shaman named Gul’dan looking to escape his dying world by utilizing dark magic to open a portal to the human realm of Azeroth. He

Mr. Vampire Asia Horror Movie You Must Watch

en18Before Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, True Blood and of course Twilight took to our big and small screens, audiences mostly thought of vampires as the horrifying image brought vividly to life by the late Sir Christopher Lee as Count Dracula with his bloodshot eyes and scary fangs, rather than the modern, romanticised version with teenage good looks and sculpted six-pack abs that would be a dream to date and make out with. And just as Sir Christopher Lee was memorable as the fanged fiend, so too was Sir Peter Cushing as his arch nemesis Van Helsing, the original slayer before there was Buffy.

The horrors of vampires are of course not limited to the West, i.e. Hollywood. Here in the East, we too have our version, but instead of sharp toothed demons, Eastern vampires known as “jiang shi” (translated as petrified corpses) are hopping Qing Dynasty garbed zombies with outstretched arms. Based on Chinese legends and folklore, these nocturnal creatures might look silly and laughable, but they are certainly not to be underestimated as they kill any living beings in

Pop-On and Roll-Up Captioning Defined

en17Pop-on and roll-up are the two styles of presentation commonly used in television captioning. Paint-on captions are sometimes used for special effects but are much less common. The CCP endorses the use of the pop-on style for all television captioning. WebVTT supports pop-on as well as paint-on captions.

Pop-on captions, as their name suggests, appear in boxes one or two line long at the bottom of the screen, though they may be placed on the screen in such a way to indicate the current speaker, and then pop off again to be replaced by the next caption box. In the case of audio content that cannot be confined to a single pop-on box, one pop-on box is replaced by another at logical breaks in the text (ends of phrases or sentences). Pop-on captions include edited audio information to aid viewer comprehension of the program. This may include dialog, narration, sound effects, indications of offscreen activity, etc. Pop-on captions are synchronized with the audio content of the program and thus are used typically for prerecorded programs that include multiple speakers.

Roll-up captions are used predominantly in conjunction

Anime Vs Cartoons What’s the Difference

en16In the “Anime” community, for most fans and followers, “Anime” is “Anime and “Cartoons” are “Cartoons”. For them both of the things are really different from each other.

First of all, many people get confused between an Anime and a Cartoon, just because both are animated that doesn’t mean that they both are same. There are so many differences in Anime and Cartoons. While both are caricatures that may be animated, anime usually has visually distinct features for characters. So, here I will now explain the difference between these two. Anime are Japanese animated production, that come in different formats like, television series such as dragon ball z, Naruto, one piece etc., animated short films, and full-length movies. But cartoons are two-dimensional illustrated visual art, non-realistic or semi-realistic drawings.

Anime characters have distinct facial and physical features that are very similar to reality, their big eyes and small mouth are created because of cuteness. On the other hand, cartoons physical features are very far from reality than anime. Anime characters also show different kinds of distinguishable facial expressions whereas cartoons don’t.

Cartoons are generally made to make

What Is the Role of Animatronics

en15Animatronics is a process of building mechanized puppets or full-size costumes that resemble animals, dinosaurs, or other imaginary creatures, and made to look quite lifelike. The idea behind animatronics was first created by Disney Studios back in the 1950s for use in some of their early films. Plus, it is possible to combine the mechanized movements with other special effects in an attempt to create the more convincing look and a greater level of realism.

In addition to using this technology in the film studios it is a common sight in many of the popular theme or amusement parks, which many feature birds or other creatures in special shows to entertain guests.

What features are involved?

Animatronics can vary significantly with basic to very complex designs. The most basic animatronics are built with basic sound recording features and have the ability to make one or two simple movements. For the more advanced designs it is possible to include software that can complete specific moves, and can even be remotely controlled. On the most complex designs the engineers will create the costumes using the latest special effects technology

Superman Vs the Hulk

en14If you are among the droves of fans who think that a battle between The Hulk and Superman would be an absolute gem, then you are right where you should be.

Superman speaks to us. What he stands for resonates with each and every person; he is the ideal hero. Superman is the symbol of all that’s virtuous and strong. He speaks to the part of us that needs some assurance that someone has our backs. Few can match his strength, most notably, The Incredible Hulk.

You don’t have to be into superhero action films to know that a Superman versus Hulk tussle is something that we would pay to watch. However, if we do see a comic book episode or a summer blockbuster with the two, the question will remain, between The Man Of Steel and the incredible Hulk, who would come out on top?

Hulk, Bruce Banner’s alter-ego is debatably Marvel’s top strongman. However, ruling out his DC fellow powerhouse, Superman, considered as sheer power in a cape, would be frowned upon.

Superman vs. Incredible Hulk: the demolition derby.

We won’t be comparing power levels today. We’re

STEAM Careers Visual Effects Animator

en13Who is a Visual Effects Animator?

A visual effects animator is a professional that’s responsible for special effects in films. Now interestingly, they focus on the special effects that cannot be added during the live action shoot. For example, a lot of times, the green screen is used when shooting actors in the studio.

The actual, exciting background we see in the movie however is inserted later. Similarly, these professionals are also responsible for actually creating entire characters. As such all they use is computer software programs to create these entities and integrate them in the film. These characters can be so lively that they can also interact with live action characters.

Remember the dinosaurs and the Anaconda in those blockbuster movies? Well that’s what the visual effects animators can do! Thus the TV shows, commercials, films and other such projects actually become more realistic and exciting.

Background Education / Training

Though it may be safely said that you do not require a formal study to be a visual animator, they certainly train themselves hard and create a strong background in multimedia art and animation. Most of them actually

Weekly Review Konosuba

en12Hello there! Welcome for another week of anime reviews! This week we are taking a look at an anime series that I have just recently began watching, so this will be more of a first take or first impression review. I am currently five episodes into the series, and have a good grasp on what is going on in the story. Before you say it, yes, it’s another one of those fantasy, RPG-like anime series. I like them, so sue me!

Our story follows that of a teenager named Kazuma. He is your typical gamer, usually shuts himself inside of his room playing games all day, you know, the works. However, on this certain day, he decides that he will go on a journey. A magnificent journey that will take over five hours on a round trip bus in order to grab a very valuable possession… a new game, but a limited edition one! Upon exiting the bus, new game in hand, we see our main protagonist walking down the street and passing by a girl. After a few steps he turns around to see

An Interactive Approach With Animation

en11Every type of online business wants a website which can captivate the audience through its design and appearance. How beautifully you can help people in understanding your content, depends on how you represent your content. People can grasp the animated content in a much efficient way than the static. They can also catch the meaning you want to make them understand through these animated sections of a website, without reading the content.

If you want to add animation into your website to attract visitors, then you can choose flash as the development technology. There are a lot of advantages of using flash for the development of your business website. This is the best technology for the people who run some kid-centric, multimedia, gaming, or fashion business. However, you can also use this technology to design your e-commerce portal. However, this technology is being criticized from a few years for the huge loading time and lack of compatibility with several platforms. Despite this, flash is still popular in the IT market for building attractive websites with animated effects.

The Way to Attract a Ton of Visitors &

Weekly Review Erased

en10We’ve all had those moments, those moments where something goes horribly wrong and you happened to be there. In that moment you probably think about how you might of been able to change the outcome, if you would of just done something, anything, it would’ve adverted a disastrous outcome. Satoru Fujinuma is a man that has a very special ability; the ability to go back in time in moments that he could make a difference. He calls the phenomenon “Revival.” Unlike a superpower, he can’t control it. Whenever it happens, it’s more like a deja vu effect, except for the fact that he remembers what happened before the incident, instead of during or after, like most of us. He notes that Revival usually takes him back anywhere between five to ten minutes, at which point he knows something is about to happen and peers around his surroundings for anything out of place.

At this point you might be thinking, okay, well who is this guy? The basic run down is that Satoru is a manga artist and works part time as a delivery guy. There

5 Tips for Creating an Effective Whiteboard Animation

en9Whiteboard animations require many innovative ideas, careful decisions and gutsy implementations. Developing a script and the entire pre-production planning stage before the creation of any type of creative work is one of the most important things that one must ensure to work on. Below are a few important tips for an effective whiteboard animation. These tips will enable you to create a great impression in the minds of your audiences and fans.

1. A great script is a must

As far as whiteboard animations are concerned, an average script will not do much favor to you. You need a great script and a one that can help you to create a major impression in the minds of the people or your audiences to keep it simple. Your story must be bought to life in an extraordinary manner.

2. Having a believable flow

Just like it happens in real life, your whiteboard animation should have a story line that is quite distinct in the middle, beginning as well as ending. This means that the videos should be short in order to keep the attention of the audiences. Your story

What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Photo Production Company

en8One of the reasons people will consider hiring a photo production company is because they want a professional who can help them shoot photos or videos to promote themselves or their brand. These types of photo services are not only great for businesses in different industries, but they can also help individuals who are in the arts or entertainment business. This is why photo production is such a lucrative business.

Even though it is possible to get a message across through pictures you have taken yourself, you do not want your first impression to look as if it is unprofessional and haphazard. Unless you are a professional photographer or videographer, it does not make sense to ignore the benefits of a company that offers photo production in as one of their services. These companies can really help take your “brand” to the next level. And these benefits will see you make a lot more money than the minor sums you have to spend on these photo production services. And you will be reaping these benefits for a long time to come, especially if you are

Destination Photography Means Much More Than Taking Pictures

en7Teleporting you from your home to a tropical island in the blink of a lens!

To many people Photography is simply one person with a fancy camera pressing a button and getting paid lots of money for it. You often hear people complaining, saying things like: “It’s so easy! Anyone can press a button; I don’t see what all of the fuss is about.” – Well, I think it’s safe to say that people like that really do not have a clue what they are talking about.

Of course anybody can take a picture! But it takes a certain level of patience, dedication, skill and good taste to be able to successfully capture a moment. There are so many different factors to take into consideration when taking a photograph at a professional level. For example a wedding photographer is going to require a certain level of social and interpersonal skills if they are to truly be at the top of their game – Someone that can make people feel more at ease, bring them out of their shells and encourage them to laugh and joke around

Mind-Blowing Photography Tips For Beginners

en61) Pick a subject matter that speaks to you!

Pay attention to the reoccurring themes in your work. Think of what draws you to these things so you can find new ways to capture and express what you like!

2) Practice!

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes! Sometimes those mistakes turn out to be something unique and innovative that you can build on.

3) Work the subject!

Try shooting the same thing in as many ways you can that capture different aspects about it. After you shoot look through your shoot and critique your work. Be mindful of what worked and what didn’t and why. Editing your shoot is an important part of the learning process.

4) Study the work of other photographers.

Find something that inspires you and pay attention to what you like and try to mimic it. Then try to make it your own by bringing in something new and different.

5) Composition.

If you pay attention, most great photographs will contain at least one of these guidelines:

    • Rule of Thirds: Imagine the image is divided into thirds both horizontally and vertically. The interesting aspects of the image are placed on

12 Inspiring Ways To Fast-Track Your Photography

en51. Print your images

Are your photographs destined to remain hidden on a hard drive forever, unseen by the world? Remember the buzz you once had in the pre-digital days, when you saw your photographs the first time in print?
Why not peruse your recent holiday snaps, and select your best work to be immortalised with ink on paper. Frame them; hang them in your home; give them away as gifts.

2. Update your camera gear

There comes a time when your digital camera doesn’t do your skills justice. While point-and-shoot cameras are convenient and cheaper, they are restricted by their simplicity and their smaller sensor size.

Unfortunately, the old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ is still the truth. Even an entry-level DSLR and kit lens will produce sharper and bigger images, and allow you to play with a wider aperture range, from at least f/4 to f/22.

If you’re into landscape photography, a sturdy tripod is a must, as is a polarising filter to darken blue skies. A cable release will prevent camera shake during longer exposures. A decent kit bag will protect your expensive gear,

What’s Next For Superman On Screen

en4The DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is alive and thriving with the third installment of their universe coming this August, in the form of Suicide Squad. Currently, the Justice League cast are on the set cutting scenes and preparing for the long shoot they have ahead of them. With Justice League already filming it got me wondering, what is the next step in the Superman arc that is currently playing out in the DCEU?

There are some of you that believe Director Zack Snyder does not know how to portray Superman and is failing badly on that score.

Think about this.

The current Superman in the DCEU is already two movies deep into his own story and will complete the arc in the Justice League movies. You may be asking, what is that story arc?

The path that Superman is on right now is broken into three parts; the birth of Superman, the death of Superman, and the resurrection of Superman. Each one of these parts are placed within each of the movies in the DCEU so far and are being used to develop Superman into the true hero

Batman And Joker Halloween Costume Ideas

en3Batman first introduced in 1939 and is a character from the Batman comic book. Bruce Wayne, his alter ego is a multimillionaire and resident of the fictional city of Gotham. The story begins when Bruce becomes an orphan after his parents were brutally murdered in front of his eyes. This is when he decides to find the killer and fight crime. Batman has many enemies including the Penguin, Riddler, Catwoman, however the Joker is his greatest rival. People often wear Batman and Joker costumes on Halloween, so I’ve include a few costume ideas for these characters.

First of all, I will point out that Batman’s costume was changed for many times in these 70 years. Of course, the basis of the costume has always remained the same – a long, dark/black cloak and mask that covers most of the face and has pointy ears that resemble a bat. It is interesting that the first Batman didn’t have such long ears. The body is covered with a gray costume.

In the beginning the costume was regular and later became a tight costume. In the last period this

Classic Sitcom Characters Who Attend Memorable High School Reunions

en2This summer marked number 35 for me, and I celebrated it the same way I did all of my other high school class reunions. I stayed home.

Of the 320 people who graduated with me way back in 1981, I have kept in touch with the half dozen I was close to back then. The others, while I wish them no misfortune, I really have no desire to reconnect with.

Even though class reunions are not for me, I have enjoyed TV shows with characters who have attended theirs. Here are seven classic sitcoms that aired an episode on which at least one regular member participated in a high school class reunion.

All in the Family

Archie (played by Carroll O’Connor) reluctantly agrees to accompany Edith (played by Jean Stapleton) to her reunion, where the most anticipated guest will be her high school sweetheart Buck Evans. The former track star, now obese and bald, is unrecognizable to everyone but Edith.

The Andy Griffith Show

Deputy Barney Fife (played by Don Knotts) anticipates rekindling his romance with Thelma Lou (played by Betty Lynn) when their Mayberry class gets together, only to

7 Actors Who Played a Memorable Attorney on the Big Screen

en1Hollywood and lawyers have gone together like two peas in a pod since the very inception of motion pictures. In an industry built on fantasy and unlimited imagination, playing an attorney in a well-written film can be the direct route to big recognition in an actor’s career. From Atticus Finch to Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee, those portraying legal advocates have given us some of the most memorable characters in Hollywood history. Among all the many examples, these top seven thespians provided us with some of the most unforgettable performances in the courtroom.

1. Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch

No one can forget Gregory Peck’s portrayal of attorney Atticus Finch in “To Kill A Mockingbird.” Admirable father to Scout and Jem, Atticus Finch uses his legal prowess to fight against racial injustice in Depression-era Alabama. His defense of African-American Tom Robinson, who was wrongfully accused of rape, stands the test of time as one of the top courtroom performances ever.

2. Joe Pesci as Vinny Gambini

As an unsuccessful and frustrated attorney in “My Cousin Vinny,” Joe Pesci’s comical portrayal of Vincent “Vinny” Gambini earned this film a cult following.